Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America

Brian Francis Slattery, Author . Tor $14.95 (299p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2046-9

This sophomore effort from economics editor Slattery (Spaceman Blues ) is a heavy-handed fable of a near-future America fallen into economic and social chaos. Marco Angelo Oliveira breaks out of prison, determined to rejoin the Slick Six, his “family” of supercriminals. He meets stiff opposition from the Aardvark, a mob boss who now runs New York City. Meanwhile, the nation has fragmented into squabbling regions, from the New Dominion of Virginia to the New Sioux of the plains; like Marco's gang, they see little reason to reunite. Complex secondary characters such as mob lawyer Jeannette Winderhoek and the less-feted members of the Slick Six somewhat balance the heavily stereotyped Marco and the Aardvark, adding vital color to this glacially slow, backstory-laden tale. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/25/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
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