Paris 2005

Zezza, Author, Carlo Zezza, Author M. Evans and Company $4.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-87131-588-5
Set 15 years in the future, this too labyrinthine techno-thriller posits a France (and Western Europe) overrun by the Soviets; the U.S., in hock to Japan, has sworn nonintervention; the World Peace Agreement has made nuclear war obsolete. In France, where everyone is called ``Comrade,'' Star--a mega-computer based underground beneath the Arch of Triumph--functions as Orwellian ``Big Brother,'' controlling an abject populace. Robert Landry, Star's American designer-inventor, now a fugitive, illegally accesses the computer to abet the French resistance and to help his lover, Chantal Senac, rescue her son whom the Soviets apparently ``transported'' to a remote country. The cat-and-mouse game of Russians, resisters and collaborationists is the substance of Zezza's nightmarish fantasy which, despite plenty of action and a French milieu, is not particularly effective either as political parable or as espionage tale. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; paperback rights to Fawcett. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
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