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Book Review: Geosynchron by David Louis Edelman

# Genre: Science Fiction
# Paperback: 508 pages
# Publisher: Pyr; Original edition
# Publication Date: February 23, 2010
# ISBN-10: 1591027926
# ISBN-13: 978-1591027928
# Author Website: David Louis Edelman

In this final chapter of the Jump 225 trilogy, David Louis Edelman continues to make action-packed the stereotypically mundane. As Geosynchron opens, anti-hero Natch is in the clutches of his one-time business partners the Patels. The Patels rescued Natch from the clutches of the mad sect leader Brone, only to keep Natch bound in a locked basement room. Natch knows his death is coming, but circumstances keep it from being at the hand of the Patels. Meanwhile, Jara and her band of fiefcorpers are caught up in the political fallout from the suicide of Margaret Surina – the creator of Multireal – and Natch’s disappearance shortly thereafter. When they are called in by the semi-Luddite Pacific Islanders on a consulting job, it seems like Jara may have found a way out of their legal and monetary mess. But alas, such is not to be, and Jara and her team are once again brought into the web of intrigue and occasionally bloody civil war between the two factions seeking control of the world government.

Edelman’s concluding novel, long in the making, is just amazing. How anyone could make a boardroom discussion so exciting is beyond my comprehension. With words, not lasers, Edelman produces a fiction that has no peer.

Tensions stay high in the story, no matter which character provides the perspective. Most of the novel is experienced from the conjoined plot line of Jara and her lover, the MindSpace engineer Horvil. Between these two, we observe the societal upheaval that is occurring, or at least about to occur, should Multireal ever hit the market. These two, especially Jara, have done most of the personality changing they will do in the earlier two books, so what the reader gets to experience is the new, more confident pair facing nearly impossible challenges together and apart, and with the help of some unlikely friends.

On the other side is Natch, whose trip to the decadent 49th Heaven changes him into a very different person from the brash, devil-may-care individual of the first two novels. Edelman’s reviled character takes on a sympathetic tone in Geosynchron and the problems which face him become less something to be conquered and more something to be overcome. It s’s like Natch was once Alexander the Great, but is now Rocky Balboa. Edelman is showing how, with a different set of circumstances, a certain personality can become either a hard-nosed, self-involved businessman, or a person able to effect societal change. Natch become the geosynchron, the thing on which the world revolves, the center of its axis.

Even as Jara and Natch deal with their problems, the insane Brone attempts to unleash Multireal onto an unsuspecting world in an attempt at“liberation”. Only Natch can stop him, and Edelman brings the two into a confrontation of competing ideas only he could write. Although the concept behind Multireal and its derivative Multireal-D would have allowed him to write a Matrix-style ending, Edelman instead goes another route, and the book is stronger for it. Some readers may feel it ends too abruptly, or has too many open questions, or lacks flair – but the truth is that Edelman ended his trilogy in the best way possible. In a society where a program allows for infinite possibilities, freedom from the constrictions of time, only a choice between life or death could really end this novel well. No amount of special effects could have had the emotional impact of a choice between two bad options.

Edelman also answers one of my earlier problems with the story by clarifying what it is the Multireal does, and what kind of effect it can have on the world. Though I enjoyed the trilogy, it was not until Geosynchron that I was able to understand the power of such a program, and where it had been vague before, it was now clear.

David Louis Edelman’s Jump 225 trilogy is one of the best space operas currently in print. Action, intrigue, and a powerful story come together with a unique beauty of creative prose. Geosynchron completes the tale of Natch and his fiefcorp in a potent way that is both rare and extraordinary. If you read no other science fiction story this year, read the Jump 225 trilogy.