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The Black Diamond: Get in the Car and Go
Fifty years from now, an elevated highway spans the nation. Initially a response to international terrorism, the US government grounds commercial airline flights and builds "The Black Diamond." The project leader and chief architect is named Jim Maddox. Years pass and Maddox's daughter, Kate, becomes an engineering savant in her own right. Married to Dr. Don McLaughlin, DD ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by AIT Planet Lar
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1.5 stars. This seems to be following James Robinson's Starman approach—quirky intellectual conversations in the middle of peril—but Young doesn't do it as well. While I like the concept of the lawless elevated super-highway running coast to coast, the story by itself was pretty dully (and the villain's yammering just made flip the page).
Nice premise - a super-elevated super-speed highway from coast to coast, which attracts the outlaws of the country, etc, while law-abiding street-drivers live below. Dentist has to race to the other end to save his wife. It's all over way too soon, and things get wrapped up way too neatly. The art is good, but the story seems dashed off. It would be nice for this to be a continuing 'world' to write stories in, though.