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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  732 ratings  ·  82 reviews
What lies beneath the millions of orbiting nanotech satellites that shroud the world called Haze? Major Keir Roget’s mission is to make planetfall in secret, find out, and report back to his superiors in the Federation, the Chinese-dominated government that rules Earth and the colonized planets.

For all his effectiveness as a security agent, Roget is troubled by memories o
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 2009)
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The Curious -- Due to our recent L.E. Modessit Jr. month in the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club, my introduction to Modesitt's writing was his through his first novel, The Magic of Recluce, and his most recent novel, Haze. I've never before read an author's works in that order (at least not to my knowledge), and it was a fascinating experience.

Time's improvement of Modesitt's writing is obvious. His prose in Haze is slicker and more polished, with far less waste (not that the waste in his first boo
Apr 05, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: SciFi/Fantasy Book Club November 2010 SF Selection
Major Keir Roget, an agent for the Chinese-dominated Federation government, is sent to investigate a mysterious world - mysterious because it is entirely enveloped by a "haze" of shielding particles. When he arrives on Haze, he finds a friendly and seemingly very advanced civilization of humans who give him such complete access to their society that it almost seems as if his perceptions or thoughts are somehow being controlled.

Roget's story is told in alternating chapters, going back and forth
It was pretty good, 3.5 stars, but obviously a political speech about our country & where it is heading. I don't disagree. There aren't partisan politics, but a broader view of civilizations & their basic political theories. Lots of holes in the theory since it's basically an action story, but it raises some interesting questions.

The characters are his same ones. The hero could be picked out of any of his books. The time is about about 1000 years from now. While technology has gotten bet
Mike (the Paladin)
Look, confession time...the shelf maybe should be "read, sort-of". This book is, I believe better than I'm rating it. I just couldn't get into it, but I believe it to be at least partly me. I just wasn't in the mood for this book. I picked it up because it was the choice of a reading group.

I like Mr. Modesitt's books in general and can't think of one I've really's just this one isn't reaching me. Religious and political conflict, old alien technology....what's not to like? But I can't
Ben Babcock
Haze reminds me of a Heinlein novel, with a receptive but clueless protagonist immersed in a society he doesn't understand only to have that society explained to him, usually on socioeconomic terms. The end result is polemical and usually dry, and this book is no exception.

There's actually two stories going on, both featuring Keir Roget as their protagonist. One is the main plot as advertised by the title; the other occurs a few years prior. Up until the end of the book, I found the latter more
Dec 12, 2010 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2010-11 SciFi Selection
Shelves: bookclub, scifi

I can’t believe I spend this much time analyzing a book I didn’t care for. But anyway, here’s what I cam up with. I actually wrote it for the discussion over at the SF/F group, so if you want to see follow-up, go there.

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Throughout its length, Haze barely kept me reading. Actually, if this hadn’t been a group-read book, I probably would have dropped it. But I wanted to see what the discussion would be about.

And once I got into it, I wanted to try to figure o
Christopher Hivner
Keir Roget is a Federation agent sent to the surface of a mysterious planet they call Haze because of the impenetrable layer of fog that covers the planet. His job is to make contact with the inhabitants and find out as much as he can about them and their world. There is also a second story line that involves an earlier time in Roget's life. I'm going to assume they criss-cross at some point but I didn't finish reading the book. I made it to page 168 and gave up. This was one of the most boring ...more
Kinda disappointing, especially for this author - not sure it even deserves 3 stars, at least looking at the book as a whole. The alternating chapters seemed mostly pointless (a current and a previous mission by the protagonist). Was almost as if the author had written two novellas and decided to mash them together. Each was fine on its own (maybe even worth 4 stars each), but had little relation to each other when blended into one book. Some interesting political discussions in both parts, but ...more
David Erickson
In a far distant future where the Federation (not of Star Trek fame) controls the galaxy with an iron fist a planet is discovered shrouded in a hazy shield that prevents the Federation from learning, what, if any, human habitation exists. Agent major Kier Roget, along with four other agents in individual ships, are dropped into the turbulent atmosphere to penetrate the haze and learn the truth.

Intertwined with this is another story line that takes place sometime earlier in which Agent Roget is s
Scott Lee
Good enough to finish, but only just. I've read Modesitt many times over the years, although exclusively fantasy and primarily his Recluce series before this. I'd also sampled the Imager Portfolio and the Corean Chronicles. But until this one I'd never read any of his science fiction although I'd seen it often enough. The world building is solid and quite thorough here, with a plausible future earth ruled by a one world government that originated in China and now has expanded to all of Earth and ...more
The Book Breeze
This review was provided by Alan Chin for his column in THE BOOK BREEZE.

When Andrew, a timid and obese college student, falls for Nat, the two find a happiness Andrew had never dreamed possible. But when a joy like Andrew’s becomes too profound, too perfect, the gods become jealous, and rain down misfortune. First tragedy strikes the couple, tearing them apart. Then Andrew’s best friend, Ilario, is the victim of a hazing attack, and commits suicide. Andrew tries and fails to wreak revenge on Efr
This is the first Modesitt I have read and I think I'll be reading more! The two stories woven together, each revealing something of the other is a really nice device - and a very effective way to keep me reading "just one more chapter" =)
Laura Lough
I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it hadn't jumped around so much. I understand what the author was trying to do but it just didn't work for me. One of the story lines would finally start to get interesting and then- bam, we are back to discussing what he is having for breakfast in the other story line.

I am a fan of sci-fi and fantasy so I enjoy a good bit of world building but there needs to be some purpose behind it. In Haze I feel like there is a lot of description but not a lot of pay
Victoria Gaile
Like much of Modesitt's science fiction, the characters and plot are fairly clunky mechanisms for presenting a society (or in this case, two societies) organized according to a particular set of social-political-economic values: which is okay, that's why I read his SF. These were interesting societies to read about.

I was intrigued that one of the societies called themselves Thomists. Alas, it was not the great medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas they referred to (which is what Thomism generally m
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Dylan Harris
This isn't so much a review as an unstructured reaction to
Modesit's Haze.

I enjoy Modesit's love of the details of doing work. He could make
reading about mopping a floor enjoyable ... "Michael put the
mop in the bucket, allowing the warm water with the crude odour of
pine to be absorbed by the mop, and squeezed the mop in the
bucket tray to remove the excess liquid. He put the mop on the floor. The
floor was shaded by the day's dirt of staff walking between offices,
& the dust that had settled out
Kristin Lundgren
This is really a nice straightforward SF book - no crazy unpronounceable names, jut good fun. Major Keir Roget's assignment, working for the FSA as a Federation Security Agent (the Federation is a Chinese controlled government that took control after America imploded, with help from the Mormons, who wanted to spread their control, and two wars for Confederations later), is to go down through the "haze" surrounding the planet they call Haze, and find out what is there - nothing penetrates that sh ...more
I have read a little over a quarter of the book and have decided to stop and the reason is that the only motivation to go on is to get an answer to the mystery of the planet Haze and to me that’s not enough.
My main problem with the book is that almost a hundred pages in I still haven’t connected with the main character. I know what he does for a living, which is to infiltrate different cultures to find breaches to rules laid down by the dominant culture, but I don’t know who he is and what drive
D.L. Morrese
This is an oddly constructed novel with two different stories running in alternating chapters separated in time by about five years. Keir Roget, an agent of the Federation Security Agency is the main character in both.
The earlier story has Agent Roget investigating a ‘Saint’ (Mormon) terrorist cell. His cover story during this is as an energy monitor, ostensibly responsible for ensuring people are not wasting energy. In the course of his investigation, the terrorists infect him with some memorie
I am a huge fan of Mr. Modesitt and have previously gone all fan-girl on him at writing conventions. All because of his Saga of Recluse series. Awesome stuff. Then I picked up Haze. Really, this book deserves two stars, but my respect for his writing gives this three.

A thousand years ago, the United States crumbled and the Chinese took over, converting the world to a more efficient way of living, where excess is punished. Keir Roget, a descendent of the fallen North Americans, works as an agent
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Haze is a confusing and long-drawn out science fiction story with one redeeming quality, the ending. I enjoyed the ending because first the story ended, and second because I liked where it ended. I thought this was an okay book, and although Modesitt is considered an respected science fiction writer, I am not sure that I will read any more. Haze is a stand alone novel and not part of any series.

For more of my reviews go to
Tamzin Dunn
Very interesting read, I do love Mr Modesitt's thoughts on human behaviour and society. This book isn't at the same level as the Recluse books, I think its because the characters aren't quite as detailed. The way the chapters alternate between 2 time frames of the main heros life plus some flashbacks make it tricky to follow at times.

If you have enjoyed some of the authur other books this is well worth a read but if you are a new reader I would say this isn't one of his best and to try one of h
Jeff Koromi
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More simplistic than I tend to like my sci-fi. I felt like he approached some really interesting ideas but then just buzzed over them without really diving in. Most of the characters were pretty shallow, as well, which doesn't lend to immersion in story. 3 stars for the hints of ideas which did get me thinking somewhat.
Andy Davies
Nice world building but many oddities with a weird parallel story format. Every meal the protagonist has is described in great tedious detail. This also happens in the other LEM book I have read "One eyed man". The peculiarity of it is almost distracting. I wonder if any of his other heroes drink wine instead of pale lager?
One of Modesitt's poorer efforts. It has the typical elements: a "well-balanced," superior, smart, and moral main character. A society that knows how to do things far better than the mainstream society (and better than America today). A bunch of misguided, main culture types, that look like idiots by the end because they are not smart enough or flexible enough to keep up with the smart, more evolved guys. Lots of scenes where the main character is decent, polite and fair to random people. Lots o ...more
There's a good short story buried somewhere in the fluff of this novel. There were so many unnecessary details that the author provided (for example, the dimensions, furniture, flooring, and color of every room the protagonist entered, and the exact route our protagonist took while commuting through future St. George, Utah or while exploring an alien city) that the point of the book is almost completely lost. It's also a little discouraging to wade through so much detail without an answer to man ...more
Hershel Shipman
Not his highest rated book but I like it. The learning of the separatist/advanced culture and the history of the other memories that the main character has was interesting. I still love all the food descriptions.
This was a bit disappointing. I really enjoy L.E. Modesitt, but I found this book to be very derivative of previous works, particularly the Ecolitan saga. There are two parallel plots, one of which is a flashback, but the flashback plot line moves very slowly and failed to keep my interest. The main character is rather bland and his inability to form social connections with others makes him hard to relate to. For most of the book he relates most closely to a scanned image of a painting of a dach ...more
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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u
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