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Denial of Sunlight by Robert Troy
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Apr 07, 2010

really liked it
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Read from April 02 to 07, 2010

Katherine Murkowitz had difficulties in her former job and took the blame for something that wasn't her fault. As a result, she has been unemployed and is flattered at the job offer from a small electronics firm.

Two scientists run the firm. They had worked at a university lab and discovered a way to solve the world's energy needs. They understand that if they announce their discovery, the university will get the credit and the financial rewards. As a result, they keep the discovery a secret until it is proven and they can find the right bidder.

The high bidder is a Chinese firm. It would seem that they would be aware of the repression in China so they might be putting themselves at risk in selling world changing technology to the Chinese. However, the promise of riches blinds them. When the compnay states that the payment is contingent on the company's employees coming to China to perfect their discovery, warning bells should have gone off.

Of the characters, Katherine is the most interesting and has a sense of morality, questioning the ethics of keeping the discovery secret.

The Americans learn of what is going on and hatch their own scheme to stop the Chinese.

An interesting plot that is original. I had difficulty with scientists who discover something that could change the world and worry that they wouldn't be rewarded if they did the right thing and made their discovery public. It seems that other scientists have gone on to riches with such discoveries. However, the author is a physics instructor and would know more of this than this reader.

There is a lack of tension as the story moves toward its conclusion but for a first novel, Robert Troy did a fine job and goes to show what someone can do if they self-publish. It is also an example of what publishers and agents are missing by not giving more writers a chance.

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