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Fearful Symmetries: The Return of Noha Rajasthan (Moreau #4)

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This is the story of Nohar Rajasthan, a private eye descended from genetically manipulated tiger stock to become a moreau--a second-class humanoid citizen in a human world. Nohar retired from the private eye business ten years ago, and just wants to spend his remaining time in the peace and quiet of his wilderness homestead. Then a human lawyer asks him to take on a missin ...more
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Published April 1st 1999 by Daw Books (first published 1999)
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Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The next sentence can be open to many interpretations, and might be considered a spoiler by some. It is and it isn't.

The book could have been titled The Last Ride of Nohar Rajasthan.

Hard boiled detective, and genetically engineered Siberian Tiger, Nohar was the lead in Swann's first Moreau book, and he made appearances in the next two. Here he returns to the center stage, but because the Moreau's were engineered to be weapons, and not for a long life span, he is, at 40, old. He left civilization
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Fearful Symmetries more than I did Forests of the Night. I liked the plot of this book better and it felt more epic than the last one. Nohar is retired and older than he was but he still kicks butt and gets stuff done. I was not surprised by the first twist of the story (view spoiler) ...more
Fearful Symmetries is written like an action movie turned into a book. Think Die Hard when Bruce Willis is older and isn’t as flexible as he used to be. Nohar is like that. He’s a retired detective who is also a moreau: a sentient race formed by a genetic experiment that fused animal genes with human genes, of which there are many species. They call humans “pinks” since they lack fur. Naturally, there is great division between these two.

Nohar is called in out of retirement to work on a case.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and its prequels were a lot of fun. Take cyberpunk, keep the punk-noir attitude, but swap the cyber for genetic engineering, and you get these books. Scenario is a grim future following several global wars. To provide enhanced soldiers for these wars, various nations resorted to genetic engineering, mixing human and animal DNA, creating hybrids of humans with various animals: dog, rat, tiger, etc. In the wake of the wars, the soldiers did not integrate well with human society back home ...more
Sean Silva
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Featuring the return of Swann's character, Nohar, who has long since retired from his life as a private investigator and is living alone in an isolated cabin. But when a lawyer tracks him down and asks Nohar to find a missing moreau, his whole world suddenly gets turned upside down. Nohar refuses the case, and is barely able to escape with his life after the cabin is assaulted by a squad of paramilitary commandos. Now Nohar finds himself on the run, and he has to figure out why this missing more ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
S. Andrew Swann returns to the world of the Moreau trilogy with a novel set about Nohar, a tiger/human hybrid bred to fight wars but until recently a private investigator. The book opens with him living a quiet life in retirement when a mysterious lawyer offers him a lot of money to take a missing person's case. He is soon swept up in a conspiracy and murder, and has to reconnect with people from his past.

The book is breathlessly paced, and the world Swann creates is unique: a cynical, crumbling
Madeleine Tainton
Fun private eye story, in the body of a tiger. Noha is a humanoid tiger with beautiful fur, weighs around 600 lbs, and is very very strong. So he's one up on Sam Spade, at least one. This is action-packed, with enemies all around, murders, missing persons, brawls and explosions. I'd like to read Swann's other books, having read this one. He knows how to tell a lively, entertaining story.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, a vast improvement in writing over the first book in the series (which was a good book in its own right). A near-perfect sequel for Forests of the Night, and leaves me wanting more-- of both Nohar and Manuel.
Joerg Grau
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The return of Noha! Finally! A great conclusion to this fascinating series.
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, cyberpunk
More action packed then previous books of the series and might not be as good on the sci-fi part, but I've enjoyed it, maybe even more, if nothing else then for being a known and liked series. It's always easier to read the characters and plot lines you are familiar with, but in a new story.
Too bad it's the end of the series, but it is a fitting one.
One point that jumped to mind while reading was how in the first book (to which this book was being "symmetrical") the communication tech was descri
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S. Andrew Swann is the primary pseudonym of Steven Swiniarski, who also writes as S.A. Swiniarski, Steven Krane, and S.A. Swann.
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Other Books in the Series

Moreau (4 books)
  • Forests of the Night (Moreau, #1)
  • Emperors of the Twilight (Moreau, #2)
  • Specters of the Dawn (Moreau, #3)

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