Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Debut Showcase: Perfect Circle by Carlos J. Cortes

Perfect Circle (Amazon: USA, Canada, UK)
By Carlos J. Cortes (Website, Blog)
Publisher: Spectra (November 25, 2008)
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher's Blurb:

Set in the impenetrable jungles of the African Congo, this fast-paced debut tells the tale of a world poised for ecological crisis–and the secret that could save it. From corporate profiteers to the natives who’ve been expecting them, here is a story that asks if man and nature are fated to clash–or if the right man can break the cycle.

Heir to a mining dynasty, geologist Paul Reece has chosen a simple life over the scheming opportunism of the International Mining Company. But when IMC approaches him about their mysterious discovery miles beneath the rain forest, Paul is compelled to set aside the sordid event that drove him from his legacy. For the project requires not only a brilliant engineer but one gutsy enough to descend 20,000 feet of solid rock–into the heart of a miracle. With Paul’s expertise, IMC can unearth a windfall–unless Paul decides to bury them first.

But Paul isn’t alone in his quest. Congo’s mystics have prepared for this day. Paul doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s been chosen to pilot a mission that will decide the fate of humanity.

Mulluane's Take:
The first thing that popped into my head upon reading the blurb was "Oh! a modern Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with Congo mystics! Sounds like fun!" Then I read how the author describes himself "Carlos J Cortes is the author of numerous unpublished novels and one of the World’s least influential people." And I was in love. Well, not really, but the chuckle made my day. I'd say definitely worth a look see for Sci-fi fans.

Tia's Take:
While I see some appeal, I'm not quite as likely to jump on this one. I do find the idea of descent into the earth is interesting, and the logline on the front cover is fantastic, but it sounds like an ecological thriller, which is not a genre I read much of. The author's website does reflect a charming, self-effacing personality, so maybe we'll arm-twist Mulluane into reading this one.  

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