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Dyson's Drop

Dyson's Drop
 

In a galaxy of cutthroat companies, shadowy clans and a million agendas, spy agency RIM barely wields enough control to keep order. Maximus Black is RIM's star cadet. But he has a problem. One of RIM's best agents, Anneke Longshadow, knows there's a mole in the organisation. A... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781921665912
Published 1 August 2012 by Ford Street Publishing
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Collins, Paul
Series The Maximus Black Files Book 2
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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ISBN-13 9781921665912
ISBN-10
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Ford Street Publishing
Imprint Ford Street Publishing
Publication Date 1 August 2012
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format EPUB ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Collins, Paul
Series The Maximus Black Files Book 2
Category Science Fiction
Australian
Number of Pages 335
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Dewey Code A823.00
Catalogue Code 303980

Description of this Electronic Book

In 2011 the evil, enigmatic, psychopathic megalomaniac, Maximus Black, exploded onto our shelves in Mole Hunt. Trained to kill in a variety of gruesome, yet thoroughly inventive ways, Black is intent on universal domination and will settle for nothing less. But the blacker than black-hearted Black is a master of manipulation and misdirection, rendering those around him blind to his motives-all, that is, except for fellow RIM agent, Anneke Longshadow who's had Black pegged from the start.
Commandeering Dyson's Drop-the location of the Dyson jump gates, which can transport travellers to any point in the galaxy-is part of Black's plan. There are also a set of coordinates to be found, and for the galaxy's sake let's hope Black doesn't get to them first. Thankfully he has competition-and the tenacious terrier Anneke Longshadow snapping at his heels.
Mole Hunt is artfully woven and deceptively simple, yet emotionally complex tale of vengeance told through alternating chapters from Black and Longshadow's viewpoints. Black is anything but an evil cliche hungry for power as one might expect. He is so utterly alone, and despite his obvious cunning and intelligence, still very much a child.
Anneke Longshadow is everything Black isn't, yet paradoxically she understands him the way no one else can. Equally matched in brains and skill their fight is an eternal one.
Set in the distant future, this is a classic and timeless story that will appeal to teens and adults alike. The pace is relentless, the attention to detail spot on and the stakes couldn't be higher.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In 2011 the evil, enigmatic, psychopathic megalomaniac, Maximus Black, exploded onto our shelves in Mole Hunt. Trained to kill in a variety of gruesome, yet thoroughly inventive ways, Black is intent on universal domination and will settle for nothing less. But the blacker than black-hearted Black is a master of manipulation and misdirection, rendering those around him blind to his motives-all, that is, except for fellow RIM agent, Anneke Longshadow who's had Black pegged from the start.

Commandeering Dyson's Drop-the location of the Dyson jump gates, which can transport travellers to any point in the galaxy-is part of Black's plan. There are also a set of coordinates to be found, and for the galaxy's sake let's hope Black doesn't get to them first. Thankfully he has competition-and the tenacious terrier Anneke Longshadow snapping at his heels.

Collins has artfully woven a deceptively simple, yet emotionally complex tale of vengeance told through alternating chapters from Black and Longshadow's viewpoints. Black is anything but an evil cliche hungry for power as one might expect. I found myself liking him as much as I loathed him, and I still can't pinpoint exactly why that is. Perhaps it's that he is so utterly alone, and despite his obvious cunning and intelligence, still very much a child.

Anneke Longshadow is everything Black isn't, yet paradoxically she understands him the way no one else can. Equally matched in brains and skill their fight is an eternal one. The contrast and similarities between these two is why this story works so well.

Although set in the distant future, this is a classic and timeless story that will appeal to teens and adults alike. The pace is relentless, the attention to detail spot on and the stakes couldn't be higher.
- Jenny Mounfield

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Author's Bio

Paul Collins has written over 130 books and 140 short stories. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles, which he co-edits with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars and The World of Grrym trilogy in collaboration with Danny Willis. Paul's latest picture book is The Glasshouse, illustrated by Jo Thompson. Espionage space thriller, The Only Game in the Galaxy, the final exhilarating instalment of his YA series, The Maximus Black Files, was released in September 2013. Paul has been short-listed for many awards and won the Aurealis, William Atheling and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards. He has had two Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.

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