Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Quite decent but his fantasy runs amok on science
am 30. Juni 2006
I found the book quite ok. Its written in a fast paced and entertaining style and one doesnt get bored anywhere. The story is sympathic and generally offers enough interesting features. The characters are described in a good way, though in depth character studies are not the strength of the author, nor does one miss that in this book however, given its an action driven story.
The author plays around with quite some scientific terms and ideas and that is where his fantasy runs wild, which is for the scientifically educated reader a bit disturbing, because some things sound and are extremely fishy. The whole book centers around "m-state gold" or "monoatomic gold" which is said to be a superconducting (apparently at room temperature - would be nice eh?) white powder or glassy material. Too bad that such a stuff doesnt exist (its esoteric/alchemistic nonsense), notwithstanding the authors afterwords, where he claims to have built in some scientific facts. The same can be said about the often mentioned meissner fields (theres a Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect, which does not create any field or so - guess he misread that) and many more things.
But I do not think that this is a big issue for the normal reader, it struck me because the author puts quite some effort into describing these things. So just dont take it too literally - it's all fiction despite the afterwords of the author. And its quite entertaining reading. Just nothing special or intellectual challenging.