by David Walton, 290 pp., $9.99, pub date Sept. 1, 2015
Following on its prequel, Superposition, this starts 15 years later with some of the original characters, including the family affected by the varcolac in Superposition.
The varcolac is back, as can be seen from a disaster in a stadium at the beginning of the novel, where among other things that occur, the father of the family — being in range of the varcolac’s influence — gets split in two, one of him staying in the stadium and the other going home. By the end of the disaster, his split resolves to the dead version of himself.
From there we go to military applications of this superposition/supersymmetry technology that has been “reinvented” by a scientist, and as one can assume, things start going from bad to worse, as the varcolac interacts with our world. Characters from the first book as well as new characters must solve the puzzle of containing or defeating the varcolac before it literally destroys the world, plus a manhunt for one of the protagonists as she “appears” to have killed some very important federal officials.
The book holds just as tightly as the first: I literally couldn’t stop reading for two nights in a row and ended up chugging coffee at work the next day to stay awake. The characterization is deft, the plot is tight, and the exposition through dialogue to explain quantum physics is so smooth you don’t even realize the author is giving you the basics of the science behind all of this, needed for understanding of what’s going on.
A must read for both hard science fiction lovers as well as a good mystery!