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A tale of two unlikely companions cast together in a mystery, and a mission to save the planet.
Noah of Domus Aqua, an environmentalist and the son of extreme wealth, is a fugitive suspected in the high profile murder of his long-time friend and mentor Senator Mari Ortega.
Promising his dying friend that he'll deliver a highly confidential datasphere to a trusted government official, Noah plunges himself into the Underground, a gritty subterranean world of knife-wielding monks, a crew of oddball hackers and a smart intelligence bent on his destruction, as he avoids virtual detection and his arrest.
Enter Rika Musashi Grant, a street-smart data thief. Heavily in debt from getting mind enhancements that fail, Rika is given one more chance to prove herself and right past wrongs -- by stealing Noah's datasphere.
Joined by circumstance and mutual disdain, the two quickly realize they must join forces to survive.
Set against a backdrop of Los Angeles in 2051, the unlikely duo must travel from the deepest catacombs to the most exclusive rooftop gardens; from LA's over-crowded refugee camps through to the virtual world of Novus Orbis, as they seek to find the clues they need to prove their innocence, find a killer, and stop the eco-disaster known as Circle Tide from destroying the planet!
Praise for CIRCLE TIDE
"With Circle Tide, Rebecca Rowe has further developed her impressive capacity to entertain and provoke us with visions of a frightening and enticing future where technology has changed what it means to be human. Her sympathetic and engaging characters help us to imagine what it will be like to live in this fast approaching world where the distinctions between reality and simulation, and between organism and machine, will melt away, leaving us with new opportunities for both human fulfillment and disorientation." — Dr. David Grinspoon, Curator of Astrobiology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, author of Lonely Planets.
Praise for FORBIDDEN CARGO
"Rowe's world is full of strange new ways of living—and dying. Her rich descriptive language and arch dialogue potently reflect her surreal world: "He kept an eye out for bluegrazers; he'd know them by their rotten, blue-edged mouths." Dealing with issues of freedom and responsibility, as well as epistemological and existential quandaries, Rowe still manages to deliver a slam-bang adventure." — The Washington Post (Di Filippo, Paul. ‘Science Fiction & Fantasy.’ The Washington Post.)
"With Forbidden Cargo, her first novel, she joins a distinguished company of young writers—such as K.A. Bedford and Cory Doctorow—who will have a strong say in the shape of the science fiction of the future." — New York Review of Science Fiction (Number 221.)
"Forbidden Cargo is an exciting page-turner, a non-stop explosion of action and adventure filled with memorable characters.... The spaceport on the Moon launches us toward adventures beyond. A domed city on the Martian frontier—the safety of home—constantly calls to us. Will we listen?" — National Space Society, SF Book of the Month.