The Night Sessions

This book occurring in a near future. It takes the idea that the events of 9/11 where the opening salvos of a world-wide war divided by lines of faith. This paints a pretty bleak picture where the people that still have a religion are driven to extremes in their needs to justify their faith. It basically starts off with the idea of “If this goes on, where will it lead?” All someone has to do is take a look at the news to see how politics is decided more along the lines of greed or faith rather than logic and the common sense. It's good to make some logical guesses as to how far this could go. The “god botherers” (as they are termed in this book) have mostly gone into exile away from their home countries. The “problem” in the middle-east has been “resolved”. Then add in Artificial Intelligence (quite by accident), the murder of a priest and a bishop, terrorism planned by religious extremists (who just happen to be A.I. robots that have caught the religious fanaticism bug), a trans-gender police officer, a werewolf faith war veteran (now police officer), a very popular night club D.J., some very believable advances in technology (the pillars concept was used in a tale by Charles Sheffield) and you get a well done science fiction police detective story. This is not just a straight science-fiction. There was enough of that to keep me happy as well as just enough of a detective tale. I am starting to think that Ken Macleod is trying to keep his books form being easily classified :). Or, just maybe, he likes to keep trying to expand his field. Either way, it works for him and me.

Book Blurb for The Night Sessions

A bishop is dead. As Detective Inspector Adam Ferguson picks through the rubble of the tiny church, he discovers that it was deliberately bombed. That it's a terrorist act is soon beyond doubt. It's been a long time since anyone saw anything like this. Terrorism is history....After the Middle East wars and the rising sea levels—after Armageddon and the Flood—came the Great Rejection. The first Enlightenment separated church from state. The Second Enlightenment has separated religion from politics. In this enlightened age there's no persecution, but the millions who still believe and worship are a marginal and mistrusted minority. Now someone is killing them. At first, suspicion falls on atheists more militant than the secular authorities. But when the target list expands to include the godless, it becomes evident that something very old has risen from the ashes. Old and very, very dangerous...

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 4.00