Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Review: The Punch Escrow

Tal M Klein's The Punch Escrow begins with this beguiling title. What the heck does it mean?

Note: These are my take-aways from Klein's book, The Punch Escrow, which I received for review purposes. I retain editorial control over content shown in this blog entry. No other remuneration was received for authoring the book except a digital copy of the book.
In a short time, you are carried off on a wild chase as the story unfolds, the meaning of obscure scientific terms becomes clear. The title suffices to mask the real story until it can be unveiled, a bit at a time. At first, I wondered why the obscure title and scientific terms. Then, I realized that I was learning, along with the main character (Joel Byram), the truth of The Punch Escrow. Teleportation, in widespread use for people transport, is not as harmless as we've learned in Star Trek. Rather, it is more sinister.

In short, teleportation does not involve transporting someone from one place to the next. Instead, copies of people are 3D printed at their location, while the "original" is destroyed. This equates to murder for some who oppose the company responsible for global transportation.

Klein's book had me laughing at some points at the cleverness of a character whose job it is to interact with smart rooms, vehicles and AIs. Joel Byram, the main character(s), struggles to overcome a fading relationship with his wife, embracing the opportunity of a vacation in a Latin American country. Unfortunately, things don't quite go as planned, and his wife, who works for the teleportation company, does a few things she should not have.

In all, this was a fun book to read that intrigued me scientifically, frightened me a bit about the power of "3D printing" in the future as a means of transport, and had me smiling throughout at certain parts. Still, I found myself left uneasy at the story's end, and that may have been by design.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, absolutely, the story is definitely worth picking up! It will be released July 25, 2017 by Amazon (find it here). As an avid science fiction reader, the story will engage and make you think twice about 3D printing and technology's applications in the future. In terms of human interest, you'll probably have to muster a bit of sympathy for a man whose cleverness will be barely enough to keep him alive from one chase to another...and, still, you'll wonder if all the work was worth his effort.

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