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Haze Haze by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by John Enzinas
Major Keir Roget is a government operative who works for the Federation, the current government of human civilization. Its strongest roots are in the Chinese government that created the Federation as it conquered the Earth and then spread out across the galaxy. In the past, Roget was sent out as a covert operative and discovered a cell of dissidents who were plotting against the Federation. In the present, he has been sent to Haze, a planet so named because it has a shroud to protect it from intruders and apparently also from detection.

The Ethos Effect The Ethos Effect by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
reviewed by Donna McMahon
Commander Van Albert is an accomplished career military officer, but a constant source of annoyance to his politicking superiors in the upper ranks of the RSF. After achieving dramatic success , he is promoted into retirement. But still young and wanting to work as a ship's captain, he accepts a lucrative and mysterious offer from a foundation called Integrated Information Systems. When war breaks out, Albert finds himself in a pivotal position and he must face tough choices about who lives, who dies, and who will control the fate of the galaxy.

Legacies Legacies by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
A magical cataclysm has destroyed the world of Corus, fracturing it into several smaller countries that have forgotten the peace and beauty of the past. Instead, they find themselves struggling up from the ashes of their civilization and fighting against each other. Because magic ruined their world, any one with talent is treated with suspicion, usually becoming enslaved to the rich and powerful. When Alucius heals his grandmother's injury, he shows that he has much more Talent than is healthy.

The Octagonal Raven The Octagonal Raven by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Daryn Alwyn is his own man. Born into one of the richest, most influential families in the world, Daryn chooses to go his own way, living his life the way he wishes. Although he has all the advantages of the nanite-augmented body and mind of a "pre-select," he has no intention to use those gifts in the family business. In fact, Daryn fully believes he is living life on his own terms, independent and isolated. How little detachment he has really achieved is about to become painfully obvious to him.

Colors of Chaos Colors of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Ken Newquist
In some ways, this is like a 634-piece jigsaw puzzle. Its pacing can be slow and seemingly pointless, but as the book develops readers begin to understand the author's reasoning. By the end of the novel, when the last pieces of the plot fall into place, readers can sit back and say "hmmm, that was worth the wait."

Of Tangible Ghosts, Ghost of the Revelator Of Tangible Ghosts and Ghost of the Revelator by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
The story unfolds slowly, and the same wonderful details of everyday life enlivens both books -- lunch at a favorite cafe, icy roads, dense, lazy, occasionally sharp students, petty academic politics -- making the trip worthwhile. This world is slower-paced than ours, and Modesitt's prose has something of the heavy Dutch feel of well-fed burghers, shining-clean windows, and tidy lives.

The Ecolitan  Enigma The Ecolitan Enigma by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
Shadowy organizations of dedicated, competent fighters-against-evil are a classic SF trope, and Modesitt knows the classics. This novel is one of the best. It is thoughtful, well-written, an accurate and disturbing portrait of the dark side of humanity.

The Soprano Sorceress The Soprano Sorceress by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Jeff Berkwits
The author is best known among fantasy fans for his long-running Recluce series. Throughout this novel (not in that series), he creates a compelling tale where mastery of melody can literally mean the difference between life and death.

The Ecolitan Enigma The Ecolitan Enigma by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Thomas Myer
The Ecolitan Enigma is a roman-à-clef about entire societies that we know. Tom finds this viewpoint refreshing and rare.

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