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Dance For The Ivory Madonna: A Romance Of Psiberspace

by Don Sakers

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From Library Journal
As a dual citizen of the United States and the new African nation of Umoja and a task leader for an international organization known as Nexus, Damien Nshogoza travels to the world's hot spots, addressing political and social disturbances as necessary. But Damien has another, more personal, agenda to seek revenge against the imposter who replaced his father and murdered his mother. Set during the mid-21st century in a world ravaged by AIDS and myriad other problems, this latest work by Sakers (The Leaves of October) offers a vivid and plausible description of a near-future in which humanity's fate hinges on the deeds of a few pivotal individuals. For most sf collections.
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Publisher's Weekly, January 21, 2002
Making his way through this brave new world is a young African-American operative of a secret organization...

Library Journal, February 15, 2002
A vivid and plausible description of a near-future in which humanity’s fate hinges on the deeds of a few.

Book Description

When Damien was eight, his father vanished - replaced by an impostor. The stranger stole his father's identity and murdered his mother, altering digital records to conceal the crime. Damien, finding that no adults believed him, fled to live with relatives.

NOW . . .

Damien is an adult; an operative in a covert international organization, acting under the command of the legendary Ivory Madonna. He has the power, he has the support of his friends - and now it's time to avenge his father. And, if he can, to save the world in the process.

From the Publisher
Dance for the Ivory Madonna is one of the few science fiction novels to feature African-American characters and themes. The main character, Damien Nshogoza, is an African-American with dual U.S./Umoja citizenship. Much of the action takes place in Africa.

The book features four entirely different and innovative types of cyberspace, as well as colorful and well-realized settings in the real world: the African union known as Umoja, the theocracy of the Christian States of America, and the Ivory Madonna’s madcap artist’s colony.

Above all, Dance for the Ivory Madonna is the story of interesting, compelling people at a time of crisis: The mysterious and powerful Ivory Madonna, struggling protect her friends and her world; Penylle, a young psi-gifted woman whose most deeply-held loyalties are brought into question; and Damien, a young man caught at the intersection between responsibility and opportunity, vengeance and compassion, ability and control.

About the Author
Don Sakers is the author of The Leaves of October (Compton Crook Award nominee) and editor of Carmen Miranda’s Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three. His short fiction appeared in Wollheim’s Year’s Best SF anthologies in 1984 and 1988. His story “The Cold Solution” was named Analog’s Best Short Story in 1991. A public librarian, Sakers lives in Maryland.



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