Although elements in this first entry in the Shadowstorm series are faintly reminiscent of the works of Masamune Shirow, the narrative here is long on action and very short on plausibility or logic. This cyberpunk alternate-history thriller doesn’t deliver, lacking worldbuilding and plotting.

In a world where Nazi Germany prevailed, modern Earth is divided between two shaky alliances: the United States and Germany on one side and the Soviets and China on the other. Alix Nico is one of America’s hyper-advanced cyborgs, an eager player in the violent games between the Great Powers. The revelation that Alix’s father, thought long dead, might still be alive catapults Alix and her colleagues on an adventure that will take them deep into enemy territory. Danger mounts as this operation pits her against the enigmatic leader of the Blades of Persia, a man known only as Winter. (DEL REY, Sep., 368 pp., $9.99)
Reviewed by: 
James Davis Nicoll