The latest installment in Asaro's futuristic Tales of the Ruby Dynasty series is a cautionary tale for our time. In a world where entertainment marketing takes precedence over talent and quality,
and where virtual reality is the ultimate addictive drug, the contemporary reader will, like it or not, feel right at home. Readers who aspire to a music career will enjoy the "inside look," and fans
of the series will surely be moved by
the protagonist's tragic past.
Del is an underestimated prince of the Ruby Dynasty on his home planet, but here on Earth he just wants to make music. Before his military "babysitters" have a chance to object, Del has a recording contract and is taking his band on tour. But not even Del's love of music -- and his producer -- can protect him from the addictive personality that got him in so much trouble back home. (BAEN, May, 480 pp., $23.00)