Private eye Jake Cardigan must derail an insidious plot by the ruthless Tek cartel to replace the US president with an android designed to do the group’s dark bidding
William Shatner, the original face of Captain Kirk on TV’s Star Trek, displays another side of his remarkable talent with his sixth excursion into a future world where the ubiquitous techno-drug Tek rules, and one man remains dedicated to wiping the scourge and its criminal suppliers from the face of tomorrow’s Earth.
Jake Cardigan—ex-cop, private investigator, and former Tek user—has been given a special assignment by the head of the Cosmos Detective Agency: to track down the murderer of his daughter-in-law. It is a job that takes Jake and his partner, Sid Gomez, from Los Angeles to the East Coast and into the heart of a terrifying conspiracy surrounding the president of the United States. Unbeknownst to the nation and the world, President Warren Brookmeyer, a Tek addict, is in rehab and has been temporarily replaced by an android replica, indistinguishable from the real chief executive. But the brazen scheme to shield the country from the truth is, in reality, the brainchild of the ruthless and powerful TekLords, who intend to keep the simulacrum in power indefinitely in order to alter official policy concerning the dangerous mind-enhancing electronic drug. If Jake and Sid fail to expose and eliminate this treasonous plot, the president will surely die—along with liberty, the law, and the twenty-second-century American way.
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Though told with humor and at a brisk pace, Shatner's sixth yarn featuring futuristic PI Jake Cardigan (Tek Secret) is so overstocked with cardboard characters, nearly each of them trying to do damage to another, that it's sometimes difficult to tell who is doing what to whom. Here, the head of the Cosmos Detective Agency asks Jake and his partner, Sid Gomez, to identify and track down the murderer of his daughter-in-law. The investigation takes the two gumshoes from their base in 22nd-century Los Angeles to New York and Washington, D.C., as they bump up against a plan to replace the president of the U.S. with an android while he's in rehab kicking his addiction to ``Tek,'' a computerized, mind-altering drug. Several luscious lovelies, of varying degrees of bitchiness, comprise the female characterizations, while Jake remains a tough-and-tender PI cliche, role model and caregiver for his 16-year-old son. Gomez, too, ultimately comes off as just another stereotypical Latin lover (``I've always got time for ogling,'' he crows). Overall, this reads like an uninspired blend of Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick, but given the success of the previous Cardigan books, as well as the author's Star Trek allure, it'll probably climb the charts at warp speed anyway.