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    DescriptionThe year is 2450 C.E. and the world has enjoyed two centuries of peace. The population of the planet has stabilised at 3 billion following the devastating effects of climate change, famine, disease and wars that raged for nearly 200 years. One central government, the World Federation of Nations, administers the judicial needs of all nations through its General Assembly and funds scientific research dedicated to restoring the planet's fragile ecosystems. At a principal research facility located in Melbourne, Australia, a scientist is assaulted and vital data stolen from their computer records. Almost simultaneously, four other facilities around the world are similarly compromised. When murder impacts upon the course of events, Federation investigators realise they are dealing with a dark conspiracy that stretches across the globe. They enlist the support of the scientists and their sometimes capricious cats; mysterious creatures bred in special centres.


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    Henri Licht I was mesmerized by Inge Meldgaard's trilogy- The Cicada, A Death in the Making and The Seed Gatherers- The Cicada is a tour de force in futuristic fiction. The author manages to weave a fascinating whodunnit with current issues of conservation, world governance, moral probity and power. The plot unravels slowly and pushes the reader along eager for the next layer of intrigue. Meldgaard uses clever inventions to do with cyber facilitation and the wonderfully endearing telepathic powers of large cats and indeed some of her protagonists.
    Her characters transcend racial and sexual stereotypes: they are strong, gifted, physically attractive and in most cases motivated by altruism, scientific integrity and the desire to improve social harmony. The style is crisp, pacy and easy to follow. The sense of symmetry in her characters and plot gives the novel extra charm. The sub-themes of romance, martial arts and cuisine delights add to the overall favour. The clincher for me, however is her acumen on matters of environmental threats. As a bizarre species we have to first experience disaster and degradation before we wake up to the imperative to hang onto our precious ecosystems. Yet the Cicada retains all the trimmings of a good detective yarn. Readers rejoice! Recommended to readers over the age of fifteen.
    Henri John Licht by Henri Licht

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