|Plot Summary of The Manna Trail|
In the 25th century, the inner-system-based United Nations sends superspy Charles Dunn to a Jupiter-orbiting city deep into Outer Consortium territory to retrieve a secret document hidden inside a famous painting. Dunn is accompanied by a Digital Person named Daphne who is implanted into his brain and who serves as secretary, chauffeur, communications system, lookout, and sometimes pain in the posterior. They stumble into an assassination staged by underground criminal elements on an influential Martian senator and a Jovian senator who are forming a task force to look into black market manna smuggling.
Manna is a plant with tremendous nutritive and medicinal properties which can also be misused as a drug. It is genetically modified to survive only in the harsh Martian environment. Dunn cannot save the senators, but he rescues Sarah, the Martian's young daughter, and grabs the document. They must then flee from the peacemen, synthetic humans who were designed for law enforcement purposes, and in so doing they come upon others who are also fleeing.
Little Sarah has a knack for helping other children in trouble and soon Dunn is traveling back to the inner system with many more children in tow. One of them is a child peaceman who was stolen at birth and raised as an enforcer for black market manna runners. Dunn discovers that by retrieving the document, he has perpetuated the Martian monopoly over all manna trade and together with the children he now plots to break that monopoly.
This synopsis report prepared by Clifford W. Dunbar
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|Chapter Analysis of The Manna Trail|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- spying/espionage in enemy territorry
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If enemy is a group...
- drug dealers
- long lived adults
- Domed/Underground City
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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