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The Spartacus File Lawrence Watt-Evans Carl Parlagreco Chapter One A siren screamed somewhere on the streets below, then faded, and Casper Beech tried hard not to take it as an evil omen.

The Spartacus File Lawrence Watt-Evans Carl Parlagreco Chapter One A siren screamed somewhere on the streets below, then faded, and Casper Beech tried hard not to take it as an evil omen. After all, who needed evil omens to know he was facing disaster? Any time he got called in to see the boss, it had to be bad news. A siren screamed somewhere on the streets below, then faded, and Casper Beech tried hard not to take it as an evil omen.

Chapter One. Imprinting was not something he looked forward to, but his mood improved as he worked. New software might make traces like this less tedious, and the imprinting would be quick, at any rate.

Lethal government agents seek to correct the error in a steadily-escalating conflict, while Casper struggles to survive, to remain true to himself despite his new programming, and to find out just what was i. HE SPARTACUS FILE. Sci-fi & Fantasy Classic Sci-fi. One fee. Stacks of books. Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once).

This list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Lawrence Watt-Evans. The Lure of the Basilisk (1980). The Seven Altars of Dûsarra (1981). The Sword of Bheleu (1982). The Book of Silence (1984). Out of This World (1993). In the Empire of Shadow (1995). The Reign of the Brown Magician (1996). Dragon Weather (1999). The Dragon Society (2001). The main chactacter of this series is Arlian, on a perilous mission to destroy all dragons.

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Casper Beech is a corporate drone

Casper Beech is a corporate drone. Casper Beech is a corporate drone. One day his boss sends him in for neural imprinting but a computer glitch loads the wrong file, and Casper is programmed with something that has nothing to do with his job.

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Philadelphia, some time in the 21st century - Casper Beech is a corporate drone, a man beaten down by debt, a wage-slave to the Consortium that dominates the American economy. One day his boss sends him in for neural imprinting - to have new job skills implanted directly in his brain, because it's faster and cheaper than training him by older methods. But a computer glitch loads the wrong file, and Casper is programmed with something that has nothing to do with his job. Instead of learning a new software package, he learns a new way of thinking - a mindset designed by a secret government agency for use in enemy nations, and never meant to be unleashed in the United States. Lethal government agents seek to correct the error in a steadily-escalating conflict, while Casper struggles to survive, to remain true to himself despite his new programming, and to find out just what was in... THE SPARTACUS FILE

Comments: (4)

Natety
Short but enjoyable story. Realitively fast paced. Plot was good but wished the author had extended the story a further rather than basically cutting it off and carrying it up to the future and adding a little twist at the end. A good novella but not a full book
Gir
Well, I just purchased this book through Amazon, and after it arrived, I devoured it in one evening and the following morning (a total of about 3-4 hours). I really enjoyed how the book was going right up till the last 3 pages when, as an earlier reviewer put it, "the book jumped sixteen years to an unsatisfying end". Now, the authors did put in the ending the possibility of a sequel which, if done right, could then salvage this book, but until then, I have to give this book 3 stars, of which 1 and 1/2 of them are only because the first 166 pages of this 169 page book were SO good.
Hystana
I never expected to see a serious dystopian novel from Lawrence Watt-Evans. I knew he had a dark streak, as demonstrated in his extremely troubling Brown Magician series, but he's best known for intelligent, light fantasy not for works of political vision - at least not until he teamed up with Carl Parlagreco to write The Spartacus File.

The Spartacus File is more than just a dystopian novel, it's a polemic very specifically aimed at negative trends in current American society. There's no question that the storytelling and characterization suffer because of this, but the result is a novel which has the minimalist feel of classic dystopian works like Slan, The Day After Tomorrow and The Brave Free Men, where the story to a large extent takes a second seat to the message.

The novel is sent in a near future where the United States has evolved into a single-party corporate dominated state with a strong police aparatus where people are at the mercy of their employers, under the thumb of politcial oligarchs and at the mercy of covert police units which can make dissenters and troublemakers disappear. The Constitution is still theoretically in force, but after a major economic crisis it's been suspended and superseded by the needs of the all-powerful state.

Casper Beech is a cog in this machine-like society, overworked and undervalued and totally cowed and submissive - essentially a slave to the system. Then he's called into his boss's office and told that they're upgrading the software he uses, and to keep him up to speed he's going to be sent for neural programming to learn the new software instantly. Like a good sheep he takes the treatment, something goes wrong, and he's imprinted with a much more complex skill set accidentally downloaded from a covert government project.

What follows is a fast-paced, bare-bones narrative of Casper's efforts to stay alive while the government tries to eliminate him, and his coming to terms with the programming he was given - the 'Spartacus File' of the title - and acting on its compulsion to attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. Or as he interprets the purpose of the program, to return the nation to its Constitutional roots.

The most interesting element of the novel is the distinct perspectives which different characters have on the state in which they live. The mysterious government agent Mr. Smith can't understand how an American could accept the imprinting of the file which is supposed to only work on someone who's suffered a lifetime of slavery and persecution. From his perspective America is still a free society founded on individual rights, but the reality as revealed to Casper by the Spartacus File is quite different. The weak point of the novel is the extremely abrupt conclusion. After establishing the basic situation the novel abruptly leaps forward 16 years to a very unsatisfying conclusion.

Where the novel succeeds the most is in recreating the spare style of dystopian science fiction of the previous century. It reminds me of early Heinlein and Van Vogt. The extrapolation of a troubling near future is all too believable, and the somewhat one-dimensional characters fit with the style as symbols more than unique individuals. The ending is negative and somewhat contrived, but I could live with that if it didn't end so suddenly and unsatisfyingly. I'm not going to go into details of the plot, but I started off reading avidly, unable to put the book down, at least briefly convinced that it might be a dystopian classic. But the ending left me annoyed and unfulfilled. I don't expect this kind of novel to end in glorious triumph or heroic martyrdom, but in this case the conclusion was too abrupt and contrived to be convincing or satisfying.

Nonetheless I think The Spartacus File is worth reading if only for the critique of trends in contemporary society, but there are other dystopian novels of the past generation which I would recommend more highly, particularly An Enemy of the State by F. Paul Wilson, which has just as strong a message, but is a much more enjoyable read.
Weernis
I guess this was OK for what it was. I just didn't know it was written for young teenagers, so I was disappointed. If you want to teach your children about the evils of big government, then this may be the book for you. If you are a fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans' other books, then you are probably too old for this one.
The Spartacus File download epub
Science Fiction
Author: Carl Parlagreco,Lawrence Watt-Evans
ISBN: 0809556286
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Wildside Press (October 1, 2005)
Pages: 188 pages