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Transition

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A world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organisation with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

On the Concern’s books are Temudjin Oh, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice; and a nameless, faceless torturer known only as the Philosopher. And then there’s the renegade Mrs Mulverhill, who recruits rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, hiding out from a dirty past in a forgotten hospital ward. As these vivid, strange and sensuous worlds circle and collide, the implications of turning traitor to the Concern become horribly apparent, and an unstable universe is set on a dizzying course.

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** 'Stunning . . . tackles the issues of the responsibility of power, the moral implications of intervention and even the philosophical conundrum of what constitutes life itself. If only more contemporary fiction were like it . . . A book that makes you l
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
** 'Baroque, digressive, kinetic, teeming with big ideas and grand theories, it's a novel to get lost in . . . gripping
THE TIMES
Baroque, digressive, kinetic, teeming with big ideas and grand theories, it's a novel to get lost in... gripping
The Times
Iain Banks is gifted with wonderful fluency and dizzying imaginative flair
Daily Mail
One of Iain Banks's most imaginative and compelling novels yet
Scotsman
Wildly imaginative... A corker of a thriller, a classic good versus bad tale, and one which the author uses to tackle some seriously big moral and philosophical issues - but always in his typically light-handed and darkly humorous fashion... A book that makes you think, one that makes you look at the world around you in a different light, and it's also a properly thrilling read
Independent on Sunday
A labyrinthine tale of great conception and craft... A memorable array of characters... Transition is awash with energy and dark wit
Sunday Business Post
An engrossing, futuristic fable with plenty to say about the here and now
Metro
** 'One of Iain Banks's most imaginative and compelling novels yet
SCOTSMAN
Transition is Banks at his exuberant, flamboyant, head-spinning best
Financial Times
A highly readable and engrossing sci-fi thriller
Sunday Herald
Brilliantly compulsive
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