The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Tony Batton has just recently added book #2, Resurface to the Interface series.
One of the things that I liked about Tony Batton’s first novel in the series, Interface, was that Batton always kept you wondering which character is the bad guy and this makes for a whole lotta fun. I am pleased to say that Batton doesn’t disappoint with Resurface. Resurface takes off not long after the events that occurred in Interface. Most of the characters that we loved and hated are back along with a few new wicked villains. Our reluctant hero, Tom Faraday, is now dealing with his new found abilities and trying to stay under the radar. This turns out not to be as easy as it seems since everyone and his brother are out to get him. Surprisingly, he finds an unlikely ally and develops an attachment that he finds rather unsettling.
Batton’s series focuses around emerging technologies that one would think are the working of science fiction, but are in fact based on a certain level of reality. Besides brain-computer interfaces which was introduced in the novel Interface, Batton acquaints us with the technology of the invisible cloak. The reality is that scientists are one step away from creating a Harry Potter like invisibility cloak. Batton takes this concept and runs with it in Resurface which should give one pause into why we would want to create something that could so easily be abused.
Resurface is filled with exhilarating action to help brighten up a dreary day. Though I would say that Resurface could be read as a standalone, it would be more fulfilling if Interface is read beforehand.
To learn more about the series check out Tony Batton’s Interface series.