By Kevin J. Anderson

ISBN-10: 0553576402

ISBN-13: 9780553576405

Feel you'll change our bodies with someone else? What fascinating new reports may you opt to discover? What forbidden wants may you indulge? think somebody stole your life–how a ways could you visit get it back?

From New York Times bestselling writer Kevin J. Anderson comes a natural adrenaline mystery of hijacked identities, elusive causes, and deeply buried secrets–a worrying, thought-provoking day trip right into a glossy, hedonistic society the place not anything is your own...not even your soul.

Hopscotch

For a rate, Eduard Swan will change our bodies with humans in distress–those dealing with surgical procedures, emotional crises, moments of unpleasantness or ache they can’t or may really no longer take care of. Eduard will event the discomfort for them. It’s a profitable company, and in an international during which nobody is needed to suppose any ache, there's no finish of consumers. yet anyone doesn’t are looking to play through the principles. a person doesn’t are looking to go back his physique. And, regrettably for Eduard, that somebody is among the world’s strongest males. Now Eduard has no selection yet to thieve again his existence.

He has the appropriate alibi–or so he thinks. For even in a global the place you could hopscotch from physique to physique, you usually depart a path. And following that path is a constant dispenser of “justice” named Daragon, a adolescence buddy, now a zealous and impressive agent of nation defense, who won’t allow previous friendships stand within the manner of doing his responsibility.

When Eduard is going at the run, hounded at each flip via Daragon, his basically wish is 2 different formative years buddies: Garth, a tormented artist who profits luck past his wildest goals, merely to find the poor cost of repute; and Teresa, a non secular seeker who dangers wasting her personal physique to a fanatical spiritual cult as she embarks on a harrowing quest to discover her precise id.

Moving from underground hopscotch excitement bars to the top enclaves of energy to a seamy underworld of unlawful Phantoms, historic minds who thieve more youthful our bodies in a quest for everlasting existence, Eduard and his associates search the which means of id in a society during which appearances suggest everything–and nothing–and the place every thing is relative...even homicide.

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A few books referred to her; she was said to be the deified daughter of a Mayan nobleman. So they said. I have found books to be completely unreliable when it comes to identifying the shadows that I meet in the ruins. With half-closed eyes, I leaned my head against the stone behind me and watched her go. A modern psychiatrist—that shaman sans rattle and incense—would say that Zuhuy-kak was wish fulfillment and hallucination, brought on by stress, spicy food, aguardiente. If pressed, he might say, with waving of hands, that Zuhuy-kak—and the less talkative shadows that haunt me—are aspects of 38 myself.

I did not know what to say. Shadows do not talk to me. “I stopped to rest,” I said carefully. ” She was a shape in the darkness, no more than that. I could make out no details. She laughed, a soft low sound like water pouring from a jug. “Peace is not so easy to find. ” 35 “I know this place,” I said sharply, resenting this shadow for claiming I did not know a place that I considered my own. ” She stood motionless for a moment, her head cocked a little to one side. “So you think you belong here, shadow?

The liquor did not stop the noise in my head, but the buzz of the alcohol helped drown out the nagging voices that told me about how badly I was behaving, about how ashamed my father would be to see me. I turned on the television and idly flipped from station to station, never lingering beyond the first commercial, until only one station remained on the air, playing old movies until dawn. I sat in my father’s easy chair and watched a pretty blond actress argue with a craggy-faced man. I knew, without seeing the rest of the movie, that the argument would come to nothing.

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