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    E. J. Swift(Author)

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Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary.

But with the discovery of a radio signal comes the stark realization that there is life outside their small island existence. Adelaide’s worries are about to become much bigger.

Meanwhile, as rumour spreads on the mainland, many head to the lost city of Osiris with their own devious objectives. But in a world where war is king and only the most powerful survive, there can only be one victor…

The thrilling, epic finale to The Osiris Project

"Swift has produced another beautifully-written novel." (Civilian Reader)"I loved Osiris and Cataveiro and this final volume did not disappoint ... Swift's post-apocalyptic world reveals itself in new and unexpected ways" (Maureen Kincaid Speller Interzone)"It was a brilliant setting with wonderful characters and I’d really like to go back to Osiris one day to see how they’re all doing ... a really immersive series" (SFCrowsnest)"Cataveiro has a soulful, lonely quality as Taeo and Ramona embark on their missions, haunted by memories of the past and visions of what lies ahead … an intriguing world to get lost in." (SciFi Now)"A fantastic blend of worldbuilding, excellent storytelling and complex characters." (John DeNardo SF Signal)

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • E. J. Swift(Author)
  • Del Rey (29 Jan. 2015)
  • English
  • 3
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By CDG on 15 November 2016

    TAMARUQ is the third book in The Osiris Project trilogy. As this is the third book in a series, some description of the preceding two books is necessary although it is always difficult to try and do this without giving away too much to those who have not read them.In the first novel, OSIRIS we were introduced to the sea city of Osiris. Osiris was built as a technological showcase and a living place for the elite. However, then there was a devastating war and the refugees fled to Osiris and now the city is brutally divided into the opulent East, where the original settlers live and the poverty stricken West where the refugees have been permanently quarantined for decades, with only a few “uplifts” ever able to cross over to the East. The Osirians believe they are the only humans left alive. Continental land is thought un-inhabitable after being scourged by bio-engineered diseases and the sea is un-navigable because of immense hyperstorms. Adelaide Rechnov, spoilt granddaughter of one of the founders and Vikram Bai, from the slums of the West both become advocates for change but the fledgling rebellion ends in disaster. In the second book, CATAVEIRO we learnt more about the fate of the rest of the world and the after-effects of the war. A boat from Osiris is ship-wrecked on the South American coast with only a single survivor. This arrival disrupts the fragile détente between the surviving regimes and the survivor becomes a pawn that everyone has an interest in controlling. Osiris is not alone and in this book we uncover some of the reasons why Osiris had remained isolated and out of communication. In this third book TAMARUQ Osiris is revealed to all the world and various continental powers compete for control of its resources. However, it is the returning shipwrecked refugee and the secrets uncovered by a Patagonian pilot, Ramona that hold the key to saving both Osiris and the rest of the world. E J Swift is a relatively new writer. Her previous work, before this trilogy, was short fiction (published in Interzone magazine and anthologies from Jurassic London and NewCon Press). Her short story “Saga’s Children” was shortlisted for a BSFA Award. What E J Swift does very well in these books is establish a well-thought out and believable world and the effects on the people who live there seems realistic. The closed, small world of Osiris is contrasted very well with the vast, lonely continent of South America.Although I enjoyed this third book, in attempting to re-connect these two contrasting scenarios, it felt like there were too many story strands and some did not get the attention that I felt they deserved. My favourite of the trilogy was the first as I found the complex society of Osiris and the characters more appealing and was less engaged when they were not the only focus. That being said, this is a very ambitious and well-written SF trilogy by a talented writer who I would happily read more of.(Review copy kindly donated by Del Rey)

  • By camilla corr on 14 April 2015

    The third instalment of E. J. Swift's Osiris project was a real page turner. Each book in the trilogy has steadily gained momentum, with this, the thrilling conclusion. As someone who enjoyed the first two so much, this was a really satisfying read in which I finally got to piece together the remaining bits of the puzzle. It was pacy and frequently put the reader off-balance. The characters and the world created by Swift all conspired to keep you gripped until the final page. I couldn't put it down.

  • By LIS on 3 April 2015

    I am halfway through this final book of the Osiris Project trilogy and I am really enjoying it. I am looking forward to finding out what happens although I will be sorry to come to the end. I am sure I will ready all the books again in the future. E J Swift is a very talented writer and I am looking forward to further books.

  • By Willy Eckerslike on 31 May 2015

    Whatever happened? Both Osiris and Cataveiro were so beautifully... no, artfully written. From the claustrophobic western quarter of Orisis to the sweeping planes of the Atacama and the sweltering ghettos of Cataveiro, E.J.'s masterly penmanship wove a rich and engaging tapestry as we followed first Adelaide and Victor then Ramona and Taeo through their post apocalyptic futures. In Tamaruq these main and the various sub plot threads come together as befits the final volume of a trilogy.However, much like the aforementioned apocalypse, the four horsemen have trampled all over Tamaruq. Proof-read, if at all, by a predictive text robot with less grasp on simple grammatical rules than the average teenage boy, this third instalment is riddled with narrative arresting bloopers and even wrong words (e.g. honing instead of homing, patrons instead of patrols, sat instead of sitting). I'm tempted to quote some examples... yeah, I will:"The holoma bisects into two halves..." . Yep, that's what bisects means."... they disappear amongst the denser foliage of the forestry." The what? (not the only occurrence of `forestry'.)"She hears Dien sigh, a soft expulsion of breath." Oh, so that's what a sigh is. "... It's your civic service." Surely it's your civic duty."... there's people in there still, there's people trapped...". Hmm..."... Her breath is shallow and every gulp of air is like swallowing soup.". Shallow breathing isn't gulped and what's so difficult about swallowing soup (unless it's really hot)? "... , and..." All over the place. Grrr.There is also a brilliant one along the lines of someone `struggling with what they are struggling with' but I didn't note the page number and I couldn't find it again.Suffice to say that faced with such cruel abuse of the English language coupled with deepening disappointment at every turn of the page, I gave up about half way through. It is fairly rare for me to fail to finish a book but I read for pleasure and there was precious little to be found in Tamaruq. The story itself and the gradual convergence of the multiple narrative threads is well conceived, just shockingly executed.


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