Booklist Review



Mockymen starts out innocently enough, with a pair of jigsaw-puzzle makers commissioned to make some complicated puzzles. The subject, a park in Oslo, and the buyer's requirement that they include nude photos of themselves posing with the park's sculpture are off-putting, but the price is right. Then they start having odd dreams of a ritual that took place during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Olav, their customer, was, it seems, involved in the ritual and wants to finish it, in the process reincarnating himself and, in a sense, giving himself immortality. Fifteen or so years later, the world is visited by aliens who, lacking bodies, use those of persons made comatose by the drug bliss. Jamie was supposed to be just another body for the so-called Mockymen, but now Olav has awakened, attracting the curiosity of subversive elements in the Combined Intelligence Service, who suspect that the Mockymen intend something more sinister than tourism. Full of adventures on other planets, alien takeovers, and conspiracy, this is clever and entertaining reading.

— Regina Schroeder, Booklist

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