04 November 2014

Review: Skinjob by Bruce McCabe

Skinjob by Bruce McCabe book cover
* Copy courtesy of Random House Books *

Skinjob is an exciting techno-thriller set in the near future from debut Australian author Bruce McCabe. Daniel Madsen is our protagonist; a Federal Agent with a small handheld lie detector unit, called to join the task force after a bombing in downtown San Francisco.

The target of the bombing was a brothel (called a dollhouse) where patrons pay to spend time with lifelike sex robots; called skinjobs because of their lifelike skin.

Skinjob includes the political landscape of the world McCabe has created, and features a religious movement that's more like a giant advertising machine than a church. The New Christian Organization of America (NeChristo) is a suspect in the bombing due to their protests against Dreamcom - the manufacturers of the skinjobs. 

NeChristo directly transmits their daily podcasts to their millions of followers by use of G-rings (cross-shaped earring that acts as a receiver and earpiece). A scary thought indeed. The descriptions of the NeChristo headquarters showed incredible imagination by the author and I wouldn't be surprised if his words inspired an architect or two in the process. I'd definitely want to visit!

Starting out as a self-published novel before being picked up by Bantam Press (Random House Books), McCabe's writing is unexpectedly polished and tight, and gives the impression of an experienced writer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller, with more to offer than just crime, action and suspense. There's much to consider here and the reader is entertained in the process.

My rating = ****

Carpe Librum!

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  1. I enjoyed the whole concept of this book, the whole political discussion around "sexdolls" was interesting

  2. Completely agree with you Michael, thanks for your comment.

  3. I enjoyed this as well. I particularly liked the fact that McCabe touched on a range of social / political issues.


  4. Thanks Deb me too. It will be interesting to watch and see if sex dolls (robotic ones) will enter the sex industry in the next few years. I can definitely see it happening.


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