Lionel Salkind was a rising musical star. His twin brother, Leo Foss, was a researcher in government work that he couldn't talk about. Then the helicopter they were flying crashed. When he woke up, Lionel learned that both he and Leo had sustained fatal injuries, and he was only alive because the surgeon had used organs from Leo to repair Lionel's slightly less damaged body. More than half of Lionel's brain was gone, and had been replaced with Leo's Lionel, in fact, had become "HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER"
Not one of Sheffield's epic space sagas, but a very good book that I enjoyed thouroughly.
Typical Charles Sheffield but not as well thought out as some of his others.
Most of Sheffield's work that I have read (or scanned) hasn't really engaged me, but this one sounded intriguing. I suppose it was the premise of identical twins who were raised seperately and then physically conjoined (not in a sense as in Siamese twins, more similar to mix-and-match) with each twin dominating one hemisphere of the "same" brain.
Although the medical technology utilized in the book certainly is speculative, I would still not classify this book as real "science fiction." IMO, this is more of a thriller which happens to center on such speculative devices/biochemical agents.
I am not averse to thrillers - but it isn't necessarily the type of fiction which grabs me. Yet this particular book was fun enough to read that I've been trying to determine whether there is a sequel to the book. The ending chapters definitely seem to imply at least one follow up novel; and if Sheffield hasn't produced one, most readers will feel cheated.
Older PB, some foxing but a good read.
Lionel Salkind was glad for a visit from his twin brother Leo; the two rarely saw each other. Then their plane went down, and as he lost consciousness Lionel knew that Leo was dead.
Lionel woke up in a hospital, to the eerie news that he owed his life to bits of his dead brother's brain transplanted into hiw own skull. It was a very experimental operation, but it seemed to have been successful.
And then the memories began. Terrifying snatches of memory that had no place in Lionel's own quiet past. Leo's memories, calling him somehow to finish a job half-done - a dangerous job whose importance to the world Lionel had not even begun to grasp.