Stephen Krensky

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Bonham squeezes considerable tension and suspense from the proceedings [in "The Missing Persons League"], but little else of note. His characters are never in focus except when occupying center stage; their background machinations—which contribute significantly to the plot—are left blurred, unresolved by the ending.

Most important, perhaps, the book is...

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Bonham squeezes considerable tension and suspense from the proceedings [in "The Missing Persons League"], but little else of note. His characters are never in focus except when occupying center stage; their background machinations—which contribute significantly to the plot—are left blurred, unresolved by the ending.

Most important, perhaps, the book is a muddled example of science-fiction. Notwithstanding a willing suspension of disbelief, I could not reconcile the indiscriminate hash Bonham has made of things to come. Pontiac Firebirds and "nailhead transmitters" simply do not mix. Too many of the touchstones in speech, clothing and technology are contemporary; they don't blend into the evolved setting the plot requires. If the future is really as confused as Bonham depicts it, whatever happens will serve us right. (p. 10)

Stephen Krensky, in The New York Times Book Review (© 1977 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), January 9, 1977.

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