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Useful Idiots

(2004)
A novel by

 
 
Imagine the United Kingdom in the year 2255, flooded due to global warming and renamed the Rhine Delta Islands (RDI), an outpost of the United States of Europe. In this new federalist society, recorded history has largely been erased and humans are genetically modified to be homogeneous--ageless, disease-free, and generally flawless. Except of course for the twenty thousand Aboriginals living in outlying marshes who cling to old human ways and the "Inglish" culture. In Jan Mark's Useful Idiots, these two societies collide when archaeologists, including a young graduate student named Merrick Korda, discover an undated skeleton on Aboriginal land, the remains of a man who was shot while robbing graves for mysterious pearls. Korda's work on the case becomes politically and personally dangerous--archaeology has been deemed a lost science that can only stir up trouble in a post-Anarchy world without race or nation. Readers will be captivated as Merrick dodges invisible enemies, scours the marshes for clues, explores his own humanity, and engages in a gruesome experiment on his own body that he hopes will illuminate secrets of the past. Mark raises questions about identity, ethnicity, education, technology, the notion of "useful idiots," and much more in this haunting, dark, suspenseful novel. --Karin Snelson

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

August 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
ISBN: 0-385-75023-4 / 978-0-385-75023-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: David Fickling Books
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August 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
ISBN: 0-385-75032-3 / 978-0-385-75032-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: David Fickling Books
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March 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
ISBN: 0-385-60413-0 / 978-0-385-60413-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
ISBN: 1-909531-00-6 / 978-1-909531-00-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult)
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March 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
ISBN: 0-09-947300-3 / 978-0-09-947300-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Definitions
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Useful Idiots
Author(s): Jan Mark
Publisher: RHCP Digital
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