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Topic: It's been awhile since I've read Vitals, but after loaning the book to a friend...

From: John Oyler
Location: Georgia
Date: 02/27/2008

Well, he really appreciated it. But even between the two of us, there were a few things we couldn't puzzle out.

Who *is* Rudy Banning? Am I misremembering the book, or do you hint that he really was someone historic?

With the anti-semitism, potentially lengthened lifespan and so forth, it can only seem that he might have been a nazi. But neither of us are historians, and we just can't figure out whom. Many of the top ones died quite publically, and the mossad did seem to rustle up a few that escaped. Though, with a story like yours, anything might be other than it seemed.

We're both curious, we both plead stupidity. Neither of us can believe that it's Hitler, but none of the others seems to fit either. This has been bothering me since the book came out now, so what's that been, at least 5 years? Please.

I would threaten to not read anymore of your stuff if you refuse to say, but I'd just be lying. You're one of my favorites.

Re: It's been awhile since I've read Vitals, but after loaning the book to a friend...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/03/2008

Ah, Rudy is a puzzler. Why assume he's a Nazi? There's plenty of that sort of bigotry among both Soviet Communists and Nazis. He's certainly not Herr H himself. It's obvious, however, that part of his eccentricity is rooted in a possible longevity treatment he received way back when...

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