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A Soldier's Dream

A Soldier's Dream [Kindle Edition]

David Marcone

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William Rodriguez is a sixteen year old farm boy living in rural Indiana. It's the twenty-third century, and America is an agrarian society ruled by a mysterious clan of religious figures called the Bishops.
William and everyone else in the country are taught by the Bishops that an angry god has punished humans for being lazy and relying too much on machines, thus any form of technology is strictly forbidden.
William is introduced to a secret society known as the Resistance, an underground militaristic group formed by the scattered remnants of the US military.
Through the Resistance William learns that his entire world has been a lie. In the 21st century the United States was completely destroyed during World War Three and has been held in slavery through a false religion ever since.
The rest of the world moved into the 23rd century, but even those countries are dominated and closely watched by the same evil empire that enslaved the United States so many years ago.
William joins the Resistance and discovers a wonderful new world of advanced technology.
He sets off on his first clandestine mission that, while simple in theory, ends up being the fight of a lifetime. Realizing that he is uniquely suited to take advantage of this newly found technology, he targets the heart of the empire in an attempt to save the people he loves and the Resistance itself.

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  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083X3BH0
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted To Like It, and It Showed Promise... 11 Oct 2012
By John Miller - Published on
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I found this book linked from a forum post author's signature, and I'm pretty sure it was the author. Something along the lines of "I wrote a book..." and a link. I mulled over possibly purchasing it - it sounded good - and the price dropped to free for a brief period. Hell - why not, right?

I read a ton of books. I love sci-fi. I was pleasantly surprised by the first chapter or two. Dystopian society, possible time travel with a flaw, an unlikely protagonist? I'm in. As mentioned, the first couple of chapters were good.

Then... seriously, what the hell happened (to the author)?! The book quickly devolved into a poorly-written prepubescent-esque excuse for an action novel. Quite literally a weird rip-off of the first part of Full Metal Jacket (complete with pages of ALLCAPS SOLDIERS YELLING) crossed with ZOMG Nanobots meet Iron Man with Chinese Yoda as the villain (or should I say, "Villain the Yoda Chinese, they is"). I actually think that someone else wrote the rest of the book.

Not only do the story line and character development make cookie sheets seem deep (and profound - remember, ZOMG Nanobots are cool!), but the story inexplicably just stops. Luckily, the author makes it painfully clear that there's going to be a sequel. Add into that some pretty poor grammar constructs (including switching character POV mid-paragraph in some places) and some thinly-veiled geopolitical message (bias?), this is one to pass on.

In seriousness, I think if the author had spent more time going the way of the first couple of chapters - both with the mechanics and some actual story/plot/character development this would have been really good. Instead, the best I can say is it's good for both a giggle and a reminder on how good good books really are, as a compare and contrast.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 21 Aug 2012
By Puna J - Published on
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I love this book! It reminds me of Heinlein, and that's high praise indeed. A future where the US was invaded and occupied by China, who has subjugated the world by the time of the story, and a kid who may be the answer to overthrowing the tyrants. Good stuff...I hope the continuation of the story comes along soon.
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