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Android: Free Fall

Android: Free Fall [Kindle Edition]

William H. Keith
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It is the future, and while the world has changed, crime has not. When an influential lawyer is brutally murdered at the top of the Beanstalk, a towering exo-atmospheric elevator serving as Earth's hub of interplanetary trade, Detective Rick Harrison reluctantly accepts the case. Harrison's investigation soon leads him from the sprawling megapolis of New Angeles to the distant moon base of Heinlein, where he searches for clues amongst an uncooperative assortment of bioroids, clones, and disgruntled human laborers.

But Harrison quickly finds himself at the center of an ever-deepening conspiracy, and is faced with the one question he never expected: What is the true definition of humanity?

Free Fall is the first novel based on Fantasy Flight Games's Android, conveying a dystopian world of technology and corruption. This rich universe is masterfully brought to life by New York Times Bestselling author William H. Keith, winner of the H.G. Wells Award and multiple Origins awards, and the celebrated author of over 150 novels, short stories, and other published works.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J86B1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good cyberpunk feel 4 Dec 2013
By Dariusz
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It's my first Android novel and I'm very happy with it. The author captures unique climate of the world. As for detective story it's pretty simple but enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 28 Feb 2013
By Stephen
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Great book. Catches the feel of the setting and universe well. Was a good detective story with some nice revelations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more please 16 Aug 2014
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A really nice story. Solid characters and a good paced story that kept my interest. When can we expect the next one?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, well written sci-fi detective novel 5 Nov 2011
By MusicMan - Published on
It's tough finding a decent sci-fi novel anymore. From bookstores putting sci-fi and fantasy (ugh!) together in the same section to simply finding an author who can write and an editor who can edit. William Keith's Free Fall easily surpasses all those issues and is an enjoyable read with a good central character and good description of the environment the story is set in and all the whiz-bang sci-fi gizmos, gadgets and developments that go along with it, and the reasoning behind it is not as contrived as in some other works.

I don't know anything about the "Android" RPG, and I don't care. I'm tired of the overly wordy blather-filled "space opera" garbage out there and Free Fall is a a hard-bitten detective story wrapped up in a well written, easy to read, and enjoyable sci-fi novel. I;m going to explore William Keith's other offerings with interest.

A sci-fi novel from an author who can actually write! What a concept. Call me a fan.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised 1 Sep 2011
By R. Belikov - Published on
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This book is based on the Android boardgame from Fantasy Flight Games. I'm a fan of the game, and I greatly enjoyed the book (and am in no way affiliated with FFG). Although your enjoyment will be enhanced by familiarity with the game (and vice versa), I think it actually stands on its own as well.

After initial apprehension from reading the first three free chapters on FFG online which didn't impress me that much, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the book. In fact, I think this book is awesome for what it is. Kudos to Bill Keith! Here are some specific things I love about it:

1. Incredible attention to detail. Everything is thought out very deeply and described thoroughly.

2. Richly fleshed out sci-fi sociopolitics and twisty psychologies/incentives, at times reminiscent of an Asimov sci-fi murder mystery. Definitely a page-turner, especially at the end.

3. Lots of hard sci-fi physics reminiscent of Clarke, especially when it comes to the space elevator (but see below). Thank you Bill for putting the space elevator on the equator!! The author was undoubtedly influenced by both Clarke and Asimov.

4. It is clear that the author took a lot of effort to study and understand the Android universe, and a lot of details from the game are explained. This book is *exactly* how I imagined the Android universe. He just gets it right.

5. It comes with an order form for an event card for the game.

And here are the cons:

1. Number one pet peeve: physics errors, some gross. In particular, the Coriolis force on the elevator is ignored, there is confusion between acceleration and gravity, a few calculations are obviously off (to a physicist at least), and a few other things. These don't detract from the book and are easy to fix (I just make a mental erratum and keep going.) And I do love the detailed science descriptions in my books and applaud Bill for putting them in there. However, if the author chooses to put in scientific detail, the onus is on him to get those details right. (Bill, if you are reading this, I'm hoping these errors can be corrected in the next printing if there is one? Or that you can show me that I'm mistaken in thinking these are errors? I'm happy to send you details.)

2. I felt that the book wasn't quite polished enough. I felt that there were some quasi-repetitions and that in general the writing could have been leaner. There were also one or two inconsistencies in dates. (Again, Bill, if you're reading this, I'm happy to send you the details.)

3. For those not familiar with the Android universe, some things and characters may feel contrived, and it may be easy to get lost in the richness and the number of different characters. I think you need to pay close attention if you're not familiar with the Android universe.

The bottom line is that even though this book won't win any awards for literary style or character development, and is a bit rough around the edges in general, it blew all my (understandably low) expectations. You won't be disappointed if you if you appreciate murder mysteries, and if you dig detailed sci-fi settings complete with hard science and sociopolitics. And especially if you want to see the world of Android richly fleshed out.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 6 July 2012
By Rick - Published on
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If you're a fan of hard hitting, fast paced sci-fi you'll be disappointed by this book. It's a murder mystery, set in a futuristic setting, a mish mash of sci fi setting and 1950's detective genre characters. The world is well crafted with attention to detail, including interesting political machinations and lots of examples of how technology impacted on that future society. The scientific explanations made sense to me, and I enjoyed reading about the places and characters featured in the Android Board game (which I have only played once so far). The plot is fairly slow paced until near the end, when it explodes into action. The characters are somewhat wooden, no character development, reminiscent of characters in old black and white movies, and are iconic in their roles - the hard bitten ex military detective, the nosy but beautiful reporter. If you like detective novels or shows, AND you're a sci fi fan you will enjoy this book. If you have played and enjoyed the board game Android you will like this book. If you liked the movie Bladerunner, you will probably like this book. I think it may struggle to capture the attention of under 30's readers. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, but it's no classic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith delivers! 7 Mar 2012
By Heaz - Published on
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I'm a long-time reader and fan of Bill Keith's work, but this is the first of his books that I've reviewed, so take note. ;)

Can Keith write military? Check. Science fiction? Yes. But what's this...a *detective novel*?

It seemed a bit of a departure from much of his previous work, and I was intrigued. This book hooked me right away and, all reviewer cliches aside, I found it difficult to put down. Free Fall opens with an almost tongue-in-cheek nod to classic noir, and then pokes some self-deprecating fun at itself by acknowledging that very fact. From there, it's the perfect Keith balance: he lets the plot drive the pace, but helps it along by alternating between exposition and action with a deft touch. Despite the many necessary technical and scientific explanations of low-g and zero-g considerations, his narrative voice never becomes pedantic; and the action sequences are characteristically vivid and flow naturally. There's the requisite love interest which adds character depth without detracting from the main story, Keith's trademark attention to detail (which left me mentally forehead-smacking...of *course* his writing style is *perfectly* suited to this genre!), and just enough in-jokes to make SF fans giggle but not groan. (Seriously, the number of possible humorous cross-references for androids must have been painfully tempting, but the author sneaks in only a few, preferring a wink to a cream pie.)

Free Fall is a fun ride. The mystery kept me guessing almost to the very end, the setting was richly described, and the author skillfully presented almost all characters in a sympathetic light. A metaphysical subtext is evident throughout, but does not come across as heavy-handed; rather, it arises accordingly from the very nature of the conflict. I'm not familiar with the ANDROID universe and cannot speak to this book's accuracy, but it reads very well in isolation. That said, I hope to see a return of Detective Harrison and a continuation of William Keith-penned mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 16 Oct 2013
By TenFootMonster - Published on
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This is a pretty decent sci-fi novel. It is kind of a mix of classic hard boiled detective novel and sci-fi. It is based in the Netrunner universe of the Android Netrunner card game. You certainly don't need to play the game to get the book, but if you do play the game the tie ins with things in the game are pretty neat. Is it the greatest novel I have ever read? No, but it is entertaining and pretty good. I'll read another one.
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