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Bone Machine [Kindle Edition]

CN James

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Book Description

War. Poverty. Hunger. Are over.

Humankind hasn’t changed, but the way we work has. Welcome to the brave new world of the Artificially Conscious Androlibra, a humanlike robot that acts like a personal clone, helping to bring balance to our lives.

Grayson Cornel doesn’t sleep much anymore. His life is in shambles. His father is teetering on death. He was recently promoted by The Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corp, but his predecessor, Zoe Asher is wanted for murder and is now targeting him. On top of that, his first assignment in his new position has ended in disaster.

The last of the world’s sweatshops in Haiti had finally placed an order for Libra Corp robots, and it was Grayson’s job to make sure that the order was filled. But when the robots arrived, something went horribly wrong. They disappeared, leaving only dead bodies in their wake. No Libra Corp robot had ever killed anyone before, so Grayson is sent to Haiti to figure out what went wrong.

What he discovers begins to unravel a dark secret Libra Corp has been keeping from the public. Something so shocking that Grayson risks ending utopia to put a stop to it.

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About the Author

CN James holds a Master’s Degree in English Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Jazz Guitar). His short story “The Dark Room” won honorable mention in the 78th Annual writer’s Digest Writing Competition. He is currently at work on his second novel, The Armageddon Factor. Learn more at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466464917
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YV551Y
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #848,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four for you, CN James. You go, CN James. 12 April 2012
By Cheryl A - Published on
So. Great. Oh my goodness. I am lacking much needed sleep, since I could NOT put this book down, and the sun is almost rising. As soon as I wake up, I will write an all out review, but for now, initial thoughts right when I completed the book.

Immediately after finishing: WOW. Totally unexpected twists. Although I did not enjoy the end, I had a feeling that's how it was going to be. Fast paced. Suspenseful. Vivid scenes. Beautiful writing. I am impressed. Well, well done, CN James. You did the damn thing.

Sleep then more in depth, REAL review. Yay.

Before anything else, in my opinion, the only thing this book has in common with "I, Robot" is robots. The plot and characters are on a whole different dimensional, and both books are fantastic.

Can I please just say that the ending of this book almost had me in tears? I absolutely abhor the world this book is set in. However, James did a wonderful job creating the vivid and detailed world of various kinds of robots and corporations that I hated. Haha. The reader gets to take in and get to know the world from two completely different perspectives. One from a man who is one of the most important workers of the robot making corporation. The other from a woman secretly working to take the company down. As a bonus, THEY ARE ENGAGED! AHHH. Love. On the outside, life looks to be perfect. Short work days and no war or violence? Life SHOULD be perfect. Alas, it is not, and with the two perspectives the reader is shown, the reader is able to see how screwed up and crazy the world is. Just when you think you know what is happening, something comes out of nowhere and snacks you in the face. It. Is. Good. Stuff.

From the tragic beginning to even more tragic end, this book is a rollercoaster of crazy adventures, running from trouble, revenge, and attempting to survive. Don't worry. We have glimpses of love and humor. It news not ALL sad. For a fast paced, suspenseful mystery with twists and turns that never stop until the very end, read Bone Machine. You won't be disappointed at all.

But seriously. That ending. I died. My emotions. Gone.

Full disclosure: I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You wanted a shorter work day... 7 April 2012
By Eric W. Wallace - Published on
The background of the book is a future world in which robots are available not just as industrial workhorses but as personal assistants capable of tasks from the menial and mundane to the complex--meaning that humankind has time for unprecedented levels of leisure. Well, most of them do--an exception being the principle protagonist of the book, who has recently accepted a promotion at his employ at Libra Robotics--the company who made this utopic wolrd possible. I won't spoil it by giving too many details, but suffice it to say that things are not always what they seem, and this Pax Romana may cannot last if the secret gets out.

As for the writing, I found it altogether enjoyable. James takes his time for detailed character development that is naturally intertwined with the story, even as it begins in media res and carries along unhaltingly. I don't mean to say that its slow or wordy, I think it's just right--not rushed like so many thriller books with cliffhanger chapter breaks every four or five pages. The subtle foreshadowing draws you along in anticipation of the reveal. Subplots and character background are not useless tangental filler, they are all fitted together with care, so the book closes with a satisfactory full picture.

All told, it's surprising to me that this book is apparently self-published, as the writing and story could hold their own against many major-market books from bigger names. Hopefully by sharing this review I can spread the word so others are encouraged to pick up this book--and then he'll have a chance to write more like it!

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author via a giveaway on and I enjoyed it so much I've already purchased the prequel Bone Machine: Chapter Zero for my Kindle, and am on the lookout for more.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for 8 July 2012
By C. Toste - Published on
I was very lucky to have been a First Reads winner of this book. I just finished the book and I am still reeling from the twist at the end. It is a well written book that captures your attention from the beginning until the stunning end. The characters are relatable and you gladly follow them on this journey of a possible future. I hope that there will be a sequel to this book to see what will happen to Sadie and Monica. Great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading if you like scifi and zombies 1 April 2014
By Robert Bernstein - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a good book, combining science fiction, suspense, and zombies. I really enjoyed the unexpected twist! It's definitely worth checking out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very unique book, with a great plot twist! 15 May 2013
By M. Britton - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is quite a fun read. I've never read "I, Robot", and I generally don't read books about android/robot utopian/dystopian fiction. I'm more of a medieval fantasy or post apocalyptic novel reader. I was drawn to this book because the author followed me on Twitter and I followed the links on his feed to this listing. I wasn't completely sold on the concept, but for $4 on kindle I bit. I'm really glad I did.

The characters in this story is extremely fleshed out. I liked the way that there are really two "main" characters to the book, both of which are fully fleshed out and compellingly written. As lovers on both sides of a looming conflict, the way they are written instills a constant state of trust, even when their circumstances should otherwise have you to feel that they are moments away from betrayal. The supporting cast is strong, without relying on stereotypical archtypes to flesh out the cast. You never really feel that the good guys are overly saintly, or the bad guys are straight up evil. Everyone simply feels natural, as if these people stepped out of your life and not your book.

The world itself is well written, although I never really got a proper sense of HOW the Androlibro's changed the world. For instance, the Haiti situation. How does replacing the sweat shop workers with androids help bring peace and end hunger? IMHO the bit about "and after you buy all these androids to replace your workers, we'll just hire the people at our company" felt a bit vague and lazy. It's certainly not a deal breaker, by any means. It's just a bit of the story that I didn't really grasp. It's great that people have more time for arts and music, but where did we suddenly get more food? It's great that we now have a robo-army, but how did that stop war? A little more back story would have helped me get into the world more effectively. Again, this isn't a deal breaker as the characters themselves far outshine any failings the world itself may hold.

Great job, and great book!
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