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Crime Net [Kindle Edition]

Colin F. Barnes , Nicholas P. Oakley , R.A. Smith , T.F. Grant , Vivian Caethe
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Book Description

Technology Isn't Always Used With Good Intentions

Crime Net is a collection of stories that delve into the nefarious side of cyberpunk and tech-thriller fiction. In a modern society, filled with affordable technology and always-on networks, some electric dreams aren't always what we expect.

Featuring stories from four talented authors, we get inside the head of a man heading for rock-bottom until a too-good-to-be-true job opportunity comes his way; watch a devoted fan get a little too close to her idol; see what happens when gene splicing technology falls into the wrong hands, and experience a driven woman’s mission to kill in the underworld of a futuristic city.

Get Jacked In Now For A Cyber Thrill Ride

Stories by:
Nicholas P. Oakley
R.A. Smith
T.F. Grant
Vivian Caethe


And featuring a bonus novella from Colin F. Barnes:
Rebirth: The Techxorcist Part 0.5


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anachron Press (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0309XK
  • 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: #751,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and clever tales 4 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
*Note: I read this publication in advance of its release.

Anachron Press have a knack for releasing the sort of story or collection that makes you sit up and take notice. The sort that make you follow news of future releases because you know you'll be getting quality reads.

Crime Net is no exception: 4 dark, tales that use hi-tech as a veneer to put the final gloss on what are actually very clever and interesting stories. I won't give too much away about each story, but in brief:

Silent Partner: The essence of the wireless future - when our very thoughts and experiences can be followed by someone else - someone who wants to experience everything they can get their hands on, and is willing to 'buy' a person to carry their desires out for them.

Becoming Tabitha: darkly funny, a tale of dangerous obsession and a brilliant and relentless mind that achieves the ultimate in swops: personality, body, success - everything. What would you sacrifice for ultimate success?

Belonging: this is as disturbing as you could imagine: a grim future where normal life is aided, but also subsumed by the deviant technologies and the evil methods some will use to scavenge their riches. A tale of altered children and a powerful hero and his hi-tech accomplice, but also of the ruthless pursuit of justice.

The Katabasis of Eurydice: cyberpunk? A quasi-religious pursuit of purity and perfect code seeks to remove the blemish that escaped to the Underworld. Our Eurydice must use all the help of her fellow outcast citizens to free herself from the trap she finds herself in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crime for the 21st Century and Beyond 4 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Anachron Press, the independent publisher, has been around for a while now and each new book that they publish continues to impress. The latest addition to their ever-growing catalogue is a short story anthology that mashes together crime and science fiction. Crime Net contains five short tales. Each story offers the author's own unique interpretation of how crime is going to evolve in the future.

The Silent Partner by Nichola P. Oakley - You're offered the chance to escape all the troubles, to live the dream and spend every day chasing the next big thrill. Too good to be true? Well, there's always a price that needs to be paid isn't there. This was darker than I was expecting, in a good way I should stress. It features what I'll call a less than happy ending but it is an entirely appropriate one.

Becoming Tabitha by R.A. Smith - A case of identity theft that explores the question is the nature of celebrity more important than the celebrities themselves? There's an unexpected and nicely creepy undercurrent in this story. Hardly a surprise when one characters is essentially trying to replace another.

Belonging by T.F. Grant - Special agent Lucius Blake and his equally special partner, Felix, investigate a group of missing children in the wilds of the Welsh countryside. This may be my favourite story from the collection. It had some great characters and I really liked the set up. I'd be interested in reading more stories that feature more of the two main protagonists featured in this particular tale. The dynamic that exists between them both is a lot of fun.

The Katabasis of Eurydice by Vivian Caethe - I like the way that this story plays around with the conventions of the traditional detective yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Cyberpunk 16 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
This book takes me back to the 1990s. I'd just started working and had enough money to pay for the phone calls to the single Compuserve London based phone number to access the internet. I used to love looking at the alt.cyberpunk Usenet group and reading the stories. Some were just bizarre but amongst them were some real gems. There were even a couple of book anthologies based on them. These days the nearest comparison to Usenet stories would be a site like Flash Fiction Friday. These stories are not remnants from a forgotten halcyon time though. They are modern and progressive stories that were interesting and exciting in equal measure. They are not all Burning Chrome cyberspace type stories.

The story by Russell A. Smith in particular is a very creeper stalker story. The technology aspects of this story are very cleverly done. There are absolutely no technical details and yet my brain automatically started filling in those details as I was going along. The final story in this book is a story by the editor Colin F. Barnes that fans of his may already have read so be wary of that. I'd already read Techxorcist 0.5 but I enjoyed reading it again. I particularly like the priest character who seems to try and exorcise evil AI in a manner that reminds me of Maxim from The Prodigy. Not just the implied accent but the patterns too.

There is one major failing in this collection of stories though. It is way too short. I wanted at least a couple more stories. It has been so long since I have read a decent cyberpunk anthology that this felt a little like giving a starving man a canapé. So tonight I will be badgering the editor in to releasing a follow-up as soon as possible.

If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre then you really should read this. If you think you are not a fan then all I will say is that this collection builds on films such as Bladerunner and The Matrix. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk is back 16 Nov. 2012
By IuchiAtesoro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book takes me back to the 1990s. I'd just started working and had enough money to pay for the phone calls to the single Compuserve London based phone number to access the internet. I used to love looking at the alt.cyberpunk Usenet group and reading the stories. Some were just bizarre but amongst them were some real gems. There were even a couple of book anthologies based on them. These days the nearest comparison to Usenet stories would be a site like Flash Fiction Friday. These stories are not remnants from a forgotten halcyon time though. They are modern and progressive stories that were interesting and exciting in equal measure. They are not all Burning Chrome cyberspace type stories.

The story by Russell A. Smith in particular is a very creeper stalker story. The technology aspects of this story are very cleverly done. There are absolutely no technical details and yet my brain automatically started filling in those details as I was going along. The final story in this book is a story by the editor Colin F. Barnes that fans of his may already have read so be wary of that. I'd already read Techxorcist 0.5 but I enjoyed reading it again. I particularly like the priest character who seems to try and exorcise evil AI in a manner that reminds me of Maxim from The Prodigy. Not just the implied accent but the patterns too.

There is one major failing in this collection of stories though. It is way too short. I wanted at least a couple more stories. It has been so long since I have read a decent cyberpunk anthology that this felt a little like giving a starving man a canapé. So tonight I will be badgering the editor in to releasing a follow-up as soon as possible.

If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre then you really should read this. If you think you are not a fan then all I will say is that this collection builds on films such as Bladerunner and The Matrix. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Net - Excellent anthology covering lots of cyberpunk territory 13 Nov. 2012
By Aaron Sikes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Picked up a copy of Crime Net in print as I've still not migrated to e-reading and don't know that I will. The feel of the book matters, and that's just as true with a slender volume like this 5-story anthology as with any magnum opus.

I'm not a Cyberpunk aficionado by any stretch, but I've read a few titles from the genre. The `classics' I guess, Gibson's Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive. So I went into the stories with an idea of the world I'd be entering. And the authors delivered with plenty of techno details, advanced gear, nefarious dealings and exploits in and out of virtual space. The one thing I really love about Cyberpunk is that everyone in every story has some reason for doing something they shouldn't. And in these Crime Net stories, not all of the protagonists are as likeable as you'd expect.

All five of the stories combine elements of horror and science fiction, and each author handily employs the tools of both genres, creating a believable environment and a frightening one. The stories deal with themes of vengeance, liberation, obligation to one's fellows, and greed born of vicarious desire.

In two stories, Nicholas P. Oakley's `The Silent Partner' and R.A. Smith's `Becoming Tabitha,' seeming benevolence goes horribly awry.

Vivian Caethe, in `The Katabasis of Eurydice,' takes us on an adventure in a world where every life is scripted and our protagonist wants nothing more than the right of self-determination.

In Colin F. Barnes' tale, `Rebirth: The Techxorcist Part 0.5,' we're introduced to our protagonist as he receives news of his impending death, a death he has no control over as it will be ordered by the net he is linked into. Only by an archaic ritual (conducted on beige keyboards, no less) can his life be saved.

Each of the five stories stands on its own merits, distinct from the others and yet still imaginably part of the same interconnected world of stims, nets, uploads and death-defying adventures in cybernetic space. By far, however, the most stand out tale is T.F. Grant's story, `Belonging.'

Set in Wales, the story follows high-ranking civilian investigator, Lucius Blake, and his cybernetically linked familiar, Felix. With royal support in the background, Lucius comes to the aid of a small farming commune struggling with the disappearance of adolescents. But in the gloom of the future Grant creates for us, these are no mere abductions. Equal parts Lovecraftian horror and cyber-science fiction, `Belonging' leads the reader to a terrifying plot reveal. Pacing, action, dialogue, and description are maintained beautifully throughout the story, all interspersed with the at times comical and always potent interplay of Lucius and Felix.

I loved the anthology and look forward to more like it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and clever tales 4 Nov. 2012
By Daz Pulsford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
*Note: I read this publication in advance of its release.

Anachron Press have a knack for releasing the sort of story or collection that makes you sit up and take notice. The sort that make you follow news of future releases because you know you'll be getting quality reads.

Crime Net is no exception: 4 dark, tales that use hi-tech as a veneer to put the final gloss on what are actually very clever and interesting stories. I won't give too much away about each story, but in brief:

Silent Partner: The essence of the wireless future - when our very thoughts and experiences can be followed by someone else - someone who wants to experience everything they can get their hands on, and is willing to 'buy' a person to carry their desires out for them.

Becoming Tabitha: darkly funny, a tale of dangerous obsession and a brilliant and relentless mind that achieves the ultimate in swops: personality, body, success - everything. What would you sacrifice for ultimate success?

Belonging: this is as disturbing as you could imagine: a grim future where normal life is aided, but also subsumed by the deviant technologies and the evil methods some will use to scavenge their riches. A tale of altered children and a powerful hero and his hi-tech accomplice, but also of the ruthless pursuit of justice.

The Katabasis of Eurydice: cyberpunk? A quasi-religious pursuit of purity and perfect code seeks to remove the blemish that escaped to the Underworld. Our Eurydice must use all the help of her fellow outcast citizens to free herself from the trap she finds herself in.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not "Techxorcist" excitement 22 Aug. 2014
By denesK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not a book written by Colin F. Barnes. Some of the short novels are good, some are not that great.

One third of the book is the first chapters of "Artificial Evil", a (really good) book I already had.
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