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Cultwick: The Sweeper Bot Plague [Kindle Edition]

J. Stone

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Book Description

Cultwick: The Sweeper Bot Plague tells the story of a group of rebels known by the moniker of the Chromework Confederacy, as they uncover the truth behind the malady that has been ravaging the empire for more than two decades. Told from the perspective of six distinct characters, Cultwick: The Sweeper Bot Plague serves as an introduction to this world of strange science, technological marvels, and a government striving for utter domination over its empire.

Erynn Clover, a young chromesmith working in Cultwick City with an appalling streak of bad luck, is chosen by the government run lottery to participate in genetic experiments. Though the intention of these experiments is purported to be for the eradication of the Sweeper Bot Plague, Erynn has her doubts. Rather than submit to the government’s edict, Erynn flees to the western frontier, branding herself as a heretic and inadvertently dragging her family into the empire’s crosshairs.

For their part, the Cultwick government refuses to let any citizen selected by the lottery escape from their responsibilities as a part of the ongoing experiments, so the empress sends Operative Alice Page after the heretic. Alice, a highly religious woman following the tenets of the Church of Biosynthesis, follows Erynn westward on orders to find her, force her to return to Cultwick City, and ultimately face the deathly consequences of her actions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6SABU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #817,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeper Bot Plague 17 Mar. 2013
By Travis Cox - Published on
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I enjoy reading most genres and this book didn't disappoint. It has a combination of action, suspense and even a little romance.

When the story begins you are introduced to the main characters, Erynn (Ryn) Clover, Professor Rowland and Germ. You quickly learn how the Professor and Germ took Ryn in as an orphan off the street and welcomed her into the family. Professor Rowland became my favorite character from the very beginning, because he wasn't afraid to perform his experiments on himself. He also let Ryn use her chromesmithing skills and build contraptions for his arm and lenses which became invaluable to him throughout the story even though the Empire was against such machinery. I thought it was amusing that the Professor was usually in his own little world, but he always came through when needed.

I thought the confrontation between the heroes and villains on the train was one of the best chapters. I enjoyed the action and surprises that were revealed during this encounter as well as the individual pieces of the story all coming together at once. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when it's available.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised 8 Feb. 2013
By Sara M. - Published on
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I don't read much in this genre but this book was shared with me and I was pleasantly surprised how I fell into the story.

All the character's were very diverse. Erynn Clover was a mechanical genius and Rowland came out as sheer bio-genetic genius. The balance between these two as well as Germ, the rat butler and Ryn's automation balanced out the story very well. Throw in a few bounty hunters, a lover and one of my favorite characters, mental patient Fiona and you have a wonderful story. The character relationships were built to perfection.

The story surrounding the characters pulls you in further. You learn more about the lottery, the experiments they are running on their citizens and what the Empire is hiding from them. You feel for the characters who have been effected by the Sweeper Bot plague. You cheer for the underdogs in this story (underdogs being Ryn and her posse) when they attempt to stand up to the Empire. The author does not disappoint and wraps this up nicely with a possibility of a sequel.

If there is a sequel, I will definitely be purchasing it to see how these characters develop further!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm.. 22 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Well I bought this kindle book after buying a couple that I just couldn't get into. The writer did an ok job telling the story, my one problem with the story is getting a feel for the setting of the story, it's kind of feels like a mix of the wild west, and mid-evil times meet Alice in Wonderland with a mix of religous fanatics, Alchemy and late 19th century science fiction. While I don't think it took away from following the story, it made things hard to picture in your head at times. I read all sorts of Sci fi and horrror and I think the author was just trying to different just for the sake of being different at times. I don't think I would read further books, but I could see other people wanting to. I still gave it 3 stars
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Experience! 20 Nov. 2013
By Morimanno - Published on
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The author for the most part told the story well enough keep me interested. As someone that starts many books but finishes few this is the biggest hurdle in my opinion (if you keep my interest I’ll keep reading). Not a hard concept but this author pulls it off; I never found myself bored with the story, characters, or the fantasy world this story takes place in. Instead I found myself craving a bit more than I was getting. The author’s writing style is very direct and to the point. The up side to this is you knew what was going on at all times and was rarely if ever confused. I never had to guess at what the author was trying to say/do at any point. The down said is this gave me the feeling of being disconnected from the world I was reading about. There was not enough supporting detail to trigger my imagination and let it wonder though the world the author has created.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a quick and easy read. If you enjoy this genre this books provides some originality with a mix of the familiar. The writing style is very direct but it works well for this story.
I would not recommend this book to someone that is looking for a story to keep them guessing. There is no mystery to the story as the author’s style does not really leave room for the imagination to wonder. Author is direct and to the point.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun read! 3 April 2013
By Danny and Emily Hood - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. I love reading books that keep me surprised as I read through the story and this one did not disappoint. The two best surprises for me were when Fiona began bringing people back from the dead and we learn how sinister Alice really is at the end of the book. I hope the author intends to write more books in this series.
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