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Degrees Of Freedom: Metrozone Book 3 (Samuil Petrovitch Novels) [Paperback]

Simon Morden
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2 Jun 2011 Samuil Petrovitch Novels (Book 3)

The Six Degrees of Samuel Petrovitch:

* Michael is an AI of incalculable complexity trapped under the remains of Oshicora Tower. Petrovitch will free him one day; he just has to trust Michael will still be sane by the time he does.

* Maddy and Petrovitch have trust issues. But Petrovitch is pretty sure she loves him.

* Sonja Oshicora loves Petrovitch too. But she's playing a complicated game and it's not clear that she means to save him from what's coming.

* The CIA wants to save the world. Well, just America, but they'll call it what they like.

* The New Machine Jihad is calling. But Petrovitch killed it. Didn't he?

* And the Armageddonists tried to kill pretty much everyone by blowing the world up. Now, they want to do it again.

Once again, all roads lead back to Petrovitch. Everyone wants something from him, but all he wants is to be free . . .

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499475
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gateshead-based Dr Simon Morden trained as a planetary geologist, realised he was never going to get into space, and decided to write about it instead. His writing career includes an eclectic mix of short stories, novellas and novels which blend science fiction, fantasy and horror, a five-year stint as an editor for the British Science Fiction Association, a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Awards, and regular speaking engagements at the Greenbelt arts festival.

Simon has written eight novels and novellas. The wonderfully tentacular Another War (2005), was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award, and 2007 saw the publication of The Lost Art, which was shortlisted for the Catalyst Award. The first three books starring everybody's favourite sweary Russian scientist, Samuil Petrovitch (Equations of Life, Theories of Flight, Degrees of Freedom) were published in three months of each other in 2011, and collectively won the Philip K Dick Award - the fourth Petrovitch, The Curve of the Earth, was published in 2013.

In a departure to the usual high-tech mayhem, 2014 sees the arrival of Arcanum, a massive (and epic) alternate-history fantasy, which not only has flaming letters on the cover, but the story inside is "enthralling", "intelligent", "impeccably rendered" (Kirkus), and "engrossing", "satisfying" and "leaving the reader craving for more (Publishers' Weekly). Which is nice.

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The conclusion to an explosive trilogy of thrillers, set in the decaying urban jungle of a future London. Welcome to the Metrozone - mind the gap.

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Dr Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics, and is one of the few people who can truthfully claim to have held a chunk of Mars in his hands. Simon Morden lives in Gateshead with a fierce lawyer, two unruly children and a couple of miniature panthers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better and better 8 Jun 2011
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Initially, I was somewhat sceptical. A good review for the first book, and a birthday gift voucher inspired me to pick it up. Before I'd even finished the first book, I'd pre-ordered the second and, well, the third was a no-brainer.

If you're a fan of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG game (from the '90's), then you'll be wanting to read some of this. If you like Halting State by Charles Stross, chances are, you'll enjoy this.

A post-apocalyptic London, the protagonist is a Russian genius slowly becoming a cyborg (one major injury at a time), with a gun-toting, ex-nun for a wife, and his best mate is an AI (and is buried in a bunker). Mix in right-wing nutters in the good ol' USA wanting to bring hell-on-earth to anyone not in the US (especially when there's an AI on the loose), well, that's one hell of a combination.

If I was looking for any failings in this book, it's that there's just too many women prepared to throw themselves at the Sam (the main character)... especially considering how much of his body is failing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and compelling 3 Jan 2013
I normally don't care much for post armageddon novels as the characters are all too often "goodies" struggling to survive against "baddies" in totally bleak circumstances. This trilogy was given to me as a birthday present and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although it is set in a post Armageddon world and disasters do happen - societies adapt, reorganise and re-build. The action is fast paced and compelling. The scenario and storyline provide a framework for the exploration of what it means to be human. The development of the AI character is nicely juxtaposed with the mechanisation of the principal character. While some of the dialogue in the first book was a little cheesy - the bonds between the characters are nicely depicted. I also loved the Russian swearing, which is easily understood from the context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great finish to the trilogy 28 Aug 2011
It's just under a year since the outies invasion of the Metrozone and Petrovich finds himself being framed as a nuclear terrorist and all the evidence points to someone close to himself has betrayed him. The CIA haven't given up their plans to destroy Michael and Petrovich both and with a possible nuclear bomb in the heart of London the stakes are higher than ever.

I have to say I've really enjoyed this trilogy. All three books are action packed but they don't feel excessively padded out. Petrovich can keep moving through is incredibly bad days when other people would just drop, but we are given an explanation of how that is done in this book. I thought that it was a great ending to the series with a satisfying conclusion and Petrovich has grown as a person through each novel. Having said that though if there were ever any more Petrovich novels I'd be happy to read them as the first person narrative makes him a character that sticks with you.

One of the things that made me pick up these books was the rather striking an unusual covers which are so very different from other SciFi novels. However once you know Petrovich's character their use makes sense. It's also been nice to get a full series in a short period of time and not have to wait three years to finish a story. If you enjoy scifi and alternative universes then you'll probably like these books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable 7 Mar 2013
By Robert
Simon Morden's books about refugee physics genius and unwilling revolutionary Petrovich are very readable. I read this one in one sitting having enjoyed the previous two. There is a danger, for the author, that creating a character who is a genius hacker and has access to a super powerful AI leads to a book where all problems are solved by technological magic. However the author has escaped this by having equally interesting characters around Petrovich and by making the protagonist quite annoying. There is still a little wish fulfillment in giving a right wing US President a spanking. But since we all want to do that anyway it was just fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars silly but fun 18 April 2013
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The rollercoaster continues... even a hardened sf reader needs to suspend disbelief but the pace makes up for it. The plot charges along like a runaway nano infestation, our hero suffers and is unfeasibly popular despite his flaws. Loose ends are tied off and the slightly gasping reader is not disappointed at the end. It's just chulish to criticise something that's such fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series - was sorry to finish this 25 Sep 2011
By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE
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This series was a recommendation for me from Amazon and have to say that it has been an absolute cracker - I've read the three books in as many weeks. If pushed I might say that the plot has items from other sci-fi (AI , post Armageddon etc etc ) but what makes this work is that the hero is a character who you can identify with - he does not always do the right thing but he does try to do so. The action takes place in London and when when I say action thats an understatement and the entire series rockets along with the US not coming across as very sympathetic once the religious right get into power - the conversation at the end of the third volume with the US president has me cheering him on - saying thijngs about nuclear weapons policy that just are barking .. but hey, that's me. The book also makes a very good point about our dependancy on comuters and the way they can be manipulated
Finally I'd say its one of the best sci-fi series I've read, keeped up the pace and interest all the way through - added to the list of ones to watch
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good romp, but getting a bit predictable
For some reason this did not grab hold of my brain and force me to read the book through some sort of sympathetic compulsion in the same way the first tow books did. Read more
Published 4 days ago by EvilEdna
5.0 out of 5 stars PETROVITCH!
Published 1 month ago by Zachary Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet.
Probably the best written book of the series so far. Morden is getting into a good stride. Looking forward to more Metrozone books.
Published 8 months ago by Ruphen
5.0 out of 5 stars You should read this series!
Get these, a great read! ignore the following ,,,Great product, very useful - fast delivery as always - it does what it says on the tin - ta
Published 9 months ago by Mr. N. J. Masters
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit feeble
This one felt like it was running out of steam. I'm still going to try the next one, because I mostly liked the previous two...
Published 16 months ago by Rob Phippen
5.0 out of 5 stars Our likeable anti-hero proves to be unstoppable in this latest...
Any science fiction series set in London featuring a scrawny anti-hero and gun totting nuns gets my vote. This third installment of the Metrozone series does not disappoint. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have read the others, a must read to complete
The final instalment in the Petrovitch saga where he is battling against American and the Vatican in Freetown in a dramatically different London. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I read all three of these books very quickly and loved every minute of them. I am just sorry now that I read them quite so quickly.
Published on 30 April 2012 by Jake
3.0 out of 5 stars three books, three stars
I'm giving this same review for all three Merozone books, which I read in succession. They're entertaining enough, and the writing is quite competent, but didn't leave me... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by hydroencephalitis
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Trilogy
Bought all 3 books in the trilogy for Xmas and I have to say they were worth every penny. If you like books featuring stark vision of the future like I do then these are the books... Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by N. Hirst
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