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Kingmaker [Kindle Edition]

Christian Cantrell
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I build levers to move objects that appear to be immovable.

Alexei Drovosek represents the next evolution of human: no heart, immunity to cancer, and the uncanny ability to survive in conditions that would kill normal men. As an orphan growing up in post-Soviet Russia, Alexei was taken in by the state and trained as its most vicious and effective killer. But eventually the Russian Federal Security Service’s best-trained assassin did the most dangerous thing of all: he turned on his handlers, went rogue, and disappeared.

In the bleak, high-tech near future, Alexei has resurfaced in a secret compound on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a city where autonomous-drive vehicles race along the highways and independent city-states operate with materialistic impunity. In the center of it all is the soaring headquarters of Pearl Knight Holdings, an international mega-corporation that keeps war machines and cultural capitalism running in every country and on every continent on the planet. As a principle proponent of the 31st Amendment to the United States constitution, which legalized the transfer of suffrage from citizens to corporations, Pearl Knight’s power is truly above the law.

Alexei lives a clandestine existence where his closest companions are his personal AI, Emma, and a group of orphans he has spent years amassing and training. But Alexei isn’t fostering these children as a favor to the state; he’s raising them with the hope that they will destroy it. As he moves each child into play in the world’s highest-stakes game of chess that spans decades and continents, Alexei fights to destroy the plutocratic control of those in power and restore what matters to him most: democracy and freedom.

About the Author

Christian Cantrell is a software developer from Northern Virginia. He writes the technology blog and takes photographs for Cantrell is the author of several self-published short stories, including “Brainbox” and “Farmer One.” His first novel, Containment, was published by 47North and he is currently working on the sequel. You can follow Cantrell on Twitter at @cantrell.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice page turner 2 Sep 2013
By Gareth
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I downloaded "Containment" for free which I really enjoyed so I gave this one a go. Everyone seems to give everything 5 stars today without any real barometer or measure, so to get 5 stars the book would have to go into my desert island book collection (which this one doesn't) but 3 stars seems appropriate for a book which I enjoyed, liked the main theme of the book, read quite quickly but would not read again. A good effort all in all and good value. Glad to see that the author is writing a follow up to Containment (that's one I would read again and give 4 stars)
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 12 Oct 2013
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Best analogy I can think of is cinematic rather than literary: reading this novel is as exciting as watching one of the first two Terminator films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When I say science fiction, Mr Cantrell is really just extrapolating from today's technology and the current situation in the USA and weaving these extrapolations into really rather a good plot so it becomes a thriller. Almost nothing is unbelievable if we imagine ourselves 50 years in the future and almost everything is under development today so it does not stun the reader in the way that late 19th C science fiction seemed completely unachievable - although much of it has now been achieved.

As for the bones of the plot, the hero, an ex-KGB employee living in the USA, recruits particularly bright orphaned children and trains them in sophisticated computer techniques whence they pass on to especially highly paid jobs in a US where employment is vast and with shades of Orwell's 1984.

I have to say I found the book well written, easy to read but had I known it was SciFi I would probably not have downloaded it. It's definitely worth a go and it entertains from page one, you don't need to plod through to half way before the action starts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 15 April 2014
By rlsg
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This was the first book I have read by Cantrell and found it a really good read and would probably recommend it to fans of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. Will be looking for other books from this author.
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After reading this I'd be interested in reading anything that Christian Cantrell has written. Totally inverted the scifi/spy genre with a background that's both relevant and quite possibly prophetic. Hope Hollywood picks this up - it would make a great film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing! 2 Mar 2014
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I found this book confusing because of the way that the author uses the lives/experiences of his characters to keep the.action going - but in a disjointed way, jumping back and forth in time so that I had to keep referring back to keep track of what was supposed to be going on.
I did persevere to the end as I hoped for some resolution or even explanation. Not to be however!
If you are NOT looking for a book at bedtime and like a really complicated "plot" then this is the one for you! If not - give it a wide berth!
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3.0 out of 5 stars superfluous and long descriptions 27 Feb 2014
By A. Howe
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Its a good read apart from the superfluous and long descriptions. I just ended up skipping over those sections as I learned they weren't generally relevant. Now you might say that's why I found some story threads went nowhere as I missed key parts, but I really don't think so. I think the author tried to tell an elaborate story that spanned decades in too much detail . Perhaps it was edited down to fit a certain number if pages. Whatever happened I enjoyed it but did not find it easy to read or follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece 16 Feb 2014
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Fabulous intriguing and absorbing book. Loved the fact I couldn't best guess where or when the next chapter would be set.
Thought provoking and bristling with super advanced spy "stuff"
Not my usual genre but so glad I took a leap of faith and read it. Looking out for next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kingmaker
it was a totally non put downable book, really great

i would read more of this author in the future
Published 6 months ago by sub
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
Kept me engaged to the end. Great plot with some interesting if a little surface detail only twists and turns. Would've been great to have more depth.
Published 6 months ago by Elmamaria
4.0 out of 5 stars New Sci-fi Guru ?
Currently still reading this and enjoying it. I'm not a prolific reader, so its nice to go back to stuff that I may have put down some weeks (or months !) ago and think - oh yeah ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stevie West
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have given it a chance
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rainy day book . . .
Easy read to be packed in with your holiday luggage. Interesting aspect of life as it could be.
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Published 8 months ago by I. R. S. Laing
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
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