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Rule of Thumb (Balance of Power Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott E Baughman

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Book Description

The network of the future is always on...until THEY cut you off. In a world where losing your connection to the worldwide social network means becoming a Nameless one, privileged elite Adrien Faulk will find out all too quickly just what it means to be cut off. Faulk's journey to find a lost pair of binoculars will lead him from the mean streets of near-future New York City to an ancient Mayan pyramid in Guatemala. He'll come face-to-face with a global mystery, a cybernetic assassin and a crazed, technological cult. Along the way he'll find a prophecy about mankind's destiny among the stars and answers to what it means to be an individual, a hero....and maybe, what it means to be human.
But will he find out what he needs to know in time to save us all?

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    About the Author

    Born in the midlands of South Carolina, Scott spent his early years reading great science fiction novels, mysteries, fantasy books and the Choose-your-own-adventure series of the 1980s. Baughman knew he wanted to be a writer by the third grade, where as an elementary school student on career day he eschewed the fireman, soldier or policeman costumes to dress up as a fedora-wearing, camera-snapping member of the press. Today, several newspaper jobs and journalism writing awards behind him, he has self-published the first book of his Balance of Power science fiction series - Rule of Thumb! He is the father of two sons and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Meda and their dog, Mayer.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 784 KB
    • Print Length: 273 pages
    • Publisher: Tower of Timelessness (12 Aug. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00EI4HL0G
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,181 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good first outing. 10 Feb. 2014
    By Kyle Atchley - Published on
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    Clearly worded, easy to follow mixing of SciFi and noir detective stories with pulp adventure, I look forward to the next in series.
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 5 Dec. 2013
    By Jessica Gray - Published on
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    So, I read this book start to finish in one plane ride (I love that we no longer have to turn off small electronics for takeoff and landing – yay Kindle! But I digress). I truly enjoyed this book. As a first novel, it is extraordinary.

    I enjoy scifi and fantasy, and this book had a bit of that with its futuristic setting, but it was down to earth enough to feel quite real. The world Scott created had very few contradictions and plenty of suspense and intrigue. Scott spun the story well, and it had enough genuine twists to keep me fascinated. Yet none of those twists were out of thin air or contradictory to the world he built. I enjoyed that I “guessed” some of the twists based on good use of foreshadowing, but it was not overly predictable. Most of the characters were three-dimensional and interesting. I especially enjoyed how the author handled the sensuality in a palpable but tasteful way. It’s not a bodice-ripping romance novel (thankfully), but the descriptions were well-done.

    There was one part of the story that bothered me - the whole stereotypical pagan cult/human sacrifice part was really kind of boring. The dark robes, black candles, scantily clad woman as human sacrifice (and we never hear about her before or after). Seems so cliché and over the top. But I will be interested to see where the plotline goes in the future.

    I’m looking forward to the sequel.
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old comic-book style SF 17 Aug. 2014
    By James lange - Published on
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    Throw away expectations of believability, sophisticatiion or tight writing - the is a throwback to era of Flash Gordon and Sam Spade. The dialog is cheseey and the plot has just as many holes - as cliche after cliche emerges and the narrative style changes thre or four times . If you try to read this as serious science fiction, you'll hate it. If you take it as a pastiche of itself, you'll laugh out loud and have lots of fun.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Find- didn't think the topic would even appeal to me 28 Aug. 2013
    By RevChrisEsq - Published on
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    I bought this book for one primary reason only-I knew the author when he was a reporter for the local daily newspaper in Western North Carolina. Starting the book--partly to humor him and partly out of curiosity, but mostly to support writers I know--i began reading the book and found the story captivating for two reasons: First, Scott is a great futurist and does a fabulous job making you believe his version of the year 2042 is likely to be just the way he describes it--no more gas cars, city smog, and expansion of cell phones and gps markers in everything. Also, more and more of a few mega-corporations controlling and influencing just about everything. Secondly, he quickly paints an engaging character named Smith, a private investigator with a grandfathered 1965 Mustang that makes a racket and cloud of pollution racing by the myriad electric cars in cities, along with his anathema against new technology and love of tobacco.
    As a result you will find I suspect, as I did, yourself vastly more drawn into this fast paced story than you might expect. I finished the book in about three hours spread over a few days reading. Highly recommended.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut novel!! 29 Aug. 2013
    By Garrett Byers - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Scott Baughman crafts the story and dialogue in such as way that it keeps things moving at a lighting pace. With an entertaining plot that is both visual and detailed this clever and original adventure does not disappoint.

    Touching on elements of past versus present technology and a struggle of identity in an every evolving world; from the very beginning "Rule of Thumb" sets forth thoughts not only of what's to come in the next chapter but how similarities can be made of today's world.

    Baughman satisfies the reader with an honest look into a future that, for us, may not be that far off.

    A brilliant debut from what is sure to be the next writer to add to your must read list!
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