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The A-Men [Hardcover]

John Trevillian
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29 Mar 2010
Jack is a man with no memory, awakening in a dark and dangerous metropolis on the eve of its destruction. The only clue to his former life: a handwritten note in the pages of a book of faerie tales entitled Forevermore. Marked for death in a peacekeeping force sent to quell the riots, he finds sanctuary and survival with other renegades on the streets of Dead City. Battling to survive, they form the infamous A-Men, misfits who have a unifying dream: to be special. Yet that is until their paths cross with Dr Nathaniel Glass and his mysterious experiment locked deep beneath the Phoenix Tower.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Matador; 1st edition (29 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848763433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848763432
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,049,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Trevillian was born in London, England and spent his childhood with a Smith-Corona Calypso typewriter and a wild imagination, both of which he still owns, in an unremarkable house in an unremarkable street. He now lives in Talliston; again in an unremarkable street, but this time a remarkable house.

Most of his earliest recollections centre around devising stories and games with his brother and of typing and drawing his own versions of the children's books he devoured. At secondary school he began his first novel, the Stephen Donaldson inspired fantasy, The Mortal And His God, and went on to use his love of world myths and faerie tales to launch AEs, an award-winning interactive writing game. Winner of best new game in the UK, this interactive story grew into the AEs Society, an international group of shared-world authors and writers. Covering the fantasy, horror, dark future and urban soap genres, the society created over two million words of collaborative fiction.

This is where the A-Men adventures began, as a dark and dirty short story titled The Wasters. From that gritty nucleus grew the trilogy of The A-Men,
The A-Men Return and Forever A-Men.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent, dark and gritty 21 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This high-octane thriller is action packed, brutal and complex, a dark dystopian world seen from the viewpoint of five completely original and extraordinary characters. Violent both in language and incident, it is also a mystery about why a man has chosen to wipe his own memory. And better still, it is the first part of a trilogy! A must-read for fans of the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What sort of man wipes his own memories? 21 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Interlacing viewpoints describe the collapse of a city, from those trapped within, to those sent to keep the peace. But it is when Jack awakes, him memory wiped, that the story bursts into life. And you can see perhaps why the author needs multiple viewpoints, given it turns out Jack wiped his own memory, how much more of an unreliable narrator would you like?

The action is grimy, the standards and morals of those who started with any crumbling as the city does. And in the middle of this chaos, a web seems to be being spun, a virtual world needs saving even more than the real one.

It is well written, inherently interesting, with a good twist or two along the way. But it occassionally suffers from what I would term continuity errors as the action switches between narrators. And there are elements that are left dangling, for the sequels, perhaps, but perhaps not. The "spider" in Jack's head, for one - has he left clues to follow? And if so, why wipe his mind in the first place? Or is this something that simply can't be eliminated by wiping the memory?

Review of book 2 to follow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Futuristic Action-Lover's Must Read 29 Jan 2011
By Mandy
Format:Hardcover
If you take a bunch of misfits, an evil doctor, the classic never-ending fight of good vs. evil and throw them into a world that's similar to ours, but light years later, then you would have the makings of The A-Men.

There are two major settings in this novel: outer space and Earth.

This novel is set in a point in time where humans are able to live in outer space. There are space stations big enough to hold cities of people, but only the wealthy were able to leave Earth and live in these new, desirable locations. Because all of these people left Earth to go live in space, there are numerous amounts of ghost towns/cities left behind.'

Also left behind were the people who could not afford to live in space. And, since the majority of politicians, military and lawmakers have left for space, the people left behind on Earth are left to their own devices ... which is never good. Gangs form, lawlessness abounds and territorial fights erupt. Now, we see the entering of the A-Men come to Earth to either restore order or destroy those that are beyond help.

The characters in this novel were extremely well thought out and depicted in this novel. The first five chapters introduced us to the five main characters of this novel. Each chapter (and subsequent chapters thereafter) were written in that main character's viewpoint ... which I rather enjoyed since each person sees the same situation in a different manner.

Overall, this was an action-packed, page-turning futuristic novel that is very easy to read and understand. I enjoyed getting to know the A-Men and cannot wait until I'm able to read the sequel, The A-Men Return.
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4.0 out of 5 stars future dystopia 7 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover
Now, I'm not a woman who only reads romances or things like that. My shelves are full of fantasy and sci-fi books, but I think this book is aimed firmly at a male market. I think there is too much violence in for it to be anything else, and some of the women in this book are not treated very well at all. It was disturbing in some parts.

A dystopian tale set in a distant-future Earth, where everything has been controlled for years by mega-corporations. They control everything: food, shelter, water, supplies, electricity, everything that people need to survive. But the mega-corps are leaving, along with the rich who can afford to live on the space stations that orbit Earth. Earth is plunged into darkness as the electricity and water and food supplies dwindle with no hope of ever returning to how things were. There are two main groups left on the planet: those who are hunted and those who are the hunters. Laws and rules go out the window and a peace-keeping force is sent, of whom Jack is one.

Jack is a man with no memory and as the book goes on, you discover that he wanted to wipe his own memory and you're left wondering why someone would so such a thing. Along with Jack, we have chapters from other characters, including Pure, one of the women left on Earth, Sister Midnight, a religious zealot and a solider alongside Jack.

I found the alternating chapters from different points of view annoying at times. You were just getting into what was happening and then the action switched to a different person or place. The whole book was also written mostly in the present tense, which is not my favourite so it took a while to get into.

Some of the science and technical jargon went way over my head, so I wasn't actually sure sometimes what I was reading about.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A -Plus 18 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel on so many levels. It reminded me a lot of the Joe Pitt stories by Charlie Huston, who is one of my favourite authors. The main character's voice is excellent, extremely realistic and grabs you straight away. I can really hear him talking to me. He has an excellent narrative voice and a very realistic way of speaking.

The pace is electric. This is a real rollercoaster through a post-apocalyptic dystopian cityscape and appeals to people like me who like their science-fiction dark, slightly apocolyptic, etc. Jack/Nowhereman's a great central protagonist, and though we don't particularly like him, we get carried along by this anti-hero's adventures.

I found this book by searching on this author after seeing he'd been shortlisted for the Art Council's YouWriteOn Book Award Finalists for 2009. When I saw it'd been published, I thought, why not.

I'm glad I did
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