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The Ripple in Space-Time: Free City Book 1 (The Free City Series) [Kindle Edition]

S F Chapman , Clinton D. Anderson , Christina Chapman , Mark S. Chapman Ph.D.
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When the huge lunar Ultra Energy Laboratory is destroyed by a mysterious blast, Inspector Ryo Trop of the Free City Inquisitor's Office is called in to sort out who is responsible for the disaster.

Early reports imply that rogue moon miners are to blame but Ryo quickly discovers that a far more complex and sinister scheme is afoot.

With the help of a promising young Liaison Agent and a faltering Grad student, Ryo searches for clues and culprits in the corrupt and moldering feudal fiefdoms of the Warlords that dominate human affairs in 2445.

Ryo’s longtime friend, Biology Professor turned spy Malcolm Evans, suggests that the wave of space piracy that has recently vexed the Solar System could be connected to the obliteration of the lunar lab.

But why would reckless and marauding space raiders have an interest in a research facility?

About the Author

A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the US economy faltered. The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, “I'm here to help” (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. “The Ripple in Space-Time” (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. The author’s third novel “On the Back of the Beast” is an action-packed Contemporary Fiction tale about a massive earthquake that destroys the San Francisco Bay Area. It is now available from Striped Cat Press. Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of “Floyd 5.136,” “Xea in the Library” and “Beyond the Habitable Limit;” and a recently completed sequel to “The Ripple in Space-Time” entitled “Torn From On High.” Chapman is currently writing a rough-and-tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called “The Missive In The Margins.” S F's huge gray male tabby cat keeps him company while he writes and was the inspiration for Striped Cat Press.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Striped Cat Press; 1 edition (27 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84UVSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the US economy faltered.

The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, "I'm here to help" (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. "The Ripple in Space-Time" (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. The author's third novel "On the Back of the Beast" is an action-packed Contemporary Fiction tale about a massive earthquake that destroys the San Francisco Bay Area. It will be published by Striped Cat Press in the summer of 2013.

Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of "Floyd 5.136," "Xea in the Library" and "Beyond the Habitable Limit;" and a recently completed sequel to "The Ripple in Space-Time" entitled "Torn From On High."

Chapman is currently writing a rough and tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called "The Missive In The Margins."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars News from the future 7 Sep 2013
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This is a creative novel in many ways. Chapman develops the space and time background of the account through press releases, which link their past (our present) with their present (our future). If it sounds confusing, that is because we are in 2445 and, contrary to what we may hope today, the future will drive us to wars left, right and centre. The world will have changed by then.

And the geographical references have changed. You have the Free City - location undisclosed - Dublin is a slump full of bad pubs and the criminals reside in some outerspaces. You can place the Free City anywhere you wish, but don't count on New York as it was destroyed by one of the two AmeroAsian wars.

Slightly formulaic at times - the baddies are baddies and we know who the heroes are from page one - it is nevertheless entertaining. I did fall for space cop Ryo, but then I was expected to. He is the hero. This is what happens when you throw together complicated physics, a womanising boy, a science-expert mother in distress and lots of badly smelling pirates.
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The Advent of the Kindle introduced me to Science fiction, a genre that previously I had no taste for , and yet I now keep discovering these hidden gems on the kindle bookshelf and return repeatedly for more. This is undoubtedly one of those gems.

The idea that this is what the world will look like in the not too distant future is quite sobering, and yet the characters are as human as we are today. The sense of humour, a sense of ambition, and the essence of politics become ageless in this novel, where I became acutely aware that not only will human nature not change in the future, but little has probably changed since the past. The idea that newspaper articles will still exist in a few hundred years time, provided a familiar connection between the world we live in and the world our future generations will live in.

Chapman has expertly taken what we know and are familiar with into the future and constructed a story with believable characters and a believable future view. While this is essentially a sci-fi story it blends well with the humor, suspense and historic type narrative that appeals to a larger base of readers. I would recommend this read even to those who shy away from stories that delve into the future. Its definitely a worthwhile leap for newbies to this type of writing and reward to the die hards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted & Entertaining 30 Aug 2013
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This easy reading sci-fi book is based 400 years in the future. The story opens with a news report about the researcher Jana Fesai and how she has died in an unexplained blast which has obliterated the Lunar Ultra Energy Research Laboratory.
The story then follows the quest for the truth behind the blast which introduces the main characters - Ryo Trop, Lev Fesai (son of Jana) and Keira Norton.
The book has a lot of humorous content and the dialogues and observations are well written and witty which ensures that the book is an entertaining read. The author has said that he enjoyed writing this book and I think that this reflects in the story.
I liked the way that there were news reports recorded throughout the book which gave the reader additional information on the background of how the world worked 400 years in the future.
I found this to be a lighthearted entertaining novel and would be pleased to see at least one sequel to find out how the characters developed.
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