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Xenoform [Kindle Edition]

Mike Berry
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

XENOFORM:

City Six is a dark and brutal place, mired in crime and corruption. Gangs rule the streets of the Undercity and every private police force is for sale. The rich live in secure enclaves, oblivious to the suffering and violence that plague the city's poor. Sinister and powerful corporations trade stolen bodymods, fearless of the law, and human life itself is just another saleable commodity.

In this harsh environment an unprecedented threat is emerging. Whistler and her team of professional abductors start to see a new parasitic organ in the bodies of their victims. Debian, a young cyber-criminal turned commercial hacker, finds a terrifying computer virus in the databanks of an AI-research company.

An unknown enemy is attacking the city, altering the populace into nightmarish creatures and decimating computer systems. It seems unstoppable.

Can these unlikely heroes find a way to fight it? Or will City Six fall prey to an environmental and technological catastrophe on an unimaginable scale?

Xenoform: A near-future nightmare for the networked generation!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466343990
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXLKGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 12 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Count me in as a new Mike Berry fan. Sci-fi fans who love a gritty tale will enjoy this dark story. The author is a modern Hieronymus Bosch who paints fantastic street scenes: nightmarish characters with crystal eyes, tusks and tentacles, wings, and coils, who slide in and out of the shadows, double cross each other in alleys and bars, and hack into each other's lives with sleek technology. I don't want to add spoilers about the plot, but will say I hugely enjoyed the book and will be waiting to see what Mike Berry churns out of his incredible imagination in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Neuromancer et al. 28 Aug. 2012
By J. Parr
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Buy this book.

Now, if you want to know why.

A dystopian future where consumerism and desire for individuality has spread to 'body mods'. You want multi-coloured bird wings on your back? You gottit. Alter the pigmentation of your skin or modify your arm into a gun? You got that too.

Debian is one of the worlds best hackers, only taking the jobs that are the cream of the crop. The book follows as his world completely shatters and he is left with a decision that can impact the future of humanity.

Add to this various police forces for hire, a group of mercenaries that body snatch people with attractive body mods and a condition slowly being discovered - and you've got one hell of a ride.

I couldn't even put this book down. It treads familiar ground, true - but it does it all so damn well. I can't recommend this book enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 29 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
this book had me hooked from the first page. every character feels like a real person.my favourite parts of the book were the cyber battles, even though my knowledge of computer systems is very limited, i could not only understand all the terminology but i could really visualise the battle. So much detail in the world the Mike Berry creates, he sends you effortlessly into a futuristic realm, both fantastic and plausible. Really hoping for a sequel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and gory SF 16 Jan. 2015
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Interesting situation. Very dark and gory, but no more so than Alien etc. Very good concept and certainly kept you on your toes as the world disintegrates. Well written in terms of content and layout, although an occasional typo or missing words kept creeping in. My only real disappointment was that the ending was very predictable, and too abrupt. Perhaps it needed some 'aftermath' or tying up of loose ends to finish it off. On the whole quite enjoyable and readable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 Jun. 2012
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A great read, maintains the momentum from start to finish. Sub-stories concerning additional characters run parallel to the main plot, which serve to enhance the story and create a denser and more living world. The end comes quickly with little hanging around. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 16 May 2012
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This was a gem of a find. Fantastic chunk of dystopian sci-fi with characters you can empathise with and care about. Not overloaded with techno-babble either, it's all about the characters and the tough choices they have to make in the face of a growing catastrophe.

Ultra-hackers, all-encompassing internet, rampant AI, robots, grav-pods, body-modifications and weird gr... well, read it and find out.

It's a dystopian geek-fest. Loved it.

Mike Berry has a hell of an imagination and he puts it to great use here in creating the world of Debian, Whistler and co.

Read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book in the Morgan / Hamilton style 30 Oct. 2013
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This book is very good, especially if you like the works of Morgan or Hamilton and have devoured their published works.

While not quite as polished as the more established authors, the writing style is captivating and the story and characters are interesting, not your typical black and white, good and bad. The author instead paints with the grey spectrum which is more believable and endearing for character development.

A great fix and I will now start reading the authors other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 31 Aug. 2013
By ron
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Quite enjoyed this story. The story moves along at a pace and there is a satisfactory ending. It will not test the brain cells but a good read never less.
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