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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 8 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Blades of Winter: a Novel of the Shadowstorm (Mass Market Paperback)
Its set in an alternate world where there are just 3 great powers and instead of all out war disputes seem to be settled by Levels, spies who have had their bodies enhanced with bionics and chemical gene enhancements.

Alix Nico is a new young level who connives to get herself assigned a job well above her current level/ability. This triggers events of epic proportions and leads to the revelation that her father, the worlds best ever level and presumed dead, is alive and guinea pig of the enemies cloning program.

This leads to an investigation of his last case, a cover up inside her agency, and a significant global threat emerges. Battling the enemy and a mole Alix tries to uncover the truth about her father and save the day.

Its fast paced with a lot of action and its enjoyable read. However it does have some major plot holes. Like an agent who lies, takes jobs above he ability, whose inexperience causes deaths on her team, has a personal and emotional interest in the case keeps getting rewarded and promoted not disciplined. If you can over look that you'll enjoy the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars The female Jack Bauer on drugs, 6 Feb. 2013
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This is a highly enjoyable, action packed book that reads extremely quickly with a relentless pace and a not to complicated plot. Our protagonist is Alix a 19 year old spy who is like the female Jack Bauer on acid, spy is perhaps the wrong word as where ever she goes she leaves a path of devastation, destruction and a body count resembling a basketball score board.
The world building is good set around 30 years ago, yet with technology from far in the future. The world is run by the superpowers USA, Russia, China & Germany. These four nations are supposedly at peace with each other however on a covert level they strive to wipe each other out. This covert warfare is known as Shadowstorm and is carried out by agents known as "Levels" who have been given bio-medical/mechanical upgrades and other advancements making them superhuman.
When a much higher level calls in sick, Alix causes a clerical error and gets assigned the job. The task involves tailing a former Russian Level however all hell breaks loose when Alix is fired upon by a Russians protector and soon enough things descend into all out chaos. This horrible mix up is then rectified as Alix gets a dressing down from her superiors about her disastrous mission, things however aren't finished as she learns that there was much more to that incident than just a mix-up and things have a way of being connected to her past namely her missing dad. The investigation is re-opened, heralding the start of a thrilling journey as a plot to sabotage the worlds oil supply is uncovered.
There are many stand out moments in the book but the best has to be Alix in pursuit of a foreign level jumping off the Eiffel Tower without a parachute, catching him, digging her augmented hand into his collarbone and pulling his parachute chord. She is impulsive, emotionally unstable and a borderline psychotic killing machine, but you can't help loving this character to bits.
This is an excellent debut novel and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, Exciting Post-Cyberpunk Alternate History Novel Debut from G. T. Almasi, 14 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Blades of Winter: a Novel of the Shadowstorm (Mass Market Paperback)
Relentless, exciting and utterly engrossing in its plot and pacing, "Blades of Winter" is a superb mash-up of the espionage thriller, superhero graphic novel, post-cyberpunk and alternate history science fiction, in what promises to be the first in G. T. Almasi's "SHADOWSTORM" series of novels. Not only is it a compelling homage to Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" and "Reamde", but, in many respects, it surpasses "Reamde" merely in its pacing and plot, and in presenting a character, nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, who is among the most compelling female characters in cyberpunk and post-cyperpunk fiction since the likes of William Gibson's "Molly" in his "Cyberspace" trilogy and similar female protagonists in classic cyberpunk science fiction written by the likes of Pat Cadigan and Michael Swanwick, among others. "Blades of Winter" reads like "Neuromancer" hooked on speed, even if Almasi lacks William Gibson's considerable talents as a superb prose stylist; a relentless nonstop action-adventure rollercoaster of a yarn which will keep readers in suspense to the very end. Almasi's alternate history vision of early 1980's America is one in which the United States finds itself the sole democratic empire dealing with its often untrustworthy ally of Greater Germany (the former Nazi Third Reich and its European empire that includes Great Britain, France and much of the Middle East), the Soviet Union and an expansionist China which pioneers much of the biotechnology described in "Blades of Winter". In this opening segment of the "SHADOWSTORM" series, young Nico must find the truth behind her father's mysterious disappearance nearly a decade before, and how that disappearance may be tied to clandestine German bioengineering research on cloning humans as well as the activities of a mysterious group of Muslim Persian and Arab dissidents determined to free their homelands from German occupation. Without question, "Blades of Winter" marks a compelling debut of a new science fiction author who has wrought one of the most compelling examples of recent post-cyberpunk fiction I've seen.
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