- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 755 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Arena Press (27 April 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Z4WWZK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Whilst the book does stands alone, I hope this also becomes a series and the characters are developed further
Great story & characters.
You and Dan Abnett are in a league of your own. I read this after the teaser having finished the incredible Invasion Alaska. The best I've read since the Doom Star series with the enigmatic Martin Kluge.
A truely fantastic way to spend 5 hours
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Simpering fan praise aside, it is a good paced techno-thriller, but the technologies are not the focus, more that the technology is a prop device. Written in a first-person perspective, with the narrator being (among other things) a private detective, it is very reminiscent of the "hard boiled" genre, where trouble begins from the opening paragraph. Lots of twists and turns to give you a good time trying to out-think the author.
Finally, the book exhibits very high quality editing.
I would recommend this story to anybody who likes a suspenseful yarn with some action. Many books are top heavy on the action side, with the thin plot revolving around some file or bit of news, giving you hints of how great the main character is and how all the girls fall for him, while at the same time giving you just enough information about the "bad guys" to make you want to throttle them yourself, leading you invariably into the final scenarios where our hero somehow avenges everybody who ever lived. The guy in this book has some depth and You can't help but find yourself rooting for him - not only to act, but also as he finally finds himself compelled to uncover facts dealing with a close friends girlfriend. Then as you watch how he handles the information he uncovers, you're almost surprised he doesn't overturn every stone he comes across. But it makes the guy realistic and actually makes him even easier to connect with. After all, is ever mystery ever completely overturned?
I gave the novel 4 stars because it was a good read. It kept me wanting more up to the last. I was surprised when it ended, but then again, it fit with the way the character had been described to me. I still wanted more. I don't know if Heppner is planning sequels (I sure hope he is), but he has all kinds of angles and plots to build on as far as I'm concerned. I would particularly be interested in seeing how he managed to push his reluctant main character with an unusual power and skills back into the story.
It's easy to see that Heppner writes from the heart, and that's what makes his stories so readable. You can tell that he suffers his heroes' pain and fights for their triumphs. My only regret is that I discovered him so late and hope that he has many more books for us all - many more human dramas with outcomes as unpredictable as life itself.
In this case, I think he did. The characters are believable, which is an uncommon achievement in this genre. It would be really easy for a lazy author to fall back into the tropes of generic detective-noir pulp, but there's just the right balance between elaboration on the characters' pasts, and preservation of momentum. He also avoids big info-dumps, revealing bits and pieces along the way.
The only real issue I have with the book is the ravishing implausibility of the science. Although poorly-explained, it seems that we've got a bunch of people who have acquired, and seem to be continuing to acquire, ill-defined super-powers. You want to avoid an info-dump, for sure, but that whole scenario needs to be fleshed out at least a little. The vaguer this is kept, the more it becomes a deus ex machina that the author can invoke whenever a character gets in a sticky spot and he can't think of a clever way out of it ("and then I discovered that I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes..." - that sort of thing). I think the author is good enough not to need this crutch, and it goes a long way towards building out the worldview if there's at least some attempt to identify (and hence place limits upon) these properties, which are central to the backstory for the entire book. This book builds a good skeleton for future installments, but the next one needs to add some meat to those bones if it's really to develop the potential I think it has.
At the end of the book, the author invites us to submit a review on the book if we enjoyed it enough to want to see the story continue, and the acid test for the success of the novel is that I do, hence this review. If you're looking for high-brow/futuristic/philosophical sci-fi, there are other books out that that do it better, but if you want a fast-paced, plot-and-character-driven action novel, this is a great choice. Read it with the right expectations, and you won't be disappointed.