Accelerated Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
It's kind of in the noir style, with a bit more action. There are twists, interesting turns of phrase, secrets to be uncovered and a bit of speculative sci-fi. I say speculative because it's set in the modern day, or maybe slightly future, with technology forming a backdrop. But the technology and jargon doesn't usually overshadow the plot. You could take away the sci-fi stuff and you'd still have a pretty good action thriller.
He lets you read a good amount for a sample, so see for yourself.
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.
Having devoured the Doomstar series and the Alternate Europe series I downloaded this book without even reading the preview and was not disapointed. Fast paced, lots of action, intriguing characters, and enough scifi techno babble to keep us fanboys happy!
From the way it ended I'm sure this is the first book of an ongoing series and I'm looking forward to reading future installments.