The Clone Republic Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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About the Author
Born in California but raised in Hawaii, novelist/video game fanatic Steven L. Kent turned a life-long joystick addiction into a 15-year gig writing for publications like MSNBC, "Boy's Life, USA Today, Chicago Tribune," and "Japan Times." After publishing the 600-page "The Ultimate History of Video Games," Kent satisfied his Pac-Man-angst and set his sights on fiction. Having just submitted "The Clone Elite," the fourth book in his "Wayson Harris Trilogy," Kent is currently writing a standalone sci-fi novel while he develops a new series based on the Unified Authority.
Top Customer Reviews
It is the first book of a series, which works best when read in the chronological sequence, which is currently:
1) The Clone Republic
2) Rogue Clone
3) The Clone Alliance (Ace Science Fiction)
4) The Clone Elite
5) The Clone Betrayal
6) The Clone Empire
7) The Clone Redemption (Due October 2011)
If you are planning to read the whole series, tackle this book, the "The Clone Republic," first because the subsequent books give away most of the mysteries which the central character, Wayson Harris, is trying to understand in the early part of the first one.
Indeed, although I have given links here to the later books for those who may want to order several of the books at once, I would advise against even reading eviews of the later books until you have read this one. It is difficult to describe "Rogue Clone" or the subsequent novels in the series without giving away a bit too much about this first one.Read more ›
Kent pulls that off quite well.
About this book being boring, it did drag a bit in the middle when the main character and his sidekick go on an unexpected vacation to Hawaii. That was a bit strange, but boring? The book was never boring, not even during that unnecessary side trip.
Told through the point of view of Harris, the lead character has a lot of facets that allow the reader to get hold of this bleak future with relative ease. Its works wonderfully well with cracking prose and were this a game I believe there would be a cult following in a very short time. (Which really isn't that surprising as the author did start out in the game industry.) All round a solid enough beginning for a series and whilst the ending left you on a cliffhanger, I am lucky enough to be starting book two shortly. I just hope that the momentum built up in the first is matched in the second.
So I looked at the authors the reviewer recommends. Linnea Sinclair books have covers where the central theme seems to be more Mills and Boon than SciFi. Mike Shepherd covers seems to be promoting female spacers and I am yet to try Ian Douglas.
The whole Clone series rocks and Wayson Harris isn't so much plastic as alone. I will say no more. The books are engaging and whilst they do follow a pattern I cannot recommend them highly enough if you wish to be entertained.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It starts off with a very interesting concept for a future in which Earth and its many off-world colonies are governed by a ruling body which is, in essence, the US government but... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2012 by LLeuad
While this book does tread a well worn path, it is sufficiently diverting not to be a waste of time. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2011 by Nick Brett
I cannot disagree more with the other reviewers they must have been reading a different book. I love Military Sci Fi but this book just didnt make the cut. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2007 by Bookaholic