The King of America: Epic Edition Paperback – 9 Mar 2009
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There are two kinds of science-fiction - novels written for, and by, physics students and stories that use allegory, wit and fancy to stretch the reader's imaginations beyond breaking point. Rod Glenn's lyrical futurist-epic falls, squarely, into the latter category. A major achievement. --BBC Newcastle
A bloody and gritty epic. --SciFiShock
A tense fusion of betrayal, honour and conflicting loyalties. A powerful page-turner with conspiracy, death, passion and remorse. Find it all in every chapter. Glenn takes the traditional themes of betrayal and conflict and lets them loose in a vengeful, modern society engulfed in war. Being granted access to each of the characters intimate thoughts, the reader will find themselves absorbed in each of their plights. An abundance of action, twists and thrills right to the end. A story of revenge, glory and an ongoing quest for justice, The King of America is written with a refreshingly modern approach and will captivate its readers with its stark representations of political war.
--North East Regional Portal
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In an echo of the French Revolution, America's royal family are under threat (members of the royal family are hung in the streets, King Paul is on the run); republicans are fighting to take over. Against the bloody backdrop of this civil war, Rod Glenn paints his terrifying, page-turning plot.
It is a story full of the broad brush strokes of war, death, betrayal and revenge, but also full of the more subtle strokes required for characters to develop into fully-rounded people that we care about, and ultimately root for. As readers of this great book, we are in a very priveldged position; we get to hear the most intmiate thoughts of the characters; we get to look down upon the action as though from above, just as though we are using the same technology as the warring factions. And through it all, the themes of justice, morality, and what it is to be a hero reverberate, just like the old Greek epics, just like the Dune books.
Truly epic writing on a sprawling, epic scale; at once stark and realistic, but poetic and otherworldly. This is a real treat not only for genre fiction readers, but for everyone out there that is even a little concerned about the state of the world today. Call it a warning from history, from myth and from the future. Call it The King of America. EPIC EDITION.
The story itself is a sort of French revolutionary tale or maybe its a tale of what could of happened had the Americans not kicked us Brits out of thier land. Anyway King on the run, civil war, unlikely heros and villians. Entire cities being wiped out, massive killing machines, fast and deadly battles and just a note of caution that no matter how bad what you presently have the alternative may not be better.
As for the writing style Mr Glenn writes a fast paced well writen tale, kept my interest through out and I was compelled to see what happens next and after all isnt that what you want in a book. A piece of fun that whiled away the hours waiting for summer to return.
To be honest, I wouldn't normally read futuristic stuff. So was sort of wary after the first few pages. But it was the sheer scope of what the author had written that really dragged me in.
The King of America. On the run.
By the time the premise was set up, I just couldn't put the book down.
Loved the changing moods of the protagonists, changing moods that encompassed even minor characters, their shifting hopes, their shifting fears. Sometimes it was difficult to know who to really root for, so well written and justified were each characters inner worlds. Amidst the mayhem, so human.
But the thing that stood out for me in the whole book, were the battle scenes. Best I've ever read. Just mindblowing. So, take the humanity of the characters plus the brutality of the battle scenes, and what you have is a disturbing mixture that left this reader both breathless and uneasy. And only top writing does that.
And the thing that kept occurring to me throughout was the cinematic quality of the book. I could see everything, feel everything.
If I were an American reading this book, I'd be terrified and exuberant in equal measure. But I am English. And I just loved it.
Next payday - Sinema.
Rod Glenn knows what the reader wants and dishes it out by the truck load. I urge you to read this book.
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