- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Solaris (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781081654
- ISBN-13: 978-1781081655
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hive Monkey (Ack-Ack Macaque) Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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'Hive Monkey is a highly enjoyable romp with page-turning action spread over forty chapters and has a penchant for the surprising narrative twist...File under: More. Monkey. Magic.' --Interzone
About the Author
Gareth L. Powell is the author of the SF novel Silversands, and the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Last Reef. His work has been published all over the world and featured in a number of recent anthologies. This is his for Solaris.
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Top Customer Reviews
Just like the first book, Hive Monkey is a fast paced adventure ride. This time around the Monkey has to deal with The Gestalt. a pseudo-Borg like collective from an alternative timeline.
The airships are bigger, the explosions louder and the cigar smoke is ... smokier?
Hold on to your flying hats for Hive Monkey!
I strongly recommend reading Ack-Ack Macaque before Hive Monkey. Whilst you CAN read Hive Monkey on its own (There is some exposition about the world in which it is set) - Ack-Ack Macaque lays a lot more world building on you, making Hive Monkey much more enjoyable!
By the way, does anybody think these stories would adapt really well to graphic novel format? Come on, publishers - what about it?
As for all you sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk readers out there, do give these books a try; they're tremendous fun and keep you grabbed until the last chapter - love them, love them, love them!
Hive Monkey does not disappoint if you're a fan of the first book. If anything it takes the already brilliantly twisted idea and improves upon it. It pushes the lead characters further, drives the story to an even more insane place and the action never lets up.
If you're suffering from the beginning of year blues then I say hail a passing Spitfire and hang on for one hell of a flight to hell and back!
The other main characters are similarly adrift – the airship captain Victoria Valois, whose brain is augmented by experimental gelware after suffering major brain damage; her hologram husband, Paul who is uploaded in the ship’s operating system. And K8, the young hacker who initially freed Ack-Ack from the corporation who had been exploiting him, before he burned out and died like all his predecessors, as well as struggling science fiction writer, William Cole. As Powell shifts between his main characters while the story hurtles forwards, we get to learn about the sorrows and losses that motivates each of these people.
What could so easily be a fairly downbeat read avoids being so because there is a bounce and relish to all the mayhem. I very much enjoyed the zaniness of the storyline and the twisting plot – chiefly because Powell writes with attention to detail and ensures there is rigour in his plotting and science, despite the oddness. There are a couple of nifty surprises that I really enjoyed and the antagonist was also all too believable, as well as creepily convincing.
All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing read.
From the publisher:
In order to hide from his unwanted fame as the spitfire-pilot-monkey who emerged from a computer game to defeat the nefarious corporation that engineered him, the charismatic and dangerous Ack-Ack Macaque is working as a pilot on a world-circling nuclear-powered Zeppelin.
But when the cabin of one of his passengers is invaded by the passenger’s own dying doppelganger, our hirsute hero finds himself thrust into another race to save the world – this time from an aggressive hive mind, time-hopping saboteurs, and an army of homicidal Neanderthal assassins!
Now famous all over the world, Ack-Ack Macaque is piloting the airship Tereshkova for its owner and his friend, Victoria Valois. Among others on the ship are K8, a teenage hacker that Ack-Ack has grown close to, and Victoria’s holographic husband, Paul, who has moved past the constraints of his soul catcher to inhabit the ship’s computers. When popular SF writer William Cole escapes an attempt on his life and ends up on the Tereshkova, Ack-Ack, K8, Victoria, and Paul are drawn into a mysterious web of lies and intrigue when Cole’s double from a parallel universe turns up dead on the ship.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second in any trilogy is often the weakest, but that is definitely not the case with Hive Monkey! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Miss Gemma E Morgan
Second in the trilogy and another great book. Great characterisation.Published 20 months ago by Pickle
A good idea, but taken about as far as it will go, even here about two thirds through it got a bit repetitive on the descriptions and musings it just seemed to stagnate a bit... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2014 by Mr Michael J Oates
A punchy and satisfying follow up to the original Ack Ack Macaque that delivers on the promise of the first book. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2014 by Sohnee
Ack Ack is back and back with a bang. The Macaque with attitude is back and bored with the quiet life and wishes for some excitement. Sometimes you shouldnt wish. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by pnorris14