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4.0 out of 5 stars Waking up with amnesia in Vegas, 24 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Technomancer (Unspeakable Things) (Paperback)
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A novel that's the first of a new series, and one that fits within the genre of urban fantasy. Which usually involves characters investigating strange things happening just out of the corner of the eye in a real world setting. Such as in the Dresden Files or the Nightside, two other popular series of this kind. Although this book does go more into science fictional territory rather than the fantastical or supernatural.

This book runs for three hundred and sixty six pages and is divided into forty three chapters.

Main character is Quentin Draith, who narrates the whole thing in first person present tense.

When the book begins, he wakes up in a room at a sanatorium. With not much idea of who he is and how he got there. Or why the staff seem to be keeping him drugged.

Escaping from this predicament he starts to try and piece things together. Which doesn't come easy because he's at the centre of a conflict between powerful beings. Which could spell problems for the entire human race.

This is very readable right from the off and the use of first person narrative does mean Quentin is a reasonably engaging protagonist. Although the piecing together of his past doesn't really amount to much, and will possibly come more into play in subsequent volumes.

The setting - present day Las Vegas in the midst of the credit crunch, also comes over well. The supporting characters are quite decently portrayed. Some are very engaging. Some are quite engaging. And some don't come to life as much as they possibly could.

But the setting and the mystery do keep this moving along nicely enough.

It does feel about sixty pages too long and it does slightly lose it's focus via a change of setting in the final quarter.

It's nothing special, just competent entertainment. But it reads well and does a decent enough job of telling the start of a big story, so it's worth a look if you like this kind of thing.
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Paul Tapner
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