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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating storyline brilliantly told!, 5 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Heroes Die: Book 1 of The Acts of Caine (Kindle Edition)
I was a little sceptical as another reviewer somewhere else had rather enthusiastically insisted this would be the best book I had ever read. Now that is something hard to live up to. The outline of the plot seems simple enough, One world, shall we say an earth of the future, sends actors to another world, which is in the same location as earth but in a dimension out of shift, so the actors can be on one or the other instantaneously. While acting they have a live feed so their every move and comment can be witnessed by millions on earth who pay to tune in. It is their cultural source of entertainment and large amounts of money are paid to access the best stories. Meanwhile on this alternative planet, they are starting to wake up to the idea that 'Aktors' are interfering with their lives and politics. Enter Caine, the best paid and most exciting actor, who is on a mission to save his wife, another actor who has been involved in an uninspiring mini adventure, a little like the Scarlet pimpernel saving the French aristocracy from the guillotine. The studios think they are running Caine, but he has his own agenda. Now if all that seemed dry I can only apologise because I simply will never be as gifted a writer as Matthew Stover the brilliant author of this massively entertaining book. It was so well written that jumping from different peoples prospective to see the story unfold was made simple and easily understandable. The adventure and action is relentless, the story is complicated yet overarchingly simple. The mix of corporate aspirations on earth and fantasy elements of magic and swordplay on the planet called Overworld was breath taking. It was a deep thinking book with a political agenda and yet still a blood and gore sword and sorcery novel when it needed to be and all seamlessly done. I have not read any other book remotely like it. It is indeed one of the best books I have ever read, if the measure of that is how easily it could be a film, and how hard it was to put it down. Loved it, recommend it.
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