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Darren Campo's savvy creative instinct has led him to run one of the most popular programming divisions in cable network television. His philosophical ingenuity and storytelling ability has fostered one of the most intriguing literary stories written in "Alex Detail's Revolution." As a television producer and executive, Darren is verse in developing all genres of content. Currently, Darren oversees one of the industry's largest original production operations at truTV. Just prior to the launch of truTV, Multichannel News named Darren Campo one of "40 Under 40" to watch. But Darren's fare for content can ride the wave from "Operation Repo" to drawing on inspirations for his own creative writing from Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Joseph Campbell to create the epic adventure and story of intrigue that Alex Detail takes. As Darren invokes Campbell's take on Schopenhauer, "In an essay Schopenhauer says that, 'In looking back at your life, it was as though composed by some novelist. So who composed that plot? Just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole life is composed by the will within you. People meet by chance becoming leading agents in the structure of your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others.' The whole thing gears together like one big symphony, with everything unconsciously structuring everything else." Early critique of Darren's first published novel, "Alex Detail's Revolution" has been cited as a work of 'activation', not unlike thematic nerve struck by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Darren also spent four years working at CBS where he was involved in the production of the station group's syndicated programming and news. Campo has written several humorous articles regarding the way audiences consume media and the techniques used to measure them, including "Mommy, Where do Nielsens Come From?" Campo graduated from the Stern School of Business at N.Y.U. with degrees in marketing and industrial relations. He lives in New York City and continues to contribute to his alma mater as a frequent lecturer for undergraduate and graduate classes in the Entertainment Media and Technology program. AUTHOR LIVES IN: New York City
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: TVGuestpert Publishing; English Language edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981931146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981931142
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a serious and smart adventure that delivers the goods -- a riveting sci-fi plot -- along with a lively cast of characters who exude a warmth and quirkiness that is all-too rare in the genre.

Without giving away spoilers, I'd say I was impressed by how the author balanced the deeper philosophical questions with a story that didn't slow down.

And although it's set in space and dishes all the geektastic goods you could want (aliens! space/time quandaries! computers!) it is, at its heart, a Hollywood thriller in the best sense. Chock full of cliff hangers and big personalities, this book won't leave non-nerds feeling lost in space, making it accessible and enjoyable for all.

I'm hooked -- would love to know the next move for humanity and the Harvesters -- so I hope there's a sequel.
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Not so much book review as product review.

I bought the book because it was on the top of the sales list for SF on Amazon and it was on sale for $0.00. This makes no sense you say. They must have made it up on P&H. But actually, it was free shipping. So I ended up with a copy for free, shipped to my house.

In hindsight, the $0 cost explains the high sales ranking for SF category on Amazon. But it was very readable and a good story with one caveat. My paperback hums right along to page 228 and the very next page is 245. The missing 17 pages are in the midst of the deciding action and are quite a hole. I came back to Amazon to see if the catch was that I had to pay $5.95 for pages 229 to 244. I don't see that anybody else had the problem, but maybe so.

Anyway, enjoy the book.
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I bought this book on a whim. Oddly enough, I had just read Ender's Game online because it's supposed to be a great classic. I have to admit it was. It is very apparent that the author had also read Ender's game, as this seems to be a modern version of it. The book is well written and the storyline is very captivating. When I read a good book like that, I always expect a big ending, but this book didn't offer a big ending unfortunately. It just sort of fizzled out. I still recommend this to anyone who is interested though, it's a very entertaining and thought inspiring story.
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I got this book free from the Publisher on Amazon.com.

This was a pretty good sci-fi book. It kept me interested to keep reading the whole thing. But there are alot of unexplained parts that were never wrapped up by the end of the book. There is a sequal, so perhaps that will help out the story.

It's also strange, but the book feels like there should have been a prequel before it. The author explains a lot of background information to the story at the begining, and this could have been a completely seperate book.
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As a woman in her mid-30s without any interest in sci-fi, Alex Detail wasn't the first book I'd normally pick up. But it came highly recommended and I'm open to anything different. Needless to say, I was awestruck by the imagination and the ability of Darren Campo's mind to take things places i would never even consider. Truly out-of-this-world, without sounding too punny, I hope(!). Campo has a gift of making his characters real, alive and quirky as humanly possible -- making a sci-fi book truly accessible and amazing, even for someone like me. It's a fantastic book - I might even say brilliant. I can't wait to read his next.
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The books gets off to a great start and I want to read more. I'm ready to be wowed. Instead, I get bogged down with the illogical and overly wordy "science" that defies comprehension. I reread more than a few paragraphs more than a few times. Perhaps I'm not geeky enough. Still, I persevere and find myself on an uneven ride through a really good story idea that keeps falling flat on outcomes and consequences. The ending is disappointing, and could leave us with more to hold on to instead of being dull and discouraging.

But what really keeps me so critical is the LOUSY FORMATTING. There are places where "Odessa" comes out as "dessaO" and "notnow" has run together. "Faze" is printed as "phase." Too many sentences do not have an initial cap. Come on. I would hope the author also understands the use of paragraph breaks when there is a change in scene or in the passage of time and has simply fallen victim to e-book translation woes, but there were numerous instances where I stopped and shook my head and had to backtrack. No, no, no!

In all, the book was a great read in places, a miserable read in others, but I did want to see what happened anyway. Two stars though, for the reasons given.
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I got the book for free, so my expectations were low, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the book. It really gives you a lot to think about. I cannot compare it to Enders Game as some have, since I did not read that book. I find myself mentally revisiting the book, often reflecting on its message. I am buying the next one.
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Many attempt yet few achieve what Mr Campo has done. Authors feel writing a sci fi thriller is a sure thing. Such fertile ground with unlimited angles.
Usually it becomes a convoluted mess of someones overactive yet under-creative imagination. Not so with Mr. Campo. He gets it.
It's as if a team from NASA was locked in a room with with the screenwriters of Terminator, Independence Day and Star Wars and were told don't come out until you have something everyone will comprehend and love.
Well when they emerged from the room they handed over a copy of Alex Details Revolution.
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