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Seriously - if you like cyberpunk in a "grittier" context, then this book should be a no-brainer for anyone. If you're just into adventure science fiction, this is a great read too. And for the price tag, it's an outstanding value. Definitely a "good read" worth snagging! I look forward to seeing what else this author puts out in the future.
There are some choices that a few characters make that didn't feel right to me, but there is another side of that complaint that might be a positive. I will say I thought I knew where it was going, and then it goes another way at the perfect time.
This book is definitely worth your time, and you certainly can't beat the value!
That being said... this book is good. I've read the short-stories in "Dead Dwarves, Dirty Deeds" before, so I was somewhat familiar with the ruthless-but-honest protagonist, Noose. He is a dwarf, genetically-engineered to kill, and he does it well. He's pushed into action when an attack on a club nearly kills him, and kills a good friend of his. The book follows his progress in discovering who was behind the attack - and, at the same time, shows us how the would-be killers react to the whole thing.
What I mostly liked here was that the sci-fi elements are "assumed", as it were. There's no in-your-face "the robot butler" and other expressions meant to force you to realize you're reading a sci-fi - the author lives in that world, he's used to it, and describes everything as if you're used to it too.
All in all, I look forward to the author's next works.
One of the NOT so great things about the e-book world is that there are a ton of new authors out there that are not very good and not very polished. Authors that release stories that a good editor would have burned with a flame thrower. Twice.
The trick is finding the good authors in the storm... to me, D.J. Canyon is a great new author that I am happy to have found. Of course it is truly disappointing not to be able to click on 4 more books written by this author (get writing!!) and be off happily reading them.
About this story...
This is a cyberpunk book written with a gritty style. Reminiscent of some of the early cyberpunk books I read many years ago. I fully agree with a previous reviewer that D.J. Canyon immerses the reader into this dark future tech universe (next next next gen) and doesn't spend the whole story pointing out the cool techie details... instead the tech is just the background for the story. Exactly how I like it, and thus how it should be in my little universe.
I do think the characters lack some depth and think they could have been painted better early on in the story. As the story went on, the depth started to show up. Personally, I think this is an experience thing and as D.J. Canyon writes more, the skill level with characters will grow as well as growing more and more comfortable with the universe the characters reside in (like seeing the 1st show of a sitcom that runs for 5 or more years, you can see the characters finding themselves in the first show). Of course it could turn out that D.J.Read more ›
I found Noose, the protagonist, to be a surprisingly likeable character. Some of his choices I didn't care for, but each one was true to his definition. I was surprised by Cori and Earless both, but you'll have to read it to see if you feel the same way.
The action is believable enough - in the context of the setting - that it doesn't interfere by taking the reader out of the story. And given the setting is Atlanta in the dark dark future, I think the descriptions are lush and detailed, especially in the action scenes.
I can't imagine a better use for $0.99 if you enjoy speculative fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's got gene manipulated human subspecies, distopian future mega cities, and a fast paced plot with plenty of explosions. What's not to lovePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite parts if the novel are the world building parts, where we get a look into this strange cyber punk future. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave W Hutchin
Quick summary: a dwarf mercenary and companions try to uncover the background of a mass shooting. A page turner with solid writing and a fast cadence. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Grubert
Four solid stars for a unique setting and story. The characters are robust, quirky, despicable and fun to cheer and reviled. The future of humanity is twisted. Read morePublished 15 months ago by victor
I was extremely surprised by this book. It was full of interesting characters, action and intrigue. An impressive work from a new favorite author. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great blend of future Atlanta with a wiley dwarf for hire. Plenty of action and witty dialogue. Noose is one smart dwarf with iinteresting sources to help him solve problems. Read morePublished 23 months ago by john satzer
This book was alot better than expected. Well developed characters and a nice look into a cyberpunk world of the future. More than worth the cost of the book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brandon Duke
...it's not, but I loved it. I really liked the characters. I like the shadows in style and the flow of the story.Published on January 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This shadowrun-esque book delivers fast-paced action and interesting characters in interesting cyberpunk world. Recommended for all scifi and shadowrun fans.Published on November 25, 2013 by Tommi Mannila
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