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Length: 302 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Derek J. Canyon graduated from the University of Washington in 1990. He released his first fiction ebook in September of 2010. Derek and his wonderful wife live near Seattle with their long-haired Chihuahua.

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  • File Size: 1127 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB3HU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Derek J. Canyon is a young adult and science fiction author living in the perilous wilderness east of Seattle.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O. Mclaughlin on November 25, 2010
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OK, this book is good stuff. It's cyberpunk with some twists, set in a newly imagined future that has its own tweaks and twists from the "stock" dark future world. The action grabs you solidly from the beginning. The plot is solidly developed, with some good twists. The characterization takes what looks like basic cardboard stereotypes and blows them up over the course of the novel into breathing characters. The author handles a cast of a good number of different viewpoints handily, popping into the head needed to expand the next slice of the story in each step.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D on December 13, 2010
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This book exceeded every expectation I had for. It's paced perfectly with no lull in the action. At the end of the second chapter you already realize you got something good in your hands. There is a RICH universe here that has amazing potential. The main character of Noose is awesome and I hope there is more in store for him in the future. I don't want to go on and on, but I do want to stress that if you like action this book is for you. I'm not a professional critic, and it's hard to express in words, but there is a feeling surely everyone gets when they read a book that you know when you are hooked. You can feel yourself get excited during a scene, or when you feel bad for a character and you know you got something good.

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!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Popescu Marcel Doru on January 1, 2011
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To get out of the way the bad parts: I'm not a big fan of so-called apocalyptic futures and, as an anarchist, I don't believe areas not under government control will become Hollywoodian wild-west disasters.

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2011
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What this book is: Good dark sense of humor as a team of assassins wrestles with their conscious, friendship, and betrayal. The sci-fi is low key and more for atmosphere a la bladerunner; for it is a gritty atmosphere. In particular, I enjoyed the political `twists and turns.' It is tough to put this in one genre. While it is cyperpunk, it is also part mystery/suspense, and part `action-adventure.' You see both sides: The Dwarf 'Nook' who is out to get the assassins with his band of misfits vs. the assassins.

If you have enjoyed Billy Boyle, I think this book is an alternate right up your alley. Anyone who enjoyed the Isaak Asimov `Foundation' series first person perspective and blade runner should try this book. It is worth your time.

What this book isn't: There is no lone prince and this certainly isn't a space opera. The author creates an interesting world, but this is not universe building space travel. You should also be aware that there is a large quantity of gun fights; those who dislike violence in a near post apocalyptic world need not apply. Note: The violence isn't horror. It is more of the style of a Swarchenegger or a Stallone movie. I personally enjoy books where `built up characters' meet a believable and a well written untimely demise, but you might not.

Neil
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soar on June 13, 2011
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One of the great things about the kindle e-book world is that there are a ton of new authors out there making a name for themselves and offering books at low prices.

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.
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