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Free Will (and Other Compulsions) (The Antithesis Progression Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1620 KB
  • Print Length: 724 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AWP Science Fiction (October 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZPEIDA
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While STAR WARS and STAR TREK seeded J. Daniel Sawyer's passion for the unknown, his childhood in academia gave him a deep love of history and an obsession with how the future emerges from the past.

This obsession led him through adventures in the film industry, the music industry, venture capital firms in the startup culture of Silicon Valley, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the worlds that assemble themselves in his head.

His travels with bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, and inventors led him eventually to a rural exile where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
For stories, contact info, podcasts, and more, visit his home page at http://www.jdsawyer.net

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh J on December 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
J. Daniel Sawyer's "Free Will" is a smart, sexy cyberpunk novel worthy to be placed
on the shelves next to Gibson, Varley, and Heinlein. It has a very unique voice, a
wonderfully diverse cast of characters, and plenty of thrills, but it isn't without its flaws.
Free Will and Other Compulsions is the second novel in the "Antithesis Progression."
The story follows geopolitical events and personal stories as the American space
colony Luna City prepares to start a revolt against its earthbound controllers. While this
isn't exactly unbroken ground, Sawyer establishes a very rich detailed history for the
different space colonies, not all of whom are working towards the same goal. Luna City,
while full of clever hat tips to the Masters of Science Fiction, is established as a haven
for groups outcast on Earth for their beliefs, politics, or sexual identity. Parts of it read
like "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" with big gay dock workers, which is awesome.
The rest of the story follows scheming Senator Bill Shelly, who is manipulating the
situation to his own ends, and the personal and political fallout as all the people he's
burned over the years, including poker playing anti-hero and former national security
advisor Joss Kyle, and even his own daughter, come back to haunt him.
There are a few flaws, however. This is the second book in the series, and
Sawyer assumes that readers are familiar with all of the details from the first book,
Predestination and Other Games of Chance. The world is very detailed, and it is well
researched, especially where the author extrapolates technology out another century,
but there are so many factions, characters, places and technologies, that a glossary
would have been helpful.
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By Ian on July 9, 2012
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Free will is the best read of the year so far. I'm looking forward to the rest of the other books in the series.

J D Sawyer knows his craft. His style is tight and compelling.
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Free Will (and other compulsions) is the second book in J. Daniel Sawyer's Antithesis Progression series, which manages to combine science fiction and noir elements into a fascinating future setting. The first book in the series is Predestination (and other games of chance). If you've read Predestination and enjoyed it, you're sure to want to pick up Free Will, and no doubt look forward to the next time J. Daniel Sawyer publishes a book with a short title (and a long and contradictory subtitle). At the time of this writing, Free Will is only available in electronic formats, but is available for Kindle, Nook, and a variety of other formats via Smashwords.

In Predestination, we met Joss Kyle, a one-time National Security Advisor who is now on the run. After being branded as a traitor, Joss has fled the Earth for Space Station Sidon in order to build a new life for himself, and to figure out who was the real traitor who set him up to take the fall. But Joss hasn't gotten away clean. He's still pursued by those who would like to use his knowledge, or silence him forever.

Now, in Free Will, events have continued apace. The Lunar Colonies are agitating for open rebellion, despite the power plays and back-biting that are threatening to tear the movement apart. The Persians have become increasingly confrontational, and now have mobilized their fleet and are threatening to take over the outer colonies. The American military is starting to mobilize in answer, and it is becoming harder and harder to see a path that doesn't lead to open warfare. Senator Bill Shelley, the very man who branded Joss as a traitor, is moving closer to taking over the White House. As much as Joss would like to lay low, a new series of terrorist bombings on Luna and the space stations have been laid at his feet.
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Totally awesome well written with at least 9 separate but interweaving subplots finally some winding up to somewhat satisfying conclusions. He keeps us on the edge while developing complicated interpersonal relationships that are so painfully human. Can't wait for more!
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