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

J. Daniel Sawyer
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Book Description

"Challenging, entertaining, and amazing...Sawyer dazzles the literary palate." --View From Valhalla

Book 2 of The Antithesis Progression

Joss Kyle just wanted to be left alone. But after successfully escaping a corrupt senator's agents in the bowels of the revolutionary underworld, he's trapped between planets with his mortal enemy on ship heading a ship back to the place where it all began: North America, and the home of the Senator who ordered him killed.

As the world's superpowers martial their armies for the first salvo in an interplanetary war, this man with no country has one last chance: Prove his innocence, and thousands will die. Fail in his mission, and billions will die. He's about to learn that when the stakes are this high, it isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you rig the game.


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"Challenging, entertaining, and amazing...Sawyer dazzles the literary palate." --View From Valhalla

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  • File Size: 1084 KB
  • Print Length: 724 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AWP Science Fiction (October 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZPEIDA
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Challenging Sci-Fi Thriller December 5, 2011
By Hugh J
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best read of the year July 9, 2012
By Ian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The continuing saga of Joss Kyle April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just WOW! December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Free Will (And Other Compulsions) by J. Daniel Sawyer. This is the sequel to Predestination (And Other Games of Chance), which I listened to through Podiobooks.com and fell in love. Dan writes to an intelligent audience without sounding arrogant or pretentious. The story is compelling, interesting and thoughtful, and provokes internal reflection, but is also easy to read. There were several times this book provoked an outward reaction ("WHAT THE WHAT??!!?!" or "Dan you are a TWISTED MAN!!" or "OMG I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS!"). The character development is very strong, and the skill with which Dan knits the varying stories together is phenomenal. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science fiction, drama, adventure, fantasy, reality, political intrigue, crime syndicates or romance. Somehow, J. Daniel Sawyer has pulled it all off. I couldn't recommend this book any more! It is at the top of my "Best Fiction I read in 2011" list, and if you read it, you will understand why!
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More About the Author

J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive nutcase attempting to write his way out of the loony bin. He's the author of numerous fiction podcasts including Sculpting God, Down From Ten, and The Antithesis Progression (which earned him a spot as a 2009 Parsec Finalist). Lacking in personal qualities things that make for respectable character (such as the ability to sit still and shut up), he's forced to channel his lack of decorum into the fields of photography, a/v production, and writing for outfits like LinuxJournal and the occasional speculative fiction anthology.

When not working on his new secret steampunk fantasy adventure or getting into other mischief, he can be heard hosting the skeptical salon The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and as the narrator of Free Will, book two of The Antithesis Progression, both available through http://www.jdsawyer.net.

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