Free Will (and Other Compulsions) (The Antithesis Progression Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
J D Sawyer knows his craft. His style is tight and compelling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Rachel Roue
From a mystery on the moon to adventures in the jungles of earth, Free Will takes the characters from Predestination and raises the stake on everything. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Caipre15
I listened to the first book when it was released as a podcast and was so excited I had to read the next in the series. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Taylor S. Kendall
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