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Kingdom [Kindle Edition]

Anderson O'Donnell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project—codename “Exodus”—has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.

Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation’s collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.

In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead—an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.

And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution....closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus—and one man’s dark vision for the future of mankind.

Welcome to Tiber City.

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Heralded as one of the top 25 Indie books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews

"A taut, brilliantly conceived thriller with impeccable pacing bursting with ideas...For fans of noir-laden science fiction in the vein of Philip K. Dick that is in equal measures suspenseful, gripping, darkly funny and philosophically challenging." (starred review and top 25 indie book of 2012 award)

-Kirkus Reviews

"Toss William Gibson, Andrew Vachss and David Fincher into the Petri dish, irradiate them, then infuse the result with Transylvanian meth, and you'll have some sense of what O'Donnell has concocted."

-Jack O'Connell, author of Box Nine and The Resurrectionist
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"There simply aren't enough stars to communicate the impressiveness of O'Donnell's work here. He has taken religion, science, politics, theory and philosophy and blended them all together to create what is easily one of the most important books to come out this year."

- Pavarti K. Tyler, Fighting Monkey Press & author of Shadow on the Wall

From the Back Cover

Kingdom is a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O'Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we've been building for the last half-century. Hip and hellish, wild and weird, Tiber City is the dystopian megalopolis into which we will all soon move--whether we know it or not.

Product Details

  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tiber City Press (May 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085DY50A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The future is bleak. The book is beautiful. June 12, 2012
By TrueJDK
Format:Paperback
Brief synopsis - Kingdom follows three key characters: Dylan, the fairly debauched and despondent son of a former politician; Campbell, the disgraced and redemption-seeking one-time genetecist; and Morrison, the head of a corporate genetics corporation. Set in the near future, Kingdom follows the three leads in the separate quests for answers, redemption and domination, and finding that their paths and fates are inextricably linked.

It took me a surprising amount of time to read this, and I think I finally figured out why. The journey through a book is much like a physical journey - whether it be a brief stroll through something light and airy, or an arduous trek through a barren desert.

Kingdom is like a walk through a rainforest. The scenery is breathtaking (by which I mean the quality of the writing), but there's so much that it bogs you down and slows your journey.

O'Donnell is a fantastically talented writer, with some beautiful turns of phrase, great dialogue, and wonderfully evocative descriptions. He crafts his characters well, turning reprehensible ones into people who can be identifed and empathised with.

O'Donnell has his own voice, dark and angry, used to condemn a bitter and bleak future with aspects of our own which have attracted his wrath. However, he's also intelligent and creative, bringing in genetic manipulation, political wrangling, addiction, and studies of the soul, to create a fascinating piece. Remeniscent, at times, of Philip K Dick.

Interestingly, although I started off curiously detached from the lead characters, they do grow rapidly and subtly into investable people. Very well handled.

However, O'Donnell's biggest strength is also his biggest weakness. The writing is gorgeous, no doubt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Eva
Format:Paperback
"And when our fellow citizens shattered like porcelain dolls swept off an end table, society couldn't be bothered to put down the remote or log off the Internet long enough to consider why."

Kingdom is one of those novels that are difficult to categorize in one genre - it is generally an adult science fiction/dystopian novel but also widely described as a "bio-punk noir-esque thriller". Told in third person and from multiple perspectives, Kingdom is about how greed for power trumps idealism and twists even the most well-meaning intentions. The highly complex and thoughtful novel also deals with a myriad of relevant issues, making it in essence, a social commentary of humanity. More on this later.

Politics set the story in motion. With the goal of instating a good leader for the free world, Michael Morrison who owns Morrison Biotechnology, with the guidance of mentor and geneticist Jonathan Campbell, set out to "correct the genetic components of 'traits' deemed undesirable in future leaders" like alcoholism, sex addiction, and depression. Unbeknownst to Campbell, Morrison is conducting his own gruesome experiments. Campbell flees the facility after discovering Morrison's project and is saved by The Order of Neshamah, a group of monks searching for the soul and does so by conducting experiments of their own. Meanwhile, in the Glimmer District, Dylan, son of Robert Fitzgerald (a previous presidential candidate who committed suicide) drowns his sorrows with drugs, alcohol, and sex. Throughout the story, Dylan discovers his father's connection to Morrison and how he figures into Morrison Biotechnology and The Order of Neshamah's projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars theological genomics June 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us." So said the philosopher and Dominican Monk Thomas Aquinas some centuries ago. But reading Anderson O'Donnell's searing first novel, Kingdom, the notion of there being a God - someone or something taking control - including the author himself - seems spurious at best.

Combining hard-hitting noir, genomic science, theological musings and a city as gritty, rusted and blasted as Samuel R. Delany's Bellona in Dhalgren or Jack O'Connell's Quinsigamond in The Skin Palace, O'Donnell has come up with a bio-punk saga from hell. Indeed, it would seem that the gene for the human soul has been discovered and, as it transpires, that is not necessarily a good thing. The discovery is made during the process of creating human replicants via use of human genome mapping, but one gene seems to go missing, leading to both physical and psychological horrors that would make Cronenberg jealous.

The resulting saga reads like a futuristic Raymond Chandler novel colliding with Philip K. Dick-like philosophical musings and all delivered, as Jack O'Connell puts it, with a hearty dose of "Transylvanian meth." All the noir clichés are here but delivered with an electro-magnetic jolt. The book is set in a near-future metropolis - Tibor City - a city that is as ill as many of its characters. Like William Gibson in his Bridge series, O'Donnell is at pains to drag his readers kicking and screaming through its streets and into the cigarette-saturated environs of the nearest bar for innumerable glasses of Jamesons - neat, thank you. As a first novel, it's a rough-hewn book that takes time to build up steam and congeal its multifarious characters and twisting story-lines but once it does the adrenalin blast of events and ideas are breathtaking. Everything is up for grabs here - most especially your soul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy dystopian worlds, this is a fantastically horrific and...
Review from: PS Naughty Reviewer- Suzy (Rating 3.5)
This book is one that requires a reader to force themselves to soak it in and really think about the words displayed before... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SusieQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Good read. Very unusual and unpredictable story. I liked it lot. If you like Apocalyse or end times stories, this is for you.
Published 10 months ago by A. Paine
5.0 out of 5 stars happy surprise
i wasn't really sure when i picked up this one if i would like it but i did. at the time i had picked up three or four books that i still have yet to finish, this one i did. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Pappan
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly intriguing
Too many questions were left unanswered for me. I would have liked more background about how America came to be in the condition described. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. Sisk
4.0 out of 5 stars roller coaster paced futuristic thriller
If you love roller coaster paced futuristic thrillers, you're gonna love this book! I finished it in 2 sittings (only because there is just SO much to take in)! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom
Excellant Novel! A five star requires transcendent literature. The narritive made you see and feel your surroumdings as if you were traveling inside the characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roseann
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read so far!
I started reading this before beginning a new job. Been too busy with the usual new job related read and do a zillion things overload to finish, but I am truly looking forward to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Diangelo1
4.0 out of 5 stars Biopunk world ends in a whimper with just a hint of hope
A post-apocalyptic novel with no apocalypse, Anderson O'Donnell's Kingdom is set in the near future of a world not so different from ours, where America's Cold War has spawned an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Deeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom
Kingdom has three key protagonists for me - Dylan, the son of a senator that has taken his own life; Campbell, a former geneticist haunted by the past and in search of redemption;... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, difficult and rewarding read
The person who recommended this to me described it as "dense," which is a term I use for books from writers such as Umberto Eco or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, books that you cannot... Read more
Published 18 months ago by N. J. B. Troop
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Writer. Obsessed with Dystopian/noir fiction, the Clash, and his two little boys. Debut novel KINGDOM in stores NOW

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