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“Books like Kingmaker are hard to find. There is plenty of hard sci-fi but rarely is it grounded in the way Cantrell grounds his story.” —BoingBoing

About the Author

Christian Cantrell is a software developer from Northern Virginia. He writes the technology blog LivingDigitally.net and takes photographs for microkosmic.com. Cantrell is the author of several self-published short stories, including “Brainbox” and “Farmer One.” His first novel, Containment, was published by 47North and he is currently working on the sequel. You can follow Cantrell on Twitter at @cantrell.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477807438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477807439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Cantrell is a science fiction author and software developer living in Northern Virginia. You can find him on Twitter (@cantrell) or Google+ (christian.cantrell).

Visit Christian's blog at http://www.livingdigitally.net/

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With Kingmaker, Christian Cantrell has crafted a tale that sees Alexei Drovosek, a former Russian assassin, recruit several young people to aid his quest to right many sociopolitical wrongs that plague the world in the not-too-distant future.
The story, itself, is fairly compelling as it portrays many aspects of the future that are entirely plausible given the current political climate, & the general direction we, as a society, seem to be heading.But, unfortunately for Kingmaker, the devil is in the details, &, for me, that is where the book kinda fell flat.
There are several instances that don't quite add up chronologically, & there seemed to be an overall lack of resolution.
All in all, this wasn't a bad read, as there are more than a few moments of enjoyment spattered throughout. However, the order with which certain aspects of the story are presented detracts from the overall quality of the book.
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Kingmaker by Christian Cantrell is a book that has a very intriguing concept and the blurb highlights it perfectly. The story starts of with Alexei Drovosek, who decides to plan for a better future and not worry about current geo-political concerns. He decides to use children as his opening move to stabilize the future. The story then details all of Alexei's tricks and turns to manipulate the future however the story execution is what makes the story falter.

I enjoyed the idea behind the story and would have liked the story if it have been smoothly aligned. The author's plot twists as well as the character turns really stretched my imagination and caused a lot of disbelief. Usually I'm a easygoing reader but sometimes it becomes difficult to enjoy the read wherein so many thing seem out of order. Overall this story needed a strong re-write and perhaps better re-organization and then this would have a debut whose execution matches the blurb's intrigue.
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Russian born Alexei Drovosek decides the espionage game is lame, and embarks on a long-term project to make life better for the poor and oppressed people ruled by corporations. He does this by training children, who then go out to implement change, if they make that decision for themselves.

Drovosek is also some kind of mutant experiment, with a noiseless heart, so he can play dead. And he has unlimited money. And he seems to be familiar with all types of technology. And he is very smart, so he can remain off the grid in LA but still live in a mansion because he can hide or delete all his records.

The believability quotient was very low. And the integration of the children, trained for various purposes, into the story was awkward and affected the flow of the plot. I really felt there were some serious organizational issues in how the story was put together.

Distracting rather than enjoyable.
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Cantrell appeals to our fear of where our government is headed, creating a future United States (even more) dominated by the rich and powerful - where our every move is watched by drones and our votes are cast by our employers.

The main character, Alexei Dronvosek, is the KingMaker, selecting and grooming children as agents of change in this gloomy government controlled future. Even when they have clear potential to create change, each of Alexei's children question how they can possibly make a difference. Alexi tells them they will know it when they see it - that they should make their own decisions, taking into account the greater good. Perhaps that's advice we all should follow...
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First of all, I did enjoy the story, more than once for some reason story reminded me of Metal Gear Solid scenario, paranoid, reminiscent of thriller only slightly cheesy in places (and aware of itself). I think that author should work on his dialogue, mostly it sounded awkward, and in places, especially between two mercenaries, and dialogue with a president at the end felt out of place, and could've cut.

I would love to give a book 2.7-3 stars, in my that's a good rating, it's above average (2.5), but it seems that on Amazon 3 stars are designated for average.
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Cantrell's best novel, yet! I don't usually write reviews, but this novel deserves one. This is a sci-fi thriller that gets your attention right off the bat. What's scary is that most of the tech will exist in the near future, I estimate. Can't wait for the sequel!
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First, this is a quirky book but oh so very fun! I sat down on a rainy Saturday afternoon and treated myself to a totally fun and engaging book. Now, I should mention right up front, I don't play video games so there were a few extended descriptions of gaming that I found a bit boring...some seemed to drag on a bit which is why this book doesn't have a five star ranking. However, aside from that, this is a unique book...the organization leaves the reader wondering what is going on but it all comes together at the end in a satisfying manner. Some of the future sci is just plausible enough that the reader can relate but not so plausible as to be boring or expected. A few observations were actually rather profound if you let them sink in a bit. I had the feeling the author was actually attempting to behave the like character in the book itself by leaving traces of information and tips scattered around. All in all, totally fun!
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