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Kingmaker Paperback – August 13, 2013
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intriguing and captivating throughout. Never knew what Alexei was going to do and didn't realize that the Kingmaker at the end wouldn't be him (sorry, spoiler-alert).Published 5 months ago by C. Glass
Very original and twisted plot. Lots of futuristic great tech stuff, but often too detailed for me. Harsh reality in the sense that not everything goes right, good guys suffer... Read morePublished 5 months ago by leboissard sophie
From a technical standpoint I would say this book is three stars, but the story was engaging and enjoyable enough that I can't bring myself to give it below four. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Skaggs
Kingmaker was a book with some really good ideas, really fascinating research on emerging technology, and awesome setups. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rotinaj
This is my first read of Cantrell and though I like his style I am not sure his writing will hold my attention for long. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Akadrew98
Interesting read. A bit hard to follow as each core character took center. But I enjoyed it a lot. Off to purchase another by this author.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not a bad story. I was expecting more action, but it was more political if anything. I enjoyed his first novel. Keep at it Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pipeline