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Memoria. A Corporation of Lies (An action-packed dystopian technothriller) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Bobl
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Book Description

Those who own human memory, own the world. That's why the corrupt bosses of Memoria Corporation control the bombed-out streets of a futuristic New York. And that's why Frank Shelby - once a humble citizen and now a murder suspect on the run - has to outwit ruthless killers in order to unearth clues to Memoria's dirty secrets and avenge his loved ones.

"A great read full of espionage and conspiracy and the best side of humanity's survival instinct."

"This fast-paced thriller is billed as science fiction, but I'd call it more futuristic dystopian."

"Sci-fi revolving around a social dystopia, it has a solid plot and memorable characters."

"Memoria is a very well written sci-fi thriller, the characters are believable, with non-stop fast paced action starting on the first page."

"An action packed techno thriller that will keep you turning the page!"

Editorial Reviews


"This book is like watching a movie. It is hardcore action from start to finish. 
I can well imagine this book to be adapted to the big screen...
...What i liked the most is the environment, this authors future New York.
In it it is plenty room for more stories." - Hans Erik Johnsen,
Book Of The Month on
"Memoria by Alex Bobl is easily described as a dystopian 
action novel, with tons of secrets and speculations entwined
within the story." - Charlotte Waller

"This a very interesting and thrilling read. It has lots of twists and turns.
Mr Bobl has populated this world with lots of great characters and different
sub-cultures such as the migrants, the veterans, and evil corporate types.
I would definitely recommend this book! Looking forward to finding out
what happens next!" - Simon P  from   

About the Author

Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 14 traditionally published novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. It was followed by TechnoTma: the Dark Times : another post-apocalyptic SF series that Alex wrote together with his S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski. Memoria. A Corporation of Lies is a hard-boiled action thriller set in a dystopian New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4346 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sky Bridge (August 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EM0D1M
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Spooky, Intense November 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Memoria. A Corporation of Lies
By Alex Bobl

In futuristic New York City, Memoria Corporation offers a service that people cannot refuse erasing traumatic memories from a person's mind. Frank Shelby comes home one day to find his girlfriend lying strangled in his bed leading him into the maze that is Memoria. He must infiltrate Memoria to clear his name and as he does so he soon stumbles onto something much more heinous.

I love dystopian novels so it would be hard to disappoint me when I pick one up. This one though, stands out amongst the rest not only is it an adult novel (most dystopian novels lately have been geared towards young adults) but it is also plausible. The citizens must wear electronic bracelets that track the persons movements, also people who were born after the great war must have their memories wiped every year by law, add in the big bad monster is a corporation you have an interesting take on what the future could be. I have to say that this novel reminded me a lot of 1984, though with a much better ending, so if you enjoyed that one you will most definitely like this one. All in all it's a great read full of espionage and conspiracy and the best side of humanity's survival instinct.
I was sent a free copy of this novel for an honest review.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale? July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In the burned out, bombed out New York City of the future, Frank Shelby is accused of the murder of a woman he knows only as Kathleen. So begins his odyssey in a post-apocalyptic world where the Memoria Corporation offers a cure for all your ills by erasing memories of unpleasant things.

A big plan called the Vaccination is in the offing and Memoria is offering it free of charge as an introductory incentive. But what is it really? And how is a United States Congressman, who is also a board member of Memoria involved? What will Frank Shelby do to clear himself of trumped up charges? Is there anything he can do in the face of an organization that can erase the memories of witnesses and bend reality to suit its own purpose?

Alex Bobl weaves an intricate tale where one huge corporation is intent on taking all the power for itself and it looks like it just might succeed. Reminiscent of the noir setting of Blade Runner, Memoria: A Corporation of Lies is an entertaining read and perhaps a cautionary tale. Translated from Russian, there are a few places where the translation hiccups, but those places are small and incidental. If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, then Memoria: A Corporation of Lies will be right up your alley!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could make a movie July 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book could probably make a good movie because of all the action. Frank Shelby and his friends go on a crusade against the all-powerful Memoria Corporation that erases people's memories (for a fee) while Memoria's henchmen, in their turn, try to kill Frank before he gets to the truth about the company's real plans. I found this book quite realistic and positive. Overall it's a well-written, engaging novel.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic piece of noir SF August 16, 2012
By Yulia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw this book mentioned on a post-apocalyptic forum and decided to give it a try. I was rather curious because the writer was apparently a published Russian SF author who set his novel in a dystopian New York. It sounded like a classic piece of noir SF, a bit in the vein of Philip Dick and such.

The novel starts with Frank Shelby, a successful lawyer, who is about to propose to his girlfriend. He lives in a near-future New York recovering from a new civil war which was stopped thanks to the efforts from Memoria Corporation - a gloomy institution specializing in altering human memories. Now Memoria practically rules the country with its obligatory trimonthly memory purge. This is where Frank should be heading when he finds his girlfriend dead... but he is promptly accused of the murder and hunted down by the police and some mysterious killers. Frank has to prove he's innocent, and all clues lead him to the Memoria HQ.

There were three things I liked most about the novel:
1. The gloomy dystopian atmosphere, typical of noir fiction. That includes the dark, moody settings in which Frank's story is unfolding: the cluttered flat of Frank's newfound friends, the secret underground laboratories in Memoria's soundproof cellars, and the eye-opening discovery of the real purpose of the so-called "migrants' camps" all over the country...
2. I looked up the author and wasn't really surprised to discover he used to be a professional army officer. It's obvious that he writes from experience using it to describe arms and ammunition, techniques like rappelling, and especially combat scenes reminiscent of movies like Blade Runner or Minority Report.
3. In an action thriller, characterization is often added as an afterthought - but not so here.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read! October 9, 2012
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The book is a great read for any sci fi / action thriller lover. The beginning is a little slow, but in retrospect, it helps the reader appreciate the pretext of Memoria's world with its electronic bracelets and ominous memory scans. Once the main character Alex arrives home and finds his girlfriend Kathleen dead, the action explodes. And it never stops. The book is entertaining and easy to follow. The characters and their roles are somewhat predictable in the classic good cop / bad cop sense, but it doesn't in the least take away from the quality of entertainment. Think Resident Evil meets Blade. I could see this being a successful sequel kind of a book. Highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoria.
Frank Shelby is a lawyer accused of murdering his girlfriend Kathleen. Now, on the run, he and his friends are on a crusade against the ruthless and powerful Memoria Corporation to... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pennie Mae Cartawick. Author of the Sherlock Holmes book series
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad writing? Check
I got this as a free eBook, and I still feel ripped off.

Bad writing? Check. Thin to nonexistent plot line? Check. Badly written fight scenes? Check. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daghain Wolfe
1.0 out of 5 stars small thought
If you belabor a concept within the process of telling a story.... and don't move past that as an author within the first 50 pages..U fail as an author... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Terry Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Was A Good Read Overall
The premise and layout was done well. The book idea is what captured me. I did got lost in some of the reading, due to what I think was not enough description about locations and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Perry Nally
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller/S-F
This is an ebook made available free by the author (Mr. Bobl is a Russian adventure/S-F writer with a military background) through Goodreads, and as usual I appreciate any author... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tim Jovick
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished
Sorry, but I couldn't finish it, even though I was rather desperate for a scifi story to escape into. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Point Apocalypse
This is Alex Bobl's best ebook yet. The action was high-octane and kept me glued to the book. This will leave readers begging for more.
Published 15 months ago by Tyler Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to some classic but not quite a classic on it's own
Memoria By alex Bobl (They control your memories - They tell you how to live.)

This was one of those few that took my interest by the book cover. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J.L. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopia noir
This is a film-noir style murder mystery set in a futuristic dystopian NYC. The author succeeds in conveying the dark atmosphere of the city's underground. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Nechaiev
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read.
Really hard to read and get into. Almost put it down a few times. I wonder if the author isn't a native english speaker? it reads that way at times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 13 novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl.

After his initial success, Alex Bobl teamed up with his friend and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski to create a SF project of their own. Entitled TechnoTma: The Dark Times, this action adventure series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the Black Sea has dried out and the Crimea has become a major desert. The eight books of TechnoTma had a total print run of over 300,000 copies and have been translated into German and Spanish. Talks are now under way about translating TechnoTma into English.

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Point Apoсalypse is Alex's last science fiction novel to date - a sci-fi action adventure set in the near future. Alex Bobl lives in Moscow with his wife and two boys and is currently working on his next science fiction novel.

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