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"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, goodreads.com
 
Book Of The Month on e-thriller.com
"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 shelfari.com   

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.

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  • File Size: 4333 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic Dome Books (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EM0D1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

author`s contacts:
FB page - https://www.facebook.com/alexbobl
Blog - http://boblak.blogspot.ru/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/AlexBobl

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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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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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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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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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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Neil Gaiman once wrote an elegant essay entitled "All Books Have Genders". He speculates that a book tends to become male or female during the writing process. He suggests that its gender isn't only related to the gender of the story's main hero, but also to subplots, relationships and many other elements. In my opinion, "Memoria" by Alex Bobl is definitely a male story (although girls are welcome to give it a go). The book presents a gloomy and bland world. The action takes place in an alternative-reality version of the USA -- a post-war country inhabited by carefree and happy citizens whose memories are periodically erased by the "Memoria" Corporation's technologies. This powerful organization is now on the verge of implementing the next phase of their plan to enslave the public consciousness. The book's main characters are witty, strong-willed and brave. They don't want to become part of an easily ruled human flock.
Still, to extract real pleasure from reading a story, one should sympathize with its heroes -- slightly fall in love with them -- see them as living people rather than artificial creatures borne from the author's fantasies. A sense of humour and some minor personality quirks or mannerisms could do the trick... something which the inhabitants of the "Memoria" world lack. There's enough action to keep the pace up. A rather impressive final combat crowns the chain of minor confrontations. The story becomes quite predictable by the end. But if you happen to be a fan of action films and books focusing on the efforts of lone rebels fighting the system, "Memoria" will make a rather entertaining read. I would rate it 3.5; but my policy is to round scores off to the advantage of the story being reviewed, so let's make it a 4.
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