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Monk: A Science Fiction Novella (The Chronicles of Bodhi Prime Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Gregg Vann
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Book Description

A cybernetic monk travels the galaxy performing acts of penance for its murderous namesake. Its duty...its function, is to heal the damage caused by its sadistic progenitor. But during the dangerous journey, it discovers unsettling facts that force it to question its real purpose...and the true nature of its own existence.
Dodging death and disassembly, the monk uncovers a disturbing secret hidden by its religious masters. A secret that could threaten the fragile balance of power in the galaxy.
A secret they will kill to protect.

*Monk is a standalone story that takes place after the events of Assassin's War. The next novel, Assassin's Prey, will be released in 2015. 


Product Details

  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silver Rocket Press (March 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HOUEPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi story December 29, 2012
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This has been sitting in my archived folder for a while and I'm just now clearing things out and reviewing the ones I liked. I definitely enjoyed this story. It has a complex plot and is told from a very interesting perspective. I don't want to give anything away that might spoil the story for a reader, so I won't give specifics. Suffice to say that it's a very unique story idea. I mostly read Sci-Fi, and I definitely enjoyed this book. The space-travel setting and the internal conflics of the main character set me in mind of a Joe Haldeman kind of story. I highly recommend "Monk."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking October 15, 2012
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For a short story Monk offered considerable food for thought: understanding sentience and when an "inalienable" right to exist applies, regardless of the method of ones creation; examining the subjugation of a sentient being created via technology for the purpose of serving another; and determining when a dead, morally corrupt human should be compelled to remain dead because they lack any redeeming value.

Fallon Gent deserved to die but was wealthy enough to buy a rebirth with one caveat. The technology existed that made it possible to transfer the essence of a being from their dead body into a new cloned body. The people who possessed this technology are Buddhist Monks. When a psychopathic killer, Gent, is finally killed he has the opportunity to be reborn but he must satisfy the penance for his crimes. A clone who understands that his purpose for existence is to carry the essence (mind and soul) of the dead individual down the path of salvation by finding ways to pay for the crimes committed is the method of redemption. The moral dilemma arises when the clone, who is forced to relive the memories of the crimes in order to suffer guilt, begins to question Gent's worthiness to be reborn especially when it requires his (the clone's) death.

Clearly the tenants of Buddhism had undergone an evolution where a more commercial and speedy form of enlightenment could be substituted for the lengthy reincarnation process. There were more questions asked than answers given but the story was complete. I enjoyed every word. Loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Executed Story June 23, 2012
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I read this book in one sitting, and it kept my interest throughout. It is a story supposedly about atonement in an age of a scientific breakthrough that can grant immortality. It's a fusion of Buddhism and Science Fiction, but don't worry if you don't like religious books. The faith aspect sets the framework for everything, but it's more the backdrop than the story.

Each setting has the main character trying to seek some type of absolution for past crimes either from the victims, or their survivors. Through a series of flashbacks we get to glimpse those crimes, and then in the present day we get to see the reactions to seeing "him" again. It's very much a Science Fiction story with space travel, aliens, cyborgs and even an allusion to an intergalactic war. I just want to stress that this is very good Sci-Fi and I don't think that you'll be disappointed if you're a fan of the genre. Don't pass on this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 22, 2012
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I'm going to echo the other reviewers here in saying that this was a very interesting, well written, and thought provoking story. I downloaded it on a whim, only to start reading and realize that I couldn't put it down. There's a lot of very interesting,original ideas and the plot grabs you and won't let go.

If I had one complaint it's that the climax of the story felt a tad rushed and pat. The reaction of the "antagonist" character shouldn't have been as simple or as neat. For me it simply didn't match the thought provoking, relatively deep tone of the rest of the book and maybe could have used a few more pages to flesh out.

Other than that complaint, I genuinely enjoyed Monk. This is the first story I've read from Mr. Vann but I'll definitely check out more of his work. He has a great writing style and Monk completely sucked me in as fewer and fewer books are able to do these days. I think the ideas in here could very easily be expanded into a novel length work if he so wished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little novella - interesting ideas April 1, 2012
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A quick read set in the distant future, when technology makes reincarnation possible on request. However, before a person can be transferred into a new body they must atone for past sins. Cybernetic 'monks' infused with the memory/mind of the dead person are used by those who can afford the process. As one such 'monk' progresses with his appointed tasks, questions about what it means to be a person begin to arise.

Well worth reading if you like Science Fiction that makes you think about more than just scientific advancement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Twist on Androids and Rebirth December 2, 2013
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Interesting and well-written take on life both "real" and "cyber." In the future, a sect of Buddhists have set up a way of providing for a positive rebirth by sending an android with the dormant "soul" of the person around to make amends. All it takes is connections and money. One such android Monk is making amends for a serial killer and this story follows his journey.

The author got some of the more esoteric concepts of rebirth twisted, but the story itself was engrossing, and the ending was satisfying without being preachy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars it is the perfect book for you
It is a bit interesting. However, it is a quick read. If you have a 4 hour plane ride, it is the perfect book for you. anything else beyond that, dont bother.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn 14
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and thought-provoking
The premise of this book is intriguing, and despite its short length it explores several complex themes. It is a thought-provoking and enjoyable book.
Published 7 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as the first book.
Published 8 months ago by wayne roberson
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but enjoyable.
This was the follow up to Assassin's War but apparently quite a bit in the future. We follow a Bohdi Monk who is the personality of a sexual killer undergoing penance before his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ram-Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Another great read by the amazing Gregg Vann. This story keeps you involved the entire time. Awesome, fun, sci-fi .
Published 10 months ago by Rob M
4.0 out of 5 stars A Small Monk With Deep Ideas
What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (no spoilers)

IMPORTANT: Read Assassin’s War BEFORE reading this short story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and delightful
In this well-written story, issues of redemption and accountability are explored within a fictional construct. Parts of it took some concentration on my part. Read more
Published 14 months ago by word addicted
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really liked this novella!!
I really liked this novella. If the book description piqued your interest, you will enjoy reading the book. It's well written. I will definitely read more by this author.
Published 15 months ago by Denetta T.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Plot
The plot is nice. The flashbacks were a little overly developed. But this story suffers from a lack of proof reading.
Published 15 months ago by James F. Thoma
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of story
It's not a long book and the reviews for it were fairly positive. I found I very much enjoyed the unique story line and at the end was wishing the book was longer.
Published 15 months ago by Euroranger
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More About the Author

Gregg Vann is a writer, teacher, polyglot, and perennial student. He has a M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a BA in Asian Studies. When not writing, he can usually be found on the sunny beaches of Florida.

For more information, please visit Greggvann.com

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