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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982159625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982159620
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,243,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nate Kenyon's latest thriller, Day One, was called "exciting and inventive" by Booklist in a starred review. Kenyon's first novel, Bloodstone, was published by Five Star to critical acclaim, named a Bram Stoker Award finalist in hardcover, winning the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, and becoming one of the publisher's all time bestselling speculative fiction titles. His second novel, The Reach, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and raves from Booklist, Pop Syndicate and many more, was also a Stoker Award Finalist and was optioned for film. His third novel, The Bone Factory, was called "masterful" by Booklist. His fourth novel Sparrow Rock, was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim, and also optioned for film.

Kenyon has written several novels based in the worlds of Blizzard Entertainment's bestselling videogame franchises, including StarCraft Ghost: Spectres (Pocket Books), and Diablo III: The Order (Gallery/Pocket). His latest Diablo novel, Storm of Light, will be released in February 2014. His short science fiction novel, Prime, was published by Apex Books. He has had dozens of stories published in Shroud Magazine, Permuted Press's Monstrous anthology, Horror World, Dead Lines, The Harrow, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, The Monster's Corner, and the upcoming Dark Duets edited by Christopher Golden. Four of his stories were featured in the Dart Arts anthology When the Night Comes Down.

Kenyon is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
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From Bram Stoker Finalist Nate Kenyon comes a blistering, fast-paced tale channeling the likes of "Blade Runner", "Johnny Mnemonic", even a bit of "The Matrix". Offering social commentary as well as thrills and intrigue, Kenyon shifts from horror to science fiction and cyberpunk smoothly, enhancing an already strong storytelling reputation and widening his repertoire.

From the moment William Bellow arrives on-site at New London to eliminate a deadly programming bug in their lucrative virtual reality program, he senses something amiss. The managers act overly protective, secretive and ambivalent about his presence, reluctant to give him access to certain files - despite recent deaths caused by their program. Also, it quickly becomes clear that he's being monitored, perhaps by New London security forces. When he meets a mysterious girl named Kara, his questions increase. Who is she? Why does she seem so familiar?

And why is there a room full of Kara-clones, waiting to be born?

Bellows also questions himself. Six years ago he suffered a terrible accident, almost lost himself in cyberspace. Why are his memories of recovery so hazy? What really happened to him that day? And why would New London hire him, someone who's been out of the game for six years?

The answer lies inside the great computer servers at New London. A dark presence lurks there, far greater than any security program or computer virus, and it wants him in particular. When next he goes online, he may never return.

To say that this is Kenyon's best work is a bit of a misnomer - indicating his other works are of lesser quality, which is simply not true. "Prime", however, is much more ambitious, and offers serious introspection on the nature of man and technology...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keogh on January 19, 2010
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I liked this novella and would have probably been blown away if I hadn't already read a number of novels in this genre. That being the case, there wasn't really anything original here. While reading, I was reminded of the following stories: Neuromancer, Johnny Mnemonic, Electric Church (Avery Cates kicks butt!), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Altered Carbon. The point being, I never really felt like I was reading, Prime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray J. Palen Jr. VINE VOICE on August 9, 2010
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Nate Kenyon, already one of the top writers working in the horror genre today, enters the world of techno/cyber-punk thriller with his novella, PRIME.

The novella rings with obvious comparison to Philllip K. Dick's classic, "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" that was later turned in to the film, "Blade Runner". When William Bellow is hired to track down a cyber-bug that threatens to bring down an entire virtual network he gets more than he bargained for --- including insight into his own existence and place in the world. Like Decker from "Blade Runner", the character of Bellow is a noir P.I. in a futuristic setting where his own mortality is in question.

To say more would give too much away. Leave it said that Kenyon's venture away from horror is a thought-provoking and interesting work of modern sci-fi.
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By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on September 6, 2009
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It's a job no one else wanted... but William Bellows is willing to give it a shot. However, from the moment he arrives at the New London Towers, he meets resistance at every turn. Three users of the New London computer programming have been killed while accessing the virtual system and yet no one wants to give him the access he needs to find the bug within the programming. Is Kara a friend or foe? And just why is he being monitored with his every move?

PRIME is a phenomenal science fiction tale that offers a dark glimpse of what happens when reality becomes too enmeshed with virtual reality. Does a clone have free will or the same rights as one who is not a clone? What are the roles of government and religion as they apply to free will of the individual? Nate Kenyon delves deep into the world of science fiction to ask just these sorts of questions in a world that is disturbingly similar to our own.

Nate Kenyon excels at world building as he crafts a world in which technology dominates society. However, PRIME is not the sort of tale in which the technical details overwhelm the story. Instead, Nate Kenyon uses this backdrop to address issues of today as he offers a startling grim look at what can go awry when the lines between reality and the virtual world are blurred.

PRIME is a short book but one that produces some very thought provoking questions with each reread offering a new perspective. Nate Kenyon's science fiction tale has all the earmarks of a classic. Bravo!

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Nate Kenyon's short futuristic novel is a quick read and a perfect book to read while you are on the road. The slightly larger than normal print makes reading the book very easy on the eyes. The tale takes place in the not too distant future and it focuses on the problems and benefits of the mixing of man and machine. I found the book to be at times predictable but at other times the plot turned and made me rethink my first guess. I like this, because I felt like I was moving through the story with the characters, at times knowing what was happening and then being surprised...which is what happens very often in real life. I look forward to more science fiction books from Mr. Kenyon as he improves his craft.
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