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Real Powers: Part One [Kindle Edition]

Colin Wright
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's 2027, and as the global economy shifts from unprecedented prosperity into harsh decline, the world's experts struggle to understand why.

A young blogger discovers a device with a hidden purpose. An idealistic journalist upends her career by targeting the people who write the news. A master media manipulator questions his work and takes on a challenging new client. An energy tycoon bristles as her powerful position is challenged. A technologist-turned-cult leader questions his own faith. A burgeoning hacktivist group makes headlines around the world, their intentions unclear. And spurred by events he doesn't fully understand, an unaccomplished young man born into a political dynasty decides to shatter convention to take his rightful place in the world.

This is the 2nd Edition of Real Powers: Part One, updated in January, 2014.

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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author of the popular political/technological thriller trilogy, Real Powers, the A Tale of More series, which tells the story of a young man with voices in his head, and Ordovician, which follows the journey of a time traveling historian athlete from a futuristic utopia.

Colin has also written numerous short story collections, including So This Is How I Go (stories about death), Coffee with the Other Man (stories about relationships), and 7 or 8 Ways to End the World (stories about endings).

A full-time traveler, Colin also writes Exile Lifestyle, a blog through which his readers vote on which country he should move to next.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1227 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 2 edition (October 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NHG442
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Page Turning Work of Fiction April 6, 2013
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I loved this book, I literally spent three days immersed in the world. For his first work of true fiction I was super impressed. Currently digging through part 2!

Anyone interested in the future of technology and our integration with it needs to check this out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A huge step forward January 23, 2013
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I thought Colin's most recent travel book was dreadfully boring and uninspiring. His first work of fiction was quite the opposite. I found his vision of the future to be very interesting and the ideas about how technology can shape politics, economics and culture quite fascinating. This book was also a real (electronic) page turner for me. The story worked its way forward in a way that kept me engaged and the prose is excellent, particularly in comparison to some of CW's earlier work. It seems as though the author has changed his perspective from himself and his sexual exploits to the larger picture, including the very real threats to freedom and economic progress that we see around us. That is a splendid change and it makes me excited about reading CW's next installments in the Real Powers series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting first attempt January 15, 2013
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Full Disclosure: I've followed Colin for a few months now, being more interested in his traveling lifestyle than his ability to write. For the price, you can't beat this; an engaging read for the money without a doubt. Honestly, I didn't expect much for his first attempt at this genre. However, he's done pretty well and I think he shows some real promise. I'd keep an eye on this author. He may have just found his new niche, completely removed from what I would have expected from him. I sure hope he doesn't settle down and quit the travel gig though. Thanks for what you do Colin, and thanks for this. Keep at it and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the second installment January 6, 2013
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I did not have high expectations going into this book. I recently started reading Collin's blog, and heard about the book there and decided to check it out. I was hooked from the first few pages. I liked the style of switching between characters perspectives and the use of news briefs to move the plot forward. The futuristic gadgets and dynamic between government, the media, religion, and the populace are not only entertaining but all to real. I read fiction to be entertained. Real Powers achieves that goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and story! May 4, 2013
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Colin is a very creative guy and this story shows exacty that. Keeping it short, his approach and writing style captivates our attention and ensures we keep travelling with him.

Looking forward to read Part Two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Awesome April 18, 2013
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The Real Powers series are among the most inspiring, captivating, exciting realistic-future books I've ever read.

They look at real-and-near possible future tech that humanity can create. Trees customized to grow into houses, fluid furniture that can construct and deconstruct whatever you need with a thought, implanted chips that give you extra senses, artificial intelligence in it's infancy....all possible and probably futures for humanity. Colin puts you right there, living amongst this tech and experiencing all the thrills and amazement and simple wonder they bring.

I started reading Real Powers just because it was there on my Kindle. It completely absorbed my attention and was completed in 2 days...for entrepreneurs and futurists especially, this book is amazing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of his Comfort Zone Again... October 16, 2012
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In the brief time I have interacted with Colin through his business, travel, and blog writing (and the occasional email), he has never failed to surprise, excite, and sometimes even amaze me. Real Powers: Part One is no exception, despite the paltry three-star rating I have given it. I promised the man a candid review, and here it is.

Being a fan since childhood of speculative fiction in its myriad forms and having read many of the greats, I approached this story with a feeling of trepidation. I wanted to like it. I wanted to really, really love it in fact, but I feared the inevitable comparison my long history spent immersed in the genre would engender. No problem, out of the comfort zone we go.

Colin's travel writing has captivated me, especially his latest Iceland India Interstate. I wanted to be captivated again, but at the outset, it was clear that Mr Wright was struggling to find his speculative voice. Characters came and went. Plot lines birthed and flowed and intertwined with what seemed a too perfect symmetry. The inciting event came and went and one of the most important characters (Mason errrr NotColin) was not heard from again for most of the book. It felt awkward. There was no wonder or accident to it, just efficient, competent prose. I was not impressed, frankly.

The man can be forgiven this of course, it being a first effort and all. I was just disappointed that the same LIFE that infused I-Cubed was absent in he first half of this book.

Once Colin really got the ball rolling on what our collective near-fututre dystopia might look like, however, I was hooked...helpless in a sea of imaginative tech, mysterious yet logically played shadow entities, and swiftly developing plot twists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes your brain hurt. But in a good way! November 17, 2014
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I don't read a lot of futuristic sci-fi, but I've read a bunch of Colin's other stuff, so I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. I even went in with the attitude that I wouldn't like it, but it was a relatively short read, so what the hell (real nice, huh? It was the end of a long day. I'm not usually that negative)

I was glad I jumped in. It isn't the kind of sci-fi that involves spaceships and alien worlds (and as of now actual fiction), but uses a tremendous amount of actual real-world tech and various actual things going on in the world now to build onto the story. It makes the story not only seem like it's not really that far into the future, but is entirely plausible in a very intelligent way.

In conversations with the author, I know he is a very forward thinker, and it shows in the storyline in this book. It ended up headed in a wonderful direction, and I'm looking forward now to more.

And if you're listening (and you know who you are): I badly would like a tile of my own, so hook me up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is one my favorites
Another Great Read from Colin
Published 6 months ago by Azul Terronez
4.0 out of 5 stars The never ending story??
The first 3 books in this never ending series are basically one continuing book broken up in suitable parts. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jesper Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend!
A fun, interesting read that also examines very real issues and proposes some novel ideas. Well written, original, and you'll assuredly want to finish the series.
Published 11 months ago by Abi
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening sci-fi novel tells stories of a not so farfetched future
Real Powers: Part One is a novel set in a not so far dystopic future where all encompassing data and the powerful people who manipulate it control the future of individual liberty. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Courtney Pruitt
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful emerging sci-fi writer
Wow, this is a great first entry into the world of fiction for Colin Wright. I really enjoyed the book and am hungry for the second installment. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fabulox
4.0 out of 5 stars Technology as Freedom
I remember back in the days before the Internet was public, and it was a bunch of interconnected research networks for global Universities and the Defense Department, we used to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Loose ends
I really must reread the book, I'm not sure what I read but I couldn't put it down, all of a sudden I was out of pages.
Published on April 14, 2013 by Cowpatty
5.0 out of 5 stars A plausible, exciting future
I loved this story. It felt like a plausible future we may be heading towards, with a fantastic storyline. Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Mark Adam Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Sexy
Real Powers: Part One is the start of what I can only imagine to be a thrilling and adventurous triology. I read this book pretty quick, only because it had me mesmerized. Read more
Published on March 9, 2013 by Shmim
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More About the Author

Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. He moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and is the co-founder of Asymmetrical Press.

Colin has been featured through his work and interviews on hundreds of TV stations, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and podcasts, worldwide.

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