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Real Powers: Part One
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 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
on October 17, 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. My senses went on full alert and the short hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention. A truly unique vision was being laid before me. Read the book if want to know how it all plays out, I wont ruin it for you here, just know that the icy drip of fear on the back of your tongue just might be adrenaline beginning it's headlong rush. In Colin's future world, the system is crumbling and morphing into someing new and foreign. It scares the hell out of me, but I can't wait for the change to happen. Magic piggy-backing on mediocrity...and maybe he meant to write it that way after all?

Half-Star bonus for naming one of your characters Manicule, Colin...3.5 and cant wait for Part Two!
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on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2013
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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.
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on July 5, 2014
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The first 3 books in this never ending series are basically one continuing book broken up in suitable parts. Every book, including the third, ends in mid air and you are kept waiting for the next book to get to some kind of ending that never comes. I suspect the series might go on forever.
And you definitely cannot read book 2 or 3 as stand-alones. You will have no idea of what is going on if you do not read the books in order.

This said, after reading the first book which I got for free, I felt compelled to buy the second and then the third book to see what happens. This is rare for me, so I really got involved in the story. Well done.

This is somewhere between a science fiction techno-thriller, political philosophical manifesto, action adventure and spy story. Hackers and libertarian techno-cults are battling the current political establishment of politicians bought by the 1%'ers. Koch Brothers come to mind.

I find the authors vision of the near future fascinating as well as his belief in self governing groups of like-minded individuals held together by the internet across the borders of geographical nation states. Sounds great, but are we disciplined enough to pull that off? Seeing how large parts of the population can be manipulated into voting against their own self interest does not bode well for this scenario.

I recommend this series for anybody who like a good techno-thriller and is interested in alternative philosophical visions of the future. Enjoy!

I only gave the series 4 stars as I generally do not like a series where each book does not have some kind of ending. The way the books are written this would be difficult to do, so I will just have to live with it.
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