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Solomon the Peacemaker [Kindle Edition]

Hunter Welles
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Vincent Alan Chell is coy about answering the questions of his captor. He’d much rather talk about his dead wife, Yael, whose suicide somehow led him into captivity. Or Preacher, the bearded leader of a cult-like group that meets in the bowels of a church basement. Or the Peacemaker, the computer intelligence that has guaranteed peace between nations for half a century.

Chell describes a world where cultural norms have changed the way people interact with technology. Humanoid robots, though ubiquitous, are confined inside private homes, giving the impression that all is well with the world. Which may be the case. Yet Preacher and his group are convinced that humankind is already in the thrall of the Peacemaker. And they might be right.

Solomon the Peacemaker, Hunter Welles’s debut novel, explores the limits of technology, nonviolence, love, and memory in the twenty-second century as it races to its incredible conclusion.


Editorial Reviews

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"What makes Solomon the Peacemaker stand out against the ranks of good science fiction is Wells's narrative choice...When reading Solomon the Peacemaker...it's easy to believe that the author wrote not only the words on the page but the words that have been redacted as well. With a magician's sense of timing and well-placed breaks, Wells transforms the blank spaces of Vincent's interrogators into strong characters whose silent interruptions speaks volumes." - Foreword Reviews


"Solomon the Peacemaker is captivating." - Acid Free Pulp

"The author deftly weaves in philosophy, religion and our fears of technology without sacrificing his story."- St. Paul Pioneer Press

About the Author

Hunter Welles makes his living as a freelance computer programmer and odd jobber. A native of Louisiana, he now resides, with girlfriend and zero kids, in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he is at work on a mystery novel set in a logging camp. His address on the internet is hunterwelles.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cowcatcher Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HMTMM58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...But I can’t stop thinking about it. March 2, 2014
Format:Paperback
Solomon the Peacemaker is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking reads I’ve ever embarked upon. The writing itself is welcoming, fairly easy to read, and filled with concise sentences and a feel of suspense throughout the whole novel –however, it was very easy to get into, even when at times you don’t feel like reading.

Perhaps one of the greatest feats of Solomon the Peacemaker is how it touches upon so many different topics, and so cleverly expresses the themes and beliefs of the characters, world and society in such subtle ways. We are brought to a world with world-peace, which although wouldn’t seem to be dystopia, is exactly that for an unfortunate man by the name of Vincent. A lot of themes were explored, as I said earlier, but the greatest accomplishment –perhaps the most painful– is how human and vulnerable all these characters were. They abuse substances, have hedonistic attitudes at the worst of times, and that affects the society around them.

Another excellent characteristic of this novel is how so many genres crossover, but none feel forced or added for the sake of it. For example, this is a dystopian fiction which focuses on an utopian –or what is assumed as utopia– society, but is also a philosophical text highlighting the characters, the people around them, and what it means for where they live. There is also heavy emphasis on carnal desires, but in a way that it adds a more human, realistic portrayal of the characters involved.

Overall, Solomon is a beautifully written book in the style of an interview. However, I found the book to read smoothly, without disconnection from the main theme, and although details may seem irrelevant at times, they all fit together in the end. It’s an achingly painful book to read near the end, but I can’t stop thinking about it, which means it’s clearly succeeded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically thrilling, difficult to put down January 24, 2014
By Monika
Format:Paperback
As the synopsis indicates, Solomon the Peacemaker is set up as an interview with a suspected terrorist (Vincent). It's very interesting this way, a little creepy, even. The interviewer's questions and remarks have been redacted in such a way that, for the most part, the book reads as any other novel with a first person narrative would. But the few times those gaps became obvious, when I was reminded Vincent was being interviewed and why (though I didn't really know why), it sent a chill down my spine.

Great world-building here; so many of the sci-fi/dystopian aspects felt possible, not too far out of reach. Welles masterfully keeps the reader wanting to learn more, to find out what happens next. The story also explores issues such as: Where do we place the line between doing something, acting on our beliefs, versus living on as best we can in spite of circumstances that seem wrong and unchangeable? What is our threshold? Each character has his/her own answer to these questions, and it's interesting to see how this plays out in the story.

Solomon the Peacemaker was a difficult book to put down! If you enjoy dystopian science fiction with a psychologically thrilling tone, you won't want to miss Hunter Welles's debut novel.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and twisted January 20, 2014
Format:Paperback
"Solomon the Peacemaker" by Hunter Welles, is written in the first person and yet, it is unique unto itself. The story is a confession. Not your typical confession, where the author is pouring out his heart about some happening and his involvement. This is a real confession as in the cop is asking questions. From the beginning this hooked me. But there is more to this POV Welles has chosen. Right away we learn the voice and words of the interrogator is redacted. The reader must decipher the interrogator's words based on the confessor's answers. This interactive play will hook some people right away - people like me- while others will find it too cumbersome to be bothered with. It will be their loss. Even the font Welles' uses feels like a typed police confession.

About the book:
Suspected terrorist Vincent Alan Chell has done a most terrible thing. He has volunteered to tell all that has happened and how his final act came to be. Yet he refuses to answer direct questions, saying he will only offer a confession if given the leeway to tell his story as it happened, layer by layer, action by action. Sure the government has the ability to simply take his memories from him but as Vincent says to his questioner,

"True. If you begin extraction you'll get the neutral facts. Now,you can take those facts and package them into a pat story that would suit your purposes, but you'll always be left wondering what the real story was. If you had the sequence right and so on."

So begins the tale of Vincent, the death of his wife Yael, his second marriage to Alma , and how he became the most brazen terrorist of all. In Vincent's time, a machine, a huge computer, and a human host all work together to run the entire world. This is the Peacemaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS. January 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Solomon the Peacemaker is speculative fiction at it's best. Welles does his world building and narrative almost as well as (dare I say it?) Margaret Atwood.

The structure of the book as an interrogation with the questions by the police being redacted is brilliant. It pulls you in and forces the reader to sit down and think about what questions the interrogator might be asking, this forces you to actively reflect on what you're reading as you read it.

I disagree with other (Goodreads) reviewers that felt like they were being thrown into the deep end of a pool upon the opening of this novel. The world is neatly parsed out and not so different from our own that the few acronyms and unusual vocabulary words are so quickly resolved that it didn't cause me any trouble at all. It's true that Solomon the Peacekeeper is not told in a conventional narrative style, but as I stated before, the non-traditional narration enhances the writing and helps to accelerate the plot.

The 'speculative' part of the fiction is done incredibly well because it's not too difficult to imagine the future coming to something like this sometime not-so-distantly. I also appreciated the fact that Welles stuck with Asimov's three laws of robotics.

I read this book in three sittings. I probably would have read it in less except for y'know... life. The story ran away with me, I felt connected to the characters (even Preacher who felt like a scumbag from the beginning). I wanted it to be longer, but that's only because it was done so well. Don't write another word on this topic, with these characters, Hunter Welles. I don't want this spoiled.

This book is phenomenal. I want it to blow up and everyone to read it.
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