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Solomon the Peacemaker [Kindle Edition]

Hunter Welles
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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.

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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: #1,184,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me fascinated until its conclusion September 15, 2014
By Yzabel
Format:Kindle Edition
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I was first attracted by the cover, which matches both my love of red/white/black colour schemes and made me wonder what about the character on it (is she connected to something, or does she have a rope around her neck?). The novel also deals with a few themes that usually interest me: how technology can affect human life, people voluntarily putting on blindfolds, and a character who, being captive, may or may have not committed some kind of crime.

It's worth saying that Solomon the Peacemaker is particular, and is probably of the make-it-or-break-it kind. First because it unfolds in a somewhat unusual manner, in that the captor's questions are never printed, and you have to fill in the blanks yourself, resulting in either liking it or feeling that this "breaks" your reading. After the first few pages, time for me to get used to this method, Chell's "dialogue" parts made it easy to imagine what the questions might have been, how the interrogator may have been trying to lead him to answer specifically, and so on. However, while it worked quite well for me, it may not work for someone else. Things may also be a little confusing, since a lot of background information isn't known, and you have to piece everything together. Due to the question/answer format, too, the narrator relies on a bit of exposition bordering on information-dumping, and this tends to force the story into more telling than showing.

But this is in the beginning, and after a short while, diving into the story became actually quite easy, as it focuses on characters, their relationships, and concepts that already exist in our time: Preacher's cult-like church, for instance, or the hardships that can befall a marriage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very awesome book cover October 8, 2014
Format:Paperback
Solomon the Peacemaker is set up as an interview interviews Vincent Alan Chell. What is behind that?

Vincent Alan Chell (V, aka Beneficent Vincent, Yael husband, Forge, narrator) is content with the lifestyle he lives with his wife Yael (Ph.D. history, UMass, Y, suicide).

Alma Delacerda is Yael BFF (UMass, Remedical, Neshama, Host, P/G) & 1 day will be Vincent 2nd wife.

In the basement of the Church of Incarnations sets the Peacemaker (CI) which was built to store human memory. How scary is that.

Preacher (Forge) is another unique character.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written sci-fi/dystopian book. It wasn’t always very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. The only thing I saw wrong was the story ended to abruptly. This could also make great sci-fi movie (Fahrenheit 451 (1966); Westworld (1973); Soylent Green (1973); 1984 (1984); Repentance (2013); Divergent (2014); Transcendence (2014) or a mini TV series. It was hard for me to grasp the whole story content so I will rate it at 4/5 stars.

Thank you for the free (Story Cartel) book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, not my cup of tea August 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This dystopian novel is of the dark variety. The multi-layered conspiracy theory approach was interesting, but the ending left me wishing for a little clarity. That all of the world's governments would cede power to a computer named "Peacemaker" seems a little too much to swallow even with reasonable attempts by the UN to continue steps toward a singular world authority.

I did find the single-sided dialogue quite effective and well done. It is challenging in the beginning, but one begins to hear both sides of the conversation as you read more. Welles has crafted a solid story that would appeal more to those who prefer the darker view of society and our future.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a very interesting book to read which I read in a two day setting. I had never seen one where it was a dialogue with only one side of the exchange available to you. You will find yourself automatically filling in the missing statements/questions without realizing it. The story flows quickly along the theme with very few side trails to lose you in. It goes without stating that you would not want to know the ending ahead of time. Let it suffice to say - the ending will leave you wondering. Excellent boob.
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