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Solomon the Peacemaker [Kindle Edition]

Hunter Welles
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 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.


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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: #1,130,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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