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Tag (The Zumar Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Royle
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On 15 March 2110, 6.3 billion people will die at the hand of one man. A man with a twisted vision, to make humans a better, more intelligent race…

In the wake of Arbitrator Jonah Oliver’s interrogation of Jibril Muraz, a prisoner of UNPOL, his secure life disintegrates into one of lies, corruption, conspiracy and murder due to what he learns.

Jonah is thrown into a race against the clock to stop a plot designed to eliminate two-thirds of the population. The odds are stacked against him. He soon finds his past is not what he thought it was, those closest to him cannot be trusted, and what he’s learned could get him, or worse, his loved ones, killed.

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About the Author

Simon Royle was born in Manchester, England in 1963. He has been variously a yachtsman, advertising executive, and a senior management executive in software companies. A futurist and a technologist, he lives in Bangkok, with his wife and two children.

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  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: I & I Press; 1 edition (November 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By E.S.I.
Format:Kindle Edition
''Let me start by admitting that of all writing genres, mystery/thriller books tend to be the ones that grab me the least. So it takes a good one to keep me engaged. By good I most likely mean "unpredictable" and "exciting" -- and Royle's Tag accomplishes both nicely. It starts off with an intriguing interplay of futuristic documents giving us some interesting tidbits in regard to a runner, Jibril Muraz, (if that's actually his name...) and moves forth to a double-talked, double-thought Q&A session between him and the main character, Jonah Oliver. Tag just keeps hitting from there, particularly in the second half of the book after you've figured out the quirks of this futuristic but not too bizarre (and therefore, chilling) world.

Plot: In a future world that is somehow both familiar and completely alien, Jonah Oliver has to prevent 2/3 of the world's population from being destroyed. Along the way, he discovers new (and sometimes horrible) truths about himself and his world. Additionally, some aspects of this futuristic world are terrifying - everyone is required to carry a device that will monitor all activity, for one thing, and it is soon to be embedded in people's arms. This, in particular, seemed entirely plausible to me - in fact, almost a logical conclusion from the way technology is developing today.

Setting: The world, mostly "New Singapore," 2109. Nicely done. I liked the way the author let us just figure out what the new technology was without feeling the need to overly explain it. I also liked the slang used for the devices, it made them seem more real and more plausible.

Characters: Well developed for a thriller - I suppose that is one of the features that makes it likeable to me as not a big fan of the genre.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A compelling idea isn't enough to make a great book August 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Simon Royle had a great idea for a novel that touches on the trend toward loss of personal privacy. Unfortunately, the execution of the idea is not up to the same level as the idea.

First, the writing overall is stilted. For the first half of the book, I actually believed that the author was not a native English speaker. Then I looked him up online and discovered that he was born and raised in Manchester, England. I don't know if the problem was all the terminology he used to make the story seem futuristic or that he is just a beginning writer and hasn't found his voice yet. This didn't stop me from reading, but it did decrease my enjoyment level.

Second, some of the major characters really are just stereotypes that are barely fleshed out. Jonah, the protagonist, is allowed to speak to the reader in first person, but he is the only character that rises to the level of full development. The worst offender, and possibly the most important character to the storyline, is Gabriel. This book would have been so much stronger if we'd had scenes in which Gabriel was given the first person POV to address us. As written, however, his climactic letter to the world comes across as impossibly naive, as does the global portion of the ending.

Third, the author created some really clever jargon for this world that created a real sense of place and time that is outside of our own. It was never difficult to figure out what the jargon meant, but unfortunately, some of the jargon words he created were crazy hard to pronounce, even though they were just 2 syllables long. Kudos for the idea and the consistent execution of it.

Finally, I need to say that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read! December 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Life is irrevocably changed for Arbitrator Jonah Oliver the day he's called in to work with a mysterious runner, Jibril Muraz, who seems to have no past, and an amazing ability to avoid the potency of the truth treatment. Jonah is not sure why this strange and alien being is asking specifically for Jonah's services, and things become even less clear when a telepathic message is received directly from Jibril that hints at secrets and betrayal. With little explanation, and much confusion, Jonah is thrown into a race against the clock to stop a terrible plot designed to eliminate two-thirds of the population. All the odds are stacked against him, and he soon finds that his past is not what he thought it was, and his future is even more uncertain.

In his first novel, Simon Royle has managed to create a riveting thriller that kept me up much past my bedtime. From the first chapter, I was engaged and eager to discover the secrets of Jonah's life as they unfolded. The book is set a century in the future, and the world looks much as we may expect; it is different, but somehow exactly the same. In line with the human tendency to shorten words of common objects (think net for internet, phone for telephone, TV for television), some of the important terms of this century include, amongst other terms, dev (device), trav (travel), and cred (credit- monetary units earned by "contributions"). Although common travel has extended to the moon and the world is now united, at least in theory, the people and the experiences are recognizable and definitely feasible. The idea of "tagging" humans with their identity numbers is perhaps not even as far in the future as the timeline chosen for this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good read except for the childish attempt to be futurist ...
It was a good read except for the childish attempt to be futurist by inventing words from shortened words. This was annoying because it was so obvious as a grasp to be different. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Lauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading
This story takes you from a place of contentment to emerging knowledge to realization of truth. A great story that keeps moving and keeps you in the story.
Published 8 months ago by kmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on TAG.
Great summer read - engrossing plot. Will definitely pick up book 2.
Published 10 months ago by June
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, the future is what you make.
This book started as a thrill ride and didn't disappoint. The characters were revealed and built upon and they kept you moving throughout the story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gwynneth
3.0 out of 5 stars Scifi
I liked it ! could this be the future of our planet ,its believable and it moves right along keeping you interested in whats going to happen next.
Published 14 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
The future universe created in this book is frighteningly realistic, and populated by believable characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fran M.
4.0 out of 5 stars UTOPIA IS NEVER WHAT IT SEEMS
I do like this novel. Of course, I have a few issues with the story line. At first you think the biblical references will go somewhere but they never go beyond their face value. Read more
Published 18 months ago by V. Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sci-fi thriller with good pace
I enjoyed this Sci-fi thriller set in the future where privacy is almost non-existent. I found the characters to be well developed and the pace of the storyline to be good.
Published 21 months ago by gianouts
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Great book!!!!
Definitely keeps you on your feet with nail bitting suspense!!!
Look for yourself!! Hope you enjoy this! I did!
Published 21 months ago by scott moseby
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
Although the basic premise of this book was interesting, I found it to be convoluted in nature. It jumped back and forth frequently, and the paragraphs' subjects abruptly changed... Read more
Published 22 months ago by TheMama
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More About the Author

Simon Royle was born in Manchester, England in 1963. He has been variously a yachtsman, advertising executive, and a senior management executive in software companies. A futurist and a technologist, he lives in Bangkok, with his wife and two children.

Simon's first two novels Tag, and Bangkok Burn, have been well received by Amazon readers.

Tag is a technothriller set in the year 2109. What readers have called,

- "more futuristic than science-fiction, and the technological advances of 2110 are not far-fetched, they are easily imaginable."

- " "Tag." The technology felt like a logical evolution from today to one hundred years into the future."

- ""Tag," reminds me a bit of one my childhood favorite authors, Isaac Asimov, in that he's written a book that projects a future reflecting very plausible cultural and political scenario, given what trends we've seen in history."
(Above quotes stolen from recent reviews on Amazon US).

As Simon, says :), "With 'Tag' I drew on my travels and experiences in Singapore and Australia. Extrapolating from things I see today and placing them in the context of our world a hundred years from now."

Bangkok Burn - a noir thriller, set during the May 2010 riots in Bangkok, has proved a hit with readers; especially those who have traveled to Thailand.

- "A red-hot thriller set against the exotic backdrop of Bangkok, this is a blistering read from start to finish."

- "I loved this book from beginning to end, it kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I can't wait for the sequel." (Author's note: "I'm working on it...")

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