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TekWar (The TekWar Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William Shatner
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Book Description

In this national bestseller, a private detective in twenty-second-century Los Angeles fights to destroy the synthetic high that nearly ruined him

Not satisfied with the thrills of being one of Greater Los Angeles’ toughest cops, Jake Cardigan turns to Tek, a computerized brain stimulant which transports the user to any reality he can imagine. He’s soon addicted to this fantasy-enabler—and it isn’t long before Cardigan is accused of dealing. When he fails to convince the mechanized jury of his innocence, the state strips his badge and sentences him to fifteen years in suspended animation. Four years later he’s awakened. His sentence has been changed, but no one will tell him why.
Cardigan’s search for answers takes him to Mexico, where a rogue scientist is attempting to rid the world of Tek. But these efforts have roused powerful enemies. Aiding this quest is the right thing to do, but for an ex-con, doing good can be the most dangerous decision of all.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Shatner including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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  • Editorial Reviews

    From Publishers Weekly

    In his first novel, actor Shatner delivers a hard-boiled private eye story set against a science fiction background. Ex-cop Jake Cardigan, framed for dealing "Tek," a popular 22nd-century drug, is released from controlled coma to search for a missing scientist. "While the writing is awkward in spots, the pace is unrelenting," commented PW.
    Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    From Library Journal

    An ex-policeman caught in the schemes of drug lords, unscrupulous businessmen, and his one-time allies turns private detective to track down a missing scientist whose invention could win the war against the insidious computerized drug known as "Tek." Set in a futuristic, high-tech world of robots, androids, and designer drugs, this first novel by Shatner (better known as Star Trek 's Captain Kirk) should appeal to most fans of fast-paced sf action-adventure.
    Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 6086 KB
    • Print Length: 307 pages
    • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (November 13, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009VR4U0O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad effort from Captain Kirk June 26, 2004
    By Vilbs
    William Shatner, best known as Star Trek's Captain Kirk, provides his first literary effort here in Tekwar, and truth be told he does a pretty good job. This isn't an amazing novel, or a particularly deep one, but it's a fast paced story with lots of great action set in, shocker of all shockers, the future.
    Jake Cardigan, detective extraordinaire, is jailed after being framed for dealing the mind altering drug known as Tek. Four years later, long before his sentence has expired, he is released from stasis/prison under mysterious circumstances. The terms of his parole entail his going back to work searching for a missing scientist and his beautiful daughter, with all sorts of adventure and mishaps along the way.
    Sometimes silly, but totally filled with action, Tekwar is a solid first effort from a multitalented entertainer. It's a fun cross between a mystery and flat out sci-fi adventure, and succeeds because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Worth a read, and thoroughly entertaining.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Backdated future detective noire April 24, 2013
    By PPK
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The title of the review pretty much sums up the feel of the book. It has a very dated feel with everything being "plas-something" and flying cars. It's easy to guess when the book was written, just by some of the words and phrases used, so if you don't like that old-school sci-fi feel, I wouldn't bother picking up this book. Personally, it made me laugh a little and reminded me of when I first got into sci-fi, although at times it felt a little tedious. The other main feeling of the book is old-school detective noire. Hard bitten street-smart detective falls for the damsel in distress. There's some action, but a lot of exposition. Generally speaking, the book is pretty decent, and if you're looking for something to read here and there at lunch breaks or in the airport, it's perfect. You'll have no problem putting it down, but it's got enough interest to get you to pick it up again. For those of you who are interested, there was a brief (very brief, as I recall) television series based off these books, and I didn't think they were too shabby. You might want to check them out if you find the older style of this book too much to handle.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars More detective story than sci fi October 11, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    In Tek War, Jake Cardigan is an ex-cop who has spent four years in jail for crimes he says he didn't commit. He gets out early after serving only part of his sentence. When he gets home he learns that his wife has divorced him, taken their son and moved to Mexico. He then finds out the person who got him out early was a man who owns a detective agency that Cardigan's old partner works for. So they partner up again to find a missing professor and his daughter whose aircraft crashed in the jungles of Mexico. The professor has invented a device that will destroy all of the Tek chips in the world. The eponymous Tek are microchips that you use with a device that implants in your brain that allows you to create any fantasy you want and have it seem like it really happens. Cardigan was a user but was also trying to bring down the cartels who sold it. Cardigan's partner gets hurt early on and it's up to him to complete the investigation.

    Tek War is more of a detective story than science fiction. Yes, it's set in the future and there are sci fi buzz words like droids and laser rifles, but at its heart it's a detective story. The overall plot is interesting but not spectacular. Shatner's writing is passable. It gets you from point A to point B and moves the story along but there isn't a lot of individual style. He uses vernacular at times that doesn't fit the situation, especially in dialog. The things that seemed off could have been fixed by a good editor. Tek War was an ok book. It's a quick read. If you're looking for a real sci fi book this isn't it, despite the author's pedigree.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    This is the first Shatner book I read. I have read the first 5 and liked them all. I stopped reading them when I became obsessed with the new Star Wars expanded universe following Timothy Zahn's trilogy about the further adventures of Luke and friends. If you saw FIFTH ELEMENT I imaged that Shatner's Jake Cardigan was a futuristic scruffy, PI more like Bruce Willis than Stacey Keach. When the TV series started starring Greg Evigan I thought Evigan did a fine job.
    Shatner and friends have done a great job creating this futuristic world where Tek theatens to do real harm to humanity. Cardigan, after spending years in a deep freeze coma prison is released and goes to work for a detective agency. The TV series followed the books fairly closely as Shatner was a big part of both, but the books had differences. Check these book out if you can find them. They are a fun read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SHATNER AN AUTHOR--WHO KNEW? March 16, 2001
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Tekwar is a great first novel. This book has everything, beautiful girls, killer androids, mind altering computer chips and lots of action.
    Jake Cardigan is a cop who has been framed for dealing Tek, a mind altering computer chip, and sentenced to the "freezer" for 15 years. Cosmos, a private investgative firm has need of his services and gets him released after only 4 years. Things change a lot for Jake in four years. Jake has to venture to Mexico to find Dr. Kittridge and his daughter Beth who have been kidnapped by Tek drug lords for the anti-tek device they have developed.
    This book is fast paced and an excellent read.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shatner Rules!
    I love Sci Fi, have read the series many years ago. Now I reading them on Kindle. Kindle's awesome!
    Published 16 days ago by Daniel J. Staggers
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the tv series and thought it was good
    I loved the tv series and thought it was good. Not really something I would expect from Captain Kirk, but the book series was very readable.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a little over-rated. Despite being a sci-fi icon ...
    Maybe a little over-rated. Despite being a sci-fi icon, as a writer, I don't think this is Shatner's calling in life.
    Published 3 months ago by SkyBoyIntl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the (Near)Future
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    Published 5 months ago by Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Rockford Files meets The Jetsons
    William Shatner’s science fiction novel TekWar, originally published in 1989, is the first in a series of nine Tek books. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Karl Janssen
    4.0 out of 5 stars good.
    For a first effort it was good. I'm looking forward to delving into the series more and seeing where it will go.
    Published 9 months ago by Brian
    4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty interesting read
    A pretty interesting read. The technology ideas are outdated in many ways, the characters are solid and the "drug" of choice a fairly original idea. I enjoyed it!
    Published 9 months ago by Melanie J. Guidi
    4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shatner
    Surprising well written gumshoe noir. The Shatner wit shines through and delivers a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you love Capt. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Mark S. Millman
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, Captain.
    I realize this was Shatner's first, and I'm hoping that the rest of the series got better. My feeling on finishing this was that it was published because he was William Shatner. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Ms Ro
    4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining treat.
    Characters, plot, and paceing were all well done..
    Published 9 months ago by Raymond
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