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The Amtrak Wars: First Family: The Talisman Prophecies Part 2 (Amtrak Wars series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 464 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Trained as a graphic designer and having written several film scripts, Patrick Tilley became a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in Gwynedd Wales.

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  • File Size: 2215 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (December 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFZA5MS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By irelandpj on May 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great series! This is book 2 and can't wait to start # 3. Great writing style and character development, imaginative look 1000 years from now, post Armaggedon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on June 3, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having escaped from the clutches of the M'Call Mutes, Steve Brickman triumphantly returns to the Federation fully expecting to be congratulated on his exploits and his gathering of vital intelligence on the enemy. Instead he is arrested as a deserter and narrowly escapes death before being sent to menial, ball-busting work in the A-levels. According to the doctrines of the First Family, the rulers of the Amtrak Federation, Mutes do not take prisoners, and that 'truth' cannot be contradicted. But now Brickman knows something of the truth the Family has other plans for him, and for his Mute friends...

Picking up immediately after the events of Cloud Warrior, the second volume in The Amtrak Wars is a slightly different beast. There's still a fair amount of action and the pace remains furious and at times page-turningly addictive, but after the straightforward plot of the first book things get murkier here. Conspiracies are revealed, deeper mysteries are alluded to and labyrinth plots are set in motion. Political intrigue also rears its head as we meet some key figures within the Family, such as the President-General and Karlstrom, the ruthless head of the clandestine intelligence agency AMEXICO. Tilley's grip of worldbuilding also remains strong, as we begin to learn more about the shadowy Iron Masters who live on the Eastern Seaboard and trade weapons with the Mutes through great steamships ploughing the Great Lakes.

As I mentioned in the first book, true-blue all-American hero Steve Brickman started off as a bit of a lemon, but in this second book he starts evolving into a more interesting protagonist. A key theme of the series is Brickman's torn loyalties between the Federation and his family, and the Mutes, his would-be mentor Mr. Snow and Steve's would-be lover, Clearwater.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kallan on August 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Steven Roosevelt Brickman returns to the Amtrak Federation after five months of captivity by the Mutes. He thinks he will be a hero - a brave survivor bringing back valuable intelligence that the Mutes are a lot smarter and have a lot more resources than is believed. Instead, he is stripped of everything and consigned to the A-levels to work out his life as the lowest of the low, maintaining the environmental systems the allow the underground Federation to function. And then he is offered a way out, plus a return to the overground. Steve's loyalties are about to be put under even more pressure than before . . .
"First Family" is as good as "Cloud Warrior", though it feels more claustrophobic. That's no surprise, though, as that's exactly how Steve is feeling himself as he re-enters his old life. There's perhaps a little less action, but action is not really the point of this book. Despite the importance of the plot, "First Family" is a scene-setter: from it, we learn a lot more about the Mutes and the Amtrak Federation, and especially the manipulations that have affected Steve's life since birth. The First Family - whom we actually meet - view him as a tiny cog in a very large machine, theirs to use at will. Whether he proves to be valuable or dangerous, they'll use him as much as possible. And Steve is still too naive to realise exactly what his situation is.
"First Family" also sets up the action for the coming books. Roz and Jodi are reintroduced, and we meet two other Trackers who will be very important later, Kelso and Malone. And Steve accepts a dangerous mission from Mr Snow which is played out in the third book, "Iron-Master".
It's sad and frustrating to see how Steve is manipulated by those around him, despite his cleverness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OoOoOoO on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are keen on exploring the tyrannical potential of high technology, you can't do worst than to start here. This is '1984' updated into the info-tech age, makes Winston Smith's life in Airstrip One seem like a totally relaxed seaside holiday in Blackpool! The definitive word in hi-tech dystopia novel, it ranks way up there with 'Brave New World', 'THX 1138', 'The Glass Tower', etc. It is also 1 of the all-time best post-Apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers ever written, IMHO. Cross Adolf Hitler with Bill Gates and Dale Carnegie, stir in Ph.D's for social-psychology and electronic engineering , and you get the 'First Family' of the book's title. A must-read!!! Anyone who knows Patrick's email address pls pls pls contact me - I've been wanting to compliment him personally for a long-while now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Shettle on August 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Graham has taken me to a whole new level, we've all been a little paranoid, jumpy or downright wierded out by a story or a scary film, but this took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. The descriptions... I was there, I could smell the flesh cooking, I could taste the subglutaneous fat sticking to the roof of my mouth, I could feel the juices running down the back of my throat. That's when I started gagging and wretching! I have NEVER been so caught up in a story before. It was absolutely !!** FANTASTIC**!! Doesn't it make you wonder what some people are having for Sunday roast! Mr M, keep up the good work, I have many years of reading ahead of me.
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