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The Lead Cloak [Kindle Edition]

Erik Hanberg
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Book Description

Byron Shaw can track and find anyone on Earth. Except the people who tried to kill him.

By 2081, privacy no longer exists. The Lattice enables anyone to re-live any moment of your life. People can experience past and present events—or see into the mind of anyone, living or dead.

Most people love it. Some want to destroy it.

Colonel Byron Shaw has just saved the Lattice from the most dangerous attack in its history. Now he must find those responsible. But there’s a question nobody’s asking: does the Lattice deserve to be saved?

The answer may cost him his life.

Editorial Reviews


"Staggeringly smart ... Hanberg's expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast ... [an] entertaining tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The Lead Cloak delivers an engaging story, an exciting plot, and an author to watch." -- Timothy Thomas McNeely, Post Defiance

"This sci-fi novel is a page turner: The year is 2081 and people are living experiences, hearing thoughts and seeing sights through the eyes of others ...

While the novel is of the sci-fi genre, you need not be a geek to enjoy it. Hanberg doesn't overload the reader with science fiction mumbo jumbo, and as a matter of fact, the future laid out seems a perfectly logical one.

... The end leaves you hungry for the next installment." -- Jackie Casella, Weekly Volcano

About the Author

Erik Hanberg lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and daughter Hannah. In addition to writing, he was elected to the Metro Parks Board of Tacoma in 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492360562
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Side x Side Publishing (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FW2WB80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, suspenseful, and thoroughly enjoyable October 28, 2013
It's hard to believe this is Hanberg's first attempt at sci-fi. The world he creates is thoroughly developed and completely believable, drawing upon the utterly current theme of privacy. But, you don't have to like sci-fi to get gripped by the suspenseful plot, which left me stunned by its unexpected twists. I finished the book a few days ago and still can't stop thinking about how it unfolded. My only criticism is that the next installment in the trilogy isn't written yet. I will be waiting eagerly for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT December 28, 2013
By Dave
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Brilliant. Hanberg has created a gripping storyline that is entirely possible in our rapidly developing Information Age. Byron Shaw's character development is become torn with the decisions he has to make along the way. There is NO end to the foresight and creativity that Hanberg brings to this novel. This is a wonderfully written Sci-Fi story that has me wishing the second installment was already available. You would be remiss to pass on this book. You will love it from the moment you get through the first page. Looking forward to Part II !!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and thought provoking new world December 25, 2013
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From the first page I couldn't put this book down. I just finished it and can't wait for the next installment. Hanberg's world ruled by the Lattice and the end of privacy is so well done and thought provoking that it leads one to think of parallels in today's intermingling of technology and social experience. The dilemmas the characters face coupled with highly creative and seemingly plausible technologies and adaptations throughout kept me wanting to be part of the experience. Strangely, when I wasn't reading it I found myself thinking a lot about how controlled we've become by the Internet. This may well be a classic in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for the next installment December 24, 2013
Hanberg's The Lead Cloak is a fabulous read that may leave a reader deep in thought about the future of social media and privacy. The characters involved in the telling of this riveting tale are relatable and though it's technically of sci fi genre one need not be a sci fi fan to delve into the unfolding of events. There's action, clever dialogue and connections made between past, present and potential future interwoven throughout. A compelling read that left me as a reader waiting eagerly for what's to happen next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic sci-fi story October 15, 2013
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Like any genre, sci-fi has its standard tropes, characters, plots, ideas, and twists, which can start to feel stale or derivative in the hands of an uninspired author. Which makes it all the more pleasing to read a book like The Lead Cloak, which takes classic sci-fi elements and executes them in an original and thoughtful story. You want a big technology hook? Try the Lattice, a device that allows anyone to see the past and present from anyone's point of view, including their thoughts and emotions. You want social commentary? It doesn't get better than this-a logical extrapolation of the current privacy climate, taken to the extreme by this technology that essentially eliminates. Anyone, anywhere can go back and watch your entire life, assuming they have the time and the desire to do so-Mr. Hanberg deftly explores this idea by weaving it in the very fabric of the world he creates. You want mystery? A secret conspiracy, dedicated to the destruction of the Lattice, has somehow figured out how to hide their identities and actions from the rest of the world.

Mr. Hanberg creates a fully realized world, recognizable and relatable, and populates it with real people (the calling card from his earlier Beautyman mysteries), starting with Colonel Byron Shaw, the protagonist tasked with finding the people who are trying to destroy the Lattice, but extending even to the most minor characters. This is an excellent story built like all the best sci-fi: recognizable humanity dealing with the implications of fantastical technology. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Thought-Provoking Read. October 15, 2013
With THE LEAD CLOAK, Erik Hanberg has created a world, a story and characters that fully immerse the reader. Good characters? Yes. Exciting and briskly paced? Yes. But perhaps its greatest attribute is the future-world Hanberg has created which, like all the best science fiction, mirrors our own. Since I've read this first book of the promised LATTICE TRILOGY, I've found that much of my moment-to-moment perception of the "Information Age," technological world in which we presently live is filtered through Hanberg's observations and creativity. News about privacy issues, genetics and other sciences seem prescient of the reality Hanberg has so ably rendered. Rarely does a work of fiction so deftly balance a purely enjoyable read with one so provocative and ofttimes haunting.

I look forward to the next installment.
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More About the Author

Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives in Tacoma Washington with his wife Mary and his new daughter. In addition to writing novels, he was elected in 2011 as a park commissioner on the park board of Tacoma.

His most recent novel, The Lead Cloak, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Arthur Beautyman Mysteries

The Saints Go Dying (2010), The Marinara Murders (2011), and The Con Before Christmas (2012) are about Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective. All three books can be easily enjoyed as stand-alone mysteries.

Helping Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits

Based on his years of nonprofit fundraising and leadership, Hanberg published The Little Book of Gold, a fundraising guide for small (and very small) nonprofits.

When he was just 23, Erik Hanberg was hired to run a non-profit arts organization with an annual budget just over $600,000. Two years later, he had increased the budget to $800,000, and increasing fundraising more than 400%.

Since then he has worked in development at multi-million dollar non-profit, and has volunteered on many boards.

He was most recently the Executive Director of a small civic non-profit and currently sits on the distribution committee for a foundation that gives away more than $200,000 a year.

In 2013 he published The Little Book of Likes, a social media guide for small and (and very small) nonprofits based on his social media and marketing experience for nonprofits, small businesses, and his own election to public office in 2011.

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