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Too Bright the Sun: (Aliens and Rebels against Fleet Clones in the Jupiter War Thriller) (Iron Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lazlo Ferran
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***For a limited time, you can get chapter one of Too Bright the Sun, along with other chapter ones and complete short stories, for free - click here to find out more > ow.ly/t6L4R (just copy and paste into your browser)***

A man hell-bent on revenge for the death of his friend, in battle!
Seeking revenge for the death of a friend ten long years ago, Major Jake Nanden has pursued his own personal demons with an almost religious fervour through life and through battle.

He is a soldier so highly decorated for bravery that his fame reaches far beyond the desolate Jupiter moon, Io, where his battalion is stationed. His victories in the Jupiter Wars are hollow though, for he is a man scared of his own soul.

His life seems to be a trap from which he cannot escape. His is the Replicant Company, and replicants, or clones, are despised by all.

Likened to a cross between Blade Runner and Paths of Glory, you simply must read this beautifully constructed, intensely dark and powerful Science Fiction thriller with a twist, if you love Phillip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov.

You can read Chapter One of this book FREE when you purchase any of the 3 eBook Short Stories collections - Inchoate: (Short Stories Volume I), Eighteen, Blue: (Short Stories Volume II) or Vampire: Beneficence: (Short Stories Volume III) on Amazon.

Character interview with Jake Nanden.

Name (s): Jake Nanden

Age: 34

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 5'11', dark hair, short - Army cut, slightly curly. Green eyes.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.
Getting middle aged, slightly paunchy with drying skin - like paper in places - except my mech arm. That's synthetic skin on there and as smooth and supple as the day it was sprayed on. I even had mine tattooed but don't tell anyone.

Would you kill for those you love?
I kill every day - most days - to keep my culture intact. I would say that is killing for those I love. Of course there is a moral code... And as a soldier the moral code is almost everything. After a while... killing... it sometimes seems to be the only thing you have left. Family are too far away.

Do you like animals?
I love animals. Their love is unconditional. You can never quite be sure with humans, can you?

Do you have a family?
Ha! Ha! Yes. A test-tube. No seriously my mother - Mary, my sister Justine and a dog - a collie called Frisky. My adoptive dad was the famous robotics designer Robert R. Nanden but he's dead. My mother was his assistant and pretty accomplished at that! 

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour?
I am not sure about any of my childhood memories. They are probably all implanted. I am a replicant. The first memory I am sure about is playing on the grass with my adoptive mother watching me playing cricket.
She shouted out, "Jake! You are such a talented cyborg!"
Even at my tender age, I knew a replicant was not the same thing as a cyborg and I knew that she should know, as her first husband had been a famous robot designer. Her words had always stuck in my head.
But anyway, adoptive parents of replicant children are always told to create some vivid experience for their kid in the first few days so that the imprinting takes properly. So it's probably not significant. 

Do you have any phobias?
Mirrors. Can't stand them. They make me sweat and... well, I'm very nervous around them. I avoid them.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.
I write books - well, I am writing my first; a detective thriller. It's kind of Raymond Chandler-ish. I call it Chandleresque, but I guess that's bad English. My adoptive parents are first generation J5 - that's a space station - so they kinda inherited a USAC - United States of America and Canada - accent. Anyway, I am rambling. The main character is Dusty. He's a sucker for the pretty ladies!


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I have long had a soft-spot for noir films so I decided to write a noir science fiction novel. I also love Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and Phillip K Dick - particularly Blade Runner, all for their quirky stories but deep-rooted scientific authenticity. The result is Too Bright the Sun, which I am very proud of. Ultimately, I think it is a very beautiful story of one replicant struggle for identity and the surprising outcome.
 
If you love character-driven science fiction, you will love the twist at the end.

Volume III in the Iron Series: Worlds Like Dust will be published early in 2015

About the Author

Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life has included studying aeronautical engineering; being a dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, a guitarist and singer (recording two albums); travelling widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan and a long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England. 

Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.

He has traveled widely, spending some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filled with action and questions about humanity May 13, 2014
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I'm not usually a fan of war movies and stories about soldiers, but this one is different. Jake might be a battle-hardened warrior but he's also an interesting character, worried about his own identity. With spotty memories "implanted" into his replicant body, Jake Nanden has one goal in life, to seek justice against his enemy, Gary Enquine. Enquine was responsible for the death of Jake's friend, Prezeltski, and Jake won't retire until Enquine is tried for cowardice in a military court.

There are many bloody war scenes in the novel, but the realistic picture of a possible future society is painted with a deft hand through first person narrative. How can Jake commit to marry if he's unsure of his own identity? Can his bravery and extraordinary military leadership gain him enough clout to order the court martial of Enguine? Jake is clever--solving a military mystery--and he's brave--charging headlong into battle when the odds are stacked against survival. The real surprise of his story comes when Jake learns the truth about his past. He must evaluate the impact of this knowledge on his future.

This book should appeal to military buffs, fans of robotics or BLADE RUNNER-type stories, and those readers who enjoy a good science fiction story. It's part of a series about a society willing to fight for precious iron ore, a commodity used to build artificial worlds and spread "civilization" throughout the galaxy. Iron worlds are filled with replicants, androids, and blankers, but the reader must decide how much value should be placed on the life of each one. Journey with Jake into a future just a century away from our own but don't get too close to that bright sun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed SF at its best!!! July 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
If I were to compare `Too Bright the Sun' to other literary works, I would have to say that it is a subtle blending of Phillip K. Dick's `Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' (Later filmed as `Bladerunner' and also my all-time favourite SF movie) and the series of novels based on the popular Xbox game `Gears of War.'
Here too we find replicants, although basically shunned by humans, being used to wage their terrible wars in order to protect claims to off-world mining operations; in this case the moon known as Io, being one of Jupiter's orbiting satellites.
Lazlo Ferran fills his narrative with much detail and hard science, turning what could have been a plain run-of-the-mill SF story into something that reads like a highly probable portrayal of a futuristic scenario. He shows us that the greatest threat to mankind is not some strange alien race, but his very own progeny and creations.
`Too Bright' will also satisfy those readers who enjoy exciting and intriguing courtroom dramas. It is a deep story that slowly draws in the reader and finally concludes with some unexpected twists in a most satisfying climax. As for the thrill-seekers - you need not be concerned, the narrative has an abundance of explosive action and gore to satisfy all avid fans of the genre - a real page-turner!
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4.0 out of 5 stars first part of a trilogy (?) August 16, 2011
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Lazlo Ferran is not in the same league as Philip K Dick and Arthur C Clark, but he is certainly showing promise.

Too Bright the Sun is engaging and, in some ways, a thought provoking read which asks more questions than it answers. For this reason alone it feels like there's a sequel to come and with it hopefully some answers.

The writing style is unusual, I can't remember the last time I read a novel in the first person narrative, but it works well. You are immersed in the life of Jake Nanden from page one and despite his character flaws, you end up rooting for him.
The pace and flow of the story is up and down quite a bit and I question the relevance of some parts, which may be in place for a sequel, or may just be amusing diversions from what is otherwise a serious story.

Too Bright The Sun is a significant change of genre from the previous Lazlo Ferran book I read (Ordo Lupus and the Temple Gate) and I have to say that I enjoyed this more. Whether it's because it's a better read, or just because I prefer sci-fi, I couldn't say.

All in all, it's a good sci-fi battle romp with a twist in the tale and definitely worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Off world fight for supremacy August 24, 2014
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It's a long time since I read any science fiction so I can't judge whether this is cutting edge new stuff or just a good story told well. The n-gen seemed like something straight out of Star Trek, but I'm not complaining. I would love something like that in my kitchen! Jake Nanden is the hero telling the story, a military man fighting on one of the moons of Jupiter. His past, what he is and what he is fighting for are drip fed into the story keeping the reader wanting to know more. For those who like action there is plenty of conflict and battles. For those who like a bit more depth there are hints of social conscience which give you reader something to think about.
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More About the Author

During Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life, he has been; an aeronautical engineering student; dispatch rider; graphic designer, full-time busker, guitarist and singer (recording two albums, one of Arabic music featuring the rhythms of Hossam Ramzy). He has traveled widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan, and a had long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.

Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.

He has traveled widely, living for a while in Cairo during 1982. Later, he spent some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in a the traditional Kyrgyz style. He has a keen interest in the Far East, Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe - the latter informing his series of books about vampires and werewolves. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.

A third volume in the Iron Series is now complete and will be published in 2015.

A third volume in the Ordo Lupus series is also complete and will be published in early 2016.

T-shirts and other merchandise are now available in many colours and styles for both Ordo Lupus book covers on at: http://www.cafepress.com/lazloferran

You can also now follow Lazlo Ferran on Facebook here:
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