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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel (The Bridge Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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[Under the Amoral Bridge] was well thought out, with fun characters and solid dialogue. Artemis Bridge was the classic anti-hero... Ballard writing style is engaging and easy to follow. --The Drunken Scholar

About the Author

Gary A. Ballard was born, raised and still resides in the state of Mississippi. Graduating from Belhaven College with a degree in Fine Arts, he has painted, photographed, drawn, and written the world as he sees it. Working as a web designer since the early days of the World Wide Web, Gary is well-versed in social media, graphic design and Internet marketing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WN2XDU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the age of eleven, Mr. Ballard began creating his own fictional worlds and inhabiting those worlds with eccentric characters. As an artist, graphic designer, web site designer, musician and author, he has spent decades enumerating a unique evolving vision of an absurd universe. His first four novels comprise a cyberpunk series called The Bridge Chronicles starring the amoral fixer of future Los Angeles, Artemis Bridge. The Bridge Chronicles in turn is one slice of cohesive universe that began as a pen-and-paper roleplaying game. Mr. Ballard has recently announced an upcoming fifth novel in the cyberpunk series. Gary has also released a series of novellas based on the Cthulhu Mythos made famous by H.P. Lovecraft called The Stepping Stone Cycle. There are currently three books in that series. He has also begun working with various narrators to release audiobook versions of his novels.

Mr. Ballard currently lives with his wife and three dogs in the capitol of Mississippi, Jackson, where he continues to write, blog, compose music and play video games.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

I found the plot to be surprisingly unique, along with its interesting setting of our future earth. The future in the novel is scarily realistic. I could actually see the U.S. turning into this world.

From the first paragraph, I was pulled into the story. The depiction of the very different futuristic society was seamlessly interwoven into the story. The cover states that this is a "Cyberpunk Novel." To be perfectly honest, I'm not really into all that new genre classification. I preferred to think of it as a science fiction novel, and a very good one at that.

Yes, there are a lot of references to computers and new technology. However, there was really only one scene that required any computer knowledge. Although, I didn't think that scene was done as well as the rest of the book. It was a bit convoluted with all of the "rules" not explained very well. The rest of the book is set outside of any "cyberspace" areas.

While I am not into political type books, this one had an entirely different take on politics and government. It was not an especially new concept, but it was introduced in an awesome way that kept me guessing until the very end.

Character Development: 4 1/2 Stars

Artemis, the main character, was really fun to read about. I loved his style. While I couldn't agree with his politics, or lack thereof, or his moral reasonings, he still remained sympathetic in my eyes. He wasn't particularly likable, yet I still found myself cheering him on.

Artemis' lady love was far less developed. She could have used qutie a bit more "page time."

The bodyguard was just a side character, yet he was my favorite by far.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed the writing style of Mr. Ballard. The smooth sentence structure gave the story a good flow. The descriptions were excellent, with just enough detail. The dialogue was very realistic.
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Format: Paperback
Set in a future Los Angeles after the government has abandoned it's role in governing the city, a major corporation is in charge. With it's own agenda to attain, it leaves a dirty, less-than-secure, population to fend for themselves. Ballard takes us on a ride through the corruption and societal decay, as the main character fights to stay alive after unfortunate circumstances place him in the dangerous crosshairs of unknown assailants. With a foray into a whole body 'Net experience, digging into corrupt political agendas, and dodging would-be-assassins, you may not be able to put down the book until it's finished.

Not only is this novel well written and a joy to read, Ballard paints imaginative scenarios and environments that I can only hope are expounded on in future novels.

With a style that reminds me of one of my favorite books, Neuromancer, I can't wait to read the next installment.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I liked this, it was fast and fun. Ballard's writing style was relatively smooth, he did a good job building his world without drowning the reader in heavy-handed exposition, and the story was entertaining.

Artie Bridge operates in a grey zone, not necessarily breaking any laws as he connects the needy with their needs, but he certainly walks a fine line between living not-quite-like a criminal and dying like one. He gets embroiled in a connection which does not turn out as expected, needing to pull upon all his contacts and skills to make it out alive.

The story line was somewhat predictable, and some of the characters were sketchy, but overall this self-published work was well presented with few hitches. I would have liked to see it be a bit longer, fleshing out more of the interesting almost post-apocalyptic world the author builds, but at 99 cents it is not a disappointment.
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Others have explained the plot, so I'll keep this review short and sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Under the Amoral Bridge. My only gripe with the book was that at it was too short. I was left wanting to know more about the adventures of Amoral Bridge, and the world he lives in. I especially liked the authors use of words, for lack of a better way to put it. It made reading the book all the more interesting for me.

In short, if you're in any way a fan of scifi, or cyberpunk in particular, buy this book. Buy it twice, and give a copy to someone else, and make their life a little better.
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Format: Paperback
Review of Story Line:

This is my first book within the genre of cyberpunk. I wasn't really sure what that was about so I entered into it lightly. Well it's great. Cyberpunk novels deal with hackers: a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism. That has the potential of becoming a disaster. However Gary Ballard really manages to give us enough of the tech stuff and enough of every day happenings to keep us intrigued. The story really flows easily and is written in a way that would make anyone want to become a cyberpunk. You can't help but involve yourself with Bridge and feel happy, sad and pain along with him.

While this story deals with a world in 2028, it parallels what we live through nowadays. Corrupt players, do-gooders, the high and mighty. The difference? The way punishment and information is exchanged. How would like to the instead of passing business cards with your name and occupation on it, pass a business card that has your entire life coded in it?

How would you feel if someone can enter a chamber and hurt you physically while using holograms? It's no longer a world where people post things about you online, but where they can enter a 3-D world, find out anything and everything about you, and then hurt your physical image with it. It's insane.

Review of Characters:

I liked Bridge. I know he was the character that did good things but for bad reasons, but he sounded the most true to me. We all have that quality in us and so can quite easily relate to what he does and why he does it.

There were some issues where the bad guys had the expected sidekicks and they behaved the expected way.
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