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

Gary A. Ballard
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all, but when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control. This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, originally published serially on the World Wide Web. It also contains the previously-unpublished short story "Feeding Autonomy."

"Ballard paints imaginative scenarios and environments that I can only hope are expounded on in future novels." - Amazon Review


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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.

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  • Language: English
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 3/4 Stars from "Red Adept Reviews" September 22, 2010
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book October 7, 2009
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, enjoyable read March 9, 2010
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome January 5, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read December 20, 2009
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge to the future
Not sure how I happened upon this one, I think an algorithm figured out that if I dug China Mieville's The City The City then I'd dig this, you dig? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patrick Sherriff
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed at The Hungry Monster Review
Artemis Bridge is a man with connections. He’s the guy who knows a guy and he sells his connections to those that have a need and the cash. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hungry Monster
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Bridge's world!
A great introduction to a new cyberpunk LA. It's cyberpunk but not too intimidating for readers new to the style. I enjoyed this very much.
Published 8 months ago by Capricorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Morality...smorality...
Interesting take on the Cyberpunk ethos. Or more likely the lack of ethos (until they are beaten into the character by outside forces) I look forward to reading the others in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by William Clemo
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, well-paced story.
I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was above average and the character depth was decent. A good effort, and I enjoyed reading it.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
First off, this is not really a cyberpunk novel.
Except for a single chapter happening in "cyberspace", this could have happened anywhen in the twentieth century (with no need... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Santiago L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cyberpunk novel, bad epilogue
Ending a novel is so hard, but its so necessary when you are a writer. So many times writers end a novel and then feel they have more to say, so they throw up this epilogue that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Durtschi
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're on the fence about this series, this is a good place to...
If you want fun near-future cyberpunk at a bargain price, pick this up. If you're pretty sure you'll like it (and you probably will), then you might want to go for The Bridge... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Walter K. Humfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!! You can chose it with closed eyes!
I started Garry Ballard's novels with this one, read all of them after. The main character is somehow someone you can identify yourself with, even if he is a total bastard. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Yves D.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a nasty good guy
Delivered on all its promises, I read it in one sitting and will buy the next ones to read also
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More About the Author

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, 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. Gary has recently begun a new series of novellas based on the Cthulhu Mythos made famous by H.P. Lovecraft called The Stepping Stone Cycle.

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

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