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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel (The Bridge Chronicles) Paperback – January 31, 2008
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Artimis Bridge is the guy who always "knows a guy" that has whatever you need. For the right price, he will be your Bridge and connect you to him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DecemberRain
UNDER THE AMORAL BRIDGE
Author: Gary A. Ballard
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 4 hours
Genre: Contemporary... Read more
In this cyberpunkian near future novel, Artemis Bridge is a fixer – the go-to guy for when you need something illegal or under the radar. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DabOfDarkness
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
I did not know what to expect from “cyberpunk,” having never read anything like that. Read more
I gave this a 4.5 star review on Audible
This was a wild ride on the cyber side. Bridge is a former hacker who now stays out of the loop while hiring others to do his... Read more
Really entertaining book! I have always enjoyed the cyberpunk sub-genre of science and fiction ever since reading Neuromancer, and this is one the better cyberpunk novels I have... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Iain C.
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Patrick Sherriff
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Hungry Monster
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 on January 17, 2014 by Capricorn