- File Size: 755 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Arena Press (April 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Z4WWZK
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simpering fan praise aside, it is a good paced techno-thriller, but the technologies are not the focus, more that the technology is a prop device. Written in a first-person perspective, with the narrator being (among other things) a private detective, it is very reminiscent of the "hard boiled" genre, where trouble begins from the opening paragraph. Lots of twists and turns to give you a good time trying to out-think the author.
Finally, the book exhibits very high quality editing.
It's kind of in the noir style, with a bit more action. There are twists, interesting turns of phrase, secrets to be uncovered and a bit of speculative sci-fi. I say speculative because it's set in the modern day, or maybe slightly future, with technology forming a backdrop. But the technology and jargon doesn't usually overshadow the plot. You could take away the sci-fi stuff and you'd still have a pretty good action thriller.
He lets you read a good amount for a sample, so see for yourself.
It's easy to see that Heppner writes from the heart, and that's what makes his stories so readable. You can tell that he suffers his heroes' pain and fights for their triumphs. My only regret is that I discovered him so late and hope that he has many more books for us all - many more human dramas with outcomes as unpredictable as life itself.
Having devoured the Doomstar series and the Alternate Europe series I downloaded this book without even reading the preview and was not disapointed. Fast paced, lots of action, intriguing characters, and enough scifi techno babble to keep us fanboys happy!
From the way it ended I'm sure this is the first book of an ongoing series and I'm looking forward to reading future installments.
Gavin Kiel - and bunch of others - acquires super powers of a sorts during a freak accident at the LHC. He's a security consultant and the novel is told in the first person so the science behind his mysterious powers remains mysterious. Which I liked because it allows Gavin to wave his hands around by way of explanation before admitting defeat in the whys and wherefores of the dark matter/dark energy physics that apparently did what it did, and concentrate on the guts of the novel.
To be fair, I initially found the short, choppy sentences that Heppner uses distracting, but within a chapter I found they added authenticity to Keil's voice...he's a gruff guy who doesn't generally spend time focused on the Big Picture and so gruff prose makes sense.
Not that Kiel can't think, it's just that he's concentrating on keeping under the radar of the Shop, a kind of Swiss-based assassins club that scooped him up, moulded him into an efficient killer, and then cut him loose when he lost the passion. So he schleps around San Francisco, stealing from criminals as a kind of ethical balance with the occasional PI job thrown in for good measure.
Of course, status quo does not make for a good novel, so Kiel is visited by a colleague from his past - and given a secret gift to hide for good measure - and that's when his life turns upside down.
From there it is all well paced adventure, with Kiel pitted against equally amazing super-powered baddies, helped by super-powered goodies and confused by apparent super-powered inbetweenies.Read more ›
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A good start but the finish was disappointing it just didn't quite end with any real complete story line. Sorry I enjoyed the story but I wish you had thought It out more.Published 10 months ago by S. Wozniak
I like Vaughn Heppner, his invasion america series is wonderful, but this isn't his best work. the sci-fi premise is pretty weak (dark matter makes you strong), and the plot didn't... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leeroy Jenkins
One of the few authors whose work I will purchase without first sampling it.Published 12 months ago by mmx98671
This author is tremendous! I have enjoyed his writing style and his subjects. Could an accident happen which could alter the state of one's body and mind development? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not a spy novel or a science fiction novel as the standards suggest, but this is something that combines the two genre's into a combination of what might occur. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edward O Mumby
Great story, very enjoyable reading - perfect for a summer afternoon, or by a cozy fireplace on a snow-swept weekend.Published 15 months ago by David Riness
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