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- Print Length: 314 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154686654X
- Publication Date: October 3, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0764Z611D
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If you prefer a novel that explains everything in step by step, simplistic, bite-size nuggets, this isn't for you. But for the intellectual science-fiction readers that enjoy plays on language, this novel is a blast.
Despite being ludicrously over the top, some of the social satire is actually spot on. One of my favorite moments in the book is where a character describes her horrifying experience of being assaulted, petitioning the courts to be able to deal with the reprocussions, and then due to not being able to afford a lawyer ends up being convicted for deviancy instead.
If I have any complaints about the book it would only be the fact the book moves at such a rabid pace and switches between so many characters it's a bit difficult to get a handle on who is standing where and why. It all eventually makes sense in the end but this is a work where every sentence is an overflow of information--like a literary blipvert. If you're fond of Neuromancer, I suspect you'll be fond of this but I hope the writer cuts down on the cast a bit next time to maybe one or two central characters.
Enter Rosie, a police inspector of the kingdom. Her son John, a decorated war hero. Victoria Tesla/Katherine Dueva, a failing student at the Institue, CEO of a megacorp and an American spy. And Gungnir Odinson, psycopathic murdering, rapist, an Úlfheðnar of the Saxons. What fate intertwines these peoples lives? Why are John, Victoria and Gungnir accurately described in the manual for the great Arkhe, a pre-times technical manual that none can decipher as just starting to read the manual causes great distortions in perception, and saying the word causes reality changing ripples in the world.
The Arkhe Principle is an entertaining romp through a post apocalyptic/dystopian future where pre-times tech is greatly sought after and death awaits just around the corner. Maxwell Rudolf spins a graphic tale filled with danger and bloody conflict with a touch of graveyard humor. His writing is reminiscent of Phillip K. Dick (Total Recall, The Minority Report and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) with splash of Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughter House 5).
Follow these anti-heroes as they seek to understand The Arkhe Principle, it’s a trip worth taking.
R. A. “Doc” Correa