- File Size: 2532 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.martynfiction.com (October 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0176JLP60
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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- #1548 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
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- #2291 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet
Bleak: The story of a shapeshifter Kindle Edition
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In particular I was impressed at how the main character, whose name is Bleak, requires several days of exertion to fully take on a new appearance. So often these kind of abilities are almost instantaneous -- in the blink of an eye there's a whole different person standing there. I'm all for suspension of disbelief, but there's just no way it can be that easy! It was nice to see an author with the discipline to avoid that comicbook-esque take on shapeshifting.
The tone was a bit less consistent. At times it felt like a dark, noir thriller. Some of the best writing in the novel can be found in those moments:
"As he sat, a yellow overhead light nudged some of the shadows to one side."
But at other times the tone was more lighthearted and earnest. I think this dichotomy comes from the way the main character, Bleak, is depicted. At times he is shown as a badass warrior and at other times he's a lovable chump. Of course, a character needs some depth and dimension, but I'd like to be able to figure out if I'm looking at Dirty Harry or Barney Fife.
The plot has a lot of action and moves along at a steady pace, although I felt it dragged in the middle. All around, though, this is an engaging adventure for hard science fiction fans.
The average space faring citizen isn’t the only victim of the Confederacy though. Bleak is part of a special class of people. Being a manipulant, a genetically engineered weapon that helped the Confederacy win the war, Bleak is hunted relentlessly. This of course doesn’t stop the Confederacy hounds from wanting to use him for their own nefarious ends which leads Bleak on a daring mission of self-discovery and interstellar consequences.
Ian Martyn did a fantastic job of bringing the world of Bleak to life. The writing flowed really well, I loved the characters and their dialogue, and there were some really cool villains and plot points. All around, I’d recommend Bleak to any thriller or sci-fi lover, especially people who enjoyed Firefly. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!
I particularly enjoyed the exploration of themes around Bleak's programming, which forces him to act in certain ways. Bleak becomes aware of this and begins to self-reflect on both his actions and the consequences of his actions - the treatment reminded me of Asimov's famous Laws of Robotics, which eventually drive the robots to formulate the 'Zeroth' Law. This certainly lends Martyn's writing depth as he introduces and deals with universal themes and memes, and in return, allows the reader to question the fundamental nature of humanity itself.
If you like hard sci-fi, battles, intrigue, a touch of romance, space opera and intelligently written speculative fiction, then this is the book for you. Look no further!
The story is evenly paced with some plot twists and turns and surprises. It held my interest from the first page to the last. The intriguing plot is realistic, even though clearly science fiction. I had the feeling that with the right technology, these things could be possible. The characters were well-fleshed out, believable, and easy to care about. Overall, this book was a highly enjoyable read.
I recommend Bleak: The Story of a Shapeshifter, to all scifi fans and to anyone who loves a great story.
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If you like intrigue, a touch of romance, this book is for you.
Very worth the read.