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One of the NOT so great things about the e-book world is that there are a ton of new authors out there that are not very good and not very polished. Authors that release stories that a good editor would have burned with a flame thrower. Twice.
The trick is finding the good authors in the storm... to me, D.J. Canyon is a great new author that I am happy to have found. Of course it is truly disappointing not to be able to click on 4 more books written by this author (get writing!!) and be off happily reading them.
About this story...
This is a cyberpunk book written with a gritty style. Reminiscent of some of the early cyberpunk books I read many years ago. I fully agree with a previous reviewer that D.J. Canyon immerses the reader into this dark future tech universe (next next next gen) and doesn't spend the whole story pointing out the cool techie details... instead the tech is just the background for the story. Exactly how I like it, and thus how it should be in my little universe.
I do think the characters lack some depth and think they could have been painted better early on in the story. As the story went on, the depth started to show up. Personally, I think this is an experience thing and as D.J. Canyon writes more, the skill level with characters will grow as well as growing more and more comfortable with the universe the characters reside in (like seeing the 1st show of a sitcom that runs for 5 or more years, you can see the characters finding themselves in the first show). Of course it could turn out that D.J. Canyon is a pseudonym for an author with decades of experience and thus I am talking nonsense... time will tell.
How to support...
In short, I really enjoyed this book and am supporting it and the author in the two ways I best know how to (1) buy the book, (2) write a review. I strongly encourage you to favorably review the books you enjoy... especially all these new authors with low price books.
Why? So I (and I guess you) can avoid the many many horrendous books flooding amazon and find the treasures like this book.
Another pleasant surprise was how much I liked the characters, and how well fleshed out they were. Noose was really likeable, but so were Grue, Munk, and Earless. I like the ambiguity of Munk, especially--feels guilt for the murders even though he is a hired killer.
The action is extremely well done, and very exciting, too. No time is wasted on unnecessary description, and yet I had no problem seeing all the action unfold. Noose is incredibly durable and resilient, but not unbelievably so for his character, and his relentless pursuit of revenge is very compelling, to say the least.
The book was just a great, entertaining read, and it had the added plus of characters who weren't just cardboard cut outs, as other reviewers have mentioned. It's time well spent, especially for the bargain price tag. I look forward to more books from Mr Canyon.
Needless to say, I enjoyed the book and look forward to more of Canyon's work. I applaud author's like him who struggle like the rest of us with full time jobs and then take the time to write creative works of literature for us to read. Kudos and I highly recommend you check this book out.