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Hyper is a whodunit, set in the future and on a station in deep space. And with a limited cast of unusual characters (seven of them), guessing the killer is possible…even quite likely, as the body count continues to rise. But giving the killing spree context was the real twist for me, and when the author did it, I admit giving him that admiring nod. He got me. Now, I saw several of the characters in a new light.
In general, the pace of the book is good, as the story moves from death to death at a nice clip. There are some deliberate flashbacks that seemed to interrupt the flow, but even those apparent diversions made sense by the end. The violence is intense and gruesome; the book is adult reading. Character development is adequate, although a bit stereotypic around people like the “thug from the south side of Chicago” (author synopsis). But the individuals are interesting and easily distinguished, allowing the story to flow readily.
With its future setting (the year 2061), the technology gave me some pause. It seemed to range from futuristic (space stations and cyborgs) to 2017-era manufacturing, communications, and computing systems. In some ways, it seemed like ‘steampunk,’ except that the technology inserted into the dystopian future is not Victorian-era steam gauges and engines, but the maze of pipes, tanks, and compressors of today’s manufacturing world.
Overall, for a somewhat grisly whodunit all tied up neatly with a thought-provoking climax, I recommend Hyper as a fun and fast read.
Regardless of the setting Autero has produced a simple tale of suspense with some gory moments that is an effortless read.
I was not too convinced by his vision of 2061. Given that is just 44 years hence he has forecast some unbelievable advances in space travel and android technology whist on other occasions he refers to practices that would seem out of date today.
And I had to shout out loud at the unbelievable stupidity of a character during one of the key points in the plot. Surely Autero could have come up with a more subtle deception to move that part of the story forward.
That said, it all built up to a lively crescendo with some violent action when the good guys beat the evil villain against the odds. We then had the final twist which I personally did not find particularly surprising but others may be impressed on hearing the truth.
In summary this is a good light-weight read; just don’t take it too seriously. I have awarded three stars.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Charlie Kennedy is in outer space on Decontamination Depot 315. And wouldn’t you know it, while he is stationed here, people are being brutally murdered. And the icing on the cake? Some set the self-destruct to go off.
There is a goody-two-shoes from Kansas who seems like he wants to be everyone’s friends, and a Russian soldier type, Crime Syndicate, as well as a prisoner who came to visit the depot, who has been convicted of many murders, who could be likely suspects.
But then again, who knows, because in this book, one minute you think it’s one person, and the next, you think it’s another. And we all know mankind is the ultimate evil. But just when you think you have the mystery solved, there is another twist thrown at you that will make your head spin.
This book will keep you guessing, and questioning yourself, all the while rooting for Charlie to save the day. An extremely entertaining space mystery that will keep you on your toes every step of the way. Worthy of five-stars, and more! You will want to read it, and will be truly impressed with this story, I promise you. It is unlike any sci-fi story you have read, a true edge of seat mystery with non-stop action! I loved it all the way to the end!
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Hyper is a who-done-it in space; not my standard genre but on the whole, I enjoyed my foray...Read more