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Excellent yarn. A great read.
Amazon Review: Mandy Walkden-Brown on 9 June 2016 (Five Stars) Great military sci-fi with a fantasy twist.Format: Kindle EditionSuch a thoroughly enjoyable first book in the series. Great characters, especially the kick-ass duo of Rachel and Nick. Packed with action and intrigue. Great world building. And some very different technology. Killer giant robots, levitating vehicles, and energy portals that the opposition keep appearing and disappearing via. The Lords remain pretty mysterious and it will be most interesting to find out who or what they are. Also piquing my interest are the unusual abilities that Rachel and her young daughter possess.I've downloaded the next two in the series to satisfy my curiosity!Highly recommended!
Goodreads Review: kjell soderstrom Jan 25, 2017 (Five Stars)
Goodreads review: Denise Sprenkle Jan 28, 2017 (Four Stars)
Goodreads review: Charmaine Van Nunen Jan 07, 2017 (Five Stars) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication date : March 30, 2012
- File size : 700 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007QFWQYK
- Publisher : Peter James West; 94th edition (March 30, 2012)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 152158057X
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #715,107 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, they are all related. Yes, they do all happen in the same city/township/county whatever image is more comfortable for you. But. It is a little like reading a newspaper. They are very independent stories. All interesting, to be sure, but widely different in their destination. And, unlike the newspaper, none close the plot. They are a bunch of beginnings and introductions of sorts. I imagine the following books of the series will developed and eventually close the stories.
I am not fond of this type of serial, preferring stand alone books, even if they are part of a series. I like an ending, even though the story can clearly continue, you know, like life itself.
So although I can see promise in the different stories I have no clue if they will be closed well, or when, so that's why the 4 stars, it's a good prologue, but I just can't tell if it, or they, will be good stories.
Finally, it needs a little editorial help. Autocorrect is a great tool, but sometimes it misinterpret the meaning of the sentence and you end up with something that just makes little or no sense. In other places the wrong word was used. So a little editing would greatly benefit the book.
This reviewer found four story lines that should have each been developed into a separate novel: A novel centered on the news and information mega-center Mekinet and featuring the super-techie Riser Trent and his icky brother could be treated as a parody of a 21st Century "all news" network (CNN come to mind) complete with embedded newsman druids or as a stark warning about how important accurate information is to an informed public. Another novel could focus on the governance of Cinnamon City and the inter-play of the mysterious Council of Lords, the Central Command, and the apparently powerful city guilds (especially the Merchants Guild) and focus on that interesting bureaucrat Henry Willow. This novel could also build on who the "Kamari" actually represent and what sort of organization they are; benign or malignant. A third novel could focus on the title of this first novel "Information Cloud" as a meditation on the symbiotic relationship of information and power, especially how possession of accurate information can change the course of war and politics. Finally a novel focused on the battle for the Kamari stronghold that could have provided an illustration of what the now defunct term "Network Centric" warfare could really mean in a future scenario.
By merging all these ideas and more into a single novel West failed to develop a coherent plot line, interesting characters, or realistic sense of place and time.
Last liked? Steep learning curve to understand the events and technologies seen.
Overall decent book with engaging characters.
The plot thickens...
let's see if further stories hold up
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Rachel and Nick are long suffering members of an underfunded military peace keeping force trying to keep order in Cinnamon City as the rebels gain in strength. They are sent on a routine mission which rapidly and unexpectedly degenerates into a major skirmish with the Kumari and...
and what? By the end of the book, I was really none the wiser and I was yearning for something that would make me believe in a domed city on a ravaged planet. Rachel blunders around navel gazing and wondering what is going on in between killing and maiming people. Nick blunders around navel gazing and wondering what is going on in between killing and maiming people. Two brothers wreak havoc from a basement for no apparent reason. The rebels wreak havoc with a satellite weapon for no apparent reason. A media mogul, a paid assassin and a wannabe political player don't do very much and are there for no apparent reason. A villain gazes out of her window a lot. The mysterious overlords remain mysteriously absent. In contrast, the technology and weapons are lovingly explained. Many times.
There is some hint of the plot resolving itself in the last chapters but it's too little, too late. This is a pity because it could be a good read. In common with so many of these self published books, the author could fix all this by seeking out a good editor.
The battle scenes were quite credible and the description of the mechanical Furure Tech was very well done. If those elements had been expanded they would have made a classic "old school" sci-fi story in their own right. Likewise the Hacker character and the software swarm interface had potential to grow to a series of stories in the cyber-punk genre.
As a first book it is good, and perfectly readable. But I would be more happy to read further works by this author if he specialised in Sci-fi warfare, or in Information Technology development. I found myself wanting more of the Nick Chambers Security Forces story, OR more of Riser Trent Hacker, but almost felt they were two different books.