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The Lead Cloak (The Lattice Trilogy Book 1) by [Hanberg, Erik]
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"Staggeringly smart ... Hanberg's expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast ... [an] entertaining tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The Lead Cloak delivers an engaging story, an exciting plot, and an author to watch." -- Timothy Thomas McNeely, Post Defiance

"This sci-fi novel is a page turner: The year is 2081 and people are living experiences, hearing thoughts and seeing sights through the eyes of others ...

While the novel is of the sci-fi genre, you need not be a geek to enjoy it. Hanberg doesn't overload the reader with science fiction mumbo jumbo, and as a matter of fact, the future laid out seems a perfectly logical one.

... The end leaves you hungry for the next installment." -- Jackie Casella, Weekly Volcano

About the Author

Erik Hanberg lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary and two children. In addition to writing, he was elected to the Metro Parks Board of Tacoma in 2011.

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  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Side x Side Publishing (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FW2WB80
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Like any genre, sci-fi has its standard tropes, characters, plots, ideas, and twists, which can start to feel stale or derivative in the hands of an uninspired author. Which makes it all the more pleasing to read a book like The Lead Cloak, which takes classic sci-fi elements and executes them in an original and thoughtful story. You want a big technology hook? Try the Lattice, a device that allows anyone to see the past and present from anyone's point of view, including their thoughts and emotions. You want social commentary? It doesn't get better than this-a logical extrapolation of the current privacy climate, taken to the extreme by this technology that essentially eliminates. Anyone, anywhere can go back and watch your entire life, assuming they have the time and the desire to do so-Mr. Hanberg deftly explores this idea by weaving it in the very fabric of the world he creates. You want mystery? A secret conspiracy, dedicated to the destruction of the Lattice, has somehow figured out how to hide their identities and actions from the rest of the world.

Mr. Hanberg creates a fully realized world, recognizable and relatable, and populates it with real people (the calling card from his earlier Beautyman mysteries), starting with Colonel Byron Shaw, the protagonist tasked with finding the people who are trying to destroy the Lattice, but extending even to the most minor characters. This is an excellent story built like all the best sci-fi: recognizable humanity dealing with the implications of fantastical technology. I highly recommend it.
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It's hard to believe this is Hanberg's first attempt at sci-fi. The world he creates is thoroughly developed and completely believable, drawing upon the utterly current theme of privacy. But, you don't have to like sci-fi to get gripped by the suspenseful plot, which left me stunned by its unexpected twists. I finished the book a few days ago and still can't stop thinking about how it unfolded. My only criticism is that the next installment in the trilogy isn't written yet. I will be waiting eagerly for the next book.
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Hi, I'm Jeanine and I'm an addict. I'm addicted to the Internet and can easily lose hours every day surfing. So what if there was something unimaginably better? Meet the Lattice, the invention that has remade society in the late 21st century. With the Lattice you can visit the past and watch history unfold, travel the solar system, or drop in on your friend's most intimate moments and read their thoughts and feelings. The benefits are enormous, but the price is your privacy. There are no secrets in the world of the Lattice. Or are there?

Someone with even more advanced technology has mounted a secret attack on the Lattice. And it almost succeeds. This fast-paced story grabs you from the beginning. Not all is as it seems from the first surprising twist to the last. But the chief battle is for the mind and heart of the Lattice's prime defender and the only one with the tactical skill tio destroy it.

This book is science fiction at its best, thought-provoking and just plain fun. It has its share of technology, but the story is about people--real, likable people who must make life and death decisions. A great read!
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By Dave on December 28, 2013
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Brilliant. Hanberg has created a gripping storyline that is entirely possible in our rapidly developing Information Age. Byron Shaw's character development is engaging...you become torn with the decisions he has to make along the way. There is NO end to the foresight and creativity that Hanberg brings to this novel. This is a wonderfully written Sci-Fi story that has me wishing the second installment was already available. You would be remiss to pass on this book. You will love it from the moment you get through the first page. Looking forward to Part II !!!!!!
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Very inventive and timely premise. Started out really well and obviously a neat plot idea regarding privacy. Or the lack of it.

The second half of the book, especially the soul-searching bits, is unable to sustain the suspense and drags on. The other problem is that the science is both too detailed and also not very credible. So it doesn't really know on which side of the fence to sit. It could have glossed over the technical bits a lot more than it did. Or, it could have tried harder to have some more credible science.

The spaceship for example is a mix of hand-waving and unconvincing detailed tech that gets in the way of plotting and character development. For example, somehow a bunch of random folk can, with a few minutes' notice, get their hand on lasers capable of damaging orbiting spacecrafts and fire them?

Typical of that also is the 1m thick lead wall that is 100 m high. That would be one heavy wall, wouldn't it? Where is all the lead coming from? And somehow it stops the mind-reading tech (because lead does that to radiation) even though that same tech can go back in time?

The core premise is also that the two lattices are very heavily defended against sabotage, but they haven't created any more backup ones. Why is that, exactly? By the very logic of the book anyone could look back at the inventor's mind and figure out how to make one.

As they accumulate, those logical lapses gradually lessened my enjoyment. And with the way less interesting plot, it lost my interest in the second half.

Plus, there is no much more to explore about the idea about generalized mind-reading. How do you avoid getting all your stuff and money stolen, if passwords and hiding places are both useless?
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