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Luck and Death at the Edge of the World (The Fallen World Books Book 1) by [Hedron, Nas]
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  • File Size: 4555 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hipper Tiger Books; 3.00 edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086QGP7M
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By Ian Watson on July 9, 2012
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First I should state that the author gave me a pre-publication copy of Luck and Death to review - we'd not met then so I had no particular conflict of interest when I read the book. Anyone who likes noir detective thrillers and sci-fi will I think really enjoy this story. We're given just enough of Gat's back-story to understand what motivates him and like many noir heroes his tough exterior masks underlying problems. The dystopian world in which the story is set is both dangerous and exciting and very well described, with some great set-piece scenes. Although I didn't have to buy this book I would have been perfectly happy to do so, particularly at this price! Visit the book's website [...] where there are free sample chapters and a great audio chapter. Highly recommended.
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Luck and Death at the Edge of the World is, above all else, refreshing. Hedron creates a believable -but still fantastic- world populated by memorable characters and locales. The plot is grounded in the best way possible. It is easy to relate to Gat, despite his place in such a foreign setting. If the plot fell flat the development of the main character would be reason enough to pick this up, but luckily the plot delivers as well. A satisfying futuristic noir detective story full of action and intrigue.

The Edge of the World is a sharp one. Hedron does not pull punches, the book went further than I expected in many ways and I'm confident that if you're a fan of sci-fi, noir, detective, or action fiction you will not be disappointed.

The book is a must read at any price, however for this one there is no excuse.

Looking forward to Gat Burroughs next adventure.
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(Disclaimer: The author is a friend and a partner in a business I operate. I have no financial interest in the success of this book, and in fact, any such success will probably just distract the author from the work we need him to do. So by all means, buy this book, recommend it to friends, and ruin me in the process.)

If you made a Venn diagram for the intersection of "page-turner" and "intelligent book", you'd have two circles barely touching at the edge. But zoom in on that edge (keep zooming, further) and you'd see the tiniest overlap... and in the middle of that overlap, you'd find Luck & Death.

This is one of those rare books that's willing to take you on a fun ride -- without assuming you're a dunce for *wanting* a fun ride in the first place. In practical terms, that means you'll get to read about nanite attack dogs, secret military drugs, "decanted" souls, luck-stealing cults, and spider gods living in abandoned malls. But you'll get to do it against the backdrop of a well-imagined world with depth and culture, and you'll get your fix delivered in the form of witty prose and sharp insights.

So, if you find that "serious" books take themselves too seriously, and "fun" books don't take themselves seriously enough, I recommend you try Luck & Death -- and get ready for some serious fun. :-)
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Luck and Death At The Edge Of The World by Nas Hedron is a first person sci-fi mystery about Gat Burroughs, a security specialist for hire who is employed by Max Prince, a paranoid, washed up superstar, to improve his security and find out who tried to kill him. The attack seems impossible with the high tech security system Max owns, and every clue Gat uncovers only leads to more questions. With people trying to murder Gat and no evidence pointing to a suspect, Gat must make choices that put his life in danger. Will he find his killer or will he end up on the slab with the other victims.

I'd like to start with my first impression of the book before reading anything other than the description. I liked the plug for the book; it made the book sound interesting. I'm not really into mystery books, but it was set in the future in an interesting sci-fi world, so I thought that might keep me interested. The cover didn't appeal to me. After reading the book, I can see how it relates to the story, but I still don't like it. It doesn't give me a professional impression and I worried that might reflect in the writing. There is a lot of advertising at the beginning of the book. I would have preferred it at the end. I don't care about this authors work yet. I haven't read anything by him yet. I just wanted to get to the story. By the end of the book, I would be interested in seeing all that because the author told a good story. I would take the time then to go through it, not at the beginning. I skipped through it to start reading. The author sent me a PDF so I downloaded the free sample to see how the kindle formatting was handled. It wasn't bad. My only gripe is that it's formatted for non-fiction not fiction.
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