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Memoria. A Corporation of Lies (An action-packed dystopian technothriller) by [Bobl, Alex]
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"This book is like watching a movie. It is hardcore action from start to finish. 
I can well imagine this book to be adapted to the big screen...
...What i liked the most is the environment, this authors future New York.
In it it is plenty room for more stories." - Hans Erik Johnsen,
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"Memoria by Alex Bobl is easily described as a dystopian 
action novel, with tons of secrets and speculations entwined
within the story." - Charlotte Waller

"This a very interesting and thrilling read. It has lots of twists and turns.
Mr Bobl has populated this world with lots of great characters and different
sub-cultures such as the migrants, the veterans, and evil corporate types.
I would definitely recommend this book! Looking forward to finding out
what happens next!" - Simon P  from   

About the Author

Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 14 traditionally published novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. It was followed by TechnoTma: the Dark Times : another post-apocalyptic SF series that Alex wrote together with his S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski. Memoria. A Corporation of Lies is a hard-boiled action thriller set in a dystopian New York.

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  • File Size: 4334 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic Dome Books (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EM0D1M
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Memoria. A Corporation of Lies
By Alex Bobl

In futuristic New York City, Memoria Corporation offers a service that people cannot refuse erasing traumatic memories from a person's mind. Frank Shelby comes home one day to find his girlfriend lying strangled in his bed leading him into the maze that is Memoria. He must infiltrate Memoria to clear his name and as he does so he soon stumbles onto something much more heinous.

I love dystopian novels so it would be hard to disappoint me when I pick one up. This one though, stands out amongst the rest not only is it an adult novel (most dystopian novels lately have been geared towards young adults) but it is also plausible. The citizens must wear electronic bracelets that track the persons movements, also people who were born after the great war must have their memories wiped every year by law, add in the big bad monster is a corporation you have an interesting take on what the future could be. I have to say that this novel reminded me a lot of 1984, though with a much better ending, so if you enjoyed that one you will most definitely like this one. All in all it's a great read full of espionage and conspiracy and the best side of humanity's survival instinct.
I was sent a free copy of this novel for an honest review.
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In the burned out, bombed out New York City of the future, Frank Shelby is accused of the murder of a woman he knows only as Kathleen. So begins his odyssey in a post-apocalyptic world where the Memoria Corporation offers a cure for all your ills by erasing memories of unpleasant things.

A big plan called the Vaccination is in the offing and Memoria is offering it free of charge as an introductory incentive. But what is it really? And how is a United States Congressman, who is also a board member of Memoria involved? What will Frank Shelby do to clear himself of trumped up charges? Is there anything he can do in the face of an organization that can erase the memories of witnesses and bend reality to suit its own purpose?

Alex Bobl weaves an intricate tale where one huge corporation is intent on taking all the power for itself and it looks like it just might succeed. Reminiscent of the noir setting of Blade Runner, Memoria: A Corporation of Lies is an entertaining read and perhaps a cautionary tale. Translated from Russian, there are a few places where the translation hiccups, but those places are small and incidental. If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, then Memoria: A Corporation of Lies will be right up your alley!
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This book could probably make a good movie because of all the action. Frank Shelby and his friends go on a crusade against the all-powerful Memoria Corporation that erases people's memories (for a fee) while Memoria's henchmen, in their turn, try to kill Frank before he gets to the truth about the company's real plans. I found this book quite realistic and positive. Overall it's a well-written, engaging novel.
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I saw this book mentioned on a post-apocalyptic forum and decided to give it a try. I was rather curious because the writer was apparently a published Russian SF author who set his novel in a dystopian New York. It sounded like a classic piece of noir SF, a bit in the vein of Philip Dick and such.

The novel starts with Frank Shelby, a successful lawyer, who is about to propose to his girlfriend. He lives in a near-future New York recovering from a new civil war which was stopped thanks to the efforts from Memoria Corporation - a gloomy institution specializing in altering human memories. Now Memoria practically rules the country with its obligatory trimonthly memory purge. This is where Frank should be heading when he finds his girlfriend dead... but he is promptly accused of the murder and hunted down by the police and some mysterious killers. Frank has to prove he's innocent, and all clues lead him to the Memoria HQ.

There were three things I liked most about the novel:
1. The gloomy dystopian atmosphere, typical of noir fiction. That includes the dark, moody settings in which Frank's story is unfolding: the cluttered flat of Frank's newfound friends, the secret underground laboratories in Memoria's soundproof cellars, and the eye-opening discovery of the real purpose of the so-called "migrants' camps" all over the country...
2. I looked up the author and wasn't really surprised to discover he used to be a professional army officer. It's obvious that he writes from experience using it to describe arms and ammunition, techniques like rappelling, and especially combat scenes reminiscent of movies like Blade Runner or Minority Report.
3. In an action thriller, characterization is often added as an afterthought - but not so here.
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This book has a lot going for it - right off the bat you've got 237 pages for 2.99, a very reasonable price point for a big book packed full of story. It's very low-risk, there's very little reason not to give it a shot!

On to the story itself, it moves VERY quickly. No skimming these pages because there's no padding here. There's one exception in the middle, where I encountered a rather awkward few chapters of exposition, but the story hopped right back on track after that, and then picked up speed even more. So, it may be 237 pages, but it'll blow by like a hundred and feel like you've read a thousand.

The plot is highly engaging, nowhere did I find myself disinterested in what would happen next. Where Memoria really shines, however, is the world it's set in - this isn't New York as we know it, the rules have changed. However, instead of just throwing a big scary super-corp in, there's a real dynamic between factions, emphasized by the Migrants (of whom I'm afraid we just don't get enough, but more on that in a bit.) Memoria is a living, breathing world, where subtle pushes and pulls can be felt across the plot. Despite the overarching sci-fi, it feels real enough - even if some of the more impressive action sequences stretch suspension of disbelief a tad.

(I'm now going to pick apart a few flaws, but I want to remind the review reader that my score is still 4-star. I'm just a bit critique-heavy.)
However, the exciting and engaging world does the characters a disservice, because against its impressive backdrop, they fall rather flat. We've got an action hero-esque main character, a few "too old for this" veterans, and a damsel (who does an excellent job at not being in distress, though she doesn't often accomplish much on her own.
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