- Series: Panteria Chronicles
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: PageBacon (January 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996414746
- ISBN-13: 978-0996414746
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,203,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Panteria Chronicles: Fallen (Volume 1) Paperback – January 2, 2016
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Science fiction is a genre that always grabs my attention and yet is something I have read woefully little about. For that reason, I was so pleased to receive this ARC and learn more about the genre, from one of its lesser-known cohorts. The synopsis was intriguing and the dark and brooding cover engaged my interest: I was eager to learn more!
It is the thirteenth century here on planet Earth and an ancient city-state known as Panteria has united the planet and attempted to bring peace after centuries of war. With genetically and biochemically enhanced soldiers at their disposal, the rebels that don't condone Panteria's reign stand no chance. That is until one soldier decides to work democratically for peace instead of existing as a blindly subservient killer and suppressor, and joins their fight for freedom.
This is one clever book! The scientific aspects of the novel are sometimes so in-depth as to appear mind-boggling! The author has created a future, technologically advanced society so soundly and succinctly as to appear real and whole, despite the limited actual world-building present. This is an action-dominated book and yet the world created did not suffer because of it.
What did diminish my enjoyment, however, was that I constantly felt one pace behind the narrative. The first fifty pages of the novel introduced around eight protagonists and I struggled to see how their disparate narratives would converge. I felt my reading experience would have benefited from a longer introduction to each person and their connection with one another, or with fewer perspectives, as I was constantly confusing my characters. This wasn't helped by the similarities and blandness in their names. Also, the constant repetition of their first names, including army title and surname, also formed a distance between the characters and myself and stopped me forming any empathetic bonds. They felt like fully-formed characters, but ones I was constantly disassociated with.
The only aspect that didn't feel real, for me, was that present-day popular cultural references that were still frequently used. I find it unbelievable that comic book superheroes and spy thriller movies would still bear relevance and significance one-thousand years in the future!
This is a strong first installment and an action-packed and quick-paced read but I would have preferred some padding to fully immerse myself in the story.
About the Author
L.B. Sisk works as a Director of Marketing for a robotics company, which supplies analytical systems for clients in medical, environmental and government laboratories. Sure, you'd think developing marketing collateral for sophisticated robots would be fun; however, when they're boring and benefit Humanity ... Blah. Blah. Blah. Therefore, by night, he aspires to share his twisted imagination with like-minded folk. He lives in the Portland, Oregon, which, according to some vagabond he met in Barstow, CA, is a beautiful, fantasyland of unlimited strip clubs and craft breweries. What more could you ask for?
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This book has obviously been influenced by 80's movies and comics. It also has a great and compelling story of world that is slowly falling apart. Dystopian science fiction at its finest. I can't wait for the second installment!
And what happens to Max..