Preservation: A DRMR Short Story (DRMR Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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She has blades for feet and can move with the speed of an antelope. There is a lot of information about mnemonics in this which will make one take notice of how incredible it is.
The reader will certainly be enlightened about the poaching of animals in Africa. And, realize how severe the problem is in our word. If we continue on in this direction, extinction is a definite possibility. If this short story doesn't get your full attention concerning our planet, I fear nothing will.
Most highly recommended - first for the eye-opening facts about poaching and the extinction aspect. And, second for the writing skills concerning the DRMR aspects.
Be warned, it tugs at the emotions.
I originally read this in the Cyborg Chronicles anthology.
Preservation takes a futuristic glance at the poaching industry and in Kari Agaki, we have a strong female protagonist. When Agaki hacks into the brain of one of the poachers she finds details of where she needs to go to put an end to the organisation responsible the murders.
So, what we have is an emotional short story that features plenty of action and a nice sci-fi twist that elevates it from a good story to a really good story. Though perhaps not quite as powerful as Hicks’ other novella, Revolver, Preservation is the perfect way to kill a half hour and become acquainted with the talents of Michael Patrick Hicks. As with everything I’ve read by Hicks, the writing is very sharp, no words wasted, dialogue is crisp and believable and the action scenes are bang on target. It is a short story but acts as a kind of prologue for Hicks’ other books, Convergence and Emergence. A lot of people might know Michael for his reviews-he is an avid reader, like myself, but I encourage you to check out his writing. There is a high level of quality seen in his work and he has a varied catalogue of books to choose from. I really enjoyed Preservation. It took a familiar concept seen in sci-fi and put it into a real-world situation, a situation that doesn’t get as much coverage through the media as perhaps it should. Great work again, Mr Hicks. Another great story from a writer who should be read by more people.
4/5 microchips from The Grim Reader.
I read this short story when it was originally published in The Cyborg Chronicles (The Future Chronicles), an anthology filled with much more excellent short stories about cyborgs just like this one!
I loved how this story played with the idea of who the prey was in a safari style setting. It’s another poacher-ranger story, rather like Hide and Seek, with a nice helping of futuristic brain tech added to the mix. The Databiologic Receiver of Mnemonic Response, or DRMR, was the centrepiece behind two of Michael Patrick Hick’s other novels, and this time receives a completely different work-out in an entirely different context. Authors working the same concept their proud to have created into every story can become tiresome, but Hicks is a long way from burnout with his mind-power concept here. It’s used and abused to good measure by its somewhat renegade handler protagonist, who’s decided she’s had enough of fighting loosing battles and is taking it one stage further. Page turning carnage ensues, the kind I’ve loved in this author’s other works. If you can find anyone better at writing an ultraviolent action scene, let me know who they are. As a reader who’s pro-hunting but anti-poaching/illegal animal trade, and advocates respect and conservation of the natural world even if you take things from it, this story struck the perfect chord with me.