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Quantum Proliferation: A Near-Future CyberPunk Thriller (Entangled Fates Book 2) Kindle Edition
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An intriguing world with rich characters and deep plot. Be warned that once you start you won't want to stop.
From the Author
- ASIN : B081869GVZ
- Publication date : November 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1948 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,525 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I do struggle a bit with the MC as the author seems to have decided to emphasize his strangeness and brokenness to a level that almost breaks the story line and book. It doesn't quite get there, but the over-emphasis on how he reacts weirdly and his interactions with his team are sometimes off putting. Not enough to ruin anything, but the interactions are odd.
Example: He tries to be a "good guy" and one of the security ladies he's in a relationship with physically hurts him and is rather mean in how she treats him to get him to agree to stop being a "good guy". Yet the interaction is all about how hard it is on her to be treating him that way, not how horrible it is that he's being forced into this wrong choice and even goes so far as to make him the "bad guy" in the interaction at the end of the day with her being mad at him on how he reacted to the way she treated him. While it's understandable that all his interactions are complex due to his mental issues, i can't quite comprehend how someone would ever feel bad and buy someone flowers for them treating him poorly.
There are other such interactions as well that don't make sense to me that pull the overall story line down. They don't ruin anything, at all, but it feels as if the author sometimes struggles with a balance between the major story line points he wants to hit and the emphasis on how broken the MC is and so sometimes the outcomes you would expect don't occur, or they do occur in very weird and uncertain ways.
In book 2, Alex and the Black Flags travel to Europe and continue their adventures committing crimes and outwitting hit teams with cutting edge tech and tried-and-true weaponry. Along the way, Alex picks up a new lady friend who becomes his personal assistant. Upon their return Stateside, they discover a new nemesis that's been behind many of the attempts on Alex's life.
The storyline is creative and highly plausible. Not much suspension of disbelief is required. The characters are outstandingly done, beautifully developed and very believable. The author clearly knows his small unit/bodyguard tactics and weapons, his psychology, and most definitely his tech. As a professional computer security consultant when he's not writing, he is uniquely qualified to write near-future cyberpunk. Every element of the story from haute cuisine to to the unique interpersonal relationships is written with expertise. The harem is not the point of the story; in fact no new members are added in book 2.
My highest recommendation is proffered for both books 1 and 2 of Entangled Fates.
10/10 - Will buy the paperback when it comes available.
I like that the author maintained a fairly slow growth rate in the relationship (group? Don't know what you call it.) Although there are several women interested, real life, concerns about alienating existing partners, leads him to take things slow. It seems much more realistic than many other authors in the genre.
There are some new technologies in this book that have some very exciting implications, definitely looking forward to book 3 to see where he takes this.
A little slower in terms of action, but what there is has some impact. The rooftop scene in particular was both messed up and awesome.
In short, I am over here making grabby hands for book three. Gimme.