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The first and most obvious throughout the story is that the protagonist is never really challenged to do any detective work of note. Everything from critical clues, vital information, his lust interest (more on that later), the deaths of his enemies and even entry to a top secret facility is all handed to him courtesy of him being the main character. What little deduction Tom Walken* makes is unengaging because the reader does not have enough information to understand the significance of it and the mystery concludes with a speech that attempts to justify the various plot holes with "it had to happen that way". There is very little structure to the story and even less mystery that we are able to appreciate and I can't even really summarise what the "big mystery" he's trying to solve is beyond "the thing that happened!".
Most annoying of all the plot stumbles along stubbing it's toes on and then largely forgetting drama points and even what the task at hand is with no direct narrative and a closing dialogue that goes to great pains to try to cover much of this by literally telling us that things were constantly outside the protagonist's )(and by extension the reader's) understanding or perception.Read more ›
Shean's writing rips you out of your comfortable chair and hurls you directly into the story. It is one thing for a writer to write a story about a dark and brooding place, it is something entirely different when the reader can actually feel the coldness and the despair emanate from the page. Shadow of a Dead Star captures the spirit, or actually, lack-of spirit that the noir genre is so popular for. Walken hates the world as it has become; a world where most people have more hardware in them then actual organs. He has no implants, or upgrades to help him to do his job, yet he relies on his gut instincts, instincts that have proven to be very useful in the past. He's a loner, again a must for the noir genre, someone who does his job because it's his job and moves on.
One of the questions Shean tackles within this novel that I absolutely loved is that of humanity and what makes us human. In Walken's future people can hook themselves up to computers for a plethora of reasons from receiving and sending data to performing sexual acts amongst others.Read more ›
Disclosure: I received a free eGalley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Seattle, 2078. The future hasn't been kind to the spirit of humanity; commercial obsession and technological fetishism rules the day, religion and belief has died screaming in the fires of war, and what remains is moral decrepitude. Life in the future is hard on the soul.
As an agent of the Industrial Security Bureau, Thomas Walken knows that better than anyone. His job is to keep the worst kind of black-market technology out of the hands of citizens, technology born out of the shadowy nation nicknamed Wonderland. But the kind of fantasies that come out of that place aren't for the good people of the world. Wonderland technology is like black magic made real.
Walken's newest assignment starts out simply: intercept a smuggled shipment of Princess Dolls, little girls turned into sex toys, and bring them into custody. But when the girls are hijacked from federal custody and Walken gives chase, he finds a trail of bodies in their wake. Before he's through, Walken will find himself confronted revelations that will answer every question that the troubled lawman has ever had about himself and the world he lives in - but his mind and soul may not survive it.
My Thoughts: This is a very dark book - the world in 2078 is not a nice place at all. Seattle has completely changed - what used to be a quirky and artistic place has been replaced with corporate sterility, only the Verge standing between the New City and the Old City retains any of the original charm.Read more ›
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I've really enjoyed reading this book. It's well-written, suspenseful, and dark. The main character is one that I like a lot, and there are twists along the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S eren
I liked the way this story started and how it developed for much of it but I have to say I really thought the ending was a strange sharp right turn and really didn't make much... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trent The Uncatchable
Fantastic new universe, excellent back story and interesting characters. I did not see the ending coming and cannot wait to read the sequel. Highly recommend.Published 10 months ago by M Golding
Shadow of a Dead Star is science-fiction cyberpunk, set in a future America called Wonderland, where over-reliance on dark technology fuels society, and sexual and materialistic... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex James
This is like a scifi detective story. Its fast moving. The only problem I had is about 3/4 through you kind of thinking you know how it will end.Published 20 months ago by Kenneth W. Walker
It's dark in Seattle. A gum shoe. A beautiful dame. The future of urban planning comes from within. Vivid moments. Touching connections between reader and character. Clear imagery. Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Somewhere between the horrible Citizens United court case and realizing Google not only powered my search engine but also built my phone and browser, I stopped reading cyberpunk. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Tom Whalley
“Shadow of a dead star” is the first book in the “Wonderland cycle” series and it had me gripped on the first page. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by Robyn K
I have to say when I discovered this book and started reading it I was totally engrossed. It was a cyberpunk noir mystery in a gritty future word. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Jim
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