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This novel has a lot of different elements. It’s a dystopian police procedural. It’s a cyberpunk noir thriller. It’s a horror novel that explores the unknown aspects of the universe. But most importantly, it’s a science fiction novel that has different planes of existence and points of intersection between them. Each plane is filled with interesting ideas, environments, creatures, myths, and history. Creatures such as the Maro and its war clans, Syns who are synthetic humans with artificial intelligence and the tribal Yeti, to name but a few. Each plane is also bursting with so many imaginative ideas and detailed history, like the Spectral Wars, that this novel only scratches the surface of some of them along its fast-moving and formidable journey.
We’re immersed in the intriguing mystery surrounding this artifact while the history of this existence and its many planes are woven into the first third of the novel. While it's sumptuous world(s) building and different environments are being established, the characters like Abby, his friend Jazz and Leta are also fascinating people, with rich histories, extraordinary abilities, and deep personality. When the novel combines these components together, it swept me into its absorbing world, captivating cultures, and spine-tingling adventure. The possible directions the story can go (and does go) in are truly limitless. There’s plenty of surprises in store for the reader to discover, as there is so much innovation and imagination here. Together, it perfectly meshes all of these pieces together into an adrenaline-fueled, unpredictable finale with consequences for the entire universe. And the ending just blows this already compelling story wide open.
This is the first novel planned in a series of novels that take place in this universe. The author has written some short stories about it already, featured in issues 11,12,14 & 16 of the Tales from the Canyons of the Damned (18 Book Series) to date, with more to come. This is a universe, or I should say, universes that are brimming with endless storytelling possibilities and I can't wait to read more of them!
Called out of retirement Abernathy Squire, known to his friends as Abby, is contacted by a long time colleague of the his from the bureau he retired from. He is asked to come back into service and help them find a missing artifact of great value. This artifact is said to have mystical and magical properties. He reluctantly agrees.
Abby is living in a world where everyone around him is trying to appear to be something or someone else. With the help of 'mods' each person can change most aspects of who and what they are. But having superior 'mods' himself, he is capable of working around people wearing such devices.
Now, lumbered with an assistant he doesn't want, he must dip once more into the murky world of his past to find the missing artifact before someone else does.
This is an interesting mixed species romp whose characters can flit from one 'plane' to another. Filled with red eyed bad guys and near naked dominatrix henchwomen, this story just grows more and more interesting as you get into it. I really enjoyed the clever twists and turns in the plot, they kept it interesting and very enjoyable. And the ending...I did NOT see that coming! Loved it. It made me hungry for more.
I think the author, Daniel Arthur Smith, is definitely a man to watch...he seems to have a really cool grasp on this genre.
Years after the Spectral Wars, there is a case that needs the attention of a retired agent. The further the reader delves into the book, the more the reader discovers and unearths about this fascinating world Smith has created in the not-too-distant future. New abilities and planes of existence show that humanity has much further to progress.
Smith isn't afraid to showcase the depths of his story, told in a noir cyperpunk way, ala Bladerunner. I highly recommend this book.
Well written and with great imagination, this is a swirling colourful action story set in a future and different world. Although complete in itself, it is the first of what should prove to be an excellent series as Commander 'Abby' squire and his Homeland Security Special Agent 'babysitter', Captain Leta Serene chase the almost mythical jade statuette, the Jasper Stone. An excellent read.