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TekWar (The TekWar Series Book 1) by [Shatner, William]
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From Publishers Weekly

In his first novel, actor Shatner delivers a hard-boiled private eye story set against a science fiction background. Ex-cop Jake Cardigan, framed for dealing "Tek," a popular 22nd-century drug, is released from controlled coma to search for a missing scientist. "While the writing is awkward in spots, the pace is unrelenting," commented PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An ex-policeman caught in the schemes of drug lords, unscrupulous businessmen, and his one-time allies turns private detective to track down a missing scientist whose invention could win the war against the insidious computerized drug known as "Tek." Set in a futuristic, high-tech world of robots, androids, and designer drugs, this first novel by Shatner (better known as Star Trek 's Captain Kirk) should appeal to most fans of fast-paced sf action-adventure.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 8413 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (November 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VR4U0O
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The title of the review pretty much sums up the feel of the book. It has a very dated feel with everything being "plas-something" and flying cars. It's easy to guess when the book was written, just by some of the words and phrases used, so if you don't like that old-school sci-fi feel, I wouldn't bother picking up this book. Personally, it made me laugh a little and reminded me of when I first got into sci-fi, although at times it felt a little tedious. The other main feeling of the book is old-school detective noire. Hard bitten street-smart detective falls for the damsel in distress. There's some action, but a lot of exposition. Generally speaking, the book is pretty decent, and if you're looking for something to read here and there at lunch breaks or in the airport, it's perfect. You'll have no problem putting it down, but it's got enough interest to get you to pick it up again. For those of you who are interested, there was a brief (very brief, as I recall) television series based off these books, and I didn't think they were too shabby. You might want to check them out if you find the older style of this book too much to handle.
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William Shatner, best known as Star Trek's Captain Kirk, provides his first literary effort here in Tekwar, and truth be told he does a pretty good job. This isn't an amazing novel, or a particularly deep one, but it's a fast paced story with lots of great action set in, shocker of all shockers, the future.
Jake Cardigan, detective extraordinaire, is jailed after being framed for dealing the mind altering drug known as Tek. Four years later, long before his sentence has expired, he is released from stasis/prison under mysterious circumstances. The terms of his parole entail his going back to work searching for a missing scientist and his beautiful daughter, with all sorts of adventure and mishaps along the way.
Sometimes silly, but totally filled with action, Tekwar is a solid first effort from a multitalented entertainer. It's a fun cross between a mystery and flat out sci-fi adventure, and succeeds because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Worth a read, and thoroughly entertaining.
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In Tek War, Jake Cardigan is an ex-cop who has spent four years in jail for crimes he says he didn't commit. He gets out early after serving only part of his sentence. When he gets home he learns that his wife has divorced him, taken their son and moved to Mexico. He then finds out the person who got him out early was a man who owns a detective agency that Cardigan's old partner works for. So they partner up again to find a missing professor and his daughter whose aircraft crashed in the jungles of Mexico. The professor has invented a device that will destroy all of the Tek chips in the world. The eponymous Tek are microchips that you use with a device that implants in your brain that allows you to create any fantasy you want and have it seem like it really happens. Cardigan was a user but was also trying to bring down the cartels who sold it. Cardigan's partner gets hurt early on and it's up to him to complete the investigation.

Tek War is more of a detective story than science fiction. Yes, it's set in the future and there are sci fi buzz words like droids and laser rifles, but at its heart it's a detective story. The overall plot is interesting but not spectacular. Shatner's writing is passable. It gets you from point A to point B and moves the story along but there isn't a lot of individual style. He uses vernacular at times that doesn't fit the situation, especially in dialog. The things that seemed off could have been fixed by a good editor. Tek War was an ok book. It's a quick read. If you're looking for a real sci fi book this isn't it, despite the author's pedigree.
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William Shatner’s science fiction novel TekWar, originally published in 1989, is the first in a series of nine Tek books. It also gave rise to a comic book series, a video game, and a television series. Much of this success, of course, is due to its author’s preexisting fame. It’s easy to take pot shots at actors moonlighting as novelists, but as a fan of the genre I approached this book with every intention of giving Shatner a fair shake. Ultimately, however, even my middling expectations were disappointed.

Jake Cardigan is a former cop who was sentenced to 15 years in suspended animation for dealing in a drug known as Tek. Tek is distributed in the form of computer chips which, when coupled with an apparatus that’s wired to the brain, conjure up tailor-made hallucinations in the mind of the user, somewhat like the virtual-reality drug that Ralph Fiennes peddles in the 1985 movie Strange Days. In the year 2120, after four years of incarceration, Cardigan is awoken from his deep sleep and released from prison, though he’s not quite sure why or to whom he owes his good fortune. This is just one of the mysteries that faces Cardigan as, stripped of his badge, he goes to work for a private detective agency. He soon finds that, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it, he just can’t keep himself from getting drawn into the criminal world of Tek.

The idea of a hard-boiled detective story set in the future is nothing new, of course. Pulp fiction writers have been making Sam-Spade-in-space stories since the days of Dashiell Hammett. Shatner’s vision of the future is remarkably antiquated, like something out of a ‘40s or ‘50s pulp magazine. His efforts at sci-fi speculation don’t stretch much beyond adding prefixes like plas-, space-, and vid- to the front of preexisting nouns.
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