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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel (The Bridge Chronicles Book 1) by [Ballard, Gary A.]
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[Under the Amoral Bridge] was well thought out, with fun characters and solid dialogue. Artemis Bridge was the classic anti-hero... Ballard writing style is engaging and easy to follow. --The Drunken Scholar

About the Author

Gary A. Ballard was born, raised and still resides in the state of Mississippi. Graduating from Belhaven College with a degree in Fine Arts, he has painted, photographed, drawn, and written the world as he sees it. Working as a web designer since the early days of the World Wide Web, Gary is well-versed in social media, graphic design and Internet marketing.

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  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WN2XDU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

I found the plot to be surprisingly unique, along with its interesting setting of our future earth. The future in the novel is scarily realistic. I could actually see the U.S. turning into this world.

From the first paragraph, I was pulled into the story. The depiction of the very different futuristic society was seamlessly interwoven into the story. The cover states that this is a "Cyberpunk Novel." To be perfectly honest, I'm not really into all that new genre classification. I preferred to think of it as a science fiction novel, and a very good one at that.

Yes, there are a lot of references to computers and new technology. However, there was really only one scene that required any computer knowledge. Although, I didn't think that scene was done as well as the rest of the book. It was a bit convoluted with all of the "rules" not explained very well. The rest of the book is set outside of any "cyberspace" areas.

While I am not into political type books, this one had an entirely different take on politics and government. It was not an especially new concept, but it was introduced in an awesome way that kept me guessing until the very end.

Character Development: 4 1/2 Stars

Artemis, the main character, was really fun to read about. I loved his style. While I couldn't agree with his politics, or lack thereof, or his moral reasonings, he still remained sympathetic in my eyes. He wasn't particularly likable, yet I still found myself cheering him on.

Artemis' lady love was far less developed. She could have used qutie a bit more "page time."

The bodyguard was just a side character, yet he was my favorite by far.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed the writing style of Mr. Ballard. The smooth sentence structure gave the story a good flow. The descriptions were excellent, with just enough detail. The dialogue was very realistic.
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Set in a future Los Angeles after the government has abandoned it's role in governing the city, a major corporation is in charge. With it's own agenda to attain, it leaves a dirty, less-than-secure, population to fend for themselves. Ballard takes us on a ride through the corruption and societal decay, as the main character fights to stay alive after unfortunate circumstances place him in the dangerous crosshairs of unknown assailants. With a foray into a whole body 'Net experience, digging into corrupt political agendas, and dodging would-be-assassins, you may not be able to put down the book until it's finished.

Not only is this novel well written and a joy to read, Ballard paints imaginative scenarios and environments that I can only hope are expounded on in future novels.

With a style that reminds me of one of my favorite books, Neuromancer, I can't wait to read the next installment.
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I liked this, it was fast and fun. Ballard's writing style was relatively smooth, he did a good job building his world without drowning the reader in heavy-handed exposition, and the story was entertaining.

Artie Bridge operates in a grey zone, not necessarily breaking any laws as he connects the needy with their needs, but he certainly walks a fine line between living not-quite-like a criminal and dying like one. He gets embroiled in a connection which does not turn out as expected, needing to pull upon all his contacts and skills to make it out alive.

The story line was somewhat predictable, and some of the characters were sketchy, but overall this self-published work was well presented with few hitches. I would have liked to see it be a bit longer, fleshing out more of the interesting almost post-apocalyptic world the author builds, but at 99 cents it is not a disappointment.
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This book was an exercise in "cool".

I loved the main character. Bridge was slick, completely cynical and as innovative as MacGyver in tough situations. His philosophising bodyguard and ultra-hip anti-establishment hacker girlfriend made a trio that remained completely entertaining on every page.

The story itself placed us in a could-be near-future Los Angeles where corporations have taken over local government and law enforcement. The setting is not far-fetched and lent an unsettling realism to the story as it unfolded, and unfold it did - swiftly. There certainly weren't too many pages of setup or explanation.

Although there were echoes of Snow Crash and Neuromancer throughout (both which I loved by the way), intellectual leaps were not required as the tech-speak was kept to a necessary minimum.

In summary, Under the Amoral Bridge was in a genre that I enjoy with an accessibility I appreciated, a storyline that grabbed me and kept the pages turning and an anti-hero I could both admire and by which I could be thoroughly entertained. Needless to say, I will be buying the rest of the books in the series.
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Others have explained the plot, so I'll keep this review short and sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Under the Amoral Bridge. My only gripe with the book was that at it was too short. I was left wanting to know more about the adventures of Amoral Bridge, and the world he lives in. I especially liked the authors use of words, for lack of a better way to put it. It made reading the book all the more interesting for me.

In short, if you're in any way a fan of scifi, or cyberpunk in particular, buy this book. Buy it twice, and give a copy to someone else, and make their life a little better.
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