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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel (The Bridge Chronicles) Paperback – January 31, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Under The Amoral Bridge is the first novella in the Bridge Chronicles, a series of four books so far. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Petra
Artimis Bridge is the guy who always "knows a guy" that has whatever you need. For the right price, he will be your Bridge and connect you to him. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DecemberRain
UNDER THE AMORAL BRIDGE
Author: Gary A. Ballard
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 4 hours
Genre: Contemporary... Read more
In this cyberpunkian near future novel, Artemis Bridge is a fixer – the go-to guy for when you need something illegal or under the radar. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DabOfDarkness
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
I did not know what to expect from “cyberpunk,” having never read anything like that. Read more
I gave this a 4.5 star review on Audible
This was a wild ride on the cyber side. Bridge is a former hacker who now stays out of the loop while hiring others to do his... Read more
Really entertaining book! I have always enjoyed the cyberpunk sub-genre of science and fiction ever since reading Neuromancer, and this is one the better cyberpunk novels I have... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Iain C.
Not sure how I happened upon this one, I think an algorithm figured out that if I dug China Mieville's The City The City then I'd dig this, you dig? Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Patrick Sherriff
Artemis Bridge is a man with connections. He’s the guy who knows a guy and he sells his connections to those that have a need and the cash. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Hungry Monster