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- Print Length: 44 pages
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- Publisher: Stormcrow Books (January 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009TAGQUA
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Simms's brain is augmented with plug-ins that allow him to access public and private networks and a host of other interesting functions. Kewin manages to make all the high-tech gadgetry seem natural. Perhaps it's not that much of a mental leap to go from carrying a personal electronic device at all times to having one that your brain controls and interfaces with directly. It's a testament to Kewin's skills that the reader quickly feels at home in a world that is so like and unlike our own.
My only criticism of the story is that I want to know more about Simms's world. How does node-jumping--a type of travel--work? What is the nature of the plug-ins? Why is society shot to hell? Simms finds the London of his day particularly dismal, but yet he continues to live there.
One of the constants of human existence is greed and in Kewin's world, greed is alive and thriving. There appears to be little that the super-rich cannot get or do if they have enough money and everyone from low-level clinicians to high-level law enforcement officers have their price. For Simms, the joy is in the search and retrieval of the data. He's not happy unless he's stimulated, on a job. He's mostly indifferent to the moral implications of his work and in that sense he's an anti-hero, but his love interest is devoting her life to alleviating the problems that Simms's work facilitates. And despite her hostility to continuing their relationship, Simms's thoughts keep coming back to her. Simms is a complicated man. I suggest you get a copy of Genehunter and get to know him. It'll be well worth your time.
The main character Simms is a perfect, non-perfect hero. He's flawed, he's sensitive, he's misguided, he's intelligent, he's pretty dumb when it comes to women. That makes him the perfect SciFi hero for me. Lots of growth potential in this guy.
The writing is exceptional. Simon Kewin is a master of prose. His writing felt effortless, simple yet literary fiction strong. I'm his newest fan.
I will definitely read the rest of the series. Even if you don't like SciFi, try this book. For me, the true genius is in the characters. Rooting for Simms kept me reading to the end.
Soft Spoiler: Simms hires himself out to track down (while often skirting the law) DNA samples of historic figures, for which the uber-wealthy are willing to pay megabucks to enhance their private cloning zoos. Fantastic premise and the action is just as exciting as Simms has to face a GMAn named Ballard - a crooked rep from the Genetic Monitoring Agency who 'convinces' Simms to look into a mysterious figure, Boneyard.
This overarching plotline will carry through the rest of the series - the only drawback of which is that, evidently, the other four novellas aren't written yet! Dang it, I want to buy the next one now! Recommended if you enjoy this brand of SF thriller and don't mind adult-oriented material (vulgarities and theme make this appropriate for mature high schoolers, imo).
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