Archive for category Suspense/Thriller
The Circle by Dave Eggers; an Amazon 3.5 stars rating and 3.49 stars on Goodreads.
Dave Eggers frames a modern-era tech giant bent on ushering in a global utopia. A Google-like megacorporation, the Circle markets its series of technological innovations to the public as a means improve individual security by providing transparency to fight crime and corruption. Mae is the main character; a vehicle Eggers uses to demonstrate how power brokers capitalize on human fear and narcissism to advance organizational interests.
This Orwellian tale frames a powerful company as the catalyst engaged in an all-too realistic extinction of basic individual freedoms and liberties. Eggers’ ability to drive his plot by revealing his main character combines a creative approach to character development and tempo. I was beginning to grow a little concerned about some of the supporting characters lack of depth but when you consider the points he makes through Mae it’s easy to understand the illustration by not delving too deeply. The arguments Eggers raises on our growing narcissism illustrated by our willingness to give over personal liberty and privacy in exchange for manufactured complements and self-worth are playing out in large degree right before our very eyes. His novel is timely considering WikiLeaks, the NSA scandal, and ballooning mistrust of our highest institutions of power, in which technology, surveillance and secrecy all play pivotal roles.
This a 4.3 star story for me; an entertaining story for a fiction–suspense reader and a valuable experience for a current affairs-Orwellian fan.
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Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)
The Orphan Factory by James & Lance Morcan; an Amazon average rating of 4.8 stars.
A Little About The Orphan Factory:
Resuming where it all began -
The Morcan’s take us to Chicago, Ill., on a journey with 23 genetically altered children and the organization bent on creating the world’s most elite stable of espionage operatives. In this prequel, as with the first novel (The Ninth Orphan), you’ll focus on Nine as he shows early signs of walking to the beat of a slightly different drum than his Omega masters would prefer. You’ll witness the depths of the manipulation used to shape these children and clearly see how Omega’s choices in dealing with Nine ultimately plant the seeds of their demise in book one. Read the rest of this entry »
A Little About The Darkening Dream:
Readers and reviewers either love it or hate it but this book is not mediocre by any stretch. I suspect the latter find most of their consternation in Gavin’s ending while the former recognize some qualities many of us haven’t seen in a “Vampire” novel for a long while. Read the rest of this entry »
Arm yourself for a riveting quest on the galactic fringe in Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer; an Amazon average rating of 4.8 stars.
A Little About Contract of Defiance:
Crossed, double-crossed and left for dead, can it get any worse?
Aly Erikson was a Corps deserter and gun smuggler living on the fringe of a galactic Orwellian society until a botched job leaves her brother in the hands of a cruel government and her left for dead. When a strange crew of settlers takes her in, Aly must learn to trust if she’s to have any hope at saving her brother and getting her revenge. Read the rest of this entry »
The Last Mask – Tradition by Stephen Winterflood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephen Winterflood’s, The Last Mask is a dark adventure with traditional fantasy elements presented in a very unique style. Fantasy readers looking for a break from the norm will love the asymmetric structure and artistic writing approach. Traditionalists will likely feel less thrilled because early on the plot builds in an unusual way that can seem a bit complicated. You’ll see the value in his approach later as characters and plot find their convergent path. Read the rest of this entry »