Ten Thousand Thunders
by Brian Trent
Flame Tree Press
FLAME TREE PRESS
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 Oct 2018
Ten Thousand Thunders is an innovative and immersive science fiction novel, that will appeal to those who enjoyed Altered Carbon and those who like reading about complex worlds, unusual cultures and strange beings.
Gethin Bryce is an investigator who just died in a shuttle explosion. When he is resurrected, he’s tasked with finding the truth behind that and the other mysterious anomalies that have been occuring. There is a vast differential in the way humanity lives - those in enclaves living a virtually immortal existence with every luxury, and those in the wasteland struggling to survive. Between terrorists, unbelievably advanced AIs and greedy corporations struggling to supercede government, there is a lot of potential for conflict and for plot development. This is part of the reason why I was a bit disappointed by Brian Trent’s reliance on deus ex machina to resolve t...
by Richard K. Morgan
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 23 Oct 2018
If you liked Altered Carbon, you will definitely enjoy Thin Air. Like Altered Carbon, Thin Air’s antihero is former military ( in this case biologically altered from before birth) who has bucked the system and gone private. His sarcasm equals his sense of fair play, and while he is excellent at what he does, he doesn’t take orders. Havana Veil is the modern sci-fi version of the classic noir detective. As in most noir stories, the detective finds the assignment he is given is just a cover for something much bigger, Veil soon discovers that babysitting Madison Madikwe isn’t what he was told it would be. Mars is a dangerous place, a play Palace for the rich, a place of suffering and entrapment for the rest. Now that the corporate overlords are auditing the planet, unease is growing, as are rumors of revolution. Hakan Veil knows how to make trouble, but...
Transilience by Kevin Bragg
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 17 Apr 2017
Transilience is an excellent work of futuristic detective noir. It takes place in a Bladerunneresque city on Mars, populated by a mix of humans and androids. Business is slow for Daniel Helmqvist, but first one big case then another falls in his lap. The first starts in a classic manner - a beautiful and troubled young woman approaches him with a nigh-impossible case; prove that the man convicted of a terrorist attack on earth a decade before is innocent and that the true mastermind is the most powerful woman on Mars. The second case is more morally questionable, to find who is in possession of a powerful company’s dirty little secret and end the blackmail. Little does Helmqvist know that these cases will take him outside his comfort zone and set him upon an adventure that will lead him to question what is human.
Transilience moves along at a fast pace, with plenty of a...