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Transilience by Kevin Bragg Unbound 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 action to keep readers attention. Helmqvist is a charming narrator, witty and easygoing. His narration lightens an otherwise dark plot, adding just a touch of humor. He’s not your ordinary hero. I enjoyed Transilience a great deal. It was fun, flashy and fast-paced, an action filled sci-fi debut that shows Kevin Bragg has promise as an author.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Transilience from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description Daniel Helmqvist is a private investigator in New London, the only city on Mars. He's good at what he does, but people aren't exactly lining up to hire his services. When two big cases land in his lap at once, he makes the mistake of believing his fortunes are about to change. As the two cases unfold, he quickly discovers that success comes at a hefty cost and unseen forces conspire against him at every turn. What began as a chance to earn some easy money becomes a series of lies, cat-and-mouse games, and a chase that leads him out onto the surface of Mars itself.