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Ten Thousand Thunders
December 20, 2018
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 the plot.
Parts of Ten Thousand Thunders are incredibly well done. Others drag a bit, suffering from the complexity of the plot. Trent really packs a lot into Ten Thousand Thunders - more than he needs to. That becomes clear as he struggles to pull all the threads together into a resolution. Without a doubt, Brian Trent has a lot of potential as a writer. Ten Thousand Thunders is a good book, if a bit flawed. Disregarding my opinion of the resolution, l rate Ten Thousand Thunders as a 4.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Ten Thousand Thunders from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Having just been killed in a mysterious shuttle explosion, Gethin Bryce is back to uncover what happened. An unusually gifted investigator with the InterPlanetary Council, Gethin is tasked with seeking out the truth behind unexplained anomalies that lie outside IPC control. His investigation takes him from the luxurious enclaves of Earth’s elite, to the battered Wastelands beyond civilization’s protective thrall. Linking up with an inquiry team from a planet-spanning corporate powerhouse, he also befriends a grim and reluctant outlander who has an important piece of the puzzle—evidence of a sadistic entity which threatens not just civilization, but all life…
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