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Kingdom (Tiber City #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  95 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project-codename "Exodus"-has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul. Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation's collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries. In a glittering tower high above the urb ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Tiber City Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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Bob Milne
Part near-future dystopian science fiction thriller, and part cult horror novel, Kingdom is a chilling journey through the underworld of Tiber City. It's a story about greed, debauchery, idealism, and the shaky foundations of even our best intentions. Politics, science, and humanity - none of it is safe from the dirty, distorted lens that Anderson O'Donnell allows to peek into every darkened alleyway, and behind every closed door.

Told through three perspectives, the story takes us into the minds
Rich D.
Aug 15, 2012 Rich D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Kingdom" is the first book in a series about fictional city Tiber City by author Anderson O'Donnell. I found this book on Amazon and was intrigued by the synopsis and decided to take a chance on it since it was being offered for free. I am glad I did.

"Kingdom" is a dystopian Sci-fi thriller that is set in the near future (2015)and focuses on a genetic experiment to create the perfect leader through genetic alterations. The story is primarily told through the view points of three characters, two
John Heffernan
May 20, 2012 John Heffernan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KINGDOM is the debut novel from author Anderson O'Donnell, a paranoid and dystopic vision of a near future in which humanity has everything that it wants and nothing that it needs. It's an excellent debut from a disturbed and disturbing voice; a dark, fast-paced, engaging and thought-provoking read that I promise will stay with you for a while-- it certainy has for me. The book is as much milestone as manuscript; it is the culminating achivement of a labor of love years in the making, a novel no ...more
Pavarti Tyler
Aug 02, 2012 Pavarti Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, for-review
Disclaimer: Although I know Anderson O'Donnel through the Indie Community I bought my own copy of this book and made no promises to him regarding a review.

Fast-paced, visceral and closer to probable than possible, O'Donnell has created the best near-future dystopian Lit Fic I have read since The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Bio-Punk isn't a new term, but it's gaining ground and KINGDOM deserves to be at the top of the list of books to read in said genre. There simply aren't enough stars to
A post-apocalyptic novel with no apocalypse, Anderson O'Donnell's Kingdom is set in the near future of a world not so different from ours, where America’s Cold War has spawned an evil that’s just now coming of age. The world definitely ends with a whimper rather than a bang in this tale where drink, drugs and prostitution ruin lives in a land ruined by man.
Dark evocative descriptions are filled with premonition. “[T]he moon hugged the horizon, too tired to finish its ascent…” And the whimper of
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May 20, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KINGDOM is the debut novel from author Anderson O'Donnell, a paranoid and dystopic vision of a near future in which humanity has everything that it wants and nothing that it needs. It's an excellent debut from a disturbed and disturbing voice; a dark, fast-paced, engaging and thought-provoking read that I promise will stay with you for a while-- it certainy has for me. The book is as much milestone as manuscript; it is the culminating achivement of a labor of love years in the making, a novel no ...more
Queenie Thayer-Tirone
Let me start by saying this is not traditionally a horror novel, which is part of its charm. It’s very dark though, a bleak look at a world ravaged by science gone amok. A dystopian future were man has meddled too much, and in the process, set up his own downfall. As you read, things become more and more apparent that even the people in slums don’t dare to dream. As if some malevolent being will hear them and thus rip what little they have left from their lives.

It’s just that kind of story.

So th
William Dickerson
The asterisk – three lines intersecting, its limbs equidistant, enclosed in a circle – is not only a recurring symbol in Anderson O’Donnell’s novel, KINGDOM, but it is also the perfect visual metaphor for the overall theme Mr. O’Donnell is driving at in this impressive debut.

On the surface, KINGDOM is a dystopian tale that channels near-future Philip K. Dick grit while gracefully dipping its toes into the deep end of some far-out sci-fi ideas. It is a visual novel; it’s – dare I say – cinematic.
Jul 18, 2012 Mihir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full Review Originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Kingdom is a bit of an oddity to describe; its blurb proclaims it as being a bio-punk thriller however that still doesn't give us any clue into its specifics. I was attracted to it because of the difference of its genre setting and the bio-punk label. Kingdom opens up with in a couple of different time periods; one is in the year 1986 whereas the other one is in 2015. The first thread is about the scientist Jonathan Campbell who i
E. Bard
Kingdom (Tiber City #1) is a very dark thriller. It is a dystopian near future science fiction filled with desperate characters who, for the most part, face a grim existence.

The novel Kingdom pulls together from two separate storylines. One of those storylines follows Campbell, a self destructive and formerly brilliant scientist who feels betrayed by his former partner for the cruel and inhumane science that was truly behind their scientific work (project Exodus). At the start of his story, Cam
Paul Montgomery
Jun 12, 2012 Paul Montgomery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief synopsis - Kingdom follows three key characters: Dylan, the fairly debauched and despondent son of a former politician; Campbell, the disgraced and redemption-seeking one-time genetecist; and Morrison, the head of a corporate genetics corporation. Set in the near future, Kingdom follows the three leads in the separate quests for answers, redemption and domination, and finding that their paths and fates are inextricably linked.

It took me a surprising amount of time to read this, and I thin
May 08, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kingdom is the debut novel from author Anderson O'Donnell. A fantastic dystopian science fiction thriller with some concepts that reminds me of the film Gattaca as well as the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted novel The End Specialist/The Postmortal by Drew Magary.

In Kingdom, Morrison Biotech has spent the last few decades perfecting the recipe to create the ultimate human being, one with the charisma and leadership skills to run a country and yet someone the corporation can control. The one thi
David Brown
Kingdom has three key protagonists for me – Dylan, the son of a senator that has taken his own life; Campbell, a former geneticist haunted by the past and in search of redemption; and Tiber City itself. Dylan wanders through life enjoying drugs, alcohol and casual sex; his mother is in a home and the suicide of his father has left a shadow over the family. There is further confusion with the rise of another politician who looks similar to Dylan’s late father, Robert Fitzgerald.

Elsewhere we have
Suzy Ayers
Feb 21, 2014 Suzy Ayers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from: PS Naughty Reviewer- Suzy (Rating 3.5)
This book is one that requires a reader to force themselves to soak it in and really think about the words displayed before them. If you’ve read the book, this contrasts to the dystopian world that the characters live in. (ie. Images that are moving so fast that only your brain processes them; your eyes barely receive the messages.)

It is honestly not an easy read. This is due to many things, the graphic words initially are concise to the point w
Jun 05, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kingdom takes you into a very, very dark world. As a dystopian biopunk thriller, it's: graphic, dark, suspenseful, gritty, and philosophical. This is, at its core, the story of three men. Two men, Michael Morrison and Jonathan Campbell, set about changing the world with their top secret genetic research on Project Exodus. The third, Dylan Fitzgerald, could hold the key to everything. There is no shortage of fascinating, lush landscapes throughout this novel. The story easily hops between the bar ...more
Ashley Crawford
May 26, 2012 Ashley Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us.” So said the philosopher and Dominican Monk Thomas Aquinas some centuries ago. But reading Anderson O’Donnell’s searing first novel, Kingdom, the notion of there being a God – someone or something taking control – including the author himself – seems spurious at best.

Combining hard-hitting noir, genomic science, theological musings and a city as gritty, rusted and blasted as Samuel R. Delany’s Bello
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on 22 June, 2012.

Late in the twentieth century, a biotechonology company in the Chihuahuan Desert has been secretly carrying out genetic experimentation on local illegal immigrants and other vulnerable members of society. When Campbell, one of the geneticists working on the Exodus project, discovers just horrors his partner has been working on in the dungeons of the desert complex, he flees into the night. He is rescued and finds absolution with a s
My review is being held back But I want to add a few things.

THIS is NOT YA. This is a dense novel that requires the reader to be engaged and wanting to take time to read it.

This novel will disturb you at times, that is a good reaction, it is supposed too. It is suppose to make you think, make you question as well as entertaining you. This book will make you smile at it's intelligent wit, and make you cry at the loss of humanity at some. It will piss you off... don't worry it is suppose too.

After reading the blurb I expected a different story than what I really got.

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My Expectations

To behonest after reading the synopsis and the text from the back cover I expected a lot of the first part of the Tiber City trilogy.

The Delivery

The 267 pages of the story are divided into 28 consecutively numbered chapters which are framed by a kind of prologue and an epilogue.

Let me start with the things I liked. The idea of the story is a compeling one. Genetic
Heather Wood
Oct 01, 2012 Heather Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read for me. The plot was thought-provoking and the sad thing was I could easily imagine the future painted in Kingdom’s dystopian setting. Kingdom is a hard book to categorize, but I would recommend the novel to fans of thrillers and science fiction.

What I liked the most about the book was the writing style. The author’s descriptions were dark and gritty. I actually felt myself inwardly cringing at some of the visuals painted over the course of the story. Sometimes I fel
Natasha Troop
Aug 22, 2012 Natasha Troop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The person who recommended this to me described it as "dense," which is a term I use for books from writers such as Umberto Eco or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, books that you cannot just pass a breezy afternoon taking in along with the afternoon sun. Books that require you to invest some time in to reap the rewards of an outstanding read. And please understand, Kingdom is not an easy read. O'Donnell rebuilds America along with his new city, Tiber City as a place that could exist, a world that could b ...more
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Kingdom is a debut by Anderson O’Donnell en with Tiber City he has created a gritty disturbing world set in the near future.

The story is told from different point of views and this makes sure you get to see the whole thing from all the different angles this world has to offer.

The two characters that stick out the most are Jonathan Campbell a geneticist and cofounder of Morrison Biotech and Dyland Fitzgerald, the son of the late US senator. Both characters have a self destructive lifestyle and d
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
First off I want to say that I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very different from the dystopian books I have been reading lately. Also I read this for a blog tour and I'm very excited to share my thoughts on this book with all of you.

With that being said, I want to talk about the writing style of this book and this amazing author. I enjoyed the reading every single word of this book. The descriptions in this story were so perfect that I could so see it all really happening. I could pic
Sherry Fundin
Everything about Kingdom by Anderson O’Donnell made me want to read the book. The cover hints at dystopia, but the story goes even deeper – can bioengineers discover and use the soul gene for their own nefarious means? This is a horror story about man’s inhumanity towards mankind. I had a hard time with the book. I could not get invested with the rich druggie, Dylan, nor the scientist looking for redemption, Campbell. The mix of science and religion is one that will probably go on forever as we ...more
Abigailann (Abigail)

Fast-paced, full of both action and tension, Kingdom tumbles the reader through a dystopian world both recognisable and yet immensely different.

At times the descriptions in this book were almost too intense, the scenes too graphic to bear. And yet this horror was never out of place with the world in which it was set, always there for a clear purpose. Its this imagery that really gives life to the book and propels the reader on in the hope that things might become better.

There was never a dul
Annabel Smith
This book was compelling but completely failed to engage me emotionally.

I felt for Dylan's isolation but I didn't really care what happened to him. Ditto Campbell. Meghan was just a cardboard cut-out. I couldn't really identify with anyone.

On the plus side, I like how he set it in the very near future (2015) but presented it as a dystopian fiction. The themes of the meaninglessness of modern life were interesting: the sinister corporation in bed with the politicians, the vacuous hedonism, the s
Aug 17, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was drawn to this book by its labels and excellent reviews. I was only slightly disappointed. The pluses are a plot that keeps you reading with tidy little revelations as you progress and a decently developed cast of characters. The negatives are a few unsatisfactory coincidences to move the plot, and an evil character I just can't get a grip on. I want to know what I'm supposed to be hating rather than just be told I should. The mythological allusion ending the novel was also a little to pat
Robin Blankenship
Oct 28, 2012 Robin Blankenship rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books where you are smarter by the time you finish it. I was excited about this book from the synopsis. I love this genre. This book stuck with me long after the last page. It is dystopian but it was so subtle in the way the world fell apart. This book is part horror, part sci fi, part medical thriller told from the point of view of three people. The author does a wonderful job telling the story in these three parts. He is a great storyteller. I really love how he took even ...more
Nicole Henke
Dec 21, 2012 Nicole Henke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love roller coaster paced futuristic thrillers, you're gonna love this book! I finished it in 2 sittings (only because there is just SO much to take in)! O'Donnell gives you a very vivid, descriptive prose with a tightly woven plot, and characters that jump off the page! This is meant to be the first book in a Tiber CIty triology (aprt two, Ecile, will be out next Summer) and I can definitely see that happening, with a movie or two to follow. I think it could easily be this generations Bl ...more
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