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An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist

Memories are the most dangerous drug.

Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.

After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alic
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 21st 2014)
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Vivian
Feb 13, 2016 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi, assassins, and Los Angeles, this should have been right up my alley. Alas, I had some issues with the execution. The world building and characterization being top most. The action scenes were great, a bit repetitive, but solid, high velocity, and engaging. The introspection and background filling were far less successful. The sense of place, nailed it. This was Los Angeles destroyed and detailed enough that those familiar could follow Jonah's paths.

First person and descriptions are a lit
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Ted Cross
Feb 28, 2015 Ted Cross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to my attention through a blog post by a reader who was comparing two cyberpunk books he had just read--my debut novel and this one. I was intrigued by the review enough to want to read this book, and I'm very glad I did. I admit I haven't read a ton of indie novels yet, but this one is easily the best of those I have read. This author has true talent, and with a debut novel as strong as this I certainly look forward to his future books.

As different as the stories are between our
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Michael Hicks
Nov 07, 2016 Michael Hicks added it  ·  (Review from the author)
THIS IS NOT A REVIEW

In honor of Sci-Fi November, I'm giving away copies of Convergence via instaFreebie. Claim your copy at https://www.instafreebie.com/free/RxLlI

Memories are the most dangerous drug.

Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.

After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a pr
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Jola
Aug 10, 2014 Jola rated it it was amazing
Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com

'Convergence' is a great sci-fi novel, one that kept me interesting in its story the whole time. The plot was original and the characters well-developed. I think it has everything that a novel of this genre should!

Thanks to Michael Patrick Hicks for sending me an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
J.S. Collyer
Oct 01, 2014 J.S. Collyer rated it really liked it
Convergence is the first of Michael Patrick Hicks, SciFi writer's books that I’ve read. And, boy, was it an action-packed blast of a novel.

It’s set in a post-revolutionary America where the oppressive establishment has rounded up those who have so far survived the take-over into refugee camps little better than internment camps. There’s security checks, poor rations, poor living conditions. Crammed into these camps are what once were the ordinary people of modern day America, suddenly without jo
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Anthony Vicino
Apr 20, 2015 Anthony Vicino rated it it was amazing
Convergence comes right out of the gates swinging like a drunken baboon high on bath-salts. That can be a bad thing if you dislike fast paced science fiction, but if that's the case then you should mosey on out of here 'cause this ain't your rodeo.

Don't get me wrong, Convergence isn't all whiz-bang-boom action galore. Our main character, Jonah, is a single dad trying to survive in a world that's been turned upside down as though he were living inside a snow-globe. But he does the best he can giv
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Tommy Muncie
Feb 27, 2015 Tommy Muncie rated it really liked it
A review of Convergence by Michael Patrick Hicks

Convergence is a work of fiction that makes me remember a number of others. Not that I want to criticise it for being derivative; in fact quite the reverse. The whole thing has a familiar echo of other stories I’ve enjoyed. It begins with such an echo of the film ‘Strange Days’ that I wondered when the book might reach Hicks’s answer to answer to that mesmerising, shocking and challengingly visceral middle scene where Ralph Fiennes yells ‘He’s jack
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Kath Middleton
Mar 13, 2015 Kath Middleton rated it really liked it
Dystopian science fiction is necessarily dark and bleak. This story takes place in a future where part of America has been invaded by the Pacific Rim Coalition, mainly Chinese military who hold power there. Jonah Everitt is trying to find his daughter, Mesa, who has gone missing. There are terror gangs, local military groups and a woman gang leader, all of whom make it hard for Jonah to decide who is on which side. Many people have had a data port inserted in their head so they can upload or ...more
Michael Brookes
Dec 11, 2014 Michael Brookes rated it really liked it
I'd heard good things about this book and I wasn't disappointed. It's a well written sci-fi tale set in the near future. The main character isn't the most likeable of people but his motivations and struggles develop throughout the story in a well thought out way.

There's some interesting tech and associated issues at the core of the story - namely that of memory recording. It's also used to good effect for the flow of the story allowing flashbacks to integrate seamlessly into the plot.

My only rea
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Philip
May 05, 2016 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Michael Patrick Hicks's short stories in the past so when I found myself in the mood for a bit of cyberpunk action recently, I dived into Convergence. I wasn't disappointed. The book is a very well written, fast-paced tale that reminded me a lot of the classic cyberpunk books like Neuromancer but still had enough of a modern spin on things that it didn't feel dated. There's plenty of different threads running through the book but Hicks weaves them together into a satisfying ...more
Justine
Aug 02, 2014 Justine rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the characters and world-building, along with a tense, fast-moving plot. What struck me as most refreshing with plots in which the USA has fallen apart, is the rest of the world's nations are actually getting on with their own lives. In the meantime, as with many conflicts today, they look on with indifference as the United Nations tries to ensure humanitarian aid and good treatment of the former US citizens by the Pacific Rim Coalition.

I found Convergence a great read and thor
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Rob Slaven
Jan 02, 2015 Rob Slaven rated it really liked it
I received this product free for review but as always, despite receiving a free product I'm perfectly candid in my review.

In a nutshell, a foreign army has taken over the western border of the U.S. and California has become a nightmare of refugee camps and gang warfare. Our protagonist is the technological equivalent of a drug addict who lives in a refugee camp with his rebellious teenage daughter.

To the positive side, the author has cobbled together quite an interesting, though depressing, alte
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Crittermom
Feb 16, 2016 Crittermom rated it really liked it

Dystopian novels are a penny a dozen, but Michael Patrick Hicks’s Convergence offers the reader far more than the standard dystopian fare. Convergence is an intelligent thriller, an action-adventure that poses questions to the reader on the nature of self and memory, on what constitutes terrorism versus fighting for freedom, and what comes after death.

Before the Pacific Rim Coalition conquered the west coast and America fell apart, Jonah Everitt was an art professor. Now he is a killer, a memory
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Eric Knight
Feb 27, 2015 Eric Knight rated it really liked it

Michael Patrick Hicks’ novel Convergence had me at the first sentence: “Murder is easy when you wrap a cause around it, like a flag or a god—or money.” The narrator’s cause is money and really, what else is left to him? The Pacific Rim Coalition has invaded, the US has fallen and shattered into pieces, and there’s nothing left but simple survival for most of the residents of Los Angeles.

Jonah does most of his killing for a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie and mainly for the memory chip that most
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Gill's Great Book Escapes
Why I liked this book:

Boy, this was a good book to read.

There was a brilliant contrast between the a ruined landscape and nano-technology and beyond.
“A series of carpet bombings had wiped out much of the skyline. What remained of downtown were ruined shells; once-tall skyscrapers stood like jagged broken teeth in a bloodied jaw.”

What a descriptive picture it gives me in my head of a place desolate, ravaged by war.

The technology doesn't seem so outlandish when it is so seamlessly woven into t
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Stephanie Embry
Apr 01, 2015 Stephanie Embry rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, excellent world-building, and definitely one of the cooler concepts I've read lately. This book definitely grabbed me from that first sentence, and I was impressed with the fact that Hicks does not shy away from describing the hard scenes. No fade-to-blacks here. Having read a short story by the author in an anthology called No Way Home, I was expecting him to hit me pretty hard in the feels, and he delivered. Throughout the book I was angry, I was excited, I was exhausted--the mark ...more
Teri
Apr 14, 2015 Teri rated it it was amazing
What a dark, riveting, and grim world the author has created in this dystopian sci-fi novel. And what a backdrop for this compelling, complex, and fast-moving story filled with action, suspense, and an interrogation sequence that was 24's Jack Bauer-worthy.

Jonah Everitt didn't have an ideal life before his world was thrown into chaos, but he loved his wife and daughter and I appreciated the glimpses the reader is given of his 'normal' life. Those flashbacks allowed me to see how Jonah learned to
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Mark Gardner
Feb 21, 2016 Mark Gardner rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
When I saw Convergence on NetGalley, the sci-fi themes, and the ABNA Quarterfinalist status piqued my interest. I read it, and I can certainly see the appeal of the story, but I can also understand why it didn’t win the 2013 ABNA.

Convergence has a lot of stuff going for it: the United States overthrown by a tyrannical foreign government; lovable misfits bent on restoring the good ol’ US or A; some cool tech that sounds plausible but scares the [crap] outta me. It looks like a pretty good sci-fi
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Henry Lazarus
Mar 07, 2016 Henry Lazarus rated it really liked it
Michael Patrick Hicks sets his Convergence (paper) of loyalty in a future California conquered by the Chinese with resistence bands fighting not only the Chinese, but also themselves. Before the invasion, most people had chips inserted in the brain to store memory, and the chips can be read by others. Former artist and refugee Jonah Everitt is an assassin and snuff memory addict. He survives in a refugee camp with his daughter, and kills for extra money. Then he becomes a pawn trapped between ...more
John Abbott
May 03, 2015 John Abbott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Great science fiction book. Lots of action with twists and turns that you may not catch until later. Also some thought provoking moments for myself analyzing the protagonists actions.

The protagonist is in his 40's a drug addict (of sorts) and is failing to raise his daughter in Pacific Rim Coalition (PRC) California. The US has fallen and divided. This is the point when all heck breaks loose and every thing thought before is questionable after a job killing a high ranking officer in the PRC.

Defi
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Maureen Hicks
Mar 05, 2014 Maureen Hicks rated it it was amazing
Wow! So engaging. I felt what the character felt. I felt sorry for him, I felt angry at him, I felt hope for him. Michael Patrick Hicks has a way with words and storytelling. Drawing the reader in with every page. I can't wait to see what his future has in store!
Jai
Jan 22, 2015 Jai rated it really liked it
The USA has been invaded and California is under foreign rule. Many of the former citizens now live in refugee camps, at a time when memory implants are commonplace and provide a possible currency. Tracing these memories has it's own perils as does life in a DMZ. An intriguing and convoluted story.
Melinda
Jul 04, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and Potentially Realistic End of the U.S.A.

Instead of a killer virus, ancient vampires, or zombies, the United States was ended by a sense of entitlement, the path of least resistance and the best way to get media ratings. The People's Republic of China dropped dirty bombs on cities, had Chinese nationals inject populations with resistant strains of bacteria, resulting in comas, amputations and illness. Instead of military action, the United States fractured. The U.N. is politically co
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Gemma
Jul 15, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
While it took me a little time to get my head round the tech in this one (it's a little more "sci" than my usual sci-fi fare), once I got into the swing of things, I enjoyed it. Believable characters, well developed, with a twist I didn't see coming.

Looking forward to seeing where this one goes. Moving on to the second book now...
jwals
Jun 21, 2014 jwals rated it did not like it
I received a review copy of this book thru LibraryThing Members giveaway
I could not get into this book at all. I could follow the plot, it just didn’t capture my imagination or interest. And the characters did nothing for me either.
I finished the book because I requested it.
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Michael Patrick Hicks has worked as a probation officer, a comic book reviewer, news writer and photographer, and, now, author. His work has appeared in various newspapers in Michigan, as well as several The University of Michigan publications, and websites, such as Graphic Novel Reporter and Leelanau.com. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from The University of Michigan in Journalism & Screen ...more
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