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The Know Circuit (The Bridge Chronicles #2)

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Artemis Bridge can get you what you need no matter how immoral or illegal, no questions asked. With practiced detachment, he keeps everyone around him at arm's length. But when the city of Boulder is trapped in a mysterious dome, he must set aside his detachment to help his bodyguard Aristotle's search for his missing grandmother. Every step he takes towards the dome ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by CreateSpace (first published May 2nd 2010)
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Petra
Feb 18, 2016 Petra rated it liked it
My original The Know Circuit audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Know Circuit is the sequel to Under The Amoral Bridge. It finds our anti-hero Artemis Bridge going on a road trip to Boulder, Colorado, searching for his bodyguard’s grandmother. Following a huge explosion, a black dome has appeared over the city, and Aristotle fears his grandmother is trapped. The explosion also caused people with cyber implants to have a seizure, and Artemis feels strangely pul
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Matt
Mar 04, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
(Cross-posted to my sci-fi blog, Android Dreamer.)

The Know Circuit, the follow-up to Gary A. Ballard's first novel of The Bridge Chronicles, Under the Amoral Bridge, is pretty much everything that it's predecessor was. It has a breakneck pace, with consistent action and interest; it isn't one of those novels that takes 500 pages to amble along where it's going, with tons of tangents and tidbits apropos of nothing. It has a familiar noir-ish twinge that is present in quite a lot of cyberpunk, but
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Brandon Cole
Apr 05, 2011 Brandon Cole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cyberpunk lovers, Sci-Fi fans
Shelves: cyberpunk
I like the Bridge Chronicles so far. It is a sweet series that really takes the whole corporation control to a cool story point. I am waiting for the third book to come out. I've gotten the first two on my kindle. And very cheaply too.

Although one thing I did not like about this book was the fact that the ending seemed rushed. It left me wondering about the new characters and how they lived and what they did after the fiasco they caused. And how Aristotle coped with what happened to his grandmo
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Patrick Todoroff
May 23, 2011 Patrick Todoroff rated it liked it
An exercise in Arthur C. Clarke's maxim "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" The Know Circuit puts Mr. Ballard's earlier protagonist, Artemis Bridge, squarely in the center of a uber-geek, ultra-tech SNAFU that devastates Boulder, Colorado. I'll avoid spoilers and a synopsis, but
note this book has more science and geek culture than cyberpunk grit, Nonetheless, The Know Circuit is a solid and worthy sequel. I'm looking forward to the third installment.
Josh
Mar 01, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This is a follow up to Amoral Bridge. I would consider this a cyberpunk book. I found the main character interesting and this is a good story, just not as good as the first book. Once again I find myself wishing for a "half star" as this book is better than average but not quite great.
Susan
Dec 12, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
The Know Circuit by Gary A. Ballard Set in 2028, Los Angeles, Artemis Bridge is a wheeler and dealer. He makes his money on trading information and connections. Indeed, he believes in living life with as little work-related exertion as possible. Then an explosion over Boulder, Colorado is reported and Artemis finds himself caught up in a road trip.
Aristotle, who provides protection and some common sense to Artemis, has a grandmother in Boulder. So he is going with or without Artemis. But Artemis
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Susan
Set in 2028, Los Angeles, Artemis Bridge is a wheeler and dealer. He makes his money on trading information and connections. Indeed, he believes in living life with as little work-related exertion as possible. Then an explosion over Boulder, Colorado is reported and Artemis finds himself caught up in a road trip.

Aristotle, who provides protection and some common sense to Artemis, has a grandmother in Boulder. So he is going with or without Artemis. But Artemis also needs some answers. When the e
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Norma
Sep 13, 2016 Norma rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-f, reviewed, 2016
( Format : Audiobook )
"'Some one...must really want us to get to Boulder""
Second in the slightly futuristic (2028) series in which corporations rather than government administers most of public life, the fixer (" I know a guy") Artemis Bridge again finds his skills in demand. He and his friend, Stonewall, and bodyguard, Aristotle, travel to Boulder, drawn there by an incessant disruption of Bridge's neural link which repeats the town's name and Aristotle's fears for his grandmother's life after
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Paul
Sep 21, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok
I think this is where I check out of the series. I can't stand any more street talk. I don't care if it's in line with the characters (criminal bodyguard philosopher being one of the most irritating ones). There's a convention that dialogue comes in English, think nazis with a German accent in films. In real life nobody talks in sequence and using full sentences yet you do that in the book but for some reason you don't stretch all the way to using English. "Reading ain't meant to be no chore, ...more
Deedra
Sep 21, 2016 Deedra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So,I liked it mostly?I was a bit lost.There is Artimis,who can get you anything.There is Aristotle who just wants to find his grandma after a dome is put over Boulder.There are blips in time,is grandma dead?How about this dragon named Carl?Future,past,spells?
Joe Hempel is a great narrator.
I was given this book free for an honest review...
A. Sines
Mar 25, 2016 A. Sines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.**

Once again I find myself drawn into the world of Mr. Bridge. Ahhh, Mr. Hempel, your narrating talent keeps beckoning. I can’t help myself. There are two reasons I keep coming back. First, your voice enriches the characters, bringing such a full experience to the listening that even while doing the dishes, the story draws me in. Second, after the first listen (and only after I know what happens) I stick my earbuds in at night so
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Annie
Apr 05, 2016 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

The city of Boulder, CO is hit with some sort of a mass energy field and gets enclosed into a bubble...people all over the USA are going into a semi coma sort of state...almost seizures and Bridge is at the center of it all...Aristotle his body guard's grandma lives in Boulder, do off they go to see what's up...well this dome thing is calling out to Bridge...and what he discovers is really kind of wrong...and he gets suck
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Doug
Nov 27, 2011 Doug is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Still not finished with this book. I don't think it is anywhere as good as the first book in this series, "Under an Amoral Bridge". Plot kind of takes off sideways IMHO. Expect I will finish the book eventually.
Brian Mcclain
Nov 20, 2015 Brian Mcclain rated it really liked it
Near fiction cyberpunk thriller. Entertaining either as a stand alone or after the first book. Received audible code for honest review.
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I began writing things down at the age of eleven, and I haven't stopped since. I have written far too many things that have gone unpublished, from very terrible horror novels in my teens, to comics during my time at Belhaven College until finally settling on cyberpunk science fiction after graduation. I have released three novels in a cyberpunk series called The Bridge Chronicles. The Bridge ...more
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