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The Amadeus Net by Mark A. Rayner
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Dec 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read in December, 2010

The year is 2028 and what develops out of this novel is like a melody Mozart himself would compose.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Amadeus Net is a story about one man’s struggle for survival after the Shudder hits, leaving him to gather his wits in Ipolis, a utopian city-state in the South Pacific.

What became the most apparent while reading this novel was its brilliant sense of characterization. Instead of focusing specifically on Mozart and his struggles, Rayner weaves compelling stories from multiple characters, including Les, a diplomat who is obsessed with Helen Printo, a investigative reporter; Bella, a somewhat crazy yet devoted artist; Alex Burton, a black-ops soldier who attempts to exploit Mozart for personal gain; and Katerina, a Czech woman who Mozart falls in love with.
Unfortunately for Mozart, Katerina is a lesbian who likes not one, but two women: Helen and Bella.

By bringing in these different characters, Rayner is establishing an intricate plot that prevents the reader from becoming bored or tired with the piece. As the story progresses, you start to feel these characters develop and you start to feel as if they could reach out and touch you – the emotions are that real.

The novel also provokes a bit of thought for the reader – what if a world like this existed today? What if we had no semblance of self-identity? What if we had no meaning of what love is or how to create a relationship outside of ourselves?

But then again, how far off is this from the world we DO live in?
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