The Bluezone: Somewhere deep within this last bastion of democratic society, segregated from the chaotic slums and destitute refugee camps, lurks a technology that could either push civilization further into the abyss, or bring forth its salvation.
Struggling to save his innovative hybrid techno-finance company from malign threats leftover from twenty-two years of severe economic depression, a young uberman ends up fighting for his life against ruthless enemies.
Corporate Banksters are increasingly adopting unscrupulous strategies and tactics. Dangerous slumlords have infiltrated every facet of the economy and run their gangs like small quasi-nations.
Rebellious artificial intelligent entities, which may or may not believe the human world actually exists, are going rogue. In addition, the Bluezone government, so obsessed in asserting its authority, is willing to risk all out civil war.
Not that James Tucker, a war veteran and corporate Uberman by the age of nineteen, and a staunch proponent of alternative economic theorem, minds putting his life on the line. At stake is the destruction of his country, the disillusionment of his fans, and the prospect of betraying a promise he made to his daughter.
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I never imagined when I started this blog that it would take me a year to get around to reading something, but it has. Nevertheless, this was a really good story. It was action packed and moved at a good pace. Unfortunately, the copy I received had numerous misspelled words, incorrect word usage, missing words and the like. Though this made me pause at many points, I did enjoy the story and found myself invested in the main character, James Tucker.
This story is written in a time when the government has all but collapsed and the world is run by corporate thugs and gangs that run the corporations. There are a lot of things about this book that I can't even begin to give a succinct explanation about, such as zoids and hypergoblins, which are technological entities that assist or inhibit humans during their daily lives. Imagine that your cell phone earpiece was sentient with a personality of its own, but wasn't quite sure the human world existed. I'm sure you can see how this could become a problem given the gang situation in this story and yet that explanation probably isn't detailed enough to really give you an idea of what these little gizmos can do.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It kept me on my toes and was definitely an original piece. I have yet to read another story like this one. Not to say that they don't exist, but so many books and so little time. If it weren't for the fact that it could use some serious proofing, I would heartily recommend it. Given the fairly serious lack of editing on the Kindle version I received, I'll leave this one up to your judgment. If you can stand the mistakes, I think the story itself was really interesting. Despite my comments about the proofing, I found myself coming back to the story to see where the next chapter led as the main character spent the majority of the book in a convoluted mess of corporate thugs and running for his life.
That's all for today, but keep an eye out. Next I'll be reviewing Peter Cawdron's new book, My Sweet Satan, and hopefully doing an author interview if I can find the time to get my questions together. He has already agreed to the interview so I guess the ball is in my court. I hope to have the review and interview posted early next week. Thanks for reading.
I was really enjoying the story, but this book is entirely unedited. I forced myself to the halfway point, but it was getting harder and harder to read. Poor grammar and vocabulary (bonus points for actually knowing the meaning of "decimate" were lost again for "mute point"), misspellings, continuity, and even a little really reprehensible mysogyny.
I'll happily read & review it if it ever gets edited.