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Evensong

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A near-future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human.

The future is a dangerous place. Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation-states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years. But that’s the United Nations’ job. So the UN has changed along with the rest of the
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Night Shade
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/03/02/b...

At first I didn’t think this would be my type of book, with its convoluted politics, bio-engineered super killer soldiers, dispassionate violence and casual sex, not to mention at times the narrative seemed more invested in the technicalities of hand-to-hand combat rather than the time it takes to build a convincing world. I know I’m not exactly selling it so far, but hear me out – because now that I’ve finished Evensong,
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Nathan
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Justify Nothing

Reading John Love is an unique experience. He crafts characters that sit just outside of humanity despite nominally being part of it. Obsessions, large appetites for just about anything, levels of intelligence that sit just outside of insanity – these are the traits that can be found in even his most sane characters. The situations he places them in fit the same mold; even the most mundane actions have two or three competing underlying themes.

It is 2060 and the
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Stefan
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In early 2012, John Love made some serious waves with his debut novel Faith, a critically acclaimed space opera that was about as dark as anything I’d read in the genre. (You can read my review, one of the first I posted on this site, here.) Faith was a novel many reviewers expected to see on Best-of-2012 lists and final award ballots, but instead it disappeared without much noise at all. Whether that was due to the novel’s admittedly disturbing content, or its early January release date, or the ...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-my-best-of
I've loved this book, especially its near future world and tormented characters! And what an interesting, brave and heart shattering ending. Evensong is like Faith, John Love's debut novel, but with indestructible human beings instead of indestructible star-ships.
Jeff Raymond
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Honestly probably closer to a 2.5.

I loved Faith, John Love's debut novel. A great take on science fiction, it kept within the existing tropes while trying some new stuff, a great mix. Evensong also has science fictional elements, but tries more to be a political thriller or a mystery or what have you, and it ends up being kind of muddled and messy. In this case, you essentially have a United Nations mercenary squad of sorts, and it follows one of those mercs on a broader mission that never reall
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Clare O'Beara
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, british-fiction
I liked some aspects of this futuristic SF novel; however there were a lot of aspects which didn't grab me, but this was because I did not get on with the style. If someone does take to the style they might give it a higher rating.

A conference is being held in Brighton by a fast-growing New Anglican church, and apparently this creates the requirement for a specialised bodyguard. The new version of the United Nations keeps genetically altered advisors for such purposes, and one man is sent to st
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John
A Fast-Paced Near Future Post-Cyberpunk Thriller About Faith and Humanity's Future

"Evensong" is a remarkable work of near future post-cyberpunk speculative fiction posing too as an espionage thriller of the highest order worthy of comparison with the likes of Graham Greene and John Le Carré . It's "A Song Called Youth" meets "Islands in the Net" worthy of comparison with these two great cyberpunk works from John Shirley and Bruce Sterling, with more than a nod or two to William Gibson's "Sprawl"
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Fantasy Literature
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

In early 2012, John Love made some serious waves with his debut novel Faith, a critically acclaimed space opera that was about as dark as anything I’d read in the genre. Faith was a novel many reviewers expected to see on Best-of-2012 lists and final award ballots, but instead it disappeared without much noise at all. Whether that was due to the novel’s admittedly disturbing content, or its early January release date, or the fact that all of this happened in the early days of Night Shade Books’
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John
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in 2060, Evensong is a fast paced, sci-fi thriller featuring a biologically enhanced secret operative of the UN on a simple bodyguard mission. This book features all of the action and political intrigue that you'd expect but it also asks deeper questions regarding identity, gender and morality.
Maciej Janiec
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had Faith but I lost it reading this book.
Eastendleo
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
'Evensong' never came together for me. Characters, settings and this future world of 2060 never seemed more than surface. The opening, where we are introduced to 'Olivia' is a nasty misdirection, inconsistent with the ending.
Mike Gilbert
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
John Love's second novel is also the second that I have read by him. On a lark, based somewhat on the cover and somewhat on brilliance of Windup Girl, another new author I upon whom I had taken chance from the same publisher, I had purchased Faith before a summer caking trip a year or two back. It was a fun book. A space opera without the science, it was really more futuristic fantasy than science fiction. So when I was looking through the usually Spartan options at Barnes and Noble immediately ...more
Jacqie
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish
I read Faith by John Love a while ago and enjoyed it, although it had some beginning author issues, so I was excited to give this book a try.

Unfortunately, I think that the author has gone in a different direction than I would have preferred. His main character is a James Bond type whose cover is being an owner of a rare book store. He loves classical music, knows a lot about philosophy ( or at least as much as the author does) and because of genetic engineering and reworking is lightning fast,
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Zozo
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Let me start with the downside first:

It needs editing, there are a lot of repetitions in it. And the word "replica" is repeated like a hundred times in this book.

I don't like the fact that the main character is a superweapon, we hear a lot about how he cannot be defeated by normal people, etc, but we see nothing of it. Or maybe a little bit, but that's nothing.

The rest later, I haven't finished yet.

OK, I'm finished:
The first twist: forseeable (I foresaw it anyway)
The second twist: nice, but
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Holly Mcentee
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel I am being generous giving 2 stars, honestly. I was suckered into buying the book by the blurb on the cover claiming it was like a cross between Richard K Morgan and William Gibson but better than either. NOT the case. Poor dialogue, poor character development, entire phrases cut and pasted throughout the book - I was quite surprised to find that this was not the author's first novel (it is his second). There is violence, lurid sex, and action. Just not all that well presented...and, imho ...more
Adrien Caudron
cleverly written futuristic story, revolving around a twisted scenario

"Psychologically blown to pieces" is used in some part by the author about one of the main characters, and I can't think of a more accurate way to describe this book.
A great read for all science-fiction lovers.
Steve
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Mid 3-star, but less than 4.

Lots of potential. Some of it fulfilled, some of it ignored, though not necessarily wasted. Interesting near-future setting, though with so many technological/biological advances in one particular area, very little if any advances displayed in any others. Don't know if any are planned, but I'd read another book set in this world.
Saint Lart
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I liked it.
Kelvin Pau
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Highly irregular, but strongly written.
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