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The Negative's Tale

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  25 reviews
On a space station in Earth orbit, something terrible has happened to Bertie Lindermann.

Under normal circumstances, the investigation would be a job for station security, but circumstances are anything but normal.

Allon Wu might be the last person you would entrust with unraveling a high profile mystery, but there is no one else.

With deceit the order of the day, who is not
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Published June 13th 2014 by Amazon (first published August 1st 2013)
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Robby Charters
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Allon Wu lives sometime in our distant future – far enough for people, having aged 300 with the help of their non-sentient clones, to have become bored with life – plus enough time for us to have developed that technology. Alternatively, one could figure in the time it'll take us to get around the barriers to faster-than-light travel, and then populate the farthest reaches of our galaxy.

The latter technology is one in which our protagonist plays an essential part, through his psychic ability.
James McCormick
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me say first off that this is a very impressive work with well crafted prose, fully realised characters, narrative and back story and one I very nearly gave five stars to (more of this below). It works well both as science fiction (clones, crab-like aliens, space stations, futuristic technology and evolved mental abilities) yet is also equally impressive as a who-done-it/ murder mystery type tale.

In Allon Wu the author succeeds in creating a fascinating, troubled protagonist, an engaging
Yemisi Otasanya
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Negative’s tale was like threading in a new territory. Though I have watched a countless number of science fiction space opera movies, this is the first I have read. With that being said, the first few chapters were my learning ground. I got to meet Allon Wu, the main character. A total enigma and a dowser. He started out as an ordinary sales man of space equipment and turned out highly intelligent, very faithful, and full of super abilities. I was totally curious about what it meant to be a ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Negative's Tale is an impressive work. It blends science fiction with murder mystery, martial arts, paranormal aspects and an alien civilization into a truly one-of-a-kind read that caters to readers with broad interests. The science was interesting and the plot and character development gave the book a surreal quality with well-crafted twists and turns. I did struggle in the first third of the book with flashbacks, in particular determining what was going on where and when.

Once I got
K.T. Munson
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
**Actual rating 3.5 stars**


An awesome assortment of characters flew through this book. From Professor Billgore to Ulanovich. All of which circled around the main character - Allon Wu. All of them had a role to play and all of them were very believable and interesting. Except for Allon Wu himself...of all the characters I actually found him the most bland at times. It wasn't until the story about his brother-in-law that I really felt that I saw Allon Wu. He was likable enough and,
Jeffery J.
Murder in space is a phenomenon with which Allon Wu has no experience nor training. However, since one of the victims is his wife, Wu is determined to stop the killer, his brother-in-law, turned religious fanatic. Even though medical science has advanced enough to revive many victims, some nevertheless die, and in gruesome ways.

Allon’s wife is a high-ranking military officer. Militaries and all their rigamarole still exist—with greater machine power has not yet come greater mental awareness,
Barry Marshall
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The Negative’s Tale is a curious mixture of science fiction and mystery.

I’ll begin my review by presenting you some really nice pearls of writing from the story:

-- Wu never saw the Captain's smile, heard his engaging laugh, or felt his seismic handshake ever again.

-- Allon could feel despair swarming over him like tormenting flies.

-- Loose safety belts on the seats in the passenger section performed animated snake dances.

-- The result was a Gordian knot of legs and arms flailing about like some
Bruce Perrin
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Story in a Story and Both Are Good

OK, it’s not really a story in a story, but rather, a story with some extended flashbacks. But the last flashback nearly stole the show for me – thus the title. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Negative’s Tale is the story of Allon Wu, a rare ‘negative’ who can tap into the psychic abilities of others, e.g., their clairvoyance, telepathy, etc. When the Vice Admiral of the Space Guards, Allon’s wife, can trust no one else to unravel a mysterious death on
Christina Enquist
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Negative's Tale is a space opera because of the melodramatic adventures in space but it is also a murder mystery. I loved the way this crosses genres. Allon Wu is the main character and the story takes us to different space ports, ships, Earth, and another planet with crablike intelligent life.

I liked the relationship between his mentor and the complex relationship between Wu and his wife who is higher ranking than him. I enjoyed the intellectual components of the book, more
Arthur Doweyko
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The world of The Negative's Tale is exquisitely described and filled with believable characters as well as solid science. The main protagonist, Allon Wu, has the unusual psychic ability to get an intuitive feeling that he needs to not only ignore, but respond to in the opposite manner. This sets up an interesting array of situations Wu needs to navigate through to solve several mysteries including an apparent murder.

The first third of the book offered up an unusual amount of description and
Shuchismita C
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Negative's Tale was an enjoyable read even though it incorporated everything from futuristic science to paranormal activities to clairvoyance and telepathy. The author has done so most innovatively and managed to makev the adventure really believable. The book can thus hold the interest of a broad spectrum of readers with varied interests.
However, in the initial chapters, I was confused by the back and forth between the past and the present and it took some time getting used to the format.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a space station in Earth orbit, something terrible has happened to Bertie Lindermann.

Normally, the investigation would be a job for station security, but this is not normally. Allon Wu might be the last person anyone would pick to unravel a high profile mystery, but circumstances have thrust that responsibility upon him.

With deceit the order of the day, who is not a suspect? Is this an isolated incident, or the precursor of a maelstrom that could throw Kostya station into chaos?

With an
Bit'N Book Tours
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Negative’s Tale is an extraordinary well crafted amalgamation of Science Fiction and the ever popular Murder Mystery genres.

The story unfolds much like the dismantling of a Russian doll; stories nestle within stories, revealing themselves a piece at a time. Beginning with main character Allon Wu’s present, The Negative’s Tale then takes the reader into one of his memories of an event which scarred him both physically and mentally - the significance of this particular memory will fall into
Is it better to be overly ambitious and succeed imperfectly, or to nail a solid performance that lacks in spectacular challenges? Mr. Leib apparently believes in the former. The Negative's Tale is an incredibly ambitious tapestry of a novel, and I'd be lying if I said it fully hit the mark on all counts, but it was pretty fun to watch it try. I should mention that I was given a copy of this book to read and review by the administrator of a Goodreads group I'm a member of, though I'm not sure ...more
T.D. Wilson
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The Negative's Tale is a interesting story about Allon Wu, a space navigator who like many other is his profession have psychic abilities. Unlike the other "postive" psychics, Wu discovers he is a rare negative. Essentially, he can us hone his ability to go beyond the skills needed for apatial navigation and draw in tighter to others abilities and enhance his awareness. A pretty neat ability.

The use of psychics this way kind of reminds me of Frank Herbet's Dune with his navigators, but without
Amberle Husbands
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
I'm giving this book five stars because it hit a lot of my personal soft spots for science fiction. That's not to say that it didn't have its issues; in the very beginning of the book, there was a lot of unclear scene shifting where flashbacks and present action knotted together in some very confusing patterns. Also, thought and dialogue were sometimes indistinguishable... also confusing. Add to that the fact that more than a handful of grammar and spelling mistakes slipped by into the final ...more
Melinda Brasher
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the science fiction sections of this story. They have the feel and excitement of good old-fashioned sci fi, set on spaceships and space stations and strange planets. There are alien races, new technologies, clone dilemmas, and interesting space-related issues. I love how the main character sells fresh, "designer" air to people on the space station who are tired of recycled air.

Overall, the story does fees a little unfocussed. Along with the classic sci-fi elements, there are
Pete Carter
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi, mystery, adventure
Allon Wu is a likeable character with a history like a patchwork quilt, from crew member of a tramp ship plying goods between the stars; to exotic air vendor; to master detective. Life has dealt him a few bad cards, but he seems, when we join him, to have found fulfillment, if not happiness. However, being a ‘Negative’ as his talent is called, means that what seem to him to be bad cards sometimes end up being the opposite, and he has to work with that knowledge.

This story revolves around his
Jonas Lee
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, sci-fi, mystery
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This book was part of a Group designed to read and review each others work.

R. Leib does a wonderful job in bringing back some of the roots in the science fiction world and playing to the newly emerging realm of Space Opera. The story takes place in outer space and circles around a murder mystery with elements of action telepathic powers floating in the mix.

I'm generally not a great reader. I read a page, nod off
Author William Fripp
The Negatives Tale is part science fiction, (which in sections is detailed and technical in a way reminiscent of Ian Fleming) and part murder mystery, set against a backdrop of military and political intrigue. Allon Wu, the husband of an Admiral and himself a gifted psychic, is called on to investigate the untimely death of Bertie Linderman, his brother in-law. Wu's particular gift as a "Negative" allows him to locate others with gifts similar to his called "Positives" and coopt their abilities ...more
Grant Pies
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Negative’s Tale contains some strong writing elements as well as an engrossing story. First, I must mention my only two negatives, pun intended, with The Negative’s Tale. The book has many flashbacks, which in itself are not bad, but I found myself wondering when the “main” story would continue. The first flashback occurs almost immediately in the book, so I was unable to settle into the main storyline before getting swept back in time. Alternatively, I must admit that the amount of stories ...more
Eirik Gumeny
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
R. Leib’s The Negative’s Tale is a unique combination of science fiction and murder mystery – several parallel stories wrapped together into a complex space opera. Bouncing back and forth between the now and then of Allon Wu, the story builds up secondary characters and drops subtle clues to the main mystery, with everything tying together nicely for the big reveal.

The Negative’s Tale definitely leans toward hard sci-fi, with all the tech jargon and (occasionally overwhelming) details that
M.c. Hekim
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
It was very hard for me to get into the story in the beginning. The Negative’s Tale follows the common pitfall that it’s a requirement to start the story with an action sequence. However, narrating a high sci-fi action story without establishing the setting first is quite a challenging task. The start just confused and disoriented me as I was having a difficult time following what was going on and who was who. I believe the book should have started with Chapter 2. Moreover, the novel tries to ...more
Gary Close
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let's see...start with science fiction, throw in a little murder mystery and for fun a dash of wistful remembrance, mix thoroughly, pop it into a space station and there you have it...The Negative's Tale. This is an ambitious combination of several genres...including dare I say it Alien romance...but none the less it works. The main character possesses a rare power indeed. He cannot see the future but he can see what others see. It is, if you will, a negative power. Thus the title and the flow ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Allon Wu spent his childhood at the Guild, where he enhanced his skills. It was determined that he was a Negative so everything was in the reverse or him. One an adult, as a Guild Member, his wife asked to investigate the death of her brother. Once he let his wife, he was involved in with was a twisted case that had him risking his life with aliens that didn't like humans!

WOW, does the book have it all, from a boring and slow start but quickly grabs you by the throat!! R. Leib tells a splendid
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I have been a fan of Science Fiction since I was a pre-teen. I started with the youth fiction of Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Once I graduated to reading Bradbury, Science Fiction became part of who I was. Over the years, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alfred Bester, Harlan Ellison, and a myriad other writers sparked my imagination.

I worked for 30 years in the computer industry as a