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The Courier

(San Angeles #1)

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A far-future science fiction debut set in San Franciscoaction adventure with a cyberpunk tone.

Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border, where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of 14, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by DAW
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Carly
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, netgalley
Kris isn't thrilled to receive a last-minute courier job that will take her across and through the traffic of the sprawling LA megacity. And that's even before she realizes that the job has put her directly in the center of a plot involving corporate intrigue, hired thugs, and gruesome murder. It isn't long before she's using all of her courier skills to evade the killers sent to silence her.

I found The Courier's setting and synopsis utterly captivating. A gritty, near-future dystopian world of
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AH
Be prepared to suspend belief...then enjoy this romp through a futuristic city as courier Kris Ballard is sent for her last delivery of the day and witnesses a terrifying murder. Delivery incomplete, she flees the scene through the multi-leveled city, chased by many different parties, all with an interest in the package.

The Courier was fun to read, especially all of the chase scenes. I loved the concept of the futuristic city divided into different levels. I found the main character Kris quite
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Beth
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Gerald Brandts The Courier: A Sand Angeles Novel a homeless, orphaned, young woman faces the chaos of a futuristic San Angles on her motor bike as a courier. The corporation rule and everything you do is at their mercy and watchful eye. When Kris is hung out to dry by a corrupted dispatcher, she discovers how truly depraved the corporations are. Rescued by Miller, a tech specialist for an underground organization fighting the corporations, they discover together that betrayals run deep.

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Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A courier caught up in a conspiracy, one that just might cost her, her life.

Opening Sentence: The tires of the motorcycle chattered on the broken concrete of the road, breaking the quiet electric hum of the motor.

The Review:

Kris is courier and it pays the bills mostly, and the end of the day she isnt that thrilled when Dispatch hands her a late delivery, especially once it becomes clear that this isnt going to be quick or easy. But when
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

DNF at 15%

The world of THE COURIER is a future dystopian version of a combined San Francisco and Los Angeles (I think), where space is presumably at a premium, b/c people are building up instead of out.

Our MC (Kris) is a courier--she delivers packages on a motorcycle while wearing kick-ass, high tech riding gear--in this brave new world, where an informal caste system based on seven complete and separate levels of the city determines an individual's quality of life
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Koeur
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Publisher: Berkley

Publishing Date: March 2016

ISBN: 9780756411398

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.2/5

Publishers Description: Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican bordera land where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyones help.

Review: This was boring
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Virginia
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun read!

The reader is on a fun ride from beginning to end with Kris and she evades the bad guys and helps the "good guys" (still up for debate in my opinion).

Kris is a fun character to follow, but you get other perspectives in the novel to which help to round out the world Kris lives in. The different perspectives help to paint the picture of a futuristic corporate America where politicians are truly puppets to forward the corporate agenda. Different countries are controlled by competing
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Scott
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Near-future thriller about a young courier who is sent on a suspicious delivery, witnesses a murder, and finds herself caught in the middle of a cut-throat corporate war. The story is simple and fast-paced, the kind that could be easily translated to film, but I found its elements to be somewhat derivative (the tiered megacity concept is one I encountered just a little more than six months ago in another new novel.) There's nothing fresh or exciting here but it might serve as an adequate beach ...more
Darin Calhoun
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I've read a cyberpunk book, but I feel Gerald Brandt's book would make William Gibson proud that the genre is in good hands.
Ev
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year old runaway, Kris, is a motorcycle courier in a futuristic 2140. Her region starts at San Francisco south to the Mexican border. It is a time when huge corporations make all the rules with the politicians all puppets. Kris left when she was fourteen and has been working very hard to make ends meet without help. Circumstances have her be a Level Two a nobody, garbage to be thrown away.
She has been getting along with her quiet life. Although nothing overly exciting happens, neither
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L.E. Doggett
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Been awhile since I have done this but it is more like 3.50 stars but can't do that. Good suspense, action scene details and an well thought out world. Easy to read and the suspense draws you along. Kinda of short though and Gerald does not go very deep into his characters. The plot goes along well, but even though there are twists there are few surprises.

Yet I do recommend it if you like suspenseful stories. I will be getting the next one in line.
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* YA, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

The Courier is the first installment in author Gerald Brand'ts near future Science Fiction trilogy called San Angeles. Brandt's protagonist is Kris Ballard, a motorcycle courier in a world where corporations run everything, but use couriers for things they don't want to send over the Net. San Angeles is actually an area that stretches from San Diego to San Francisco. There are (7) levels to the megalopolis. The higher you
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Joshua Palmatier
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Gerald Brandt's debut novel and it's a strong showing. He's definitely someone to watch. I enjoyed this take on a near future thriller.

Premise: Kris is a courier, running packages back and forth on her motorcycle in the massive layered city of San Angeles. The population has become so dense that we've built upwards as well as outwards, and now cities have distinct layers, each level a distinct class, with few people ever seeing the sky. Kris originally lived in the lowest level, barely
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L.E.Olteano
Review originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 1 2016 :

In a Flutter: Fast-paced chase!
Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: I loved San Angeles, with its levels, and corporations having their own agents and running things! Really fun, interesting, layered pun intended, lol! world.
Characters: I loved Kris. She was a survivor, having lost her parents, dealing with her aunt and uncle, running away and making it on her own as she did and does. She was easy to like, I loved her attitude,
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Paul Franco
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A bike messenger in a futuristic West Coast city. . . sound familiar already? Yep. But luckily it goes off in a different direction than Dark Angel and Heinleins Friday. For one thing, Kris Ballard hides her girl-ness. For another, while shes doing well, shes not a kick-ass fighting machine; shes winging it and barely surviving, which makes it more exciting as everyone underestimates her. So even though the premise is the same, the execution isnt.
As one would expect, the plot centers on
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Jason Cantrell
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The first half was good, mostly focusing on the main character running for her life as anonymous bad guys chase after her to try and retrieve the mysterious package she's carrying. Around the midpoint of the book, however, the plot started to meander. It felt like the author had focused so much on having the main character run away that he hadn't developed enough about the bad guys or why they were really after her. The "scheme" the bad guys were up to and the reason they needed their mysterious ...more
Aildiin
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, novels
Interesting novel about a future where earth is ruled by corporations that are sometime at war with each others and a young woman caught in the middle of it despite of herself.
The world-building makes this look a bit like Shadowrun without the fantastical aspects.
There are more books coming in the same world.
The story deals with a courier ( Chris, 16 years old) suddenly stuck in middle of a corporate war with a bunch of corporate black Ops teams after her and the package she carries ( the plot
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Greg
Jan 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I made it up until the protagonist decided she wasn't a 16 year old street girl who had been dealing with exploitative men on a daily basis but actually a suburbanite flibertigibit who could be reduced to a puddle by a guy taking off his shirt.

Then it went from abused history to "oh god, my friend who I've known for years at work is suddenly super rapey" and I had to actually stop reading.

Skip this one.
piranha
Rounded up from 2.5, and I might yet change my mind.

Dystopias with competent female protagonists are usually a shoo-in for me, but this one was a mixed bag. Because while Kris, the motorcycle courier who gets accidentally involved in evil corporate shenanigans of the highest order, is above-average competent for a 16-yr-old runaway, some of her feats are pretty unbelievable, because her foes are allegedly the best corporate money can buy, and she, without training, outdoes them to the point
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Mike
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book as the back said cyberpunk, dystopia and west coast megapolis. It sounded interesting. But it didn't come together, being more of a YA'ish book that had lots of potential that is never explored.

The main character is a 16 year old orphan. I never really got to like her. She isn't all that interesting to follow. Her portion is first person, while all other action is from a third person. We are led to believe she can outwit assassins & other heavy hitters without any
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Lori
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars, but I can't quite go 4. I didn't expect much of this book, since I got it as part of a giveaway. But it turned out to be surprisingly readable and interesting. I really liked the world building of San Angeles itself (the satellite city setting really isn't at all developed and was kind of a throwaway). The book does require a pretty hefty suspension of disbelief, as Kris is way, way, way too lucky in avoiding way too many people chasing her. I would have liked the book better with ...more
Cam
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Really a thriller set in a near future where all of California is one big city, even built up level by level, with corporations in direct control of places and people. An orphaned courier gets a late night assignment and thereby entangled in a nascent inter-corporate war. The delivery goes awry, and she barely weaves her way alive through all the assassins, spies, sadists and corporate sociopaths that come her way. There's a YA romance subplot that makes me think this one may have been intended ...more
Emily
Feb 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF just after chapter two. I couldn't decide if I liked this book or not but thankfully my audiobook decided for me when it just stopped working near the end of the second chapter. While the world is very interesting and intriguing, the MC is... special. And not in a good way. She also curses literally every other word which makes it far less enjoyable to read and that's coming from someone who can have a potty mouth herself. Maybe some time in the future I'll return to this series but... right ...more
Linsela
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Was okay - interesting. Story line was good - a courier is given something 'world-shaking' to carry, and everyone tries to kill her. My main complaint is Kris seems to spend a lot of time 'talking' to herself about her feelings. Some is fine, but it seems to repeat too often.

It is a bit odd that 100 years in the future, people still use 'keys' to open door locks :-)

The #2 and #3 were more strange.
Kathy B
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It did take awhile to sort the good guys from bad guys and corperations good and bad. Once done very fast paced and cleverly written.
I shall be following Gerald Brandt . He puts a lot of thought into writing a gripping plot and keeping the readers attention. Refreshing
Michelle
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Money is tight and the price of credits used to keep her motorcycle running hS to be made somehow even if it means runni g from a hoard of killer humans not to mention the undead mutated flesh eaters popping up from all the different corners.
Nicole Luiken
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
High-action SF in a stand-out setting: the mega-city of San Angeles where corporations rule and what level you live on dictates your wealth. Kris makes a good heroine: smart and capable but (at 16) very much in-over-her-head.
Fave part: The hidey-hole on Level One.
Dave
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, not great

Some have called this cyberpunk, but it falls far short of Gibson or Stephenson. The characters have nothing compelling. Yes, motorcycles are ridden, and skateboarders are mentioned, but there is nothing here to set the story apart from the pack.
Erin
DNF
I give up. I just cannot be bothered to continue.

Also why the hell has no one classed this as YA since the MC is 16 years old?! Ugh.

Mostly I got bored of the repetition. I never got on with the MC, and I just literally could not be bothered. Maybe it's my mood.
Brian
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dnf
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