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Fractured State

(Fractured State #1)

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In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and

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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Tim
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too bad this shoot 'em up thriller finishes on a bit of a downer. Therefore, 7 of 10 stars ...more
Matthew FitzSimmons
Full disclosure - Steve and I share a publisher. We've never met, but we trade emails and recently we traded books. I'm really glad we did because I blew through his book this weekend. I know I really like a book when I start scanning ahead to see what's coming (not a good habit as a reader, but I can't help myself).

Fractured State is a great, great read. It's set in California circa 2035, and I have a weakness for well thought out, fully realized near futures. The research and planning that wen
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Jordan
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley and the publishers, thanks!

Oh boy...I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy near-future climate change type sci-fi and saw this book listed on an article about "books to read in May" on io9, so I was really pleased to be able to get a copy from NetGalley!

Unfortunately, overly long descriptions of specific military weapons/tactical choices and the authors personal political views somewhat overshadowed what was a pretty interesting and well-paced plot.

The bo
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Tessa -Poised Pen Productions
America, about 20 years in the future. There has been no zombie apocalypse, no nuclear war and all the asteroids have missed us. But, the Southwestern United States has been in a twenty-year drought, and our southern border is a no man’s land ruled by Mexican Crime Syndicates.
Enter the California Liberation Movement. They want the State of California to secede from the Union. Their oppositions, The One Nation Coalition, is in control of the power base in California and will do anything to stop
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Hazel Bright
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If this book was a scene in a TV show, it would be the one where the clean-cut middle-aged white guy with the gun enters a room and immediately rolls across the floor for no reason. Yes, there is a lot of action, but most of it is pointless to ridiculousness. After struggling to differentiate the good clean-cut white middle-aged men from the bad clean-cut white middle-aged men (because outside of their names and affiliations, they behave identically), we may or may not be introduced to some new ...more
Mal Warwick
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
For many years, optimistic activists primarily in Northern California have fantasized about California seceding from the United States. The latest iteration of this movement is the Yes California Independence Campaign, which is preparing a statewide referendum for a future election. Given that California’s economy is the fifth largest in the world, and the state has a population of forty million, it’s not an outrageous suggestion. However, the movement has always been widely viewed as marginal. ...more
Jamie
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I am having a love/hate relationship with this book so I am trying to formulate my review as I write it. I will start by admitting this is my favorite genre (post-apocalypic) but this is definitely different from others I have read in this category. Rather than an event or series of events tossing the country into chaos and only the truly prepped will survive... this plot took a slower approach building on problems we are already aware of. Let me preface this by saying I have a pitifully low kno ...more
Kate
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking place in future California, it's interesting (and horrifying) at the type of changes that have happened-severe water and gas rationing,etc. And then there are two factions fighting over whether Cali should secede. A family gets accidentally caught up in serious diabolical plots and has to abandon all and go on the run. Pretty fast paced and interesting all the way through. ...more
Drew
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, on-my-kindle
‘Fractured State’ is an interesting story part eco warning, and part thriller with a bit of George Orwell mixed in. The writing is good, the story is well thought out and the characters are likable, but I had two issues with this book. First, it took a long time to get going. As a thriller, it didn’t really have any action until about half way though, but from there it kept but a pretty good pace. Second is that this book doesn’t tell the whole story. You’ll need to get the second book (and poss ...more
Brian
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the realism that comes from good solid research and plot development. Obviously KONKOLY knows his craft.

Well developed characters, thorough knowledge of the history and the past natural events, combined with the experience of having served both in and out of theatre, Konkoly knows how to put it all together for a great entertaining read. This is book 1 and the beginnings of an action packed series ! I can't wait one more second to get started on book #2. Gotta go
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Bruce
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cliffhanger Alert!

The potential to be a really good story, with great action and good characters, soured by leaving us abruptly in the middle of the story. I despise that -- every book should have an ending. I guess the temptation to double his payday was too much for the author to pass up, so he cut his book in two, and sold the parts separately. So, I'll return the favor -- half the rating, for half the story.

Update: AVOID this series
I just finished book #2. It also lacks an ending, and there
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Andrew Bennett
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite Konkoly showing his obvious bias against the California government which among other forces, caused the state to be a dystopia in 2030ish his obvious familiarity with San Diego County is really heartening to someone like me who also lived there for years. The geography of the book might be too specific for someone who doesn't or hasn't lived in San Diego, but I thought it was great to be able to clearly picture everything.

Otherwise, this book reminds me of a 1980s action movie and I mean
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Nicole
3.5 stars. I don't know. I mostly liked this book. It was weird because while I was listening I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue but when I'd shut it off i would wonder about the story and want to listen to the rest. ...more
David Holland
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
No real ending to this book

This book just abruptly ends with no real resolutions. It started out as a good story but needed to be twice as long to not be a half of a book.
Jim Carleton
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bottom Line first: I enjoyed this. It rips along well, the military material is plausible (and accurate, which is no surprise, as the author spent 20 years in the military), the plot has no gaping holes (a few minor ones are inevitable in a thriller) and if the characters are a bit two-dimensional, the action is such that I won't really fuss too much. The main complaint is the dialogue is often weak.

I'm not a big fan of military thrillers, which is what this. There is no SF in it, and I've been
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Dale
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published by Brilliance Audio in 2016
Read by Timothy Andres Pabon
Duration: 10 hours, 9 minutes
Unabridged


In the year 2035 America is almost unrecognizable. Environmental collapse due the abuse of aquifers and mountain run-off in the West has caused the governments of many Western states to practically collapse. The highway systems have become "No Man's Land" and the Arizona border has practically been overrun by drug cartels who often act as a brutal de facto government i
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Jerry Mount
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
OK read in the Post-Apocalypse genre. Interesting depiction of a future US southwest battered by many years of drought, and the resulting effect on California and her neighbors. The book didn't spend much time on climate science or the overall condition of the nation. The focus is on politics and resource management in California. The overall story wasn't fleshed out very well. What is presented are corporate conspiracies and major activist movements, Orwellian authoritarian government in Califo ...more
Shane Hawk
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Political assassinations. Overreaching state government. Creepy surveillance measures. 20-year drought. Gasoline rationing. Shady military contractors. Political activist groups for and against California secession. Mexican syndicates. Lingering conspiracies. Military tactics, vehicles and weapons. All within San Diego County and virtually my backyard! I literally live a mile away from the back gate of Camp Pendleton which is where a chunk of this story takes place. The locality kept me locked i ...more
Julianne Adams
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tomorrow's headlines or maybe today's.

Considering the social atmosphere in the United States today, it seems very feasible to me that what Steven Konkoly writes about in this book could really happen. The characters are well fleshed out and I found myself truly caring about what happened to them. The California drought, talk of secession, extreme privacy invasion, and big sinister corporations seemed to come from today's headlines and not 30 years into the future where this story takes place. Th
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Walter Scott
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two generations of a family find themselves caught in the middle as the California Liberation Movement begins the process of California seceding from the United States of America. At this stage, and unknown to the majority of its citizens, (who have gotten used to Draconian travel restrictions, as well as severe water use limits) there is a war taking place involving cutting edge surveillance, armed drones, special forces personnel conducting black ops missions.
As a Canadian citizen, this evoked
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Chloe Cuthbert
A very interesting story

This author has definitely taken an interesting road with his version of post-apocalyptic America than most. What makes it intriguing is how believable it is; this could truly be our not so distant future.
This is the first book in the series, so I highly recommend not skipping it, as you will miss the beginning of a bit of a convoluted plot. It is not difficult to follow really, but as the author chose to break it up into multiple books, there is obviously a lot of story
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Law
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pulse Pounding and Addictive

Steven Konkoly becomes a habit a reader cannot kick. His newest series commences with Fractured State, a plot which extrapolates on today's world and coalesces several decades from now in the fractured state of California . Nathan, an unlikely hero, and Quinn , a very plausible hero, are the two main 'good' guys running from a political cartel of greedy 'bad' guys who will pull out all the stops to achieve their economic coup, no matter how many dead bodies pile up...
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Jeff
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steven-konkoly
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Sam D.Turner Jr.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Another Unrecognizable Book Series

Ok, maybe I missed the memo but I did not know this was Book One of a series. At 85% I wondered how therapies wrap this book up. SPOILER ALERT: He doesn't. Option to buy Book Two. I Hate That!!!!!!!!
Despite all this, the book is well written with a tight dystopian future that is well thought out and described in appropriate detail as a story, not like reading a history lesson. The characters are believable and memorable; in fact, there are several characters alr
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Kevin
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buckle up Buttercup, because you're in for intrigue, adventure, and family life as it could only get when corporate elements are out to overthrow the government and your dearest get in the crosshairs. Thank goodness I bought the second in this series due to Konkoly's previous novels. This new adventure is in the near future, but it could happen today. So many changes that calling it a rollercoaster ride would not give you a good sense of just how wild things can get in California.

Read on, for go
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Debby Allen
Decent story, not completely unrealistic world. Conspiracy abounds, abuse of power abounds, shadowy organizations and overreaching government. In the middle of it all is our unlikely protagonist with just the right amount of knowledge to get himself in deeper waters than he ever imagined and unlikely allies to fish him out.

Heavy on tactics and weapons, but not too technical. The story doesn't get lost or buried, but only just.

Won't be continuing the series, just not very interested in wherever i
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Michele
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book version of Call of Duty

Overall a very good book. There were a couple of minor plot holes (primarily soldiers operating well above the limitations of rank but also black ops forces caught off guard by situations one wouldn't expect of mercs at their level). Occasionally characters would enter with no background information, only to perform critical tasks leading the reader to puzzle over their motivations. These are minor quibbles however and the book's pace makes them insignificant. Highly
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robert savage
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I rarely rate any book at 5 stars so I would rate this actually as 4.5 stars. As many of you can see from our government control during this COVID-19 pandemic can be, this book was a look into the future about government control of our lives with increased technology. California is always the leader of the pack with government thinking that it is smarter than the average citizen. The book is a little slow in developing but gets faster paced in the last 2/3's of the book. Don't read this book if ...more
L.G.
This is the first of 2 books in the Fractured State series. I will be starting Rogue State (book 2) tomorrow. I liked this book more that I had expected. It is set in the near future (2035) and concerns the results of climate change in the southwestern United States. Considering what is happening with the heavy rains in the western US so far in 2017, the book has been a strong contrast in alternate problems.
Donna
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Post-Apocalyptic Thriller e More

Author Steven Konkoly has put together a fast paced, action packed post- apocalyptic thriller. Although you might think this starts out a little slow, it picks up fast. The action never stops and there are some twists you won't see coming. Well written with well rounded characters and great descriptions. Oh certainly you get into the story the pages fly by.
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Steven graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a bachelor of science in English literature. He served the next eight years on active duty, traveling the world as a naval officer assigned to various Navy and Marine Corps units. His extensive journey spanned the globe, including a two-year tour of duty in Japan and travel to more than twenty countries throughout Asia and th ...more

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