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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Otherwise, this book reminds me of a 1980s action movie and I mean ...more
I'm not a big fan of military thrillers, which is what this. There is no SF in it, and I've been ...more
Published by Brilliance Audio in 2016
Read by Timothy Andres Pabon
Duration: 10 hours, 9 minutes
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 ...more
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 ...more
As a Canadian citizen, this evoked ...more
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 ...more
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... ...more
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 ...more
Read on, for go ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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. ...more