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The Solid-State Shuffle

(Sunken City Capers #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Almost a hundred years ago, a major terrestrial event reshaped the earth’s coastlines. Goodbye entire cities. Goodbye entire states. Goodbye entire countries. And when the authorities outlawed salvaging from these sunken sites, why say hello to a new breed of criminal: underwater reclamation specialists. Even a hundred years later, there’s still a whole lot of loot for the ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published August 25th 2016 by New Rocheser Publishing
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It wasn't amazing but it also wasn't horrible, it kind of just was. At first Isa and Puo seemed like they would be really great engaging characters [i especially loved that Puo is gay/asexual] but by the end I didn't really end up attached to either of them. The heist plot was pretty solid but again, nothing really amazing. I'm glad I got it on instafreebie basically.

Also I didn't like how Isa seems like the kind of woman who automatically doesn't like other women [she seemed to have something m
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heist story part of this book was fast-paced and fun, and really kept me guessing even after I thought I'd had it figured out. I also really enjoyed the character of Puo, the protagonist's best friend and tech buddy.

However, the protagonist herself and her love interest were both so irritating that if the heist plot hadn't been so interesting I would have dropped this book about halfway through. Isa is self-absorbed and awful to nearly everyone around her (especially other women) and for som
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
I was pretty excited when I won this in a GR giveaway!

For some reason, I love the thought of diving- never mind the fact I can’t swim, and watching diver’s go into underwater caves on tv freaks me out, it’s the whole thought of another world under the sea that I will never get to see (except at the aquarium) that I think is so cool. It’s also a great backdrop for my other favorite thing, which is, heist stories!

The book had a great opening with our mc and her team, pulling a job in an underwat
Charles Ray
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A global seismic event has reshaped earth’s coastlines; whole cities and even some countries are underwater. When authorities ban salvage of the sunken cities, a new profession arises, underwater reclamation specialists—scavengers.
When Isa Schmidt and her crew, on their first major job in the Seattle area, find an item in a sunken bank vault, they know they have something valuable and important, they just don’t know what it is. Moreover, the item belongs to Seattle’s crime boss, and he wants it
Almost 100 years ago, a major natural disaster even reshaped the Earth's coastlines. Goodbye entire cities, states and countries. And when authorities outlaw salvaging from the lost cities, a whole new breed of criminal turned up.

Isa and her crew are under water reclamation specialists. Aka, scavengers. The just did a major heist in the Seatle Isles that might just put them on easy street, if they can even figure out what it is they stole. A question, they soon learn, where their very lives han
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
A group of thieves are hired to figure out who stole something which they happen to steal. Should be interesting, right?
This book was a definite mismatch. I should have payed more attention to the sunken city part because the first 2 chapters involved scuba diving and for someone who hates water, it was excruciating. There was also a lot of talk about Cleaners and their squeegees which, I think, were they people who would find a way to erase thieves from video surveillance, but I couldn't say
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan T
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con men deluxe

Isa, Puo, and Winn are high tech conmen, recently moved to the Seattle Isles from the East Coast after a failed job. The opening scene finds Isa and Winn diving in the underwater remains of the flooded city on a job to raise needed funds to pay costs for setting up their business in the new city.

Interesting plot and characters.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
For the first in a series, I expected a bit more world-building, but for a kindle freebie, it was good.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great world building, but Isa isn't a very likable character, and she treats Winn carelessly through the whole book. No clear ending. ...more
Aviar Savijon
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Solid-state Shuffle

A delightful beginning of a series of books well written in a charming way. Get your copy today. I Loved it!!!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Exciting and unexpected plot twists through out the book kept me fascinated. I’m looking forward to other books by this author.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had originally tagged this as YA, but I'm reclassifying it as adult. The characters aren't teens, after all. Instead, they are adults...although on the young side. New adults, perhaps? Whatever. I know what I mean. And this is a good book. Engaging. So much so, in fact, that when I accidentally left my copy at work, I had to buy the ebook so I could finish it. And then I bought the second one. Yep. It was good. ...more
Matt Kelland
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a fast-moving, exciting sci-fi caper story. It’s set in a future world where much of what we know is now underwater, and our heroes make their living from illegally recovering sunken artifacts. However, they find themselves on the wrong side of not only the law, but of local crime bosses, and now they have to figure out a way to extricate themselves from a very precarious position. The plot moves fast, and it’s laced with dry humor throughout. It’s a well-thought out world, with just eno ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta-prize
I received Solid-State Shuffle as a free copy from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. This novel was a delightful surprise. Some of the underwater opening chapter made me hesitate, as there was a lot of detail and I worried I'd be bogged down in minutia with out character development (obviously, there's a fan base for this as other writers are noted for their verbosity and have a huge following)-- I'm happy to report, this writer found ...more
Sam - Spines in a Line
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the continuation of a short story I read earlier this year: Underwater Restorations. Now we’re back with Isa, Puo, and Winn after their misadventures in the last story have led them to a new city. Enough background info is provided that you don’t need to read the first story but it is helpful if you do.

For me, I never really connected with any of the characters so t
Katie Anderson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

I'm a big fan of speculative fiction, crime novels, and mystery stories and this book wrapped them all up in one very interesting story! The world of Isa and Puo, two legacies, criminals since birth and a long time pair, and Winn, born a laci (law abiding citizen) but now a member of the same criminal underground, was a unique setting. A near future world where the coasts are underwater and where not all criminals are the "bad guys"
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And I loved it!

The book is an urban fantasy set 100 years after a major terrestrial event reshaped all the worlds coastlines. Many of the worlds cities are now under water and salvaging from them is illegal. Isa and her team, Winn and Pou, have recently moved to what use to be Seattle to start up their underwater reclamation service. They pull off a heist that they think will let them take it easy for a while but get way more than they bargai
Jackie Rogers
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Seattle is underwater. Isa, Winn, and Pua are a crew of thieves. They break into a buried vault in Seattle Isles and end up mixed up in the crime bosses lives. As they struggle to figure out what to do to get the found box in the Isles back to its owner they are fighting for their lives and freedom. Took a few pages to get into, but this is an adventurous novel with murder, theft, and broken hearts. Liked the characters as they work together to save themselves and to unravel the mess they have c ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again the gang is back, although its a new town and new set up. They haven't changed any of their ways so of course it fun and mayhem and a little bit of heart strings. Mr Ballard does a wonderful job keeping the action fast paced and humming with energy. The trio is still off the chain even with the strain. But things are shifting and there are a lot of things going on behind the scene which is pulled together and tied with a bow at the end. Great story and almost a year later the first bo ...more
Joan Mitchell
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have-won
This was an opposite take on a crime drama. Instead of good vs bad it was bad vs badder. It was refreshing to see the bad guys fighting each other and on top of that they used amazing tech things that are probably only real in someone's mind. I really enjoyed the story, it was full of drama, heists, lying, spying etc. I recommend this book to anyone who likes crime stories. I am eager to read the next book coming out in November of this year. I received this book from Goodreads for free. ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a highly enjoyable heist story set in a not-too distant future. The pacing is superb, and I invariably found myself reading more chapters than I'd intended in a sitting. It's clear that there's a richly imagined world behind this book; the mere glimpses that are provided in this book have me eager to get to the next two (just released) installments in the series. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good book...I enjoyed it...I am looking forward to the next adventure...
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Jeffrey A. Ballard writes and lives in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. From a small child he has always been fascinated with the ocean, leading him to earn a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from FAU and a M.S. in Acoustics from Penn State.

His overactive imagination followed him into academia, where he is currently a researcher at the University of Texas. Eventually, he circled back to a b

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