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The Memory Agent

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Crime never changes. Punishment does.

In a time when prisons no longer contain inmates behind concrete and steel, the convicted serve their time while asleep, rehabilitating in virtual reality while blissfully unaware of their crimes.

Roger Parker is a professional prison breaker, skilled at navigating these strange penal dream worlds and extracting those imprisoned there—
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by 47North
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The Memory Agent is a fast paced, mind bending fascinating book set in the future. The story begins in "Egypt" on an archeological dig and travels to Manhattan but in reality is just a dream within a dream. Yes, it IS one of those books. But the writing and the concept is so incredibly unique that you will not want to put this book down until you are absolutely sure of the ending and then.... you are not sure of the ending! If you ever have seen or read The Matrix it is not unlike that.

This is
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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This story is a mind-bend where you trapped between a dream and reality.

The story begins in a dream within a dream. The place is Egypt in 1933. An archeological dig is led by Parker at the Valley of the Kings, south of Cairo. A sealed tomb is found in the depths of the earth. Ambushed by rebels, the team members are forced to take shelter inside the tomb only to find out it is a portal into the future. The new world is a
Malina Skrobosinski
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Memory is malleable. Memory can be distorted. Changed. Blended together."

Wow, so I must admit, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The synopsis doesn't really do this book justice. This is a sci-fi, horror, and psychological thriller all wrapped into one, and that, that is why I decided to go with 5 stars instead of 4. I can't say that everyone will agree with me, but hey, it worked for me! This novel is very much like The Matrix, but at the same time it has it's own originality.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, net-galley
This was an entertaining read. There are some really neat ideas happening in this book, but I wasn't crazy about the execution of it. For starters, there are only 8 chapters. Which meant that the chapters felt very long. This is a personal preference of course, and may not bother other readers. Secondly, two of the chapters were about four times as long as the rest (my kindle measured the time to read as two hours vs thirty minutes for comparison sake). Finally, the story is told in alternating ...more
Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: becca-s-books
Wow this plot is absolutely wonderful! That being said, it upstages its characters and leaves you wanting more from them. I didn’t feel like I got to know anyone, let alone our main character and merely felt he was just a simple narrator to this enchanting plot. But that is definitely not a detourant, as this book was beautifully suspenseful and entertaining. The wonderful picture Delaney paints of his world vastly makes up for the lack of character depth.

As mentioned, because it’s hard to
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The memeory agent
I dont know how to explain this except for that things go wrong in multiple aras and memory, life and death is not what it seems.

Star reasoning
really liked the writing style. Drew me i to the world.

the story was unique. The idea of memory and death and life.

the intensity grew so easily but then it was just a memory. Memory and what is real and what is false is really confusing but so interesting.

-2 It was complex and Im not entirely sure what the story was about. Since
Carisa Burns
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genius! Creative and original. I reserve a 5 star review for very select few books that were so good I would re-read them but this is one of them! This book was just what I've been hungry for and haven't read in awhile. I love sci-fi and mysteries and psychological suspense and post apocalyptic themes. Amazingly enough, this had it all! And the ideas were so creative and original. It's like the author really woke up the reading world. I was immediately drawn into the beginning of the book. The ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
The Memory Agent wasn't a bad book, but it's safe to say that it wasn't for me. The idea was brilliant, but the story itself somehow so confusing. For most of the book I had to push myself to get through it.

It's also quite a bit triggering. Triggers feature (view spoiler)

I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange to an honest review. This has
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a big fan of Delaney's other books, so I had high hopes for this book. It certainly did not disappoint. Reminiscent of Inception crossed with a prison breakout, you get interesting characters, lots of plot twists, and suspense throughout. This author is fairly good at creating worlds filled with shadows and dread, and elements of horror that are not too gratuitous or grotesque. There was a fair bit of flipping around from one time frame/environment to another, but it is easy enough to ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a total mind (insert bad word here)!!! And I LOVED every single moment of it. I even set aside Ruin & Rising to give this book my full attention after I realized I was hooked. Holy crap. I just finished it so forgive me while I gather my thoughts...

Ok, perhaps I can form a cohesive thought now and convey to you how out-freaking-standing this book is. I can't even imagine the work it took to bring this thing to life in an understandable manner. My first manner
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original The Memory Agent audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Being a fan of James Anderson Foster since I first listened to him in the Adrian’s Undead Diary series. And being, not really a fan, but one who thinks that dual narrations can be a treat to listen to. I am surprised that I have not listened to The Memory Agent sooner than now.

This is such an interesting yet not totally unique story. The concept of the mental prisons is absolutely fascinating to me.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The first thing I thought to myself as I read the last sentence of this story was, "that was a good book". The Memory Agent is a fantastic roller-coaster ride of suspense and science fiction and I was entertained the entire time I was reading it, quickly turning pages to find out what happens.

Roger Parker is a professional prison breaker, skilled at breaking minds out of the virtual reality rehabilitation prison
Jannin (The Booknerd Dragon)
This book has an amazing plot. Because of the amazing-ness of the plot it sometimes overshadows the characters of the book. It took a while for me to realize that the name of the main character was Parker (This was before I reread the description.). I don’t even know what to say about his character because this book was so focused on the story that it didn’t really put so much light on the characters.

It felt like the characters were just used to narrate a very nice story about a discovery and
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The farther into this I got, the more frustrated I was. I finally gave up near the halfway point and I'm not honestly sure I'll ever finish it. *SPOILERS AHEAD* From the first page, you're trying to figure out what's going on, and not just in small ways. It starts out in Cairo, 1933, with the main character, part of a group, and there are hints of time travel to 2017 from the Valley of the Kings. At this point, I was all in. The characters were talking about the Prohibition era just past, a big ...more
R.Q. Woodward
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a few hours since I finished this book, and I've slept on it. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it though. It's a high 3 that I'm rounding up to 4 stars. It wasn't bad, but I didn't especially enjoy it.

The Memory Agent is organized into eight chapters. Eight looooooong chapters. They alternate between first person perspective and third person, all told from the same MC's, Parker's, perspective. Chapter one took
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book starts with the main characters exploring an ancient Egyptian tomb- although I wasn't sure why. Maybe I just missed something, but I wasn't sure what they were looking for. Despite being confused by this, it was nice to see a book set in Egypt, as this is a fairly uncommon setting in books.

I did enjoy this book, hence the four stars, however until around a third of the way through, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The characters seemed to be equally as clueless, therefore it
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
The story begins in Cairo in the year 1933. Roger Parker thinks that he and his team are about to unearth an ancient Egyptian tomb but instead they find an underground city, New York City to be exact but not from 1933 but far into the future.

But there’s something lurking in the city, something that doesn’t want them there. Memories start to come back to Roger. He’s not an archaeologist but a prison breaker trapped inside a high tech prison, a prison of the mind, and he’s about to attempt the
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Trigger Warning for Violence, Murder and Rape

Okay, I almost DNF’d this book because when I first started it, it was very strange and hard to keep up with. As you went along the pieces started to go together. I really enjoyed this novel, but I didn’t quite understand any of the writing till the end of the book.

You start with the MC Parker, he is an explorer in Egypt with a crew exploring tunnels with his crew. You start to progress when they find a city underground that is an exact replica of
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Memory Agent has a lot in common with The Matrix. But don’t think that detracts from its allure or originality. In The Memory Agent, traditional prisons have been replaced with virtual worlds set in alternate time periods where memory-wiped prisoners are given new bodies and new lives. Parker and his team break prisoners free from their virtual prisons. Their most recent assignment is their most difficult yet - entry into a closed system, the maximum security prison set in 1950s Manhattan.

Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book's storyline is better than The Matrix and Inception combined!

Mr. Delaney has created such an interesting picture of the world of the future that I can't stop thinking about what it would be like to be in one of these virtual prisons. It just all makes sense in terms of space, money, and everything else. Parker, the narrator, you can tell is a good guy and you like him. He may be unconsciously unreliable, but the reader knows he's a good person.

As far as the process of reading this one
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans
I love books where everything comes together at the end, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief until everything starts to make sense. By the time I started this book, I had forgotten what the summary said which also helped me get into it since I was as surprised as the main character when he found out he was in a prison simulation. The worlds seemed so well planned out and felt real.

Almost everything that mildly confused me, was explained and meaningful in the end. And I definitely
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

An ambitious and exciting novel set in various versions of Manhattan (kind of!). I don't want to say too much about the plot as this is the kind of novel you should really go into with your eyes closed. Honestly, I even think the synopsis says too much which takes away some of the effect from the first part of the book.

The story is full of twists and turns and I did often find myself thinking that I had no idea what was going on but in the best possible way. As you read through the book
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Panopticon is watching....

Wow, it's been 20 years since The Matrix came out. For those who saw it when it did, I imagine it will feel like a touchstone reference although the text is unique in concept and certainly not derivative. I was interested to learn at the end that the author really is a cop!

It's the kind of detailed writing style and multi-temporal plot that will have readers either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it and thought it was wise that the plot predominantly takes place
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like looking at a Monet up close, this book resembles a beautiful mess. Then once you finish it and take a step back, you can see all the brushstrokes and plot twists come together to weave a wonderful story. There are just so many layers of this story, that you are drawn further and further in. When I read the blurb and started the story I kept stopping and going back. The story being told and the story I was reading didn’t seem to match. I kept waiting for Delaney to give up and stick to ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Thank you to Netgalley and 47North for allowing me to read this novel!
This story was a mind bender. It throws you for a loop every single time. This novel was a series of plot twists and constantly kept me on my toes. As soon as I thought that I had figured something out, I felt like a rug had been yanked out from underneath me and I was soon diving into a new portion of the story.
It starts out in "Egypt" where the main character is going on a dig. It soon turns out that there is a city
Mark Gardner
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The premise and ultimate reveal of The Memory Agent is nothing new. I saw it on Netgalley, and decided to give it a whirl. Inception, The Adjustment Bureau, and The Matrix come to mind as the protagonist slowly unravels the mystery of who he is and what his world is all about. The chapter structure of this book was crazypants, with the first chapter consisting of the first third of the book. That chapter has this surreal horror-chic that was a turn-off for me. I gritted my teeth, and slogged ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2018
Surprisingly good for one of those books Amazon puts on sale for something like $0.99, and they're by an author you've never heard of, and you're kind of like 'do I take a chance on this, I mean, it's only a dollar, but it still could be so bad, like reading someone's tumblr or LJ fanfic bad, only I've paid for it'.

Except no! It was good! I won the Amazon super-sale lottery!

It's a sci-fi novel, I guess, if I classified it. The protagonists break people out of prison. Only since this is in the
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would say this novel of the futuristic prison system is both in the terror and the horror genres! I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out what was happening-but then the characters had trouble figuring out what was going on also. I also had to stop reading every hour or so since it was scaring me to death!

It starts out innocuous enough--an archeologist with his team in Egypt. They find an Egyptian crypt which has not been disturbed--then ------they are forced to go deep into the crypt to
Mariel (TheCrownedGoddessReads)
*I received a copy of The Memory Agent through Netgalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review.*

The first thing that came to my mind when I was reading The Memory Agent was: this is like The Matrix and Inception combined! I can say I wasn’t the only one thinking it. It mix elements of both stories, but I should say it isn’t as fast paced as it could have been. The first chapter was too long for my taste, almost 30% of the book building this tension with some mysterious incidents when it
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is an honest review.

I fell right in the middle between liking and disliking this book. I think the author did a fantastic job creating the story world and I would read another book about a different protagonist that took place in this world. I had a number of issues with the order in which the story was told. The story starts right in the middle of things, so much so that I thought I skipped a page or two because I knew next to nothing
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