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The Cronian Incident

(The Formist #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A disgraced investigator on Mercury. A man’s disappearance on Titan. A conspiracy. Jeremiah soon learns his shot at redemption may cost him his life.

Disgraced investigator, Jeremiah Ward, once worked the Martian beat, now he's serving out his sentence in a mining colony on Mercury. His golden opportunity arises when a member of a powerful faction on Titan v
Published 2017 by Castrum Press
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Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a good read that sucked me in and kept me wondering. I particularly enjoyed the world building aspects, and the overarching storyline which is clearly going to continue in the next book. Initially I had some reservations about the main character, however he developed very satisfyingly over the course of the story, and I liked him more and more as the story progressed.

There are some nice little hints tucked away here and there in the language, which I'm hoping will play out interes
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Oct 15, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who would like Detective stories in Space, and Redemption arcs.
Shelves: science-fiction, dnf
DNF at 20%. Unrated on policy.

The book deserves an explanation. The reasons for DNF'ing this book are very specific and particular to me.

What I really liked about the book.

The world building is A+. Matthew Williams has created a multi-layered future with depth and verve. Awesome work - loved that side of the story.

Why did I DNF it? Two reasons.

[1-minor] Pacing. There was a sense the story dwelled too long on things that set the scene rather than moving the narrative forward. Noting that I'm a hu
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read science fiction for years, so I had a pretty fresh approach to reading The Cronian Incident. First of all, I’d never thought about the fact that science fiction writers, especially in a first book in a series, can’t just tell a story; they have to, at the same time, create the world in which the characters move. I’d say that Matthew Williams did an excellent job with this. I now have a good understanding of how the world works in this series. I’d describe the novel as a futuristic ...more
Doug Petryk
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
One thing I really like about this book is that it's easy to classify. If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov's Robot series, the Expanse, or detective novels, then this book is right up your alley.

The main character is tightly written, there is very solid world building with enough details to keep the story moving, while still teasing plenty of content for other adventures. Dialogue and character building is a bit spotty though, solid in some areas and weak in others, which I will expand on below.

Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize how deeply I was drawn into this book until I was about halfway through it!

It has a distinctive style, with a multileveled story, and a main character I connected with quite easily.

Reminiscent of "The Expanse" - the TV show, since I have not yet read any of the books by S.A. Corey - but that same mix of future/cyberpunk/mystery that grabs my attention.

Well done!
Yes, I'm heading for the next in the series.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I love mysteries, and I like sci-fi, and this book is a good combination of the two. The first few chapters are a bit slow as the author introduces his future world, where humans have populated the outer planets. Soon enough the story gets going, as our hero is offered freedom from being a convict laborer in exchange for investigating a missing-person case. It seems like an easy choice, however the job involves a lot more danger and intrigue than it appears.

The author does a good job with creat
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Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this in a Giveaway a while ago and put off reading it for a while, but I'm sorry I did! The world-building is very good, the book is fast-paced and action-packed, and you don't get hit with any sci-fi cliches to pull you out of the story. The storyline is internally consistent, and honestly a really fun way to spend some time. ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really expanded my imagination to encompass human settlements on other planets. Normally I simply imagine a future with a ruined earth, and feel distressed about humankind's inability to cooperate to solve the serious problems facing us. ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Had this on my to-read list for a long while. Finally got around to it and it struck me as very mediocre.
Nothing to write home about.
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I'm a science communicator and journalist who writes for Universe Today and a handful of other publications. I've written thousands of articles on the subjects of astronomy, space exploration, Earth science, and cosmology. I am also a lover of sci-fi and the classics - always have been, always will be!

My first published novel, The Cronian Incident, (Formist Series #1) was released in 2017 and cra

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The Formist (3 books)
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