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The Puzzler's War

(The Tarakan Chronicles #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The intriguing futuristic dystopian story begun with The Lost Puzzler continues in this expansive speculative science fiction adventure.

There is nothing out of the ordinary in waking up . . . unless you’re dead.

Sent on a dangerous mission with little hope of succeeding, the man known as “Twinkle Eyes” has beaten the odds and found the key that could save civilization:
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Published February 4th 2020 by Harper Voyager (first published January 28th 2020)
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Elwood Taylor
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Puzzler was one of my favourite books of last year, and I’m pretty sure The Puzzler’s War will be one of my favourites this year, despite it only being February.

One of the standout features of both books is the setting, which focuses on the ruins of a much-advanced long-dead civilization, the Tarkanians. It’s a post-apocalyptic dystopia, where humanity clings to existence but has reverted to a more medieval and barbaric society. To have people whose descriptions could easily place them
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Clifford Smith
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready to be "manouevered"! A beautifully woven blending of characters journeys to a final gathering. Built off the shoulders of SciFi greats (a lot of Arthur C. Clark influences and others) Eyal adds his own mix of talent and imagination. Even harder to put down than the first chronicle. My only disappointment would be if the series ends here... Encore!! A must read for people who enjoy action packed adventure with some twists.
Joe Crowe
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Eyal Kless is a classical violinist, but he can whomp up a sci-fi adventure novel, too.

This one is a sequel to the first one, so you'll need to read that one first. This one I like better. That is to say, the first one is really good, too -- but this one ramps up the action and the adventure, and the motley crew of companions mucking about in a future where everything went into the pooper.

(That's the technical definition of a dystopia, by the way.)

It's fun, thrilling, and well worth a
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Jon
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm glad to finally get back into the Post-Collapse world that Kless dreamed up in The Lost Puzzler, and even more glad to see how it's expanded. As I mentioned in my review of the first novel, Kless excels at world building and this book puts his abilities on parade. Much like Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, we have a story within a story, but multiples thereof as we're hearing from two new characters in addition to the main storyline.

Once again, I think the edginess is a little
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