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The Puzzler's War

(The Tarakan Chronicles #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  21 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: Rafi
ebook, 560 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Harper Voyager (first published January 28th 2020)
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukra's balls!
This was very good.

The Puzzler's War is the continuation of book 1 The Lost Puzzler.
I gave that book a negative 2 star review.

The author responded to my criticism. "Thank you for your review - EK"
Holy smokes!
I felt a little guilty about being so harsh.
A couple months ago the author sent me a message through Goodreads.

Eyal said to you:
You gave The Lost Puzzler 2 stars
How about you check if I had improved ;-)"
Holy smokes!

I like to think my reviews are fair so i gave it a try an
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. ...more
David Pomerico
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think what Kless does so well is fill the world with both wonder, darkness, violence, and hope. The dream of what technology can do versus what it has done. While not the same Mad Max adventure of The Lost Puzzler, it's full of action and a sense of morals that I find to be hallmarks of the very best classic science fiction. ...more
Mike Manzer
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
NB: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway contest. This fact has not influenced this review.

This is a very solid adventure book - a fun read, overall. I think it's notably stronger than the first book in the series, though it does still have some problems. You can see that the author is still perfecting his craft, though he's come a way since the first book. Overall, an enjoyable story. 3 stars is what I rate most good-but-not-spectacular books I read.

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
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 weak
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After enjoying The Lost Puzzler, I was looking forward to The Puzzler's War. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed Puzzler's War based on I could not put it down. I'm fascinated with the dystopian world that Eyal Kless has created in theses two books. A great fun read especially if you are into dystopian Sci-Fi. ...more
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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this series!
Ann Kietzman
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love science fiction and this book didn't disappoint. ...more
Vikki Houghton
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong improvement on the first instalment, The Puzzler's War is a post-apocalyptic novel with a difference.

Considering I was not a fan of Twinkle Eyes', Galinak's, and Vincha's part of The Lost Puzzler, it is perhaps a surprise that I enjoyed TPW as much as I did. Overall, the story/plot itself seemed more clearly delivered and it was simply a more intriguing read for it.

Now fully established that this story takes part in our world, a few hundred years after a future-apocalypse, TPW focuses
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I enjoyed The Lost Puzzler, but thought it had a weak ending, and I feel the same way about this one.

While tying up various narrative strands (with a bit of tedious explanation, to be honest) I was almost expecting "to be continued" to be the final sentence of the book - and I absolutely hate that in TV programmes that offer self-contained episodes, especially when I was not prewarned of it.

I suppose I should probably trot out my long-running antipathy to trilogies, or worse longer series of boo
Vernon Luckert
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review is of a free Uncorrected Proof Edition. I very much enjoyed this novel. I had not read the first novel in this series, so was a little slow on the uptake regarding what was going on. I plan on getting a copy of the first novel in the series to hopefully fill in some holes in my understanding of this story. But overall, I believe this to be a fine story by a talented author. Hope more novels in this series are in the works.
"The Puzzler's War" by Eyal Kless is a sequel to "The Lost Puzzler", a sci-fi action/adventure series that reminded me of Dr. Who (which I was watching while I was reading, so that might have influenced the comparison). And I don't think you have to read book 1 to get this story - and mainly because I also didn't read book 1. 😂

This was an ARC I received and held on to because scifi books (looking at you "Dune") tend to be very involved - new landmarks, new rules, different worlds that require so
Will G.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different but slightly better sequel to the Lost Puzzler. Less characters but more clearly defined, and for the returning protagonists, their interactions with each other are endearingly natural with a few genuinely hilarious moments.

This book also more than gave the context of the Tarakan civilization and what happened to them, almost making a mandatory read on the first book.

I'm a bit disappointed at the absence of the supertrucks, one of the highlights in the first book. But a better pacing
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another effective book the series, although somewhat less satisfying than the first as the world is less novel. Some of the resolutions of the "what happened" to break civilization and "what's next" were not completely completely convincing. The theme of aging is interestingly contrasted between two male characters. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
A good sequel and I kind of wish it would continue. Characters are so divers and sometimes I am not even sure who is really to like - but nevertheless a good story, lots of interesting ideas for a future world.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Plodding. I skimmed most of the middle because I wanted to get to the end. The beginning and the ending get 3 stars, but you need to go through the middle to get there and there just isn’t enough story or character to be worth the read.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
There's exactly one good character buried under awkward dialogue, cardboard character archetypes, and laughable decisions made in order to further the "plot" ...more
mike brown
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Great sequel to the first book thoroughly enjoyed it.
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