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The Neon Heart

(The Synthetic Albatross #2)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  5 reviews
With the payment from his last job on the line, Corporate Operative, Reggie, has to return to a place he swore he would never go again. Teaming up with Teal and her squad from a competing company, he must go to Earth, to one of the amalgamated cities spread across the surface, and find something that may not even exist. Cutting through the megalopolis is a place soaked in ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 12th 2019 by Adventure Worlds Press
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Vanessa Shields
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dongen's 'The Neon Heart' is an action-packed, sometimes terrifying, adventure that pushes us into a future where the earth is a nasty darkness, and humans are desperate to get to space. The main characters are strong and comedic and the dialogue moves the plot and page-turning in a satisfying way. Van Dongen's second sci-fi novel is wild ride. Hup! I loved that I could read it in three days - and that the images he created gave me nightmares. 'The Neon Heart' is an exciting, science fiction rea ...more
Michael Drakich
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ben enters his dystopian world established in his previous novella, The Thinking Machine. Unlike its predecessor, this novella focuses much more on the action (it's non-stop), than the setting, but give credit to the author to still find ways to introduce new environments (and characters) among all the battles. Although the setting is the same dystopian one, I would not classify this novella so. Because of the non-stop fighting, it reads more like military sci-fi than anything else. ...more
Christian Laforet
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book in The Synthetic Albatross series (love that name), The Neon Heart features news characters residing in the same world as the first book (The Thinking Machine).

I was expecting a story similar to the Thinking Machine, which had a strong Blade Runner vibe, but
The Neon Heart delivers something else. All the sci-fi goodness was there, but the tone was different. It reads more like an adventure book. Picture an Indian Jones story filtered through a science fiction lens, and you will
Brittni Brinn
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An action adventure that fits in your pocket! I love the design concept for this series. The element I found most interesting in the book was the underplayed coming home narrative that is the subtext for the adult protagonist's journey through the Wall. There are horrifying monsters, dangerous people, poorly-lit stairwells - none of the nostalgia of childhood. Only the intense desire to escape it and never return. The plot is fairly straightforward, which makes sense given the length of the book ...more
Deborah James Van Dongen
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t stop reading it. Great characters. A thoroughly good read!
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Ben Van Dongen grew up in Windsor Ontario. He likes to think that if he tried harder he could have been an Astronaut, but he is happier writing science fiction anyway. He co-authored the books No Light Tomorrow and All These Crooked streets, and is one half of the founding team of Adventure Worlds Press. His first solo book, The Thinking Machine, a cyberpunk novella, came out last year and the unc ...more

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