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Under the Amoral Bridge

(The Bridge Chronicles #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all, but when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published January 31st 2008 by CreateSpace (first published 2008)
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My original Under the Amoral Bridge audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
Under The Amoral Bridge is the first novella in the Bridge Chronicles, a series of four books so far. Set in LA in 2028, it introduces Artemis Bridge, who is the guy who knows a guy. He is a kind of facilitator in the shady underworld who connects people for a small fee without actually touching anything illegal himself. Artemis is the amoral anti-hero of the story, but I essentially found him
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cyberpunks, people who don't usually read scifi
This is a solid, but not groundbreaking cyberpunk adventure. Gary doesn't tread too far off the genre's beaten path, and for most of the book the action and dialogue (though not the vocabulary; sed -e "s/cyberpunk/SomeGenre/g") could be set in any noir story from Renaissance Europe to the far distant future. It's a quick read, and it's full of likable characters.

It doesn't suffer from the drawbacks typical of episodically published stories. Each installment flows well into the next, with no unne
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Review of Story Line:

This is my first book within the genre of cyberpunk. I wasn’t really sure what that was about so I entered into it lightly. Well it’s great. Cyberpunk novels deal with hackers: a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism. That has the potential of becoming a disaster. However Gary Ballard really manages to give us enough of the tech stuff and enough of every day happenings to keep us intrigued.
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave this a 4.5 star review on Audible

This was a wild ride on the cyber side. Bridge is a former hacker who now stays out of the loop while hiring others to do his dirty work allowing him to stay under the radar. He can still access the global net from anywhere but he’s pretty much a moral-lacking middleman. He has his ex-cyber chick Angela who’s an information broker hire a hacker named Kyra to do a job and they plan a meeting at a club called The Arsenal. Bridge takes along his bodyguard Ari
John Hawthorne
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I'm always hesitant to start into any cyberpunk book outside of the main powerhouses in the genre. The oft-maligned cyberpunk style is too important to me, to much an integral part of my youth, that I fear losing some of that wonder to half-hearted, self-published efforts.

Under the Amoral Bridge, the first in a series By Gary Ballard, fits perfectly into the mold of those famous writers who need not be named. With those writers moving on to other parallel genres, "Bridge" provid
Joe Hempel
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
My full review will be posted at the Top of the Heap Review blog later today at

When the words "indy author", or "indy book" come up, you often think of people who couldn't cut it in the real world of publishing deals. More and more that wall is coming down, and the bar is getting set higher and higher for writers. Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary A. Ballard is one such book. It deserves to have a publisher look at it, and it deserves to be in stores. A cyberpunk thriller s
Dennis Meredith
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-activity
First time I read a cyperpunk novel and to my surprise I liked it.

I am going to give this book 3.5 to 4 stars. Mostly because of my problem with accepting characters walking away from physical attacks. But also because I found some formatting errors in the mobi copy I read.
I don’t usually read cyberpunk and I was surprised how much I enjoyed Under the Amoral Bridge. Gary Ballard has managed to create a somewhat believable future society, that is creepy and scary, not unlike the political intrig
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

Overview and Analysis:I had read about Under the Amoral Bridge online and after reading the first chapter, I liked the writing enough to give the novel a try. In the end I'm very pleased with my experience with this book, and am happy that I gave this novel a try.

Under the Amoral Bridge is a cyberpunk novel set in Los Angeles in the year 2028. As dystopian futures go, this one has the best that technology has to offer and showcases the worst of humanity.
Dec 20, 2009 rated it liked it
At its heart, there is a reasonably entertaining thriller in this book, and there are enough interesting ideas to keep you reading it. However it's badly let down by its many flaws. I rate it 2.5 stars, generously rounding up to 3.

Summary - Bridge, our protagonist, is an underworld facilitator of sorts. If you need something shady done, for a small fee he will put you in touch with someone who can do it for you. In the course of this business, he accidentally comes into possession of some incrim
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, sci-fi
Cyber-punk, near-future sci-fi, urban sci-fi, any one of those terms could describe Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary A. Ballard. It could also be described as a good yarn featuring an ambiguous, yet relatable, main character.

The plot centers around Artemis Bridge, a slightly shady go-between who can get you what you want, be it illegal or immoral. It is business as usual until one of his deals goes sour and he finds himself with killers on his tail and in possession of information he doesn’t want
Patrick Sherriff
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Not sure how I happened upon this one, I think an algorithm figured out that if I dug China Mieville's The City The City then I'd dig this, you dig? And I dug it, although it would be unfair to compare the two too closely. Mieville's writing "at the height of his powers" as they say, while this is only Ballard's first.

But it's not bad, and in parts is pretty good, particularly the character of the amoral fixer (though of course with a heart of gold). It's not groundbreaking stuff, but it's a sol
Brandon Cole
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in cyberpunk
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Shelves: cyberpunk
I really liked the book. And I got it for .99 on my kindle with a gift card when I was looking for some cyberpunk novels. Something I like but I have not gotten to read much. Overall I thought it was a good read, and the second book I just bought for my kindle. The plot was nice, although I did see quite a bit of it coming way ahead of time. Although I always think through the plot and try to predict it as I read. I liked Aristotle quite a bit and do wish he was expanded upon further in this boo ...more
Patrick Todoroff
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Having recently suffered through several cringe-worthy self-pubbed sci fi books, I'm pleased to say "I know a guy" who went against the grain.

Read "Under the Amoral Bridge" last night and enjoyed every bit. I won't bore you with a synopsis or spoilers, but the novel deals with low-life fixer caught up in a nasty little episode of corrupt politics and murder. Nothing new there, you say. Right. This isn't a ground-breaking plot line and you won't find any breathtaking prose. It is, however, a soli
Sarah Stevens
Artimis Bridge is the guy who always "knows a guy" that has whatever you need. For the right price, he will be your Bridge and connect you to him.
Artimis loves that he can do this without ever actually crossing the line into anything illegal.
But suddenly one day he finds himself in the middle of  just the kind of mess he thought he could avoid. The kind that gets you killed.
This is the story of how he works to get himself out of it.
The catagory this book falls under is called cyberpunk.  I have
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cyber-punk
I liked the story. I like cyber-punk. You would think I would have given it a 4 maybe even a 5. I couldn't because while the story was very genre driven it was a little disjointed and heavy handed. Characters for me are what make a great story, plot and flow of a story not so much. The characters were a little too simple for my reading taste. Thats not saying I will not read the next book. I over all thought it was good, just wished for a little more character development.
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The antihero of this piece - Artemis Bridge, is the ’go-to guy’ for shady dealings. He feigns disinterest in the details of the deal itself, but for a fee he can put you in touch with the right people (hence his nickname the Amoral Bridge). Inevitably however, he gets drawn in to a signifcant amount of trouble and has to navigate his way out, which is the main emphasis of this novel.

Full review at
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty short and streamlined and didn't get bogged down with extra twists or overly technical jargon, while still giving us the info we need to get immersed in the gritty cyberpunk world. My only complaint is that the epilogue didn't really have the same tone as the rest of the book - just seemed a little out of place, and almost unnecessary.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It took a little bit to decide I liked this book. As I read the following novels in the series things picked up for me. It's got some good action and the characters aren't all one dimensional, though it draws heavily on established cyber-punk tropes.

A slightly different take on the genre that I'd recommend.
Scott Collins
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little worried that I'd get lost in a book filled with technical jargon, but Mr. Ballard did a fantastic job of giving me enough information that I understood the premise without overwhelming me with techie speak. The fast, action packed plot kept me turning pages well into the night.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really liked the main character in this story. Well that's not true...he's an ass. I really liked reading about this character in this story. The world Ballard created was interesting as well. Cyberpunk without going way out there like Gibson.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Solid cyberpunk which is a definite compliment. A little short and a little repetitive in the character description, but I'll cut some slack since it is setting up a narration that hopefully continues.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like early Gibson then this book will appeal to you. Gary Ballard writes old school Cyberpunk and writes it well.
Gary Ballard
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my debut novel.
Leslie Fisher
This was an interesting cyber-punk/sci-fi/thriller. It held my attention enough that I would like to read the next book in the series. I feel like the characters could have used a little more development so that they would be easier to connect with. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Joe Hempel. As always, he did a good job with the narration and created unique voices for each character. Overall, an entertaining read perfect for fans of cyber-punk/sci-fi.
Adam Smith
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Artemis Bridge is a fixer. You need something? Bridge knows a guy. For a finder’s fee, he can hook you up, no questions asked. In fact, the less he knows the better. As a character, he is a curious one; he is the protagonist but he is conflicted, and so, as readers, we’re never quite sure how we should feel about him.

Full review:
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, spec-fic, sci-fi
Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary Bollard is the first novel in The Bridge Chronicles trilogy. Originally published in installments on the author's blog, Amoral Bridge is a story about a hacker-turned-fixer named Artemis Bridge. With a healthy bit of hatred towards the human race, Bridge is forced to play a game of dealing in deadly secrets with morally reprehensible enemies.

Artemis knows people. Whether you have a dirty deed that needs doing or a festering secret that needs burying, he can fix it
Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary A. Ballard In this cyberpunkian near future novel, Artemis Bridge is a fixer – the go-to guy for when you need something illegal or under the radar. Bridge doesn’t care how foul your need is, he simply finds you the guy who can make it happen, taking a small fixer fee along the way. He’s proud to say he himself never does anything indecent; he merely facilitates. Of course, that all goes sideways when a dying associate feeds him a recording of the present mayor do ...more
Amie's Book Reviews
Author: Gary A. Ballard
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 4 hours
Genre: Contemporary Science-Fiction, Cyberpunk
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Artemis Bridge is a fixer. The year is 2028. The place is Los Angeles. Artemis is known as “The Amoral Bridge” for his willingness to introduce a customer to a supplier for any and every need, no matter how disturbing or depraved. He likes to think that he is above it all and since h
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
( Format : Audiobook )
"" Just waiting around for a bigger dog...""
Set a decade or so in a future (2028) Los Angeles, after the USA has run out of money, meet Artemis Bridge, like his name, a bridge, a fixer, who links people with needs to those who can supply them - "I know a guy...". That's all he is, the middleman. He doesn't want any part of the action, doesn't want to know what goes down. He doesn't care; he's not nicknamed Amoral for no good reason. But in his line of work he really needs p
A. Sines
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, mystery
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)

I did not know what to expect from “cyberpunk,” having never read anything like that. So I don’t have anything in the genre to compare it too. But if any other character is like Mr. Bridge, I will definitely be very inclined to read it. This was one of the few listens that I delved into without great expectations. It rewarded me by being a very enjoyable read.

The narration makes the story come alive. I could just close my eyes and
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I began writing things down at the age of eleven, and I haven't stopped since. I have written far too many things that have gone unpublished, from very terrible horror novels in my teens, to comics during my time at Belhaven College until finally settling on cyberpunk science fiction after graduation. I have released three novels in a cyberpunk series called The Bridge Chronicles. The Bridge Chron ...more

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