"[A] cleverly executed [blend] of science fiction, suspense and horror. ... a certified dark journey into madness." (David Gammon, Horror News)
A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake.
A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.
©2012 Shane Stadler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC
Very compelling, with scenes of cringe-inducing torture. I found myself saying "oh...oh..oh no...oh no..." a lot! This isn't about gratuitous violence - the torture scenes serve to make you understand how truly awful and hopeless the character's situation is, and also to bring about the interesting twist that I didn't see coming. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but I didn't feel like there were loose ends. Definitely recommended.
I go through 3 - 4 books a month and I have never written a review until I finished reading Exoskeleton. It gripped me from the very start and I was hooked until the end. Note to author: Please hurry up and write more books!
Definitely one of the better ones I've read recently. Great writing style, compelling story and original plot elements that keep you guessing. The story keeps it's secrets until the climax, and while it has good detail and thought provoking sections, it never lets them get too technical or too esoteric.
The narrative structure is definitely the strongest part. He cuts around to various characters and scenes, stays with them long enough to convey the meaning of the scene and moves on to the next. The resulting narrative flow is excellent, it never drags and results in a real page turner. He avoids the pitfalls of this type of writing by focusing on a core cast of characters and never padding it out with throw away characters.
This book clearly leaves some questions unanswered and there are definitely hooks for a follow-up if the author plans to write one. So if you are the type of person who wants every last detail explained, you may be disappointed.
This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.
If you are one of those Audible listeners who think so highly of themselves that you have dozens of followers, and yet follow no one, then I have nothing to say to you.
However, for those of you like myself, who like to follow similar (or dis-similar listeners) so as to find new books to challenge my readership and broaden horizons (etc...), then to you I say "thank you".
"Exoskeleton" was a book I decided to try after reading one of my fellow Audible listener's reviews. It just sounded so different from anything I would otherwise have tried, and for the most part... it was.
"Exoskeleton" was fairly well-written, and the concept was unique. I thought the hero character had a nice build up, so that I felt like I was backing him all the way. The story might pass as a horror novel to some readers, so be warned if 'interrogations' make you uneasy.
However, after thinking about this book, I thought there was a lot of untapped potential that may have been explored that might have made this an exceptional book. For example: the confines of the main setting may have also been looked into more, and explored to some extent (literally). And, without giving anything away, frankly the climax went far-out into the bizarre.
This book seems specifically geared towards men, although that is not to say that women couldn't also enjoy this genre. If you are the kind of guy that likes to read about mentally tough, military-minded warriors who have to fight against impossible odds, this may be for you.
All in all, I can't say I enjoyed reading this (if you try it, you'll know what I mean), but it was not bad. And the concept was more unique than most, which is a credit to the author. I could see this being a movie, but it would be rated R for violence.
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