This novel takes you on a trip of the meteoritic life of Jacob Ashton. There are a lot of interesting details provide and we get to know a lot about Jake. There are many story lines left unfinished, but that is to be expected from a trilogy. This is fast-paced with lots of unexpected plot twists.
A new approach to what is becoming a main theme is today's science fiction . Loved the story line and the way the prose flowed from chapter to chapter. Cannot wait for the next book so I can continue the adventure.
Cordell has talent but would benefit from a professional editor. The books are fast paced but suffer from holes in the plot and timeline big enough to pilot the Enterprise through. Some actions by the characters don't make sense, maybe they're not supposed, who can tell? The technical jargon he uses mixes old and new in baffling ways, but maybe that's the way it is in a dystopian society. The dialog suffers from repetition, often just stating the obvious, almost as the author was filling in space in the book, this is where a professional editor would have been useful. I understand that writing is hard and criticism is easy, but it must be done for the good of mankind. Are the books worth what Cordell is charging, yes they are, there is usually never a dull moment...
Science Fiction is not what I normally read, but I started reading this book and could not wait to see what happened next. It is so descriptive that I could really see this world and believe that it was happening. I can't wait till the next book comes out.
I write reviews seldom, but this first novel prompted me to give my opinion. As a first work of substantial length I expected grammar misfires and indeed there were several, but they did not impede my reading. The character development will be improved, but the plot was wonderfully twisted and kept my attention for the entire reading.
I’m a diehard science fiction fan and choose most of my reading from Prime Unlimited (The price is right and I do find quite a few excellent first works who I’m sure would never see light in the old paper publisher’s world) , I will choose from the big time guys when they publish; e.g., Neal Stephenson.
It is heartening to read a first novel of such scope and depth, ignoring a few technical difficulties, is a pleasure. I suggest everyone who enjoys the “cyberpunk” genre put this novel high on their list. It establishes a sound foundation for future works.
I am not a fan of short stories, especially those whose description reads great only to find it is 30 pages long. The author Drew Cordell promised a second work in a series, however when finding two more on Amazon they were indeed not a sequel. But still I’ll give this work a 5 star rating.
I look forward to how Baron Jacob Ashton helps save humanity
Absolute Knowledge by Drew Cordell My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This science fiction borrows from many dystopian mega-city traditions, but it begins and it finishes with a rather awesome focus on Thoughts.
No, no, not like the thought police, although there *is* a bit of that going on, but on the interesting concretization of thoughts becoming actionable and even becoming possessions that people can trade for basic living expenses in the slums. Let's hook you up and scan you, son. Any original thoughts? No? Oh well, you can get your basic living allowance as long as you tow the line.
Eeek. Not only timely and eerily like what we've already got now, the author takes it to new levels and lets the elite and the big computer that runs the society do some really interesting things... such as the pursuit of Absolute Knowledge... which, you should know, is pretty much a euphemism. :)
This is a dystopia with lots of clandestine and thrilling counter-culture elements, after all, and I can name at least 3 major and pretty awesome plot twists that I'm not going to spoil for your reading pleasure, but rest assured that the story is quite solid and interesting throughout, not just a pretty idea, but a character-driven thriller as well.
The book delivers. Are you looking for some clever SF with cyberpunk elements and a Hard-SF dystopia with a good MC that struggles, strives, against the machine? Look no further. :)