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In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and an increasingly unsettled population.

After a prominent California congresswoman is assassinated for her support of the state's secession from the United States, Nathan Fisher - accidental witness to a clandestine military-style operation - is drawn into an unraveling conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of power and threatens the lives of Fisher and his family.

Hunted by ruthless killers seeking to ensure his silence, suspected by the authorities, and aided only by a loyal Marine officer with a mysterious agenda, Fisher and his loved ones must somehow stay a step ahead of their relentless pursuers, navigating a ruined world in a desperate search for sanctuary.

©2016 Steven Konkoly (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-06-17

Warning: this novel ends in a cliffhanger

The good news is that the second novel in the series will be released in 5 days.

Fractured State is set in San Diego area of California in the year 2035. Parts of the state have water rationing and most of the state is in poverty brought on by leftist state and local governments. Politicians are being murdered. A state of war exists between those who want to secede from the US and those who want to remain a US state. The novel certainly is action and suspense filled.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good but doesn't tell the whole story

‘Fractured State’ is an interesting story part eco warning, and part thriller with a bit of George Orwell mixed in. The writing is good, the story is well thought out and the characters are likable, but I had two issues with this book. First, it took a long time to get going. As a thriller, it didn’t really have any action until about half way though, but from there it kept but a pretty good pace. Second is that this book doesn’t tell the whole story. You’ll need to get the second book (and possibly more?) to get the whole picture. I’m a big Konkoly fan so I don’t mind the investment but it’s a little bit of a pet peeve of mine. Overall, I enjoyed the story and can’t wait to move on to the next book.

The narrator does a great job with all the characters and really helps bring the story to life.

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Incomplete story, sterotypical characters

The storyline is interesting, there is enough action to keep one listening. But I had two huge problems with the book.
First, the story ends abruptly without any (even minor) conclusion. It’s like the first episode of a multi part series. From the reviews of the second episode, even that doesn’t conclude the story. I am not sure if I can commit to at least two more 10+ hours of books to get to the end. It’s likely to be longer than that.
The second is that both female characters (wives of the two key characters) are one dimensional, stereotypes. They do nothing more than whine and overreact constantly to a point where it becomes distracting. I nearly wished they would get killed so they would be out of the story. Spoiler alert, one of them does near the end.

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Action packed

This was a fun listen. Enjoyed the action and the narrator did a good job with voices

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Crystal Ball

What did you love best about Fractured State?

Konkoly has an uncanny insight toward the developing trajectory of our Republic. This fictional story is compelling enough but it is somewhat secondary to the prescient, ineluctable trends he has captured in this series. Aptly titled, "Fractured State", is the closest condensation of thought that I have read on the current processes which continue to balkanize our nation - a transformation that is as tragic as it is long overdue.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fractured State

Any additional comments?

Bravo Steve Konkoly.

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Beware of the cliffhanger ending!

I think I was expecting a political spin and never figured out what it was or if it was actually there. This book was different enough from most everything in the genre, but still quite believable, IMO.

My only real complaint was that it was hard for me to keep track of the characters. I noticed that the author would alternate between calling somebody by their first name, their last name, their relationship to another character, etc. I usually appreciate this avoidance to repeating the same word (or name) over and over, but this may have added to my confusion. It may have also been the names, specifically, but I don't have a specific reason to say that is the case. I do know it would have been nice if the narrator had more voices in his repertoire, but I may be getting spoiled. ;-). I did think the narrator did a good job overall.

My only other complaint is that the ending is one helluva cliffhanger! I don't always have a problem with cliffhanger endings, but this one is a doozy! Thank goodness book 2 is already out!

Oh, my last comment... this book is a great value at under $8! I didn't even feel right using a credit when I could buy it so cheap!

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entertaining

had me until the last few chapters. didn't love the ending, felt abrupt. reader was easy to follow.

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so bored. much eye rolling

What disappointed you about Fractured State?

this book is described as a possibly realistic idea of what life would be like in america after a disaster. i suppose that could be true. but as someone who enjoys non fiction that has a STORYLINE, it BORED me to tears. this book just drones on an on about guns, their technical specifications, the military, and covert operations.

sigh. the characters are wooden gi joe caricatures, the women are cast as stressed out crazies who are also damsels in distress, and the main characters are politically void.

i listened right up to the last 1 hour of narration in hope it would get more interesting, but it just never does. the pace never picks up. supposed military geniuses make obvious mistakes, the characters tend to just sit around with their thumbs up their ars**

skip it. i'd be returning it if i hadn't bought 2 books on one credit. (the other one was great).

What could Steven Konkoly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

written a better book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Timothy Andrés Pabon?

anyone without a monotone voice

What character would you cut from Fractured State?

hmm, probably all of them

Any additional comments?

just dreadful. i can't believe someone published this trash.

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Great book but the ending was too abrupt...

Book was an enjoyable performance and story but it just ended out of nowhere and left me frustrated. Will buy the next book to continue the series...

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The subject matter is very timely and interesting

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes and no. The premise is really timely to climate change. It is short on the science. It has a very action movie overall plot. I am more a science, tech person so I found the action/military chase and battles a little tiresome.However, I am writing a review which I very rarely take the time to do, so I guess I did enjoy it.

If you’ve listened to books by Steven Konkoly before, how does this one compare?

1st time

What about Timothy Andrés Pabon’s performance did you like?

good overall narrator as we all know the narrator can just kill a book for audio. He was good.

Could you see Fractured State being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It certainly would lend itself to film of either kind probably more of an action movie.

Any additional comments?

I am going to try book 2.