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They call it Company Town - a city-size oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.

Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig - making her doubly an outsider as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be - but now the danger is personal.

A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved or saving herself.

©2016 Madeline Ashby (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Different

I really liked it. It was fast paced and I felt like the characters had great development. My only complaint is that it wasn't twice as long! I wanted to delve more into the world of Company Town.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining but details missing

I enjoyed this story, but I found the story seemed to jump details. Some things were not explained very well.

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A Dark Gritty book

Would you try another book from Madeline Ashby and/or Cecelia Kim?

Probably not from this author, definitely not from this narrator.

What could Madeline Ashby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The ending felt like it belonged to an entirely different book, some clues that this was the direction things were heading, a bit of foreshadowing or a less outrageous ending would have worked better.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cecelia Kim?

Khristine Hvam would have been perfect for this book.

What character would you cut from Company Town?

About half of them. There is an endless cast of characters who flow past with little more than names and brief descriptions, limiting the named characters and fleshing them out a bit more would have improved this book greatly.

Any additional comments?

The scene setting was well done. The dark, gritty grungy vibe is well established but this book just tries to cover too much ground and falls well short of telling a compelling story.

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Thumbs up!

Strong female lead. Decent science fiction and bonus Newfoundland accents. Overall I liked it a lot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Interesting concept

I grew to love the characters. The book makes you think about what the future could have in store for us.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Maines
  • 10-01-16

Good but the ending loses it a star.

Some great world building by the author, a kickass protagonist in Hwa and an ending that rather lets the whole side down. It feels rushed and the way Hwa is saved and altered feels like a betrayal to her characters growth as the story progressed.

Still, I enjoyed the book. Narration was good, apart from some of the accents attempted , listened at X1.5 playback speed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful