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Book Title: The Northern Star: The Beginning|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.19 MB
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The author of the book: Mike Gullickson
Edition: Lightside/Darkside Entertainment LLC
Date of issue: October 13th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780615701578
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Reader ratings: 4.2
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I was given this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it was not one of the giveaways I was excited about when I entered. But I was plesantly surprised when I read it.
In 2058, the oil-based economy of the world has been destroyed and a global cyberspace society has taken it's place. But it is one that is privately controlled by MindCorp. Governments are reduced to socialistic entites providing life's neccesities for it's citizens. In the US, that and a military trying to deal with terrorist actions within it's borders. So when the US Government teams with MindCorp to try to stop the actions, the stage is set for one brilliant meglomaniac to set himself up as the ruler of the world. But then, there's the Chinese...
I enjoyed TNS:TB very much. It's a breathlessly-paced, violent sci-fi adventure that harkens back to the classic brave new world era while encompassing global politics and some pressing issues of today. It's extremely well-written and Gillickson proves himself adeptly sly in his prose. Many times he slipped important notes by me that caused me to go back and reread passages--not out of frustration, but out a sense of wonder. At one point, I daresay, he would have been able to brainwash me along with his characters!
I'm not a tech-minded individual, but Gullickson was able to exppress some complex and terrifying ideas about technology into a format that I could understand--this book could have easily been rendered in jargon that could've had me tearing my hair out.
However, the book suffers from almost cliched sci-fi notions and half-baked characterizations. The book is so dense with action and ideas that such development of character is tossed aside. Part of the problem might have been that Gullickson's ideas of the book seemed to have changed halfway though. There's a terrific scenario in the jungles of Venezuela that doesn't seem to have any point to it in the end. A couple of characters are treated heavily in the beginning only to get axed later on.
But, in the end, it's entertainment value that matters, I suppose, and The Northern Star: The Beginning has more than enough to overcome it's flaws. I'm looking forward to the next 3(?) installments.
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Read information about the authorMike Gullickson writes science fiction and fantasy novels. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and two children. His debut novel, the cyberpunk bestseller "The Northern Star: The Beginning," was hailed by Examiner in 2013 as one of "The Top 5 Indie Published Books You Haven't Read But Should." For its sequel, the Midwest Book Review stated " . . . it's military sci-fi and futuristic cyber-reality at its best." The final novel in the trilogy, "The Northern Star: The End," is out now. To learn more go to www.mikegullickson.com
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