But when a body is found which the androids seem strangely reluctant to investigate, Hammell sees his chance to become relevant again. Have the machines been hacked by the mysterious Red King? Can Hammell discover the flaw in the system that will prove mankind's continuing usefulness in the new world order? What starts out as a simple investigation soon reveals a deeper conspiracy as Hammell finds himself pitted against an all-seeing network of androids, satellites, cameras and supercomputers.
What he uncovers will make him question his life, his place in the world, and his sanity.
I haven’t read much science fiction lately but this book's premise of a futuristic city populated with androids and artificially intelligent computers running the world while engaging in sinister plots—seems like it’s been done before (anyone heard of Skynet). Regardless, the combination of solid writing, snappy dialogue and interesting characters helped make up for the “been there, done that” storyline.
Unfortunately, I also had a few issues with this book. More than anything, the story was in desperate need of a good editor. Trimming 15-20% of the extraneous content would have greatly improved the final product. Many, many scenes seemed to drag on forever while others contributed very little, if anything to the overall story.
I also thought the characters behaved inconsistently at times. Hammell was supposed to be a savvy, old school detective, yet he stumbles through most of the story as a lazy, clueless drunk who seems incapable of connecting even the most obvious of dots during his investigation. When he's assigned a new female partner, she's presented as a young, hypersmart badass with a huge distrust for the mega computers. But then she seems shocked when those same computers try to thwart her investigation by covering up evidence.
Finally, I thought the flow was uneven. Minor scenes were often drawn out with way too many incidental details while other critical plot points were overly vague or confusing which left the reader to wonder if they’d missed something.
Overall, Abaddonian Dream has many positive qualities but could definitely be improved with some skillful editing. That said, this is the author’s debut novel and he’s offering it for under $1. In my mind, that’s a cheap price for some solid, if slightly flawed entertainment.
FREE Knockin' Books Awesomeness
Get all the good stuff right in your email inbox. CLICK HERE