Author: Alex Powell
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/27/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Science Fiction
Fox is a mindnet hacker, and works for the mysterious man known only as King. He spends his time uncovering dangerous secrets and releasing them to the public.
But those who cause trouble are bound to attract it, and despite their precautions King is taken prisoner by an unknown government. And if Fox is going to save him, he’s going to need help—help that comes from the very last place he expected to find it.
OK, I’ll admit it…I liked this book, but I read the whole thing twice and I’m still not sure I understand what it’s about. That’s probably equally due to my own personal comprehension level when it comes to cyber sci-fi, and a lack of full world-building on the author’s part. I think a lot of helpful detail could have been added with just a small expansion of the story’s 59k.
Although there was an unusual number of typographical errors in All The King’s Men (even for an ARC), I enjoyed it on the whole and wouldn’t mind reading more Alex Powell in the future. The cleverly-named characters were both vibrant and mysterious, and I got a particular chuckle out of the MC’s occasional wry assessments of the situation. To wit:
“Our leader is captured, all of our previous plans are in shambles, our mission to retrieve our leader is almost completely hopeless and Simon’s biggest concern in all of this is that Joanne might like me more than him,” Fox said, throwing his hands up in the air. “How is this my life?”
How, indeed? That’s a question that might’ve been asked and answered about many parts of this short novel with a bit more thought and a better editor.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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