Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review and Giveaway - The Northern Star: The Beginning by Mike Gullickson

2058. As the struggle for dwindling resources plunges the world into chaos, and "Mindlink" technology opens cyberspace to the masses, injured soldier John Raimey is transformed into a powerful bionic warrior (known as a Tank Major) to retrieve the King Sleeper: a computer hacker so devastating on-line, he can decimate government infrastructure, subliminally persuade the masses, and even kill.

Review by: Scott
4 stars

The Northern Star: The Beginning takes place in the not so distant future.  The oil is gone and travel has almost ground to a halt.  Not long ago a technological discovery came about that changed everything.  A helmet that allows people to plug into a virtual universe where they can do all there interacting in whatever environment they would like.  This discovery has allowed society to continue even with the virtual cessation of international travel.  However like all technological improvements there are people who can twist it to their own ends.

One of the major themes of the The Northern Star revolves around a new battle suit that has been developed by the Americans.  This suit is designed to replace an entire army and be controlled by a person melded to the frame.  There is also an autistic child who has what basically amounts to super powers in the virtual landscape that will have an unbelievable affect on the world.

The story has a decent pace though there are spots that slow down a bit to fully explain all of the tech.  The battle suit made me think of the Mech Warrior computer games that I used to play a long time ago.  It really brought a vivid image of the suit to my mind.  The majority of the characters were very obsessed with their own thing which led them to feel a little undeveloped.  There were a few standout characters that really helped to flush out the world of the book.

This has been a pretty strong start to a series and I'm interested in seeing what the second book has to offer.  From my understanding it is currently in editing stages so it should be out fairly soon.

Now for the giveaway part!!  Mike has generously agreed to provide 5 signed print copies of his book to some lucky readers of this blog.  Contest open only to residents of US and Canada.

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  1. Games of Thrones!
    Thanks, Cindi

  2. I'm just starting to get into more Sci-fi stuff so I don't have favorite series. But I love everything by H.G. Wells.

    I'm super excited to start reading the Jack Vance books I got from the thrift store. I'm also excited to see how the discussion goes in this comment section so I can discover some more sci-fi to read!