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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Shadow of a Dead Star (The Wonderland Cycle #1) by Michael Shean

5 StarsTitle: Shadow of a Dead Star
Series: The Wonderland Cycle, #1
Author: Michael Shean
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Nori,
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Ebook/Paperback

Pages: 356
In author Michael Shean’s novel Shadow of a Dead Star we meet our main character Agent Thomas Walken and a woman by the name of Bobbi.

Thomas Walken works for the United States Industrial Security Bureau in Seattle. The year is 2078. Religion and faith is a thing of the past and technology is the way of the world now.

With all that technology comes bad though, the stuff from Wonderland. It is Walken’s job to keep Wonderland stuff out of people’s hands. But his latest job, a simple intercepting of three Dolls (human children turned technological sex dolls) has turned into a mystery bigger than anything he has ever faced before.

When the Dolls are snatched in-route to take them away Walken must then hunt down the ones responsible—but he soon finds himself thrown into a bloody game that he doesn’t know the rules to and the only person to help keep him alive is Bobbi. A woman who worked for the man who may be behind this all, but what other choice does he has if he wants to stay alive and find out what is going on?

In the end when Walken finds out the truth of not only the Dolls, the game, but of Wonderland itself he must make a decision that will forever change his life—and maybe even that of humanity—if he lives.

I know that is not a very good description of this book and that I am not doing it justice. Quite honestly every time I try to find a way to explain this book the words ‘awesome, amazing, must read and want more’ come to mind. lol

First off I have to say that I am not a fan of Science Fiction. Sure there have been one or two (mostly erotica novels I admit, and Bone Wires (not erotica) by this author as well) that I have enjoyed but this has to be the first Science Fiction book that I have ever loved before (again excluding Bone Wires which I really liked). Which is why when I tell you that I really loved this book—it is a very big thing for me.

Science Fiction that is non-erotica usually just does not hold my attention—I do not know why but it is true nonetheless.

Shadow of a Dead Star was completely different though. It caught my attention from the very first page and held it until the very last surprising-OMG-cliffhanger word.

Walken is a strong character, but also very flawed which makes me love him all the more. He is just a man trying to do his job in a world gone crazy, a world that doesn’t care anymore. But Walken does.

His relationship with Bobbi is also very interesting, they are both attracted to each other form the start it seems but like any relationship have more than a few bumps—their maybe more than other peoples because of the situation they are in. I do want more of this relationship—it was solid and Bobbi and Walken felt so right for each other.

The plot of this book is so very intricate and though we may gets hints as to the ending or who is behind it all I have to say I was shocked as h*** when the whole thing was revealed. I, in no way saw it coming, not until everything was explained in the ending. Only then did I say ‘ohhhh!’ as all the clues from the book clicked into place.

As only a great book can do Shadow of a Dead Star takes you a on a twisting journey through a dark and dangerous world that leaves you reeling and desperately in need of book two in the end.

Absolutely amazing, epic and one of the best books I have ever read. I will be buying a paperback copy of this novel just so I can have it on my shelf—and yes, I will probably read it again when I get it too. :)

I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if like me you do not really enjoy science fiction much—Shadow of a Dead Star is a must read for anyone who is looking for a book that will stay with them for a long time in coming.

*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.






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