I have to admit; I was getting bored throughout this book. Mind you, I am not familiar with Cyberpunk and Noir genres. The issues I have are most likely to do with the genre. As a reader, I am used to medium and fast pace novels. The chapters are mixed or short to medium length. This novel was slow, and this is because of the super long chapters. I might have liked it better if the author broke the chapters down a bit more to make it feel like I was accomplishing something. Again, the chapter issue could be because of the type of genre. Once I finished the novel, I ended up loving the story.
Jacobi Slate is the main character. As a retired special-forces commander, Slate picks up work as a bounty hunter. He can not settle down as some in his unit. He feels broken in ways he does not figure out until later in the novel. Pulled into an investigation regarding an old friend, Slate finds out how deep this actually goes. He pulls together a team from his old unit plus new friends to help him. Slate could be flushed a bit more, but as a reader, I could understand this character.
The rest of the character cast in this book was enjoyable. They felt well rounded for their time in the story. Each had a personality one could love and remember. They helped move the story forward and were pulled into the investigation Slate was working. Most of these characters have a past with Slate. This past helps them come together and understand what is happening and how they are involved. Other characters are from his bounty hunter job, and the few are how this investigation directs Slate. These characters come together and interact well.
Not being familiar with Cyberpunk, I knew little about the technical babble. I enjoyed learning and visualizing this world. The setting of this novel was easy to visualize. The location was earth bound set in Los Angeles. Visualizing the futuristic technologies was enjoyable, easy to follow and understand. What the author did was nice for the readers. He explained the futuristic technologies without bogging down the story.
I enjoyed this story. At the beginning, I was getting worried because I was getting bored about how slow it felt, but I stuck with it. I would recommend this story to those who like cyberpunk, noir, detective work, and near future stories.
*I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.
I give this book a 4/5
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