Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Spherical Tomi by Jack Mangan

Official Blurb

A deadly power struggle between warlords.

Tomi was once lead combat programmer for the Shogun Ryogi, on the front lines of his conflict against President William the Black of Cerberus. When she failed to prevent William from killing the samurai she loved, she abandoned all sides, all loyalties, all hope. In her fury, Tomi destroyed the Greatship, Hades IV, and almost everyone onboard. Almost everyone. . .

My Review

I chopped down the official blurb because I think it gave way too much away! I am way way overdue in reviewing this audio book. I've listened through twice now and apparently never put my review in writing, a terrible oversight.

I'll put that right now. This is a hard sci fi novel with a core of crunchy technology and the excellent flavour of samurai warrior codex.

The Spherical of the title refers to the programming technology in use within the story. Combat coders float within a sphere of computer code and fight with thier coding skills. Clone bodies are used as weapons, with the combatants leaping from body to body. Over that tastey mix you also have the honour and warrior spirit of the Samurai era and the end result is delightful tech thriller.

The lead character is not all she seems. Her past is about to catch up in the most explosive dynamic way, you'll be hooked and drawn in.

If you enjoyed the beauty of "The Last Samurai" and the tenseness of "Wargames" you'll fall in love with this story too.

As you've probably guessed I loved the story.

The production on the audio book is a little scratchy, some of it being quite harsh. Yet that does not take away from this novel. The harshness of the soundscape and music help to express the feel of the story.

Reading 2
Production 2
Story 3

Total : 7/9

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