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Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Uberlord

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
Uberlord
by Mark Anderson Esquire

Plot Summary:

Mymy, the porn star. Able, the hacker, Yoshi, the retired corporate ninja.

Three unconnected people whose lives lead them down a rabbit hole of conspiracy, danger and terrifying truths.

Haven't you heard yet? The world is owned - bought and paid for, and those in control are not happy with the rest of us. Not happy at all.

Project Uberlord has started. Our time draws to a near.

Review:

I was really impressed by how well the three main characters carry the story.  The story of how Mymy, Able and Yoshi's became involved with the Uberlord conspiracy is masterfully intertwined, until they all finally meet and get to the bottom of the mystery.  The characters are also extremely well-written and fleshed out - the author seems to have done a lot of research behind the three character's complex backstories and personalities.  Yoshi in particular is super cool with his ninja-y powers.  His methods were so simple and effective, he seemed almost like a superhero. The author must have also done a lot of research on conspiracy theories, that work very well in the story.

The story is well-written and engaging, but I never felt that the stakes were very realistic as the main characters seemed to get to the bottom of the conspiracy too easily.  There is a reason for it, but it is given very late in the story and I felt it worked against the paranoia and fear that should inform the atmosphere and pace of the story.  So for those reasons it is hard to suspend disbelief and really get into the world of the novel.  And the resolution felt a little rushed and flat, especially compared to the power and planning that went into the conspiracy.  But for the fact that the story is fast-paced and has incredibly likable and interesting characters I still would highly recommend this novel.

review copy was kindly provided by the author


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