Sunday, January 22, 2012

Book Review: Cybrosis

Cybrosis

By:  P.C. Haring

Publisher:  Off the Deep End Multimedia

Publish Date:  December 12, 2011

Format:  Arc

Genre:  Science Fiction, Cyberpunk

Series: 1st book in series with Ciris

Recommendation:  Yes.  If you enjoy action and adventurous mystery with technology mixed in, go read this one!

Book Synopsis:
For Agent Ciris, the mission should have been simple: get in, apprehend the target, get out.  But when the simple snatch and grab goes horribly awry, the worlds first cyborg find herself backed into a corner.  At odds with her superiors, she becomes embroiled in two conspiracies - one intended to destroy her with a cybernetic virus that will neutralize the technology that keeps her alive, the other intended to keep hidden the untold secrets of her origin.  With the walls closing in around her, Ciris becomes a rogue agent with no one to trust and only one objective - unravel the shrouds of secrecy before time runs out.

First Sentence:
Computer networks cover the Earth, connecting distant corners in an instant.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Ciris and her crew of operatives are on a mission to find and bring in Dr. Leon Quincy, who has become a dangerous computer hacker.  The simple mission turns messy and damage claimed by many is beyond belief of The Center, who's now upset with Ciris for her disregard of care to property around her.  Ciris is listening to the speech from Director Briggs on her disregard and how the physical damage caused while on cases has become beyond excessive since the accident, then unwillingly and not knowing why, she passes out.  These two combined with holding information from her crew gets Ciris grounded to paperwork, but quickly she returns to the field when she is the only agent around and Quincy is at his worst again.  We then see someone has other ideas for Ciris, using her computer side as a weakness...or is it her human side?  Ciris fights her virus and Cybrosis while trying to come to terms with many lies and betrayals around her.

This book started out as Podcasts, which you can find on the authors site.  I found my way there by way of Tales from the Archives, and listened to the first podcast.  I loved what I heard, but not having an iPod to load to, and not being able to carry with me, along with always being interrupted at home (you know how those kids and husbands are) I wasn't able to get to listening to more.  Which bummed me out as I really wanted to.  So, when I found out P.C. Haring made his debut into books, I jumped at the chance to read a copy of this book.  And I'm so glad I did.

We start with full, high speed action with loads of bullets and fire!  Then we end with it as well.  And through out the book, yes we have it there too.  Ciris is always wrestling with someone.

I loved the word usage!  So vivid, and easy to visualize.  Such strong words used, dropped the images into my head.
     "riddled with holes..."
     "charred remains..."
     "She raised her left arm and a pod slightly larger than a deck of playing cards rose a few centimeters from the back of her forearm." - This whole sentence made it so easy to visualize!  Who couldn't see this?

This brings me to my next subject, cyber and technology.  I always get a little fearful when picking up a cyber book or science fiction book that I will not understand the equipment or terms used.  In this case, P.C. Haring made it incredibly easy for me.  His descriptions were vivid and in terms I understood.  He didn't linger on the items longer than he had to, I know there is some huge and powerful equipment here, but as they are part of the setting and story, they were not the storyline itself.  Ciris was.  Thank you P.C. Haring.  I enjoyed the high tech equipment and usage.  The cars, can be driven or navigate on their own.  Computer access to Centers network from in the car.

Ciris... I have to say I feel for this woman.  All that has happened to her to get here, and beyond.  She is broken, but she is very strong.  Really, one of my kind of leading ladies.  P.C. Haring does well of controlling our feelings where Ciris is concerned, when we feel with Ciris the holes in her heart then turn it off with Ciris to be business when at work.

P.C. Haring kept me wondering and turning the pages as he deepened the mystery behind Cybrosis, the virus, and the betrayals all around in each chapter.  I was curious what our "man" would do next, when would we meet him, and why.  I wanted to learn all the answers and to see what destruction Ciris would create next.

Very nice debut into books!

Would you like to learn more?  You can check out P.C. Harings' site: Cybrosis.
If you would like to listen to the Podcasts of Cybrosis (which I have to say in just the first one I enjoyed the different voices) You can do so with this link.


I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

6 comments:

  1. I haven't read much cyberpunk and I like that this book is available as a podcast so that you can try it out first, which I think I'm going to do right now.
    Thanks for the great view!

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  2. Whilst I'm happy enough with action and adventurous mystery, I'm not too sure about the technological element - I suppose it all depends on just how technological it is. Anyway, a great review, thanks Melissa.

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  3. I listened to this as a podcast from PODIOBOOKS.com on my phone as i walked home from work. Really enjoyed the story in fact could hardly wait from one day to the next for my walk home so i could listen to the next few episodes. I will be buying the book to add to my ever growing library

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  4. I always get distracted and right now I am wondering if that fantasy book in the corner, that you are reading, if it is good? :=

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  5. I love it when you find gems in a round about way. Always feels so much more rewarding! I still have to listen to the Tales podcasts. Perhaps when I do, I'll have to listen to these as well!

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  6. Simcha - I haven't read much cyberpunk either, and was a little nervous but I know when I heard the first podcast I wanted to listen to more, then when he came out with the book it was a given. :) Thank you. I do hope you enjoy what you hear when you listen to it.

    Petty Witter - Definitely understood. :) Thank you for the kind words. :)

    Daveeth - Oh, I loved what I heard in the first podcast, and want to listen to it still, even after reading the book. :) Many of the voices in the podcast are wonderful people. Thank you for stopping by!

    Blodeuedd - LOL! I was wondering if you would notice that little beauty up there. ;D lol! I just started Emperor's Knife and a little lost yet, but I'm only 20 page in. I'll let youknow what I think. ;D

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, you need to get to listening! And This one is in book format now as well as podcast. :) I recommend both. (even though I've not listened to it all, yet.) Thank you!

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