P R Adams
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World peace can be deadly.
Humans discover alien technology and start colonizing worlds outside the solar system. Genetic modification produces miracles. Science advances the human condition. And, for the first time in history, the nations of the world have achieved real peace with each other.
But only the elite truly benefit from all the advancements. Most people are still trapped on an Earth ruined by chemical pollution, nuclear accidents, and chaotic weather changes. Rebellious "genies"--genetically engineered servants--cause more harm than good. And global corporations have stripped the idea of nations and freedom of any real meaning.
Sergeant Jack Rimes is no stranger to intrigue. The U.S. Army Special Forces operator lives in a time where every nation on Earth is at peace… but there are plenty of secrets to go around. As corporate greed threatens humanity, genetically engineered humans are making international mayhem of their own.
After his unplanned reassignment to the Intelligence Bureau, Jack is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent implicated in a political assassination. As he and his new partner, an old flame, search the globe for answers, the truth shakes him to his core. The powers-that-be may not be very interested in keeping humanity alive…
Momentary Stasis is the first book in a provocative series of grimdark military sci-fi novels full of intrigue, horror, and action that unflinchingly explores the impact of technology and unbridled greed on humanity. If you like gritty, flawed protagonists, tech-heavy thrillers, and incredible new worlds, then you’ll love the first installment from PR Adams’ provocative new series.
Great book from a new author
Note: I’m reposting my review. I purchased the book last month, but it seems the book was re-loaded to the iBooks and my review was lost.
I've really enjoyed this book! It's one of the best military sci-fi novels I've read in a very long time. The author has created a gritty world, with no easy solutions to the problems facing us today. It's a dark future, showing what may happen as the current economic trends continue and resources become more constrained.
Adams weaves in socioeconomic realities, such as corporations gaining power and influence at the expense of individuals. His characters are true to life, flawed, and believable. The protagonist, Jack Rimes, struggles to find his way in this near-future world through tricky situations that don't have clear black and white choices. There are no cardboard cutout villains here.
The book reminds me in many ways of “Blade Runner” in it's setting, and the works of Phillip K. Dick and Alfred Bester, with a dash of the cinematic take on Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy novels.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.