The Emperors of Bedlam
Mark Blaise Fallon
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C. August Grimnail is a travel-worn pursuer of rare items of the lost world: John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 32 Capri guitar … a grill from an old gas-powered Rolls Royce … a mysterious orb with powerful properties brought from the Mars mining colonists. Left behind when his parents and young sister abandoned Earth along with most of humankind, August yearns for remnants of that golden time before the world fell apart. Now zintonium fallout kills people and mutates animals into highly evolved, civilized new species, some looking to rise and violently wrest the rule of Earth from the few hundred thousand humans struggling to stay alive in the last city of Corpus Christi. Is this the extinction of humankind? August, his best friend Hennrik, and the beautiful Dönadrinne defend the city and fight to re-build humankind into an improved society, utilizing the best forms of government in history and create one new, more powerful human empire. But their hopes for the human race must withstand forbidden love and power-lusting betrayals from within. Will humankind ever rule again? Or, rather: should we? This lush, inventive first book in the Age of Bedlam series immediately launches Author Mark Blaise Fallon to the top shelf of dystopianists with an epic, futuristic adventure along the razor’s edge of humankind's extinction, a masterwork crackling with non-stop thrills and fascinating new worlds, creatures, and technology.
Smart, funny, fresh, and unexpected
Right away, the author's voice pulled me in. It started like a silky wisp of a genie close to a ball cap and then circling out and around and wider still till we go with the Ghost of Baseball Past and back to the cap again. Really talented with pace and focus. The emotion and vivid description and crazy teasing details ... you HAVE my attention.
I loved the main character's attitude and wry humor. That's a guy I want to hang out with... and have on my team when it hits the fan.
Great story with fresh metaphors and similes... some of Fallon's metaphors made me cringe, laugh, or snort out loud. Some of the one-liners had me thinking, "That oughta be a bumper sticker. The clever ones will get it."
Great descriptive details that subtly create a world the reader can easily believe. There's nothing cliche' or expected happening here, and the fun, steamy bits are highly entertaining.
Overall, a REALLY interesting concept. More complex conflict than I expected. Not just a mindless, formulaic cheap shot at the future. This is smart, funny, fresh, and unexpected. Thanks for the romp! Can't wait for more!