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Thicker Than Blood

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Author: M.A. Newhall
Published: 2007
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,763 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,691
Added to site: 2007.05.02 16754
License: by-nc-nd

The flip of a switch gives Joe, an ordinary mechanic, superhuman abilities. He discovers his new powers after his aunt saves his life with restricted nanites. When the corporation sanctioned by the military to control all nanotechnology discovers his secret, everyone he knows is thrust into a world of deception and treason. Can Joe give the people of the world life-saving superhuman powers, or will the attempt claim his life.

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per body which was lean and muscular. After spending several minutes examining his arms, he determined he was not bruised or scratched. He did discover he was covered with goosebumps. People at work knew of his condition, but had no idea how severe it was. Two years had passed since he started working at this garage, and he had managed to avoid a single incident. To avoid special attention, he built his gizmos after hours. Nervous a confrontation about his unfinished work would reveal the truth, he walked to a desk in the corner of the room and scribbled a hasty note for his boss that he had a family emergency. He was done for the night, his nerves were shot. He was careful about what he said, he liked his job and a good job was hard to find. Times were tough. Joe barely remembered the roaring nineties, he was too young to appreciate the spoils of the time. He did remember his mom and dad being too busy for him with all the work they were doing. His father compared the hard times to the depression his great g

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 5 reviews: ***

I liked the story a lot, am looking forward to the next book. While I wouldn't expect everything to be resolved in the first book of a 4 book series this one was very abrupt. It left me searching the website, trying to see if I missed something. Being an open ebook I thought maybe I was reading it before it was finished but as the paper copy is already being sold I would assume not. I may buy them both after reading the second.

James Kazin

While the dialogue is at times simple, the overall vision of the book is as engaging as Gibson or Stephenson. At some points the writing style is clearly influenced as if by an action movie, while the characters are real and likable, and their archetypes are strikingly similar to those in popular culture. Worth a read and can't wait for the next evolution of this story.


I read it, twice, and liked it.
Looking forward to the next one

Harry Burger

An interesting look at a possible cyberpunk future of nanotechnology. If you read The Diamond Age and wondered how mankind got from today to there, this might have been how it happened.

The ending is a bit abrupt and annoying, but this is intended as the first book in a trilogy - it is not THE END.

The author is relying on public response to edit the work, since this is a FREE book made available through Creative Commons and therefore there is no money to pay a dedicated editor. It is worth reading for science fiction/cyberpunk fans who are interested in furthering free espression and hearing thoughts from a new voice.

CHapin, John

This is a very interestiong concept told in a very un-professional manner. The Plot needs work, the text needs another two rounds of editing, and the finish is trite and unsatisfying.
I do not reccommend this book to anyone until these problems are corrected.



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