Evensong

Evensong A near future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human The future is a dangerous place Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nat

  • Title: Evensong
  • Author: John Love
  • ISBN: 9781597805520
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • A near future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human.The future is a dangerous place Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years But that s the United Nations job So the UN has changed along with the rest of theA near future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human.The future is a dangerous place Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years But that s the United Nations job So the UN has changed along with the rest of the world When the UN s soft diplomacy fails, it has harder options Quiet, scalpel like options The Dead biologically enhanced secret operatives created by the UN to solve the problems no one else can.Anwar Abbas is one of The Dead When the Controller General of the UN asks him to perform a simple bodyguard mission, he s insulted and resentful mere bodyguard work is a waste of his unique abilities But he takes the job, because to refuse it would be unthinkable.Anwar is asked to protect Olivia del Sarto, the host of an important upcoming UN conference Olivia is head of the world s fastest growing church, but in her rise to power she has made enemies shadowy enemies with apparently limitless resources.Anwar is one of the deadliest people on earth, but her enemies have something which kills people like him And they ve sent it for her It s out there, unstoppable and untraceable, getting closer as the conference approaches.As he and Olivia ignite a torrid affair, Anwar must uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy her, the UN, and even The Dead.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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    1. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/03/02/bAt first I didn’t think this would be my type of book, with its convoluted politics, bio-engineered super killer soldiers, dispassionate violence and casual sex, not to mention at times the narrative seemed more invested in the technicalities of hand-to-hand combat rather than the time it takes to build a convincing world. I know I’m not exactly selling it so far, but hear me out – because now that I’ve finished Evensong, the he [...]

    2. Fantasy Review BarnJustify NothingReading John Love is an unique experience. He crafts characters that sit just outside of humanity despite nominally being part of it. Obsessions, large appetites for just about anything, levels of intelligence that sit just outside of insanity – these are the traits that can be found in even his most sane characters. The situations he places them in fit the same mold; even the most mundane actions have two or three competing underlying themes.It is 2060 and th [...]

    3. In early 2012, John Love made some serious waves with his debut novel Faith, a critically acclaimed space opera that was about as dark as anything I’d read in the genre. (You can read my review, one of the first I posted on this site, here.) Faith was a novel many reviewers expected to see on Best-of-2012 lists and final award ballots, but instead it disappeared without much noise at all. Whether that was due to the novel’s admittedly disturbing content, or its early January release date, or [...]

    4. I've loved this book, especially its near future world and tormented characters! And what an interesting, brave and heart shattering ending. Evensong is like Faith, John Love's debut novel, but with indestructible human beings instead of indestructible star-ships.

    5. Honestly probably closer to a 2.5.I loved Faith, John Love's debut novel. A great take on science fiction, it kept within the existing tropes while trying some new stuff, a great mix. Evensong also has science fictional elements, but tries more to be a political thriller or a mystery or what have you, and it ends up being kind of muddled and messy. In this case, you essentially have a United Nations mercenary squad of sorts, and it follows one of those mercs on a broader mission that never reall [...]

    6. I liked some aspects of this futuristic SF novel; however there were a lot of aspects which didn't grab me, but this was because I did not get on with the style. If someone does take to the style they might give it a higher rating. A conference is being held in Brighton by a fast-growing New Anglican church, and apparently this creates the requirement for a specialised bodyguard. The new version of the United Nations keeps genetically altered advisors for such purposes, and one man is sent to st [...]

    7. A Fast-Paced Near Future Post-Cyberpunk Thriller About Faith and Humanity's Future"Evensong" is a remarkable work of near future post-cyberpunk speculative fiction posing too as an espionage thriller of the highest order worthy of comparison with the likes of Graham Greene and John Le Carré . It's "A Song Called Youth" meets "Islands in the Net" worthy of comparison with these two great cyberpunk works from John Shirley and Bruce Sterling, with more than a nod or two to William Gibson's "Sprawl [...]

    8. In early 2012, John Love made some serious waves with his debut novel Faith, a critically acclaimed space opera that was about as dark as anything I’d read in the genre. Faith was a novel many reviewers expected to see on Best-of-2012 lists and final award ballots, but instead it disappeared without much noise at all. Whether that was due to the novel’s admittedly disturbing content, or its early January release date, or the fact that all of this happened in the early days of Night Shade Boo [...]

    9. Set in 2060, Evensong is a fast paced, sci-fi thriller featuring a biologically enhanced secret operative of the UN on a simple bodyguard mission. This book features all of the action and political intrigue that you'd expect but it also asks deeper questions regarding identity, gender and morality.

    10. 'Evensong' never came together for me. Characters, settings and this future world of 2060 never seemed more than surface. The opening, where we are introduced to 'Olivia' is a nasty misdirection, inconsistent with the ending.

    11. John Love's second novel is also the second that I have read by him. On a lark, based somewhat on the cover and somewhat on brilliance of Windup Girl, another new author I upon whom I had taken chance from the same publisher, I had purchased Faith before a summer caking trip a year or two back. It was a fun book. A space opera without the science, it was really more futuristic fantasy than science fiction. So when I was looking through the usually Spartan options at Barnes and Noble immediately [...]

    12. I read Faith by John Love a while ago and enjoyed it, although it had some beginning author issues, so I was excited to give this book a try. Unfortunately, I think that the author has gone in a different direction than I would have preferred. His main character is a James Bond type whose cover is being an owner of a rare book store. He loves classical music, knows a lot about philosophy ( or at least as much as the author does) and because of genetic engineering and reworking is lightning fast, [...]

    13. Let me start with the downside first:It needs editing, there are a lot of repetitions in it. And the word "replica" is repeated like a hundred times in this book. I don't like the fact that the main character is a superweapon, we hear a lot about how he cannot be defeated by normal people, etc, but we see nothing of it. Or maybe a little bit, but that's nothing. The rest later, I haven't finished yet. OK, I'm finished: The first twist: forseeable (I foresaw it anyway)The second twist: nice, but [...]

    14. I feel I am being generous giving 2 stars, honestly. I was suckered into buying the book by the blurb on the cover claiming it was like a cross between Richard K Morgan and William Gibson but better than either. NOT the case. Poor dialogue, poor character development, entire phrases cut and pasted throughout the book - I was quite surprised to find that this was not the author's first novel (it is his second). There is violence, lurid sex, and action. Just not all that well presentedd, imho, a w [...]

    15. cleverly written futuristic story, revolving around a twisted scenario"Psychologically blown to pieces" is used in some part by the author about one of the main characters, and I can't think of a more accurate way to describe this book. A great read for all science-fiction lovers.

    16. Mid 3-star, but less than 4.Lots of potential. Some of it fulfilled, some of it ignored, though not necessarily wasted. Interesting near-future setting, though with so many technological/biological advances in one particular area, very little if any advances displayed in any others. Don't know if any are planned, but I'd read another book set in this world.

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