The Digital Sea

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
It’s 2052. A new reality is just a download away.

Zel Aurora can change the Digital Sea with a thought, but all that power can't save her daughter from a deadly disease. So Zel makes a deal with the Djed to stop the new realities threatening his global empire where she’ll be forced to make a choice that may cost her daughter’s life.

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Words: 85,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458084835
About Thomas Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter’s young adult trilogy, Gamers, has been called a cross between The Hunger Games and the Uglies trilogies by reviewers. His best selling short stories and novels can be found at all major online retailers. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, two kids, and one oafishly large labrador retriever. Visit him online at www.thomaskcarpenter.com.

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Review by: Sally A Wolf on March 26, 2013 :
Tell me, are you all jacked in? All the latest apps downloaded, bluetooth enabled, your whole life in the palm of your hand? What if you could just have your phone downloaded into your brain? No more worries, everything you needed would be all right there behind your eyes. This book is all about a world where all inhabitants are hardwired into a massive central network. Is this a good or bad thing? Only you can tell. This book is a fun fast-paced novel that will keep you turning pages. It really makes you question whether the total digital lifestyle we are headed towards is such a good idea. We are already exploited for our need for technology – what would evil individuals do if they had direct access into our brains? I personally fear for humanity. I would recommend this to anyone who likes technological thrillers and Sci-fi.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sally A Wolf on March 26, 2013 :
Tell me, are you all jacked in? All the latest apps downloaded, bluetooth enabled, your whole life in the palm of your hand? What if you could just have your phone downloaded into your brain? No more worries, everything you needed would be all right there behind your eyes. This book is all about a world where all inhabitants are hardwired into a massive central network. Is this a good or bad thing? Only you can tell. This book is a fun fast-paced novel that will keep you turning pages. It really makes you question whether the total digital lifestyle we are headed towards is such a good idea. We are already exploited for our need for technology – what would evil individuals do if they had direct access into our brains? I personally fear for humanity. I would recommend this to anyone who likes technological thrillers and Sci-fi.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Merritt on Feb. 11, 2013 :
The Digital Sea is a very interesting book. The first chapters jump around a bit but it appears the intent was to introduce everyone with a bit of their piece of the story which started to all come together. This is the story of a future time in which everyone is living in a digital world that is a visual projection overlayed on the physical world.
A few know or are consciously aware of this fact and use it to their advantage.
Some are experienced hackers and can control the world around them. A very few such as Zel Aurora have the ability to manipulate much more than their own personal space.
This is the story of Zel and her attempt to leave a life of crime behind her and protect her daughter who she is trying to keep secret and protected from those who wish to control her and use her abilities to their gain.
I wasn't sure at first about this book but quickly was pulled into the story and enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: J. D. Brink on Dec. 17, 2012 :
An easy and enjoyable read, as thorough in its world-building and characterization as those produced by the czars of mainstream publishing--and in some cases, even better. Score one for the indie authors!

The Digital Sea is one part Neuromancer, one part Matrix, and three parts pure Carpenter. The narration follows various characters all over the globe in a futuristic world that could one day very much become our reality. The Digital Sea is a virtual veneer that covers our world, received through cyberspace links that most people cannot do without anymore. It very much echoes our growing reliance on the constant distractions of cell phones, one-thousand cable TV channels, and riding the endless surf of the Internet. Carpenter’s world also realistically mimics our own in its global problems. The nations of the world are desperate to reduce their populations, some even manufacturing wars to get it done. But an underworld warlord (for motives that, I admit, were not quite clear to me) hires/blackmails Zel Aurora to sabotage the Digital Sea in order to prevent the manipulation that is working toward nuclear war. Zel is a refreshing action hero in that she is motivated by the love her daughter rather than money or adrenaline, and that she has a unique mental handicap that puts her at a distance from the rest of humanity (though I think Carpenter might have been better off inventing a condition than stretching the one he used to fit her).

Carpenter takes on a big challenge with this novel, following various developed characters at international and cross-cultural levels, and then deftly brings them all together as the book reaches its climax. While splitting my attention and affection for so many characters was a problem for me at times, it did weave a more complex and convincing tapestry, and seeing it all come together at the end made it well worth it.

This first novel of his series is a great achievement, however one drawback to self-publishing a book of this length is finding an editor to double check your work: there were some mistakes and inconsistencies scattered around the 350+ pages, but they were easily forgivable. Carpenter’s novel is as well-developed and fast-paced as any globe-trotting cyberpunk adventure out there and well worth the read for any fans of the genre. I give it 3.5 - 4 stars.

J. D. Brink
author of A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Melissa at 1000 Plus on May 26, 2011 :
Zel Aurora is a highly skilled hacker in a new age world that rides the Digital Sea. Zel's talents are highly sought after, especially by a dangerous crime lord named Djed who Zel once worked for and has been hiding from ever since.

Zel's main job now is her daughter, who is ill, and keeping them both hidden in a Digital world where information is a mere thought away. As Zel's daughter further deteriorates before her eyes she makes a deal with the devil, the very man she has been trying to avoid for years.. the Djed, in hopes that he may be able to save her daughters life.

The cost is high as Zel is sent out on a mission that may end up killing her before she can save her daughter. And if she doesn't succeed many more will lose their lives.

Lets Talk About It:

This book was so good. SO GOOD.

From the storyline to the characters to the sub stories, it all was fantastic.

The world in this book is an advanced technology world where everything and everyone is a part of the Digital Sea. Meaning the computers that we are used to are now a part of you so that you can change your appearance with a thought (and a downloaded app/software), the world you see around you can be cloaked with the scenery of your choice and it's all done via your mind. The Digital Sea is the world. Technology has taken over and very few people choose to live without it.

It doesn't sound that far out there does it? That's one of the things that grasped me most with this book and even had me talking about it with friends was that this book described a world that is not too far off in the future. That it could very well become our reality.

Zel is a bad ass character. Not only is she a highly skilled hacker she is also a high functioning autistic person. Her world is seen in numbers and from those numbers she creates Pandora, her operating system that is able to do more than even the experts have been able to do. She embarks on this journey to save her sick daughter from death and her only way to do is to work for, again, a very dangerous man named the Djed.

Zel isn't the only character in this book, though she is the main one. There's a journalist named Jartelle who is hot on the trail of a huge story that ends up being more than meets the eye and so many other characters who end up being a part of the story and crosses paths with Zel in the end.

I really enjoyed the structure of this book too. With there being so many key players I appreciated the chapters displaying the characters name so I easily knew where we were at in the story. It all blended together very well too as each piece layered into the next to great the whole effect.

I really hope that there is a follow up book. I want more of Zel and the ending seemed to leave an opening for something to come next.

If this sounds like something you might enjoy even just a little bit go pick it up, you won't regret it!

Melissa
Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mandy Shemery on April 11, 2011 :
Cover/Title

The cover has a simplistic design. It's not really eye-catching or contemplative. The title, though, automatically makes you think of electronic technology and the vastness of it.

Plot

When you first begin to read the book, each chapter takes the time to introduce you to each of the main characters that you need to know about. Eventually, you start to see them intermingle until, by the end, they are full immersed in each other's stories and everything ends up making sense. The action in this story was supported by the futuristic technological advancement of our society. It was easy to believe that, one day, our country (no matter where you are) would be like those depicted in the book.

The ending didn't answer all of the questions I had so I'm expecting a sequel to pop up sometime soon to continue this engaging story.

Characters

Zel Aurora - A woman willing to do anything to find and give her daughter peace.

Sasha - Zel's companion throughout much of the book, until he meets an untimely demise.

Jartelle - A man who travels all over the world and is not who he appears to be.

Overall

From the beginning to the end, The Digital Sea dragged you into its depths and drowned you with a futuristic reality that threatened to overload your senses. With its action-packed storyline, it will keep the reader turning page after page until the end. I would recommend this story to anyone who appreciates future-based story lines mixed with surrealism.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: L. A. Wright on Feb. 28, 2011 :
Article first published as Book Review:The Digital Sea By Thomas Carpenter on Blogcritics.

In a futuristic world where the earth is slowly decaying, the digital sea is available to override the view of the decline. Not everyone is enthralled by the use of the digital sea; it can be manipulated in many ways and is now being engineered to create a war between Pakistan and India.

Zel Aurora is trying to live her life and take care of her daughter in the best way she knows how. As the shaking disease continues to consume the life of Liala, she decides it is time to see what the Djed wants from her. If the money she receives can save Liala further pain, it is time to go forward. She herself has a condition, a form of autism that does not allow her to see the obvious. She must rely on a program that is now a part of her, programed to read others thoughts. An integral part of her, known as Pandora it is virtually invisible to even the most updated technology. As she makes herself available, she finds that Djed needs her to find who is behind the manipulation of the digital sea.

In the Digital Sea, Thomas Carpenter has put together an extreme technological futuristic thriller. Fast paced, the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is important to follow the action closely because every part has a reason. The interplay is amazingly intricate. Because of the scope of the novel, the characters are numerous. Mr. Carpenter has put together an amazing group of characters, and tied them together with verve.

Initially some of the characters confused me, and yet without them the story would not have been the same. Carpenter developed each character fully making you feel for them, either liking them or disliking them, there was never a doubt. Well written, the descriptions of each character developed a picture in my mind. The technology is in depth, albeit a bit over my head. Some of the information seemed so advanced I struggled with it. Yet the story progressed in a fashion necessary to the plot.

It almost seemed as though several stories were going on at one time, yet the convergence was exactly as it should be.

I would recommend this story for the pure science fiction buff. Those who love technology will find this a fascinating read. The story is great but for me getting through the science was difficult. Thomas Carpenter is light years ahead, in a science fiction thriller set on earth. He has evolved the planet to the future and set the playing field in a game of chase sure to thrill science fiction fans all over.

This book was recieved as a free e-book from the author. All opinions are my own based of my reading and understanding of the material.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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