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Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a Russia-based science fiction writer, author of 11 novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl.
After his initial success, Alex Bobl teamed up with his friend and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. co-author Andrei Levitski to create a SF project of their own. Entitled TechnoTma: The Dark Times, this action adventure series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the Black Sea has dried out and the Crimea has become a major desert. The eight books of TechnoTma had a total print run of over 250,000 copies and have been translated into German and Spanish. Talks are now under way about translating TechnoTma into English.
Memoria. A Corporation of Lies is Alex's last science fiction novel to date - a hard-boiled men's adventure set in a dystopian New York. Alex Bobl lives in Moscow with his wife and two boys and is currently working on his next science fiction novel, The Continent Anomalous. You can follow its progress in Alex's blog, Obviously Incredible, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
on Nov. 11, 2012 :
Memoria. A Corporation of Lies
By Alex Bobl
In futuristic New York City, Memoria Corporation offers a service that people cannot refuse erasing traumatic memories from a person’s mind. Frank Shelby comes home one day to find his girlfriend lying strangled in his bed leading him into the maze that is Memoria. He must infiltrate Memoria to clear his name and as he does so he soon stumbles onto something much more heinous.
I love dystopian novels so it would be hard to disappoint me when I pick one up. This one though, stands out amongst the rest not only is it an adult novel (most dystopian novels lately have been geared towards young adults) but it is also plausible. The citizens must wear electronic bracelets that track the persons movements, also people who were born after the great war must have their memories wiped every year by law, add in the big bad monster is a corporation you have an interesting take on what the future could be. I have to say that this novel reminded me a lot of 1984, though with a much better ending, so if you enjoyed that one you will most definitely like this one. All in all it’s a great read full of espionage and conspiracy and the best side of humanity’s survival instinct.
I was sent a free copy of this novel for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 06, 2012 :
Where to begin? Memoria is a thriller about a man, Frank Shelby, who is framed for a murdering Kathleen Baker, his girlfriend. Kathleen worked for the company Memoria and had discovered some disturbing truths about a new technology that Memoria plans to use for nefarious activities. Memoria's main service they provide is memory wipes - their customers go to their offices to have unpleasant events removed from their memory.
Before her death, Kathleen had sent Frank a mysterious package which could reveal Memoria's scheme. Unfortunately, Frank is arrested for her murder and has to survive an assassination attempt in the Police Station, avoid a hit squad sent to kill him, an insane politician, amongst other roadblocks before he can clear his name.
This a very interesting and thrilling read. It has lots of twists and turns. Mr Bobl has populated this world with lots of great characters and different sub-cultures such as the migrants, the veterans, and evil corporate types. I would definitely recommend this book! Looking forward to finding out what happens next!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 30, 2012 :
For some reason, I found it hard to read the first few pages of this book. I followed Frank’s journey from the airport, the phone call to Kathleen and his conversation with the cab driver, without much interest. Then he got to the apartment and bam! Everything changed. The story became a whirlwind and the action never stopped.
I also liked that the author didn’t try to force a romance on us-between Frank and Maggie. Frank liked her but that was it.
A few issues that I had:
I never connected with Frank– I liked Max and Barney much better than I liked the MC.
There wasn’t enough world building-the migrants were one topic that I would have loved to know more about.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 31, 2012 :
In the burned out, bombed out New York City of the future, Frank Shelby is accused of the murder of a woman he knows only as Kathleen. So begins his odyssey in a post-apocalyptic world where the Memoria Corporation offers a cure for all your ills by erasing memories of unpleasant things.
A big plan called the Vaccination is in the offing and Memoria is offering it free of charge as an introductory incentive. But what is it really? And how is a United States Congressman, who is also a board member of Memoria involved? What will Frank Shelby do to clear himself of trumped up charges? Is there anything he can do in the face of an organization that can erase the memories of witnesses and bend reality to suit its own purpose?
Alex Bobl weaves an intricate tale where one huge corporation is intent on taking all the power for itself and it looks like it just might succeed. Reminiscent of the noir setting of Blade Runner, Memoria: A Corporation of Lies is an entertaining read and perhaps a cautionary tale. Translated from Russian, there are a few places where the translation hiccups, but those places are small and incidental. If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, then Memoria: A Corporation of Lies will be right up your alley!
(reviewed the day of purchase)