Project Utopia

Rated 5.00/5 based on 11 reviews
Harry is in a mental ward suffering from amnesia. He begins to see a dark, shadowy presence form around certain staff and patients which is soon followed by the realization that he possesses special abilities: the power to release energy from his fingertips, control technology, and tap into the nervous systems of people to control them like puppets. Who is he, and what has been done to him? More

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About Ryan Strohman

I live in central Pennsylvania, work in the IT field, and enjoy exercising and hanging out with my wife, Lisa, and my two boys, Adam and Ben. I've been writing for about fifteen years with three books self-published here on Smashwords, another currently being submitted to agents, and yet another in the works. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Jeffery Deaver, Jeff Long, Dean Koontz, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jeff Lindsay, and my writing-style and stories are similar to those authors with elements of action, science fiction, horror, and numerous plot twists. Check out my work and let me know what you think!

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Review by: Tyler Jones on April 8, 2013 :
Great novel, Ryan. Are you writing a sequel? The cliffhanging at the end is so great it'd be a shame not to write one. Scary that all this stuff could really happen. I'll check out that Michael Criton book too!
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Review by: Russell Adams on June 23, 2012 :
Read it this evening, great book! Well done, high quality with a good pace.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Review by: Chuck Showalter on April 26, 2012 :
Project Utopia, by Ryan Strohman, was a great book. I read it on my iPad, and I think it’s about the only thing I’ve done on it since I downloaded his novel. I think I might have liked Ryan’s other book, Paradox, just a little better, but this one had many of the same elements that made Paradox such a great book.

I think you get the sense right from the beginning that Harry Werner’s character has a tremendous amount of backstory. It’s a little cliché that he’s in a psychiatric hospital with amnesia, and I thought a little of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series, but Harry is definitely not a Jason Bourne, and the amnesia ties directly into the story. I love how the author uncovers bits and pieces of Harry’s past and character as it progresses. The overall plot of the novel, a Utopian society created through the use of nanotechnology, is a concept I’ve never read or heard of before, and I love how the author led the reader into this neat and terrifying concept.

The use of nanotechnology seems a bit overused nowadays in my opinion, but the author delivered it with an impact. While the nanotechnology is pivotal to the story-line, the characters and action are what make this novel great. I love how Harry’s character transforms from a child-like patient to something more, and while I don’t want to give the plot away, it’s great that the author focuses on his intentions and ethics and morals rather than just his physical attributes. I think too many authors get stuck on describing the physical, and while that’s important, I feel it’s the abstract, the emotions and thoughts and feelings, that really create a great story.

I also love how the book wraps up with a message of redemption and bettering oneself. You think the novel is so tightly wound in technology and action and thrilling suspense, but the author delivers at the end with meaningful wisdom that really makes you think about your own life.

I love indie authors and reading works that haven’t gone through the big publishers, but if Ryan Strohman continues to write these types of stories, I think he may end up on hundreds of thousands of bookshelves before too long. Kudos to a great author!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Chris Wilkes on April 18, 2012 :
Solid read. I really like the way the author builds up the characters. You get a sense that there is so much more to Harry's character, and then the author delivers. The ending wasn't quite what I had expected, but it was still very surprising and satisfying. Great book.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Chris Wilkes on April 18, 2012 :
Solid read. I love how this author builds up the action and the plot twists. You get an early sense that there is so much more to Harry's character, and the author delivers well. The ending was great, not quite what I had expected but surprising and smart nonetheless.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Luiz Allessandretti on May 31, 2011 :
Good read. I liked the characters because they all seemed believable. Worth the price!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jerry Crowder on April 5, 2011 :
Very good book and a nice ending! Will there be another?
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Bob Nearling on April 4, 2011 :
great book! fun and exciting!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Rob Matthas on April 4, 2011 :
Loved it! Not too techie...written in the perspective of people who wouldn't know a thing about nanotechnology. I liked the twists throughout the book too!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Brock Wansell on March 25, 2011 :
Decent story. Fairly quick read. It definitely gets better as it goes on. I especially liked the ending. Very entertaining. Looking for more from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Rodney Anderson on March 24, 2011 :
I really liked this book. It's starts out a little slow but really picks up pace and doesn't stop. The nanorobots idea seemed believable and even scary. It's definitely more plot-driven than character-driven, but the plot and story are very exciting. I'd like the author to write a sequel, because the story could be continued fairly easily.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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