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About me: I'm a 37 year old author who's been writing small pieces his entire life. Mostly things of a technical nature, or small articles for websites and such. My interests are wide and varied, specifically ranging from Martial arts, to shooting, to carpentry and more. I love my family and enjoy playing video games. I'm a highly competitive person when I play games or compete in any capacity. I was a long time N-SSA shooter, though recently gave that up due to mounting costs/transportation difficulties in travelling such a long distance every few weeks.
on March 19, 2012 :
While it took a while for me to unearth this work from my to-be-read pile, it was well worth the read. Unlike many works with futuristic settings, this did not bore me with technical descriptions nor speak over my head. I think any fan of a good story will enjoy this work.
I enjoyed the combination of "old world" fighting styles with high-tech weaponry; the old meets the new in a way that brought Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series to mind.
Also, unlike many first books, this is truly a book and not a short-story stretched with unnessary added verbiage or lengthy descriptions. There is great character development as well as realistic main characters. There are no "all-good / all-bad" people in this work.
While Messina utilizes the popular paranormal species of werewolves and vampires, he gives them a whole new origin. Further, while they are minor characters in this work, they do impart a good message: even past enemies can become good friends and work together toward a brighter future.
The main paranormal actity are bondings with extra-dimensional demons the "bad guys" use. Instead of taking the easy-way with the "good guys" bonding extra-dimensional angels, Messina plants an exceptional surprise. :D
I enjoyed this tremendously; it read easily and quickly, a fun weekend-read book. I eagerly await the next book in the Neo-Monagasque series.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on April 14, 2011 :
A very pacy read, the first of the Neo-Monaagasque chronicles is a book which keeps you turning pages. You can see the growth in characters as the story progresses and they are very human (or post-human?). The technological backdrop is intricately constructed and the plethora of species/sub-species/modifications make you wish there was a MMORPG being developed for this universe. No matter what your niche of interest is in SFF, you'll find this book enjoyable. I hope the author comes out with the second book soon!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 13, 2011 :
This book kept my attention the whole way through. I'd often just pick it up for a moment and try to get a page or two read, only to look up and find an hour had passed. The characters are believable. They seem to be progressing with the story at a good pace and have fleshed out personalities. The "tech lingo" gives a good background on how the futuritic equipment works without going to far as to make your head spin (ala Star Trek technobabble.) Overall I definitely would have paid the normal 7.99 to 9.99 price for this book and will definitely read this again, it has found a permanent home on my kindle.
Looking forward to the next book in the series!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)