The Longshores Rising: NMC Book 1

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Several hundred years in the future, man has exhausted the existing resources of our current time in several cataclysmic resource wars. After an intensive cleanup process, a bio-technological revolution occurs which merges machines, man, and cellular modification together to set the stage for a war to end all wars. When power comes from within, it's unbelievable how deep down some will go... More

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About Michael Messina

Thanks for taking the time to view my book. I currently am under review from a publisher, who specifically requested the remaining two books get completed soon.

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.

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Reviews

JustMeCT reviewed on 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)
Aditya Dubey reviewed on 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)
Shawn Klinger reviewed on 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)
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