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The Ripple in Space-Time: Free City Book 1 (The Free City Series) by [Chapman, S F]
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When the huge lunar Ultra Energy Laboratory is destroyed by a mysterious blast, Inspector Ryo Trop of the Free City Inquisitor's Office is called in to sort out who is responsible for the disaster.

Early reports imply that rogue moon miners are to blame but Ryo quickly discovers that a far more complex and sinister scheme is afoot.

With the help of a promising young Liaison Agent and a faltering Grad student, Ryo searches for clues and culprits in the corrupt and moldering feudal fiefdoms of the Warlords that dominate human affairs in 2445.

Ryo’s longtime friend, Biology Professor turned spy Malcolm Evans, suggests that the wave of space piracy that has recently vexed the Solar System could be connected to the obliteration of the lunar lab.

But why would reckless and marauding space raiders have an interest in a research facility?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Striped Cat Press; 1 edition (27 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84UVSI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction / Police Drama / First Novel syndrome 9 May 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on
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While I say First Novel Syndrome, I don't mean that in a bad way. What I mean is that this is a first book written by Chapman and it shows as the style needs to develop a bit. It isn't bad, just obvious that it is a beginning.

I actually was asked to read book 2 in the series and at the suggestion of the author I actually went back and read book 1 first. But, let me tell you this, the writing style will improve and I think book 2 shows a good development in the author's style.

I'm new to science fiction, but I love police dramas, so this was a good combination for me. Ryo Trop is an investigator for the Inquisitor's office of Free City. Fancy words to basically say, he is an FBI agent in the future.

There is lots of detail writing about futuristic science. So, they don't have to be as much accurate as they have to be believable and inviting so that you want to read.

I enjoyed the book, it drew me in and set me up well to read the second book in the series.

In this book a science station on the moon is obliterated by space pirates to cover up the fact that they stole a bunch of the anti-matter that was being developed as well as kidnapping several of the scientists from the station.

The evil warlord that did the deed wants to use the scientists and the anti-matter as a simple way to develop a weapon that will help him destroy a relative who is a rival warlord.

So, Dr. Jana Feasi is kidnapped and Ryo Trop and his associates must find her and the anti-matter before it can be used to destroy millions of people.

Will they succeed? Will they save the world? That is the question.

The characters are well developed. The scenario is as true to today's world as can be, and thus believable.

I enjoyed the book and the writing style and look forward to Chapman's development as a writer in the next several books.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A proper science fiction thriller! 24 August 2013
By Veritas Vincit - Published on
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, but the reviews seemed mostly positive, and I am a sucker for anything science fiction. I think Chapman made a pretty strong statement with the book, and it incorporated a lot of classic science fiction tropes without seeming like a stock novel. I liked how it seemed like an unusual buddy cop story, the veteran detective and the college student, and their dynamic was quite believable.

The style of dropping newspaper articles or headlines as ways to progress the plot and give back story was clever for a while, but it began to seem heavy-handed at times. I like to discover the background of this fantastical world through reading and absorbing the actual story, not necessarily through proclamations and news headlines. That is personal choice of reading, I suppose, but I'm sure others found that slightly wearing as well.

The plot was interesting and not too complicated, but it felt slightly methodical. It was like every step led quite clearly to something new, and in that way, it was slightly suspenseful, but never gripping. That all being said, I loved how in-depth Chapman was with the details of his world, the locations, the culture, the military history. It was a great science fiction future, which is one of the coolest things about the genre. To create something that could potentially happen makes it real for the reader, and I saw elements of reality mixed with wild creativity from the author. Although this might not be the best choice for a serious, hardline science fiction lover, it is definitely an entertaining read from an author that I will keep in mind for the future. Nicely done, Mr. Chapman!
3.0 out of 5 stars There is Potential Here 3 April 2017
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I commend anyone who makes an honest attempt to write a novel. This has a good storyline, but it lacks character description and development. It's lacking in details that could have been spread around like little bread crumbs to lead us to the revelations.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Framework, Could Have Been Great 22 August 2013
By John J. Staughton - Published on
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I have been a science fiction and fantasy reader for years, and one of the most important elements of any good science fiction story is its ability to completely absorb the reader into a new world. You see that epitomized in Tolkien's creation of Middle Earth, replete with everything you could possibly imagine, all the way down to dead languages and colloquial jokes. Science fiction, rather than fantasy, is often based on some sort of futuristic version of life that we understand, with Earth as a distant setting, or at least as a part of the universe. I feel like Chapman tried to create a new world, and incorporate recognizable elements, like names of cities(i.e. New Rome), and reference to various areas so readers would understand that the book is set in some post-apocalyptic, or at least distant, future. However, it isn't fair to simply assume a reader will accept your premise blindly. Creating a back story to your story is essential before a reader will truly dig his heels in and get comfortable with the fantasy that you've created. To return to Tolkien, he built an entire system of myth and legend to legitimize his equally fictitious setting, just so the readers would feel seamlessly transported. In Ripple, I unfortunately felt dropped into an unexplained future with vague hints of it being related to my home planet of Earth.

On the other side of that, I liked how Chapman dove into the story quickly, with a journalistic angle to give us the sensation of a complete and functioning world that we were reading about. I liked the press release elements that pushed the plot forward, hinted at things to come, and did quite a bit of exposition, since exposition and unexciting (yet necessary) plot points are often boring when it comes right from the author's pen. What isn't boring is exposition about characters who I am about to invest in for 200 pages, and I will touch on that lacking point momentarily.

The plot was also original, to a point, and the characters felt real. They spoke, joked, and reacted to things like real people in stressful situations, rather than imaginary characters and stock profile "heroes" in the author's mind. That being said, there wasn't enough character development, and to become fully invested in them, particularly Ryo, Keira, and Lev, I needed something that made me care. I enjoy being shown why a character does something, rather than being told. It goes back to my critique on the setting and futuristic angle. Show me the reality you are trying to paint, don't load me down with 8 sentences of dense exposition and then let those be the guiding principles for every other action and interaction of the players.

That sounded somewhat negative, but in truth, I did enjoy reading the book. The scientific elements were compelling and well thought out, and even the terminology and events seemed real enough (if we were already living around the year 2450). Creating drama and interesting character profiles for books set in modern times is difficult as it is, let alone adding the complexity of living in space 400 years from now. However, that is the challenge of writing really good science fiction - making me care about someone that I can't relate to on very many points. All criticism aside, I can see that Chapman is a talented writer with an eminently creative mind; perhaps he needs to redirect some of his eclecticism and prolificity into less projects rather than more. I think he could flesh out a truly magical world if he filled in a few more of the blanks and sought to engage the reader with his imagination, rather than simply firing out his ideas and hoping we catch and appreciate a few.

I'll definitely read the follow up novel, and I would pass this on to any other science fiction lovers I know; it is definitely a well-written book, it just had the potential to be something even greater.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you would expect. 29 April 2014
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Different. Detective mystery, espionage, murder, etc.
It is like watching a TV movie with all the goingback and forth with headlines and other posts.