I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The 13th Prophet by T. Lucas Earle
Published by the author (self-published) on July 8th 2013
Genres: Science fiction
Source: ARC from publisher
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In this entertaining short story, T. Lucas blends classic noir and dystopian sci-fi, exposing the strange underbelly where conformity, fashion, and religion collide.
I absolutely love Earle’s writing. It’s so succinct and meaningful. I love the witty dialog. The pacing was also excellent.
Once again, I am amazed at how much story Earle can cram into a short story. There is so much in it.
I loved how Burke’s struggle with his age was evident. (Burke is the main character, a PI) I liked seeing all the different Personalities and Prophets. I liked Burke’s attitude and confidence that never wavered. I loved his interactions with people.
The story was very entertaining with riveting action scenes. Honestly I’m just so in love with his writing that I couldn’t stop reading it. I just had to see what happened next. My only regret it that it was such a short story.
It was very fast paced and some things I would have expected to be longer (for instance, Burke found out a lot of things a little too easily and quickly) but it is a short story after all. It could easily be developed into a book though.
As is mentioned in the synopsis, conformity is a pretty important theme given that everyone is basically a computer except Burke himself. It’s interesting to see it told from his view.
Here the future is depicted as not much different except the people. They each run certain models of personality that are updated like computer software.
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This short story is a really fast-paced and well written discussion of conformity and the future of technology. The main character is clever and intelligent and really fun to read about. The dialog and interactions are witty and interesting. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. Would I recommend this story to others? Yes I would.