In the future, mankind has abandoned Earth to ruin. But they are not alone. Advances in artificial intelligence has allowed for the creation of synthetic humanoid life. Once meant to serve on the colony worlds as slaves, most were granted their freedom to live among the humans with the same rights and privileges. Bernie Logan, stage magician, is one such synthetic. When he loses focus once his lady love disappears his manager brings in detective Noah Carver to find her. But things are not what they seem. The stakes are quickly raised when a man Carver trails is found dead and Bernie is made the prime suspect. Soon the pair find themselves in a race against time, caught up in a much larger conspiracy which threatens not only all life on their colony, but those beyond.
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"Cheap hoods make the world go round, Sweetness."
One the day that his sister is ambushed and killed and Noah Carver is himself seriously wounded, the announcement is broadcast that most synthetics will be given equal rights with the human population.
Time passes. Noah buries his memories in a bottle - many bottles - but accepts a job to find the erstwhile partner of a failing magician, a Synthetic, who simply cannot hold the stage now that she has gone. He wants her back in his life again. An easy job, because Noah Carver knows exactly where to look .
An intriguing setting with it's hints of present day fears and prejudice, good character development and dialogue, and an exciting story. Complete in itself, it holds out the possibility of a continuation in a later book.
Initially, I found A.W.Salzman's narration hard to enjoy although his reading was flawless, I had difficulties relating to the cadences he employed in his reading. But this was soon forgotten as I became involved in the story and his telling of it, paced perfectly to match the text. His dialogue voicing was particularly good, each individual distinctly different.
Synthetic Uprising is a good, fast paced S.F. detective thriller spiced with conspiracy. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of this enjoyable book, via Audiobook Boom. I will be looking out for a further continuation in the hope of more to come.
- Norma Miles