Nanoman – Book Review

deancrokeNanoman by Dean C. Moore is so I’m informed, part of the sub-genre of Science-Fiction, known as Cyberpunk or Steampunk; until recently I had never even heard of such a genre but after having read this book I’m pleased to say I know a little more about it.

Dean C. Moore is an indie author averaging about three titles a year through his own label, Mark Freeman Enterprises.  Although he writes across a wide variety of genres, a particular tone of comedy drama unites them all, similar to the one used in franchises such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Lethal Weapon, Red, Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man, and The Expendables. Analogies among TV series would include Bones, Castle, and Supernatural. He is also a prolific blooger and book reviewer himself.

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Further links to Dean C. Moore’s writing can be found at the following:

www.deancmoore.com

Dean C. Moore’s Amazon author page:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeanCMoore

Dean C. Moore’s Goodreads profile:

https://twitter.com/DeanCMoore

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Nanoman

By Dean C. Moore

(Available in both eBook and paperback from Amazon)

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dean1I really can’t praise this book highly enough; as a lifelong fan of science fiction, and having read some of the all-time greats – Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke to name but two – I’m not easily pleased when it comes to this genre but here we have a rollercoaster blend of hard sci-fi, almost non-stop action, plots and conspiracy, all interwoven with absolutely loads of fun and humour. It would be impossible to describe entirely the mix of characters, but suffice to say it includes power and wealth hungry businessmen all hell bent on world domination, cyber/human hybrids, regular robots (if there is such a thing), shape-shifting nano- technology super-humans, and a host of others, including a lovely female robot with a deadly inferiority complex; anyone expecting an Asimov style of robots will be pleasantly taken by surprise, as the ones here most certainly do not obey the three laws of robotics!

The book starts off quite conventionally, with one of the robots chatting away with various humans, demonstrating its abilities. The reader quickly gathers that there are hidden agendas lurking, but it does take quite a while for the wider picture to emerge. This is quite a substantial read, and it does require the reader’s full attention to keep up with what’s going on. If I had but one criticism I would have liked the action between Mike and Jane, and their pursuers toned tone just a tad, as I did think that even for a Science fiction novel, that I had to suspend my disbelief just a bit too much, though this opinion might well be due to my being more used to more conventional or traditional science fiction.

In a nutshell, what we have are a number of evil corporations, all hoping their particular robot/hybrids will become the dominant product in their bids to dominate the world as humans upgrade to cyber enhanced robot bodies. Alongside this there’s also a rival corporation with an entirely different agenda that would rather have everyone uploaded to something akin to a blissful Matrix type world. Thankfully there are two heroes in the shape of Mike and Jane, the former an ex super soldier, now even more enhanced thanks to some very strange nanonite implants, and alongside him, Jane, a brilliant scientist, also enhanced with said nanonites. You can’t helped but be gripped as you follow their journey as they’re hunted by an assorted collection of robots and regular soldiers, all seeking to destroy them; how they deal with this, and the romantic interaction between Mike and Jane will have the reader in stitches at times. I think it prudent to mention at this point that there is some highly comical sex scenes and mildly sexual content, but all within the humorous context of the book. Another example of the book’s humour is clearly illustrated when a military killer robot is trying to destroy another whilst at the same time force feeding donuts into a woman’s mouth, when he notices a another woman writing up a book review on goodreads, and quite casually recommends a book by none other than the author, Dean C. Moore, and later on, yet another robot saying how he must stock up on Dean C. Moore’s eBook steampunk for a coming journey – priceless!

All in all, an exciting action filled book, lots of speculative technology and some more familiar sci-fi themes, all combined with some subtle, and often, not so subtle humour – a great read.

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Some further books by Dean C. Moore… click on thumbnails for details…

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About echoesofthepen

Middle aged man, aspiring writer and author, one grown up son and young grand son, currently working in the rail industry but actively working to develop a writing career.

Posted on June 12, 2015, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Another great review from you Paul, and one which has piqued my interest in reading this book. It’s been on my TBR for some time. I try to change genre with each reading session and I seem to have gained more than average numbers of paranormal, sci-fi, etc so I have to get choosy now.
    I’d be inclined to agree with the opinion of our friend John MW Smith – in that it would affect the entertainment value for me to read the author slipping in reviews of his own work, no matter how well done.
    Yes, I will bring characters in from another story, which I believe provides depth to the stories involved and credibility to the author’s brand – but reviews by characters …? No.
    Thanks again for a great insight.

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    • Hi there Tom…

      Like I said to John, I’ve probably over high-lighted the self review aspect as I thought it was funny at the time. And yes, I’m enjoying the way your own characters make appearances across many of your different books, and as you say, gives them an added depth. Thanks for stopping by again Tom,always value your opinions here.

      Cheers Tom…

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      • I thought the details about the self promotion in your review were well presented, Paul.

        First time I ever came across an author doing this was in a Joe Konrath novel and it took me by surprise and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Gradually I came to realize it was part of the humor and self-parody. So when you mentioned it in your review, it brought me pleasant associations.

        Reflecting on this style of self-humor, because the Konrath example had a lingering effect, I came to see this more like Alfred Hitchcock’s short but shocking appearances in his own movies.

        So though I personally kinda know what John and Tom meant and felt about the self promo humor, I’ve come to view this differently. I still think your first impulse and reaction, which you wrote in your review, is totally valid. Humor, for being so universal, is also so varied and so personal.

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        • Hi Felipe..

          I think a lot depends on the context and how the self-reference is presented. I think your analogy is a good one, and another example from the film world occurs in one of the old horror anthology movies where a reference to said film occurs in the shape of a billboard poster appearing, adevertising said film… a nice touch at the time I thought.

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          • Hadn’t seen that but brought a big smile to my face 😊

            I keep thinking of some theater plays I’ve seen back in my college days where the playwright voices all his opinions and other work through one of the actors 😊

            Maybe it’d be fun just doing a full self-story-promotion, one day, maybe lol!

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  2. A very enjoyable review, Paul, and you have certainly taught me a lot about this genre. I’m not that into science fiction, but have more a passing interest in it. It’s slightly on the side of taking away some of the magic from the reading experience by selling one’s books as part of the narrative, though. Personally that is not what I would do. But each to his/her own!

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    • Hi John…

      Thanks for the comments, and for giving them such a thought; I agree the self-reference isn’t something I would do, and can see how it might not work for everyone, but perhaps I’ve over emphasised that aspect in mentioning it as it’s only a couple of lines throughout the entire book.

      Great to hear from you as always John.

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  3. If the book is remotely as entertaining as this review, that would be a super read. Nice job, esp re the humor & caution about the non-stop action.

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  4. I can’t say that I’ve read much – if any – science fiction, never mind steam punk, but at the end of the day, good stories grip you from beyond their genre. This certainly sounds packed full of action and from your description, the author had great fun writing it. I love the idea of a robot with confidence issues 😀 Another well-considered review, Paul.

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  5. Reblogged this on Indie Author Review Exchange and commented:

    My first ever review in the steam/cyberpunk sub-genre of Science Fiction… an enjoyable and exciting read from Dean C. Moore (aka Dean Croke)

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  6. As always, Paul, a great, comprehensive review that has piqued my interest in the book without giving too much away. I have also read many of the more classic sci-fi novels, and it sounds like I would enjoy Mr. Moore’s book as well!

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