Today I am pleased to introduce you to Bone Wires a dark, science fiction mystery by Michael Shean.
Title: Bone Wires
Author: Michael Shean
Genre: Dark, Mystery, Science Fiction
Publisher: Curiosity Quills/Whampa, LLC
Pages: 380 (paperback)
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Book Description: In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies.
In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important – even glamorous – department for public police is very different for the corporate species, and Gray finds himself stuck in a dead end job. That is, until the Spine Thief arrives.
When a serial killer begins harvesting the spinal tissue of corporate employees all over the city, Detective Gray finds himself plunged into the first truly major case of his career. Caught in a dangerous mix of murder, betrayal and conflicting corporate interest, Gray will find himself not only matching wits with a diabolical murderer but grapple with his growing doubt toward his employers in the dawning months of the American tricentennial. A thrilling mystery set in the same world as the Wonderland Cycle, Bone Wires is a grim trip into the streets of the empty future.
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The Review: I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Let me start by saying that I am a “newbie” to the Sci-Fi genre, being a huge fan of Heinlein who’s stories always gave me enough of the world I live in to be related to amidst the futuristic scenarios. Michael Shean has accomplished that feat, while setting up a story that follows a Homicide Detective in the far future. I am a huge mystery fan, and here the book excels expectations, while creating a horrific series of gruesome murders, the intrigue from both inside the department and on the street are very real in feeling and description.
The story also incorporates a new romance, generated in the solution of the murders, and creating yet another layer of manipulations while providing the one true ray of light in this rather dismal scenario of earth future.
The character of Dan Grey is impeccably crafted; both his good and bad qualities are given free rein: ambition and single-mindedness combined with a rather dismal view of the people on the fringe of society. He is resentful of being watched, yet expects that the ‘watchers’ will also provide him with useful information while simultaneously providing him with alibis useful enough to keep him from being called on the carpet. He is manipulated and manipulator, although more honest about his participation in both.
Like all good crime stories that are character driven, this one has a multitude of plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end. And then, it all comes clear. The writing is polished and tight, with details that allow you to visualize in detail the world that surrounds Dan Grey.
I would recommend this book highly to anyone who is a fan of noir or crime dramas, and I also feel that a futuristic fan would like this as well. The world is painstakingly and impeccably drawn, dark and clinical with a corporate component that is chillingly believable. While I wanted to review this book based on the mystery component, the pieces integrated so neatly into the book that I can say that there was no piece that did not work for me, romance, futuristic, noir or mystery.
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About the Author and where to find him:
About the Author: Michael Shean was born amongst the sleepy hills and coal mines of southern West Virginia in 1978. Taught to read by his parents at a very early age, he has had a great love of the written word since the very beginning of his life. Growing up, he was often plagued with feelings of isolation and loneliness; he began writing off and on to help deflect this, though these themes are often explored in his work as a consequence. At the age of 16, Michael began to experience a chain of vivid nightmares that has continued to this day; it is from these aberrant dreams that he draws inspiration.
In 2001 Michael left West Virginia to pursue a career in the tech industry, and he settled in the Washington, DC area as a web designer and graphic artist. As a result his writing was put aside and not revisited until five years later. In 2006 he met his current fiancee, who urged him to pick up his writing once more. Several years of work and experimentation yielded the core of what would become his first novel, Shadow of a Dead Star (2011). Michael is currently signed with Curiosity Quills Press, who has overtaken publication of Shadow of a Dead Star and the other books of his Wonderland Cycle.