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Simon Vector (edition 2012)

by Jak Holding

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Member:PhilElmore
Title:Simon Vector
Authors:Jak Holding
Info:JAK Books (2012), Perfect Paperback, 248 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:JAK Holding, scifi, survival, horror, prison, action, adventure

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Mike Resnick, the five-time Hugo award winner, hinted at Simon Vector’s pulp roots when he wrote, “Prison planets, evil geniuses, nameless horrors, and a plucky female protagonist — what more could any grown-up boy ask for?” Ian Douglas, the popular military scifi writer, offered more insight; he called the book “darker and more violent than Aliens, as gritty and as noire as Bladerunner, and spiced with the blood and graphic gore of the zombie apocalypse.” Jonathan Mayberry said it was “highly recommended,” calling the eponymous character “a dark hero for even darker times.”

All of these descriptions are apt. Envisioned as a dark Flash Gordon, with horror overtones and the subtext of a procedural actioner, Simon Vector is many novels at once — thriller, survival horror, and adventure tale. While it’s difficult to be many things to many people, this book manages it, provided you’re not averse to violence or easily disgusted by monsters. The monsters of Simon Vector, confined and then run amok in the prison Alpha Draconis, run the gamut from human to alien… and something queasy in between.

In some ways it reads like one of Steve Perry’s “Aliens” or S.D. Perry’s “Resident Evil” novelizations; the plot could easily be that of a survival-horror video game. In other ways, Simon Vector reads like pulp, clearly influenced by any of several action and military scifi authors. This is not, however, a superficial book. There is real depth here, and the “Entrypoint” novellas announced by League Entertainment promise to offer even more insight into the lives of some of the lesser characters. Simon Vector is a novel that BEGS to be the first of a series. It is ruthless, it is fast-paced, and it is frank in its depictions of an ugly world.

If there is a lingering question in the readers’ mind at the end of this novel, it is a question the author(s) MEAN for you to ask: What IS Simon Vector? The book hints at darker deeds to come, leaves the reader wanting more, and is one hell of a menacing, battery-operated tram ride from breakneck start to self-destruct-countdown finish. ( )
  PhilElmore | May 16, 2012 |
"Simon Vector is definitely worth a read if you enjoy Science Fiction and the team of 'Jak Holding' is a pair that merits following."
added by theLeague | editTwisted Sci Fi (Jun 10, 2012)
 
"…the Universe of Simon Vector is rough, scary and macabre in a very ghoulish way. Vector himself is one of those modern anti-heroes that have to live and act thinking of the big picture. The moment, the few, the individual matters little to him, if at all."
added by theLeague | editJ de Juegos.com (May 22, 2012)
 
"Simon Vector could easily be the beginning of a larger story, told in any sort of medium from more books, to comics or videogames. I could easily see this being adapted into a movie. I’d be curious to see in what direction this story might go next, as I would expect (like the Alien series of movies) future stories would have to move past the more horror oriented story in this book and into some greater military scifi story. But, Simon Vector stands alone very well as a novel complete on its own – while story threads could be picked up again in the future, it is not necessary and you won’t feel as if you didn’t read a complete book upon finishing. This was a strong horror themed scifi story, and I’m pleased to recommend it."
 
"...nicely constructed and fun!"
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984847405, Perfect Paperback)

SIMON VECTOR introduces a dark hero for even darker times. This is action-packed SF written with all of the pace and urgency of a major thriller. Highly recommended! - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and MARVEL UNIVERSE VS WOLVERINE

Alpha Draconis. Its name alone makes even the most law-abiding citizens of the Empire uneasy. Located in the farthest reaches of known space, it is the most remote and feared prison in the Imperial penal system. To be consigned to this tunneled-out, vacuum-sealed planetoid is both a life sentence and a death sentence, for no prisoner entombed within its frozen walls ever leaves the facility alive.

When Zodiac Battle Systems sends an investigator to Alpha Draconis, Ana Bolo is no less a prisoner than the cannibals, serial rapists, and mass murderers this frozen hell confines. Tasked to learn the fate of a secret project once concealed within the bowels of the prison, her corporate masters will kill her if she fails. But as she hunts for clues left behind by the suicidal genius, Doctor Thaddeus Kong, she realizes that Kong s increasingly erratic logs point to a more sinister truth. Alpha Draconis lies vulnerable to a horror unlike any mankind has yet faced, a horror drawn to the planetoid by the very experiment Kong tried to hide.

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