You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.
For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.
Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.
Unfortunately, Dale doesn't know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.
Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.
About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”. She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.ioanavisan.tk
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite Does what enhances you, what makes you stronger, make you broken or less than whole? This is a question dear to my heart. I have a prosthesis that looks real. That is its only job and talent, and it does it well. To all appearances, I seem whole. Am I really? In Broken People, Ioana Visan draws us into an alter-history world at war. Technology is big, and many people have cybernetic enhancements or prosthetics. Technicians graft metal to flesh with delicate skill (if you're lucky). Robotic suits and robots themselves can also be found in this grim future. Sadly, people with prosthetics are frowned upon and even banned in places. Dale is a mercenary focused on a job, a grand plan to break into a heavily guarded building, one rarely opened to the public. Plans get changed when he finds his partner grievously wounded. In desperation, Dale ends up contracting with the Nightingale Circus, a traveling troupe with a side business in repair work. This is the first 'cyberpunk' book I have read, and I fell in love with it. It is well-written, and the characters are vivid and alive in the imagination. Dale, the main character, comes across as...well...mercenary, and pragmatic, but beneath it all, he has a good heart. He gives a little girl coins when he is able. Later he goes out of his way to treat little Rosie very gently after she's had a procedure done. My favourite characters were Spinner and Rake, the Circus' Blade Masters. I think that's because they are the Circus' secret technicians, and so very close to the world I write in which blends technology like this with magick. I learned recently that is a sub genre called arcane punk. Ioana Visan's Broken People is a real treat. If you enjoy sci-fi, cyberpunk, or dystopian stories, be sure to check this book out. I doubt you'll be disappointed. I have the next in the series queued to read!
Broken People is an original and engaging narrative. Somewhere between fantasy and dystopian fiction, this story was a great read from cover to cover. In a world where war has ravaged the land and robotics technology is the present and the future of the human race, the adventures of one man, and a circus, may hold the key to winning the war. The Nightingale Circus, which hosts a myriad of characters with special powers and abilities, and it is those powers and abilities that lead to a resolution. The only drawback to this story, is that the back story of the war and the parties involved and how it began, is quite vague. It proves to be a fairly major element in the story, and it is never really explained. In addition, I think there will be a sequel (at least) to the book, however that is not really clear either. Regardless, Broken People was a fun and interesting read!