Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel

Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel

by Gary A. Ballard

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ISBN-13: 9781449509675
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/31/2008
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Gary A. Ballard was born, raised and still resides in the state of Mississippi. Graduating from Belhaven College with a degree in Fine Arts, he has painted, photographed, drawn, and written the world as he sees it. Working as a web designer since the early days of the World Wide Web, Gary is well-versed in social media, graphic design and Internet marketing.

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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was a little worried that I'd get lost in a book filled with technical jargon, but Mr. Ballard did a fantastic job of giving me enough information that I understood the premise without overwhelming me with techie speak. The fast, action packed plot kept me turning pages well into the night.
scribe77 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Cyber-punk, near-future sci-fi, urban-sci-fi, any one of those terms could describe Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary A. Ballard. It could also be described as a good yarn featuring an ambiguous, yet relatable, main character.The plot centers around Artemis Bridge, a slightly shady go-between who can get you what you want, be it illegal or immoral. It is business as usual until one of his deals goes sour and he finds himself with killers on his tail and in possession of information he doesn¿t want.The book is a fairly standard cyber-punk sci-fi novel, but it does have a nice touch of nihilistic cynicism set in a scruffy, corrupt future. The characters are well-rounded, with the focal character neither heroic nor completely indifferent; he is just a guy trying to get himself out of a bad situation in one piece. Also, the author does do a splendid job of painting his future world, a gritty, dark place full of people turned jaded, corrupt or apathetic. The book isn¿t perfect, though; the review copy had a few formatting mistakes and typos, if nothing major or overly distracting, but the novel itself was worth ignoring a few errors.Under the Amoral Bridge started life on the blogs as serial fiction, but it translates well to book form and it is a satisfying, entertaining read.
TheBookJournal on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Review of Story Line:This is my first book within the genre of cyberpunk. I wasn¿t really sure what that was about so I entered into it lightly. Well it¿s great. Cyberpunk novels deal with hackers: a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism. That has the potential of becoming a disaster. However Gary Ballard really manages to give us enough of the tech stuff and enough of every day happenings to keep us intrigued. The story really flows easily and is written in a way that would make anyone want to become a cyberpunk. You can¿t help but involve yourself with Bridge and feel happy, sad and pain along with him.While this story deals with a world in 2028, it parallels what we live through nowadays. Corrupt players, do-gooders, the high and mighty. The difference? The way punishment and information is exchanged. How would like to the instead of passing business cards with your name and occupation on it, pass a business card that has your entire life coded in it?How would you feel if someone can enter a chamber and hurt you physically while using holograms? It¿s no longer a world where people post things about you online, but where they can enter a 3-D world, find out anything and everything about you, and then hurt your physical image with it. It¿s insane.Review of Characters:I liked Bridge. I know he was the character that did good things but for bad reasons, but he sounded the most true to me. We all have that quality in us and so can quite easily relate to what he does and why he does it.There were some issues where the bad guys had the expected sidekicks and they behaved the expected way. But really, how much do you want authors to rock the boat? If they rock everything there is no anchor.Review of Writing:A worry of mine when picking up this book, was how the tech information was going to be handled. Were we going to be thrown a bunch of tech words and phrases? While I am pretty knowledgeable with computers, most people when they hear about computer hacking get glossed over eyes. So this book had the potential to really cut down on its readership group.But yet again, Gary has managed to really make the book complex enough to satisfy the techies and neutral enough to satisfy the non-techies. This is difficult, but I feel he managed to do it nicely.Review of Editing:I read the paperback version of this book and found about 3-4 misspellings (which is admirable) and one page was left justified instead of full justified. Does it mess up the reading or story at all? Not in the least. They are just minor issues that can be corrected in less than a minute.Review of Cover:The cover was nice. A little too much white space for me. But that is completely subjective.Overall Review:If I were to be asked if you should read this book, I would say yes. It¿s a great story, great characters (whether you like or dislike them personally, you still get involved with them) and has a great reading rhythm. I look forward to the second book in the series.About the book:Artemis Bridge is the know-who, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. You need it, he can get it without questions or judgment. He prides himself on staying detached from the depravity, untouched by the filth, untouchable by the law. When a young hacker is assassinated before his eyes, he is burdened with a scandalous video of the mayor on the eve of the city¿s most important election of the century. With digital assassins and murderous thugs dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing the Chronosoft Corporation complete control of the city. Unable to sell the video, he is forced further into a complex conspiracy. This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, a rising new talent in the cyberpunk genre. The trade paperback edition includ
Christiewriting More than 1 year ago
Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary A. Ballard ¿¿¿¿¿ In a future world, Artemis Bridge was the guy to contact to get or accomplish almost anything. Bridge always knew a guy, but never touched anything himself, so he couldn’t be incriminated. He made a living by being the “bridge” between the buyer and seller. He was called Amoral because of his lack of morals by connecting these people. On one of the job connections, his contact was killed and got him stuck with an incriminating video of the mayor. He can’t get rid of it, and people are after him to get it. Now, he is in danger, along with the one person in the world that he loved. This was my first Steam Punk novel, and I didn’t know what to expect. This was not my typical read at all. It was well written and descriptive. I could easily imagine the world. The author did well with giving a vivid image of who Bridge was and what he was like. He wasn’t really someone I would be friends with. The story was fast paced and had a good amount of action. I honestly don’t think it was really my kind of story, so I wasn’t too into it. I did find some things interesting, especially the depiction of the world, and it makes me wonder if our world is headed that way at all, especially with the government. It was a good read, and I may give the rest of the series a try in the future.