Nine Planets

Nine Planets Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn t recognise Gripped by a curse, the salvation of humanity is a bizarre holiday The presents delivered on Father Nick s Day stave off the despair that drives ordinary men and women to suicide Blackwell is told he has the knowledge that will break this curse He is also told that sharing the secret could mean the end of the world Not a great position to be in To make things worse, the head injury that put him in a coma has left him without memory and with the compulsion to always tell the truth It s as if he d been put into maze with no open paths.Blackwell is not without tools, however He has perfect recall and no trouble making new memories He also has nine snippets of the past, nine constellations of smell, taste, texture and emotion He calls these his nine planets The ninth is armoured and it is therefore assumed that the ninth planet holds the secret to saving the world.Blackwell has twelve days to unlock the ninth planet As he unravels the information hidden in the first eight, he puts together a picture of the world Two brotherhoods, the Cabal and the Poor Men, have been at odds for over seventeen hundred years The curse is a tool of the Cabal and only the Poor Men stand between them and the end of humanity Each side has allies and traitors Not sure who he can trust, Blackwell must nonetheless rely on the assistance of others to reach his goal The most unexpected of these is an assassin sent to extract his secret.Then there is the comet, the one hurtling toward Earth The one a four year old boy started painting the day it was first detected.A glance at the blurb should prepare the reader for the fact Nine Planets by Greg Byrne is a little different Ideas represented as planets A world inflicted by despair that only a quasi religious holiday can alleviate Then there is the whole idea of a suicidal apocalypse I m a fan of apocalyptic fiction, but I can honestly say worldwide suicide doesn t appeal Of course, these elements are what make Nine Planets such a fascinating read.The book begins with an outtake of mythology The origin of Father Nick s Day Then we meet Peter Blackwell and the tech is futuristic As each player in the war is introduced, the story and the world complicates further until it s a colourful tapestry I admire authors who can juggle several plot threads and have them all eventually entwine.The use of synesthesia as an interpretive tool is inventive and clever Instead of a running commentary on how events make Blackwell feel, the reader is invited to experience everything for him or herself through flavour, colour and texture Truth smells like limes, by the way I really liked these details they enriched the story without overwhelming it Similarly, Byrne s prose conveyed the plot without distracting the reader His style is economical and sometimes downright poetic.As the countdown toward Father Nick s Day accelerates, so does the action I found the book difficult to put aside after I passed the half way point Shortly after then, alliances shifted and truths were revealed and I lost the rest of my day in the race toward the end Nine Planets appears to be author Greg Byrne s first novel I m hoping he ll write another I d love to see where his imagination takes me next.Written for SFCrowsnest. Nine Planets is probably the best book I ve read in a long time It s a dystopian science fiction action story which takes the Santa Clause myth to a whole new level For a 300 page book, it s chock full of heart pounding excitement, that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page This is going to be one of those books that sticks with me for a while, and I ve already recommended it to a few friends. Nine Planets by Greg Byrne is the first book I ve read that combines science fiction and the Santa Claus myth Original idea We first meet our protagonist, Corporal Peter Blackwell, when he wakes up from a coma with a head injury at a medical facility of North American Space and Air Defence They tell him that he s a dungeon watcher for the NASAD and that he s suffered an accident one that has left him with amnesia.Blackwell finds himself having weird memories of smells and sounds, in a world where suicide the Black Despair is a common occurrence, and also learns that bound up with his identity is a vital secret that must remain concealed because the future of millions of lives is at stake The secret is linked to a comet that s approaching earth, and there are those who will stop at nothing to extract his secret, then kill him.Nine Planets is a very real, human story with multiple layers It is a story about hope, a theme explored in a setting where suicide is completely acceptable Peter Blackwell is a sympathetic protagonist Brave, determined, and loyal, he s surrounded by an interesting array of secondary characters.Byrne is a talented storyteller who pays special attention to language and possesses a writing style at times simple and straightforward, at others lyrical The technical and science aspects are very well done as well Part mystery, part thriller,Nine Planets is a science fiction novel quite different from others on the market If you love SF novels and thrillers, I recommend you give this one a try. The eternal struggle between good and evil, and the gracious tradition of the gifts of San Nicolaus seen as an ancient heritage to save humanity from the most gigantic course ever seen.A strange story, which seems odd to tell, but intriguing and fun, with complex and well described characters, immersed in a reality that, despite being the one of a fictional fantasy novel, is so well structured to allow the reader to immerse themselves in it.Some slowness make it impossible to assign to the book the highest mark.Thank Dragonwell Publishing and Netgalley for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.L eterna lotta tra il bene e il male, e la graziosa tradizione dei regali di San Nicola vista come un antico retaggio per salvare l umanit dal pi gigantesco malocchio mai visto.Una storia strana, che pare bislacca a raccontarla, ma intrigante e divertente, con personaggi complessi e ben descritti e immersa in una realt che, pur essendo quella immaginaria propria del romanzo fantastico, cos ben strutturata da permettere al lettore di immergersi completamente in essa.Qualche lungaggine di troppo impedisce di assegnare al libro la votazione pi alta.Ringrazio Dragonwell Publishing e Netgalley per avermi fornito una copia gratuita in cambio di una recensione onesta. Nine Planets starts with an intriguing plot idea shrouded in mystery However, there are three fallacies that impede the development of the book into a cohesive story 1 Ineffective structure There is a formatting problem that a shrewd Editor would do well to help solve The chapters are lengthy for the content, with odd breaks that impede the narrative flow as opposed to aid its progress There are some moments that could be re ordered for increased effect for example, Harker should be introduced earlier in the story and his progress should run parallel to Blackwell s in a direct and balanced approach.2 Characterization At first the main character is a pleasant mystery, due to his dealings with memory loss in a time of crisis There are some segments of good narration where Byrne does a nice job using sensory detail to enhance Blackwell s confusion and attempt to control his setting As the novel progresses, however, the prose becomes less thoughtful Rushed dialogue takes over, which doesn t give the reader a chance to process the technical details of the setting nor the character s various plights.3 Scientific Plausibility Good Science Fiction writing takes the time to describe the functionality behind the fantastical elements of the narrative This book had ample opportunity to do that, such as when the machines traversing the timeslip are introduced, people traverse the timeslip, or when characters become affronted with evil from another plane of existence It is almost as if the author shied away from fully committing to the narrative formation of this version of Earth, which is a shame, because the idea is good Less dialogue and description of the setting and technical details would allow the reader to experience the sensation of living and interacting with this realm.With these three items are addressed, the reader will find a enjoyable book that one could get pleasantly lost in. In The World Of Despair, Father Nick S Day Is The Only Hope Peter Blackwell Wakes From A Coma Into A World He Doesn T Recognize Without Memory Or Identity, All He Has Are Nine Random Images Nine Planets Eight He Can See, Although He Does Not Understand Them, But The Impenetrable Ninth Is The Secret That Two Opposing And Hidden Brotherhoods Have Been Seeking For Nearly Two Millennia Pursued, Betrayed, Peter Has Twelve Days To Unlock His Ninth Planet And Prevent Terminal Worldwide Suicide And His Only Ally Is A Manic Assassin Sent To Extract The Secret And Kill Him

Greg Byrne loved stories, words and languages as soon as he knew what crayons were for, and was writing with them soon after.In between his other duties as a university tutor and lecturer, ESL teacher, grammar consultant and Masters student, he enjoys travelling, exploring ideas, history, languages and science, reading, dinner with friends, wandering purposefully into bookshops, watching his famil

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  • Paperback
  • 330 pages
  • Nine Planets
  • Greg Byrne
  • English
  • 12 July 2017
  • 9781940076171

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