Sunday, December 23, 2012

{Review} Full Circle: Electronics Afterlife by Alfred R. Taylor

ISBN #: 978-1477614587
Page Count: 276
Copyright: June 27, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Mark Aaron, a historical researcher for Nora Corporation, is summoned to the office of the president and C.E.O. Instead of taking the offered promotion, he leaves for what he believes to be a vacation with his wife. Instead, a plane crash begins a five-hundred-year odyssey through time, space, and history. To save his wife, his unborn child, and humanity itself, Mark and his companion Jane, a Gamma class android, must travel to the year 1842 to prevent the premature assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Along the way, they become enmeshed in the politics of Springfield, Illinois; encounter Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd, and James Shields; and create controversy themselves by applying 21st century ethics to 19th century problems.

Charlene's Review:

When Mark Aaron leaves on vacation in 2004 and is the victim of a plane crash and an electrical accident, he never expects to wake up in the year 2373 as an android. Awakening on the interplanetary spaceship, Phaedrus, his first contact is with Karl Romanji. Romanji is determined to send androids back in time to repair the damage done by technology. Mark is tasked with returning to the year 1970 and killing Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, therefore discouraging any technology involving semiconductor chips. His immediate challenge, however, is the android named Danberry, who may have already arrived in the past, and plans to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

In reading Full Circle: Electronic Afterlife I have to admit, it was, at times, over my head as far as "techy" stuff goes. I was a bit confused in a few places and had to re-read a portion or so, especially in the first couple chapters. After all the "ground work" was complete, though, it became quite an enjoyable story, as it wound future technology with well-known historical figures in a new and exciting way. I especially enjoyed the author's view of Mary Todd, and how Mark struggled with his human memories while living an android's life.

Glimpses of our country's past, and how far technology has advanced, makes this novel even more engrossing, as everyone, I believe, has wondered how far advances should safely go.

I anticipate Mr. Taylor's insights as he continues this series, and look forward to more adventures with Mark Aaron. This series would appeal to teen or adult, especially those with "techy" interests. Full Circle: Electronic Afterlife is a very well developed storyline that entertains and educates.

4 out of 5 stars.

*A paperback copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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