Book Review: Knuckleduster


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Book Title: Knuckleduster
Author: Andrew Post
Book Format: Paperback
Pages: 513

This was my first “First Reads” book giveaway win from Goodreads.com, and I finally got to read it. This copy was a pre-release edition of the book which, as indicated on the cover, was not the final edit version. Knowing this, I had to disregard all spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. There were a fair number of mistakes, but it did not detract from the story at all.

The story is set in the near future in the Midwest that follows Brody, a war veteran who wound up blinded in an explosion. He now has special lenses that allow him to see, but the batteries must be charged often. When his batteries go dead, he must wear a sonar device that allows him to see everything in a black and white wire frame. Brody has had trouble with the law, as he has been forced to pay new batteries by beating up men who abuse their wives and girlfriends. That is, until his old friend from the military calls him to help find his sister who has gone missing.

This then brings us on a roller coaster ride in which conspiracies are uncovered and each character learns something unexpected about themselves. I was fully engrossed in the story the entire way. I enjoyed the technology references that Post wove into the story. There were only a couple of times that I felt the references to tech in some way seemed unrealistic. I never felt the technologies Post references or invents were unrealistic, which made the story very fluid and the tech didn’t get in the way.

There was only one issue I had, and that was with the sheer luck Brody had finding clues. The scene in which Brody finds an Ordi (future cell phones are called Ordis) that is key to him furthering his investigation just didn’t add up. Also, when Brody and his friend search the office building, there were just too many lucky breaks that didn’t add up for me. I would have preferred a more realistic approach to those two scenes.

Overall, the book was very good. It was long, but not too long. I doubt I’ll wind up reading this book again, but I don’t read many books more than once. It was a good mystery, conspiracy, sci-fi story that most people should enjoy.

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