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The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

James Chalk
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  • Longueur : 123 pages (estimation)
  • Langue : Anglais
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For mature readers only. This pulp, cyberpunk, technothriller has profanity, violence, sexual situations, and an atheist protagonist. There are some disturbing scenes that may upset the more sensitive reader.

For Jonathan Harkon, living life in exile is never easy.

Forced into hiding his true identity and leaving the only home and family he's ever known, Jonathan finds himself halfway across the solar system, smuggling condoms for the religiously-oppressed citizens of an outer-system colony named Sanctity.

It isn't long before his cover as a bouncer for a local "bikini-bar" is questioned, and he is quickly embroiled in Sanctity's hardcore, underground, sex-slave trade.

With few friends by his side and only his ship, the HMS Mary Rose, to rely upon, Jonathan will need every ounce of the strength and skill that his heavily enhanced, genetically-engineered body can manage, if he means to survive and expose the terrible truth behind Sanctity's "Meat Market."

Set in the not too distant future, "The Meat Market" is the first short novel in author James Chalk's "Jonathan Harkon Adventure" series.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1930 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 123 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : JRH Publishing; Édition : 1.8 (4 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°130.733 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

En savoir plus sur l'auteur

Même s'il détient un diplôme en génie électrique et en informatique, d'abord et avant tout James Chalk est un mari et père. Il a été béni avec l'âme soeur parfaite et deux superbes filles qui allume sa vie. Il est un spécialiste de l'intelligence artificielle et vision par ordinateur qui a passé plus de vingt ans qui font de la R&D de la défense et du renseignement de sécurité. James Chalk est également une vie longue artiste martial et certified whitewater kayak formateur. Il peut être trouvé quelque part sur l'océan Atlantique, la vie à bord d'un 43' voilier avec sa femme et ses deux grands chiens.

Pour en savoir plus vous pouvez visiter son site Web : http://JamesChalkBooks.com/ ou sa page de fans sur Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/JamesChalkBooks

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A real page turner 3 décembre 2014
Par Zapple
Format:Format Kindle
James Chalk has created a Sci-Fi story set in the future with such excellent detail and such plausibility that it's so realistic and could, in fact, probably become so. Some readers may find the subject and the content shocking, though I think that anything that shocks prudes can only be a good thing. In Jonathan Harkon we have a protagonist that is deeply involving, witty and opinionated and therefore a character we're genuinely interested in as we follow his adventures in a solar system with very different and unique colonies everywhere. The Meat Market might be dark and at times depraved but it's an excellent starting point for what is sure to be a compelling series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightfully real 6 janvier 2015
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Not a regular reader of sci-fi, I enjoyed this book greatly, because it was so different. The realistic portrayal of not such a distant future, with human colonies spread all over the solar system, but not always in a good way, soon we come to discover that nothing is what Jonathan thought at first it was.
Fast-paced, full of amazingly diverse characters and realistic descriptions, the most unexpected twist and turns, this novel kept me glued to its pages. I can't wait to read the book 2!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gritty and real and hilarious scifi! 14 février 2014
Par Sammy K. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was totally blown away by this book. It takes place in a human future where we have colonies all over the solar system. But what made this book for me was the narrator's voice. He's gritty and real and very human -- not to mention hilarious -- all things which are sorely lacking in a lot of scifi. The lead character Jonathan Harkon is an atheist with a big libido and a lot of wit and opinions, which he is never afraid to write about. That's what makes the story feel so real -- Harkon's constantly hilarious and spot-on narration. It's very crude and very modern, but if you like that kind of stuff you will love this story.

A lot of scifi you read is about people who are all similar wearing one-piece leotards. But Meat Market feels like a realistic portrayal of what a human diaspora might actually be like -- with a multitude of religious, political, technological and ethical differences between colonies and between peoples. I like that each of the colonies is very different, each one being founded on its own religious, cultural and commercial principles -- principles reflected in everything about the society, even the design of the space station colonies.

Oh and the technology is just great. It feels like the kind of technology that would actually occur in the future: nanobots and A.I. ships that act like wives and stealth technology and biological upgrades for the upper classes.

Best part is, it's all used in a story that is wacky, dark, depraved and unpredictable. Author James Chalk has essentially taken a "Criminal Minds" type of storyline and infused it into a "Dune" type of universe with a gritty and vulgar and witty first-person narrator who combines the best qualities of "Dexter" and "American Psycho." Good stuff overall!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fast paced, tightly written cyberpunk 25 novembre 2014
Par Jim Goforth - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
From the word go, James Chalk’s cyberpunk technothriller opus The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures book 1) puts foot to the pedal and stamps on the accelerator.
This relatively short, but action packed work presents a potential vision of the future, a sci-fi experience where life is not merely confined to earth, but rather is spread right over an assortment of colonies existing throughout the entire solar system.
The protagonist of the piece is of course, Jonathan Harkon himself, a man of genetically engineered body and a man who has also been exiled, forced to journey around the realms of the solar system to keep his true identity secret. One such expedition has led him to working within the sleazier elements on the unusually repressed colony of Sanctity, acting as bouncer in a bikini bar and trafficking condoms to the denizens of said colony, and soon enough, his entanglements with this grimy underworld bring him into even seedier domains, namely that of Sanctity’s sordid sex slave dealings. From then on in, Harkon, who lives on his own personal shuttle, the HMS Mary Rose one of the ‘fastest shuttles ever built’, finds himself up to his neck in gorgeous women, demented lunatics, religiopricks (had to find a way to somehow slip this into the review, love the phrase) and just an all-round pile of trouble.
This makes for a thoroughly bumpy ride at full tilt, and whilst it is riddled with brutal violence, sexual situations, sheer depravity on the part of some of the more loathsome characters populating the piece, it isn’t all grim and bleak, in fact Chalk has a keen sense of the humourous and knows too well when to slice through oppressive savagery with tongue firmly in cheek.
The writing is crisp and taut, lean, but not without a sharp attention to detail. There are abundant observations of humanity and their flawed existences and weaknesses throughout, and the often insane lengths folks will go to keep something they want, particularly if society dictates that it is something they cannot have. Characters are not all essentially clear cut good or bad, there are plenty of shades of grey to be seen in many of them, including the main man Harkon, which is another apt reflection on people and society, and in a future such as the one portrayed here in The Meat Market, it is easy to see how one could fall either side of the line under various circumstances.
As a general rule, I’m not always enamoured with a first person point of view, but there have been some truly outstanding books which manage to utilise that method to perfection and The Meat Market is one of those which is able to captivate and keep ones interest in that regard.
It isn’t for the faint of heart, and the disclaimer advising of various situations throughout the work should be fair warning of that, but if you are seeking a fast paced, tightly written sci-fi cyberpunk blast well weighted with humour and delivered in a highly readable style, then make some time to check out The Meat Market. It could be a prophetic vision of the future, so it might pay to be forewarned.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 3.5 Stars for Me -- Fascinating & Gritty Start to Series - Will Read Next Book 3 septembre 2014
Par Glitter Spirit - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"The Meat Market" by James Chalk explores a possible future and combines SciFi, Action/Adventure, Mystery, and even a little Romance to produce the tale. As the first book in a series, a great deal of time was dedicated to world-building. While I find that is usually a dull process, I'm hoping that this book will pave the way for an even better second installment. Some of the world-building was humorous (especially if you appreciate sarcasm and can set aside your own belief systems). The commentary made by our protagonist, Jonathan Harkon, is, I think, intended to be naïve at times; he's human, so it can't be assumed that all of his thoughts and actions are perfect even by the author's standards. If anyone gets hung up on Jonathan's religious and political commentaries, he or she will lose any enjoyment available in the book IMO. I found most of his commentary interesting - even the pieces I didn't agree with myself. Open-mindedness is a prerequisite.

Once in a while, First Person POV works out for me. In this case, it both enhanced the storytelling and detracted from it (depending). I would have preferred to get a feel for more than one character, which is more easily accomplished by the Omniscient or Third Person points-of-view.

Jonathan works on a space colony where sex and technology are both taboo, and the government rules through religious fascist fanaticism while ignoring the religion's tenets to a disgusting degree. It would be a major spoiler to explain why this book is called "The Meat Market," and that revelation is mostly the point of this installment. I will warn readers that this book is not for anyone with emotional triggers related to violence, gore, or sexual abuse (of adults and children). Jonathan fights the ruling class's norms on the colony of Sanctity, which involve all of these elements, so beware if any of these themes are triggers for you. Personally, I was drawn like a moth to a flame...

There were numerous famous quotes in the book, and I found myself highlighting those along with certain bits of commentary quite often. Nice touch!

I liked this book. I'd tack on the extra half-star if possible, because 3 feels too low, but 4 feels too high. Conversely, I would hate this book, because, for me, not nearly enough was resolved by the end. That said, I can, however, accept that shortcoming, because I know that's just what cliffhangers do! I'll reserve final judgment for this series until after I read Book 2; I may also review my own review at that time.

"The Meat Market" is fast-paced overall, and the SciFi elements were interesting. If you don't have any trigger issues, I recommend this highly... NOTE: If you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, then trying this out is currently free through that service. It's worth the time at very least, and I liked it enough to actually purchase the next one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I don't like the SciFi genre... 23 décembre 2013
Par Richard A. Roberts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
...but I had trouble putting this story down. I allow others to select everyother book I read, so this story just happened. I also came from a very abusive background, I'm a former Marine who worked my way through college.

That's important to this review.

Thses were among the most realistic fight scenes I've ever read. I like a hero who cheats, and none of the namby-pamby fake scenes. It was the real deal. Furthermore, some of the scenes were so vibrant that they gave me nght mares.

The scenes of violence were palatable because they were necessary to the plot and the protagonist's reaction.

It's not a book for kids, but it is a great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 IS EVERYTHING ONLY A CIRCLE 21 juillet 2014
Par Robert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read a lot of science fiction - more than a lot, but I must say I have never read a science fiction novel like THE MEAT MARKET - depraved, funny, at times hysterical, satirical, a tale that rings true as much today as it will in the future and did in the past - grin, this is a great read that pokes fun at all the weird stuff mankind seems to enjoy and mire his life with. Adult.
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