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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Cyberdawn: Beginnings by Mark Anthony Tierno is a whopper of a science fiction novel of conspiracy theories that would have Alex Jones flipping pages. It's a massive book with a lot going on inside its chapters, but Tierno is such an entertaining writer that the story goes by too fast, leaving you wanting more. And that's the good part because this is the first in a five-book series. This imaginative tale is overflowing with an intriguing plot, fresh characters, energetic dialogue, and vibrant prose. The story poses a world without weapons because peace is finally here and violence is a thing of the past. It's what everyone has wanted since mankind began. But the main character, Black Jack Hannigan, suspects the worst-case scenario: That no weapons, no defense, means people are ripe for slaughter. And in this case, sacrificial offerings. The people of Earth don't realize it, but they need weapons of self-defense because they've been lulled into a false sense of security and utopia. This is where Black Jack and Dr. Winter come into play. They want to arm citizens against slaughter by The Masters/creatures, but will it be enough? If the Eye of the Apocalypse opens, is it too late?
This is an ambitious tale combining science fiction, fantasy, mythology, horror, creatures, cyberpunk, and some surprises. Tierno writes with the immediacy of a screenplay--perfect for such a sprawling story and much appreciated. The pace of the plot is quick, the action dynamic, the violence necessary but not over the top. The supporting characters like Hyram and Archbishop O'Malley add to the colorful cast. You'll zip through the story like a graphic novel, and it has a vitality that's visceral. If you like race-against-time plots that keep you turning pages, you need to read Cyberdawn: Beginnings by Mark Anthony Tierno.