A Star Curiously Singing, Dark Trench Series #1   -     By: Kerry Nietz
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A Star Curiously Singing, Dark Trench Series #1

Marcher Lord Press / 2010 / Paperback

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In a future ruled by sharia law machines are managed by debuggers who in turn are owned by masters.

Sandfly is a level 12 debugger. He is sent into Earth orbit to repair a robot--a robot that went on an experimental flight into deep space...And tore itself apart.

As Sandfly digs into the mystery aboard the space station, he discovers what the bot heard around the distant star...singing. As Sandfly pieces together the clues, the masters spread the trap before his feet.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 308
Vendor: Marcher Lord Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.69 (inches)
ISBN: 0982104987
ISBN-13: 9780982104989
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Series: DarkTrench Saga

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If he fixes the robot, will he break his world? In a future ruled by sharia law machines are managed by debuggers, who in turn are owned by masters. Sandfly is a level 12 debugger. He is sent into Earth orbit to repair a robot-a robot that went on an experimental flight into deep space... And tore itself apart. As Sandfly digs into the mystery aboard the space station, he discovers what the bot heard around that distant star. He discovers that the bot heard...singing. As Sandfly pieces together the clues, the masters spread the trap before his feet. Everyone is racing to the same conclusion, but only one side welcomes what the singing represents. *** Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the soft ware industry. He spent more than a decade of his life fl ipping bits-fi rst as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Soft ware, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft . He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff . He has one previously published book, a memoir enti tled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Soft ware. A Star Curiously Singing is his fi rst novel.

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  1. Lydian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brilliant
    December 26, 2013
    Lydian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book. Well written. Bold and clever. Couldn't put it down!
  2. Daniel L Carter
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mr. Crichton meet Mr. Nietz!
    February 16, 2011
    Daniel L Carter
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me start by saying that Kerry Nietz is my kind of author! He's created a futuristic world that is so dark and detailed that it reminds me a lot of Blade Runner. The political and religious overtones to this story cannot be missed. Sandfly is a debugger or a better description would be slave. He has been implanted with a computer chip in his brain that is in constant connection with what is called The Stream; like the internet but so much more. The chip also is programmed to register any debugger's negative thought patterns which prevents them from rebelling or doing harm against their masters. The language and scenery are very intriguing but when Mr. Nietz turns this story into a mystery on a docked space ship the real fun begins. I won't go into more details because the story is much more fun to discover on your own.

    I found myself compelled to keep the pages turning as I was transported into the mind of a debugger. How that happened given I'm a freehead is puzzling but I digress. A Star Curiously Singing is one of the most original stories I've read. I recommend this book for young adults and adults with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Kerry Nietz is in the same science fiction league as Michael Crichton! I look forward to reading the rest of this fantastic series!

    Blessings,

    Daniel L Carter

    Author of The Unwanted Trilogy
  3. Miriam
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 10, 2011
    Miriam
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Debuggers, bots, streaming, light probes, implants., controllers, and nano-bubbles. It all sounds like nothing we are familiar with but something from a future world, and that is exactly what you get when you read Kerry Nietz's novel, "A Star Curiously Shining." In the future society of this book, the Islams have taken control of the world and advanced technology to the point that they control the thoughts of their citizens. Those who do not believe must follow the low or risk destruction. There are debuggers, who are implanted with a computer chip and their sole function is to repair the technology that all have become dependent upon. One debugger, Sandfly has been chosen to go to an off-Earth space station to repair and determine the cause of a malfunctioning robot. Bots(robots) have been developed to meet the needs of the Islamic leaders and society. Once Sandfly begins to investigate the malfunctioning of this bot, he soon realizes that repairing this bot and releasing the cause of the malfunctioning may result in his own demise. It sounds like a confusing bit of futuristic science, but it really was a good read. I do not usually like reading books of this nature but this was one that kept my attention and made me want to continue reading to learn more. It was a real twist on a society where only one religion is permitted to exist and those that do not agree are not permitted to express those beliefs without severe punishment or consequence.

    I received this book as part of a giveaway from http://www.christianfictionbookreviews.com/ and I was not obligated to provide a review of this book. The opinion contained are strictly my own.
  4. Millard
    Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome! Must read!
    December 14, 2010
    Millard
    Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz is a fun, refreshing, and thought provoking dystopia style read. Sandfly, our stories' hero, is a level twelve debugger. His sole duty in society is to serve his master, and to fix broken equipment. His unoficial secondary duty? To survive without getting his head zapped by a ‘freehead' with a trigger itchy finger. Sandfly's mundane, if sometimes dangerous repair life is changed forever when he's called by his master to go on a mission for him—but stranger, and he's upgraded. Something has to be up now, his master never wants credits spent.

    The mission turns out to be the adventure of a lifetime, assuming he survives it. Complete with visiting Darktrench and dealing with "Abduls" from the past, not to mention out of control maintenance bots. A robot has broken—was broken on the DarkTrench. The Trench is docked in space waiting to release it's passengers. But first, they need to know what happened to the robot on this last mission. Plenty of unknowns, and things only get more complicated as the master of DarkTrench brings up another debugger to speed Sandfly's slow verdict, one Sandfly knows, and strangely— cares about. As the maze of secrets begins to lead Sandfly hunt for truth, and even on the run, the story leaks out. Debuggers outsourced? Implants with no body? And a voice that seemed to cause a robot to destroy itself? Did it reprogram the crew too?

    This engrossing story by Kerry was a pleasure to read. The science fiction/futuristic aspect of the book was done exceptionally well. Not so unbelievable as to break the spell of reading, but perfectly balanced with the plot giving me things to dream about and wish I could really see! I was also very impressed with his injection of Islam and its' domination of the world when the story is based. I felt like it added depth to the story and an interesting twist to the standard dystopia story. The humor added during some of the intense parts of the book really added a shade lightness to the story keeping it from being too depressing as Sandfly began to discover things he'd rather not have known, and had me rolling with laughter, especially during Sandfly's lack ‘actual chute' sleep moments, Bravo Mr. Nietz!

    All in all? The book is a worthy addition to any science fiction, dystopia, or plain old great fiction lover!
  5. Nathanael
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent science; excellent fiction
    October 14, 2010
    Nathanael
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kerry Nietz has done an exceptional job with his debut novel. A Star Curiously Singing seized me from the very beginning. The descriptions of Sandfly‘s technologically advanced society seemed very realistic; the constant interaction with robots reminded me of the best of Asimov‘s fiction. At the end, though, it was not the science that impressed me most about this book. It was the fiction.

    Nietz's characters are all extremely well-drawn out. His plot kept me guessing until the end. His writing is tight and clean. The concept of an Islamic society fascinated me, and the way he blended all of the science into the story was very, very good. His protagonist's voice was unique and captivating. Indeed, it is only as I began writing this review that I remembered Nietz; from start to finish it was just me and Sandfly.

    Some might object to all of the writing ‘rules' that Nietz breaks, most notably the use of present tense and the desecration of the fourth wall. For me, it enhanced the story. I felt as if I were with Sandfly the entire time, and not once during the entire book did I recall that it was fiction. The ending left me hungering to read the next book. Well done, Mr. Nietz.
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