Under the Amoral Bridge

By Gary A. Ballard
Narrated by Joe Hempel

GoodReads Summary: Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all, but when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can’t sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control.

This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, originally published serially on the World Wide Web at http://amoralbridge.blogspot.com.
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)

I did not know what to expect from “cyberpunk,” having never read anything like that. So I don’t have anything in the genre to compare it too. But if any other character is like Mr. Bridge, I will definitely be very inclined to read it. This was one of the few listens that I delved into without great expectations. It rewarded me by being a very enjoyable read.

The narration makes the story come alive. I could just close my eyes and see the seedy bars, the dark alleys, the guys who just wanna beat something to a pulp.

Initially, the repetitious, “I know a guy,” tripped me up, until it just became expected and weirdly hilarious. “I know a guy,” is sort of an inside joke between me and the hubby. If he hasn’t got it covered with the tons of “guys” he knows, well, I know a guy.

Mr. Bridge is the strange creepy guy in the back of the bar you avoid unless you “need a guy.” He is the go-to guy when you “know a guy.” But he has rules.

Not one to meddle in anyone’s business, this is the story of how he is thrown into a situation where he has to meddle…or suffer. The way he responds makes the story.

I just can’t offer more without giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say, if you like the seedy underbelly of tomorrow, this is your cup of tea. If you don’t and are looking for something else to listen to…I know a guy.

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