There are also fully functioning cities on Mars and space stations set up around Jupiter. The story begins in one of three prison clutches named after Greek goddesses: A prisoner, Duncan Lab, is in the newest and largest of the three, Athena's clutch. The reader is given a recap of the how the former engineer ended up in prison. And then the reader is introduced to the rehab centers located in Athena's clutch. There is political unrest in the Jovian system: A new drug called Raylax has been developed.
The next chapters introduce the reader to a host of the OU's characters. There's the brash Captain Dondo Kryz and the witty, but highly intelligent mercenary named Kro. The author does a superb job of weaving the three story lines mentioned in the previous paragraph into one gathering of sub-plots which isn't an easy task to accomplish. By the time we see Kro cross paths with Duncan Lab, Mr. Bloom has done such an intriguing job of setting up the story that you don't realize you've been pulled into the core conflict until Kro blatantly says so.
And the way Kro manages to pull off his contracted jail break is one of the most unique scenarios I think I've seen in a novel. Seamless interaction between the space colonies, prisons, and the earthly provinces makes the story fun and easy to follow. I truly felt as if I'd been transported into a different time within Bloom's world.
The one small issue I found in the story was that in some areas I couldn't tell who was speaking. A simple addition of a few dialogue tags in those areas would solve that minor problem. Also, I was left feeling as if there was more to come by the time the story ended. It worked for me, anyway. Overall, this was a fun read that took me out of my paranormal and fantastical comfort zones.
If you're into political thrillers, intergalactic sci-fi adventures, and even prison stories in a sense, then you'll enjoy Mr. I look forward to the next installment in this series. Dec 08, Wyatt Davenport rated it it was amazing. This was a great scifi read.
I was captivated by the history of the Olympus Union world, especially the prison worlds and how they operate. I love books that create a rich world behind the scenes of the story presented. It is very hard to create a world and a great story at the same time, because you have to create both to justify the other. If you write a book set in our world, you know the rules, but a scifi world is harder to create because you have that world and our bias of our world. Olymp This was a great scifi read. Olympus Union creates a plausible future world and adds to it with a solid story.
I enjoyed several of the chapters and found them hard to put down.
I read this in iBooks and I noticed on my ereader that there was a space between each paragraph and this was annoying but I adjusted. It could have also been an issue with my reader as I don't read epubs often.
Can't wait for the follow up, Bloom. May 13, William Bentrim rated it liked it. The Past Repeated by Gary Bloom A world on the path of self destruction is united into a union of dissimilar sections. Current national boundaries are rewritten and dissent is smothered all for the benefit of mankind or those who end up as the governing lords. The most memorable character in the book is the black eyed mercenary.
He demonstrates a self confident arrogance that successfully conquers all efforts to thwart his goal of rescuing an unassuming prisoner in a penal orbital Olympus Union: He demonstrates a self confident arrogance that successfully conquers all efforts to thwart his goal of rescuing an unassuming prisoner in a penal orbital prison. The book clearly shows that unification may have laudable goals but the implementation of those goals may swamp all of the well meaning impetus.
Gary Bloom creates a dysfunctional world with the same fragilities as the time worn existence it is trying to replace. All is not easy in the new utopia and dissent is hidden behind facades of power. This is a dystopian disaster brewing with multiple sequels. Gary brings a fresh new voice to the scifi arena. Apr 02, Dean rated it liked it Shelves: Until this point, all reviews I have posted have been created as a record of my thoughts and feelings about books I read should I want to revisit them at some point.
While anyone could read them, they were not targeted at a larger audience than myself. The following review marks a break from that trend as I was asked by the author to read and review Olympus Union: The Past Repeated is probably best described as a near future science fiction n Until this point, all reviews I have posted have been created as a record of my thoughts and feelings about books I read should I want to revisit them at some point. The Past Repeated is probably best described as a near future science fiction novel.
The setting is entirely within our solar system, specifically from Jupiter inward. Mankind has tackled the thorny issue of interplanetary travel and colonization has sprung forth in an explosion akin to the fledgling new world on Earth. Colonial sabotage runs rampant, fueled by strong sentiments of nationalism and patriotism, and largely because of this Earth's governments are consolidated into a single ruling body, the Olympus Union.
A new utopia is built around a benevolent oligarchy and a sense of stellar unity. However, in an all too human fashion things quickly turn oppressive and in some cases downright brutal. The stage is set for a revolution and within this powder keg the reader finds the focus of this first in a series of stories. To say much more would spoil some of the more intriguing and suspenseful plot elements but be assured that this novel is constructed of facets designed to thrill the imagination ranging from small town revolts and riots to cybernetic super-soldiers to orbital prisons reminiscent of Alcatraz to fiery political rhetoric.
Finally, like any good opener to a series, the questions a reader might have are largely answered but in such a way as to beg more questions and create a nice cliffhanger to keep minds enthralled. The story is a fast read. However, this works to the author Gary Bloom's advantage. The pace steps lively, pausing just so when necessary and then quickly jaunting off to the next development.
This is aided by the word play in play here, neither being too simple and appearing to be poorly written nor being too dense or crammed with jargon as to delay the reader when a swift pace is so enjoyable. Frustratingly, the pairing of this pacing with exploration of the universe of the OU leaves one wanting. The novel creates a strong sense of longing for deeper expeditions into the facets of this new solar system. There is a veritable plethora of areas that might be explored. Perhaps this is coming in further novels in the series but for the time being this Achilles' heel creates a strong sense of longing within the reader for deeper content.
It should be noted though that there may be a plan in place to elaborate on these ideas in further novels but for now only Olympus Union: The Past Repeated is up for scrutiny.
Olympus Union - The Past Repeated - Kindle edition by Gary Bloom. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features. Olympus Union has 10 ratings and 8 reviews. KaSonndra said: What I immediately appreciated about Gary Bloom's book is that his science fiction world is b.
All in all, at pages this is a light, enjoyable novel best suited for those looking for a quick introduction to what has the potential to be a really amazing science fiction series. Mar 30, Paveshen rated it it was ok Shelves: A short novel on a futuristic human society where mankind is colonising the solar system and attempting to reduce wars and violence by uniting under a single banner. The major problem with this book is that it isn't yet complete in many aspects although we have the skeleton of a good story. This is the beginning of a trilogy and as such sets the scene for the entire series.
The author alternates between a godlike narrative viewpoint and several first person viewpoints. The first A short novel on a futuristic human society where mankind is colonising the solar system and attempting to reduce wars and violence by uniting under a single banner. The first chapter gives us a bird's eye view of this new universe taking shape.
I found this to be a clumsy, really just poorly done. I'm not a big fan of giving a big crash course to the universe of the novel which is what happens here.
The centrepoint of the story seems a little far fetched. Typically people unite as one in response to a larger external entity, for example ancient Greece uniting against the Persians or the formation of America in response to an imposing British Empire. Still we have an interesting topic for discussion, is considering eveyone as being one family an effective means to calming the violent tendencies in humans?
The author looks at violence and rebelious behaviour in human society in both the primary authority the government usually and the rebelious segment. This is a somewhat topical theme in light of the march of globalisation; more than any other time in history national boundaries and distances between peoples are becoming more and more eroded. I also believe that globalisation in it's attempt to unite will still polarise, which is basically what we see happening in the novel.
There is one storyline told from two POV characters that is a complete story on it's own whilst the rest seem to be setting the scene for future plotlines and creating different viewpoints of the Olympus Union Universe. The character diversity is fairly wide here which is fitting for a novel spanning a large theatrical area.
The character dialogues though at times can be a bit boring. The biggest issue I have is with the writing.
The introduction to this new universe in the first chapter was very poorly done. In fact you can see the writing improve as the novel carries on, so that might bode well for the rest of the series but still unfortunately makes this novel difficult to fully enjoy and read continuously. The book's redeeming quality is that there are some interesting discussions and dialogues. Honestly, it'll be no longer than four pages, five max. Yet I'm stuck because I can't think straight.
The night time cold medicine makes me groggy. The day time cold medicine leaves me overly amped up. I can't seem to feel like myself enough with the medicine, but without it I can scarcely breath, and end up too miserable to write well yet again. It's interesting that a paragraph - generally something I can do in a handful of minutes - takes me as long to write now as a page did last month.
Of course, I could always go with one of those Neti Pots, right? I mean, that'll clear you out, get you breathing right, keep you from passing out. Clean and simple, isn't it? Until I heard about people dying from using Neti Pots. Amoebas crawling into your brain and what not. I know, true horror stuff that belongs with Stephen King, not in my bathroom. The odds are incredibly slim So, Neti Pot is out. Wednesday, December 28, The Series Continues. When I first dreamed up the Olympus Union setting, I was actually working out of a handful of short story ideas.
It expanded into a full novel series as I moved along. In fact, it was mostly borne out of a related short story series that I had create, which I've mentioned in the past. Now, however, with two books out and another in the works, I've been putting some serious thought about what comes next, and how the series continues. For one item, I'm rebuilding OlympusUnion. It's going to have a slightly more in depth description on both " The Past Repeated " and " Drawing Battle Lines " on my "Books" page ingenious and creative, I know.
I'm also looking to create a wiki of my own, to help keep track of characters, properties like the new "states", the Space Stations and such , and eventually add major events. I'll also collect up the reviews, and any short stories that I put together.
That brings me to the next aspect of what I'm working on: This little story which I'm intentionally trying to keep to just a handful of pages will shed a little more light on why Duncan was imprisoned. A reader actually explained to me, the other day, after finishing "The Past Repeated" how she went back to re-read the section of Duncan in Athena's Clutch. She was looking for clues as to why he was put in prison, but noticed that nothing ever firmed up about it. As the series winds on, we find out that he was put there wrongfully, and was screwed by the government Well, this is going to be the first step in understanding why.
Further shorts, both for NMP, and for the OU site itself, are going to help us flesh out the world that these characters live in. I'll help you travel from Luna Earth's moon , for those who aren't certain to the sub-oceanic cities, out to Mercury, and back to Mars.
Oh, but now things are even more exciting, because it's out Now, you already have your copy of " The Past Repeated " - and if you don't seriously, why don't you? That's the beauty of the e-reader: You can get it for your phone, too. But, let's not be silly here.