3 out of 4 stars
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The novel Chrome Mountain is a science genre by Ben Schneider. It highlights the themes of religion, drug trafficking, romance, technology and betrayal. However, the theme of religion is the predominant theme. The author tells the story of Trey, a technocrat who works for an organization that does not recognize his abilities. The employees are overworked and unappreciated. Trey makes invents a weapon, a missile for mass destruction. He does not reveal his invention to the company. In the event his deadly invention lands on the wrong hands it could destroy the world. He thus gives up on his invention. Unfortunately, the most powerful criminal gang in the US had learnt of his invention and plans on using it to make them stronger. They are untouchables. They mastermind his capture at the green gates. Trey is a useful asset for their corporation.
Meanwhile, Trey meets Sonya McCall who happens to be the target of the biker gang while she is eluding from the chrome Falcon. Together, they are incarcerated with the eventuality of being incorporated into the group. Sonya’s experience with the criminal gang is useful in their escape. They trick the men who are manning them, beat the men, removes their uniform which they then put on to disguise themselves as members of the gang and then manoeuvres their way into the cargo section of the plane which is about to leave the gates. That was a plus. The, manner of their escape is thrilling.
What I liked about the book is the Chrome Falcon group being a strong association that even the united states are threatened by their presence. They are responsible for most criminal activities in the country. This is what happens in most democracies today. Gangs have become much stronger than states and consequently threaten their stability. The head of police admits that he has not seen in all his years of service a gang that terrorizes people like Falcon gang. State cooperation is necessary if groups such as Chrome Falcon and Biker gang are to be completely wiped out.
I disliked the abrupt change of scenes. At some point the book felt interconnected. The author discusses a character in one chapter, and then he completely disappears in the next chapter. Many characters were introduced at a go making it difficult to contextualize them fully. Additionally, I had hard time capturing certain sections in the plot flow.
I would recommend this book to readers who like discussion on the contemporary issues in the society. It highlights the realities in the society; drug trafficking, rape, betrayal and threatening of governments by non-state actors. However, persons who hate science fiction should not read this book. I rate the book at 3 out of 4 stars. The themes were properly discussed.
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