Knight in Paper Armor – Nicholas Conley
Title: Knight in Paper Armor
Author: Nicholas Conley
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult
Page Length: 426 pages
Conley is a writer full of imagination and originality. Knight in Paper Armor will take you on a twisting and turning rollercoaster ride of unknown destinations. Conley weaves dark historical themes into a fantastical tale of a magical empath who can take one’s pain into himself and control those around him.
It is a romantic tale full of tragedy and darkness, but not without hope. Hope that rides on the tails of the young.
Overall, the story was well-written and much heart was clearly put into the storytelling. I did find that perhaps there were too many balls being juggled in this complicated metaphor of a story. As such, there was just too much going on for my personal reading tastes. However, I am sure that for many other readers it will be quite palatable.
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Synopsis: Billy Jakobek has always been different. Born with strange and powerful psychic abilities, he has grown up in the laboratories of Thorne Century, a ruthless megacorporation that economically, socially, and politically dominates American society. Every day, Billy absorbs the emotional energies, dreams, and traumas of everyone he meets—from his grandmother’s memories of the Holocaust, to the terror his sheer existence inflicts upon his captors—and he yearns to break free, so he can use his powers to help others.
Natalia Gonzalez, a rebellious artist and daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, lives in Heaven’s Hole, an industrial town built inside a meteor crater, where the poverty-stricken population struggles to survive the nightmarish working conditions of the local Thorne Century factory. Natalia takes care of her ailing mother, her grandmother, and her two younger brothers, and while she dreams of escape, she knows she cannot leave her family behind.
When Billy is transferred to Heaven’s Hole, his chance encounter with Natalia sends shockwaves rippling across the blighted landscape. The two outsiders are pitted against the all-powerful monopoly, while Billy experiences visions of an otherworldly figure known as the Shape, which prophesizes an apocalyptic future that could decimate the world they know.
THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY:
Nicholas Conley is an award-winning Jewish American author, journalist, playwright, and coffee vigilante. His books, such as Knight in Paper Armor, Pale Highway, Clay Tongue: A Novelette, and Intraterrestrial, merge science fiction narratives with hard-hitting examinations of social issues. Originally from California, he now lives in New Hampshire.
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