The Fourth Law by Clayton Barnett *Review and Giveaway
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The Fourth Law
by Clayton Barnett
In 2026, 23 year-old apprentice nurse Lily Barrett lives in a shattered time. Following its economic collapse, the US has devolved into a group of a few barely-functional smaller states, and vast swathes of barbarian badlands. Her sister has been missing for years, and her father, after earning the opprobrium of most of the world for running a state terror organization, presumed dead.
Two things keep her going: her live-in job at a small, Catholic orphanage in the city of Waxahachie, Republic of Texas, and Ai, her odd, but dear friend, whom she met online: a young woman who only shows herself to Lily as a rendered CG image.
Troubled by her past, haunted by her name, and facing an uncertain future, Lily seeks only a quiet, normal life. But, that past and her present conspire against her. A new Morning has come, and with it, delights and terrors, happiness and adversity.
Where do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?
Lily went off to her right while Ai continued towards the Office building. She’d just started moving the gate when another of Ai’s groupies stepped out of the darkness.
“You. Are you the robot?” The woman’s snippy, non-Texan voice was one thing; calling Ai ‘the robot’ was yet another.
“No, I’m not! This orphanage is closed for the day! Please come back tomorrow… with a donation!” Take that, Carol!
“If you ain’t the robot, you’re Barrett!”
Lily heard an odd, loud pop. Fireworks? She took one step back, started falling backwards. There it was again.
“That’s for closing the Wymyn’s Studies Department at the University!” Lily wondered if that was even English.
She found herself suddenly on her butt; why did she sit down? Running. Was that Ai? She rocked her head up just as Ai leapt over her. Did Ai just kick that rude woman in the head? Suddenly cold, she put her hands across her chest. Why was her chest so wet?
Ai was kneeling next to her. “Lily! You’ve been shot!”
Oh, please! “Ai… don’t be silly… I’m fine…urk!” She coughed something dark and nasty onto Ai’s face. “Oooo! I’m soooryyy… Ai! I’m so tired… want to slee—”
Faintly, she heard Ai scream louder than she’d thought possible. “DORINA!”
This book is really good. It is set in a shattered times in the near future. There is technology and some small government starting but everything had been destroyed to some degree and now everyone is working on surviving or helping rebuild. This is a great book if you like fantasy with a technology angle. This book develops the characters and the story well if a little slowly but it is worth the journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes these style books.
I’m giving this book 4 fangs.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
One time engineer, some time pharmacy technician, full time husband and father, Clayton Barnett stumbled into writing a traditional novel last November during National Novel Writing Month. Liking the results, he edited what would become “The Fourth Law” and set about teaching himself self-publishing. In July of 2015, he released a sequel entitled “Echoes of Family Lost,” in what is now called his Machine Civilization series. He is working on a third book – for children – and is making notes for a fourth. Clayton Barnett lives in central Ohio with his wife, two daughter, and two dogs.
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