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Review by Daniel Calloway of
The Last Iteration of Dexter Maxwell
by Matthew Hart
Name and Title: Daniel L. Calloway, MSIT with specialization in network architecture & expert network consultant to the Internet of Things (IoT) Council in Brussels, Belgium
Testimonial Statement: “A riveting science fiction novel that I found hard to put down once I started reading it. Matthew Hart has expertly interwoven believable technological advances into this spellbinding Sci-Fi adventure story of Dexter Maxwell set in the 22nd through 31st Centuries AD.”
I read this novel in roughly three days. It was difficult to put down once I started reading it. It held me captive while it took me on an riveting adventure to discover exactly—if that’s possible—who Dexter Maxwell really was. In particular, I liked the way that Matthew Hart divided the novel into its three constituent parts: (1) the first part dealing primarily with story and character development and concentrating on the Greater Metropolitan Front Range (GMFR) Earth-based area between September 27 and October 17, 2113; (2) the second part dealing with the first four days of the continuing adventure primarily set in Draggish and Morgish Townships; and (3) the last section, which takes the adventure on through day 32, climaxing the story with the author revealing the identity of Dexter and why the novel is called the “Last Iteration…” with Dexter’s adventure coming full circle when he returns to Earth.
What I particularly liked about the story was the way in which Matthew Hart introduced the various technologies that Dexter, Mal, Money, Ashion, Trance,Thelo, and other characters interact with and utilize in the storyline. These include CCTV surveillance, radio-frequency monitoring, genetic- and DNA-material manipulation in the cloning/iteration process, time shifting (travel), and holographic thread selection, to name a few. The manner in which Matthew Hart introduced these concepts and wove them effectively into the storyline was very well done and very believable from the standpoint of anyone—particularly a layman—who might be interested in reading the novel. Maxwell Hart has a very captivating writing style that isn’t boring to the reader. In fact, as it did in my case, the writing style grabs hold of the reader and keeps their attention most of the time. I found myself being pulled into the story and being held like a magnet while the story raced in front of my eyes. The author fully develops his characters and, so, I found myself connecting well with them and relating to them in a special and memorable way.
The characters in the novel are, as I said earlier, very well developed. For the most part, the characters in the novel were extremely likable, but one in particular that I found most enjoyable was the main character, Dex. I liked Dex the most because he was one of the most believable and vibrant characters, and most developed. Thus, I associated more with Dex, and became closely tied to his personality and his role in the science fiction novel.
I felt that the technical aspects that were introduced along the way in the novel were believable, and not made overly complicated; that is to say, they were introduced, explained, but not dragged out or overstated. The important aspect of the technologies that were introduced in the novel was that they were BELIEVABLE, and, to me, that’s important. There is nothing worse for me than reading a science fiction novel where the author introduces an abstract concept, an invention, or a discovery that’s so far fetched or exaggerated that it requires a graduate or post-graduate degree in mathematics, physics, or astronomy to begin to understand it.
The artwork by Tom Jester is absolutely perfect for this novel. If I were walking through a book store, department store, or an airport on my way to catch a flight and saw this book setting on the shelf, the book cover image would definitely grab my attention.
And, lastly, the blurb on the back of the book cover that quickly introduces the reader to the story and serves as the abstract, if you will, for the novel is well written and all encompassing. I wouldn’t change a word.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars