5 out of 5 stars
If you’re unfamiliar with serialized fiction – it’s the idea that you take a story and separate it out into episodes – like a TV show. These are usually released on a website or as a podcast. I’ll be reviewing each episode separately as they come out to provide an episode by episode review of the story. I’ll try to remember to link to the next and previous episodes where necessary.
Some of my reviews may contain spoilers to past episodes – I’ll try and keep that to a minimum but I can’t guarantee anything.
I mistyped my rating and almost rated this an 8 out of 5, but that wouldn’t have been wrong. I enjoyed the heck out of the start of this story and I can’t wait for more to come out. We’re introduced to a cyberpunk-like world where people can download others memories. We’re also introduced to a killer and potentially a memory-junkie if that’s a thing? Since stealing and then using/watching others memories can be drug-like, you can definitely get hooked on it.
Hicks is able to quickly create a world that is entrancing and one that I want to spend more time in. Couple this with Baldree’s throaty and almost noir-like narration and you have a great introduction to a serialized fiction book.
The premise of the story isn’t fully hashed out yet, but there is definitely enough that has me looking up when the next episode drops. I already subscribed on Apple Podcasts will read and review once the new episode is out.
Convergence Episode One by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrator: Travis Baldree
Series: Convergence #1
Published by Serial Audio Genres: Science Fiction
Memories are the most dangerous drug.
Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.
After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.
Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.
In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.