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  1. 5 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    A well-crafted techno-suspense thriller... CITADEL OF MIRRORS by bestselling author Stephen Perkins is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this supernatural science fiction thriller that will guarantee the attention of the reader from beginning to end. The book description gives only a sneak but tantalizing preview: ‘Sophia Goldwater will become America's first woman president. There's on A well-crafted techno-suspense thriller... CITADEL OF MIRRORS by bestselling author Stephen Perkins is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this supernatural science fiction thriller that will guarantee the attention of the reader from beginning to end. The book description gives only a sneak but tantalizing preview: ‘Sophia Goldwater will become America's first woman president. There's only one problem: Sophia isn't exactly human... But neither is the man maneuvering to get her into the White House. Jamal Hamilton - a brilliant young inventor - triumphs in bringing the dead back to life. And a powerful cabal of men will do anything to acquire the technology… Can a maker destroy his beloved creation to save America and the world from an abominable conspiracy?.’ I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well-written techno-suspense thriller with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of sci-fi will want it. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ziggy Nixon

    An interesting and unique premise that is mortally wounded by very poor editing and unfulfilled execution. "The city—smothered beneath tombstone pillars of smog—fell corpse still, grew sarcophagus silent. Hollow eyed wraiths, aimless, isolated, afraid to live, and even more afraid of dying, shuffled in silence along darkened streets." I immediately re-read the first chapter of Stephen C. Perkins's "Citadel of Mirrors" as part of my not-ironic-at-all-to-be-reading-a-political-thriller January 6th s An interesting and unique premise that is mortally wounded by very poor editing and unfulfilled execution. "The city—smothered beneath tombstone pillars of smog—fell corpse still, grew sarcophagus silent. Hollow eyed wraiths, aimless, isolated, afraid to live, and even more afraid of dying, shuffled in silence along darkened streets." I immediately re-read the first chapter of Stephen C. Perkins's "Citadel of Mirrors" as part of my not-ironic-at-all-to-be-reading-a-political-thriller January 6th session, as it opens with a deliciously ethereal and wonderfully crafted series of descriptives, delivered in a staccato and rapid-fire style. The opening acts as mysterious soliloguy if you will that would be at home in any fantasy novel or even oddly enough, the very anthems of those that droolingly subscribe to the hottest conspiracy theories of our time! Again, that the pacing of the prose in this first part of the book changes as if it were the music in a film goes through varying crescendoes and then tapers off to almost silence as well - only to be available soon as the soundtrack to our falling and failing democracy - is mesmerizing. Needless to say (but I will), this political junkie was very excited to see what came next! Could this be my first 5-star book of the year? Um… For the most part, the earlier part of the book moves along if not at a frenetic pace then certainly speedily enough to keep its readers engaged. Perkins does a moderately good job of keeping an extremely eclectic yet often clichéd cast of characters hailing from a wide background in focus and believable enough to not lose his audience. Not every sequence or character (caricature?) works and the lack of clear differentiation as we switch views or even locales hurts the flow considerably. In addition, I felt some parts of the plotting were unfortunately rushed where a more grimdark-fantasy tone would have been in my opinion a strong way to bring all parts of the plot together. For example, the scene with the acolyte (no spoilers) could have benefitted greatly from a stronger, "horror-ier" tone and even gorier execution (double entendre intended). Even the much-less-tense-than-expected business negotiations - or post-preview shenanigans - needed much more "oomph" than what was delivered. As the book progresses, certainly the feeling of missed opportunities along with a number of plot inconsistencies grew more pronounced and the pacing suffers along with these… So more of a 4-star book, right? Well… Unfortunately, as the story continues and - again - despite what I found to be an extremely interesting premise, the book is harmed rather significantly by very inconsistent and uneven execution and flow. The editing in particular is very poor , bordering even on being unprofessional, and struck me as being at best at a 'pre-beta check' level. Too often individual sentences are left to dangle on their own when they would have been much more weighty combined into one cohesive paragraph. In addition, it's very likely that some misdirected auto-correction or faulty word processing delivered too much punctuation, often leaving both grammar and structure strewn about in a slaphazard (sic) way. In particular, the constant mistakes with quotes or I supposed dialogue would be a better description were irritating, particularly in the numerous cases where same should have continued i.e. with a lower-case word following a comma rather than a full stop and a hiccupy capitalized fragment. Ooo, boy, are we even going to be able to grant 3-stars? Hmm… Kindly (?) note that my previous comments don't even include the far too many examples of missing or misused words throughout the text, which became even more glaringly apparent as the plot became ever more bizarre and otherworldly. And then there's the spelling errors which if we're going to continue our biblical references, were indeed a cardinal sin (what the hell is a "rein check" anyway??? And to - gasp - use "you're" instead of "your"…blasphemy!). The painful twitch these type of missed errors caused my eyes truly began to take away from the crux of the narrative and left me more and more frustrated with each example. In all honesty, I found myself no longer worrying about a rating and really thought this might wind up being a DNF. It literally collapsed into a maddening quest to find the next major error. I can really think of no plausible explanation as to why this book was released in this condition, making it a clear and unenjoyable struggle to reach the end. And to make the deterioration of this piece complete, the plot itself falls into disarray and stuttering incompleteness as we get nearer and nearer the decidedly disappointing conclusion. "An absolute mess" will remain my final impression of "Citadel of Mirrors" … and that's a shame because it did start with such promise. It is for this reason that I wound up with the rating you see here and I feel I'm being more than generous. It is also why I will be very hesitant to try other titles in this author's collection and even then only if I'm getting them "free" via one of my book club specials or at worst Kindle Unlimited.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian Aird

    Politics With a Sci Fi Twist Citadel of Mirrors by Stephen Perkins is a deeply engaging narrative that will capture the reader's attention and imagination from the very moments that they begin reading this fascinating novel. The premise is about a woman who becomes the first American president. Her name is Sophia Goldwater and she's just not some ordinary woman. The reason of her distinctive personality and exhibited leadership is not necessarily due to her charisma, education or political savvine Politics With a Sci Fi Twist Citadel of Mirrors by Stephen Perkins is a deeply engaging narrative that will capture the reader's attention and imagination from the very moments that they begin reading this fascinating novel. The premise is about a woman who becomes the first American president. Her name is Sophia Goldwater and she's just not some ordinary woman. The reason of her distinctive personality and exhibited leadership is not necessarily due to her charisma, education or political savviness. What particularly distinguishes this woman from the other field of candidates for the role of presidency in the United States is the fact that she is not quite human. Add in a young genius who has the resources and brilliance to bring the dead back to life, a dark force of individuals who will stop at nothing to possess this technology and perhaps a sensitivity in the creation's heart for her creator that just might able to save America from those who would overthrow democracy. What an incredible read and what an incredible journey. The author has truly penned a very enjoyable, engaging and penetrating narrative that is sure to seize the interest and imagination of the reader and not let go till the final page is read. Like most great novels, Citadel of Mirrors is not without its mystery, twisting plots and moments that the reader hadn't anticipated. Fans of science fiction and those who enjoy a brilliant mystery coupled with intrigue will certainly enjoy this wonderful novel. Add in a twist of politics and individuals ruthlessly trying to rule world and you have riveting novel that most certainly will be enjoyed and relished by the reader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I enjoyed “Citadel of Mirror” by Stephen Perkins, but I would have to give it 4 stars. I loved the premise and the story itself was well thought out. I always like to read about good vs evil and seeing how the different authors cover this old theme. Perkins covered this extremely well, and the characters were definitely that...characters. One thing you need to figure out while reading this is whether some of the scenes described are figurative or literal. Perkins’ descriptions of the actions and I enjoyed “Citadel of Mirror” by Stephen Perkins, but I would have to give it 4 stars. I loved the premise and the story itself was well thought out. I always like to read about good vs evil and seeing how the different authors cover this old theme. Perkins covered this extremely well, and the characters were definitely that...characters. One thing you need to figure out while reading this is whether some of the scenes described are figurative or literal. Perkins’ descriptions of the actions and of the characters are very elaborate, but sometimes confusing. One sentence seems to be figurative and then the very same sentence seems to change to literal. This sometimes made the reading very difficult, trying to understand what exactly was happening. As I think about the premise, having a 3-D clone of someone loved and lost, I have mixed feelings. While I would love to be able to have more days with my mother, I wonder if it would be fair to her to know that she really isn’t alive and can be sent away with just the flick of a switch. However, if we could bring someone back to life that was murdered and have their memory of what happened, it might make trials go very smoothly. It might also give loved ones a chance to say goodbye and have some closure. Another time that science fiction would be a great transition to science fact. Like I said, I loved the premise of “Citadel of Mirror”.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cair-Paravel De Loulay

    The battle ensues Life is full of people. The frustrating thing about people is their free will, especially if you are an ancient evil being that wants complete and total control of all things. So what do you do if you want everything but still have to get around free will? Come up with a genius master plan to hoodwink them for eternity.  Jamal Hamilton is a genius, but not the evil kind. The love of his life, Gretchen, met an untimely demise. He decided to do something about it. He had a suspicio The battle ensues Life is full of people. The frustrating thing about people is their free will, especially if you are an ancient evil being that wants complete and total control of all things. So what do you do if you want everything but still have to get around free will? Come up with a genius master plan to hoodwink them for eternity.  Jamal Hamilton is a genius, but not the evil kind. The love of his life, Gretchen, met an untimely demise. He decided to do something about it. He had a suspicion that it wasn't entirely accidental, but proof, right? So he brought him back to life. No, this book isn't about witches and necromancers. Jamal is a tech genius. He manages to create a perfect, life like holographic version and together they plan a way to expose the truth. Unfortunately, the enemy also has plans for his creation and it is the precise piece they need to rule the world without it even knowing the game plan. Will it work or will it fall flat? The end was worth the wait and finished things up nicely. I have read another book by this author, so I was sceptical. This one however, was a blast to read and I really enjoyed it. From line one, I noticed an improvement in his work and could clearly see his growth as a writer and storyteller. I am glad I gave it a chance and read it. It was a good quick read and I will probably read again.  I am volunteering an honest review for the benefit of others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam E.

    Sometime in the future in Los Angeles, the tallest building in the city is the Abaddon Tower where the most powerful people in the country work. They decide on who becomes President, what wars to wage and they control all of the media companies. They create the illusion of freedom of choice for the citizens. These powerful people have learned that a man named Jamal Hamilton has created a 3D holographic printing device which can reproduce people who have died into lifelike images. Hamilton is rum Sometime in the future in Los Angeles, the tallest building in the city is the Abaddon Tower where the most powerful people in the country work. They decide on who becomes President, what wars to wage and they control all of the media companies. They create the illusion of freedom of choice for the citizens. These powerful people have learned that a man named Jamal Hamilton has created a 3D holographic printing device which can reproduce people who have died into lifelike images. Hamilton is rumored to have recreated a young woman named Gretchen Goldwater who was the daughter of a very successful Swiss banker. The elite at Abaddon Tower want to locate Hamilton and steal his holographic technology for their own profit and to possibly have Gretchen's hologram run for President as a programmed politician who will act on behalf of Abaddon's wishes. Jamal has gone underground and is running a secret cannabis growing operation in a warehouse in Compton. His friends Smiley and Spider are his security at the warehouse. After a run in with men in suits from Abaddon, Smiley and Spider are blackmailed into working with Abaddon to steal Jamal's technology. There is a bit of romance in the story as Gretchen and Jamal who went to college together, rekindle their feelings for each other many years after Gretchen's death. All the while Jamal tries to avoid the powerful Abaddon Corporation from getting access to his resurrection-like creation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taylor J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Citadel of Mirrors is a thrilling, entrancing, futuristic tale set in a fictional time period, our world probably many years into the future. A female president sets the stage for this book, but there is a problem… She is not quite human. A young scientist praises his work of resurrecting the dead [Frankenstein has truly made it happen]. And a group of men who will do anything to get their hands on his technology. The action- packed work of Stephen Perkins reminds me of American’s present an The Citadel of Mirrors is a thrilling, entrancing, futuristic tale set in a fictional time period, our world probably many years into the future. A female president sets the stage for this book, but there is a problem… She is not quite human. A young scientist praises his work of resurrecting the dead [Frankenstein has truly made it happen]. And a group of men who will do anything to get their hands on his technology. The action- packed work of Stephen Perkins reminds me of American’s present and recent past “conspiracies”; who is to say such a conspiracy as this one portrayed in a fiction novel could not happen in real life. Everything else has. As for the novel structure, it is a great thriller with tons of action and adventure. My only complaint is the writing style, the way of word use. Maybe the author writes in such a way in order to sound more gangster or bad in order to match the present time and characters depicted in the novel. Despite my dislike for the writing style and way of word use, I enjoyed the story very much and would definitely read more of this author’s work for his enthralling story-telling.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol M.

    ‘Citadel of Mirrors’ combines amazing detailed descriptions with a suspenseful action packed plot that includes a futuristic technology that can change the world . From the very beginning, I was absorbed by a strange supernatural world that is presented in a straightforward way. Jamal, the main protagonist, has created a powerful device that brings people back to life. This has caused a revolution as everybody is interested in it. What follows is a captivating adventure that is definitely worth ‘Citadel of Mirrors’ combines amazing detailed descriptions with a suspenseful action packed plot that includes a futuristic technology that can change the world . From the very beginning, I was absorbed by a strange supernatural world that is presented in a straightforward way. Jamal, the main protagonist, has created a powerful device that brings people back to life. This has caused a revolution as everybody is interested in it. What follows is a captivating adventure that is definitely worth reading. I must admit that I look up to Stephen Perkins’s writing style as the characters have flesh-and-blood believability. It’s fast- paced and engaging throughout. I found it entertaining and thought provoking as it made me wonder if I would be actually capable of bringing my deceased beloved ones and if I am willing to pay the cost of it. As a sci-fi lover, it’s been a while since I didn’t read such a captivating supernatural book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Guadalupe Herrera

    Thrilling and exciting! As a different type of main character, Sophia becomes the first woman president with a twist: she is neither human nor does this presidency thing independently. It was interesting to join Sophia on her journey in this story. Thrilling, exciting, and keeping me on the edge of my seat as I read, "Citadel of Mirrors" by Stephen Perkins will be a book I go back to time and again. I enjoyed the characters, the story-telling, but most importantly, the way it was written. I alway Thrilling and exciting! As a different type of main character, Sophia becomes the first woman president with a twist: she is neither human nor does this presidency thing independently. It was interesting to join Sophia on her journey in this story. Thrilling, exciting, and keeping me on the edge of my seat as I read, "Citadel of Mirrors" by Stephen Perkins will be a book I go back to time and again. I enjoyed the characters, the story-telling, but most importantly, the way it was written. I always try to anticipate certain events based on what I have read (if it can be done) with varying degrees of success. This was one of those times where I thought the plot was going one way and ended up taking me in a completely different direction. Wonderfully written, I will check out other books by this author. If the reader is a lover of sci-fi thrillers, this is the book for them and I highly recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aparna Preethi

    An intellectual mastermind, Jamal Hamilton, invents the impossible of bringing the dead back to life, not with sorcery or magic, but a distinct way through technology. But the evil men with dark secrets have a different view for his invention. Jamal later discovers his lineage, an Elohim-angel sent to destroy Nephilim. It's a world of modern technology, betrayal, bribes, and fantasy with lots of action. The adventurous plot takes off right from the first line and only escalates throughout the b An intellectual mastermind, Jamal Hamilton, invents the impossible of bringing the dead back to life, not with sorcery or magic, but a distinct way through technology. But the evil men with dark secrets have a different view for his invention. Jamal later discovers his lineage, an Elohim-angel sent to destroy Nephilim. It's a world of modern technology, betrayal, bribes, and fantasy with lots of action. The adventurous plot takes off right from the first line and only escalates throughout the book. I was so intrigued by the illustrative plot and entrancing imagination of the author. The book, “Citadel of Mirrors” has a perfect blend of fiction, fantasy, and thriller one could expect and it would be a great choice for readers seeking some supernatural adventure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    With the release of his phenomenal hard science-fiction novel, Grand Masquerade, the bestselling author Stephen Perkins engraved himself in the minds of many readers as a master of suspense and mystery. Now, some months later, he appears again with another absorbing and creative novel. This young adult book is perfect for readers who love mysteries and paranormal stories, like me. I don’t know if the author is gifted, or has a prodigious mind, (I am thinking that both are true), but this man writ With the release of his phenomenal hard science-fiction novel, Grand Masquerade, the bestselling author Stephen Perkins engraved himself in the minds of many readers as a master of suspense and mystery. Now, some months later, he appears again with another absorbing and creative novel. This young adult book is perfect for readers who love mysteries and paranormal stories, like me. I don’t know if the author is gifted, or has a prodigious mind, (I am thinking that both are true), but this man writes a fascinating masterpiece with great conviction. I really loved his writing skills and the characters are exceptionally portrayed; Sophia Goldwater is the best protagonist I have ever read about. I enjoyed this novel immensely and I highly recommend it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Jefferson

    Sci-fi thriller This is another great story from Stephen Perkins. Imagine the love of your life died when you were young lovers and you spent years working on a way to bring her back to you. This is where Jamal finds himself as he works to create the technology that does this very thing. With power like that, everyone will want a piece of it. This adventure follows Jamal as he creates a life of success from a great marijuana business to a top rapper and AI. With all this ability will he be able Sci-fi thriller This is another great story from Stephen Perkins. Imagine the love of your life died when you were young lovers and you spent years working on a way to bring her back to you. This is where Jamal finds himself as he works to create the technology that does this very thing. With power like that, everyone will want a piece of it. This adventure follows Jamal as he creates a life of success from a great marijuana business to a top rapper and AI. With all this ability will he be able to bring back his one true love. This story is well written and has some really interesting characters. If you enjoy sci-fi and suspense this is a good one to check out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5 stars for complexity that sometimes doesn’t quite make sense. Sophia Goldwater is one of the main characters in this book and she is set to become the first female president in the US when the past and future all disappear, and we are now in a Citadel of mirrors where the known political and societal norms have been upended. The story was well written, and it certainly was interesting, but it was also very complex, and this is not a book you can lose yourself in. If you do not pay attention, 3.5 stars for complexity that sometimes doesn’t quite make sense. Sophia Goldwater is one of the main characters in this book and she is set to become the first female president in the US when the past and future all disappear, and we are now in a Citadel of mirrors where the known political and societal norms have been upended. The story was well written, and it certainly was interesting, but it was also very complex, and this is not a book you can lose yourself in. If you do not pay attention, you will easily become lost in the story among the plot developments.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susel

    Stephen C. Perkins is the best-selling author behind this magnificent supernatural, sci-fi and conspiracy thriller. This is his eighth and probably best novel yet. In his book, called Citadel of Mirrors: A Supernatural Science Fiction Thriller, the promising writer tells us an amazing story about Jamal, a young inventor who discovers a new technology that is revolutionary and also dangerous for the nation’s security. He manages to make his creation a candidate to become the first female presiden Stephen C. Perkins is the best-selling author behind this magnificent supernatural, sci-fi and conspiracy thriller. This is his eighth and probably best novel yet. In his book, called Citadel of Mirrors: A Supernatural Science Fiction Thriller, the promising writer tells us an amazing story about Jamal, a young inventor who discovers a new technology that is revolutionary and also dangerous for the nation’s security. He manages to make his creation a candidate to become the first female president of the United States, and that is why so many ville powerful people are dying to get their hands on this inventor’s knowledge. The story had every element a good story should have: an interesting plot, attention to detail, but best of all, well-written and well-rounded character development. There are many well-illustrated scenes that make you feel right there in the story, and that is something I look for in a good sci-fi book. Perkins has done it again, he is a gifted and inventive writer. This book is entertaining and I think that every science-fiction enthusiastic adult should read this amazing story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    carolyn s pugh

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    Alexis Parks

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    Andrew Wilson

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    Laurie

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    Özgür

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    Shannon Williams

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    Lisa O'Malley

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    Mary Ramiirez

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    Jeff Thompson

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    Lynn Clare

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    David Capek

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    Brittany

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    Tanya Dale

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    Laura

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