The continuing stories of Simon Bank our unlikely hero
4.5 out of 5 stars
Simon is tapped again with saving our world… again. This time, it is from an unknown enemy. He has unlikely help from a computer being named Ra (who is now inhabiting a human form). Reaching Angelica is a fast-paced cyberpunk science fiction story with incredible characters and even better action.
Having read The Path last year, I was excited when I heard that Riva had written a sequel. I wasn’t really sure where he was going to go with the plot but I really enjoyed what he decided to do. He found a way to make the character Simon needed again without it feeling desperate or needy.
Probably my favorite part of this series so far is Simon. He’s one of those characters that you really feel for. When bad things happen you’re scared for him. And when things are going well, it actually makes you smile. Easily my favorite part of this book and The Path was Simon’s sense of humor and comedic timing. He was able to make me laugh among the most stressful situations. When a character in a book is able to pull that off — it’s a sign of wonderful writing. Simon is an incredibly likable character who I think will have reader coming back for more and more.
I think some of my favorite parts of both stories was the mixture of technology and the human body. Simon is not limited by keyboard and mouse — he does everything with his mind. And to me (I love technology) it is a pretty cool place. Granted, I don’t want to awaken an ancient alien species with my computer either.
Overall, I haven’t read too many stories that call themselves “sci-fi cyberpunk” but I’ve really enjoyed the TAG series so far. I may even revisit this story if Riva publishes is in audiobook. Reaching Angelica is another wonderful offering in the TAG series from Peter Riva, and it’s pretty awesome when a story can continue like this without losing some of its effectiveness.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer, and a computer being named Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try to solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.
Simon’s only hope is to plunge into other dimensions with his mind—into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions—as only he knows how. The fate of all life hangs in the balance as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him. Simon knows all too well that if he fails there is no hope—none at all—for anyone, and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, which he sadly left behind. Besides, Zip would not be pleased, either.
For fans of cyberpunk and classic science fiction, Reaching Angelica (Yucca Publishing; February 2, 2016; 978-1-63158-069-7) is the second book in Peter Riva’s Tag trilogy, the comic, thrilling, and continuing saga of Simon Bank—ex–master system computer wrangler and very unlikely galactic hero.
Praise for Reaching Angelica
“Thrilling moments keep the suspense high in space. . . . The way Riva describes the mysteries of the universe is intriguing. . . . This cyberpunk world has its own laws of stretching brains wide with its mind-bending concepts.”
—Jake Vyper, Fantascize.com
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Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.