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Artemis Bridge can get you what you need no matter how immoral or illegal, no questions asked. With practiced detachment, he keeps everyone around him at arm's length. But when the city of Boulder is trapped in a mysterious dome, he must set aside his detachment to help his bodyguard Aristotle's search for his missing grandmother. Every step he takes towards the dome deepens the mystery, as he is compelled to seek out the source of the strange happenings. Flaming dragons, cars transformed into robotic golems, a corporate-military quarantine and disturbing visions drive Bridge to a life-altering conclusion.
©2010 Gary Ballard (P)2015 Gary Ballard
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3 out of 5 stars
By zoe on 10-04-15

The Know Circuit

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I didn't find this storyline to be as engaging as the first book. The whole "technomancer" thing was beat into the ground at the end like this story was merely a set up for future stories. In the end it was entertaining.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-06-16


Would you consider the audio edition of The Know Circuit to be better than the print version?

I only do audio

Who was your favorite character and why?

I do like Bridge...but he is a tad shady...and not super scrupulous...

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

I like Joe' s narratives...he keeps me listening quite easily....

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Aristotle's grandma!! :(

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** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

The city of Boulder, CO is hit with some sort of a mass energy field and gets enclosed into a bubble...people all over the USA are going into a semi coma sort of state...almost seizures and Bridge is at the center of it all...Aristotle his body guard's grandma lives in Boulder, do off they go to see what's up...well this dome thing is calling out to Bridge...and what he discovers is really kind of wrong...and he gets sucked right into the thick of it!


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 09-13-16

'Some one...must really want us to get to Boulder"

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Second in the slightly futuristic (2028) series in which corporations rather than government administers most of public life, the fixer (" I know a guy") Artemis Bridge again finds his skills in demand. He and his friend, Stonewall, and bodyguard, Aristotle, travel to Boulder, drawn there by an incessant disruption of Bridge's neural link which repeats the town's name and Aristotle's fears for his grandmother's life after news reports of an explosion there. Boulder appears to be covered by an impenetrable dome. No one knows how or why. Only Bridge can get in.
The trademark fast action and quick repartee are all here combining in a strange mystery thriller. And the weird just gets weirder with an airborne dragon, a football match between teams in Liverpool and Manchester United strips but the players made up of old bits of metal, a flying Chinese scientist, ghosts and hand thrown bolts of blue energy. It is all great fun. But there is a more serious side here, too, with the philosophical friends debating the failures of communism and capitalism, an at least partial explanation of the science behind the occurrences and, although not part of the actual story, an introduction in which the author bemoans the recent passing by the Supreme Court of a bill allowing corporations to advertise as much as they like, hinting that this is just a step towards the world in which Bridge lives.
The narrator, as always, is superb. Joe Hempel matches the pace of the story and every character has an individual and easily recognisable voice. His tackling of female dialogue is especially impressive and could easily be mistaken for a female reader. He brings the whole book to life.Whilst I preferred the first in the Bridge Chronicles series, the Know Circuit is still great fun and definitely different. I'm looking forward to book Three. I just hope that Aristotle will still be there.

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