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The Ryder family is at the top of the corporate elite. Father Geren Ryder heads up a global wireless hologram company with his son, Wills Ryder, a capable second, while daughter, Nicholle, is curator at an art museum. But when a dark stranger shows up, it sets off a chain reaction that puts Geren into a mysterious coma while Wills disappears with $50 billion from the familThe Ryder family is at the top of the corporate elite. Father Geren Ryder heads up a global wireless hologram company with his son, Wills Ryder, a capable second, while daughter, Nicholle, is curator at an art museum. But when a dark stranger shows up, it sets off a chain reaction that puts Geren into a mysterious coma while Wills disappears with $50 billion from the family business. Worse, Geren's will specifies that he be taken off life support after five days. Just as Nicholle is trying to pick up the pieces, she becomes the target of an assassin and has to go on the run.With only a few days to save her father and keep the company from going under, Nicholle reaches back into the darkest part of her history, to the only person who could possibly help her. But the price is steep. Once she goes back, can she escape her past a second time? ...

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Number of Pages : 182 Pages
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Cog Reviews

  • Ron
    2019-05-11 22:58

    Wright does a masterful job of pulling in the fears of free-market technology against the backdrop of a futuristic world of suspense. Nicholle and the other players are wonderfully developed characters. The world is familiar, yet fresh. SciFi lovers will not be disappointed in Cog.

  • Sean Leonard
    2019-05-08 16:37

    Cog is reminiscent of the marriage of technology and paranoia utilized by Philip K. Dick (think along the lines of A Scanner Darkly), but with worlds created by the original thinking of K. Ceres Wright. It's sci-fi with touches of action, drugs, shady underworlds, multi-billion dollar corporate conspiracies, and even a dip into the world of art. It's always fun to see what technological advances sci-fi writers will come up with, and Cog has it's fair share of goodies to keep you entertained along the way.I'm a big fan of strongly written characters, and Wright does well with her protagonist, Nicholle, as well as many of the more secondary characters. Just as strongly detailed are the worlds we visit, from the high-class corporate world and museums to the rundown neighborhoods and underworld slums. The fact that this is Wright's first novel is impressive and gives me a strong feeling that we will be in for something special as she continues to move forward in the writing world.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-17 19:59

    A really impressive first novel that did bring to mind the plots and themes of William Gibson's novels. Wright's "Cog" is at its core a cyber thriller that incorporates its futuristic science fiction elements as background, strong but not dominating. Moments of action are rendered vividly, but the interspersed moments of relative calm don't cease any forward momentum, giving the novel (with perhaps a few moments exception) a consistent flow despite alternating chapters from different character's points of view. I started this novel solely due to curiosity after having enjoyed another novel from the publisher that I had previously won here on Goodreads. With no idea of the plot I dug in and found it easy to become immersed into the story. Wright writes confidently, providing the reader with necessary information without making it obvious. However, settling into the story and the first few chapters I began feeling as while engaging, the story didn't seem particularly unique and what I expected to be the plot (and the protagonist) seemed to be heading in obvious directions. Thankfully, however, I soon realized I was completely mistaken, complexity would enter in, and the protagonist was not the person the book opens with, but someone who doesn't enter in until several chapters later.And that protagonist, Nicholle, is one thing I appreciated most about "Cog". Relatable in intentions and flaws, she drives the reader's investment in the overall story. Interestingly, "Cog" ends up being a reverse of many genre novels, featuring a complexly strong female character (ie completely 'human'), with supporting characters (the side-kick/potential romance and villains) that are less complex, and even cliched, males. These secondary characters aren't badly rendered, but compared to Nicholle they stand out as emptier. The big exception, and the other part of the novel I adored is a leader in the shady underwold of "Cog", a former relation of Nicholle who Wright paints as vibrant and intriguing character. The introduction to the novel discusses the "big ideas", the "social commentary" that is inherent to literature, including SciFi. Perhaps this aspect was a bit too subtle in "Cog", an aspect I wish had been developed further to balance the 'thriller/entertainment' aspects. The plot centers around a family squabble, moves for power among those that already have a great deal, and revenge by those who have been denied that power, and opportunity. The backdrop for "Cog" is a world of the privileged and the forgotten, from the world of corporate to the seedy and hopeless, each depraved in their own way, but fueling a desire in some to do better, to create better. So while these themes are there, I would have enjoyed them being brought more explicitly into the narratives.Raw Dog Screaming Press has become a gem of a find it seems, two very different but equally impressive novels ("Odd Men Out" being the other I read so far) and several more in the catalog that seem promising. I'm actually exciting about reading the others I've gotten. If you haven't checked them out but like these kinds of books, I highly recommend doing so.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-27 22:56

    "Cog" is K Ceres Wright's debut novel and gives the reader a glimpse of the future. There is plenty of hi-tech stuff which is all pretty neat, there is also corruption, greed, large corporations as well as a sense of wealth and poverty. The world of "Cog" also includes some fairly well developed characters which keeps the story pretty exciting. I did find that the book had a very good start and finish but was rather 'slow' going in the middle. Saying that "Cog" was for me, a very appealing story and I'm looking forward to reading more work by Ms Wright!

  • Rachael Pruitt
    2019-05-12 22:39

    Ceres Wright's first novel manages to combine tight plotting, believable and engaging characters, fantastic dialogue, and a wonderful thought-provoking futuristic setting. Her protagonist, Nicolle, is especially engaging. Kudos to Ms. Wright--I'm waiting impatiently for a sequel!

  • Jennifer C
    2019-05-19 22:55

    Thank you for the free book. Can't wait to read it.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-19 17:59

    Cog by K Ceres WrightPublisher: Dog Star BooksISBN: 978-1-935738-43-5Reviewer: Jenny Mounfield‘Nicholle tapped her index finger three times against her thumb. Prismatic colors spiraled around her, then whipped into a tight coil, bringing the scent of fresh flowers. The standard greeting sounded in her ears, “Welcome to Cognition.”’Founder and head of an obscenely profitable wireless hologram business, Geren Ryder is on the verge of welcoming his long-lost spawn, Perin Nester into his towering empire. It is practically guaranteed that legit offspring, Wills won’t take this well. Shortly after the big reveal, Geren falls into a mysterious coma and son, Wills takes a chunk of money and disappears. Needing to appoint a new head, the board turns to Wills’ sister, Nicholle, a recovering addict who is more suited to her job as curator at a holographic art museum than running the family biz. However, before she can take on the role, she is set up as an embezzler and then a hired gun attempts to kill her. She’s now on the run and has five days to find out what’s going on before her comatose father is euthanized. ‘With the advent of fuel cells, people had moved further out beyond D.C. than before, establishing towns in once-rural areas, now known as the purlieus. The suburbs were abandoned, left to whoever was left—usually the criminal element.’We are all simply cogs in a global machine, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Cog. At first glimpse it is a somewhat ordinary story of revenge, greed and power set against a futuristic backdrop. And yes, at its core, Cog is a classic story of family dysfunction with some James Bond-esque thrills and rather groovy technology thrown in. But it is so much more, as Christopher Paul Carey says so succinctly in Cog’s Foreword:‘While I don’t believe K Ceres Wright sets out to change the world with her debut novel, Cog, neither do I think it is a coincidence that her protagonist, Nicholle Ryder, hails from a background in the fine arts. One needs an artist’s eye to take on the system, to perceive its weaknesses and strengths so they can be leveraged into a creative solution for society’s problems.’Written as part of Ceres Wright’s Master’s Degree in Writing Popular Fiction, Cog is a story that ticks all the boxes. The techno aspects are easily understood and highlight, rather than take over the story. I have loved the SF since childhood, but even as an adult I find a lot of it is too bogged down with technical elements that I can’t understand. This isn’t the case with Cog. A familiarity with today’s technology is all that is required to understand this world. The writing is tight; the plot well constructed and fast-paced. Nicholle is a particularly real and likable character. This isn’t to say Cog’s other characters aren’t as well drawn—they are—but Nicholle is the engine in this machine. Her motivation to save her father is one of love, which balances beautifully with the scramble for wealth and power going on around her. Nicholle is every woman. She deserves to triumph.In closing, I will again borrow from Mr Carey:‘But what ultimately makes K Ceres Wright’s Cog such a satisfying read is that it works as well as a thriller as it does social commentary and technological extrapolation. Its careful balance of corporate intrigue and breakneck action makes it the perfect debut release for Dog Star Books, whose motto—“Science Fiction that goes for the throat”—could not be more appropriate.’Jenny Mounfield has been reviewing books for several years. Her reviews have appeared both online and in print. She is the author of four novels and several short stories for young people. The Unforgetting, a psychological thriller for adult readers, is available from the Kindle Store.

  • Brandon Desiderio
    2019-05-11 22:56

    K. Ceres Wright has struck the right pace for today's readers: Cog is slim but wonderfully brimming with excellent characters, a winding plot, and so much to think about—so many ideas of what our near-future should look like, versus what it will, etc. ... And, hopefully, what's great about the world of Cog will be around! But what's bad about it... well, with any faith, we'll avoid it!What's perfect about this book is that it very much adheres to what we'd want from a scifi adventure. The plot is well-paced but nevertheless quick, bringing us along on such a gripping ride from Alexandria, to D.C., to the Greater Baltimore area. Nicholle is compelling even in her flaws; we root for her, believe in her, know that her past has no real bearing on her present (something that I myself am still learning). The tech in the world of Cog is absolutely stunning and really thought-provoking. Wouldn't we all love to have medinites? No more doctors' appointments—unless you're really in need of a hospital. Sounds like bliss!Pakz and skeemz, while we know are the illicit, lethal drugs of the world Wright builds for us, are nevertheless fascinating, especially with Wright's positioning of them along the same lines as any addiction: gaming, sex, gambling, etc. Anything is a drug to someone.But what's the most unsettling, after reading this over, is twofold: one, clearly the concept that "personalities" (what we'd also chalk up to as "souls"—our very identities, not just a Myers-Brigg type) can be downloaded from one body to another. In the hands of Cog's government, this is essentially immortality; in the hands of the power-hungry—some folks close to Nicholle, let's just say—it's a dangerously radical tool still in its infancy. But the commentary, for me, that this adds to government versus the average citizen (which, well... let's be honest: they're not average citizens, but plutocrats whose influence and financial resources can be pretty damn limitless) is pretty huge. What else is this future government hiding from its citizens? Why, for instance, are the now-ruined suburbs of Wright's world totally lacking in services? Has inequality in Cog gotten worse than our world? Or better, just for the majority (we're led to assume that it's for the majority, at least)?The second most unsettling thing is definitely this plutocrat/government vs. the real average citizen of Cog, whoever that may be. I'd love to see a continuation of Cog through the lens of someone far below Nicholle's high status; someone who perhaps experiences the worst of the worst re: wiho and skeemz. What does their life look like? Is Tuma to blame more for their stature in life than Nicholle? Or are they equally to blame?Overall, I really loved this book. Read it cover-to-cover and craving more! Will definitely reread. I'm excited to see what else K. Ceres Wright has in store for us! And I'll be evangelizing the hell out of this book to everyone I know in the meantime.

  • J.L.
    2019-05-17 00:45

    Disclaimer: K. Ceres Wright and I attended Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program together. I purchased this novel at full price.After a good 6 months of only reading urban fantasy and bizarre alternate history, COG was a refreshing palate cleanser of pure science-fiction. Wright crafts an intense family/corporate drama set in an immersive near-future world. The world-building is never intrusive, but is woven into the story so that the reader can learn through context rather than the dreaded info dump. Beyond the cyberpunk-infused world of holographic art, brain-connected computers, and flying cars, there are also great subtle touches such as inflation rate and robotic hall closets!This novel is stocked with fantastic, fleshed-out characters. As much as I enjoyed the protagonist Nicholle's story arc and dramatic back story, I will also admit to wanting more screen time with Thia, one of the villains. It seemed odd to me at first that Nicholle's brothers had such similar goals, but there turns out to be a damn good reason for that.COG is a fun, fast-paced adventure. It's definitely a self-contained book that doesn't necessarily need a sequel--but that doesn't stop me from wanting one anyway!

  • Lynn
    2019-05-08 19:58

    I enjoyed the world building, and the technology. There were some intriguing twists to the story of this family battle. Several characters were well done and deserved a bigger stage. I kept reading because the story did pull me in, but I also stopped reading several times. Why? I was frequently frustrated because I didn't understand what was going on. The narrative or dialog didn't help. Choppy or non-existent transitions that left me scratching my head like "What just happened?" Other problems included errors (like missing words) and sentence fragments that didn't add to the story or pacing. I'm still not sure about some of the technology because it wasn't actually explained, and these were central to the story. The big one is "Cog", I figured it out (I think, though I'm not sure of exactly how works), but felt like I had to work way too hard because the scenes didn't give enough clues. Lots of terms and tech seemed dropped in with little explanation. The ending seemed rushed and too pat. I'm not a reader who finishes even if I don't like a book. So bottom line, what I liked about Cog kept me reading despite feeling as though the book was fighting me.

  • Julie
    2019-04-30 23:53

    I won & received this book through Goodreads. I loved the idea of the book. It was very interesting. But, the amount of errors in it were a bit distracting. The story line seemed to drag in the beginning and then the ending seemed to be rushed.

  • Steve Lucero
    2019-04-27 16:32

    I didn't like it. Perhaps I'd have given it 1-star or 3-stars if I'd finished, but I didn't think it was worth trudging forward.

  • Christopher Carey
    2019-05-19 21:36

  • Thunderbird Studios
    2019-05-14 23:56

    For more reviews of television, games, movies and books, check out http://tbirdstudios.comCyberpunk is a risky genre to write. On one hand, there is a strange, almost universally cultish feel to it that anyone and everyone appreciates. Even folks who normally do not like science fiction. We can see examples of this in the Ghost in the Shell universe, The Matrix, Bladerunner, its original story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. And yes, the derivative but thrilling Shadowrun series of games and books.Yet at the same time, the genre gets old fast. The nouveau ideas of these earlier works are like drugs to which we build a swift tolerance. Creativity is exhausting in its demands for uniqueness. Yet with K. Ceres Wright’s novel Cog, we’re reminded that the cyberpunk genre is still a frontier with plenty to explore.Cog is a tale about “those on high rendered low” in a game of corporate espionage. Geren Ryder is the owner and operator of American Hologram (AmHo). Not long after acknowledging a new partner, Geren falls into a coma and his son, Wills Ryder, absconds with $50 billion.With faith in the company’s direction shaken, head of IT Chris Kappert visits Geren’s daughter Nicholle, offering her the position of CEO. Nicholle reluctantly agrees to the responsibility, fearing a repeat of her past as a recovered addict. But not long after, she’s framed for embezzling another $20 billion. On the lam with Chris, she races to find answers before a statute would see her comatose father euthanized.Writing fiction is quite a bit like juggling, as the tossed objects include character development, plot, pacing and a unique voice. But speculative fiction authors deal with the added challenges of world-building and the associated lore. Theirs is a greater challenge, performed before an audience who is often already quite jaded to the act.Ceres gets most of the performance right however. Her pace is strong, her world filled with intrigue and familiar abuses of the law between Virginia, DC and Maryland. She didn’t shy from discussing the technologies in a functional way, and did so quite well. But best of all are her characters, carefully devised and explored. This is especially true of Nicholle, who is forced to confront her shady past and the temptations of being a recovered addict.The novel isn’t without weaknesses however. Time could have been invested explaining the nuts and bolts of how the Ryder siblings were framed, as well as fully fleshing out the ending. Without time to go deeper, the plot suffers from predictability. Likewise, I feel like some of the diving between reality and the Virtual Reality was a touch hard to follow. Neuromancer did the same thing however, a stylish choice meant to challenge our acceptance of reality.While imperfect, cyberpunk fans can look forward to their fix with Cog. Hopefully, that rush will last until Bladerunner 2049.