“As if being born Diasporan wasn’t enough, Technician Nash Korpes had the bad luck to resemble his Tyran ancestors almost identically in both form, and manner. These traits, though highly prized by the special projects division at the shadowy Korlune Military Research and Development, mark him as a specter from their warlike past. With only his intellect holding his sanity in place, he wages a private war against the entire socioeconomic status quo and begins to uncover the truth that threatens them all.”
A little about J. I. Rogers first
J. I. Rogers is green-eyed, ginger-haired, caffeine addict who is currently working on ‘The 942 Series’ of science fiction novels.
When not acting as a conduit for the voices in her head, she’s either covered by pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion or, hunched like a gargoyle over a spinning disk, forcing her frustrations out on hydrated silicates. She’s a poster child for Gen X and the Queen of most boondoggles that lead to eye-strain and tinnitus.
You can find all of her social media links on her website.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.7-stars
The Korpes File was a nice piece of literature. It’s sci-fi down to its bones, but to me, it was more ‘what’s going on in the background of Star Trek’ rather than being on the bridge.
A throwback. A military project on his genetic material. A hated Diasporan.
The story revolves around Nash, someone of a different race, someone who’s pheromones drive violence. He spends his life taking tons of drugs to stop the pain that his ‘problem’ gives him- through people who ‘care’ about him. (ie medical personnel who are after his genetic DNA.)
Everyone wants a piece of Nash. His blood, his DNA, his genetic code.
Guess who is scared of needles?
Twenty-two times women turned him down for ‘prearranged’ marriages based on ‘genetic compatibility’. He’s too tall. Too oddly colored. Violent and scary. (Just a show folks, move along). Finally, one lady agrees to spend time with him, but is she legit? We know that others are using his lady for nefarious reasons, why else would they be ‘stealing’ her eggs?
But, I’m pretty sure she wants something too.
The voice was great. We follow a lonely Nash until he finds a friend in Davis, who has a great accent by the way. (His character really came out, all of them did.)
There are terrorist attacks, doctors giving meds to manipulate and control Nash, self-treatment of drugs (ok, and brain zapping electricity), alcohol etc. Nothing and I mean nothing over the top. His trigger warning gave me pause, but after reading The Korpes File, I honestly don’t see a reason for the trigger.
The ending had me wanting more. I had questions. Lots of them.
Some things I pondered over a bit. For example, why didn’t Nash check the census earlier? Look for his mom and family when he was released from jail? I think with his intelligence he could have figured it out, but it might also have something to do with griefing and the hallucinations. That man is haunted by voices, the voice of reason and the voice of –well, anger, disgust, etc.
We don’t know at the end if stopping the treatments and the electrotherapy cures Nash or at least gets rid of his headaches. His ‘clone’ is walking around but with just a few modifications, so what will he be used for? And I know the military isn’t going to give him up so easily. Neither is the ‘love’ inducing military doctor.
Oh, so good. I loved it. Did it end on a cliffhanger? Yes and no. He’s won, he actually received something that he thought he’d wanted. Prestige, acknowledgment, friendship, and now a place in the private sector, away from the military docs and their experiments… so why is he feeling anxious?
Uh huh. Trouble’s coming for him. It always does.
Very well written and engaging.
Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.7-stars
The Korpes File by J. I. Rogers will take you on a wonderfully thrilling ride. I like the cover, I think it’s quirky and fits the story well. The writing is very solid with a good flow that keeps you turning the pages. J. I. Rogers has a way with a pen.
I love that there is a map, and enjoyed this detail for the story. The world building is fantastic with tons of great SciFi techy stuff that really drew me into the setting. Good dialog mixed with the right amount of flaws, attributes and wonderful dialog made for well-rounded characters that jump off the page.
Although there are several great POV characters in the story, each with their own distinct personality, the story revolves around Nash. I have great empathy for this character. From his genetic makeup causing racial problems and cruel medical experiments to his inability to match with a mate. I think the author did him justice.
Once I picked this story up, I didn’t want to put it down. There isn’t a dull moment or a misstep in the telling of the story. However. The blurb needs a tweak or two, and I wish I had known there was a character reference sheet with a breakdown of who the characters are and what they do earlier. You don’t stumble upon that gem until the end. I would have loved to refer to that as I read along. For this reason, I give the book 4.7-stars.
I highly recommend The Korpes File to anyone who enjoys SciFi, and everyone who likes to read fiction. This is a great book, and J. I. Rogers is a hella good writer.
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