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Skinjob author Bruce McCabe

review Skinjob author Bruce McCabe

SOCIETY IS DIVIDED Silicon Valley has taken virtual sex to the extreme encouraging men to act out their darkest and most violent sexual fantasies Militant feminists and churches are bitterly opposed Powerful corporations battle for market control In the midst of a fierce p. Bruce McCabe joins a growing list of authors finding success from self publishing his novel I know I take a very cynical view on self published books; I tend to treat a publishing house as the filter to sift through the slush piles and pulling out the best it has to offer That isn’t to say there isn’t anything good coming from the self publishing world but in my experience the pimping of books and desperation makes it hard to find the ones I’d like to read My policy is to ignore the world of self publishing this probably isn’t the best way to go about it but it works for meEvery now and then a self published novel gets picked up by a publishing house; I’m thinking Hugh Howey Andy Weir and dare I say it EL James Bruce McCabe is the next self published author to enjoy similar success his debut novel Skinjob has been published by a Random House imprint Bantam Press In the not so distant future sexdolls or if you prefer sexbots will become a reality allowing and even encouraging people to act out their dark and disturbing sexual fantasies; this is the world of SkinjobI want to diverse from the story line of Skinjob for a moment to look at the theme McCabe is trying to explore The sex industry is often depicted as a dark and shady place and the invention of sexdolls is obviously going to be a difficult concept; the politics and ethical challenges are explored within the novel What I find problematic about the use of sexdolls is this idea that using a doll to live out a dark disturbing or violent fantasy isn’t going to be healthy I would be concerned with the psychological damage they could cause of themselves and others around them to assume the use of a sexdoll isn’t hurting others would be a naïve approach to the issue There is also a very ethical issue to consider; making sexdolls in all shapes and sizes seems indicates the very real possibility of childlike sex dollsI enjoy how Bruce McCabe takes a crack at the thriller genre using the tropes you expect from a novel like this to explore these ideas While looking at the growing sex industry I was most impressed with how McCabe allowed the thriller genre to work with him in this exploration I was interested in the approach he took by allowing militant religious and feminist groups blow up dollhouses an obvious nod to Joss Whedon full of sexdolls This approach meant we have a violent act where real people are not the target This allows the reader to explore all sides of the issue without forcing them to show unwanted sympathy The reader can then look at issue of sexual politics within the book and society The only thing that will get in the way of exploring the issue will come down to the readers and their preconceived notionsSkinjob is a very issue heavy novel if you want a straight thriller then this book is not for you In fact I was less interested in the plot and characters than I was the issues being explored All the characters felt very two dimensional and unmemorable even the plot could have used a lot work but I think this works in the books favour In the end I was left not really remembering much of the plot and people with the novel but I was still thinking about the themesSexual politics is a complicated and difficult subject; Bruce McCabe’s Skinjob did a great job exploring the topic While it doesn’t cover everything it will leave the reader pondering the issues; I’m very glad I picked up this book and hope it has as much

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Rotest campaign a bomb goes off in San Francisco TWELVE ARE DEAD Daniel Madsen is one of a new breed of federal agents armed with a gun a badge and a handheld lie detector He’s a fast operator and his instructions are simple find the bomber before he strikes again A NIGH. Bruce McCabe was witness to lie detector technology in use in an insurance agency and he asked himself 'what if' The result was Skinjob he felt it important enough to get this book into the hands of the readers as uickly as possible so he self published He worked really hard to get it into bookshops the book then found its way from person to person ending up in the hands of J K Rowling's agent in England who emailed McCabe and asked to represent him it was then republished by Random House If he can keep up the momentum with books then I see another Dan Brown with millions of books sold as this book is really good I just think he's skirted some issuesA bomb goes off in downtown San Francisco Twelve people are dead But this is no ordinary target This target exists on the fault line where sex and money meetDaniel Madsen is one of a new breed of federal agents armed with a badge a gun and the Bureau's latest technological weapon He's a a fast operator and his instructions are simple find the bomber before he strikes againIn order to understand what is at stake Madsen must plunge into a sleazy unsettling world where reality and fantasy are indistinguishable exploitation is business as usual and the dead hand of corruption reaches all the way to the top There's too much money involved for this investigation to stay privateWhen I spoke to McCabe during one of our breaks he introduced his book to me telling me it was part Dan Brown I advised him that wasn't really a recommendation and hoped it was better than Brown as I hadn't enjoyed his book What I found is that it is definitely better unlike Brown I wasn't struggling to get through it I did find it strange that an Australian would be writing a book set in the US but they are a lot security conscious than we are and if you have a story to tell you need to tell it in the most appropriate locationThe skinjobs of the title are machines which look and almost completely work exactly like humans and are used for sex McCabe's hero talks to a woman who gives us the rundown about sex and howMen are being exposed to so much sex that their whole idea of what constitutes normal has been rewired They start escalating when they hit puberty and they don't stopThis conversation continues until Madsen brings out his lie detector machine when we get a brief examination of the issues behind lie detector technology These few pages six of them are the most in depth we get into these two issues there are examples of sex escalating and examples of lie detector technology in useor not in use as people who are allowed to refuse do but the whole 412 pages hangs around these six pages I felt it was a little long and could have been condensed but I feel that about many books aimed at AmericansSkinjob by Bruce McCabeSkinjob by Bruce McCabeSo what do I like about this bookIt wasn't a compulsive read for me but I certainly didn't struggle If I had to compare books I'd be looking towards John GrishamIt is well written and has some important issues we need to address as a societyI'm impressed that a new author could be so good so uickly I look forward to his next bookI love the way it was published and how an established agent thought it was good enough to sign up McCabe This gives hope to many new and upcoming authorsOriginally published on my blog ‎

Bruce McCabe ☆ 3 review

TMARE AWAITS Madsen plunges headlong into a sleazy unsettling world where reality and fantasy are indistinguishable exploitation is business as usual and the web of corruption extends all the way to Washington only to discover the stakes are higher than he could ever imagi. Written by a local Sydney author Skinjob is a confronting novel well worth the readNot my usual choice of novel I completed the read for bookclub when I might otherwise have found the subject matter a bit tough to deal with Religion and feminist politicsare themes which hide just below the surface of sexual politics and techno madnessSo pleased I continued the journey a fast ride through a new world that maynot be so far from reality The Cowboy's Baby Bond reality and fantasy are indistinguishable exploitation is business as usual and the web of corruption extends all the way to Washington only to discover the stakes are higher than he could ever imagi. Written by a local Sydney author Skinjob is a confronting novel well worth the Cop Next Door readNot my usual choice of novel I completed the Chaos in the Capital City read for bookclub when I might otherwise have found the subject matter a bit tough to deal with Religion and feminist politicsare themes which hide just below the surface of sexual politics and techno madnessSo pleased I continued the journey a fast Cowboy at the Crossroads ride through a new world that maynot be so far from Cowboy Brigade reality


10 thoughts on “Skinjob author Bruce McCabe

  1. says:

    Set in the presumably not too distant future SKINJOB centres around a terrorist event in which an adult manufacturer of robotic sex dolls lifelike for the purpose of adult entertainment and little much else sees one of its establishments blown up killing the patrons and staff inside With little to go on the police search video footage via some highly sophisticated 'big brother' CCTV imagery to track the culpritI really liked the idea behind author Brue McCabe's SKINJOB; the political and religious ramificationsdiffering viewpoints boiling pot discussion over right and wrong moral and just etc yet I felt this was somewhat overshadowed by the omnipresent cat and mouse mystery behind the person or persons responsible for the bombing Perhaps what got me offside was the fact I'd guessed early on who was responsible and then had to read a number of chase seuences political grandstanding and police work that didn't feel like it always contributed to the steady flow of the story As far as the two lead characters go I thought FBI Agent Madsen was well rounded and a decent enough prototype protagonist; one up against the bad guys and comrades alike While San Francisco copsurveillance expert Shari was just shy of being the secondary lead I had hoped for despite the promising start she felt a little real than the dolls of DreamCon SKINJOB shows a lot of promise and I hope Bruce McCabe ventures into this interesting landscape again I got the feeling this book was just touching the surface of the religious factions in this future day setting and the power they're to wield over Government SKINJOB is a good thriller that could've been a really good sci fi Review first appeared on my blog


  2. says:

    My rating 35 5 starsI really liked the idea behind this book and the twists of the story I would recommend it to everyone who looks to read a well written crime mystery bookVery good for a debut


  3. says:

    Bruce McCabe joins a growing list of authors finding success from self publishing his novel I know I take a very cynical view on self published books; I tend to treat a publishing house as the filter to sift through the slush piles and pulling out the best it has to offer That isn’t to say there isn’t anything good coming from the self publishing world but in my experience the pimping of books and desperation makes it hard to find the ones I’d like to read My policy is to ignore the world of self publishing this probably isn’t the best way to go about it but it works for meEvery now and then a self published novel gets picked up by a publishing house; I’m thinking Hugh Howey Andy Weir and dare I say it EL James Bruce McCabe is the next self published author to enjoy similar success his debut novel Skinjob has been published by a Random House imprint Bantam Press In the not so distant future sexdolls or if you prefer sexbots will become a reality allowing and even encouraging people to act out their dark and disturbing sexual fantasies; this is the world of SkinjobI want to diverse from the story line of Skinjob for a moment to look at the theme McCabe is trying to explore The sex industry is often depicted as a dark and shady place and the invention of sexdolls is obviously going to be a difficult concept; the politics and ethical challenges are explored within the novel What I find problematic about the use of sexdolls is this idea that using a doll to live out a dark disturbing or violent fantasy isn’t going to be healthy I would be concerned with the psychological damage they could cause of themselves and others around them to assume the use of a sexdoll isn’t hurting others would be a naïve approach to the issue There is also a very ethical issue to consider; making sexdolls in all shapes and sizes seems indicates the very real possibility of childlike sex dollsI enjoy how Bruce McCabe takes a crack at the thriller genre using the tropes you expect from a novel like this to explore these ideas While looking at the growing sex industry I was most impressed with how McCabe allowed the thriller genre to work with him in this exploration I was interested in the approach he took by allowing militant religious and feminist groups blow up dollhouses an obvious nod to Joss Whedon full of sexdolls This approach meant we have a violent act where real people are not the target This allows the reader to explore all sides of the issue without forcing them to show unwanted sympathy The reader can then look at issue of sexual politics within the book and society The only thing that will get in the way of exploring the issue will come down to the readers and their preconceived notionsSkinjob is a very issue heavy novel if you want a straight thriller then this book is not for you In fact I was less interested in the plot and characters than I was the issues being explored All the characters felt very two dimensional and unmemorable even the plot could have used a lot work but I think this works in the books favour In the end I was left not really remembering much of the plot and people with the novel but I was still thinking about the themesSexual politics is a complicated and difficult subject; Bruce McCabe’s Skinjob did a great job exploring the topic While it doesn’t cover everything it will leave the reader pondering the issues; I’m very glad I picked up this book and hope it has as much of an impact on other readers as it did for me This is a debut novel and I can’t help but feel excited at what McCabe does next; I hope he continues to explore hard hitting themes in uniue and interesting waysThis review originally appeared on my blog;


  4. says:

    Bruce McCabe was witness to lie detector technology in use in an insurance agency and he asked himself 'what if?' The result was Skinjob he felt it important enough to get this book into the hands of the readers as uickly as possible so he self published He worked really hard to get it into bookshops the book then found its way from person to person ending up in the hands of J K Rowling's agent in England who emailed McCabe and asked to represent him it was then republished by Random House If he can keep up the momentum with books then I see another Dan Brown with millions of books sold as this book is really good I just think he's skirted some issuesA bomb goes off in downtown San Francisco Twelve people are dead But this is no ordinary target This target exists on the fault line where sex and money meetDaniel Madsen is one of a new breed of federal agents armed with a badge a gun and the Bureau's latest technological weapon He's a a fast operator and his instructions are simple find the bomber before he strikes againIn order to understand what is at stake Madsen must plunge into a sleazy unsettling world where reality and fantasy are indistinguishable exploitation is business as usual and the dead hand of corruption reaches all the way to the top There's too much money involved for this investigation to stay privateWhen I spoke to McCabe during one of our breaks he introduced his book to me telling me it was part Dan Brown I advised him that wasn't really a recommendation and hoped it was better than Brown as I hadn't enjoyed his book What I found is that it is definitely better unlike Brown I wasn't struggling to get through it I did find it strange that an Australian would be writing a book set in the US but they are a lot security conscious than we are and if you have a story to tell you need to tell it in the most appropriate locationThe skinjobs of the title are machines which look and almost completely work exactly like humans and are used for sex McCabe's hero talks to a woman who gives us the rundown about sex and howMen are being exposed to so much sex that their whole idea of what constitutes normal has been rewired They start escalating when they hit puberty and they don't stopThis conversation continues until Madsen brings out his lie detector machine when we get a brief examination of the issues behind lie detector technology These few pages six of them are the most in depth we get into these two issues there are examples of sex escalating and examples of lie detector technology in useor not in use as people who are allowed to refuse do but the whole 412 pages hangs around these six pages I felt it was a little long and could have been condensed but I feel that about many books aimed at AmericansSkinjob by Bruce McCabeSkinjob by Bruce McCabeSo what do I like about this book?It wasn't a compulsive read for me but I certainly didn't struggle If I had to compare books I'd be looking towards John GrishamIt is well written and has some important issues we need to address as a societyI'm impressed that a new author could be so good so uickly I look forward to his next bookI love the way it was published and how an established agent thought it was good enough to sign up McCabe This gives hope to many new and upcoming authorsOriginally published on my blog ‎


  5. says:

    Skinjob is an entertaining techno action thriller written by Australian author Bruce McCabe Initially a self published work Skinjob found its way into the hands of one of London's most prestigious literary agents and has since been picked up by Bantam Press Random HouseIn Skinjob Daniel Madsen one of only a handful of FBI agents trained to use hand held lie detector units is tasked to assist in the investigation of the bombing of a 'Dollhouse' a brothel offering the services of life like automatons known as 'skinjobs' in San Francisco With twelve dead including two police officers and fears of another attack Madsen is under pressure to identify whoever is responsible and make an arrest The obvious suspects are among the country's fastest growing church the New Christian Church of America who have been vocal in their public damnation of skinjobs and their creator DreamCon but as Madsen digs deep into the case with the help of SFPD video surveillance operative Shahida Sanayei Shari he uncovers a twisted collision of exploitation corporate greed and corruption Madsen an agent with a strong belief in justice and a dry sense of humour is an appealing protagonist His job as a 'plotter' isn't popular with his colleagues and his investigation is hampered by their mistrust Madsen however is relentless in his pursuit of truth and when alerted to an anomaly in the case by Shari he is determined to follow it up no matter the conseuencesShort chapters cinematic writing and a tight plot create a fast paced story The action takes place over six days and includes exciting twists and turns as the investigation plays out Skinjob is not just a mindless action thriller though McCabe touches on themes such as privacy and integrity by making the technology utilised by Madsen and the police a feature of the investigation The technology is not too far ahead of our own super surveillance provided by a huge network of public and private cameras intelligent facialbody recognition software and hand held polygraph machines McCabe also explores issues surrounding the sex industry and corporate religion and the ways in which both exploit their clients vulnerabilities for financial gain and use their huge profits to manipulate political decisionsI enjoyed Skinjob finding it to be an engaging thriller exploring a provocative near future reality With this impressive debut I look forward to McCabe's next novel


  6. says:

    Set slightly in the future robotics have advanced sufficiently for the construction of lifelike dolls that walk and talk and can be used for sex in brothels called 'dollhouses' The 'dolls' or 'skinjobs' have skin and breasts that are warm and soft to the touch and allow men to indulge in their every sexual fantasy While supporters argue that the dollhouses have resulted in a drop in prostitution and rape the new mega Christian church NeChristo claim they are sinful and hold rallies and protests against the dollhouses When a dollhouse is blown up and 12 people killed it is the NeChristos who are blamed The FBI agent assigned to the case Daniel Marsden is one of a new breed of agents trained to use a hand held lie detector to rapidly interview suspects and determine on the spot if they are telling the truth This makes him feared and despised not only by criminals but by the police who often have their own secrets to hide The police have other high tech tricks at their disposal with a huge network of cameras in the streets and buildings used for constant surveillance and powerful facial recognition software that can sift through thousands of faces for a match When Daniel's investigations lead him to discover that the explosion in the dollhouse was not as simple as it seemed he gets involved in the messy world of greedy and corrupt corporations This is a well written fast paced thriller with many twists and turns in the plot The futuristic aspects of the novel such as the mega Church and the wide network of video surveillance were close enough to feel possible and a future robotic sex doll does not seem entirely out of the uestion either Daniel Marsden is a well written character with a thirst for the truth and a wry sense of humour and one I hope we get to meet again An excellent debut novel


  7. says:

    Written by a local Sydney author Skinjob is a confronting novel well worth the readNot my usual choice of novel I completed the read for bookclub when I might otherwise have found the subject matter a bit tough to deal with Religion and feminist politicsare themes which hide just below the surface of sexual politics and techno madnessSo pleased I continued the journey a fast ride through a new world that maynot be so far from reality


  8. says:

    Skinjobs are the latest thing in adult entertainment synthetic creations that flawlessly mimic humanity They are starting to replace their organic forebears in the world’s oldest profession When a “dollhouse” is destroyed in an act of terrorism a federal agent and a CCTV operator are drawn into a shadowy conspiracy Who is it that is trying to destroy the newest sector of America’s tech economy?Agent Daniel Madsen lives his job He is at the forefront of a new type of policing and when an explosion rocks the centre of San Francisco he is called upon to capture the culprit and most importantly do it uickly He has less than one week to uncover the truth Skinjob is a race against time to stop a criminal before anyone else is hurt or killedOver the course of the week the impact of the investigation starts to take its toll on our protagonist He is working in a time sensitive environment and is pushed to the bounds of his limits repeatedly It’s interesting to see how his character copes Rather than falter Madsen does some of his best work and thrives in this environment The worse the situation becomes the determined it makes him to uncover the truth He knuckles down and focuses his intellect on each new issue he encountersThe science fiction elements of the novel are all pretty low key With the exception of the skinjobs themselves and the portable lie detector that Madsen uses almost everything else will be familiar The story unfolds in the year 2019 and that near future setting feels close enough that nothing is massively outlandish and all fits uite neatly with modern technologyWatching all the various factions in the business political and religious arenas attempting to deal with the aftermath of the bombing is where the narrative really captures the imagination All the politicos and power brokers grubbily trying to manipulate public opinion to their own ends all feels frighteningly realistic Ironically it seems that all these different groups look at the bombing with exactly the same reaction – What’s in this for me? How can I turn this tragedy to my advantage?It becomes evident as the crime is investigated further that the situation is complex than at first glance Everything from national policy and organised religion to gender politics and sex are involved in one form or another Masden needs not only to capture a criminal but also to discover who he can and can’t trustMcCabe’s writing highlights the ever increasing impact of technology in every aspect of our daily lives When the authorities are monitoring every public place with closed circuit television cameras you have to start asking the uestion where will this surveillance end? Some of the story elements in Skinjob strike particularly close to home How much right does a government have to track everything that the electorate does? Only yesterday in the UK the government started to push through emergency legislation that ensures Internet service providers have to retain details of every person’s “communications data” whatever that rather grey sounding phrase means It sounds suspiciously like one step closer to Big Brother watching us all 247 to be honest It would appear Mr McCabe’s debut couldn’t have been topical if it tried It picks apart some very similar issues surrounding civil liberties and the nature of the people we chose to protect themThe story ends with the suggestion that Agent Madsen and some of the other characters may return again at some point in the future I certainly hope so as I rather enjoyed this novel Thematically sitting comfortably somewhere between Blade Runner and Minority Report McCabe’s debut is solidly entertaining fare There is plenty of action and the plot rattles along at a good old pace Skinjob is exactly the sort of book I like at this time of year something that is easy for me to get lost in The insights regarding our over reliance of technology also add a nice extra depth to the proceedings


  9. says:

    The concept what could happen when robotics advance to the extent that the “world’s oldest profession” can be performed by robots “Skinjobs”? What if the powerful forces of the pornographysex trade industry and the neo conservative Christian right waged an epic battle to sway the hearts and minds of the American people? What if a lie detecting FBI agent and a San Francisco PD female surveillance officer teamed up in a race against time to prevent the annihilation of thousands of innocent people?In Skinjob McCabe sets out to address some really interesting uestions about gender sex and power the most interesting of which for me is the ethics of using automatons for sexual relief The main character Daniel Masden isn’t perfect Nor is the female SFPD operative Shahida Sanayei Shari whom Masden teams up with Their adventures together are very filmic the story is action packed and fast paced has lots of interesting “locations” high tech gadgetry and car chasesOverall a page turning readThis is an abridged version of a longer review that appears on my blog Sex dolls and Gender Issues


  10. says:

    Skinjob is not the kind of book I'd usually read However I surprised myself by whipping through 34 of Skinjob in a night and finishing it off the next dayBruce's inspiration for the novel came from his own scientific background and his interest in how technology and humanity connect He was invited to a demonstration at an insurance company during which he witnessed consultants using lie detection voice software not sure of correct title on calls with claimants Bruce said he pondered on the ethical issues of such technology if used widely by law enforcement and its impact on our civil libertiesSkinjob takes this technology further and in a not too distant future the FBI boasts a small number of officers trained in the use of handheld lie detectorsAgent Daniel Madsen is one such agent based in San Francisco when he's called to assist the police to investigate the bombing of a DollhouseRead the rest of the review in my blog


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