Rule of Thumb (Balance of Power #1)Rule of Thumb by Scott E. Baughman

Synopsis: The network of the future is always on…until THEY cut you off. In a world where losing your connection to the worldwide social network means becoming a Nameless one, privileged elite Adrien Faulk will find out all too quickly just what it means to be cut off. Faulk’s journey to find a lost pair of binoculars will lead him from the mean streets of near-future New York City to an ancient Mayan pyramid in Guatemala. He’ll come face-to-face with a global mystery, a cybernetic assassin and a crazed, technological cult. Along the way he’ll find a prophecy about mankind’s destiny among the stars and answers to what it means to be an individual, a hero….and maybe, what it means to be human.
But will he find out what he needs to know in time to save us all?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fairly well written novel well worth the read. First off I’m pleased to see the work was well edited for typos and grammar. This is something I wish more budding authors took more seriously. The plot was intriguing and fast paced, at times a bit too fast. With all the twists and revelations some of the enjoyment was taken away with how quickly they were handled and presented. With some polish and editing for content and flow this would easily earn that forth star. The characters were well fleshed out and easy to enjoy if not a bit too good at getting out of situations with such apparent ease. Overall it’s a good easy read with considerable potential. I would keep a watch for improvement in future books by this author. A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review.