Hack Alley Doctor

by fearlessli

It’s 2034, and Derrick Yu is an apprentice mod-doctor at Hack Alley, a prosthetic modification shop in the ugly part of Chinatown.

Or, what used to be Chinatown at least. Gangs from all around the country prowl the streets, robbing the locals and refugees alike, as the rest of America is torn apart by greed and poverty.

And Derrick wasn’t always an apprentice mod-doctor; he has a secret that could put him in danger if someone found out, especially a gang like the White Leopards.

Meanwhile, people around the world are realizing that something’s wrong with their mods. Mod manufacturers like Stoneridge Prosthetics pretend like everything is normal, but not everyone believes them . . . .

As the bills pile up, and Hack Alley battles bankruptcy and gangs alike, Derrick’s going to learn to fight back and stand proud, all while installing mods for the community, and upgrading his own.

Gangs, secrets, and conspiracies: what else could a Hack Alley Doctor hope for?

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vauntless
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Most cyberpunk fiction focuses on larger than life figures: the secret agent, the super soldier, the elite hacker chuckling behind his seven proxies.

Hack Alley Doctor takes a different approach with its protagonist Derrick Yu, a fairly ordinary young man who deals with the same kinds of issues as everyone else: a messy room, annoying co-workers, and earning enough money to make ends meet.

Through Derrick's eyes we see a world much like our own, perhaps too much if you were looking for a more escapist venture. There's urban decay, gang violence, vices, and other deep seated socio-economic problems in the 'hood as is par for the course in this genre, but from the very first chapter the author shows that they are quite capable of handling these topics.

The setting is New York City but 20 Minutes into the Future, where things like fully functional robotic limbs and police drones are commonplace. The author does an excellent job of keeping things grounded in reality; all the examples of advanced technology on display could either feasibly exist in real life or already do in some form.

The perspective of a medical professional on this run-down future is also an interesting concept. I'm not a doctor(Dammit, Jim!) but I can tell the author has done the research and knows their stuff when it comes to portraying precise, anatomically accurate details.

The action scenes, while a bit scarce, are gripping and well paced. I'm definitely looking forward to what comes next.

To sum it all up: Have you ever seen a prosthetic arm that looked so cool you'd want to replace your actual arm with it? While I wouldn't recommend going that far, I would highly recommend you replace whatever you're currently reading with Hack Alley Doctor.

Tim Goddard
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For a story very few people seem to have found yet, I've been very pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and depth of this story.

I really enjoy the cyberpunk dystopian setting in general, and this particular version of it is well-rounded, shown through the eyes of somebody on the outside, doing the best they can in the circumstances they've been dealt.

We follow the main character scavenging and repairing implant "mods" in the slums, having to evade both government and gang authority, neither of whom can be allowed to identify them.

The characters, while only presenting a small side of their background and providing a major source of mystery to the story, still already have more depth than the typical RR narrative.

Overall, I'm very much enjoying this story so far, and look forward to seeing where it goes.

Lonleyguy58
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Great story you should give it a try

Reviewed at: Ch. 14 – Trauma Center

the story starts out well the characters  are interesting  in the beginning and I always loved the concept of cyberpunk  ripperdocs I see no errors or anything  but I dont know or remember  i dont really pay attention  to that stuff as long as you can read it I wish luck to the author and hopes he doesn't let this drop