In the year , the United States has completely collapsed, leaving the country in ruins In this turmoil, Cybil Lewis and her inspector in training, Jane, fill a need When begged by Jane to look into the disappearance of Jane s cousin, Bybil is catapulted into a world far removed from anything she has experienced so far a world of lies and deceit As they investigate, they move far into the reaches of the divided states and eep into the upper crest of political turmoil Relectantly caught up in a world of betrayal and corruption, Cybil and Jane unearth long buried secrets and survive attempts on their lives As they move closer to the truth, they discover that the people, who are entrusted with the safety of the territories, will do anything to keep their secrets, including murder Especially murder Cybil and Jane will do what they must to get to the truth They will never be SILENCED


10 thoughts on “Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel

  1. Darrell Grizzle Darrell Grizzle says:

    I ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the other novels in this series Cozened, Replicated, Reunited as well as Collected, a book of stories about Cybil Lewis, my favorite science fiction private eye Somehow I had missed reading the very first novel in the series, Silenced Having read it now, I found it to be just as exciting and engaging as the other stories in this series The Audible narration by Darla Middlebrook is rich and expressive, a perfect fit for this story Nicole Givens Kurtz combine I ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the other novels in this series Cozened, Replicated, Reunited as well as Collected, a book of stories about Cybil Lewis, my favorite science fiction private eye Somehow I had missed reading the very first novel in the series, Silenced Having read it now, I found it to be just as exciting and engaging as the other stories in this series The Audible narration by Darla Middlebrook is rich and expressive, a perfect fit for this story Nicole Givens Kurtz combines mystery, science fiction, action, and romance to make the Cybil Lewis series one of the hallmarks of Afrofuturism Highly recommended


  2. CaliGirlRae CaliGirlRae says:

    For the past few months or so I ve been waiting for this book and a new sci fi series to sink my teeth into Silenced certainly delivered The story revolves around Cybil Lewis, a private investigator in the year 2146 during a time with the United States has broken up into smaller territories In the running for the governor position is Mayor Annabelle Christensen, a picture perfect poised woman always decked out in designer wear Mayor Christensen comes to Cybil for help with finding her daught For the past few months or so I ve been waiting for this book and a new sci fi series to sink my teeth into Silenced certainly delivered The story revolves around Cybil Lewis, a private investigator in the year 2146 during a time with the United States has broken up into smaller territories In the running for the governor position is Mayor Annabelle Christensen, a picture perfect poised woman always decked out in designer wear Mayor Christensen comes to Cybil for help with finding her daughter Amanda who went missing Cybil eventually takes her up on the offer and soon dives into a conspiracy where everyone wears masks and the truth is hidden between a neatly threaded web of lies.I really enjoyed Silenced for so many reasons Cybil for one weaves this tale with such a unique voice as she speaks to the audience throughout the book There were so many one liners and quips that kept me chuckling to myself at her smart alecky comebacks The real beauty of the book lies within the descriptions Kurtz has a gift for describing visuals and feelings so much that you can feel the atmosphere of futuristic D.C and Memphis, taste the food Cybil has an affinity for the peppered sweetness of jalapeno jelly on toast with her coffee and see the cool gadgets of the age I have to admit the gadgets were probably some of my favorite additions to the story From the hovering automobiles called wautos to the foghog which attaches to the end of cigarettes to inhale second hand smoke to the dangerous drugs of the day from ackback to Zenith, I felt like I had fallen into a different world and I loved meeting the different inhabitants The variations of culture with the characters make the closeness to reality a special treat because you don t see much diversity in most sci fi books of today.Silenced has the feel of a film noir mixed with science fiction two of my favorite genres mixed together like the awesome and classical Blade Runner Readers may liken the series to the current popular J.D Robb s In Death series the first book I couldn t get into and didn t finish and although there may be some similarities Captain Hansen reminded me of Roarke for some reason and I really hope to see him and Cybil start something in the future this book was infinitely better.The story takes it s time to start up while it introduces you to the background of Cybil and her surroundings, but once it gets going you ll have to hold onto your seat Although the mystery is tied up in the end, including some characters that were introduced really early in the book, there were still a question or two brought up later in the book that still are left unanswered I imagine with the series we ll learnabout these items as we dive intomysteries and getinformation on the factions that inhabit this world.The Cybil Lewis series is definitely an auto buy with Silenced going on my keeper shelf If you enjoy a futuristic mystery noir series with a fiesty, tough PI heroine you may want to pick it up and give it a read


  3. Samantha Samantha says:

    Cybil Lewis knows it s a bad idea to take a personal case But when her younger protege asks her to find her missing cousin, she agrees As the case progresses, a man from her own past resurfaces and complicates things even further I enjoyed the character a woman of experience who still can be blindsided The world was intriguing with just enough detail about the technology and changes to society so far in the future without losing the story or characters in the mix Quite a quick and enjoyabl Cybil Lewis knows it s a bad idea to take a personal case But when her younger protege asks her to find her missing cousin, she agrees As the case progresses, a man from her own past resurfaces and complicates things even further I enjoyed the character a woman of experience who still can be blindsided The world was intriguing with just enough detail about the technology and changes to society so far in the future without losing the story or characters in the mix Quite a quick and enjoyable read, neither light fluff nor heavy drudgery, but a nice middle ground that entertains while making you think I listened to the audiobook narrated by Darla Middlebrook and enjoyed the voice she brought to the pages


  4. D.K. D.K. says:

    It s nice to know that even in the near future, the world still has old school PIs solving cases Cybil Lewis and her partner Jane were hired to find a missing teenager There are plenty of roadblocks among the way, one being a psychotic killer has his eyes set on Cybil But things aren t what they seem to be I don t want to say muchbecause it s a mystery and I don t want to spoil the story for anyone Silenced was entertaining and had me wondering what was going to happen next throughout It s nice to know that even in the near future, the world still has old school PIs solving cases Cybil Lewis and her partner Jane were hired to find a missing teenager There are plenty of roadblocks among the way, one being a psychotic killer has his eyes set on Cybil But things aren t what they seem to be I don t want to say muchbecause it s a mystery and I don t want to spoil the story for anyone Silenced was entertaining and had me wondering what was going to happen next throughout.Looking forward to readingCybil Lewis novels


  5. Milton Milton says:

    A perfect blend of cyberpunk and mysteryI was introduced to Sybil Lewis in a collection of short stories by the author, so I was excited to read this novel I wasn t disappointed Great characters, great dialogue and a mystery that I couldn t figure out until the end Looking forward toCybil Lewis stories.


  6. GCB-LovesGoodBooks GCB-LovesGoodBooks says:

    4.50 Chocolate KissesSilenced by Nicole Given Kurtz is a hard book to rate I say this because there were moments that I thought were 5 stars and other parts which I thought of as less than 5 stars.The setting and world building were 5 stars I just loved these kinds of settings where you are not given exacting details, but just enough to get your imagination rolling until you have it in your minds eye It was one of things that kept me reading because I was extremely curious about the place 4.50 Chocolate KissesSilenced by Nicole Given Kurtz is a hard book to rate I say this because there were moments that I thought were 5 stars and other parts which I thought of as less than 5 stars.The setting and world building were 5 stars I just loved these kinds of settings where you are not given exacting details, but just enough to get your imagination rolling until you have it in your minds eye It was one of things that kept me reading because I was extremely curious about the place The description of the people was also well done as it was a very mixed bag with hints of what they looked like so it was very easy for me to have a picture in my mind which might be very different from what the next reader might imagine It was refreshing to not be bombarded with skin complexions and the like so I was able to settle quite nicely with multicultural characters And even when there was a littledetails about the characters, the story never lingered on the race, it was just part of a description in the scene I wonder if this makes sense But I really loved that about the book as well.I totally savored this book It was like eating a salt and dark chocolate mixed together YUM More


  7. Heather Heather says:

    The worldbuilding is really interesting There are little mentions of things that fill out the picture, like cheese being incredibly rare due to cattle mutations Some restaurants use robot servers Most phone calls include video It all adds up to give that futuristic vibe It reminds me a little of the near future world of J.D Robb s In Death books, but with less glamour andconstant grit.Unfortunately, the writing is rough The pacing is bumpy The writing is often awkward the book s The worldbuilding is really interesting There are little mentions of things that fill out the picture, like cheese being incredibly rare due to cattle mutations Some restaurants use robot servers Most phone calls include video It all adds up to give that futuristic vibe It reminds me a little of the near future world of J.D Robb s In Death books, but with less glamour andconstant grit.Unfortunately, the writing is rough The pacing is bumpy The writing is often awkward the book starts off with nearly two pages just about how it s cold out and Cybil has to keep her jacket open so she can get to her gun The side characters often seem to mug for the camera, with even polished, politically savvy characters prone to stuttering and similar issues when emotions get high This book also seriously needs another edit There are a lot of words that just aren t used right, and some clear errors that got missed.There s some off screen sex It was hard for me to find lines like I was panting like a mutt in heat sexy, though Ugh Content note sexual assault and mention of rape I was also rather surprised at how casually statutory rape is treated Cybil interviews Mandy s 23 year old boyfriend Mandy was 16 and even comments on his wholesomeness Ick Okay, I just realized that they never actually give the age of consent, but I still wouldn t see a 23 year old going after a 16 year old as run of the mill It deserved at least a little bit of comment.Cybil sometimes seems to miss obvious possibilities or jump to weird conclusions I can t go into most of them because it would give plot details away Other than that, the plotting is interesting and sufficiently convoluted without going too far.I m ambivalent about this book On the positive side, it has strong women of color in it, which is wonderful And like I said, the worldbuilding is great I just wish the writing was up to snuff Luckily, this is the sort of thing a writer can improve over time, so it s probably worth giving later books a read.Original review posted on my blog


  8. Topher Colin Topher Colin says:

    this was a dollar tree 1 book find. and that s good, because 1 is about all it s worth poor quality writing, poor grammar, poor editing, poor world building, and at times an incomprehensible, haphazard storyline, even for being set in a nebulous post apocalyptic fictional future if logan s run, blade runner and escape from new york had a menage a trash bastard baby, this would be the story it smacks of self published indulgence, making me wary of any other tomes she s written i gave it 2 this was a dollar tree 1 book find. and that s good, because 1 is about all it s worth poor quality writing, poor grammar, poor editing, poor world building, and at times an incomprehensible, haphazard storyline, even for being set in a nebulous post apocalyptic fictional future if logan s run, blade runner and escape from new york had a menage a trash bastard baby, this would be the story it smacks of self published indulgence, making me wary of any other tomes she s written i gave it 2 out of 5 stars, only because i did actually finish it, instead of throwing it out the window that would have earned it 1 star final note, bought it for 1 but sold it on ebay for 4 plus shipping a sucker born every minute


  9. Julie Julie says:

    I really disliked this book It was a chore to read and to finish I found myself frustrated with the characters and the plot Not to mention there are numerous grammar and spelling errors throughout this book I really did not find anything to enjoy about it The characters would say and do things that made no sense and would over react to other things in the extreme One minute the main character would make a decision only to do a complete 180 on that decision in the next chapter There was no I really disliked this book It was a chore to read and to finish I found myself frustrated with the characters and the plot Not to mention there are numerous grammar and spelling errors throughout this book I really did not find anything to enjoy about it The characters would say and do things that made no sense and would over react to other things in the extreme One minute the main character would make a decision only to do a complete 180 on that decision in the next chapter There was not a signal character I found to be likable I cannot recommend this book to any one There is much better out there and this is not worth anyone s time


  10. Candice Carpenter Candice Carpenter says:

    Silenced is the first piece I ve read by this author and I HIGHLY enjoyed it I was drawn to the book by the incredible cover and the promise of a no nonsense leading lady.Cybil Lewis, PI did not disappoint Ms Lewis takes the high profile missing persons case, that sometimes hits a little too close to home and stops at nothing to solve it Full of mystery, intrigue, gumption and copious amounts of coffee, Silenced will have you simultaneously turning the page and cheering Cybil on as she defie Silenced is the first piece I ve read by this author and I HIGHLY enjoyed it I was drawn to the book by the incredible cover and the promise of a no nonsense leading lady.Cybil Lewis, PI did not disappoint Ms Lewis takes the high profile missing persons case, that sometimes hits a little too close to home and stops at nothing to solve it Full of mystery, intrigue, gumption and copious amounts of coffee, Silenced will have you simultaneously turning the page and cheering Cybil on as she defies even the most prestigious seemingly of contacts to get to the truth.If you are looking for a thrilling, quick and satisfying read, this is it