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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (27 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384371
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.4 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,742,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hutchins is the real deal -- 7th Son's opening XX pages hammer you with literary shock and awe. Effortlessly blending hard research with a staggering imagination, his high-tech nightmares leap off the page and lodge in your brain like a literary headshot. Raw, brilliant and detailed." - Scott Sigler, author of Infected "J. C. Hutchins takes the science thriller and pumps it full of rocket fuel in 7th Son: Descent. It has weird science, convoluted conspiracies, plenty of action, and a very creepy premise that will leave you paranoid and shaken."---Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award--winning author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero ""7th Son" is breakneck storytelling at its absolute best. Characters---dark, duplicitous, and fascinating---stalk through a rich techscape that's so real, so plausible, that it compels and haunts. The book is relentless in its pace, brilliant in its execution, and just so damned entertaining." ---Patrick Lussier, director of "White Noise 2, Dracula 2000, " and film editor of "Red Eye"(part of the Scream trilogy) "Not only does J. C. Hutchins put together a great story with "7th Son," he's successfully cracked the code of building a loyal following."---Michael A. Stackpole, "New York Times" bestselling author ""

About the Author

J.C. HUTCHINS created the podcast trilogy "7th Son," and the trilogy has had more than 3.5 million total downloads. The first book will be published by St. Martin's in Fall 2009. He lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trilliane on 19 Dec. 2009
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J.C. is a fantastic author, I originally found this book in podcast form and was instantly hooked, if you like books that have you on the edge of your seat and begging for the next installment then this is for you, the end of each chapter leaves you on a cliffhanger so you have to read on. I was so pleased when I found this first installment of his trilogy had been pjcked up to go into production that I had to get my hands on a copy and am now waiting for the rest to be printed.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed but you will be begging for more....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Vatish on 28 Nov. 2009
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I was recommended the website (podiobooks) by a friend who said that I would find 7th Son: Descent by J. C. Hutchin something that I would find interesting. I am new to the podcasting genre so I downloaded the first book 7th Son: Descent which I was hoping to listen over a week or so but finished in a weekend, I then downloaded 7th Son: Deceit and then 7th Son: Destruction. I have been trying to find a replacement author for Michael Crichton/ Matt Reilly and Stephen King ( I should point out that Scott Sigler is more terrifying and I would recommend Infected / Contagious and my personal favourite ANCESTOR and EARTHCORE ). The book is just as addictive as the podiobooks, the plot has twists and turns and reading the word you hear the voice of JC Hutchins who is an excellent storyteller and if he ever wants another career could do audiobooks. I could spoil the book and give you a taster but it is much better to say that as previously mentioned if you like Michael Crichton/ Matt Reilly and Stephen King then you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
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Excellent novel from JC Hutchins. First part in the 7th son trilogy, hopefully the next two books will follow along to complete my collection. Check out his website for podcasts of all of his novels, you will not be disappointed. Great story well written and gripping to the end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great concept, great execution 9 Oct. 2009
By Blake Petit - Published on
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I'm pretty familiar with J.C. Hutchins' work -- I've listened to his podcast fiction for some time, and I've been very eager to see how it would translate to the printed page. I wasn't disappointed at all.

In the wake of a presidential assassination, seven men named John Michael Smith are abducted from around the country, brought together at a secret complex, and told the truth about their lives. They're part of an enormous experiment, one that has shaped every moment of their lives, and one that makes them the only people capable of hunting down the assassin before he does something even worse.

Hutchins has done some really impressive work here. He comes up with not just one, but several intriguing concepts that could each support a story of their own -- the 7th Son project, NEPTH-Charge, the Mem/RI and so on -- and combines them all into a tense, powerfully charged thriller. The John Smiths, although obviously having a common origin, are each different, unique individuals with their own personal story arcs that make them more than placeholders in the story. The puzzles and challenges they face are tailored for these characters, and the cliffhanger sets things up very nicely for the next two installments of the trilogy. That's the other thing -- this is the first book of three, but unlike so many trilogies, you don't feel like this was padded to stretch it out. There's plenty enough going on here to sustain the story across three volumes.

You don't often see a really original twist on the thriller, but Hutchins has brought something new to the table. Fans of thrillers and contemporary sci-fi would do well to check this one out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is Awesome Fo Shawsome 5 Nov. 2009
By Jordan - Published on
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To the newcomers to the phenomenon known as 7th Son:

Welcome all. I just want to give you some quick backstory on this book before we start:

JC Hutchins wrote this book (and its two sequels) around 2003. He was rejected by every publisher that got the manuscript, and so he recorded himself reading it out loud, plunked it on the Netterwebs, and thus became the most popular "podcast novelist" in history. Now things have come full circle, he got a book deal, and the thing is now in print.

That is a pretty damn cool story. And if that story isn't cool enough to send your hard-earned dollars the way of JC Hutchins, then you'll be happy to know that the Hutch is in fact a talented writer.

I won't give anything away, but let's just say that we get a surreal, slightly disturbing Prologue, then things get normal, then weird, then weirder, then the Prologue starts to make sense, then things get even weirder, and then we get an epic, guns-blazing climax, and then you want MORE. Trust me. You will.

Now the way you get more is by buying this book, because that will convince the publishers to kindly place the next 2 installments on bookstore shelves, and here on Amazon.

Now, if you listened to the podcast in 2006, there are a couple of things you should know.

There have been changes made. New scenes have been added that, among other things, show the villain of the story in nefarious action. In addition, the UN employee formerly known as Jonathan is now named Jay. None of these changes cause the book to jump the shark, and actually make it better IMO.

My thoughts? This book is great. No, Great, with a capital G. The premise is clever, the characters are memorable, the writing puts you in the mindset of the characters.

If I had to think of a problem, it would probably be a personal one. One of the most sympathetic characters is a priest, and the only atheist is a complete jerk. A scientist character was described on the book's website as "working in a field where skepticism is more important then evidence." Because of my own atheism, this got a little annoying after a while, I guess. But if you're letting something as petty as a religious disagreement with the author get in the way of your buying this swonderful book, then I feel very sorry for you.

In short, buy it, support this very cool guy, get a great story, and pave the way for an entirely new model of grassroots publishing. Here endeth the lesson. :)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Imaginative Plot, but Characterization Needs Work 20 Mar. 2010
By Thriller Lover - Published on
Format: Paperback
7TH SON: DESCENT is an entertaining techno-thriller, but I found it wanting on the characterization front. If you enjoy novels with outlandish, over-the-top plots, you will probably find this effort enjoyable.

This novel revolves around a top-secret cloning project financed by the U.S. Government. These novel features seven main characters, who all happen to be clones (betas) of the same individual (the alpha). The alpha happens to be an incredibly villanous individual who has just assassinated the President of the United States. When 7TH SON: DESCENT opens, the seven clones (who are not aware they're clones) are forcibly reunited to stop the alpha from carrying out his dastardly plans.

The plot of 7TH SON: DESCENT is patently absurd, but Hutchins writes in an energetic, melodramatic style that I found fun to read. This book mostly succeeds as a pageturner, and it does contain some genuinely surprising twists. This its the first novel of a proposed trilogy, however, so the book does end unsatisfactorily -- with a cliffhanger.

The major downside of 7TH SON: DESCENT is the superficial characterization. This novel lacks a central protagonist -- instead Hutchins constantly shifts perspectives between his seven different clone heroes, as well as a significant number of supporting characters. This made it difficult for me to identify with any particular character. As a result, I didn't have much emotion invested in this story, which is problematic for any suspense thriller.

Overall, however, this novel's a fun read. J.C. Hutchins offers a free podcast version of 7TH SON: DESCENT on the internet, so you may want to listen to the first few chapters before committing to a book purchase.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A thrilling start of a podcast classic! 29 Sept. 2009
By ChibiNeko - Published on
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While I'll admit that I'm not the biggest sci-fi reader, the idea of clones & espionage is pretty intriguing. The fact that this book was also touted by Scott Sigler, one of the best sci-fi podcast authors out there, was another bonus. (There's even a nod to Sigler in the book, as Hutchins named a minor character after him.) I do have to admit that I was a little wary- not all podcasts translate well into the written form. Sometimes what works in audio format doesn't work in the written form. Luckily for me, this book did translate well.

The book opens with the death of the President by a 4 year old boy. No explanation is given by the boy or his parents, who claimed ignorance of everything. Meanwhile seven seemingly different men men are yanked out of their lives by armed men & taken to an unknown location. They are initially given no explanation from their captors, but it isn't until the captives are placed together that they realize the one thing they have in common. They all have the same face & the same memories up to a certain age. They are told that the original model, the Alpha, has gone insane. And they have to stop him.

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I got the characters down I was able to keep up with the flow of the story. The idea of cloning has been done before, but this book manages to put an interesting spin on it. It's interesting to see how drastically (& not so drastically) different all of the men are. I do wish that I'd been able to get a bit more background on each character, but then there's two more books in the series for all of that background to come out in. I was given enough background to get to know the distinctions between each character, but I have to admit that there are one or two that stand out, such as the insane Kilroy 2.0.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book & I have to admit that I'll be waiting with baited breath for the next book to come out. (I could download the podcasts, but I enjoy reading more than listening.) Sci-fi fans will love this book & I would even recommend it to non sci-fi fans. The book is an accessible read for anyone who loves reading a good thriller.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Compelling storytelling, thrilling action 17 Nov. 2009
By M. Lafferty - Published on
Format: Paperback
JC Hutchins has a knack for storytelling. His words in both 7th Son and Personal Effects: Dark Art are simply a pleasure to read or listen to, depending on whether you go for the audio or print versions. His story weaves seven distinctly different men-an insane computer hacker, a disciplined military man, and a calm priest to name a few-into a dizzying conspiracy where these men discover that they are clones, they have been groomed to be in their current careers, and are called upon to find who is behind the recent bizarre presidential assassination. However, the person who is behind the president's death is the man they were cloned from.

Hutchins excels at characterization, making us feel for each character (even if the feeling is annoyance or dislike or hatred - there are few people that we are ambivalent about). His action scenes are mind-blowing and the secrets behind his conspiracies are nothing less than brilliant. 7th Son is a science fiction thriller, but it also raises questions of faith, the soul, mental illness, and personal strength. Highly recommended.
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