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Double Bind (Raymond Bridges Book 1)

Double Bind (Raymond Bridges Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Seb Kirby
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Are you ready for a thrilling new take on climate change that will rattle your cage? Call it sci fi, call it cli fi, call it anything you want but make sure you don't miss the knock you down wisdom of Double Bind.....

In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.

It's a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.

What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now.

What readers are saying about Double Bind

'One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I've read in a long time.'

'I liked Bridges. I also liked his gorgeous girlfriend Victoria. I wanted them to win. I wanted Bridges to succeed in his mission, once he discovers what it is.'

'The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you're drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual.'

'What a fantastical si-fi told as a cautionary tale - I loved it! This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different - one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.'

'This easy-to-understand-and-follow Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller / Adventure / Romance wondrously expands your imagination. This is what a truly great author can achieve and Seb Kirby fits the bill.'

'Hooks you early on.... it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.'

'An engaging narrator with a nice line in challenging humour and moments of real emotion.'

'Thought provoking and exciting ..... chillingly believable.'

'I like a thriller like this one where the plot takes you for a wild ride but leaves no loose ends in the grand finale.'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GFWH52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm the author of the James Blake Thriller series (TAKE NO MORE, REGRET NO MORE and, now, FORGIVE NO MORE) and the Raymond Bridges sci fi thriller series (DOUBLE BIND).

I've been an avid reader from an early age - my grandfather ran a mobile lending library in Birmingham and when it closed my parents inherited many of the books. From the first moment I was hooked.

Now, as a full-time writer myself, it's my goal to add to the magic of the wonderful words and stories I discovered back then.'

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous multi-genre cocktail 27 Jun 2013
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Seb Kirby has concocted a fabulous multi-genre cocktail that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end.

Raymond Bridges, moderately successful author and English Professor, Victoria Bletchley are thrust into a world where things are rarely what they appear to be and people are rarely exactly who they say they are. Against this backdrop Raymond and Victoria must outrun and outsmart their Nemesis, the many members of his newly emerging cult and even the police before it's too late. Before we all end up paying the ultimate price for our own short-sightedness.

On the face of it, this story comes from a classic Science Fiction tradition and, indeed, it does contain elements of the best contemporary examples of the genre. You can feel the echoes of Twelve Monkeys, The Matrix and The Man Who Fell to Earth, among others, emanating from the text. It also has resonances from the early giants of science fiction HG Wells, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke and the like. In fact, it particularly reminded me of a short story called Pawley's Peepholes by the great John Wyndham.

Within this tradition Mr Kirby has seamlessly woven the fundamental features of an engaging and challenging mystery with all the requisite murders, suspects and motives. As our hero develops he is sometimes part Philip Marlowe and sometimes part Sherlock Holmes but, never too much of either.

The story also has the pace and timing of a first class thriller. It effortlessly moves you inexorably forward, whilst ramping up the tension at every turn

Although all this would be enough to raise Double Bind well above the average modern story, what really elevates it is its style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 20 Mar 2013
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What a fantastical si-fi told as a cautionary tale - I loved it!

This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different - one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.

The problem is that I don't give spoilers, so it isn't easy to say much, however, despite its 'off the wall' feeling, it's believable and the plot is one that you never quite know what will happen next, demonstrating the wonderful talent of this author. It is also thought-provoking and inspiring.

Highly recommended for those who love a fabulous story told with perfection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Gritty in places and probably a bit too much for some. Violence is never far from the surface and some is a bit too graphic for my liking. Nevertheless this book has a definite something going for it and one day I might even finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Double Bind review 7 Jun 2013
By Beejay
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Although it started well, I found myself confused by the characters. However I had to finish it, as I needed to know how the story would resolve itself and the hero survive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 26 Oct 2012
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I tend to avoid thrillers suspecting they will be formulaic but a review of this one caught my eye and it sounded interesting. I must admit it took me a little while to get into the story but I was soon turning the pages avidly. I won't reveal the plot for fear of spoiling it but Double Bind has an off-beat one with plenty of layers and influences that give it depth and resonance. The main character, Raymond Bridges (as we first meet him) makes an engaging narrator with a nice line in challenging humour and moments of real emotion. I did spot one error regarding the route of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race but it is not important to the story and I only mention it because it comes near the beginning of the book. It would be a great shame if it put sticklers for accuracy off as they would be missing a great read. It certainly got me through a tedious eleven hour flight and that takes some doing! A definite 'must read' from me and I'm looking forward to getting the author's other novel, Take No More.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really struggled with this one 16 Feb 2013
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I abandoned this book about half way through. I tried really hard to stick with it but I just couldnt follow the story and didnt really care about the characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I DUNNO 20 Sep 2012
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I bought this a ebook for my kindle based on reviews of fans of Seb. I feel really disappointed for paying £2.OO for a book that I struggled through. I just could not get into the story and don't know what the appeal is, am I missing something here. why are people giving 4 and 5 star reviews for mediocre fiction. It seems my free ebooks are better reads and every time I buy a book it does not live up to the hype. Sorry the style of writing doesn't work for me. What twists and turns?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very original 2 July 2013
By Reg Rea
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Double Bind is an unusual book as can be seen by the varied reviews. People seem to either love or hate it. All I can say is that I kept reading and every so often I would get a reward in the form of a well-turned phrase or an amusing insight. It is certainly clever and well written - what's there not to like?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Bind
Original, fast paced and entertaining. Looking forward to #2 to see where the story might go next. A worthwhile read.
Published 14 months ago by Richard Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Engrossing Sci-Fi Action Thriller Adventure Romance
Double Bind is an exciting read with easily flowing words that grabbed and held my attention from the first paragraph. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kudos2Writers
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most interesting books I have read for some time.
Raymond Bridges is a successful novelist, he lives in a swish penthouse overlooking the Thames and he is in love with the most beautiful woman in the world. Read more
Published 19 months ago by jennytwist
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely bizarre and compelling story
I read Seb Kirby's first novel, Take no more over a year ago and I was fairly certain his second book would be written along a similar vein. I was very wrong. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. F. H. Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Jim, but not as we know it!
Double Bind is a thrilling read from start to finish; quick moving with changes happening so quickly you'll need to pay close attention...! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chris Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written, compelling and original
Seb Kirby's thriller is a barnstorming, relentlessly paced study in strangeness that begins as a seeming mistaken-identity yarn and develops into a bizarre tale involving torture,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tim Stevens
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