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Mindgames: Fool's Mate [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

My first novella (45,000 words) and here's the cover blurb:

Jason Carroll, an ex SAS soldier and contract killer is convinced he will die in action. It is thus embarrassing when he is run over by a bus. It is even more embarrassing when he, and atheist, realises there is an afterlife…

Resurrected on a huge flat plain, he is forced to play a deadly game. Moved as a pawn to the whim of the Gods in a fight to the death with warriors from all ages of earth’s history. Killed again and again only to be resurrected.

The General, the Grim Reaper and Anubis are some of the strange beings who direct this grisly entertainment. Is it real or only in his decaying mind. Who is the Clown? It there anywhere to escape to?

To retain his sanity, he must believe there is an end; an escape; a purpose. A thought-provoking story leading to an action filled climax that challenges our accepted beliefs…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Neal Asher (16 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and provoking 19 July 2013
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I must admit to really liking this book. It has enough mystery and excitement to keep most people reading. A very different take on life after death and one that is both interesting and provocative.
This is definitely a new twist for Asher and one that personally I like, having read most of his earlier work. Well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough around the edges 16 Jun. 2013
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It's very much as it is described i.e. an early unpolished work. It's a slight story with several themes that Asher has used and expanded on in his later work. It's unusual to get an insight into the early days of an author's work so it Interesting to see the genesis of his ideas and writing style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 28 Sept. 2013
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Neal Asher is one of the few SF authors that I rate. This was short but an enjoyable read as always.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The concept was brilliant. 28 April 2013
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From the outset, I was hooked. I found the writing style exciting and the only issue I had was that it finished too soon. If a studio were to pick it up, it would make a fascinating film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed this short story it packed a small punch
nice small action sequences, very detailed gory scenes
attention to detail is fantastic
felt the end a bit ubrupt tho. but still enjoyed it : )
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fool's Mate 16 Feb. 2014
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Not really what I expected of Asher. It is a good tale, but there are parts that seem to be a bit deep, and take some reading again and thinking about.
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