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B. V. Larson , Christopher Lane
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19 Jun 2012 Unspeakable Things (Book 1)

A new kind of alien invasion…

When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?

After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: he is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural—which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried…

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (19 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455867004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455867004
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,170,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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B. V. Larson is the best-selling author of over twenty novels, spanning genres from military science fiction to epic fantasy to paranormal romance. He lives with his wife and children in the western United States, where he also teaches college. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Waking up with amnesia in Vegas 24 Jun 2012
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A novel that's the first of a new series, and one that fits within the genre of urban fantasy. Which usually involves characters investigating strange things happening just out of the corner of the eye in a real world setting. Such as in the Dresden Files or the Nightside, two other popular series of this kind. Although this book does go more into science fictional territory rather than the fantastical or supernatural.

This book runs for three hundred and sixty six pages and is divided into forty three chapters.

Main character is Quentin Draith, who narrates the whole thing in first person present tense.

When the book begins, he wakes up in a room at a sanatorium. With not much idea of who he is and how he got there. Or why the staff seem to be keeping him drugged.

Escaping from this predicament he starts to try and piece things together. Which doesn't come easy because he's at the centre of a conflict between powerful beings. Which could spell problems for the entire human race.

This is very readable right from the off and the use of first person narrative does mean Quentin is a reasonably engaging protagonist. Although the piecing together of his past doesn't really amount to much, and will possibly come more into play in subsequent volumes.

The setting - present day Las Vegas in the midst of the credit crunch, also comes over well. The supporting characters are quite decently portrayed. Some are very engaging. Some are quite engaging. And some don't come to life as much as they possibly could.

But the setting and the mystery do keep this moving along nicely enough.

It does feel about sixty pages too long and it does slightly lose it's focus via a change of setting in the final quarter.

It's nothing special, just competent entertainment. But it reads well and does a decent enough job of telling the start of a big story, so it's worth a look if you like this kind of thing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short read 2 Oct 2012
By S. J. Hughes VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and the characters were interesting. Not the best book I have ever read but certainly not the worst. It was gripping enough that it was finished in 2 sittings. It reminded me a bit like a Philip Marlow detective story, the same way of writing and presenting the story. Not all of it was totally original but what is these days. A good story and I will watch out for the author in future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, if rather pulp, alt-reality sci-fi 16 Jun 2012
By David Burton VINE VOICE
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The plot isn't necessarily particularly novel - many fantasy stories have taken an idea of there being various artefacts of significant (if double-edged) power, shadowy organisations trying to hold control of those objects, and mysterious connections to other realms. Most of these are in the realm of high fantasy, although some propose connections to arcadia or other mythic realms. This book is a variation of that, suggesting a slightly different connection to 'other' realities.
It mixes this with the also fairly standard idea of someone who has little memory of their past but who is trying to investigate what happened, why and who did it, having started the story as a fairly blank slate.
In mixing these genres (amnesiac gumshoe and modern fantasy) you understandably have credibility stretched, and there were a few points where it seemed pushed a bit far. However, the peripheral characters motives develop, the pace is good, and there is both unfolding, incomplete back-story and a story arc for the book on its own, as you'd expect for book one in a series. It's not a book with a substantial message or exploration of particular issues, but it's an unfolding ride through a different combination of existing ideas than I've seen before, and these standard elements helped give the book enough hooks to keep me reading, and as such I'd recommend the book to those who like alt-reality modern fantasy. If you prefer hard sci-fi, then this is not the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi urban fntasy meets trad gumshoe 29 Jun 2012
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Urban fantasy is all the rage these days: warlocks, wizards and supernatural weirdness set in the modern world. Technomancer joins the fray with a neat twist. It mixes up the spooky stuff with a high-tech explanation and a scruffily traditional gumshoe detective. In a tip of the hat to the masters of hard-boiled pulp of yesteryear, the protagonist hurtles head first into a lethal investigation while dealing with the world's worst case of amnesia. He doesn't have a clue who he is, let alone what's happening. True to noir traditions he's soon knee-deep in dead bodies and sultry women, embroiled in a missing persons investigation with a bunch of bad guys on his back and a world-weary cop waiting in the wings to arrest him for murder. Except in Technomancer the bad guys come from another dimension, the abandoned frail has a widget which brings her extraordinary luck, there's a coven demanding a blood sacrifice, and the cop knows *way* more than he's letting on. Oh, and there's an imminent alien invasion to avert.

The pages just flew by for me. The author has written many previous sci-fi, fantasy and romance novels, and this is a pretty polished offering. Most of the concepts and themes have been seen before but BV Larson has blended them together in a creative and entertaining way. None of the characters really stands too much scrutiny - even the protagonist is something of a cipher (an inevitable consequence, as it's told from his perspective and he doesn't actually have a clue who he is), but the action clips along at a good enough pace to obscure those weaknesses. Larson also avoids telling us too much too soon, and gradually reveals the bigger picture in a satisfying payoff at the end. This is obviously the first book in a new series - but it's a proper, self-contained story in its own right.
I'm ready to roll onto the next episode of Unspeakable Things: it's not highbrow literature but Technomancer was plenty entertaining.
7/10
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