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The Long Sleep

The Long Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Mellor
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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It was meant to be a great day.

Several centuries into the future, the world has finally come together under a single government, the Executive Committee. They provide for the rest of humanity, most of whom live in huge arcologies - enormous tower block cities.

The New Argo, has been sent to colonise a distant planet – code-named Gamma Six. The day it got there should have been a great one for humanity.

Instead, upon reaching the planet, the New Argo blows up.

But why don’t the members of the Executive Committee want to investigate? And what really happened to the New Argo?

These are the questions that Lize Carr, youngest member of the Committee, wants answered.

When she employs private detective Kem Logan to investigate she unwittingly starts a chain of events that will mean danger for a great many people, including Kem and herself.

About the Author

Stephen Mellor has been writing for most of his life. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England with a wonderful wife, a gorgeous son and two fairly loony cats. This is his first novel. His website is

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477502149
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Samarcand Books (19 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084SKLRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Twist you won't see coming 24 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a good science fiction story but is also a well-written mystery. A crime has been committed, but space travel takes years and the crime is 30 years old before anyone knows about it and the evidence is on a planet 30 years travel away. Try that one for a thorough investigation.

I enjoyed this as I've enjoyed many of the old scifi classics. Add a touch of gender politics for originality and multiple layers along with some appropriately futuristic technology and especially innovative uses for AI. The bulk of the story involves the mystery so the space travel aspect is primarily a backdrop, but the story flows nicely and the characters are well-defined. The reader gets some interesting insights into the minds of specific characters and how they react to 'unusual' situations which gives the story real depth.

I suspect everyone will have their own favourite character but for me it was Julia, a very clever AI. Mellor does a good job of making the unbelievable believable and working the advanced technology into the storyline. It's a good strong 4 stars plus for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biased review. 15 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was written by my brother, so I guess I am biased. However like some other reviewers I found the start too reliant on dialogue but it gets better, much better, elegantly written, clever and witty, a must read for any fan of sci-fi or detective stories or just fans of a good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Sleep by Stephen Mellor 13 July 2012
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I'm looking forward to other books by Stephen. I really enjoyed the Long Sleep. Wasn't sure that I would as I'm not really a huge sci fi fan. I like Dr Who but that's my limit! But it wasn't that sci fi. It was a detective story set in the future. I got straight into it and couldn't put it down. A reall enjoyable easy read with a bit of oomph too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story. 25 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The 5 star ratings say it all so I won't repeat it here.

Just want to say that I found this book to be a real page turner with an engrossing story. I loved the fluffy, feel-good ending, too. It really capped the story off and such a clever way of phrasing the last sentence.

I'm looking forward to more from this author.
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