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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Zoo (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955652510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955652516
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve N. Lee lives in the north of England. He loves travel, seeking out new cultures and new experiences, and questioning why things are the way they are, yet he's never more at home, or happier, than when he's having a laugh with friends over a beer, or walking Yorkshire's wondrous countryside with his partner, Ania.

http://www.steve-n-lee.com

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Deftly and intriguingly written. [A] thriller that fans of novels such as 'The Da Vinci Code' will relish. Highly recommended to thriller fans everywhere. --John Taylor, Midwest Book Review

'What if...?' is virtually flawless - precise, poetic, and skillfully crafted. It's great writing with a great story, very well told. I really don't think the publisher knows what kind of potential success it is they have on their hands. --Nicholas Grabowsky, Bestselling Novelist

An engaging and exciting thriller with a difference. It would hold its own with many of the books in the bestseller lists - and then some. --Scott Pack, Book Reviewer, Me and My Big Mouth

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Deftly and intriguingly written. [A] thriller that fans of other novels such as 'The DaVinci Code' will relish. Highly recommended.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Swindlehurst on 21 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this book - until it appeared in the post... The cover of the book is really bad - possibly the worst I've ever seen - just something about text with a drop shadow and the religious painting filled me with dread! My plea to Steve is this - if there were ever a book that the saying never judge a book by its cover was meant for it is this one. If you want people to pick this book off the shelf in the store then get a new cover artist for the paperback!

Luckily my initial thoughts changed as soon as I started reading.

At the beginning of the novel we are introduced to Mary; a New York journalist who experiences a horrific car accident and to the surprise of witnesses and doctors alike lives to tell the tale. Before too long she hooks up with John Connolly, a vagrant who has a powerful gift, and plans to make the world a better place.

This isn't another DaVinci Code - the characters are not on a search for the Holy Grail - instead Steve builds a fast-paced story around one man's dream to create Utopia, a world where there is no poverty or disease, where people prosper and live in peace. While many people believe that this could become a reality and rally their support their are others who believe Connolly is some kind of Anti-Christ, sent to destroy America if not the World with his actions.

This book has all of the hallmarks of an action-packed novel; conspiracies, shootouts, double-crosses and car chases - throw in religious unrest and a presidential election and you'll find yourself caught up in an exciting tale that also forces you to think about the way we live our lives and whether we are killing the planet with our actions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By X Button King on 24 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't go for books much - way too slow for me. I like action, thick and fast. Luckily my buddy put me onto this one. He swore I'd love it. He wasn't wrong!

Hey, you gotta read this. This is just so cool. The characters, the story, the philosophy - it's gonna blow you away. Honest. This guy can really write. It's as near to watching a movie as I've ever found in a book cos the guy really knows how to hook you and drag you into his world. You just can't put this book down cos the waiting to see what's gonna happen next just kills you.

This is one hell of a thriller so if that's your thing, you'd be a fool to pass up reading this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy rocks on 16 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a stunning debut by a new author. If you're going to make an entrance, make it a big entrance. And Lee's is BIG.

It's basically the story of a guy who wants to make his mark on the world, to make a difference, as we all do, but, unlike the rest of us, this guy actually has the power to do it. Can you imagine someone able to end poverty, end war, unite the world and usher in an age of peace and plenty for all? Wouldn't that just make your heart sing? Of course it would. Unless you're in a position to make an easy buck out of that poverty, war, and global disharmony. And that's where the conflict comes in. The hero wants to make the world a better place, while those in control fear losing their power so go all out to stop him.

There's action, politics, philosophy, social commentary, well, a little of everything really. (Not least a similarity to Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' in the 'great mystery' aspect.) But the amazing thing is Lee pulls it all together so it all fits like a jigsaw. And the picture is stunning!

If you only read one book this year, make it this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DVD Frenzy on 28 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I usually go for gut-wrenching action movies, thumping rock music, books overflowing with big guns, blood, explosions... I like it loud, fast, and in your face! So, at first sight, Lee's 'What if' should be a gigantic No-No. However...

This book is fantastic.

I'll warn you now - if all you want from a thriller is a no-brainer with millions of bullets zipping everywhere and body bags piling up like confetti at a gangland wedding, boy, have you come to the wrong book. Yes, there's some gunplay, some fighting, some cars tearing up a city street, but the thrills here come more from intrigue, deception, double crosses, and, frankly, Lee managing to keep you in the dark about what's going on then dropping sudden bombshells. And believe me, are there some bombshells here! You want suspense? This book will blow you away!

But the thriller aspect is only half the story. Around the action is some of the coolest philosophy and insight into religion that you're ever likely to find anywhere. No fooling. The suspense might blow your socks off, but the spirituality will blow your mind! Anyone old enough to remember the 70s show 'Kung Fu' will get this straight off - remember how Kwai Chang Caine used to kick butt every week, but there'd be tranquil interludes in the mystical Shaolin temple where the priests dazzled you with incredible philosophy on life? Well, Lee does the same kind of thing. And all wrapped around a Christian mystery that rivals anything you'll read anywhere.

I don't recommend books lightly, but this I have no hesitation about - if you want an intelligent thriller, buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Strat Cat on 16 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book. But then so are many others. So what sets this head and shoulders above the thousands of other thrillers out there? It's just such a well-written and intelligent story involving such fascinating characters.

From page 1 you're drawn into an intriguing world and surrounded by a wealth of characters that are each drawn with such depth you can't help but care about them - you even get to understand and even like the bad guys! In fact you're drawn in so much that though you see the story unfolding from many people's perspectives you never feel lost, you always know just what's going on. In fact, the number of different points of view adds to the enjoyment because the characters are so rich and diverse.

Yes the book has something to say. But bearing in mind the premise and story events that's hardly surprising. In deed, if it didn't say anything there'd be a huge hole and the story simply wouldn't ring true. The clever thing is that Lee writes about human rights or the environment in a way that you don't really see that's what he's doing. It's almost subliminal. He uses short intense bursts of startling imagery to get the points across, points that are central to the story, so you are just swept along on the ride. It's only really later that these issues resonate and you're left thinking about what you've just read. And that's a plus in my book for any story. But then I like books that linger after you've finished them, that make you think, it makes them far more enjoyable than the instantly forgettable rubbish that masquerades as entertainment most of the time.

The best part is you can honestly believe in this story.
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