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Changer (KESTREL Book 1) by [Gemmell, Matt]
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Changer (KESTREL Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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About the Author

Matt Gemmell is a former consultant software engineer, and the author of Raw Materials. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, and can be found on the web at mattgemmell.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HD60P5I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a fan of good thrillers, science fiction, mind games, well crafted characters, suspense...

Matt Gemmell's first novel delivers on all fronts. It's perfectly written and captivating - It was hard to put it down in the middle of the night - and so I read it in only two days.

I can't wait to read a sequel. The book is a real bargain for it's incredible price. I would have paid five times as much easily. I truly hope that it will be turned into a movie someday, so that Matt earns the money that he deserves for this masterpiece.

I will definitely read it again - and any sequel that Matt envisions. You should too! You will not be disappointed.
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One of those books where you will keep wanting to read 'just one more chapter' and you miss it when it's over. And at this price you can't go wrong, give it a try.

The premise of the story is wonderful and the writing throughout is very good, with some real flashes of genius in places. I'm normally one to skim and speed read over long descriptive passages in action thrillers as padding, just wanting to save time and find out what happens next, but there's none of that here. Not a word is wasted and the pacing is superb.

In fact I was often struck by just how vivid and palpable the action was, as if watching a movie in a very good cinema. The images and sounds just come effortlessly to your mind as you read. When you consider that many of the events being described are almost impossible to imagine, it is really quite a trick to make them so easily imagined. A bit like when a magician not only names your card but produces your watch from behind your ear, you're left impressed but still not quite sure how it was done.
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For a first book, this whistles along: tightly plotted, no letups, a neat McGuffin, the perfect ticking clock (counting down, of course). There's a scene of a firefight in a car park which had me gripped as well as any scene in any book I've read.
Criticisms? As others have said, the character development could have been stronger. (Even Evil Villains have backstories, and must have once been Cooing Babies, so what happened in between?) Ironically, it's easier to do scene-setting in a concrete car park at night than in a museum in Holland during daytime. But this is just practice. Gemmell has made a great start: if you enjoy action thrillers, this is one for you.
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I don't post many reviews - got to make an exception for Changer though. I read a LOT and this is the first fiction book I've had that I can genuinely say I had difficulty in putting down.

I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been a keen reader of Matt Gemmell's work for a while, in the technology sector - so was unsure how fiction would work but it's truly top drawer and you know you are reading the musings of an incredibly creative mind.

From the prologue, all the way through to the closing scenes, there is a pace that you could almost describe as relentless. We're introduced to some great characters and it's going to be so interesting to see how this series develops as the authors writing develops.

Can't wait for Book 2
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing is excellent, nothing superfluous, yet everything vividly depicted. The final section really came to life in my mind. Generally when I read a book, I just read the words, but in this one I could really see events unfold in my mind - very cinematic. I don't like books with unnecessary pages of description and that isn't the case here; the writing hits exactly the right balance.
I felt the sense of unease early in the book, as the situation developed, until about a third of the way through, when I really did stop in my tracks. It's rare that a novel can produce such an OMG moment for me. This book really drew me in and kept me reading. I look forward to subsequent Kestrel adventures.
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Techno thrillers are one of my favourite genres, so I was expecting to enjoy Changer, but I wasn't prepared to enjoy it as much as I did. For a first book, fresh out of the gate from a new writer, I thought it was excellent. It started as it meant to go on: fast-paced, page turning action, and very visual as it's read. I lost myself in it more than once as I made my way through it. The futuristic technology aspect was believable, key characters were relatable and I enjoyed their bonds, and even though I thought I'd figured it all by half way, the end still had a nice twist to it. Very much looking forward to future books in the series. What a great first book!
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Highly captivating from the beginning. A really original idea for the plot. Fast pacing with believable characters. It has some weakness in the final showdown that could have been cut by half but it' really fun to read and I really enjoyed it more that Dan Brown's "Davinci Code"
I especially liked the idea to locate such a thriller in Europe and having a secret EU special forces. Looking back especially the prologue is a real master piece because it already foreshadows the supernatural elements although you don't realize it then much later into the story.
I'm really looking forward on the development of the "Kestrel" team in future novels.
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