- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: bluechrome Publishing (31 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904781152
- ISBN-13: 978-1904781158
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,185,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A crisply-written, fast-paced thriller that makes assured use of cutting-edge science fiction ideas. -- Ken MacLeod, best-selling author of 'The Star Faction'
A new voice in British SF that we should all be taking an interest in. -- Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet International
An interesting debut novel that successfully blends cyberpunk and technothriller and presents a few good SF ideas along the way. -- Andy Sawyer, The Alien Online
The narrative is thoughtful and the way Hocking makes events from different decades mirror each other shows quiet skill. -- The Guardian
This is a multi-stranded, complicated novel that provides a very clever and satisfying denouement. -- Tregolwyn Book Reviews
Understated, almost 1950s feeling. Layering of the narrative is thoughtful...shows quiet skill. -- The Guardian, February 26, 2005
It is 2023. Scientist David Proctor is running for his life. On his trail is Saskia Brandt, a detective with the European FIB. She has questions. Questions about a bomb that exploded back in 2002. But someone is hunting her too. The clues are in the shattered memories of her previous life. She has only hours to decipher them. As Proctor attempts to leave England, heading towards a future he cannot imagine, Brandt knows only this: Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. "Deja Vu" takes the reader on a startling journey through a possible future, through digital minds, and through the consequences of the choices we make. It is the debut novel by Ian Hocking. "Imaginative, intertwined themes come together as the plot of 'Deja Vu' races on apace. The science is coherent and credible - the action is unstoppable. Complex but clear, it's involving all the way." - John Griffiths, author. "An excellent fast-paced thriller with a science fiction edge. The novel explores future scientific technology, highlighting both the amazing possibilities which this can afford, as well as the potential peril." - Jonathan Martin.See all Product description
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This one, pre-kindle probably wouldn't have been looked at too deeply. Yes, the cover is impressive, and yes the blurb kept my interest - but technothriller is a word that would usually put me right off. The sample of this though I found really intriguing, and also right confusing. It was enough to lure me in though, and at 70 pence, it was hardly going to break the bank if I was wrong.
Okay, so I bought the book. I then found out it wasn't a full length novel - less than 3000 locations. I paid 70p, I'm not saying I should have got more, but it would be nice to know how long a book is before buying it. Had this been full price, I'd have been disappointed.
Perhaps I'm straying off topic here.
There were times when reading this story that I felt confused that things weren't being explained well enough. I don't see myself as low in intelligence, and perhaps if I read more in this genre, I wouldn't have been confused by the bits that did, but there you go.
My ignorance aside, I really did enjoy this book. It kept a fast pace throughout, the characters were believable and the plot held my interest well. A lot of it was predictable, but that took nothing away from the enjoyment of the story.
I read this quickly, and came away wishing it had been longer. I'll be looking forward to the next book in this series, and I wouldn't mind paying full price - as long as it's full length. :)
This is quite a complex story that not only looks at the question of cause and effect, but also looks at the separation of mind and body. What is the real you? Are you your body or are you your mind? What if your personality belonged to somebody else?
Told at a rapid pace the story fairly rockets along building tension as it goes. There is a section of the book after the resolution of the main plot line that I was almost afraid to read as the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up telling me that "something bad is going to happen". It shows the author's skill in that I cared enough about the character in question to worry about what was going to happen to them!
I really don't want to say any more about the plot because it is the way that the complex sub-plots relate to each other that gives this book its depth.
Kindle presentation was fine with perfect formatting, no obvious typographical errors and even a nice cover picture.
The book isn't that long, probably two to three hours reading, but you might (as I did) want to re-read it again straight away as some of the early parts of the story make a lot more sense when you know the ending.
Overall- 4 stars. Very close to 5 stars, but slightly confusing in places especially at the start. I was intending on reading the next in the series, but it doesn't seem to be available yet. I will definitely be reading it when it finds its way onto the Kindle.
What I found was a new author to follow. The writing is of excellent quality, it's well plotted, original, and exciting. I was amazed when I got to the end and discovered that the author has no agent and no publisher.
I've also read the next in the series (Flashback) and it's equally good. We are promised another in 2012, and I can't wait.
If you buy these books, you will not only be supporting the concept of e-books at a fair price, but you'll also get a top quality read.
[Edit - 11 March 2013]
I can no longer recommend this book. If you start the series, you'll find that books one and two are excellent, but that book three is such a disappointment, you'll probably regret ever having started.
It is quite a while since I found a 'science fiction' book that really kept me hooked and on my toes. Especially with quality characters.
Saskia Brandt/Ute is one of these and I could easily see a film being made of this book although I suspect it would lose some of its humanity if it was hollywoodised.
I really enjoyed reading some of the authors notes about his 'career' or lack of it and how after 15 years trying to get published through the traditional routes he ended up with Kindle. Even then he felt that the book would probably not sell but I see from the kindle figures that he is well on his way to the 2,000 mark so hopefully he will make it soon.
Finally, before I buy the next book in the series I would say that there are some kindle authors - among them John Locke and Amanda Hocking who have sold incredibly well but don't come close to this author in terms of class, ingenuity and enjoyment.
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