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Freedom by [Kirkpatrick, Jay]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 985 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (10 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS3AE7W
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #731,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author builds up the dystopian world well enough to provide a decent backdrop, the connection between the two male leads is also carefully, sensitively developed. However the the plot turns into more of a Mad Max style story, secondary characters are fleshed out, and the relationship between the leads becomes an afterthought, nothing more than attraction and care, no love or romance. The end was 'meh' and hugely disappointing free for all hippie lovin was not what I expected and given what the characters had been through, it was particularly weak. Not worth the price tag.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! This is what I'm talking about! 19 Mar. 2013
By FateWolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Finally! A breath of freaking fresh air in this genre. Just in time too, because I was pretty sure I was going to suffocate soon. I don't even know where to start but I'll try not to gush.
Real characters. Real personalities. Each and every one presented so skillfully that you're likely to forget that you're reading fiction. It's so incredibly easy to relate to Patrick. A nice, normal guy, living in a world where everything makes sense, where everything has a purpose including him. He wants what we all want; a stable job, a comfortable life, and with some hard work, a steady climb up the corporate ladder. Despite the fact that the world he lives in is completely fictional, you find yourself comfortably sinking into Patrick's beliefs, his routines, his life.
When the author presents John Doe 439 for the first time, it's just a small ripple in a pond. A ripple that grows larger and larger, until Patrick's world starts to shimmer and shake, until everything he believes in crumbles to dust.
I won't summarize the book for you. I couldn't give it enough credit if I tried. But I will say that a solid plot like this one is somewhat of a lost art. Many writers attempt it and most of them fail. While the action is solid, the build up is immaculate. This isn't a story written around the romance, this an actual book, written with a purpose, a theme. The romance comes off like an occasional ray of sunshine through the clouds, and when it does, it will sweep you off your feet.
I've read so many bad novels in this genre, I've forgotten what it feels like to not be able to put a book down. To be so completely immersed in a story that you forget to sleep or eat. I'd like to thank the author for reminding me of this.
This is a Brave New World with a chance of a happily ever after. It's rich, lovely, and impeccably created. I adore it and recommend it with all my heart.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just..Wow. 20 Mar. 2013
By Nicole Newton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Freedom is one of those stories that hits you in the gut with the first handful of pages and then never lets you catch your breath. From the instant I met Patrick Harvey I liked him. He seemed like a decent, kind, responsible guy. Compassionate, and rational. The setting is so lightly sketched in in the first chapters that it never intrudes. You have the full impact of meeting the characters, undistracted. I didn't know what to expect of Jac, but I can guarantee, he wasn't at all like anyone I've ever met before. The author creates someone so alive, so visceral, and raw in those first chapters, that you're still vibrating with the urge to *help* him somehow in the middle of the book. As the story unfolds, the setting becomes more and more apparent, but you never lose sight of Parry and Jac.

The author created someone I could sympathize with in Jac that was also utterly outside of my own experience, someone I ordinarily might have just..wondered at, before moving on. Human moments of struggling to commmunicate, enjoying simple pleasures made him so real and reasonable that accepting the life he lived, the things he struggled against seemed inevitable. I have rarely 'fallen so deeply in' to a story as I did this one. And it's characters have haunted me, long after putting the book down. I don't often keep books to reread them..books are to be consumed, and then shared, I feel. I only keep the ones that matter to me. The ones that have characters I want to revisit. I'm keeping this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and original! 6 April 2013
By Niki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First i love the cover. It is just striking and once I got into the story I thought how fitting it is. I do not agree with anything the 3 star reviewer said.. Preachy? I do not find anything preachy about this story. I wish it was much longer. Maybe the writer is a scifi geek but don't you have to be that to jump into scifi, which is more difficult to write than fantasies or contemporaries. The plot has to be at least believable and let 's not even go into the tech terms. Freedom is not hardcore scifi. It is a well written soft scifi in a post apocalypse world. Like one reviewer said, it is indeed a breath of fresh air in the MM genre.

The plot is fast paced, original and riverting. The characters are likable and sympathetic except for one rotten to the core female villain whom I wish have a worse ending. I love Jac's character and his sweetness and innocence suits this man with the most powerful even deadly psychic abilities perfectly. Paddy is equally likable with his gentleness and naivety as he discovered the sinister and hideous side of those with the ultimate authority.

And now for the secondary characters but I can't even call Rob, Jac's protector, and Sam, Paddy's honorable superior, secondary characters. I find myself liking Rob and Sam just as much when the story shifted to their views. I do not like stories told from secondary characters' viewpoints but it works here. A little niggle is that some of the viewpoints are rather short and I wonder if the writer could not have structured the flow better. But the suspenseful writing more than made up for it. The pages just fly. I really enjoy the undertone of the story which is bleak, melancholic and yet that thing called hope in the horizon, just the right atmosphere in a post apocaplyse story. This is one exciting story and it will be wonderful if the writer gives us a sequel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Tragedy to Splendor to Humanity - Exceptional! 20 Mar. 2013
By Attention Is Arbitrary M/M Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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4.8 Stars


An absorbing read that was equally exhilarating and thought-provoking. I was immediately pulled into this book by expressive writing and palpable characters.

Written in a Part 1 - Confinement / Part 2 - Escape format; Freedom is a captivating look at post-apocalyptic earth where psychic ability determines your status in society. Everyone is tested and ranked according to their abilities and usefulness. The higher one tests is not necessarily a good thing. Having "Talent" is the difference between living a hard street life or being a useful member of society. OR, being a tool to be broken.

----"People like you and me, Paddy, we're the lucky ones," he said quietly. "We tested nicely into pre-established categories. We're Talented enough to be usedful, but not Talented enough to be interesting."

Plus, the cover is striking and perfect for the story. It's the best depiction I've seen in a while.


Patrick Harvey (Paddy) - Naïve, intelligent, gentle and kind. Patrick has much to learn about a world he though he knew well.

----I wanted to know what was in his mind, what his Talents were, how his life had been. I wanted... I wanted to taste his mouth again, to feel those hard but tender fingers touch my skin. I wanted... wanted...
----You can have.

John Doe 439 (Jac) - Unique, special, Talented. Jac changes Patrick's world while relearning it himself.

The additional characters; Charlie, Sam, Rob and more are all fully realized and completely interesting. Ms. Kirkpatrick truly fleshed out each secondary creating a very full story.


Newly promoted Patrick gets a crack at his first solo case, John Doe 439. John Doe has seemingly lost all decipherable communication skills, but Patrick is determined to make progress. Slowly the two learn to communicate and then, more importantly, to connect. The astounding beauty within Jac (John Doe) reveals itself to Patrick gradually, but others are becoming aware of his `specialness' too. The world is turned upside down when we see that it isn't Jac who is unclear, but instead Patrick who must decide whether to follow Jac into the unknown or remain in a world of deception.

----He is changing me in ways I didn't know I could change.

A tender moment, one of the most special lovemaking scenes I have read, cements the reader's need to see Paddy and Jac survive. But there are many, many difficulties and even interesting current (real life) moral issues you may have to come to terms with in deciding whether their relationship works for you. Lots of food for thought here.

No onscreen sex, but the stunning impressions made by the romance are dazzling.


There's an interesting usage of mixed POV's which flowed surprisingly well. I believe this is a first published work for Jay Kirkpatrick, and if that's true, this is an outstanding effort. The author has shown humanity's capacity for ugliness and brutality, compassion through touch, and how strong community can adapt to survive to create awareness of what is truly important.

----Patrick stared at the white toilet on the white floor against the white wall in his tiny white bathroom and listened to the sound of illusions shattering.


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I truly want to thank Dreamspinner Press for taking a chance and sending me an ARC of this fantastic novel. Thank you.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom 12 Mar. 2015
By The Jeep Diva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I grabbed Jay Kirkpatrick’s Freedom because the blurb was intriguing and I love a good male male romance. The reviews I read let me know I was purchasing a good read. Many people have tagged/shelved this as male male romance. This is not a romance. It is still a very good read. There is a bit of romance, several happily ever afters, many happy for nows, but not a romance.

The world as we know it has been drastically changed by the Burst. It has left the majority of the land decimated. The inhabitants have also changed. Perhaps this change is simply evolution, it may also have been due to the Burst. People have been left with Talents. Some have very little in the way of their talents.
Others are now strong telepaths, empaths, clairvoyants, telekinesis, and others are true unknowns. The few people remaining are diverse. Some choose to live Outside while others are dying to get picked to live in the City. Patrick considers himself lucky that as a Class One Empath he gets to live within the City.

The first real solo case Patrick is given will open his eyes to so many things he never knew existed much less possible. The emaciated, battered and scarred John Doe 439 is going to rock Patrick’s world and turn everything he knows upside down. Jac (JD439) is from the outside and his Talents are something beyond rare. He fears the white barren room he wakes in for good reason. Jac has experienced first-hand the horrors and atrocities that can be done to people by other humans. Jac knows that the place where his friendship begins with Patrick is not what it appears to be. He worries that Patrick is not what he appears to be.

I enjoyed the story. While going in expecting a romance I was instead given a post-apocalyptic world where everything I know and love has changed. The world Patrick, Jac, and their friends, family, and coworkers are trying to not just live but to thrive in is riveting. When one decides to go against conformity and reach for freedom the way this world really works is given a different perspective and makes for an intense read. Definitely glad I read it. I know I would not have purchased it intentionally had I known upfront that I wasn’t going to get a love story.
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