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Second Chance (The Transcendence Trilogy Book 1) by [Hearn, Dylan S]
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Second Chance (The Transcendence Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Transcendence Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wet Feet Publishing; 9 edition (22 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0945TA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the blurb, Second Chance comes across as a thriller, but the accompanying reviews reveal it’s more than that – set in a dystopian near-future, it incorporates science fiction and political intrigue. To be fair, this is not my immediate go-to kind of book, but the concept was intriguing.

I won’t relate any of the storyline here – it’s covered sufficiently elsewhere - but the writing and presentation are worth commenting on.

Hearn’s style is very pared down, with little or no excess to distract you - yet he creates a sense of place and time. As I read any book, I play a kind of film reel in my head, and found myself playing Second Chance in the style of Blade Runner. To be fair, this is not a film I’m a fan of (sacrilege, I know), but the tone felt right here.

As a personal preference, I like things to be fairly neatly tied up at the end. This wasn’t the case here, though I didn’t feel cheated, in part because I know there’s a sequel. At the same time, I recognise some readers prefer to think for themselves more than I do.

I originally bought Second Chance last year, and understand that it has been updated since then to tidy up some “typos”. To be fair, compared to most e-books out there, I hardly noticed any errors, so can only assume the current version is ultra clean.

All in all, an enjoyable read. I can’t give it 5 stars, because I didn’t “love it”, which is more a reflection of my personal taste than the quality of the book. Nevertheless, I liked it enough to want to read Absent Souls.
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This is a book I discovered via the world of blogging and occasional mentions on various other social media. Set in a near dystopian future this is a multi-stranded thriller that combines elements of science fiction with political intrigue, abduction and murder, all set against the murky backdrop of big business and globalisation. Mixed in amongst the plot we have a pretty young researcher who has gone missing, a newly elected politician trying to make a difference to the world she lives in, and some highly sensitive research into cloning and life extension, all playing a part in a world that is post major political and climatic upheaval. What makes this book especially believable is that much of the technology and the political landscape can all be seen in the world we live in today, albeit in embryonic form: Google’s driverless cars and data glasses, online polling, attempts to connect the entire world via the internet, speculation about both the climate and political consequences of global warming… all these factors are more developed in the book, but clearly have their origins in the present.

There is a lot going on this book, and it would be easy for the reader to get confused were it not for the author’s clever writing style and technique; the book is divided into three parts with over fifty well defined chapters. Rather than trying to combine all the elements of the book in one go, different characters and elements are introduced in separate chapters. The story and part each character plays is told via these different chapters but with sufficient overlap and reference to the others to bring the story together as a whole thus making an otherwise complex plot surprisingly readable and easy to follow.
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We self-published authors are a happy and largely supportive community. I found Hearn’s blog earlier this year and seeing he had a book just out, I was intrigued enough by the premise to offer to review it.

The plot is tantalising if you like your science fiction with a dash of thrills with some niche ideas to get you thinking. This story about a missing woman and the plot to unravel her disappearance (was she murdered? if so, where is the body? Was she abducted? If so, why? Who has her?) while four people with vastly different backgrounds get caught up in the case. This is right up my street blending great science fiction with gritty ITV style mid-week drama (msot definitely not a bad thing!)

What at first seems a simple case of a disappearance soon becomes far more complex. It is books like this that demonstrate why self publishing is largely a good thing – the unconventional, the conceptual, the niche interests are all areas that a lot of publishers wouldn’t take a chance on. I admit I have read some poor quality work but I have also read some absolutely cracking reads. This definitely falls into the latter.

Conceptual science fiction is not everybody’s cup of tea, even after Inception but at least it proved that big ideas can be popular mainstream works. I am partial to conceptual science fiction myself and can always appreciate a great idea. This is certainly a great idea and Hearn has blended concept with character and plot rather nicely without being bogged down in it’s own complexity or coming across as elitist – something that can put a lot of people off “harder” science fiction. The characters are well rounded and in that, the balance is well struck – great job there!
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