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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hearn's debut is stunning, gripping from start to finish. Set in a futuristic Britain where the traditional government is long gone and lives are immersed in the datasphere a plot... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Leavy
A thoroughly enjoyable read, Second Chance keep you interested throughout with a driving and intriguing storyline structured in short chapters that jump between different... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I discovered this author’s blog prior to his novel and admired his unusual style of writing. This novel is no exception. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KL.Caley
An interesting and thought-provoking read. It reminded me in some aspects of Peter F. Hamilton's 'Great North Road' but, whereas that got downright boring in places, this held my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anon Ymous
brilliant 1st book by new author Dylan S Hearn. Kept me guessing right to the end. now looking forward to the second book of the trilogy Absent Souls.Strongly recommended.Published on 7 Jun. 2015 by Terry
Loved this! Excellent story, well worth reading. Book Two - here I come!Published on 2 April 2015 by Kay Smillie
This a very spooky glimpse of the future that isn't too far away. Dylan Hearn mixes present, future, and projection in an alarming way to make the reader enjoy his book, but also... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2015 by Roughseas
We read this book for our Bookclub, usually we read something in the top ten bestseller list but this time we choose an up and coming author. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2015 by kellie
Second chance was one of the first self-published novels that I read. The biggest compliment I can pay Hearn is that the quality of his writing is so high, you can't tell whether... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2015 by Arran
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