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9 people found this helpful
on 6 June 2011
Disclaimer: I read and enjoyed Deja Vu.
Therefore, I was biased towards expecting Flashback to be good. And thank goodness, it was! In my opinion, a much more accomplished novel than the début, but retaining all the style and trickery that made his first book so interesting. The plot involves time-travel again, so you're going to need to pay attention. In my opinion, these situations benefit from reading through the whole novel swiftly so that you - literally - don't lose the plot. That's no problem with Flashback as the pacing is just right and keeps you moving on, to the eventual (surprising) conclusion. The relationships between the characters is more mature too, which means that the reader is not just relying on the 'techno' aspect of the novel to keep their interest. My only criticisms might be that occasionally Hocking seems to become overly wordy, although that may reflect my own meagre vocabulary, and I thought that the climax of the novel was oddly-placed, a couple of chapters from the end. Minor complaints though - this novel is well worth a read, and at Kindle prices, great value.