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!Kindle ♱ Déjà Vu ♷ In the yearSaskia Brandt, detective with the European FIB, comes back from holiday newly single, tired and full of sadness Heading straight back to the office she finds no peace, only her receptionist dead and no suspects Given onlyhours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its partsDavid Proctor is just an academic eating his breakfast until he gets a phone call telling him the prototype computer Ego he has been loaned is now the only one left Meanwhile someone has broken into his house, someone who wants him to go back to the lab where his wife died in a bomb attackyears beforeAs the mysteries and intrigue envelop Saskia and David they are forced to unpick their own pasts Because in D j Vu you find that things aren t as they seem, truth is a matter of perspective and that the past can change just as quickly as the futureD j Vu has already been a self published hit, including winning the Red Adept Science Fiction Award The Unsung Stories edition is a brand new revised version which represents the quintessential take of Saskia Brandt s debut If you read it before and thought it was good, wait till you read it again If you haven t read it before, well just you wait I couldn t bring myself to finish reading this one, the cover is gorgeous but the writing inside not so much.The premise was definitely interesting but I didn t enjoy the writing style, and I couldn t connect with the characters I can totally see this made into a movie or a tv show, though.I received this book from NetGalley in return for a review. First of all, I enjoyed the book The story was interesting, and I m a fan of this genre sub genre I will likely read the 2nd in the series from this author.However, there was a general issue I had with the book somewhat hard to describe Much of the writing had a short, choppy feel to it for me It seemed that this was a style choice by the author, as opposed to poor writing But, I think that this may have caused me to feel lost at times I often felt like I wasn t sure what was happenin First of all, I enjoyed the book The story was interesting, and I m a fan of this genre sub genre I will likely read the 2nd in the series from this author.However, there was a general issue I had with the book somewhat hard to describe Much of the writing had a short, choppy feel to it for me It seemed that this was a style choice by the author, as opposed to poor writing But, I think that this may have caused me to feel lost at times I often felt like I wasn t sure what was happening and I understand that authors don t want to feed you everything at once it wasn t that it was as if tiny pieces were never quite clear.I doubt this is making much sense, but there s a reason for that I couldn t really put my finger on it I was able to follow the story, and mostly understand it, but something about the style kept me somewhat confused at the same time.I ll close by saying again that I liked it enough to come back to this author at some point in the future Terrible.Sub adolescent prose fails to lift the pedestrian plot Where there were attempts at twists, they were obvious and signalled to the reader in neon lights from several miles away Cardboard characters perform series of actions in locations described in halting statements They have stilted conversations with each other and the reader is left hard pressed to care what happens to any of them The crass backstory provided for the beautiful, sexy, female lead protagonist is unnecessarily g Terrible.Sub adolescent prose fails to lift the pedestrian plot Where there were attempts at twists, they were obvious and signalled to the reader in neon lights from several miles away Cardboard characters perform series of actions in locations described in halting statements They have stilted conversations with each other and the reader is left hard pressed to care what happens to any of them The crass backstory provided for the beautiful, sexy, female lead protagonist is unnecessarily graphic and reads like filler material while the author is trying to work out how to proceed.There may well have been a very good reason why this, and the author s other works, languished with a publisher for years without seeing the light of day.On the other hand, I m certain that with a little tweaking to remove those pesky European elements Hollywood could produce one of those dull summer blockbusters full of tits and explosions from this mess of a book zzzz what Usually I d be all over mindfucks and identity crises and time travel and virtual worlds and and and there s a tickbox list of things I should be interested in here but the fact it took me two attempts to read this should tell you something just by itself It s not bad, it s just dull, even when the clock is ticking and everything hangs in the balance Even the needlessly graphic flashback fails to deliver, just becoming some tacked on rape as backstory To add insult to injury, zzzz what Usually I d be all over mindfucks and identity crises and time travel and virtual worlds and and and there s a tickbox list of things I should be interested in here but the fact it took me two attempts to read this should tell you something just by itself It s not bad, it s just dull, even when the clock is ticking and everything hangs in the balance Even the needlessly graphic flashback fails to deliver, just becoming some tacked on rape as backstory To add insult to injury, one of the novel s central conceits ends up feeling like a deus ex machina written in because the author was backed into a corner and couldn t find any other way out Do yourselves a favour skip this, even if it s at the low price of free The opening scenes immediately grabbed me and I was excited to push on and read further However, it didn t take long for me to disconnect from the main character, Saskia Brandt, and lose all enthusiasm for this read The concept of digital minds is fascinating, but difficult to deliver on paper Given the subject matter, there must be an obvious human disconnect, but still, the reader needs to engage with the human sub characters or at the very least, sympathize In my opinion, this was not ach The opening scenes immediately grabbed me and I was excited to push on and read further However, it didn t take long for me to disconnect from the main character, Saskia Brandt, and lose all enthusiasm for this read The concept of digital minds is fascinating, but difficult to deliver on paper Given the subject matter, there must be an obvious human disconnect, but still, the reader needs to engage with the human sub characters or at the very least, sympathize In my opinion, this was not achieved in Deja Vu Oh, how I wish it were, because it would have been epic To my disappointment, Deja Vu was simply another time traveling, plot driven, sci fi that was conceptually cool, but from a literary standpoint, fell into the pile labelled, basic and flat I wasn t on the edge of my seat and the special effects that needed to translate from page to my imagination, didn t happen The pieces weren t laid out and the tools were never given to construct what I imagine the author intended This one left little impression and I won t be reading the sequel This book just didn t move me I m glad I tried this book It was a bit too focused on the action in the end without exploring the tech I was interested in or letting me get to know the characters, but it is still a fun hard scifi thriller 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 2003 But someone is hunting her too The clues are in the shattered memories of her previous life D j Vu is Ian Hocking s first novel as well as volume 1 of his Saskia Brandt series First published as a paperback by the UKA Press in 2005, it just came out in 4 eBook editions, one per novel plus a 3 in 1 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 2003 But someone is hunting her too The clues are in the shattered memories of her previous life D j Vu is Ian Hocking s first novel as well as volume 1 of his Saskia Brandt series First published as a paperback by the UKA Press in 2005, it just came out in 4 eBook editions, one per novel plus a 3 in 1 omnibus edition It s a complex tale of time travel, artificial intelligences and uploaded personalities which almost, but doesn t quite, come together for me I like the way that Hocking handles the paradoxes inherent in his tropes and found his characters to be both believable and compelling Now that he has his foundations laid, I rather hope the other books complete their main stories instead of leaving it all hanging as this one did.For all that, it s a fast paced excellent read somewhat reminiscent of Gibson s cyberpunk genre And a bool I read in a single sitting not that it s short, just that I couldn t put it down Which for book lovers is an indication of the quality of the read Recommended In an interview for the blog Futurismic Ian Hocking gives some of the backstory to this self published ebook A few years back in 2005 I published my first book, D j Vu, with the UKA Press There were a few obstacles in my path but it was, by any objective measure, a success I had great reviews in the Guardian, blurbs from Ken MacLeod and Ian Watson, and the odd bit of fan mail.Anyway, while I started to finish the sequels, I garnered some interest from a traditional publisher, picked In an interview for the blog Futurismic Ian Hocking gives some of the backstory to this self published ebook A few years back in 2005 I published my first book, D j Vu, with the UKA Press There were a few obstacles in my path but it was, by any objective measure, a success I had great reviews in the Guardian, blurbs from Ken MacLeod and Ian Watson, and the odd bit of fan mail.Anyway, while I started to finish the sequels, I garnered some interest from a traditional publisher, picked up an agent, and then, when the publisher pulled out, my agent began hustling That hustling has been happening for five years or so Last summer, I decided to retire from writing.My plan is to finish editing the novels on my own and put them out as ebooksDeja Vu has been doing well ins bargain basement Deservedly so it s fast paced, inventive, stuffed with great technology and stylishly written Whatcould you want Well As so often, the author s account is revealing Reviews in the national press, praise from Ian Watson no less, and then the glass wall, the one that separates the really published from the almost published.Deja Vu plaits together three storylines Saskia Brandt is an officer in the Federal Office of Investigation, based in 2023 Berlin At least, the microchip implanted in her skull is Her body belongs to someone else Her quarry, David Proctor, once designed a virtual universe and is suspected of blowing it up afterwards, killing his own wife in the process Meanwhile, David s prodigy daughter Jennifer has invented time travel You see the problem Clever and original, but there s just too much of it, enough for three books Hocking is so excited by each fresh idea that he leaps from one to the next without ever taking the time to suck the marrow out of the bone It s great fun and priced at less than a pound it s worth every penny, but you can see what the publishers reservations may have been.Because the wall is made of glass, it s hard to tell what puts a book on one side or the other In this case the issue isn t professional editing Hocking admits he had help from the best It may have something to do with the film fed sophistication we all now possess when it comes to character and plot Imagination has to slow down to lay the words on the page and Hocking s trail bike doesn t have a slow gear.Was he right to self publish I d say so Plenty of people will love Deja Vu But some will feel that it could have been even better Dr Ian Hocking brings a refreshing aspect to time travel The books are an embodiment of the terminology technothriller Though the Saskia Brandt Omnibus may be placed under the sci fi category, it is most definitely in a class of it s own I most enjoyed the fact that being a sci fi book, the entire story stayed rooted on planet Earth These three books are an obvious culmination of the time and study the author dedicated to the idea of travelling through time and addressing well known his Dr Ian Hocking brings a refreshing aspect to time travel The books are an embodiment of the terminology technothriller Though the Saskia Brandt Omnibus may be placed under the sci fi category, it is most definitely in a class of it s own I most enjoyed the fact that being a sci fi book, the entire story stayed rooted on planet Earth These three books are an obvious culmination of the time and study the author dedicated to the idea of travelling through time and addressing well known historical data.In DEJA VU we meet Saskia Brandt, an investigator who doesn t realize that her own actions are being dictated by someone or something else She is in the midst of investigating David Proctor, who is accused of bombing a British facility in 2003, but he has no recollection of the incident Proctor s genius daughter invents something that changes the course of everyone s lives In the meantime, as Saskia finds her secretary killed at the office, she realizes that she is being hunted.Find the entire review here Bookend Chronicles