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Double Bind (Raymond Bridges Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Seb Kirby
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Présentation de l'éditeur

'One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I've read in a long time.'

In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.

It's a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.

What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now and our responsibility to the planet.

Reader reviews of Double Bind

'I liked Bridges. I also liked his gorgeous girlfriend Victoria. I wanted them to win. I wanted Bridges to succeed in his mission, once he discovers what it is.'

'The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you're drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual.'

'What a fantastical si-fi told as a cautionary tale - I loved it! This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different - one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.'

'This easy-to-understand-and-follow Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller / Adventure / Romance wondrously expands your imagination. This is what a truly great author can achieve and Seb Kirby fits the bill.'

'Hooks you early on.... it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.'

'An engaging narrator with a nice line in challenging humour and moments of real emotion.'

'Thought provoking and exciting ..... chillingly believable.'

'I like a thriller like this one where the plot takes you for a wild ride but leaves no loose ends in the grand finale.'

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 629 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 309 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008GFWH52
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°192.787 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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I was raised with books - my grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham and my parents inherited a random selection of the books. They weren't much interested in them; the books were piled up in a box room, gathering dust. I would disappear in there and resurrect much used classics - Zane Gray 'Riders of the Purple Sage', H G Wells 'The Invisible Man', Charles Dickens 'A Tale of Two Cities' and more obscure stuff that I don't now recall. I was hooked.

There was gap, a long gap, until I was lucky enough to find an inspirational school teacher. He donated his own books to make a lending library in a stock cupboard off the classroom. Kids queued to borrow the books. Except these were the classics - Franz Kafka 'Metamorphosis' and 'The Trial', George Orwell '1984' and 'Animal Farm', Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 'One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich', Ray Bradbury 'Fahrenheit 451', Boris Pasternak 'Dr Zhivago', Arthur Koestler 'Darkness At Noon', Vladimir Nabokov 'Pale Fire', Ken Kesey 'One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest', Aldous Huxley 'Brave New World'.............

I've been an avid reader ever since.

Interests

Writing. Jazz (Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, their modern day musical descendents). Writing about jazz. Science. Travel. Favorite places (in no particular order): Venice, Florence, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, New York, London, The English Lake District, Paris, Lisbon, Crete.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Double good! 4 septembre 2012
Format:Format Kindle
Having read and enjoyed Mr. Kirby's first novel, I was fairly certain his second book would be entertaining also. I wasn't expecting it to be so completely different though. He has created a unique tale of doppelgangers who body snatch earthlings after their own world has been destroyed. It follows one entity's journey from body to body as he tries to relate his `truth' in order to warn the earth and save it from a hostile takeover.

With twists and turns aplenty, I often found myself confused and compelled to keep reading to figure out what was happening. I was first annoyed that the protagonist told his story in the present tense, but finally figured out it was because he only lived in the `here and now' - and he had difficulty understanding why everyone else lived so much in the past. There are several underlying messages such as this one that will make you ponder your own existence.

An intriguing and creative thriller, Mr Kirby has penned a worthy second book. Fabulous job!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Double good! 4 septembre 2012
Par mountainmama - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Having read and enjoyed Mr. Kirby's first novel, I was fairly certain his second book would be entertaining also. I wasn't expecting it to be so completely different though. He has created a unique tale of doppelgangers who body snatch earthlings after their own world has been destroyed. It follows one entity's journey from body to body as he tries to relate his `truth' in order to warn the earth and save it from a hostile takeover.

With twists and turns aplenty, I often found myself confused and compelled to keep reading to figure out what was happening. I was first annoyed that the protagonist told his story in the present tense, but finally figured out it was because he only lived in the `here and now' - and he had difficulty understanding why everyone else lived so much in the past. There are several underlying messages such as this one that will make you ponder your own existence.

An intriguing and creative thriller, Mr Kirby has penned a worthy second book. Fabulous job!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent story and really well told 2 juillet 2012
Par Ignite - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Seb Kirby has taken a new direction in his second novel. It is at heart a deeply intriguing psychological thriller.
I would say it leans towards science fiction although it still contains elements of mystery and murder as in his debut novel Take No More (The murder mystery thriller). Imagine not only the sort of identity theft where someone steals your credit card and passwords but where s/he effectively becomes you. The physical resemblance is so close it fools your nearest and dearest. This is not Sci-fi in the tentacled green monsters or whizzy machines sense but it concerns the potential destruction of our planet at our own hands and those who wish to move in and make use of it.

I began by suspecting the narrator, Raymond Bridges, of concocting the story for his own ends but as the book progressed I found him a sympathetic character and was really rooting for him. Had I been a nail-biter I'd have been up to my elbows by about 85%. The chapters are short so it's tempting just to read another... and another! The book is narrated by a character who is not familiar with the use of the past tense and initially this takes a little getting used to. It doesn't hinder the flow of the story though and I found it an effective ploy for distancing him from others.

This is a book that hooks you early on and as the plot unfolds, it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! A must read 10 juillet 2012
Par TraceyA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I finished Seb Kirby's new novel Double Bind in one sitting - I literally could not put it down. The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you're drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual and Seb used it to great affect throughout the book. Put this one on your must read list if you like a good, tight, well-written thriller with a few exotic twists and turns.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pulls you in and doesn't let go! 13 août 2013
Par Scott Bury - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What I think of Seb Kirby's Double-Bind

"The guy with the bad attitude has been following me all week."

Seb Kirby gets right into the story in Double Bind. There's not a wasted word in this book: no background, no world-building, no nonsense. The writing is spare and clean, active yet evocative, told in first-person present tense, which enhances the action and immediacy.

Take this for an example: "Elmington Drive is a wealthy suburban street. Smart gardens, no parked cars, large houses, most with gravel drives and tall shrubs."

Because he gives readers credit for knowing something, Kirby is able to painted a picture in a few phrases.

In short, Kirby is a true professional writer of fiction.

The story begins with the narrator, successful author Raymond Bridges, meeting his double at a book signing. The double accuses Bridges of stealing his face and identity -- and his pen name. Soon, Bridges finds himself in a new body, victim of spreading ripples of identities displaced into new bodies. Double Bind is a science-fiction story presented like a mystery -- not an easy assignment for any writer. Kirby has the skill to pull it off.

Kirby makes it all make sense by explaining the process and the science through the characters' actions. Bridges, who becomes Erin Pascoe (that's a man's name in the UK, apparently) gradually learns the details, like one of Raymond Chandler's detectives.

Kirby makes his characters real through their words and actions more than through verbose descriptions. Bridges is actually not that likeable. He's a liar, an imposter, someone more than willing to take shortcuts to get what he wants, no matter what they do to others.
Victoria Bletchley, Bridge's love interest, is one of the most desirable and admirable women I've read in fiction lately. An English professor, she's a long-legged looker, too. She loves "rutting" and reading, more or less in that order, and she's smart. Even for an English professor.
Here's my favourite passage featuring Victoria:
Strang [a cop] is sounding impatient ... "Pascoe is a suspect in at least one, possibly two, murders. Keep stalling like this and you'll leave me with no option but to take you in for obstruction of justice. That's if I don't arrest you as an accomplice to murder."
I'm wondering how Victoria is going to get out of this when she uses her contextualizing skills to great effect. "OK. I do porn. Looks like I'm well off, but this is my mother's place and I have expensive tastes."
Smart, sexy, beautiful, brave and able to think on the spot of something sure to throw a cop off his game -- what more could anyone, even a writer, want in a woman?

All the characters are believable, especially the villains, who range from London gangsters to corporate types. Again, Kirby is able to evoke them clearly in the readers' minds with a minimum of words.

All the way through (it's not a long book), Kirby keeps us hooked with tantalizing clues and a style that you just cannot put down.

Double Bind may not be Kirby's best-known book, but if you want a read that won't let you go, that tells a good story well and doesn't waste your time, download Double Bind now.

5*
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Should appear in Sci-FI section 8 août 2012
Par fjcinss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Enjoyable but a bit hard to follow at times. Explanation of events and process are a bit foggy at times. Tale moves at a good pace and keeps the reader's interest.
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