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D j Vu In the year Saskia 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 recept

  • Title: Déjà Vu
  • Author: Ian Hocking
  • ISBN: 9781907389221
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the year 2023 Saskia 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 only 12 hours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its parts.David ProctoIn the year 2023 Saskia 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 only 12 hours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its parts.David 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 attack 20 years before.As 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 future.D 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.

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    1. ~~From Red Adept Reviews~~I received Déjà Vu, by Ian Hocking, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.Overall: 5 StarsPlot/Storyline: 4 3/4 StarsThis futuristic technothriller grabbed me right at the start--when Saskia Brandt's vacation memories, broken office A/C, and missing secretary conspired to tell me that there were, in fact, two entirely different beginnings to this novel: the one Saskia remembered, and the one she'd forgotten. Buckle in tight, Dorothy, because [...]

    2. 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, Déjà 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, pick [...]

    3. 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 - [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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!

    7. “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."Déjà 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- [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. (Disclosure: I received an electronic copy from the publisher for review purposes via Netgalley.)The science fiction tropes come thick, fast and early on in this techno-thriller, (artificial intelligence, mind wiping and implanted memories, time travel, virtual reality, nanotech and underwater cars, to name a few), so much so that at first I was concerned that many of them might have been thrown in gratuitously. But I needn’t have worried – Hocking soon gathers all the threads together and w [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. Deja Vu by Ian Hocking is the first book in 'The Saskia Brandt Series".Set in the year 2023, the story begins in Berlin. Saskia Brandt is returning to her office after a breakup with her boyfriend Simon- who was upset that her job with the FIB (Federal Office of Investigation) was always calling her away. Having returned two days earlier than expected, she wonders where her secretary is. Computers in this future have very advanced AI and conversations with them are the norm. Which leads Saskia t [...]

    13. “The purpose of Russian roulette is edification. A lesson that poses the question: is there a bullet or is there not?”Time travel is not a subject I usually adore. It’s hard to execute correctly. There’s this little thing called the Grandfather Paradox, and that’s where most of my criticism comes when I see time travel pop up in literature. But Ian Hocking’s debut, Déjà Vu, makes a believer out of me.That, and he deals with perceived reality and unreliable memory. I’m a sucker fo [...]

    14. This book manages to combine incredibly complex and intricate concepts with the pace and thrill of a detective novel. I loved the characters who were utterly human and my only criticism would be that perhaps there's a tad too much going on

    15. Deja Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One)by Ian HockingI really truly loved this novel. It started out a bit slow and almost pedantic but that sometimes is the nature of these psychological thrillers. If I were to take Philip K Dick and Lewis Purnell Davies and then throw in a healthy dose of excellent writing skill I'd say we have Ian Hocking and Deja Vu all wrapped up in a neat and tidy package.The story starts out with Saskia Brandt being pulled off her vacation for special assignment with [...]

    16. Deja Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One)by Ian HockingI really truly loved this novel. It started out a bit slow and almost pedantic but that sometimes is the nature of these psychological thrillers. If I were to take Philip K Dick and Lewis Purnell Davies and then throw in a healthy dose of excellent writing skill I'd say we have Ian Hocking and Deja Vu all wrapped up in a neat and tidy package.The story starts out with Saskia Brandt being pulled off her vacation for special assignment with [...]

    17. It is inevitable that David Proctor and Saskia Brandt, the two protagonists of Ian Hocking's futuristic novel Déjà Vu, will meet. Proctor is suspected of multiple murders, most recently that of his former colleague Bruce Shimoda, with whom he had once worked on the creation of a top-secret virtual world. He is also suspected of bombing the lab that he and Shimoda shared some twenty years earlier, back in 2002, an explosion which happened to kill his own wife. Saskia Brandt, in contrast, doesn' [...]

    18. The opening chapters of the novel caught my attention, and Saskia Brandt and her predicament in this book regarding her identity and uncertain past hold a great deal of potential. The shift in narrative to Proctor was therefore a bit jarring, for the remainder of the novel remained on this protagonist. This is especially unfortunate because he isn’t a particularly fascinating or likable character. Also it ends up negating the potential of Saskia, who the series is named after. The female prota [...]

    19. Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Rating: 3.5/5 (Rounded to 4) Review: First Lines: Saskia Brandt emerged from the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate and narrowed her eyes at the evening.Deja Vu is a fast paced techno-thriller that hooked me in from the very beginning.The book is set in 2023 and follows the lives of Saskia Brandt and David Proctor. Saskia is an FIB Agent who is under orders to capture David, who is a suspect in a number of murders.Th [...]

    20. This book was sent to me by the publisher for review for no compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.When Saskia Brandt arrives in her office after a depressing long weekend and breakup with her boyfriend, she finds her secretary dead and the blame about to be pinned on her. With only 12 hours to prove her innocence, she sets about unraveling the mystery, only to arrive at a shocking conclusion. David Proctor is a renowned professor, but when he gets a call telling him that his intelligen [...]

    21. Crime thriller and psychologically-compromised sci-fi aren't exactly strangers and for a reason. This origin story for protagonist Saskia Brandt gets much right while resolving its immediate plot and setting up plenty to work with for sequels which are already available. The very near future timeline of the novel allows for innovative and speculative tech that is easily enough understood.Berlin-based investigator, Saskia, is having a bad string of days. Her London boyfriend broke it off with her [...]

    22. This is a fast-pace action book set in the near future of 2023 (with some flashbacks to 2003). It puts me in mind of something like the movie Salt – but without the assassination plotline. Characters: The book is written in third person and mostly follows Saskia Brandt. Saskia is a strong character and one that I liked. Her life is basically turned upside as she is sent on an assignment to hunt down David. David Proctor, the other character the book follows, is on the run. Both characters have [...]

    23. I should probably start by confessing that I picked this up for free due to a generous promotion by the author.The story follows a kommissarin (detective) from a European police agency as she tracks down an English professor who is on the run, suspected of blowing up a research facility (for the second time) and killing an ex-colleague.The book contains lots of future tech, including submersive realities, decanted minds, the sort of personal digital assistants we all dream of and time travel.All [...]

    24. (I received this book for free as part of First Reads giveaways).(This review may contain spoilers).Ideally, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. The premise of this book was quite an intriguing one, but I found myself disconnecting from the characters for about half of the book.The first part of the book was really interesting and managed to pull me in. Although I did see a particular twist coming, that scene did hold my attention enough to keep me reading and interested. I found Saskia to be a fairl [...]

    25. Pretty decent sci-fi thriller. I could imagine it could make a decent film. I have to admit the first five chapters or so were brilliant, and I loved the twists and the story being set up there. The rest of the book didn't pan out quite as expected, and didn't meet what I'd hoped for, but it was still pretty good. It also feels as though this is a prelude in some ways, setting things up for the further adventures of Saskia Brandt. She is by far the best character in this book, although always a [...]

    26. One of the new breed of internet publishing authors, Ian Hocking's 'Deja Vu' is a futuristic Intelligence thriller. The Saskia Brandt of the title is a bit of a mystery, since at the outset she is told that all her memories are fictional. She is a created personality grafted on to the wiped mind of a convicted serial killer. She has also been given, as Liam Neeson might say 'a specific set of skills' and is immediately put on a mission to track down David Proctor, a man involved in an experiment [...]

    27. Excellent work of science fiction, beautifully balancing the science and the fiction. It is not so heavily into the realm of science that the average reader will struggle to the point of frustration, exasperation, or simple give up. Nor is the story all fiction - there is real science contained within. Granted you may not see the actual formulas for how certain things were arrived at, yet it clearly is bases upon true science.It will, however, make the reader think. There are multiple layers to [...]

    28. Deja Vu was first published in 2005 and is the first in the Saskia Brandt series.Book Description: 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. Déjà Vu takes the reader on a startling journey through a possible future, though digital minds, and through [...]

    29. Not bad at all! A quick read; fairly short (I don't know exact page length due to ebook-ness). Definitely a combination scifi/thriller. Hocking does a great job with the sf (personality implants, time travel, virtual worlds), and the story runs along pretty well. It ends rather abruptly, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes the story you're trying to tell, welljust ends. There are loose ends that could be picked up for more stories, and that's never a bad thing!The crypto is kind of [...]

    30. I thought this was a good read. Some good ideas that kept me turning pages. I felt there were a bunch of ideas that could have spun out into books of their own!Very few editing errors, which was nice to see for once. Downside: Most of the characters were just "there" with little to no characterization so I had no attachment to them. There was really no tension within the story because when the character on the run got into any trouble, his little computer pulled him out of it with ease. Although [...]

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