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The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned' | [Jason Mott]

The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.
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Publisher's Summary

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world - and Emily - into a tailspin.

Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.

The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing - not even death - is certain.

©2013 Jason Mott (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 12-10-14
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 12-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Wandah Panda

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    "I saw the tv series, then found these for free."

    As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

    The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

    That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

    The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

    If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

    WaAR

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    Colleen T. Land O Lakes, FL 07-18-14
    Colleen T. Land O Lakes, FL 07-18-14
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    "Wonderful Prequel To The Returned"

    Having really enjoyed The Returned last year I was excited to see these short story prequels come out. In The First, we get to see how it all began with the return of Edmund Blithe and how this mysterious occurrence not only effects him but his fiancé and the rest of the world as they try to navigate through this unusual, frightening and exciting miracle.

    It has been about a year since Emily's fiancé, Edmund Blithe, was hit by a bus and died. Edmund had proposed the day before he died and it has taken Emily this entire year to try and move on with her life. So imagine her surprise when the news shows Edmund, very much alive and being held somewhere in Washington DC after walking into work like no time had passed. Emily wants answers and sets out of Washington DC to try and find Edmund.

    Edmund, for his part, has no recollection of his death and feels like he just woke up like any other day. After going to work and seeing the terror and surprise on the faces of his coworkers, Edmund is taken to Washington to answer round after round after round of questions. Scared himself and wanting to speak to Emily he is told he will need to wait to see her and needs to help those questioning him figure out what is going on. Everyone is fascinated and terrified of what this means and are determined to get to the bottom of it. But one man will be touched enough by Edmund's need to see Emily to help him make it happen.

    Going back and forth between Emily and Edmund's points of view, The First is a fascinating look at not only the world's attempt to solve the mystery of why Edmund came back but the smaller, much sweeter, attempt by Emily and Edmund to come back to each other and reestablish that relationship Emily thought she had lost. It is short and sweet and very satisfying. I am excited to see where Mr. Mott takes the other two short stories!

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Exciting and Interesting"

    This was exciting, interesting and you can't go wrong with it being free! This definitely hooked me into buying "The Returned".

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    davelangeland Salt Lake City, Utah 09-13-13
    davelangeland Salt Lake City, Utah 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't Wait for the Full Novel!"

    I know this was only half an hour, but it made me eager to try the book The Returned. The premise is very interesting, and it really allows the reader to imagine what it would be like to return from the dead from the perspective of the no-longer dead and the loved ones and acquaintances of the no-longer dead. With that said, the perspective from the no-longer dead could have been a little more in-depth. I would freak out if I learned I hadn't been around for the last year, but the author seems to gloss over this a bit. This could be intentional, but the book may potentially have some logical gaps. Regardless, this had me excited to listen to the whole book.

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 09-10-13
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "First of Three Prequels"

    Imagine a world in which the dead start coming back to life. They have no memories from when they were gone; they simply start appearing all over the globe. This is the premise of Jason Mott's novel, The Returned. In this prequel to the novel, the first of the returned is introduced. Edmund Blithe died a little over a year ago, but this morning, he showed up for work.

    As if this were not alarming enough, Edmund's fiancee, Emily, only just stopped wearing her engagement ring. Now, she learns that he is back. The government has intervened to question Edmund, and Emily goes on a quest to find him and get him back. She and Edmund want nothing more than to be back together--despite the odds that are clearly against them.

    I read this prequel because it was free, and the premise was interesting. By the time I was done with the story, I had pre-ordered The Returned. I was completely wrapped up in the story, and I was eager to find out what would happen to this couple as well as to the other returned and their families all over the world. Jason Mott has created a great story and a great marketing tool for his debut novel.

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    lynn Wheeling, WV, United States 09-08-13
    lynn Wheeling, WV, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "good start"
    Would you listen to The First again? Why?

    to refresh t he story in my mind. It was a good start to let me know background of story.


    What other book might you compare The First to and why?

    Starting as sci-fi, but not sure I can compareit to any story


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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-31-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Prequel"

    This is a freebie from audible. What a great idea to release short, free prequels in order to help market your book. This worked for me and certainly generated my interest in reading the full book. This is the first prequel that tells the back story of the first person to return. Interesting premise!

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    Rodrigo Urubatan Jardim Porto Alegre, RS 08-29-13
    Rodrigo Urubatan Jardim Porto Alegre, RS 08-29-13

    Urubatan

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    "Not exactly the kind of story that I like"

    I was expecting a more darker story, the reader performance is great, the book I do not like, but it is just my opinion

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 08-27-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There didn't seem to be much technical information or pretty much missing the answer to why. It feels these stories are concerned more with how people interact and relate to the situation of The Returned. I am not in the mood for a soap opera. I will wait for reviews of the actual book before I take the leap.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jason Mott before, how does this one compare?

    Have not.


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s performance?

    He is okay.


    Was The First worth the listening time?

    For free, sure.


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    Tracey 08-21-13
    Tracey 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The First Prequel"
    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first one I've listened through to the end (yes, I know it's only a short one, but you have to start somewhere)


    What other book might you compare The First to and why?

    It reminds me of "The Green Mile", though largely because it was serialised. I enjoyed "The First", and am happy to see some prequel sequels available now ("The Sparrow" and "The Choice")


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

    Clear, precise, proper


    If you could rename The First, what would you call it?

    Monarch Green


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