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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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    Madeleine Knoxville, TN, United States 08-07-13
    Madeleine Knoxville, TN, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2006

    Wife, mom of 4, grandma of 11, great-grandma of 2, book junkie, & pet lover. I multi-task by creating yarn art while listening to audiobooks.

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    "Under the Spell"

    Whatever sort of magic Jason Mott weaves, he has completely captivated me in the 34 short minutes of this prequel. As one who is easily disappointed by this genre, I am actually looking forward to August 27 and the release of The Returned.

    The prequel promises much while not giving away anything - a difficult trick to pull off! During this brief introduction to Edmund and his "situation," which is apparently not limited just to him, the narrator immediately brings to life the author's portrayal of the characters' personalities.

    Both writer and performer have left me spellbound and anxious for the story to continue. Well done

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-11-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "The jury is still out"

    This short story preview shows that there is an interesting premise and potentially good book coming in The Returned. But I detected some weaknesses in the writing and narrating of The First that has me hesitating to order the next installment, and both have to do with Emily's mother. The bad southern accent in near-falsetto is distracting to listen to, and her POV telling her distraught daughter not to be so excited about about her beloved Edmund returning to life (don't worry, he'll call you when he can) is joltingly out of sync with the fear and awe the should accompany the cosmically mysterious event. Although the summary of The Returned suggests a completely different cast of characters (so perhaps I'd never hear Emily's mom again), I still wonder about the author's ability to develop characters whose actions appear consistent with the strange circumstances.

    Short stories and novels are very different writing forms, and perhaps author Mott is better at the second than the first. But I think I will await some reviews of The Returned before deciding if it is a stronger effort than the short preview.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Clydene Cardiff, CA, United States 08-16-13
    Clydene Cardiff, CA, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2004

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Very Interesting."

    The story is interesting, but I hope it dosen't end up like the 4400 did. It is hard not to see the tparallel in some instances, although they didn't appear out of a lake. Still the return of dead people is interesting. to see how the story will progress.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 08-11-13
    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.

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    "What a Tease"
    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was a great teaser intro to make a reader interested in reading the rest of he series. A free short story from the series, rather than just a chapter is a much better way to get somebody interested in buying into a new series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First?

    This story, being a short story preview vs an advance chapter, gives you a little background and leaves you wanting more without just cutting you off at the end of the chapter.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for The Returned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-06-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2005

    Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.

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    "I see dead people!"

    Suddenly her fiancé who died over a year ago shows up for work. Seemingly healthy, with no memory of his death or how he got there, the mystery is not just how but why? And it's happening all over the world!

    It's free and I'm thankful, but I'm just not curious about how or why.

    It seems well written and certainly well read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-27-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "too early to tell"

    Prequel to The Returned. I have seen the French tv version of this story line on AMC. I wanted to read before the US version called "The Resurrection." Since it is a prequel - only had the character development of one couple. It is a little early for a full review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    leonie Australia 03-26-14
    leonie Australia 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a taste of things to come"
    If you could sum up The First in three words, what would they be?

    sad, happy, amazed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose my favourite character should be the Returned man but I really enjoyed his fiancee's reaction to having him come back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end there is a scene in a hospital. I can't say more or I'll spoil the outcome for you. You'll know it when you read it.


    If you could take any character from The First out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The fiancee's mother is rather interesting. The way she accepts everything is unusual but the writer makes it believable.


    Any additional comments?

    After you read this you'll want to read the other prequels and The Returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SisterLucia Dallas, TX, United States 02-10-14
    SisterLucia Dallas, TX, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    haghouse

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    "an outline for a story"

    this was not a short story. it was an outline for a short story. the plot points came like a bullet list. and in between there was a lot of repetitive declarations of emotions, as if saying it make it so. I will NOT being buying this author's novel The Returned. I do appreciate that there was a free download to show me just how bad the writing might be.

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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Love it!"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a quick in and out story that gave you a good sense of the clear writing style of the writer and the direction the novel will be going in.

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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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    "Interesting story, couldn't get on with narrator"

    This story is interesting enough that I would have been tempted to buy the book. I love the idea of having short stories leading up to the novel. My problem is that I simply can not get on with the narrator. I have returned another book by a favorite author (R.A. Salvatore) for the same reason. Instead of my usual problem with narrators, which is that they are too monotone and robotic, Victor Bevine reads the words almost poetically and can do a range of voices, which is brilliant. However, he is very emotional, which can work to create a sense of pace but when it's all the time it becomes jarring. There seemed to be more emphasis on what the story sounded like, than on telling the story itself. This left me feeling that there was an emotional disconnect between him and the actual story, as though he had only one way of reading, regardless of what was happening in the reading material.

    My advice would be to try this as it is free and can give you a great idea of what author and narrator are like. I will personally be looking out for Jason Mott in the future.

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