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If Not for the Dawn | [Dane St. John]

If Not for the Dawn

AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.
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Publisher's Summary

Eight people are on a perilous collision course in a world that never sleeps. Their individual journeys are the culmination of a leading neurosurgeon’s herculean efforts - 10 years before - to save his dying wife’s life. His research results in a chance discovery that will later completely alter society when AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, the most explosive drug in a century, one that manipulates nucleotides in the human mind in a way that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake.

As the story unfolds, a colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

©2012 Dane St. John (P)2013 Cherry Hill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"It takes the skillful work of a brilliant new author to sustain the suspense of a truly engaging narrative. You will find in these pages a staggeringly sober, meticulously researched and captivating chronicle of a gritty underworld reality. Following the lineage of influential narco-thrillers (e.g. A Scanner Darkly, Strange Days, and Limitless), St. John creates an architectural masterpiece in the convincing construction of a comprehensively systematic landscape of socio-psychological drama, the harsh reality of which is so recognizably human that it speaks authentically to the most deeply-rooted shadows and fears of our inner selves. While his prose is infused with rich language, imagery and metaphors - a true poetic testament to great literature - the incessant unfolding of the almost obsessively scripted suspense drives the reader onward into an entirely consuming cinematic journey. This is contemporary storytelling at its finest." (Lisa Marie Quillinan)

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    Kelly 07-10-13
    Kelly 07-10-13
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    "Exactly what I want in an audible book..."
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    ...a story I look forward to continuing every time I put my ear buds in. Not all audible books pass this test, and the ones that do I'm grateful to have discovered. A well-crafted story with a variety of characters (even one that shares my name!) that end up being connected in interesting ways. I hope St. John will continue writing in this genre; perhaps make this book into a series as the ending seems to imply, as I'm sure his stories will only get better. Part mystery, part "action book," I could actually see this story being turned into a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean ARLINGTON, TN, United States 07-08-13
    Sean ARLINGTON, TN, United States 07-08-13
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    "Interesting, but a little slow."
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    This book was a little slow, especially when the author likes to give every single characters back story, even if they are not really vital to the story. But it was still rather interesting. Especially the dialogue at the very end. As crazy as this sounds, that one chapter was thought provoking enough for the entire book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-16-13
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    "If not for the Yawn!"
    Would you try another book from Dane St. John and/or David DeBoy?

    St John No, Deboy Yes


    Has If Not for the Dawn turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Its been a while since I attempted to listen to this book. The narrator was fine, but the story Is so slow and boring I could not get through the book. after two tries, I have given up. The premise of the story is so impossible and the author does nothing to suspend our common sense logic of science The book is terrible and I will not try this author again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    80s rocker Portland Or 08-05-13
    80s rocker Portland Or 08-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It could have been a really good story, the concept of the book is awesome, but it seemed very predictable. I pretty much had the entire book figured out by the time all the characters were introduced. It started pretty slow, when it got interesting is when it became predictable. Not a bad story - just not something incredible mind-blowing exciting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dane St. John? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Did David DeBoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    So - So....


    Could you see If Not for the Dawn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a made for TV movie - not more than that..


    Any additional comments?

    Meh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christy Plano, TX, United States 07-26-13
    christy Plano, TX, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow...Slow...ROCKET!"

    For the amount of lead up to the climax, everything wrapped up VERY quickly and VERY dramatically...The very end left a little to be desired, but overall worth the read...cool premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 07-09-13
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dont be fooled by reviews"

    I was told 2 things by the reviews on multiple sites

    1. intriguing plot
    2. engaging characters

    it was neither.



    i would buy it as its a fun interesting listen to help pass the time, but please don't hold high expectations as I did based on the reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madalyne 07-09-13
    Madalyne 07-09-13
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    "A Cautionary Tale"
    What didn’t you like about David DeBoy’s performance?

    droning pace. Might well have been narration of a turtle race.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Intriquing premise. Well researched. Character development very shallow. Characters not likeable. Author tried to tell too many stories. Became quite preachy in section about research scientist. Ending suggests this could be a continuing saga....PLEASE no sequels for this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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