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Reflex | [Steven Gould]

Reflex

Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person who can teleport. But what if he isn't? A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. But there's one thing that they don't know....
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Publisher's Summary

Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn't?

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. They have even found a way to keep a teleport captive.

But there's one thing that they don't know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life....

©2004 Steven Gould (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Though Gould continues to exuberantly press the boundaries of scientific credibility, his gift for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations against a backdrop of international concerns makes this fast-paced adventure sizzle." (Publishers Weekly)

"This is a fun, fast-paced novel that - like Gould's other books - also has a social conscience that gives it more depth than such a story might have in lesser hands." (Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)

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    Oli 09-03-13
    Oli 09-03-13 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Entertaining"

    I like this one more than the Jumper-the first in the series. It was full of action with interesting characters and unpredictable events. I wasn't expecting it to be so entertaining and I got it only because it was on sale. I'm so glad I did, and I will probably get the next one in the series. For the people who like light sci-fi, this book will hold your attention and leave you satisfied at the end. Reader was very good as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-26-12
    Karen 08-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    The fantasy merged with reality, science and politics is very entertaining. A couple of questions still linger which is a perfect primer for the sequel. I can't wait!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer freeport, pa United States 05-09-15
    Amazon Customer freeport, pa United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "good"

    great book great narrator still too much swearing but enjoying the series narrator brings it alive

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley P. Valentine 05-04-15

    Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.

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    "Great spending time with David again"
    Any additional comments?

    I was really glad to spend more time with David after loving JUMPER. Any fan of that book HAS to read this one. And for the most part, Gould delivers the goods. I don’t want to betray any spoilers. But there are disappointments right at the jump (pun acknowledged). I was hoping we’d find a younger David, but it is a good decade on from the events of JUMPER. Fine. Glad to see him as a man in his life with Millie. That’s cool. Gould does a great job imagining what life would be like for a couple with one person having this unique ability. Sense Gould also lived with these characters over the years.

    As other reviewers have stated, the plot truly kicks in when David is kidnapped. And a HUGE plot twist happens involving Millie that, let’s face it, is complete and utter nonsense. It is very nearly a deal breaker because you never really get past it. Whereas in JUMPER you quickly accept David’s ability, here the development is something you never quite accept regardless of how hard you want to and try.

    If you are able to stick with it, REFLEX pans out to be a satisfying read. I think Gould just didn’t know how to write a JUMPER novel without a protagonist learning the Jumping game. Making the mistakes and coming into their own. Gould shows with the following books in the Jumper series that he is a BIG believer in the idea that sequels need to retell the first story over again because that’s what he keeps doing (EXO is the only one that does it less and actually just builds on the concept.) If Jumper 1 is Die Hard 1, then the rest of the Jumper books are variations of Die Hard on a bus or on a boat or on a wheelchair or on a scooter, etc. Not quite as ridiculous as that, but you get my point.

    Gould knows how to build a world for his characters, and that’s what this book does the best. I just wish he capitalized on it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 03-31-15
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Sequel"

    I like it...a good Sequel...Long in the middle....opens up a possibilty...Some of the actions of Davey was more controlled than most people would do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-12
    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as first book of the series"
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    I really loved "Jumper", the first book of the series! This book lacked the impact and fast pace of the first book. The concept was good,but the story dragged. The pace was just too slow.

    I like the wit and writing style of the author and the performance by Macleod Andrews.

    This book goes beyond PG-13 in language and edginess of sex... a bit unrealistic..


    I suggest that you pass on this book or wait on other reviews.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Keener 06-19-15
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    "mostly boring"

    it lacked the freshness and adventure of the first. It needed more action. nothing special

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Amon Bensalem, PA USA 06-13-15
    John R. Amon Bensalem, PA USA 06-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Fun in the Sun

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    "great story, held my interest"

    This was a very enjoyable listen. I was always held the story and what would unfold next. Characters and scenes well developed, and very easy to create the story's images in my mind. I always looked forward to starting the story up where I left off last. The narrator did a fantastic job. Overall, it was a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan L. Smith 03-03-15

    R. Smith

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    "A tough book to get through"

    Honestly, this was a bit of a let down from the promising first book in the series. I've listened to the first three books in the Jumper series and this was by far the hardest to get through. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that this is an important book, as we have to understand how Millie becomes what she becomes. This book is set at a time 10 years after the first, so Davy and Millie are together, trying to live the life they have and deal with the challenges they face.

    The difficult part was enduring Davy's part of the story, which had very little action, just constant abuse. It wasn't necessarily exciting or fun to listen to his part, and yet that part of the story is nearly 50% of the book. My mind wandered during Davy's ordeal and I had to back up the audio to get back on track.

    Still, it is important to the series, so if you liked the first book, I believe you will love the third and you have to go through this second book to know what the heck is going on. I just finished the third and will be getting number four and "Griffen's Story" next.

    MacLeod Andrews does an excellent job as before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg D United States 01-16-15
    Greg D United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Better Than the First"
    Would you listen to Reflex again? Why?

    No, but only because it's a book filled with suspense and once you know what's going to happen, I imagine it loses a lot of its appeal.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. MacLeod Andrews does a great job whenever he's the narrator and the story held my interest much more than the first book. The characters were well defined and I really liked the "good guys" and really hated the "bad guys". Well done all around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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