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

The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?
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Publisher's Summary

In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever.…

When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.

As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

Learn how the mysterious reappearances begin in The First, and don't miss Jason Mott's unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family navigating this unusual new reality and given a second chance at life.

©2013 Jason Mott (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    AudioAddict 09-27-13
    AudioAddict 09-27-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."

    STORY- The Sparrow is the second of three prequels to Mott's book "The Returned." People all over the world are returning from the dead -- yes, returning, seemingly normal and unharmed, not zombies. This is the touching story of a young girl who returns. It's very short and enjoyable. The only problem is that it's a prequel, so if you want to find out where these people are coming from and why, you gotta buy the book. Nevertheless, it was free and I enjoyed the 40 minutes I spent listening to it.

    NARRATOR - Good job, nothing special.

    OVERALL - I think it's worth the time and the free download whether you plan to buy "The Returned" or not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 04-01-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 04-01-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "So so prequil to The Returned"

    Maybe worth the couple of bucks it cost, this 40 minute prequel is fairly blah. I purchased all 3 prequels after I'd heard the story and frankly, it is a waste of money by them. Listen to them first if you plan on listening to The Returned.

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    Amazon Customer 03-27-15
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    "Awesome"

    I thought the story was vivid and the narrative voice brought you really into the book.

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    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 01-08-15
    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Intighing"

    Well produced. Excellent story with a unique tale. Quite a teaser to make you interested in his full work.

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    "love it"

    this is the best book ihave ever read short but simple.
    it was a beautiful story.

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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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    "Cold and eerie."

    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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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-28-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2015

    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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    "Good, but too early to tell"

    This is another prequel to The Returned. My review is similar to "The First" but this story goes a little deeper. It explores the different reactions that people would have in this type of phenomenon. Still too early to fairly evaluate the book (The Returned.)

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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

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

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    "Best of the Three"

    Again another love! This one has more of a heart pulling feel to it than the first one. I think having it centered around a child does that to you.

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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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    "Second 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 second prequel to the novel, another of the returned is introduced. Ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa, who has returned almost 20 years after she and her mother were killed by soldiers in Sierra Leone, was found on the side of the highway by Matt and Heather Campbell.

    Tatiana's story occurs about six weeks after The First (the first prequel to The Returned). By this time, thousands of people have returned from the dead all over the world. Matt and Heather have often wondered what would happen if they encountered one of the returned, and now they have. Unfortunately, they do not always agree about the best course of action for the young girl.

    The title of this prequel comes from a story that is told by the young Tatiana. It provides an interesting backstory that makes her tale that much more interesting. Even so, I didn't enjoy this story quite as much as I enjoyed The First. The character of Matt was not entirely pleasant, while his wife was a bit too pleasant. They didn't seem like a very good match. Their interactions with Tatiana also seem to be unusual. Nevertheless, the story is still compelling enough for me to want to read The Returned when it is released.

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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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    "hmm never thought of that..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    Good narration but with this one the story starts to take shape and make me want to orderr the full book. I had not thought about all the aspects of what happens when someone returns. In this one, I had a lot of questions. Do they remember their deaths? Will the evil and the innocent return? And the "centers" is this shelter for the lost or detention centers? Would you want to leave heaven to sit in a detention center?


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

    Just the prequels, but I am going to get the full book soon


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    I liked the young woman, but the girl was not my favorite in narration terms.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Aroused my curiosity


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    "A Child's Tale"

    Sometimes we don't see the truths in front of us... Because we can't... Because we don't want to... Because we want to believe a different truth... But the truth will always be there in the end.

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    "So touching!"

    This was a very touching story, loved that the wee wasn't influenced by her husband and continued to have faith in humanity. A great quick read, looking forward to the next book.

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    "A touching follow up."

    A touching follow up come prequel to the original book. A sad little story considering what happens but it was good to keep that world alive a little bit longer after finishing the main book.

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  • nicole
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    "This is turning into a very interesting story"

    I'm very glad they released these prequels for free, as they are a brilliant way of finding out if you like an author and I would have regretted missing this one. Despite the heavy handed advertising this is turning into a very interesting story for syfy fans.

    So far these stories are more about human interest, the impact of the returnees and the general population's reaction to them, than horror. While there is no display of powers or abnormalities beyond resurrection, this reminds me more of the 'TV series The 4400, than anything else. The story is centered around a child who died in terrible circumstances with her mother, only to find herself resurrected in a strange country and taken in by a couple of strangers. It is told through the eyes of both the child and the female from this couple, which gives you both sides of the story and makes the plot more interesting.

    I am pleased to see that there is a different narrator from the first story. While Therese Plummer is reasonably good I would have preferred it if they had used the same narrator as the main book, the reason being that finding out if you like the narrator, it is just as important as if you like the author for me.

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