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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Remarkable second book

If you could sum up Reflex in three words, what would they be?

Great Second Book

What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the characters to life almost as much as Mr. Gould. Each voice matched the voice I gave them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The rescue,built up to throughout the book it did not disappoint.

Any additional comments?

Second books are hard to get right, this one not only continues the story but improves it. The characters grew naturally, as well as their abilities.

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Horrible story telling and structure

I could not finish this book as I had to stop at chapter 4 due to the irrelevant overly descriptive nature of the story.
The story progressed ever so slowly and had way too much details for the most irrelevant "scenes".
Expect to read/listen to a 10 minute description of a cactus plant or a passing tumble weed that play no role in the book what so ever!
I think the author should work on "Setting the Stage" in a more constructive and relevant manner to the story line and avoid getting side tracked.

Side note: the author often uses stereotypical metaphors to get a point across. While I'm ok with that, I find it in bad taste and some will find it flat out offensive.

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great performance

Good story made great by the performance. Very engaging read. You really should read the first Jumper to appreciate this one.

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Jumper Reflex

I have enjoyed these first two books and the side Story with Griffen, I can't wait to listen to the rest of the books.

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Maybe even better than the first

I loved this sequel, and my geeky mind loved hearing the Science [fiction] behind the ability. There were a few bits of this story that I kind of glazed over, but they were probably necessary parts and overall I thought it was a great book.

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Gripping from the first page

Loved this book couldn't have been happier with the plot and pace.

Are the ethnic accents appropriate in audio books? This was my first one.

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Great sequel!

Loved the 2nd book too :-)
Surprised how different a story it is compared to the movie.
But listening was gripping, and a "page turner"
(Ok, I said it !!!)
Let's start #3 :-)

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mostly boring

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

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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!

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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.

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