7th Son: Descent [NOOK Book]

Overview


As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown--- unwitting human clones---as part of a project called 7th Son.

The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted ...

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Overview


As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown--- unwitting human clones---as part of a project called 7th Son.

The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president's murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he may know the seven better than they know themselves.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hutchins's debut SF thriller, the first in a trilogy, has the unusual distinction of starting life as a popular podcast. The fast pace set from the beginning serves the story well in audio or print, especially considering that most of the characters are clones of the same man. They're sent to find their “Alpha” after he rigs a proxy assassination of the president of the United States through stolen government technology capable of unleashing chaos everywhere. Hutchins successfully fleshes out each clone as a separate personality, from happy everyman John Smith to the priest who fears that, as a clone, he has no soul. Though there's not a lot for the hard SF crowd, thriller readers seeking edge-of-your-seat action flavored with conspiracy and futuristic tech will love every page. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The assassination of the President by a child is quickly followed by the abduction of seven very different men—all unknown to one another and all identical clones. Tapped by a secret government organization to find the man behind the assassination, the seven clones embark on a journey into the mind of a criminal and into their own past. VERDICT Initially released as a downloadable podcast and in print for the first time, this opener launches an action-packed trilogy that combines political conspiracy and tomorrow's bioengineering to create an accessible package for fans of conspiracy theories and high-tech speculative fiction. Backed by major online publisher promotion, including original songs recorded under the name of one of the characters, this should also appeal to fans of multimedia fiction.
Kirkus Reviews
Seven clones created by a top-secret government program attempt to stop their evil progenitor's insane plans-first of a trilogy developed from a popular podcast. Following the inexplicable assassination of the U.S. president by a four-year-old boy, shadowy government agents round up seven men. They find that they have many things in common: appearance, memories up to age 14, names (all some variation on "John Michael Smith"). At first incredulous and outraged, the seven eventually get the idea and begin to cooperate with one another and with the project's sponsors, Dr. Kenneth Kleinman and Brigadier General Orlando Hill. Alpha, their progenitor, they learn, has gone rogue; what's worse, Alpha stole technology enabling him to copy and download minds into another's brain, either replacing the original personality entirely or dominating it so that the original's memories are still available. Eventually it becomes clear that the child assassin was actually carrying a copy of Alpha's mind. But what did Alpha hope to gain by slaying the president? And why does he keep leaving cryptic messages challenging the seven, in effect, to stop him?For the teenager/conspiracy-theory audience, some good ideas and plenty of action. For more wary, reflective readers, preposterous twaddle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429983815
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,149,140
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


J.C. HUTCHINS created the podcast trilogy 7th Son, and the trilogy has had more than 3.5 million total downloads. He lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
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    Posted January 3, 2014

    #5 ~ Steel

    Not close at all. Keep going. Fifth: ((Unscramble!)) Eth nyol eabs rstule 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

    Wonderful! I highly recommend this a thrilling page turner

    I first was introduced by podcast. Love the author, his work speaks for its self. "READ ME!"

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    AWESOME!!!

    I had listened to this novel as a podcast. The book is even better! This is a thriller in every way. Can't wait for book two! I have to listen to the podcasts again after reading this book because I just couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story again. Great job J.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Simply Amazing

    I'm actually a fan from before the book was published and after reading another reader's critique, I'm not going to really go into the plot.

    This is a thrill ride. Nothing more, nothing less. JC introduces you to seven interesting people, they are people that you want to know. You also have to keep in mind that this book is part of a trilogy. So, 'Descent' is just the beginning.

    Nothing is always as it seems and to go deeper, you have to read or listen to the rest of this rollercoaster of a ride.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    entertaining science fiction tale

    At Bowling Green College in Kentucky, four years old Jesse Fowler kills President Griffin slicing the POTUS's throat when he was being kissed on the cheek. The Secret Service grabbed the child and his parents; a week later Jesse was dead and no one understood why.

    Government agents grab seven men of interest. Each looks similar enough to be at least siblings if not septuplets. Their memories up until they turned fourteen are identical and their names are offshoots of John Michael Smith. They react to what the Feds tell them in the same way as if they go through the phases of forming a strong cohesive group; this includes their hosts Dr. Kenneth Kleinman and Brigadier General Orlando Hill. The seven know that they are the "offspring" of Alpha, who stole top secret government technology that enables him to download a mind to override the original person's brain. The seven are his clones, but like their hosts none of them comprehend why their Alpha killed the President with a copy of his mind inside the preschooler or why he plays cryptic games with his seven clones.

    This is an entertaining science fiction tale that opens with the toddler assassin and never slows down. Although the enigmatic taunting seems old hat as does the cloning, the key to this fast-paced tale is the seven Smiths all have distinctive personalities and lifestyles even with their same origins; for instance Father Thomas questions whether he has a soul being a clone or father Jack was going to watch ironically D.A.R.Y.L. with his two daughters. Readers will enjoy DESCENT although Alpha acts too typical of a villain, his clones make for a lively science fiction thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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