The Device [NOOK Book]

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A troubled man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past leads to a chilling discovery.


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Tormented by guilt after the death of his fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog, retreating to his mountain cabin after work. While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a ...
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The Device

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Overview

A troubled man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past leads to a chilling discovery.


BOOK REVIEW FROM GOODREADS.COM "CAPTIVATING!" 4 STARS:

Tormented by guilt after the death of his fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog, retreating to his mountain cabin after work. While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river. After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object. It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase "Project Daf Yasfhat". From this moment forward, John's life and those around him are never the same.

Patrick Skelton's "The Device" is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements. Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn't tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading. Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John's life like a guardian angel? What really happened to John's biological parents? What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has? Most of all, what is the device?
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The Device is the debut novel by author Patrick Skelton, a dystopian/science fiction novel that I just couldn't put down. I am usually not a big science fiction fan because all too frequently the sci-fi aspects become the entire focus, overpowering the characters and their humanity, as well as overwhelming the story line. In The Device, the science fiction aspect enhances, rather than overpowers, the incredibly intriguing story.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012136503
  • Publisher: Midwest Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,235,962
  • File size: 163 KB

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    Enjoyed it!

    First of all, I don't understand the several 1 star, mean-spirited reviews below. Are we talking about the same story here??? I suspect the reviews are bogus, and are the result of a heated online discussion the author was involved in.

    Anyone who actually read the story would know that this is not a hard science-fiction story, as someone below mentioned that the author is "no Robert Heinlein". Of course he isn't! Patrick seems to be more of a mystery writer. The story is a character-driven mystery with small elements of science fiction. The writing is great and the twist was awesome!

    I will be waiting for Patrick Skelton's next novel...

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    Enjoyed it!

    Great read! Nice blend of sci-fi and mystery. Nice twist as well!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    An amazing story!

    The Device is the debut novel by author Patirck Skelton, a dystopian/science fiction novel that I just couldn't put down. I am usually not a big science fiction fan because all too frequently the sci fi aspects become the entire focus, overpower the characters and their humanity, as well as overwhelming the story line. I usually am left feeling like I have just read a text book rather than a fictional novel. In The Device, the science fiction aspect enhances, rather than overpowers, the incredibly intriguing story.

    It is definately a character-driven novel, but the plot is just as strong as the characters, a perfect balance that made the book that much more engrossing. John Timmons is a perfect lead, a realistic person that has real flaws that we all can relate to. Every one of the characters, main or supporting, was equally well-developed and combined to create a cast that just worked. They were all very different people, but they were so realistic that I felt myself being emotionally involved in the various scenes. There was a definate emotional roller coaster throughout the book, too, which I loved. There were scenes that were heart wrenchingly sad, others that were sweet and beautiful. There were scenes that made you angry, and others that were humorous. There was no small amount of bittersweet moments, as well.

    I love a book that pulls me in, makes me feel along with the characters, makes me feel like I know the people inside the story. I highly recommend this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

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    Sorry it is no longer available.

    Nice to see that someone can be bullied into pulling their product completely. I was going to give it a try at $0.99, but can't now.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    Horrible WASTE OF TIME!

    The Device is simply a way to rip off your hard-earned cash for a craptastic adventure to nowhere.

    DO NOT BUY!

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    sux

    dont waste your time. no heinlein here.

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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