DiSemblance [NOOK Book]


2012 eLit Silver Medal Winner - Fantasy/Science Fiction

The lines between reality and virtual reality blur and the result is murder.

Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father's secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as...

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2012 eLit Silver Medal Winner - Fantasy/Science Fiction

The lines between reality and virtual reality blur and the result is murder.

Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father's secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer's new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

"A Marvelous, fast-paced thriller, sure to appeal to teen science-fiction aficionados and the uninitiated alike."

"Branham does a brilliant job creating suspense....She ramps up the tension by keeping readers guessing over the identities of Jason's foes and about how Jason's situation ties in with the hunt for the killer."

"Jason's love for his father and his motivation to find out what happened to him are particularly refreshing."

"The characters of Jason and Isaac are...cool enough to rise to the occasion...making readers feel like they are rooting for real young men."

Jill Allen, Clarion Review (4 Stars)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044659629
  • Publisher: Shanae Branham
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 274 KB

Meet the Author

I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo.I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet.I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20’s my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.As I have spent over twenty years wrestling with my language disabilities–turning them into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.
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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    When I started the book, I thought, cool, this sounds like Star

    When I started the book, I thought, cool, this sounds like Star Trek, and you can imagine my glee when the character describes it the same way. But that’s about it when it comes to Star Trek. From there we are thrown into mystery, murder, suspense and a true thriller novel. There is a total uniqueness to this story that really impresses me, especially with the direction that YA/Teen novels are currently progressing. This one will satisfy those who want a mystery minus the paranormal.

    The characters themselves do not have an even flow. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not. Being that Jason and Isaac had basically been social outcasts since their father cut them off from the world and homeschooled them plus kept them mentally tuned to technology than with sociology there should be an awkwardness to them. Sometimes I felt that, but then there were times that when they should have been basically falling over themselves, they weren’t. The romantic chemistry between the characters didn’t mesh very well either and I feel that could definitely use an overhaul.

    There are layers of stories here which in turn gives the reader different character personalities and has the reader keeping their thinking cap on. What will happen to this couple? Who is real? How in the world did they do that? More questions, but the ending does a pretty good job of giving you the answers needed until the next book comes out.

    All in all it was interesting read and again, for those who are looking for something a bit more grounded, almost Mission Impossible style, they will surely enjoy this book. Those who are all out techno wizards will also enjoy this book. Read only paranormal or contemporary? You will probably not enjoy this, but hey, not every book is for every person.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

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    DiSemblance is a thrilling and suspenseful mystery full of twist

    DiSemblance is a thrilling and suspenseful mystery full of twists and turns that leave you yelling,"What happens next.” or, “I did not expect that…”. Jason is an intriguing character that has a unique way of thinking and we are constantly trying to figure things out before him. Detective Bruce Durante is a seasoned cop through and through. Like a bloodhound with the scent of its quarry, he does not give up without a fight. Switching between Jason’s point of view, and then Bruce’s, really gives you a good insight into each character. This is a book where you do not know who did it until the very end. Disemblance is a riveting and captivating story that will have you thinking long after you have put the book down!

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Definition of dissemblance: The state of being disguised or conc

    Definition of dissemblance: The state of being disguised or concealed behind a false apperance.

    This book was amazing! This book is another example of why I love indie authors. After receiving the request, I read through it thoroughly as I always do. Sometimes if I don’t have time, I will come back to the request at a later date. I read the synopsis and thought, no this book is not my type at all. For the most part I don’t read fantasy and I definitely don’t do futuristic, so I was pretty sure I would pass on this request. However, the mystery side of it caught my attention and so after some thought, I decided to read this book and I’m sure glad I did.

    The book was very fast paced. The chapters are short and immediately you are caught up in the story. Flip flopping back and forth basically between Jason’s point of view and Det. Durante’s point of view and so you have to keep reading because you have to find out what happened to Jason, but it’s after the chapter involving the detective, and so on and so on and so on. The pages just flew.
    I really enjoyed the idea and plot of the story. It had my head spinning throughout the entire book and especially in the end. There is no up and down with the book, the story just carries from beginning to end. I liked all of the characters and I especially liked how the author was able to weave in just a little bit of personal side story to get you hooked with the characters.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. I would highly recommend this to those who enjoy thrillers and mysteries, as well as fantasy and futuristic. This story will knock your socks off!

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Keeps you guessing... and guessing... and guessing...

    DiSemblance is a fast paced, utterly suspenseful, thriller filled with a variety of exciting elements ~ murder, mystery, the incredible advancements of technology, and a hint of the paranormal. It’s nearly impossible to tell what world is real and what is merely a figment of the imagination or, more likely, the result of very talented software programming. A real brain scrambler, DiSemblance will keep your eyes locked onto each turning page until the very last word.

    There is no denying the unbelievable pace this novel sets for itself. Reader’s are taken right to the middle of the action, which includes the whole murder/mystery aspect I’ve mentioned, leaving you searching to the next pages for more information. Who’s the killer? What does it have to do with Tanner’s invention? What the heck is going on?!? The fast pace was grasping, but for me, it also left something to be desired in regards to the characters and their relationships.

    I’m a character driven reader, so maybe I’m a little more judgmental when it comes to character building, but I didn’t feel that connection to the characters ~ I want to know them to the point that I could carry on a conversation with them. Weird, I know, but that's the type of reader I am. There wasn’t much time spent on revealing the personalities and emotions of the character. I couldn’t feel the truth of their words and actions. And as for the relationships… The turmoil between Bruce and his wife and the budding attraction between Jason and Boston felt rushed. What led up to Bruce’s downward spiraling marriage? And where is that turning point that makes the relationship change direction? And how does Boston come to trust Jason so completely? He saves her from an atrocious situation, but is a complete jerk afterward ~ I don’t know as it merits the complete and unconditional faith that Boston seems to have in him.

    I guess I like a lot of background when it comes to characters and how they relate to each other ~ conversations and inner-dialogue that allows you not only to get to know the characters, but to understand what they are feeling and who they are to each other.

    Now don’t get me wrong, this really isn't a big deal when it comes to the story itself ~ the focus is on the storyline more than it is the characters… and the storyline ROCKS! The mystery is perfectly set, and the little clues and gradual revelations keep readers engaged throughout the whole novel. Totally has that "OMG" factor that we all love so much ;).

    You never can tell what’s real and what isn’t, and it’s that question that is so freakin’ intriguing. Could you imagine being in a world you think you know so well, only to discover that what you’re seeing isn’t the truth? The lines of reality and lies are blurred until the end is revealed a little at a time. “Good books don’t reveal their secrets all at once…” :) It’s because of the holodeck that the author is able to create this world of alternate realities.. You know, Star Trek? You can create any kind of world you want in a tiny little room… Ahhh, technology...

    I totally want one :)

    All in all, very fun read.. As I said, there’s a little hint of paranormal, but you’ll just have to read it to find out what that is ;).. I know ~ it’s torture…but I have to give you something to wonder about :)… Great potential for this author ~ look forward to future endeavors!

    3.5 out of 5 stars from this reader :)

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