Reflex

Reflex

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by Steven Gould
     
 

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D
avy 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

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D
avy 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....

Editorial Reviews

Charles de Lint
"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. You don't need to have read Jumper to enjoy the new novel, but [it's] highly recommended."
House Writer
"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." STARRED REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982911914
Publisher:
digitalNoir publishing
Publication date:
10/18/2010
Series:
Jumper , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
82,354
File size:
911 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Gould is the highly acclaimed author of JUMPER. He lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, writer Laura Mixon.

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Reflex 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Reading-Pro-Randall More than 1 year ago
Sometimes an author looks back on a previous work and wishes they could have done some things differently or added more to a story. I don't know if that is true in this case, but Reflex is an outstanding example of a sequel that both adds-to and enhances its preceding story. In my experience, sequels often accomplish the opposite (ruin the original), so it was refreshing to read Reflex. I enjoyed Jumper, and actually liked the movie as well, though it didn't exactly follow the narrative of the book. But the follow-up story takes the premise a step or two further and definitely in the right direction. I highly recommend this book (whether or not you've read Jumper), and look forward to future works from Steven Gould.
JosephCopeli More than 1 year ago
Although it took a while, it's a good thing that Reflex, the sequel to Steven Gould's Jumper, came along. The main problem with the first book, despite the appealing premise, was the lack of a plot-moving conflict until late in the story. Reflex redeems the series (can it be called that?) by getting the action started very early on and the book thrills almost until the last page. Like the first book, Gould spends a considerable amount of time on speculation and experimentation concerning Davy's teleportation ability, but unlike Jumper, it doesn't become the main concern of the book. Reflex opens ten years after the end of the last book. Davy and Millie are married and the former is doing occasional work for the NSA, sticking to ethically acceptable missions. Davy is drugged and kidnapped to a secret location by a shadowy organization that appears to have great influence in political and economic affairs, and ties to the NSA. They chain him to a wall to prevent him from teleporting and implant a device in his chest that is used to both torture him and condition him to do their bidding. Gould does a great job coming up with a method for his seedy antagonists to stop Davy from teleporting away when unchained, and at the same time, forcing Davy to cooperate with them. The more you learn about the system, the more ingenious it seems. Meanwhile, Millie uses her newfound teleportation power to search for Davy. Through contacts in the NSA, FBI and witnesses of Davy's kidnapping, Millie pieces together many clues that lead her very close to where Davy actually is and put her in danger as well. Gould's writing in this sequel seems to have grown up along with his characters. Gone are the angst-filled moments that Davy frequently had in Jumper and the writing style is generally more reader-friendly and less cringe-inducing (Jumper was definitely Young Adult, while Reflex seems a bit more mature). For some reason, I particularly enjoyed that the chapters alternated between Davy and Millie's point-of-view. Whereas Jumper lacked any well-developed antagonists, Reflex has a few, most notably Hyacinth Pope, the femme fatale that kidnapped Davy and antagonizes him with threats of abuse and seduction. All in all, Reflex was an exciting read. The polish and development of this book makes Jumper seem like it was written solely for the purpose of getting Reflex made. Although I haven't seen the movie Jumper, it's pretty clear they made major changes to give the story a better plot and more action than the first book had. Instead of going to all that trouble, I think they should have skipped Jumper and made a movie from Reflex. It would have been more of a spy thriller than a sci-fi blockbuster, but there are plenty of moments for action and CGI effects (and it would have been truer to the source material). The experimentation with teleportation, the human element of Millie searching for her husband, the interesting baddies to root against and the solid plot of Reflex would have made a much better choice for movie adaptation, just as these elements made Reflex a much better book than Jumper. [Disclosure: This review also appears on FingerFlow.com, a site for review and discussion of creative works.]
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Overall, this book was good-at the most. The beginning was very interesting, but afterward it became slow. What I finally found in this book was the Palidans. What I didn't get was that they used if for his power. It was great ehen Millie was able to jump. What I still didn't get what why did the others have implants? Did they have powers too? But overall the book was good. Can't wait to read Griffin's Story!!!!!!!
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Regina Brady More than 1 year ago
i really emjoyed not only this book but its predicessor jumper. both are examples of goulds brilliant mind
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