State of Mind [NOOK Book]

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In the not-too-distant future, freedom is just a word that you willingly trade for a dozen donuts, based on the dubious promise that you can eat what you want and never gain weight. You can also take drugs with no ill effects or call a friend while surfing the web without a phone or computer. All this and more will be yours following the simple installation of a P-Chip in your brain.

After botching the arrest of the governor?s son in Los ...
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Overview

In the not-too-distant future, freedom is just a word that you willingly trade for a dozen donuts, based on the dubious promise that you can eat what you want and never gain weight. You can also take drugs with no ill effects or call a friend while surfing the web without a phone or computer. All this and more will be yours following the simple installation of a P-Chip in your brain.

After botching the arrest of the governor’s son in Los Angeles, Commander Jake Travissi is banned from law enforcement. The workaholic homicide cop spirals into depression...until he is given a rare second chance. The price? Volunteer for chip implantation and join Homeland Security’s experimental Enhanced Unit.

The grisly assassination of a prominent Nobel Laureate brings the newly formed Unit on the scene to investigate. But as the body count rises, Jake begins to realize that his actions, and even his thoughts, are not his own. Fighting to regain control of his own State of Mind, Jake finds himself embroiled in a global conspiracy to enslave the human race!

State of Mind is a cyberpunk thriller inspired by tales crafted by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson. If you liked The Matrix, Blade Runner, Inception, Avatar, and Minority Report, you’ll love State of Mind.

Even if you're not a fan of science fiction, this speculative fiction book will give you chills and stick with you long after you've finished the book.
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Editorial Reviews

Bill Hunt
A great read! A classic near-future techno-thriller, with layers of intrigue, interesting twists and just a dash of pulp mixed in for good measure. Sven Davison's State of Mind is an engrossing journey through a well-considered and completely plausible world.
Leonid Korogodski
State of Mind is an action-filled, engrossing journey across the tortuous emotional landscape of mind control, where nothing is quite what it seems—for everyone involved. A must-read for Pin Heads and God Heads alike—and for the casual observers.
Antony Jones
An intelligent, thought provoking, cinematic post-cyberpunk thriller and a great read.
Charles de Lauzirika
State of Mind is an action-packed cyber-thriller that transports us to a futuristic dystopia where the most dangerous battlefield is the human mind. Fans of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson will find much to enjoy -- and fear -- in the dark and mysterious world Sven Davison has so effectively created."
Alice Bola
There are some crazy twists and turns in this novel and the ending? One word… WOW. It totally blew me away. There are plenty of shocking, hanging on the edge of my seat moments.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012296818
  • Publisher: Bedouin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: God Head Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 389
  • Sales rank: 674,294
  • File size: 494 KB

Meet the Author

I’m a Californian by conception, a Texan by birth, and I spent fifteen years prior to college in Colorado. Like many folks my age, I was inspired by Star Wars when I first saw it in the theater at the ripe old age of seven. I saw it so many times during the summer of ‘77, I was able to recite every scene from memory.

I graduated NYU with a BFA in film and moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. It was there that I sold my screenplay Ice Cream Man starring Clint Howard, Jan Michael Vincent, Olivia Hussy, and Lee Majors II. Rent it if you suffer from insomnia.

I spent five years bouncing around Paramount Pictures in various departments, trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I took off for a while to write the action satire Blockbuster on Beaver Island (a story in itself). After this I spent ten years overseeing Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Worldwide Content Department (special features for DVD and Blu-ray). State of Mind is my second novel. I love to hike, scuba dive, and take photographs. I have also visited all seven continents. I often wonder if I’m stuck between alternate realities.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Great Sci-fi read!

    So you get a chip installed in your head and think it is going to make your job 100% easier...only to find out that you have been hacked and have done some terrible things.

    Good action, plot and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I wrote the one star review below

    Without any notification from nook, i un-archived this book. That put it in my library. The first pages still will not turn. But I used the page slider bar. Thus skipping to the first page in the first hapter, I am able to read & the pages now turn. I have not read enough to know if I will like thebook yet. Looks good though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Fast moving near future tech novel

    Reminded me of Gibson. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Plausible and really good

    This book is set in 2030 Los Angeles. It is about government mind control, and one man's attempts to fight back.

    Jake Travissi was thrown off the police force for upsetting the wrong people. He is let back on the force after he is implanted with a P-Chip. It lets a person do practically anything with their mind; access the Web, see things through the eyes of another P-Chip recipient, record video on to a computer hard drive and talk to other P-Chip recipients telepathically. A person can even regulate their metabolism so that they can eat and drink whatever they want and not gain weight. Jake is part of a three-man squad working for Homeland Security.

    Their first case is to investigate the very public murder of Dr. Veloso, a co-creator of the P-Chip. The shooter's eyes, teeth and fingerprints have been removed, making identification nearly impossible. While Jake is there, he has split-second flashes of his hands destroying the evidence. On another raid, taking out an alleged terrorist cell, Jake has more flashes of he and his colleagues doing very illegal things. He also hears voices in his head, which are the God Heads.

    Sandoval, the Director of Homeland Security, who commands the three-man squad (the Enhanced Unit), also runs a super-secret squad of P-Chip hackers. It is possible to take a person "offline," to shut down their higher brain functions, controlling them to do or say whatever you want, then plant false memories to make up for it. Jake begins to push back against the God Heads, killing one of them. In retaliation, Jake is kept offline for several weeks, and controlled to resign from the Enhanced Unit. He is constantly filled with feelings of depression and suicide by the God Heads. He is also turned into something of a donut addict, becoming a fat, lazy parody of a cop. Sandoval's intention in pushing the skyrocketing popularity of P-Chips is to become one of the elite who actually rule the world, while everyone else is kept happy in some artificial P-Chip world. With help from Dr. Morris, the P-Chip's other co-creator, Jake is able to do a lot more pushing back against Sandoval and the God Heads.

    This one is very plausible, it's more than a little spooky and it's really good. How long will it be before a cell phone, or Web browser, can be miniaturized enough to fit inside a human brain?

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended: "Technology Is In The Saddle and It Rides Mankind!"

    June,1, 2011
    by Max Nightjar

    The year is 2030 and life as we know it is drastically changed. Mind wise we are basically self serving and collective, and our brains have replaced the smart phone thru the act of implanting a P-Chip. Guess what the "P" in the P-chip stands for?

    Jake Travissi, committed a faux-pas against the powers that be. Namely he botched the arrest of the governor'son. He's fired for his brazen actions. Now he must make amends. Jake agrees to be implanted with a P Chip and to work for HLS.

    The government wants to make sure no one in this country or the world ever attacks them or even thinks about it-ever again. How? By creating the most proficient man made security system in the world - with the help of a P chip.
    The book is less than a 500 word count. The prose are tight and accurate. The action is constant,and the answers to the mysteies are well hidden. The page turning to the end is guaranteed. Virtual mind control, cyber jocks, deception, and black space.
    You'll never look at humanity the same way, again. Young or old, male or female, the story puts U in that kind of State of Mind. 'Technology Is In The Saddle And It Rides Mankind.'

    Max Nightjar

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Edgy, Entertaining and Chillingly Plausible

    This edgy futuristic techno-thriller will lead you through a bleak new world where nothing is as it seems and you can no longer trust even your own mind. Brutally realistic, chillingly plausible, this novel is manages to be both thought evoking and highly entertaining A must read!

    While the subject matter may be dense for those of us technologically impaired, it managed to capture the true question that we should all be asking ourselves: How much freedom are we willing to give up in the name of convenience? Truly, with technology becoming ever more dominant in our lives, this novel shows a chillingly plausible outcome of a time when humans are willing to merge themselves with technology simply for the luxury and convenience it can provide. The disconnect from effort, morals and even ethics was staggering as the world seems to collapse in on itself with the mass public acting as nothing more then mere cattle. And as always there is a shadow government looming in the wings to take control of the country and even the world as it seems the desire for total control and power is something that will never fall out of favor.

    The world Davison created, while plausible was also quite vast. The minute attention to detail was highly enjoyable and helped to keep those of us who are ignorant of all things technology up to speed. There are lots of complex threads and plot line surging through the book to keep readers on their toes as nothing is ever as simple as it appears. In fact, you come to find that you can't even trust the characters' own thoughts or memories. This added a dizzying aspect that made this novel more engrossing on a psychological level, something I was more able to sink my teeth into.

    The broad cast of characters were wonderfully created and brought to life. Jake, the main character of the novel, is extremely interesting with a very deeply ingrained code of ethics. While not the typical hero, there is a still a more deeply ingrained sense of right and wrong within him then any of the others. In fact, I found him utterly engrossing as we follow his rise back into the ranks of the LAPD only to be turned into a poorly controlled puppet and finally disgraced by those who sought to use him. The inner struggle shows the strength of his will as he fights for control of not only his body, but his mind. Likewise, Koren and Parks, the two other members of the P-Chipped 'Enhanced Unit', are just as wonderfully captured. However, unlike Jake, these two men are marionettes to their God Head controllers unable to decipher fact from fiction and unaware even that they are being manipulated. While good men at heart, these two lack the more ingrained convictions and set a nice contrast to Jake's struggle.

    The scope of this novel was also quite intriguing. The conspiracies run deep as facts are slowly leaked into the plot. Conflicting moments are flashed by the readers and while at first this seemed a little odd, if not confusing, these moments come to show just how strong the manipulative hold on the P-Chipped officers, or Pin Heads, really is. The memory distortion adds to the suspense as every moment and experience can be called into question.

    Overall, this was a wonderful read that I really enjoyed. Eerie in it's theme, this complex novel is filled with action and suspense and I highly recommend it to any fan techno-thrillers or science fiction.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Fantastic SciFi with a plot and great characters!!

    I was fortunate enough to stumble across the Kindle edition of this in early February. It usual takes me weeks to get through a book but I couldn't put this one down and read straight through it in a weekend. Remarkably fresh and original in a genera becoming more and more derivative of itself. I really hope is gets made into a movie because it would make a great film as well!! Write more Mr. Davison!!!

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    Posted January 31, 2013

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