Trial Run (Fault Lines)

Trial Run (Fault Lines)

by Thomas Locke

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Reese Clawson's work is mind-bending--literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness--and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies. But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers--an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert
computer encryption.

Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate? As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.

With a concept so daring and writing so gripping, readers will swiftly fall under the spell of Thomas Locke's endlessly creative mind. This thrilling psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave them turning the pages and grasping for solid ground.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441223371
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Fault Lines , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 566,913
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary. Learn more at
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

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Trial Run 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won a free copy of Trial Run and Flash Point. I just finished reading Trial Run and I have to say, I've read most of Thomas Locke's works both under this name and Davis Bunn, and have to say he has out done himself. He was already one of my favorite authors and I'm impressed with the diversity of his works but this thriller moved him to the top of the list! I'm anxious to start Flash Point. I'm not going to give a synopsis of the story, it would only take away from the intensity of the moment as you read. Just be prepared to lose a little sleep because it's hard to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't let the mb fool you.
Toria94 More than 1 year ago
Trial Run, the new techno-thriller by Thomas Locke, is not my normal choice of reading material. I tend to prefer mysteries where my brain can get some much needed exercise. Having said that, I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this read from the very beginning. Interestingly enough, I’d heard of drug runners using night vision goggles in order to drive at night without lights. According to however, the likelihood of a person really being able to drive like that, especially at high speeds, is nil. Even trained professionals would supposedly have trouble. In other words, don’t try this at home. Otherwise, it makes for a good introduction to the book though and a way to get some of the main characters introduced into the plot. The book is written in such a way that you do have to put your thinking cap on in order to keep track of the multiple aspects of the overall plot. It’s like watching two different shows at once that are related but still different. There are the good guys, or those who wish to use the time travel technique for positive purposes, and the bad guys, those who have a totally different and darker agenda in the works. All in all I highly recommend Locke’s new book which gives you pause for thought and allows you to escape into an interesting world where the battle between good and evil continues, but I won’t tell you who wins the first round so as not to spoil the ending. Enjoy! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
Explosive. Riveting. Nail-bitingly good. Imagine a world where anything you do in a precognitive state (future or past events happen in a dream state) can and does literally happen. For Trent it's a very real problem. Two shadow organizations fight one another to find solutions to their "problems." This is one of many of Thomas Locke's (a pseudonym of Davis Bunn) books. Mostly built on physics concepts, with a character (Trent) who has waking precognitive dreams, the book is a non-stop thrill ride. While the main thrust of the book is science fiction, it is also suspenseful and a thriller. It has received five stars from myself as I found the book hard to put down once I was into the book. I didn't have a huge problem with the plot or characters, setting or the its themes. If anything I found most of the characters likeable, with a smattering of bad guys. Overall, I truly liked this book. Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I'm going to admit right up front that I didn't understand the theories behind the quantum physics or the space-time continuum. But the story was so well crafted that it didn't matter. While this novel is science fictionesque it reads completely like a suspense/ thriller. The whys behind what the characters were experimenting with made little sense to me but I quickly became entangled in the overall plot. Rather than be caught up in all of the experiments with the different characters I was drawn into their personal stories and all the swirling plots to undermine and take out the competitors. I really like Thomas Locke (and Davis Bunn)'s work and I really think this is my favorite novel yet. I'm not particularly fond of sci-fi type of books but this piece of literature seemed to move me beyond that. Yes there is plenty of science fiction going on but there is also mystery and intrigue and a bit of romance as well. I think it will appeal to a large audience. Now let me tell you about the ending without telling you about the ending. By the time I reached the last page of the last chapter I was worn out. The story came to a nice conclusion. It had a bit of a cliff hanger but not a completely torturous one. The major dilemmas were solved and the characters were in situations that made sense. While the main themes were wrapped up there were things that made you wonder what was going to happen. And then I read the excerpt for book two . . . now that was torture! That little snippet gave just enough information to make me wish I could travel into the future and read the conclusion, just like the fictional characters in the book. How appropriate. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Wow. I really like Thomas Locke’s books, but I wasn’t sure how I would like a techno-thriller. It’s just not my genre, you know? But man, this guy can write! When you pick up this book, hold on! It will be a wild ride. But so worth it! It’s about two teams of scientists in two different parts of the world who are exploring out-of-body experiences, for very different reasons, and a grad student who receives advanced algorithm calculations in his dreams. All this techie, science-y stuff is beyond me, but it was so interesting. It was also an adventure to figure out who were the good guys, who were the bad guys, and whom you can trust. It was a book that I would think about when I was not reading it, wondering about my own safety in ascending, or would I be able to remember all the details so I could accurately help the team in its mission. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I give it five stars (out of five.) The only disappointment is that the next book in the Fault Lines series doesn’t come out until next summer, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to those who like a story steeped in science and technology. I think guys would like it, as well as women. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a good beginning to a new series. I don't know a lot of computer language so I would get a little confused here and there but I always got caught up. I love the characters and look forward to reading the next in the series It would be nice to be able to move without moving your body. I look forward to seeing where Thomas Locke will take us next. I received a copy of this book from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Thomas Locke in his new book, "Trial Run” Book One in the Fault Lines series published by Revell gives us a techno/psychological thriller. From the Back Cover: Dr. Gabriella Speciale has assembled an international team of elite scientists with one goal in mind–to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend the limits of time and space. Reese Clawson’s mind-bending experiments aim to explode the boundaries of human consciousness–and annihilate the opposition in the process. When a terrifying discovery and a string of failed tests threaten to dismantle both programs, the key to survival may reside in the mind of a gifted grad student whose unsettling dreams have thrust him into the center of a dangerous battle for control. Let me put it to you this way I think Thomas Locke is a master craftsman! And that simply means we are in for a great story. There are three groups involved: one wants to use it for knowledge, the second is looking for a new weapon and the third is looking to stop them. Both the first two groups want to stop the third. This is exciting stuff. “Trial Run” will keep you turning pages while leaving chores unattended and it is so worth it. Mr. Locke is an excellent writer and makes all his characters believable and you care deeply for them as he deftly unfolds the plot before us. I am so glad that this is just the beginning of his new series and that there will be more stories soon. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Mind games are under way, except these games are life and death. With twists and turns through this whole book, each page is chalked full of mind bending experiments and outcomes that leave you wondering what is going to come next. This is book one in the Fault Lines series. Pro's: Interesting! This book had me thinking and learning all sorts of new words and ideas. It's not a book I would normally pick up, but the storyline was easy to follow. Con's: It became a bit too technical when talking about computers and mind experiments at times where I ended up skimming over parts as it was above my level of knowledge. Recommendation: If you enjoy a bit of sic-fi mixed with suspense mixed with secrecy, this book is for you!! Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Trial Run by Thomas Locke was a story with a very interesting premise. It is at times difficult to explain and there are quite a few key characters to keep track of. This is a bit of a science fiction story of people leaving their physical bodies and being able to travel to places with their conscience mind. A place where time is not what we know as in the physical realm. One group wants to use this new technique for good, to heal people, and another wants to be able to use it for the government for less than noble reasons. There are a couple of love stories woven in for the romantics and this also talks about quantum physics, and I hope maybe tie in time travel as well in future books. I am intrigued and do want to see where Mr. Locke takes us with his story. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
RussHanley More than 1 year ago
Trial Run Review I loved “Trial Run” and am eagerly awaiting Locke’s next installment in this series. What if someone developed a technology to allow ordinary people to have “out of body” experiences that took them outside of time and place making them able to view a particular event in time or travel to a far-away place? Could they manipulate the outcome of future events? Could it be used for nefarious purposes to exercise power? “Trial Run”, Thomas Locke’s latest offering is a real “mind-bender” where he explores what could happen if there were such a technology. The story concept is brilliant and the writing is tight and very well done. The inventor of the technology, Gabriella Speciale is working with a group of scientists in Southern Europe who wish to use the technology to help people, whereas others, under the leadership of Reese Clawson, wish to use it to garner power and will stop at nothing to further their pursuit. The conflict between these two groups, and the willingness of some to do whatever is necessary to destroy the other group, makes for an interesting and thrilling story. Thomas Locke (aka. Davis Bunn) is a true master story teller. No matter what he’s writing about in whatever genera, his stories are well researched, well written, and well worth reading.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_____________________ *My Thoughts* Hmmm. This was a tough one for me. I've told you my thoughts on most thrillers. Which is why I can't think for the life of me, why one earth I keep going back for more! I am on a countdown for all three of the NCIS series shows but there is something about thriller books that takes a lot for me to get into. Of course, I saw "book" and a familiar name so into my mailbox it went. If you ARE into suspense...this one may just throw you through a loop. Because if you too have heard of Thomas Locke, you know that he writes fantasy as well. This one is what I call an "in-between". Not fantasy but not suspense either. Sort of a "Sci-fi mystery" that keeps you guessing. I did like it because it was different...or rather, I like the idea of it. It was just really hard for me because I am not such a scientific person. It was hard for me to understand and throughout the story, I struggled. I did like the characters. In the beginning. Honestly though, I was constantly trying to figure out how one character or another fit into the story. _______________________ *Audience* While not inappropriate for older teens, due to a serious amount of scientific talk, I feel this suspense would appeal more to the older mystery lovers. ________________________ *My overall thoughts* Trial Run by Thomas Locke is more of a scientific suspense/ sci-fi then just a mystery. While the story line did appeal to me, I felt the story too confusing to keep up with for my taste. I will read Thomas Locke in the future for a second chance but this one was just not my style. _________________________ *My Rating* I give Trial Run by Thomas Locke... 3 stars!! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"Trial Run" is the kind of book that makes you ask yourself questions are makes you too scared to ask any questions at all. It is a thriller and is very though provoking to the reader. Two experiments a re taking place. One is by Dr. Gabriella Speciale who has gotten other scientists to help her try to not only control out-of-body events but to make them happen at will. Reese Clawson is conducting experiments that are mind-bending. Then something goes wrong. Is there anyone who can help? I give this boo a 4/5. Revell Publishing provided this book for a review and these are all my opinions.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Inasmuch as I truly enjoyed reading Thomas Locke's fantasy novel Emissary , I was eager to give Trial Run a shot. It is with much regret however, to say that this book did not turn out to be what I had anticipated. That's not to say that the book was crummy, it simply was not for me. In short, I found the book to be extremely perplexing, tiresome, and at times frustrating to read. If you wholly enjoy reading narratives that revolve around the principles of physics and quantum mechanics, than this book is for you! ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED: + On the positive end of things, Thomas Locke’s writing is even-handed and impeccable. Truly the writing of an author at the top of their game. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and how it came to life – what they argued about, what they were stewing over, and what they revealed throughout the plot, it was most intriguing to say the least + The tone and mood of the story, too, comes to life through Locke’s prose; the sense of impending danger and escalating tension, the interactions and energy that radiated through the experiments and trials, the way in which the scenes are filtered through the characters’ feelings is all impeccably laid out + The premise, in and of itself is alluring. I’ve always had a curious fascination with dreams and the human consciousness. Like, is it possible to make it tangible? Is it possible to extract it and transfer it into another vessel? Is it solid, liquid? What makes up the human consciousness anyway? WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED: - While I enjoy speculating on the subject of human consciousness, cryptic communication and dreams, it is not something I prefer to become fully immersed in, and therein lays the problem with this book. Most if not all of the jargon in Trial Run went far over my head; so much so, it hindered my enjoyment. I blame this fully on the way my mind processes all things. In short, I am one who tends to overly complicate simple matters and I’m not sure why! Alas, it is my given nature and the truth of the matter is, I cannot seem to find a way out of this habitual consciousness. Even so, I would imagine it reasonable, (and this is just my approach) when it comes to speculative science-fiction, that it be conveyed with an adequate amount of details to help the reader wrap their thoughts around the concept, and not with a surge of a thousand vernacular words that make the reader feel as though they are drowning in a pool of technical manuals and quantum theories if that makes any sense. I do not mean to discredit the author’s extensive research, but owing to the fact that this is the first book in its series, the premise, and the characters could have been fleshed out more subtly - In view of the in-depth dialect, I felt the array of characters within this prose lacked development. Speaking of which, I too felt that there was a large cast of characters introduced in this first book of the series to keep track of - There are literally, three different stories that take place within the complexity of science idioms, and somehow they interlace with each other; however, the stories never felt as though they connected in my view AFTERTHOUGHTS: I think I have finally established that I am not a fan of Science Fiction. That, or I have yet to read an epic tale in this genre. That said, Trial Run turned out to be a book I would not recommend or follow in its series. I realize that your mileage may v
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Buckle up and hang on! A mind-bending tale where nothing – and no one – are quite what they seem. Trial Run was a little bit of a different story than I am used to. For one thing, I'd never read a techno thriller before. Also there was no single protagonist, rather a cast of main characters, and there was no clear 'bad guy'. Instead these very different characters are connected by, sometimes tenuous, threads that are only revealed as the story progresses. At the end I was still left questioning. My concrete mind wondered what force was controlling the place they ascended/transited to? And what was the source of the images of future events, received while making ascents? But just suspend belief for awhile and enjoy the wild and dangerous ride! One of the things this book brought up, at least in my mind, is the ethics of science. How far should we go in the pursuit of knowledge? When are the consequences too great? And just how much does humankind really control? In these pages Thomas Locke presents a truly thought-provoking tale. I've been a fan of Davis Bunn (Thomas Locke) since I was a young teen and I have avidly read any of his books that come my way. He has a way of telling a great story while stretching my mind. And his descriptions, especially in Trial Run, leave me totally immersed in the story, seeing what the characters see right alongside them. On the whole this was one fascinating techno/psychological thriller, a little hard to understand at times (prions and quantum computing?), but so hard to put down. And the showdown at the end of the book was fast-paced, action-packed, and I think likely my favorite part. Fans of this genre and of Thomas Locke are in for a mind-bending treat! (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
samcivy More than 1 year ago
Trial Run,( Fault Lines) Thomas Locke © 2015 T. Davis Bunn Revell, Division of Baker Publishing Group ISBN 9780-8007-433-7 (pbk) 374 pp. Trent Major, a quiet graduate student in theoretical physics, is receiving dreams during which he writes complicated math formulas on a blackboard. He feels ordered to produce the products designed by the formulas. Shane Schearer is working on her MBA. Trent sees her in a dream ad convinces her to help him set up a business to produce his dream products. Neither of them understands why. Reese Clawson and Gabriella Speciale head up separate and rival research groups seeking to understand and experience time travel. Both are discovering major problems that threaten the lives of their assistants. Trent’s discoveries apparently will help resolve issues with the research. And trouble rises from several directions for everyone in the story. Suspense rules this exciting story. Deciding which research group were the bad guys and which the good guys wasn’t quite clear for a while, but the pace increased to keep me involved, searching for answers to problems and people’s goals. The ending is a heart-rate elevating surprise that feels ‘right’, though unexpected. A thoroughly enjoyable read, set in a futuristic time. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have written a review freely based on my own opinion.
theskett More than 1 year ago
Fast Paced Drama Thomas Locke’s use of language to paint a picture and emotional scene without wasting words engages readers in this speculative read. The strong development of character interaction lends a human dimension to the right-at-the-edge technological nature of the story. The back cover of Trial Run has a descriptive sentence that is remarkably true. “Davis Bunn writing as Thomas Locke delivers a thrilling psychological journey that will leave you turning the pages and grasping for solid ground. The reader is never sure which people are good guys and which are bad guys until the end. I did indeed find myself grasping for solid ground. Once I found it, I enjoyed the story. I had trouble keeping the characters straight for the first half of the book. Perhaps some kind of overview / simple chart would have been helpful, even just a list of who worked on the Swiss team and who did not. I agree, the story is mind-bending in scientific concepts, and it took some rereading for me to keep track of what was happening. I’d like to see more information (perhaps in future books?) about the psychological aspects, what happened to the people who were in comas, the prion that had deadly potential, etc. Trial Run provides a different kind of escape for those who read for pleasure. It takes readers into the world of what if? in a new way and leaves the door open for human potential and creativity to take the next step. Even though I had to hang on to any threads I could find to make sense of it at times, I give Locke’s latest work 4 stars for the excellent writing and enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
KBucholtz More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on the concept as soon as I read the short story prequel, Double Edge. I'm a complete neuroscience nerd and love the fringe science intertwined with known science in this story. The characters are all different and compelling, and you really get into why everyone is doing what they're doing. Maybe the bad guys are a little too "bad-guy-like" but the other two groups of people make up for it. By the last page of chapter 32 (almost halfway through the book), I was gasping at what I thought was happening! New and different and really exciting concepts! The reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that it seemed to me - just my opinion - that the excitement kind of leveled off. It kept getting more intense till about three-quarters through, and then seemed to be the same level of excitement to the end. It was good but... I like it better when it just keeps getting worse until the last few pages, and you can't stand not knowing what's going to happen. Also, there were some things brought up in the story that were SUPER INTERESTING and you didn't get a good explanation, just an okay explanation, like you would find out more in the next book. I know it's a series, but I like a book to feel finished to me, and I felt there were a few things left out. All that to say, I LOVE this kind of psychological thriller! And I definitely want to read the next book! I've got to know what happens next! Haha!! I hope you like it, too. :) Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Grabs your attention from the very beginning! Charlie Hazard goes along with Gabriella way to easily for a man who works in a risk-containment job. Even with that I feel that I would like to learn more about him. He is also VERY aware of what is going on around him. The ideas put forth in this short story about human consciousness are very far-fetched and therefore they make for a very unusual story. I was captivated by the completely imaginative sequence of events. I would love to know how the author came up with the idea for this story/series.
GM More than 1 year ago
I found Trial Run to be a very entertaining read, venturing into a most intriguing realm of an alternate reality. The author has created quite a cast of characters without obvious connections in the beginning of the adventure, but I enjoyed the journey as these relationships were revealed along the way. The mystery of how everything would ultimately be intertwined kept me engaged and turning pages! Although the technical descriptions regarding quantum physics were difficult for me to relate to, it didn't hinder my understanding of plot development. I really enjoyed Locke's writing style, with great descriptions of people, places, and action. I'm really looking forward to the next installment in this series. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.)
Robinhb More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting book. A techno-thirller that will have you on the edge of your seat and reading as fast as you can to find out what will happen. I am not technology savy, however, the manner in which Mr. Locke writes this story enables me to understand what is going on. In the places where the physics is over my head, I found that I didn't need to totally comprehend to be able to totally enjoy the story. The very idea of being able to affect the tangible with your mind makes for some exciting reading. Heart poundingly excellent in all respects. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Trial Run, the first in a series, is a book techno-thrill seekers will not want to miss. Teleportation, telepathy and treachery. Scientists, students, and ex-Ranger warrior. University officials, federal agents and lawyers. Quantum computing, interactive algorithms and messages from the future. From Santa Barbara to Switzerland three teams of characters are trying to stay ahead of each other and yet the ultimate convergence is action-packed and edge-of-the-seat thrills. The author, Thomas Locke, takes seemingly unrelated incidents and characters and expertly weaves them together as the adventures intensify and conflicts escalate. The complexity of the story keeps the reader wondering just who's good and who's bad right up until the final confrontation. And the reader is left with enough questions to want to continue the story. Hopefully, the second in the series is soon to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
kade82 More than 1 year ago
The back cover copy for the advanced reading copy of Trial Run doesn’t do justice to the book. Of course, I guess it isn’t fair to keep relying on the tried-and-true “Thrills, Chills, and On-the-Edge-of-Your-Seat Excitement!” blurb either. But Trial Run provides all that and more. Davis Bunn, who writes under the Thomas Locke pseudonym for the Fault Lines series of tech thrillers, has created a book that keeps the adrenalin pumped as the reader follows the characters on their journey into the known world of physics, algorithms, and quantum computing and the unknown world of ascends/transits. For those of us who do not read scientific or mathematics journals on a regular basis, the science is written at a level that any reader can understand and follow, and that is important if the reader is to become invested in the story. Trial Run is compelling on several fronts. Remember “Limitless”? How about “Inception”? In a time when blockbuster action movies like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World” are hits at the box office, Trial Run provides plenty of cinema-worthy action and adventure and features real world technological thinking with a what-if-it-truly-works-in-this-way scenario. There are also quiet moments where the reader gets to know the characters and their motivations (my personal favorite characters are Trent Major and Shane Schearer). There is a satisfying conclusion but the reader is also left with a cliffhanger and more to be explored in future volumes of the three-novel series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
MaryBDolmanet More than 1 year ago
It took me a couple of chapters to connect with a character in Locke’s book, but once I did it was hard to put Trial Run down. It’s all there – action, mystery, a hint of romance, and an intriguing “technology” for the lack of a better word. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Locke knows how to write. It’s pretty easy to see why he’s won so many awards. He knows his craft. I look forward to the next installment in the Fault Line series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
PSTRSWF More than 1 year ago
This is the first Thomas Locke book I've read. Although I'm not usually drawn to techno-thrillers, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Trial Run. One of the main elements I'm drawn to in a book is the writer's way with words. It's not only the characters, or the story itself, it's the skill of an author to communicate that draws me. When an author can weave an intricate tapestry of beautiful words, I'm hooked. Authors such as Louis L'Amour, Orson Scott Card, Charles Martin, and Kate Morton, although writing in different genres, all share the gift of word-weaving. Thomas Locke is a kindred spirit. My one criticism is the difficulty I had keeping the characters straight in my mind. Luckily I read it on my Nook and was able to click on a character's name and instantly go back to where they first appeared in the story, otherwise I would have been lost on several occasions. It was refreshing to read a contemporary book that wasn't filled with profanity or graphic sex and violence. Trial Run was the first in a series and I'm already looking forward to digging into the next installment. Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the book to read in return for an honest review.