The Device

Posted 20 April 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

The DeviceThe Device by Patrick Skelton
Published by Patrick Skelton on 2010-09-28
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi
Pages: 284
Source: author | eBook
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

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

A mysterious device.

A physicist with advanced medical knowledge.

A man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he loves.

When John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowat--a retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government. As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret. His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity.

THE DEVICE is a character-driven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles. Fans of speculative fiction--George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World---will enjoy the frightening climax.

My Review

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.

My Recommendation

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!!

 

About Patrick Skelton

Patrick Skelton lives in Columbus, OH with his wife. When he isn’t writing, he’s playing the guitar, singing and recording.

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