Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series, #2)
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Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series #2)

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In 1947 a Santiago-bound plane crashes into the Andes minutes after confirming its landing time.

In 2003 a passenger plane nosedives into the Bavarian National Forest during a routine flight.

Although separated by more than 50 years, these tragedies are linked by seven letters:

S, T, E, N, D, E, C.

On board Flight DFU323 in 2003 is Saskia Brandt - a woman who holds the answe...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Writer as a Stranger
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Flashback is the second book in the Saskia Brandt series. I have read the first book, Déjà Vu—which you can see my review under that book—so I'm not sure how Flashback would be for someone who has not read the prior book. [I believe the reader should be able to read this book without reading the first one.] Flashback focused on two mysterious plane crashes (one true to history and the other fictionalized for the book.) It's a technothriller mystery as the reader tries to piece together what happ...more
Gigi Frost
Dr. Ian Hocking brings a refreshing aspect to time travel. The books are an embodiment of the terminology "technothriller". Though the Saskia Brandt Omnibus may be placed under the sci-fi category, it is most definitely in a class of it's own. I most enjoyed the fact that being a "sci-fi" book, the entire story stayed rooted on planet Earth. These three books are an obvious culmination of the time and study the author dedicated to the idea of travelling through time and addressing well-known his...more
I won an ebook of this book from a giveaway on another website.

I delved into this book without reading Déjà Vu, though my friend let me read the summary from the third book in the series that she won.

It was a quick read, seeing that I managed to finish it within one day. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Saskia and Jem, immensely. Each one was carefully crafted and full of dimension. The relationship between Saskia and Jem tugged at my heart a bit and kinda wish to see more of their interac...more

This book was given to me as part of a series in exchange for an honest review. Although I had the Omnibus I opted to review each book individually, keeping in mind the fact that it was related to other books that expanded the story. This is not a summary - for that read the description. For a review, read on (no promises it will be good though)!

Crisp and contained, the writing manages to instill a sense of fullness with few words. Ian Hocking contrives to write a non-linear linear stor...more
I loved Deja-Vu, and this book continues the time travel theme, with the first few chapters written in an almost Memento-esque style where each steps back further into the past to add additional context to the chapter you've just read.
Flashback is less about the technology and process of time travel, and more about the effects it has on the psychology of the travellers, particular those who have spent a few too many years in the past...

It is intelligently written and quite complex in places, and...more
R J Mckay
Saskia Brandt is magical (or so it seems) and Ian Hocking has a mind that few of us can follow, as Flashback shows us so clearly.

Flashback has to be absorbed, not just read in the lackadaisical way we read most fluffy novels. You must really pay attention to where and when you are to make sure keep up. Sketch out a timeline … write notes … whatever it takes to keep from falling way behind. If not, you are the one who becomes lost in time with no choice but to go backwards and reread it. That’s...more
I really like the way Hocking writes. The depth of characterization and world building, the technology, the approach to time travel. All excellent. And the way he draws out the mysteries of the story is just fantastic! I didn't have trouble keeping up with the differing time lines, nor the characters identities though I can see how some might. The tone of this book is less hopeful than the first, more world-weary, but that's fitting given the change in circumstances. I greatly appreciated Saskia...more
Book two of the Saskia Brandt series jumps between two different times, years apart and two different plane crashes that are somehow connected.

I was often confused, had to back up, reconnect and plunge forward, kind of like the story. Saskia, the main character did not play a huge roll this time out and another time traveler, Cory, seemed to be the main focus. Fortunately, Jem gave us her flare for warmth and being 'human'-in spite of her appearance!

If you enjoy techno-thrillers with TONS of dar...more
As with the first book in the series, the story is complex and switches through time, it has time travel as a core so that's not surprising. Very well researched as expected, but this detail gets in the way of the story not too much, I like detail, but it can become annoying. Then there are jumps to the next section which could do with more character interaction. If you haven't read the first you will feel lost not because of plot links but because the background isn't clear.
Very, very different but good.
Kerri Allen
A promising sequel to the first book, although confusing at times. A great storyline none the less. This book appeared to focus on Cory rather than Saskia which was a bit surprising but I think it was a great way to see the world from a different perspective.
Looking forward to diving into book 3
Martin Cooper
I can't say I enjoyed this a much as the first book to be honest it was a bit of a slog towards the end. The plot was a bit vague and difficult to follow and some sections seemed to drag on, not a book I would recommend or read again, sorry Ian
Downloaded this a while ago but never got around to reading it. I liked it better than the first one as I was able to understand it better - the first one was very confusing. Hopefully the third book will be as easy to understand and read.
The general concept was good, liked the characters and the general premise. In the middle of the book, i got totally confused as to who was doing what and why.
James Love
A very well crafted book with twists and turns everywhere
I recommend this to everyone as a thriller as well as a SciFi
Great story just really complicated (again). Need a break before I can read book 3!
Stuart Gilbert
Very much looking forward to the third book being released this year. :)
Almost better than the first one!

And really looking forward to book 3!
Michael Brewer
A bit confusing, but that's the nature of time travel I guess.
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I'm a university lecturer and researcher based in Canterbury, UK.

For the most part, I write thoughtful, character-based science fiction thrillers with a philosophical edge. These include Déjà Vu, Flashback, and The Amber Rooms (in the Saskia Brandt Series) and Red Star Falling (in the Agents Temporal Series). Déjà Vu won the Red Adept Science Fiction Award.

Otherwise, I have been known to write com...more
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