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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  39 reviews
James Bannon’s debut novel, I2, is a gripping psychological thriller built on a bold science-fiction premise. On the eve of creating a revolutionary procedure by which memories can be uploaded and stored, renowned bio-software engineer Edward Frame is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Secretly turning the procedure upon himself, Frame prepares to begin life again. But someth ...more
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Published August 28th 2011 by Banco Picante Press (first published August 27th 2011)
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Julie
DNF'd at 65%. Interesting idea but BORING execution. There is nothing "thrilling" about this book. It plodded along. Heck, we didn't even get to plot until about 10% into the book...up until then it was all backstory. i finally quit because nothing of significance was happening, and I didn't care about the characters.

And the almost the entire story is written as narrative. Dialogue, dialogue, wherefore art thou dialogue? Answer: not in this book. It was strange and puzzling and...boring.

It would
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Gloria Johnson
Fascinating premise in this book - scientist figures out how to download his mind with all its knowledge and memories, then transfer it to a fetus, who is then born with his knowledge and memories. Imagine being an infant and toddler with all of this going on in your head. There is a true bad guy in the book and the main character has to live through some pretty rough times. Not only that, but its a love story with some pretty incredible hurdles. Great read.
Steve
This book is a fast-paced, psychological thriller that offers the idea of reincarnation with a sinister twist. Brutal at times, and touching in others. As a dad, I can't help but shed tears when I read (and re-read) the soccer scene in the closing pages. But don't skip ahead, you'll want to follow every twist and turn.
Carly Kirk
Interesting...

Have to admit I feel a bit ambivalent about this book, the main character is emotionally distanced in the beginning and then immoral. Fortunately the author was also able to make him a person I felt sympathy for. In the end, he does seem to have learned to be a better person.

On the other hand, the story he is caught up in is very fascinating. An adult consciousness uploaded into a fetus and then integrating itself/himself into a growing child. The psychology of it all, who he becom
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Mike Cavosie
Sci fi and psy fi.
Gary
i2 takes the philosophical hypothesis and turns it into a literary one. What would you do if you could relive your life with all of your adult knowledge? This premise is what drew me to this book. I sat and finished it in one sitting.

It took me through a range of emotions from amusement and raucous laughter to disgust and utter distain. It poses a subtle psychological question to the reader. IT leaves you questioning your own moral compass by the actions of the protagonist. I personally found th
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Tobin
The premise is cool. The follow through on the "awakening" in the body of a newborn is also well done. It's when Adam/Ed encounters too many depraved teens that the story really strains at reality.

While there is plenty of explanation for the science (fiction) behind the transplanting of a person into another there wasn't enough to explain the extraordinary number of depraved and sex-starved teens in this non-specific era in humanity. Given any detail on how the book's civilization might be diff
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Rodney
In James Bannon's novel "i2" Edward Frame creates technology that allow's the essence of a human being to be stored on a computer and downloaded to an unborn child. In essence its immortality of the mind and spirit if not the body or even the soul. As many have said this is an interesting premise.

The book started out rather slowly with lots of background material about the research and some back story about Edward, his mistress and his family but quickly moved forward after his essence was trans
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Matt
i2 was a fairly interesting story having to do with the end of one man's life and through science he is reborn and starts living a second life. I like how the story is broken up in to different areas first with Edward Frame and his eventual death then to his rebirth and the first few years of that life till jumping to him as a teenager.

For the most part the story stayed entertaining that i didn't ever get really bored with it, tho it did have some parts that were a little slower then the rest.
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Jacki Donnelly
The first half of this book was a fantastic read for me. The story's concept was unique and delivered quite masterfully. The plot seemed to flow well, the characters were well developed and I was involved in their lives.

Once the second half of the book (and by this "2nd half" reference I am referring to the main characters' transformation or 2nd act of his life) I became less satisfied with the writing and delivery of the story. In my opinion it was a little too raunchy for my taste. I caught my
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Eric Wallace
Unique premise, with an interesting presentation to match.

But, much as others have written in their reviews here, the book takes a dive not long after the protagonist's re-birth, where the book (a) loses its drive and connection to the central love story, and (b) turns into porno smut as the author tries to demonstrate every detail of the character "hitting bottom." Thus, I skipped most of the 3rd chapter (it was just disgusting), and I don't think I missed anything worthwhile.

All told, I'm left
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Natalie
I thought the concept of this book was a really good one. I feel like it could have gone so many different ways. I was sooo interested in what was going to happen to our main character... until half way through... we start to get a glimpse of the direction the story is heading and it turns into way more of a story of a troubled teen than internal struggles between young/old, new/used, good/evil, ect. It becomes rather mundane. Even the "action" sequences in the second half of this book leave a l ...more
Mike
I found that this tale seemed to lose its way about a third of the way through. I don't think the quality of writing faltered, only the tenor of the story. There are, of course, huge inherent difficulties in making a tale of somewhat outlandish events seem believable. The science is well enough handled but Adam's development is hard to swallow. There can be no right or wrong to this but the period of Adam's youth changed the tone of voice of the piece and it seemed to lose direction for a time. ...more
Susan
Read the other reviews.....
Rich
A psychological thriller in the style of, dare I say it, Stephen King. It is not for the faint of heart or those offended by graphic novels. However, as soon as I got into the story it had me hooked. There were a million ways it could have gone, and I could not predict where it went.

All-in-all, if you appreciate Stephen King's work and style, I believe you'll enjoy this first novel by James Bannon.
Debbie Winn
Bought this as a 99¢ Kindle special but really enjoyed it. The story is about Edward Frame, a renowned bio-software engineer, who created a procedure to download the activity and memories from the brain and insert them into another being. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he downloads and turns the procedure on himself. The story of his coming back is not at all what he had hoped for.
Lori Budd
I enjoyed this book - it is the old adage of how far should science go to sustain life? just because we have the knowledge to do something is it right to do it ethically? Edward Frame and Samantha think more about themselves than the true essence of what they plan on doing. it is futuristic love story that really may not be that far in our future. genetics is an amazing thing!
Bethany
Great idea for a story... kind of lacking in presentation. Spent more time detailing pointless sexual acts instead of the main conflict. An interesting read for sure, but I feel like there could have been so much more!!
Josh Bickford
This could have been an all-timer, but got caught up making me read about sick stuff nobody would want to read about.

It's too bad, if this had been written with a pg-13 rating in mind and stayed away from all the deviant sexual stuff it could have been amazing.
Sharon
I loved the concept of this book. Having your memories implanted into a new self. Growing up with the knowledge you had from your former life. I enjoyed reading the emotions the main character went through as his new self grew up, but the ending was a real let down.
Jean
interesting enough to have read it in one sitting. I enjoyed how different it was from other stories. I would recommend it.
Kate Brown
This plot of this book certainly was different. Overall, I liked it. The main character engages in fairly explicit sex; if this type of fiction bothers you, don't read the book. Otherwise I would recommend the book because of the different premise.
Megan
Intriguing story. Very complex with wonderful imagery, and a good read for science fiction fans. However, the ending was disappointing- I was left scratching my head as the story line took a hard left into the off topic weird zone.
Ellen
This was a very quick read and very compelling. I kept thinking that he mist have written this thinking it would be a movie - it is very visual. Lots to think about, and I will be thinking about it for some time to come.
Chris
It started out with an interesting scifi premise, but about half way through turned into sordid teenage soft porn. Very awkward and stunted, but apparently Bannon has found some fans based on the other reviews I see.
Paul Richer
Strange, bizarre at times, and disjointed. It made me think about scientific research in this field a bit, but ghd storyline was a bit much. I may read another book by Bannon, but will have to think twice.
Alisa
An interesting premise - what if a person becomes immortal through "downloading" his mind/memory/experiences into a new person? But I found there was too much sex, drugs and darkness in it.
Lydia
The premise was very interesting and I had a hard time putting the book down. Unfortunately the story ended up being wholly depressing and left me feeling hollow after I had finished.
Amy Ammons
I'm not much of a "sci-fi" reader, but this book was free with bookbub so I said what the heck! It was definitely "interesting" to say the least but also somewhat creepy and corny.
Diane
Really odd. I can see where this would be appreciated by many, but it was just something I could not really get into. Too many parts of this I found just too difficult to find believable.
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