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Second Chance (The Transcendence Trilogy, #1)

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One crime, four people and a secret that could shake the world to its foundations.

Four lives become linked by a student’s disappearance: a politician looking to put integrity back into politics, an investigator hoping to atone for past mistakes, a data cleanser searching for a better life while haunted by his past and a re-life technician creating new lives for old souls.

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Published April 23rd 2015 (first published January 22nd 2014)
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Scott Whitmore
Apr 24, 2015 Scott Whitmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the reasons I like reading and writing science fiction is how well the genre plays with others. Create a interesting futuristic setting, on Earth or somewhere in space, and there are any number of story types — mystery, thriller, romance, action/adventure, etc. — that can be told, separately or blended together.

The excellent first entry of the Transcendence Trilogy, Second Chance by Dylan Hearn (@HearnDylan) is a political/conspiracy thriller wrapped around a mystery, seasoned with some
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Jane
Jan 10, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Chance is thrilling and chilling. There is blood and gore, but it is the cold-blooded, or even bloodless aspect of British society that is really at the core of this story of a political system that controls everything even beyond the grave.
There are four distinct threads to the story as well as sub-stories, as murky as the crumbling cityscape. Each chapter adds a little more detail to one of the main threads, and as Dylan Hearn pulls in the threads, we begin to see through the murk to wh
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Vaughan
Aug 29, 2014 Vaughan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dylan Hearn has taken on a difficult task in writing this complex, near-future thriller, but for the most part he has succeeded admirably in his goal. Second Chance is a compulsively readable novel, which engages with some knotty political and philosophical issues while delivering a riveting plot arising from the interactions between a set of well-realised characters. The milieu Hearn has created feels lived-in, and the technologies that enable it are likewise credible. My quibbles with the book ...more
Merrill Chapman
Aug 19, 2014 Merrill Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in mind/body themes and the impact of socieity
Because seen through these eyes
We lead a double life
No one will know
So check it out steppin' out here I go

Are we, are we, are we ourselves?
Are we ourselves and do we really know?

Lyrics excerpted from "Are We Ourselves," The Fixx

For the last twenty years of so, I've been following guys like Ray Kurzweil and Bill Joy, prophets of the singularity and the melding of machine and mind. Ray Kurzweil thinks we'll be uploading our brains into boxes in the 2040s and is all over YouTube pushing the idea. H
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Dave Higgins
Apr 25, 2014 Dave Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although both ecology and neuroscience are at the heart of the world Hearn creates they do not dominate the novel, making this very definitely a character-driven thriller.

When extremes of weather began to disrupt infrastructure and displace populations even in industrialised nations, the United Nations finally agreed a global solution to climate change. Sustainable power, cutting-edge technology, and open government now allow humanity to retain its comforts without destroying its future.

Struggli
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Paul Ruddock
Dec 19, 2014 Paul Ruddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I discovered via the world of blogging and occasional mentions on various other social media. Set in a near dystopian future this is a multi-stranded thriller that combines elements of science fiction with political intrigue, abduction and murder, all set against the murky backdrop of big business and globalisation. Mixed in amongst the plot we have a pretty young researcher who has gone missing, a newly elected politician trying to make a difference to the world she lives in, and ...more
M.G. Mason
Dec 12, 2014 M.G. Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We self-published authors are a happy and largely supportive community. I found Hearn’s blog earlier this year and seeing he had a book just out, I was intrigued enough by the premise to offer to review it.

The plot is tantalising if you like your science fiction with a dash of thrills with some niche ideas to get you thinking. This story about a missing woman and the plot to unravel her disappearance (was she murdered? if so, where is the body? Was she abducted? If so, why? Who has her?) while f
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Niina
Jan 18, 2015 Niina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
I really enjoyed Second Chance. It follows multiple characters, alternating between each of their own PoV chapters. It was a bit hard to keep track of who was who in the beginning but the confusion didn’t last long, as the characters all felt different. They had their own personalities, goals and motives, and throughout the story I wanted to find out how things would turn out for each of them. A very good thing, since while the book has an interesting plot, it’s very focused on the characters. ...more
KL Caley
Oct 30, 2015 KL Caley rated it really liked it
I discovered this author’s blog prior to his novel and admired his unusual style of writing. This novel is no exception. This is a multi-viewpoint story so tells the story from the perspective of four different characters: a politician, an investigator, an information cleanser (someone who searches the internet and deletes any unsuitable information), and a science technician.
The story had an interesting premise, set in a futuristic world with scientific research taking a lot of worryingly advan
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D.B.
Feb 13, 2015 D.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indie Author, Dylan S. Hearn, writes an intriguing dystopian future in Second Chance (The Transcendence Trilogy Book 1). The characters are well-defined and the dialogue is honed to a fine point. The world Hearn builds is a very believable possible future; a world that is on the verge of terrifying.

Second Chance hooked me from the start and held my attention to the end, leaving me wanting more. This science fiction thriller includes abduction, missing persons, murder, mystery, neuroscience, and
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James
Jul 14, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the author's first novel. The future society was well thought-out and plausible, with some interesting extrapolations of technology, neurobiology and political possibilities.

A particularly insightful and pertinent sentence in chapter 35 struck me: "That’s the biggest problem with democracy— those in power will do anything to stay in power, and the best way to stay in power is to give the electorate what they want."

The ending felt rushed; that and the apparently un
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Roughseasinthemed
Mar 01, 2015 Roughseasinthemed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Absent Souls, the second book in this series, I was looking forward to reading its predecessor.

Interestingly, while the general themes and principles are the same, and main characters make their first appearance, it was quite a different story. I loved the political intrigue and the manipulation. It was very cleverly done.

Stephanie and Randall are very strong characters, while Gant and Sian, although secondary characters, stamp their mark firmly on this book. And O'Driscoll plays a
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Julie
Dec 13, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly enjoyable read - a real page-turner, which kept me guessing to the end and then surprised me in a way I hadn't seen coming, not even a little bit. The story is set in a believable future which effortlessly blends recognisable components with well-imagined technologies and scenarios. The individual character narratives are set out in scenes which weave together confidently, steadily mapping out the landscape and subtly revealing motivations and ambitions, before pulling together ...more
Katrina
Oct 06, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The premise behind this book is one that will appeal to most people – is there a chance to live on after death? Often, I read sci-fi novels with interesting concepts only to be let down by unappealing characters or overly complex plots. Not so in this case. The author has skilfully woven together the stories of likeable characters in a future that is utterly convincing. At the same time, this is a well-paced story with the right blend of plot development and thought-provoking detail regarding ...more
Justine
Sep 02, 2014 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's another great example of why Indie Authors deserve credit where credit's due. A near-future sci-fi thriller, Second Chance will keep you on the edge of your proverbial seat to the end. The climax is fitting, whilst leaving plenty to be sorted out in a second book. I downloaded it in a free promotion in May 2014. I took my time getting around to reading it, but it was well worth the wait. I'm definitely looking forward to the next instalment! Remember, if you enjoy a book - especially the ...more
Susan Toy
Jul 23, 2014 Susan Toy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Chance was a free download I received from the author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although it's not a genre I usually choose to read. The writing grabbed me from the start and pulled me right in, and I found the pace of the story to be just right to carry me along, wanting to discover the big secret of this very believable world Dylan Hearn has created. Very good writing and storytelling for a first novel. I would definitely read more by this author.
Andrew Knighton
Feb 01, 2015 Andrew Knighton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A gripping near future thriller. I found the characters believable and intriguing, the plot gripping. The sparseness of the descriptions help the story to keep moving at a great pace. Looking forward to the next book.
Kim Cheshire
Highly readable and engaging first novel set in an uneasy future. Looking forward to the sequel.
Dylan Hearn
Jan 23, 2016 Dylan Hearn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Of course I gave it 5-stars. I wrote it :-)
Carrie
Jul 18, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: indies
Political intrigue, neuroscience, a missing-persons investigation--this well-written novel has it all. Set in the future, a newly elected politician joins forces with an investigator trying to find a missing researcher and an information specialist whose own life is unraveling out of control. Each has their own motives for finding the missing woman, and none are prepared for what they find. The author creates a believable futuristic world, including an all encompassing "datasphere" where ...more
Evan
May 05, 2015 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part political intrigue, part detective story, I rather liked Second Chance. One of the things that really stood out to me was Hearn's use of future technology in a completely believable manner. It wouldn't surprise me to see some of this technology in the next 10-20 years.

I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction, and although Second Chance is described as such, it seems the world is not that bad off. Kind of a nice change of pace from the broken world I've been used to in other dystopian stories.
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Dylan S Hearn was born in Ipswich, England and has lived and worked all over Europe before settling back close to where he was born. He spends his day balancing being a husband, father and writer; sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
His first novel, Second Chance (The Transcendence Trilogy Book 1) was first on Kindle in January 2014. The sequel, Absent Souls (The Transcendence Trilogy book 2) w
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