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7th Son: Descent (7th Son #1)

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7th Son, Book One: Descent
Written by J.C. Hutchins. Read by the author.
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Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jesse Whitehead
Mar 24, 2010 Jesse Whitehead rated it really liked it
Way back in 2005 J. C. Hutchins tried to sell his book. Nobody wanted it. There were good reasons nobody wanted it. It was almost unmarketable. The book was 1200 pages and had seven protagonists. It also didn't fit into an easy genre label. It was quite definitely science fiction, the protagonists were clones, but it was also a political thriller, and maybe a little bit of a horror novel.

Then he heard about podiobooks, a service that allows people to post audio versions of their books as podcast
Oct 25, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes adult science fiction
Just a quick reminder: I don't give 5 stars (well maybe once or twice a decade). I'm stingy. I'm mean.

So, on with the review.

7th Son: Descent by J. C. Hutchins

Now, I haven't read all of this book. I've only read the first 33 pages. So I can make no comments about the book's overall structure, or character arcs, or sub-plots.

What I can comment about is the quality of the writing.

It is superb.

From a real kick-ass opening, unexpected metaphors and unusual word formations flow with assurance. Charac
Jul 01, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting idea (seven clones of a 14-year-old old alpha who grow up not knowing they're clones) but clumsy Dan-Brown-esque execution of the plot.

Also: so the clones are drawn together and they compare the differences in their lives after age 14 and one of them is gay. Originally I was like, "Oh, huh, that's cool," but as the book progressed, I found it more and more irritating and eventually offensive. Because if the clones are genetically identical and only one of them is gay, you're essenti
Nathan Lowell
Feb 04, 2010 Nathan Lowell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first podiobooks I ever listened to and JC's work inspired me to give it a try myself. Very nicely produced. I liked the writing style a lot and I thought the trilogy worked very well. I'm looking forward to whatever he writes next

[transparency disclaimer: JC and I are both podiobooks authors. Neither podiobooks nor JC asked me to review this work.]
Dec 25, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
It’s actually quite difficult to review a book you absolutely love.

Pithy one liners are much easier to come up with when you want to bring out the knives. I’ve been sitting here for the last twenty minutes trying to think of a good one liner to describe 7th Son Descent, but I liked it so much I’ve got nothing pithy for you.

So instead let me tell you that 7th Son: Descent is well worth your time, money and evangelical support.

J C Hutchins brings the characters to bear on the story quickly, and fr
Aug 26, 2008 Tyan rated it really liked it
This is a fun little scifi story about seven different guys who are drawn into a massive conspiracy. They all share the same memories through their teenage years. Turns out after a manufactured accident the seven were cloned from the original, named John Alpha, and were implanted with his memories. They were each raised in different environments, each unaware of his clones. When John Alpha goes rogue the organization that created the seven clones coerces them into helping them stop John Alpha. T ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
J.C. Hutchin's "7th Son" starts with one hell of a hook and then never lets go.

When a four-year-old boy assisgnates the President of the United States, seven men are drawn together to try and help find the master mind. The twist--they are all clones of the original mastermind, called John Alpha. The seven John Smiths (each are named differently and have led radically different lives since being downloaded with Alpha's memories at age 14) must work together to stop Alpha before he can put the nex
Feb 02, 2010 Teel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teel by: The Beta Clone Army
Shelves: borrowed
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Apr 18, 2010 Jesse rated it it was ok
This is a fairly exciting story that does, however, strain credibility a bit too far.

A secret government program spent what I can only imagine were billions of dollars to construct a giant underground headquarters and staff that headquarters for three decades. They have access to technology no one else has. They have access to science no one else has. They have something called "phantom level" security which even the president isn't allowed to know about. After all this their greatest accomplish
Oct 15, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook, near-future
(This review pertains to the written edition of 7th Son, not the original podcast. I've heard some serious editing and changes were made for publication.)

I was so excited by the first half-dozen or so chapters of 7th son. There was so much mystery and intrigue; why are these different men being abducted, who's the torturing maniac, what's up with the clones? It's a really excellent sci-fi/thriller set-up.

Unfortunately around the half-way point I got really tired of all the grandiose pronouncemen
WOW!! This is going to be one of those series that I can't read here and there - its definitely a read-through-to-the-end kind of series, lots of suspense, thrill, mystery, and action. I am certainly glad that I don't have to wait for the next installment. I basically listened to the second half of the book without stopping, listened at work as much as I could, in the car, and even sitting on the couch at home!!

Its definitely a conspiracy theory novel, but the author did an excellent job of kee
Jon Williams
I've mixed feelings about this book. I came across it via a PDF that someone produced that contained the first few chapters of several books. After having read the first three chapters, I decided that it sounded good enough to buy.

Now that I've read it, I can't decide exactly how I feel. Parts of it were what I was expecting, an action-thriller, not too complex, but interesting enough to be worth the time. Other parts, though, I found quite annoying. In many ways, this book reads as if the autho
Feb 10, 2009 Ginger rated it it was amazing
This book I got off of Podiobooks and it was terrific. I can't wait to get myself into the next one in this serie.
The book starts with the President of the U.S being murdered by a 4 year old boy. The suspense builds when 7 men from different areas are kidnapped and held captive...where they find that the kidnapping is only one of the many things that they have in common. Together, these seven men must stop one man from this evil plan.
Nov 22, 2009 Trillian1117 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi, thriller
I have followed J.C. Hutchins's journey to getting this book published since early 2007. Very well written, keeps your attention, and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book. For an additional treat, check out the podiobook version as well as a large amount of additional material at
Crystal Starr Light
I honestly think this book gave me a concussion. But first, a plot summary.

NOTE: I received this from the Amazon Vine program (and regret every moment of it).

Seven men are abducted and find out they are all clones named John Michael Smith. A supersecret government organization (and really, what ones aren't?) has created them, we'll I'm still not quite sure about that, and I've finished the book. Anyway, John Michael Smith Alpha, the original source material, has gone mad science experime
Melissa Hayden
Mar 12, 2015 Melissa Hayden rated it really liked it
What has caught me is the mental intrigue. It was like a psychological battlefield for these men! What they learn and have to twist to keep people safe by finding John Alpha. The mystery and history behind the 7th Son project. The conspiracy grows, widening, and the feel that we've not even come to the point of knowing all that happens here or why. There are bread crumbs dropped and I'm working at putting the puzzle together. I like this. It's a story to think as I'm listening, digest, and think ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
I've had quite a bit of fun lately listening to SF audiobooks on my iPhone, and 7th Son is one of the most notable things I've listened to lately. Audio is the form I mostly dealt with it in, although it's critical to mention as well that Book 1 of this story is available in print and ebook form. Once I got far enough into this story that I realized I did in fact want to own a copy, I snatched up the ebook. If you like SF-flavored thrillers, it's definitely worth your time.

The story starts off w
Donald L
Feb 05, 2012 Donald L rated it really liked it
From my blog, Casa de Pitsiladis:

When I first ran across this story, it was in podcast form and I almost didn't listen to it because of the opening line. "The president of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy..." It was around the time when my third son was born and I was a little sensitive about that sort of thing at the time. On a whim, however, I listened to all three parts of the trilogy and enjoyed every minute of the ride.

The novel versi
Feb 24, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it
Great to come back to this story years later. My understanding of tech is so different. Much different story and enjoyable in so many more ways. Great back story, good movement of characters and events.
Nov 25, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
While I'll admit that I'm not the biggest sci-fi reader, the idea of clones & espionage is pretty intriguing. The fact that this book was also touted by Scott Sigler, one of the best sci-fi podcast authors out there, was another bonus. (There's even a nod to Sigler in the book, as Hutchins named a minor character after him.) I do have to admit that I was a little wary- not all podcasts translate well into the written form. Sometimes what works in audio format doesn't work in the written form ...more
Geoff Taylor
Mar 07, 2015 Geoff Taylor rated it liked it
I listened to the free audio podcast version, which is described as a beta, or pre-finalised draft version.

I enjoyed the author's performance of the book and there are many good things about it. The book has a great premise (human cloning), some great ideas and pretty persuasively presented inventions, including some very interesting mind technologies. It has some interesting and exciting scenes and plot points, some good suspense, and interesting characters. The mysterious character of John Alp
Jun 01, 2009 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one a lower rating when I first listened to the podcast, but in retrospect I'm not quite sure why - I think maybe I had gone into it thinking it was one kind of story, and then found out it was entirely a different kind, and that affected my rating? Reading it in print, though, revealed an amazingly enjoyable story.

7th Son is best described as a technothriller about cloning and memory, although doing so is kind of like describing Battlestar Galactica as "a space opera with robots"; i
Andrew Zink
Nov 20, 2014 Andrew Zink rated it did not like it
I normally wouldn't write a bad review based entirely on issues with the audio-book, but in this case it matters considering the audio-book/podcast is what got this story off the ground in the first place.

The production is just brutal. There is melodramatic music playing every few minutes as scenes and sequences are abruptly ended with someone saying something melodramatic. Add to that every 20-30 minutes the story comes to a screeching halt as a 2 minute segment tells you what you're listening
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Jan 17, 2010 Erin (Bookish in a Box) rated it really liked it
This is not a typical book for me; I prefer fluffier science fiction when I delve into it at all, but this book blew me away. It reminded me a lot of Michael Crichton's work--well researched and written, very intellectual but disguised as entertainment. The science is explained bit-by-bit, leaving the reader intriguingly as confused as the seven clones and just as interested in figuring out the puzzles presented by the madman. Descent was a nice blend of science fiction and a murder mystery, jus ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Kyle rated it it was ok
Descent is a free audio book written by J. C. Hutchins. The book revolves around seven unsuspecting clones who are brought together by the organization that created them to stop John Alpha, the evil man from which they were clone. Some of the clones make an assault on John Alpha's base. The book ends there. I don't understand how the book can be so long when so little happens. The Descent should have been shortened to about novella length. Descent is also written pretty terribly. Hutchins leans ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Stefani rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I have long heard tales of the infamous 7th Son audiobook, and told that if I like thrillers I have to give this a try! I admit, it took awhile for me to agree. I have attempted to listen to this book on several occasions and found that I just could not become engrossed in the story and it was just confusing to me. But I decided to give it one more shot, and am I ever glad that I did. Because I did not have this story in print it was much easier to become lost in the details. There are a lot of ...more
May 28, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first Podiobooks I listened to. It's great to listen to the feed and hear J.C. get feedback from his fans and hear him taunt the reader with hints about upcoming chapters.
The book is about a group of 7 men that are all pulled out of their lives days after the President of the United States is killed by a 4 year old boy. It turns out that these men all share the same history up to age 14 when there was a horrific car crash, this is because they are all clones of a man referred
Nov 03, 2011 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7th Son: Descent by J.C. Hutchins

Starts off with an astounding opening! This book has it all; thrilling suspense, sci-fi, and a little horror to round things off. This book accelerates into the characters and plot and holds on until the end.
After the U.S. president is assassinated by a four year old, seven men are taken from their lives to a government facility. These men are look a likes; completely identical to each other. The men find out that they are clones with fabricated memories as a p
Aug 02, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jennifer
Downloaded this podiocast because it has been so well received. So far it has been entertaining. I listened to it while riding my bike prepping and riding 2 days on RAGBRAI, so some of the neighborhoods I rode thru also heard part of this audiobook, and some of the bike riders on RAGBRAI also heard it.

7thson Book 1 Descent audiobook can be downloaded from here:

Good book, lots of mind-bending original ideas. I recommend it to any of my sci-fi friends. It
Feb 07, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I liked:
1) the whole nature vs. nurture debate. However, up until age 16, they all share the same memories and experiences, so the nurture part loses a lot of power. Childhood experiences shape a personality far more than adulthood, so I would expect the clones to be much more similar to each other. Most people believe that being gay starts in early childhood, so that one in particular was hard to believe.
2) the government conspiracy, which is always fun and scary.

Things I disliked:
1) the
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J.C. Hutchins crafts transmedia narratives, screenplays and novels for such entertainment companies as A&E, Cinemax, Discovery, St. Martin’s Press, Smith & Tinker and Leviathan Games.

J.C.’s recent work includes Lead Writer & Experience Design roles on campaigns for the Cinemax espionage series Hunted, Stephen King’s Bag of Bones (a cable minis
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