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Reflex (Jumper #2)

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Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn't?

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it o
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Kindle Edition, 391 pages
Published (first published December 1st 2004)
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seak
Sep 09, 2014 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014
There's something about this series that's really sunk it's teeth into me. I already have the third book, Impulse, queued up on the iPod. There's something about this simple concept of being able to teleport that's absolutely captivating.

And I had misgivings going into this one. How could it top the first one? What else can you do with teleportation, right? Turns out, plenty.

I don't know if these are really spoilers for the first book, but I'll go ahead and warn. There are a few I guess.

We know
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Paul
Oct 04, 2011 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately, this book feels like about 2 stars. The concept of teleportation, first explored by Gould in Jumper, is again used, and again fun and interesting. However, the writing is quite lousy, particularly the dialog.

Some examples:
"Shut up," she explained.

"Did I say pain in the neck? I must've meant another portion of the anatomy."

"Whoa, girlfriend."

As well, just about any time Davy or Millie think about sex, it's in the most adolescent way possible.

Further, the characterization of Millie is
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Tracy
Sep 23, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Gould's story development improved drastically in this sequel to Jumper. And yet, Gould stays true to his literary "voice." He graphically tells it like it is, just like you'd talk to your closest friends or speak in your inner voice. He doesn't try to find a million different synonyms for the word "butt."

His characters arrived fully formed, deductive, and inventive. The story line was engrossing, but I only give five stars to the books I absolutely can't put down. There were several wel
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Richard Guion
Oct 05, 2014 Richard Guion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good sequel to Jumper, though totally different in tone and narration. The first book was written from the 1st person perspective of Davy, who had his life turned around by the fact that he could teleport. This book is third person, split chapters between Davy and Millie, his wife. When Davy is captured, Millie discovers that she can teleport as well, although at first only in life threatening situations. Davy is captured by a pretty big and scary organization - for those who thought the ...more
Brian Kristopher
Sep 28, 2008 Brian Kristopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Jumper, which is the basis for the rather awful movie staring Hayden Christensen and Samual L. Jackson. The movie only bares a passing resemblance to the books, and both books are much better than the movie.

Reflex picks up ten years after Jumper. During that time, Davy has been working as a courier for the NSA. He pops in, delivers or picks up a package, and pops out. The trouble is, he'll only do the job if he knows what he's delivering, and if it won't hurt anybody.

Certai
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Danielle
May 15, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pans, sci-fi, 2009-read
The first half of this book was really fun, the whole idea of creating a “reflex” in a jumper (much like Pavlov’s dog) was interesting as a training method. The latter half took a nose dive for me.

It seems like the two protagonists have unending knowledge about all things – so much so that it pulled me out of the story because it was odd. Like Millie knowing what type of shingles were on the roof of the house; not just that she knew what they would feel/smell like, but that she knew the name of
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John
Jul 03, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reflex follows about 10 years after the first Jumper book (just called Jumper) which was way, way better than the terrible movie of the same name. Davy is doing odd jobs for the NSA, using his special teleportation skills to drop things off or pick them up, but only for good causes. Unfortunately, he gets kidnapped and his captors find a way to contain him and bend him to their will.

While Davy struggles to figure out his escape, his wife Millie is stunned to discover that she can teleport too.
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Shae
Oct 10, 2008 Shae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This one was so much better than the first. It didn't have the same long meandering feeling and I was hooked from the start. A few parts did get a bit rambley, but it was still really good. One thing from the previous book was in this book though - crying. So.much.crying. You'd think that in 10 years the main guy would learn how to not cry at the drop of a hat. And it isn't the fact that it was a man crying, I just can't stand people in books crying because of their situation, mostly when t ...more
Mridupawan  Podder
Feb 06, 2016 Mridupawan Podder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever imagined yourself to be a character in a book? Have you ever said, ooh yes, I wanna be him. Or, blindfuckme, that guy is so totally me!

Reflex is one of those books that's like wine. You write a sequel years later and boy, it's gold. You can read about a book of a teenager and go through his stumbles because you know, you've been through his age. You've been a teen. So when I read the first book, I transported myself to the past and read it with the eager hunger of a teenager who k
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Maxime Noel
I first watched the movie and liked it, so I was interested in reading the book, because the books are always better than the movies, right..? But I was disappointed.

The first book : Jumper, was enjoyable. I liked it because there wasn’t an “enemy” that wants to kill David, it was like a book about a normal kid (except the fact that he can teleport) living is life. That made the book more realistic and representative of a real life. But for the same reason, I wasn’t thrilled to continue reading
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Lisa Lap
This is the sequel to Jumper, the story picking up ten years after Jumper ends. In ten years, Davy and Millie haven't really done much to move forward. Yes, they're married, and yes, they travel all over the world, and yes, Davy works with the NSA as needed - but none of that is new information. Millie wants to start a family and Davy isn't sure he's ready for that. In the midst of an arguement about having children, Davy "jumps" to a meeting with his NSA contact and is consequently kidnapped. M ...more
Kel
Jan 09, 2013 Kel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes realistic action, and a little bit of sci-fi
Shelves: action, sci-fi-ish
A sequel to the book (and movie) Jumper, Reflex throws us back into the lives of Davey (who can 'jump' to anywhere in the world he can see or has visited before, just by thinking about it) and his wife Millie, in the present day.

Davey is working for the NSA on the quiet in sensitive cases like kidnapping and extraction, and his wife is a counsellor. Very quickly, their lives are upended when Davey - who has no limits on where he can go in an instant - is kidnapped, and can't escape.

This is a gre
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This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A sequel to the book Jumper, the two books are an interesting contrast. Jumper was a much better concept, but this book is better executed. Perhaps Gould simply became a better writer in the decade which separated their writing.

I found the story to only be fair, and the fact that Davey's wife spontaneously learns to Jump (first chapter...not a spoiler) seems rather absurd. Davey's power has never been explained, but the idea that someone without the power can suddenly learn it seems a much bigge
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Sally
Nov 07, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reflex picks up Davy's story about 10 years after the end of Jumper. He is happily married to Millie, his sweetheart from the first book. Their life together is disrupted when a mysterious and all-powerful Evil Organization kidnaps Davy in an attempt to exploit his powers. Reflex has many of the same flaws as Jumper--the characters are still pretty flat, the relationships static, the dialogue occasionally cringe-inducing. It's also full of bad stereotypes. There's a catfight between sweet Millie ...more
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reflex (2004) 380 pages by Steven Gould.

A sequel to Jumper. Jumper was awesome, it is one of the few books that I have actually handed to someone and said "you should read this. " Davy Rice in a traumatic situation suddenly finds himself transported back to a place where he felt safe. After a while it turns out he can teleport (a.k.a. jump) at will to anywhere that he has been before (and can picture in his mind.) In Jumper he uses this power to avenge the death of his mother, who was killed by
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Kater Cheek
Sep 22, 2014 Kater Cheek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I'd enjoyed the first one years and years ago, and bought this because it was on sale at audible.

Davy has the ability to teleport, an ability that is only thwarted if he's physically chained to something. Naturally, early on, he gets kidnapped and physically chained to a wall, and then finds out that the bad guys have done something even worse to imprison him. The story alternates between his imprisonment and torture, and his wife's attempts to find him.

It will probably
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Eric Allen
This is probably my least favorite book in the Jumper series, and I can't really say why that is. It's a great book. Millie is freaking awesome, and really well written. I love that, instead of being Davy's damsel in distress, Davy is HER damsel in distress. She takes on a shadowy secret organization practically single-handedly and wins. I also like how the author managed to make a strong, independent female character without a.) masculinizing her, or b.) making her an abrasive asshole, as seems ...more
Vincent Wood
Oct 03, 2015 Vincent Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the jumper series. In the first book the characters relied on pay phones and the postal system for long distance communication. This book takes place about a decade later and the characters now have the use of cell phones and e-mail. They still use their cell phones just to call though and not as portable computers where they can do all their communication via text message. So I guess they graduated from the stone age and moved into the bronze age.

This book took the natural jump for
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Nisha
Nov 17, 2015 Nisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Jumper. And I like Reflex even more, though the only difference between the two is the plot.

In Jumper, we followed Davy just dealing with his normal, everyday life as a teleporter and nothing strange really happens to him: no mysterious people turning up, no prophecies etc. Which I was glad for, because you don't see a book like that often.

In Reflex however, we get an actual moving plot - Davy is kidnapped and he needs to get out of there double quick. And I think that's what work
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
I absolutely loved the idea of this book. The character can 'jump" teletransport himself anywhere! I happened to be reading the book while sitting in an airport and I decided it would be a wonderful skill to have!
Of course people are him... and his wife because they either want him to jump someplace for them... or to keep him jumping someplace. A very good and imaginative story
eves
Oct 13, 2011 eves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic sequel to Jumper. Although yes, Steven Gould kind of lost me in the scientific and technical facts, and the middle part dragged a bit, the overall novel was smashing and a wild ride. It makes sci-fi hella appealing, sexy and action-packed. You wouldn't have been able to expect anything like this.

But how on earth was Millie able to do what she did? Important questions!
Anna
Oct 13, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Reading the sequel made me want to delete a star or two off the first book in the series because it reminded me of the parts I didn't like there. I was able to ignore all of the spy drama in Jumper because there was a great character-centered plot to focus on instead, but the characters didn't have any real growing to do in the sequel. Disappointing.
R
Aug 03, 2014 R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Never realized the Jumper book series is about international espionage. When compared, it makes the movie version quite shallow—only when compared. It's (the film) still enjoyable. The sequel takes everything a notch higher.

10 years after the first book came out. 10 years the characters have aged. Ah the married life and the powers that be. With all the traveling and espionage themes, this sequel is Jason-Bourne-esque.

Initially, the writing was sloppy compared to the first. But plot remained eng
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Cher Cabula
Jul 25, 2013 Cher Cabula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infinitely better than the first book. The style of writing had improved and the David's arrogance was lessened. This time, I loved that his wife took the spotlight and she kicked ass.

Read my full review for this book HERE.
Jeff
Aug 27, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most sequels, I actually preferred this book over Jumper the first book b/c for me it was much mature and better written novel for most part. I don't know if this is partly b/c of the 12 years in between the two or what, but this book had a much more adult orientated story.
Nijhia
Oct 01, 2011 Nijhia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a well awaited sequel to me and I was severely let down and I often didn't give a shit about the girl character, I only cared about Davey. You can literally skip every chapter concerning her and get the whole story still.
Cyn
Mar 28, 2015 Cyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - *such* an improvement over the first book (which felt far too Twilighty to fully appreciate). This time, however, it starts off with a bang and doesn't really deviate from that very much at all. It was interesting to pick up with the main characters ten years later and see how their relationship had evolved. It felt like one particular - crucial - aspect of the plot was a bit too convenient, but otherwise the story wouldn't have worked, of course. Personally, the explanation at the end for ...more
Bailey Smith
Aug 16, 2014 Bailey Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and worthwhile sequel to the first Jumper book, the characters are definitely developed in a well-thought-out manner. Davy and Millie are married, and as you would expect, following the paths they were on in the first book. Millie has a psychiatric practice she enjoys, Davy is working for the NSA on his own terms, and they live fairly happy lives. I like that through the course of the book, we see both Davy and Millie working their strengths and both being very active and, dare I say ...more
Josh
Apr 22, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the first book in this series was a bit too much in the "nothing ever REALLY goes wrong for the protagonist despite bad decisions" category, this book might skew too far in the other direction. The plot is extremely straight forward (everything is set up in the first chapter, and the rest of the book is just playing everything out to its natural conclusion), but the Davy chapters (the chapters alternate between following Davy or Millie) are needlessly brutal at times. I did appreciate the ...more
Creative A
Nov 21, 2009 Creative A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steven Charles Gould is an American science fiction author. His novels tend to have protagonists fighting to rid government of corrupt antagonists. The struggle against corruption is the focus, rather than the technology.
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