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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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CONNECTED is a speculative fiction thriller with touches of science and philosophy, which reached No.1 in Amazon UK's Bestseller lists for both Thrillers and Science Fiction within 5 days of release.

Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the Lake District, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published June 10th 2012 by DZ Publishing
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Margreet Nannenberg
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Perhaps the laws of the universe were governed by no more than collections of random oddities - islands of logic in a sea of chaos."

Denman is an artist to connect words into sentences which makes my brain flow. He knows perfectly how to combine scientifically theories about multi dimensions, quantum dynamics, and neuroscience with realistic common lives: the doubts people have as it comes to religion, their choices they've made in life and their drives.
Denman combines his subject of multidimen
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Probably not four stars, but I'm giving extra credit for such a good debut novel. Hard to classify this story which hovers in the shadows between the mundane and the implausible.

The basic story is well-developed and well-written, except for the unlikely perpetual lust of all the major characters. Sure, the hero's brain are between his legs, but what do you expect for a collegiate male? That so many others seem hormonally challenged diminishes the credibility.

A very good read.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
The premise of the plot is great, but the narrative is disappointing. The writing lacks depth and fails to impact the reader the way it could have, given the tremendous plot theme. The narrative is too descriptive, with long sentences and even longer paragraphs that tend to divert the reader's concentration. Also, despite the seriousness of the situation (suicides, Russian mafia, killers, hacking, etc.), the overall feel is anything but serious. It reads like book meant for teenaged thriller-cum ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Partly because it's so beautifully immersed in worlds of art, music, and technology, partly because the scenes are compelling and visually convincing, and partly because the story is full of angst and longing, Connected pulls you in and holds you tight. To tell you much about the plot would spoil the experience for you, the potential reader, but if you like sensitive, intelligent, creative characters, you may find Denman's work as satisfying as I did.
Lynn Worton
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a very thought provoking and thrilling science fiction novel. I really enjoyed it!

Peter is a character I really liked. He is a physicist who is now a contract engineer. He has a very analytical mind and is determined to figure out why his brother committed suicide. His journey into discovering his brother's secrets brings him into contact with Doug, a university student, who is dealing with his ow
Meghan Bauer
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
The concepts presented were intriguing. Honestly the only reason I kept reading.
The characters and dialogue were wanting. There was a lot of cliché going on. Oh here is the main character, he is a jock and yet great at computers, yet also somehow a complete idiot when a woman is around.
Here is the love interest. Everything she says drips with the fact that she is hiding things but apparently she is SO HOT it doesn't matter. Or he's really dumb. Now, I was prejudice against her to begin with beca
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have been reading and watching sci fi for over 55 years. At its best, speculative fiction presents fascinating ideas in acceptable formats that are tolerably written. Denman's CONNECTED kept me reading and passed my most important test: I was sorry when it ended. My second most important requirement was also met overall: The writing did not make me want reach for my blue pencil too often. I was not put off by the "sciencey" stuff, even if some of it went over my head, and was especially intere ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is engrossing enough that reading it on the bus, not only did I miss my stop, I didn't notice I'd missed it for a good ten minutes afterward. It's well-written, interesting, has an unusual but solid premise, and features engaging and eloquent characters. I've already recommended it to several friends, and look forward to more from this author.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

Cross between thriller and sci-fi mystery, I enjoyed the compelling plot. A book that will have you reading late into the night.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Read for my 2018 TBR Randomizer Reading Challenge. The concepts were definitely interesting and I enjoyed it well enough. Some of it did not come together too well, or rather it was too neat, but maybe over time his writing will smooth out. I would consider reading him again if the subject appealed to me.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Dave Higgins
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This stylish modern thriller interweaves quantum physics, theology, psychology, and computer science without losing either pace or the reader.

When his brother commits suicide, Peter volunteers to sort through his study; why does a musician have so many notes on religion and abstruse physics, and what did his last message that he knew everything mean? Across the country Doug’s best friend, and thesis partner, sends him a link to a file he must see but commits suicide almost immediately afterward;
Norm Davis
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans.
Recommended to Norm by: 69

This is a solid 4 stars for only avid science fiction fans, yet it is NOT presented like a science fiction story.

In my study of writing one rule rarely to be broken is “show, don't tell”. That is why I didn't jack this up to 5 stars. Alternately, because of the depth of the science in the novel, it would be nearly impossible to “show” verses “tell” in large parts of the novel. And, despite the depth of science in this novel, a science novice would likely pick up all the science twists, turns,
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A contemporary British thriller (I liked the fact that I was reading a story set in the UK for a UK audience with a UK sensibility, as opposed to an American perception of what that should be.) Structurally, two seemingly separate storylines converge about 1/3 of the way through the book. I was very intrigued by the diverse blend of ideas here, as the story advances and we try to make sense of two separate deaths that appear to be suicides, and ascertain how and why they might be connected: the ...more
Jason Reeser
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a quick, formula Koontz-like thriller. A nice mix of science, metaphysics, and computers. I was a little disappointed, since it seemed like it had the makings of something beyond the usual thriller. But as the Russian with the bad accent played out his usual role, it became apparent that the formula was going to be adhered to. That having been said, it works very well as a light, entertaining read. This would make a great movie. I very much enjoyed the fact that the author's British voca ...more
Sue Taylor
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thought Provoking.
A thought provoking read, well written and nicely paced. Two separate stories both starting with mysterious suicides. The author takes you back and forth between both characters before skilfully linking them together.
Mystery, thriller, romance, science fiction, quantum physics, add that to a universal consciousness theme and this novel has it all. One man’s search for the theory of everything triggers a theory of events that doesn’t always end well (or does it?) Got a little lo
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, crime, kindle, quirky, sci-fi
The central characters are engaging, and the pacing of the book worked well.

The plot revolves around the ability of a combination of music and visuals having a startling effect on the human brain. An effect that different people want to exploit for different aims.

One flaw for me in the book was the handling of the romances. At points it felt as though they were being crammed in, almost to satisfy a check list. The nascent love stories felt a little trite to me, but it's a minor quibble.

The autho
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Somewhere along the way this book went way wrong. From the endless parade of clichés (jock nerd hero, super-hot girlfriend who has hypnotic ability bordering on a super power, an "awe shucks" blanket of immaturity when it comes to guys talking about the opposite sex) and the seemingly rushed ending it became more of an exercise of finishing the damn thing than enjoying the story.

It is really too bad because I did enjoy the stylistic method of Denman's words. I guess the best way I can describe i
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Probably merits three and a half stars but this was a well enough written story. The invocation of string theory, quantum mechanics, interconnected minds and so forth make the idea less than fantastic and it is easy to skate over any problems with the Dream-Zone plot.
I found that the hero, Doug, although a well-drawn and believable character initially, was a little too competent and resourceful after the first few chapters. He began as a somewhat basic, though savvy, jock student. He seemed to m
Terri Weitze
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
What a strange read.

The author did something that was really interesting - he would set up situations/conversations that were clearly meant to push the reader's buttons, making you think that the author (through his characters) was kind of an ass hat; then the author would have the character present an argument that was designed to point out what was wrong with the character's behavior/beliefs. So you saw the author was manipulating you in a way that, to me, was the author letting me know that
Crystal w
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me intertwined in the story the whole time. It kept me guessing what was going to happen. The book follows two sets of people. The one is one who finds his brother committed suicide and can't figure out why. After digging around he thinks it has something to do with a program he helped make with a college student. The other person it follows is a college student that helped make the program also who sees his friend who also helped with the program commit suicide . So the computer ...more
D.L. Morrese
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A couple inexplicable suicides, a strange computer file, a mysterious femme fatale, and the Russian Mafia all go into making this a unique work of science fiction set in contemporary England. What I especially appreciated was the the integration of important and fundamental scientific understandings in various subjects, from computer science to quantum physics, into the story. It kept things quite interesting. I found the characters believable, the pacing good, and the plot intriguing. Admittedl ...more
Francene Stanley
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Diverse characters work towards a mind-blowing connection.
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot to think about. Simon Denman's writing style speaks straight to the reader in a matter-of-fact style, enabling me to understand complicated technical procedures.
Real, gritty characters from diverse ethnic backgrounds were skillfully woven into the plot. The theme, relating to the way our thoughts are connected, drew me in and added to an understanding I already possessed in an amazing way—throu
Advait Borate
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2012
A thriller with more than a tinge of philosophy and a lot of physics, the book is a fast paced read to begin with. However somewhere towards the end, it loses its touch only to rise up at the very end where everything brilliantly falls in place and is explained. There are passages pertaining to physics like the string theory and stuff which were a little too much for me to assimilate.

The fact that the story is set in London and the narrative is British in nature does give the book a refreshing f
Phil Patterson
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This book picks up as Doug loses a friend and Peter loses a brother and how they are both through one project that they end up working together one and eventually causes a third death.

This book brings together science, The Mafia, crime and sex (which probably could not be left out). Although I did find that this book was a very good and enjoyable, I did find that the science was a bit too in depth and boring, but I'm not overly interested in science. I also felt the book finished a bit too quick
Liquid Frost
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Kindle freebie. This was a book that I stayed up too late reading two nights in a row as well as read on the cloud in the interim. The story itself had a good pace, but I liked the subject more. I think what kept me reading was to see where it ended up going. I stayed up too long another night thinking: If you knew the meaning of life, would life be worth living?

If a bit of religion, music, math, programming, and philosophy - mixed with a bit of mafia and strippers sounds interesting - then by a
Sean Randall
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Not to me. Understanding why we love one another doesn’t make it any less real or any less wonderful. If anything, it makes it more so. Just because I choose logic and reason over religion and superstition doesn’t mean that I refuse to acknowledge the existence of emotion and abstract concepts such as beauty and love.”

This was a powerful work, and I loved the end of chapter 9 in particular. I didn't come away feeling overawed, though it certainly gave me food for thought and as a debut means De
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Peter chapters were a bit over my head, repetitive, and boring, to me, to be completely honest. The concept as a whole is a bit over the top for me as well, but given the age of technology we are in, it could be conceivable. Over-all, a pretty decent read. Almost similar to "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" with a more sci-fi feel. And there was a Doctor Who reference, so that made me like it a bit more. :P
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone interested in theoretical physics, intelligent discussions about the word's religion and science would enjoy this great novel. Non science people can skip over the scientific detail and still enjoy the story line. I found myself recalling theories I studied in philosophy, physics and mathematics. After the first few pages, the novel picks up and really makes you think. I would recommend this book highly! Well done!
John Chapman
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Intriguing' is a good word to describe this book. It quickly got me hooked but there were some parts I found disquieting. For example a man discovers the theory of everything after experiencing 'Dream-Zone'. Then like others before him, he commits suicide. The book hints of a connection between all living things - something like the Star Wars 'Force' but does not develop this concept. The ending too was unsatisfying and could have been done better I think.
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Born in Eastbourne, to retired parents, Simon Denman grew up alternately on the beaches of a succession of English seaside towns, and in the historic, if somewhat austere boarding school of Christ's Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.

After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he has spent longer than he likes to admit in the IT networking, communications, and I
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