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(Holoquest #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

Inside the hologram machine 17-year-old Jason has everything his heart desires, including a digital simulation of his dead mother. While outside the machine, he’s forbidden contact with everyone. Living within the shadow of a serial killer, Jason is captivated by the beautiful girl next door, Boston Mannin
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 369 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published August 1st 2012)
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Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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An author told me once that when you say you liked a book more than you expected, it's not a compliment. I used to say it a lot, but after that I tried to avoid it. I always intended it as a compliment. As a reader you have a certain expectation for a book. If I think I'm going to like a book, I give it a try and read it. And sometimes a book takes you by surprise and you love it.
So when I say I liked DiSemblance much mor
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ARR #110 in the We ♥ YA Books! group, in exchange for an honest review.)

I'm having a hard time writing this review, because I'd like to rate the book a little higher, but am not sure I should. In all fairness, I'd give the idea and story a solid 4 stars, but I wasn't too thrilled about the writing itself.

"DiSemblance" is a story that you need to pay attention to. Don't read it in a packed train, or juggling several things at once. It contains a lot of little
Wow. This book definitely challenges the reader in separating what is real from what isn't. Although I don't have many past thriller-reads to compare this to, it definitely kept me on my toes without overwhelming me.

When the book first starts off you expect to be reading a sci-fi perhaps coming-of-age story only to be handed a mystery-thriller with plenty of action and crime elements in it. The beginning of the book is pretty slow like other reviewers have said, but it did keep my interest throu
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jason's mother died of cancer when he was 11 and he and his brother, Isaac, have been raised by his father, Lloyd, who has a passion for hologram technology. Their father has homeschooled them and taught them about computers. His father has invented a hologram machine, which consists of a programming room and a holodeck room. Once inside the machine, the digital copy (DC) of the subject looks and feels real to everyone else in the machine or anyone monitoring it from outside.

Detective Bruce Dur
April Lewis
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review is re-post from

"There are three worlds that we live in, fantasy, reality, and actuality, murder crosses between all three…”

Teaser: Jason and Isaac Tanner are brothers, they don’t always get along, but there is one thing they can agree on. Their father is not the murderer known as the “Comfort Killer”. The child of technological mastermind, Jason spends most of his young life living in the holographic world his father created. When their father is murdered,
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Review originally posted at A Date with a Book

Definition of dissemblance: The state of being disguised or concealed behind a false apperance.

This book was amazing! This book is another example of why I love indie authors. After receiving the request, I read through it thoroughly as I always do. Sometimes if I don’t have time, I will come back to the request at a later date. I read the synopsis and thought, no this book is not my type at all. For the most part I don’t read fantasy and I definitel
Sophie Martin
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don’t usually read thrillers, but I’m very glad I read this one. I really liked this book! At first glance it looked like a futuristic fantasy, but right off the bat I realized it’s more of a mystery/ thriller (which isn’t something I’m usually into). But after the first chapter, I was totally hooked.

This is the fast paced story told from the perspective of 3 people, Jason (main character), Boston, and Detective Durante, and it’s constantly going back and forth, leaving the reader on the edge
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
DiSemblance explores the concept between illusion and reality. How far will someone go to attain a level of immortality? Who will he kill or destroy in the process?

Jason is caught in the investigation concerning a serial killer named the Comfort Killer. He kills those who are terminally ill. Providing a coffin and cash for the grieving family. Somehow Jason's father is set up and accused of being the killer.

Jason knows that this is not true. He knows that someone is after his father's research a
B.K. Walker
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bk-s-library
A single father. Two teen boys. Mom dies from cancer.

It's hard enough being a single parent, let alone trying to deal with grief too. The good thing...Because Lloyd's (Dad) a genius, they all don't really have to grieve. You see, he's built this Hologram machine where they all can see the mom, even touch her and hug her, whenever they want.

The problem...

Someone wants the machine for themselves and is willing to kill people to get it, even frame the only one that can give up the secrets for the
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13+ years old
I should start this with: This is not a genre I typically read.

When this was offered as a read and review, I read the synopsis and was intrigued. Although I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, I've read several science fiction stories that I loved. Overall, I enjoyed this story.

What I liked: The plot was very original. The mechanics of the book were excellent, no typos or grammatical errors of any kind. Lots of action and a good bit of suspense.

I like an emotional read. I love it when a book ma
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was super excited when the author asked me to review the book! I saw a lot of great reviews on Goodreads and I really liked this book!

This book started out a bit slow for me, it was kinda boring, but near the middle and the end, that's where the good parts were. It was also confusing for me. I didn't really understand the process of the digital copies and everything. It was just too complicated for me! And when they were in and out of the machine, with the different text font, I still didn't r
Nicki Markus
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was approached by the author to review this book and, since it sounded fun, I agreed to give it a go.

I'm glad I did as I found this a well-written and engaging tale that kept me turning the pages so fast that I read the book in a single session. The story is interesting and catchy and the characters, particularly Jason and Bruce, come across well.

The plot is fast-paced with plenty of action and the prose is easy to read. A few odd typos here and there, but overall a well-edited self-published
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Fast-paced. A very quick read. It kept me interested. The idea of the hologram is intriguing. What is really happening in real time and what is happening within the hologram keeps you guessing. Loved the wordplay with the name of the girl next door (or here, the girl across the street)and her name of Boston Komen. That was fun. I would have liked a bit more character development, and some of the chapters were disconcertingly short. The romance between the protagonist, Jason, and Boston felt a we ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
DiSemlance is good if you like solving crimes and mysteries.
There was a lot of things in this book that was F*cking with my brain a lot.
The story starts of going from a few characters in one chapter, then it will switch to other characters in the next chapter.
It did that until the characters met.
This contains mystery, problem-solving, mind-messing, a little romance and some futuristic stuff.

Full review:
Cindi Field
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It made you think! It took off right from the beginning, it was a very fast read with great twists and turns. It was very sci-fi and felt futuristic, but also felt like that future was here today in our time. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the author, hearing her thoughts and insights as she wrote the story and developed the characters.
Mike Shelton
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! I loved the way that the author developed he characters and their relationships with each other, but kept the adventure moving forward. The characters seem real, with flaws and good traits. After the first few chapters I could hardly put it down at the end of the day. Adventure, love, relationships, hologram machine, bully's, intrigue - - it has it all!
My copy of DiSemblance was given to me by the Author through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was not obligated to write a positive review. This is my full and honest opinion.

Cover Blurb: Yes or No? My opinion of the cover art is somewhere in between. I like the whole descending mirrors and I don't even mind the character impersonator reflections. But there's almost something about the whole thing that kind of makes it feel bland. It just catches my interest, but only just.

Characters: I didn't
Infantina Nivetha
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

As far as I remember I haven’t read that many Science fiction novels but I can say I definitely enjoyed reading this one. If this novel was of any other genre I would have said my expectations were somewhat like this. So to be honest, I am glad to look at this novel from a totally different perspective. My only complaint is, this novel is snail paced.

Disemblance by Shanae Branham is a finely knitted story about a teenage boy named Jason Tanner who is raised by his father Lyold Tanner since his
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it

Jason Tanner is the kind of protagonist who is kind, is obedient, and is always looking to do the right thing. Unfortunately for him, in DiSemblance, most is not what it seems, and Jason Tanner finds himself involved in something bigger than he ever would have imagined. His dad has a coveted Hologram machine that needs to be protected and when things start to go awry and Jason's dad is presumed to be dead, the question of whether or not the machine has already fallen into the wrong hands comes t
Audrey Wilkerson
Under normal circumstances I make myself finish each and every title I read, especially those books that I have agreed to review. I have had this book for at least a couple of years, so I really needed to check this one off my to do list. Unfortunately, as it became a perfect storm of writing pet peeves, I had to hang this one up.

Son Jason Tanner is the older son of father Lloyd Tanner, the inventor of a holographic system that they have in their house. Lloyd left MIT because his plans for the s
Courtney Reads A Lot
DiSemblance had such a compelling, unique premise. Jason's father's invention allowed people to enter a holographic reality, either physically or mentally. If they entered mentally, the person had the ability to manipulate the programming, changing it from a beach to maybe a gladiator like stadium, with just their mind. If someone physically entered the program through a door, they could be physically harmed from anything that happened during the program's running time, which definitely raised t ...more
Kristina Applegate
Detective Bruce Durante is the lead homicide detective in the “Comfort Killer” case and is very determined to bring down the suspect that is killing patients that have been diagnosed as terminally ill and have gone missing only to turn up in dead in a coffin 3 weeks later. He’s surprised and very doubtful when the killer changes his motive and a young woman is killed and the killer has thought to be caught red handed after a shoot out. Determined to find the truth Bruce sets out to solve this ca ...more
Sher A. Hart
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Disemblance runs, not walks, a fine line between science fiction and contemporary murder mystery. While I used to read mysteries as a teenager, I find science fiction far more interesting. The SF invention, similar to a Star Trek holo-deck, made the book unusual enough to keep me turning pages.

The author also did a good job with the character of Jason because I enjoyed his interactions with his mentally ill little brother Isaac, and the developing relationship with Boston. I was happy to meet a
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
DiSemblance had a pretty action-packed story that was...interesting. I know interesting gets overused a lot. So, what is interesting?

Well, I didn't really have a care for this book until the real crazy starts happening. Just to reiterate the plot, this story provides insight into the perspective of three characters: Jason Tanner, his girlfriend Boston Manning, and Detective Bruce Durante (if i'm not mistaken[if I forget, please forgive me]) during the intense investigation on whom the public of
Jason Tanner’s life is anything but normal. Growing up with a paranoid computer genius for a father, he and his brother Isaac live isolated from the rest of the world, to protect others just as much as they are protecting themselves. Their father’s life work is a cutting-edge holographic system—something that some people would do just about anything to get their hands on… including kill.

The opening chapters of DiSemblance cut right to the chase, disclosing all of the pertinent information about
Ornella (Nyx)
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned-series
This book was one hell of a ride. If someone told me to describe it using one word it would clusterf-. It was that insane.

This was a very fast read. I just flew through pages trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Towards the end was when I finally realized what was happening but it was still a bit confusing at times because of the nature of the book. This was like a Bourne Identity mixed with James Bond mixed with some else.

For once the main MC was actually smart and STAYED smart duri
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it

Ok, to be honest it took me a while to get into this book. I put it down several times and almost didn't pick it back up. I can't put my finger on what it was that kept me from investing myself in the book. The premise is totally unique and intriguing and the characters are interesting enough, but for some reason it just didn't grab me right away. With that said, I'm glad I didn't give up. At about the half way point this happened:

And it was like the story just took off. Talk about going from
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wow. This is a book that gets your brain a working. It's who done it cat and mouse story that takes you from reality into an alternate world. The author did a great job with this story. It is unique and keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end. The story is well written and quite a page turner.

Reading this story you wonder what is real for the characters and what is not. It isn't confusing at all with that. Written like a mystery you follow detective Bruce Durante and Jason Tanner on th
Vrinda Pendred
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, for that :)

This had a brilliant idea behind it, which I loved. Admittedly, I worked out a big part of what was going on quite early in the book, because it kept referencing Star Trek's holodeck and, as a fan of TNG, I know the episode this book obviously took its inspiration from.

That said, I was pleasantly surprised that at the end, there was another element thrown into the story that was all the auth
Ruth B
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do you know when you realize that you are reading a good book? When you can’t put it down, when you even dream about it! Well, this is one of those books.

DiSemblance is an original techno-thriller novel. It grabs you from the start and you can’t stay away from it for too long.

In DiSemblance we meet Jason a 17-year-old boy who has lived his all life almost confined to his house. After saying goodbye to his father, who goes away for the weekend, his life changes from one second to the next. He see
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I am a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer's Expo.

I love suspenseful, action-adventures and clean, young adult, romance stories. I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in

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