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One death, two nations on the brink of war, and four people fighting the ghosts of their past.


Mick O’Driscoll has a problem. A man has died in the Scrambles, and nothing happens in the Scrambles without his permission, or so he thought. The death spells trouble and O’Driscoll knows it. The question is, who killed the Prime Delegate’s brother on his turf and why?

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Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Createspace Publishing (first published November 28th 2014)
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Dave Higgins
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this sequel to Second Chance, Hearn has produced another post-cyberpunk tale that very definitely puts substance over style. While it does not skimp on interesting technology and racing action, this work runs on character not tech-porn.

As this is the second book in a series, this review might contain spoilers for the previous book.

The novel opens two years after the events of Second Chance, with the death of the Prime Delegate’s brother in the Shambles. Caught between being seen to help the a
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Niina
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Absent Souls by Dylan S. Hearn is the second part of the Transcendence trilogy and it picks up two years after Second Chance, introducing a cast of four main characters.

A murder in the Shambles leaves Mick O’Driscoll with a problem. Usually he’s aware of everything happening in the area but not this time. Going to the authorities is not exactly a choice for a crime lord but he takes a chance. Investigator Nico Tandelli has his suspicions but allows O’Driscoll a chance to prove his innocence, all
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Julie
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this compelling sequel to Second Chance, Dylan Hearn develops the story further into his well-imagined dystopian future – both geographically and emotionally. The concept of a political elite, corrupted and corrupting (can’t say how because that would be a spoiler!), was fascinating in Second Chance and in Absent Souls it advances into unsettling new territory.

Familiar faces are back. Most vivid for me was O’Driscoll, the vicious, violent King of the Scrambles. But here again, the author d
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Nicholas Rossis
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absent Souls is what you get when you cross Neuromancer, the Godfather and 1984. Indeed, not since William Gibson's Neuromancer had I come across such a convincingly chilly description of the near future.

I devoured this book within a couple of days, carried away by its relentless pacing and Hearn's excellent writing. Brimming with suspense and tension, this is a book that should come with a warning, as it will be hard to put it down once you get sucked into Hearn's frightfully familiar world.
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Damian van Alderwegen
This is an enjoyably flowing and cleverly structured sci-fi dis/utopia story fixating on our paranoias surrounding our growing lack of control in all areas of our lives and of humanity, whether that lack of control is of personal information security, of ICT or AI knowledge and power (& their possible devastatingly corrupting evolutions), or even of how our affect on the climate is now actually out of control. There is a lot of clunky and clichéd scene-setting and narrative, with equally cli ...more
Carrie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder, sparring political factions, and cyber intrigue continue to take center stage in this second book of the Transcendence Trilogy. The reader also develops a deeper understanding of the four alternating viewpoint characters, revealing the motives behind their behaviors. Though science fiction and cyberpunk are not my usual genres, I enjoyed this book for its thriller aspects--each chapter building escalating tension and culminating in a satisfying climax where surprising answers are reveale ...more
Dylan Hearn
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Of course I gave it 5-stars. I wrote it :-)
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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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