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Imminent Dawn

(Empathy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Four people. One study. The internet-access brain implant to bind or destroy them all.

Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.

At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. B
Kindle Edition, 456 pages
Published January 28th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. This book is a little out there. It’s well written and well imagined, I’m just not sure if I really liked the story. I first want to mention I would not really put this in the lesfic category. There is one lesbian character but she is one of many characters. The POV in this book switches between characters every new chapter. Also, while this book is science fiction, I would more say this was futuristic with almost a light dystopian feel. This book takes place on Earth in the future.

My mind is blown right now so this review may not make much sense. This is a superb science fiction thriller which I chose because the blurb sounded interesting but it didn’t prepare me for the complex and suspenseful journey I was taken on.

Set in the future, the story is told in third person from the point of view of four of the characters. Chandra has signed up for the human trial portion of a programme called EMPATHY where a brain implant will give the recipient internet access and thereby a
Evie Drae
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
*wipes brow and flops heavily into writing chair* Okay, folks, this week’s read was a doozy. As many of you know, the majority of my reading history has been focused on romance or novels with a strong romantic subplot. I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to reading epic tales with intense, mind-twisting plots. (Not to say romance novels can’t have intricate and intriguing plots—because they can and quite often do—but they don’t compare to the amount of brain-power and focus it takes to make sens ...more
Dan Schiro
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s an awesome privilege to be among the first to read this book. Campbell shifts between multiple perspectives with ease, bringing to life a cast of unique and authentic characters. At the same time, he unveils an alternate America that feels complete, as if it’s just on the other side of the mirror. No spoilers, but the well-placed plot hooked me immediately and reeled me in with unexpected twists aplenty. What’s more, Campbell’s examination of the blurred line between man and machine draws o ...more
Colleen Corgel
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbt, science-fiction
So, I really was looking forward to this one, as its a sci-fi novel with an lgbt twist in it. I was a little disappointed in the fact that there really is only one lgbt character who plays a pivotal roll in the story, but that didn't stop me from liking most of the premise.

Chandra is in a study where a powerful research company is trying to link people's brains to the internet, and thus each other. Think Ghost in the Shell. The program is called EMPATHY as the supposed main goal is to actually
Carolyn McBride
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating book filled with new-to-me concepts and danger. Danger to individual characters both medically and morally. I can't even imagine being hooked up to a massive network, just sitting in my brain. Once I started reading, I could barely stop to sleep. The characters were all individual, motivated and a point. The book was well-paced and I enjoyed the format of the chapters each focusing on an individual. I didn't find juggling the characters difficult at all.
Now, th
Dan Maguire
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imminent Dawn is more than just a techno-thriller (though it is an awesome techno-thriller). Imminent Dawn brings together an incredible wide-ranging group of characters who sometimes knowingly work against each other, but more often are drawn into a complex set of circumstances where they don't fully realize the dangers they face.

The ability to log on to the internet at will, with no device, just your brain. Sounds great, right? One of the main characters, Chandra, discovers that this ability
M.A. Hinkle
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will rip your heart out and stomp on it many, many times. I hope you understand how much of a compliment that is.
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

Some books demand your full attention right from the start, and Imminent Dawn is one of them. It’s a complex, meaty sci-fi thriller that switches points of view at a lightning pace, showing us half a dozen key players within EMPATHY—a test study of an implant that allows its users to access th
Chris C
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I went into this book thinking I was going to get a 'Black Mirror: San Junipero' type story. It couldn't be further from what I imagined, in the best way possible. If I had to pitch this book it would be 'San Junipero' but instead of being in the world created by the technology we get to see the behind the scenes of the technology and the sinister ways in which the tech is tested.

The story follows Wyatt, the mastermind behind EMPATHY; Meredith, a reporter who's getting the insid
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, lgbt
Imminent Dawn was a wonderful novel that was interesting to read and a lot of fun to read. I loved getting to follow each of the main characters through the story and seeing what their true motivations were. The world building that R.R. Campbell came up with impressive. The setting of the story was enough like our current world that it was easy to see the jump to the world he created.

Even though this is an LGBTQ Sci Fi novel, with a female gay lead, that is not the focus of the novel. The charac
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a slow paced story, once it got going, it was fine. It was very intriguing, it had lots of different layers from lots of different viewpoints. You didn’t really connect a 100% with anyone, it shifted too much for that. That being said you still wanted to learn what the hell was going on.

I really enjoyed the science elements with the technology, was interesting to see. It had plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Author. Does not a
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, read_in_2019

There were some things about this book that I loved and some things that I hated. Chandra is the only likeable one of the 4 narrators. I wanted to smack both April and Meredith and I'm really really mad about (view spoiler)
Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love discovering Authors I haven't read before, so that's what had me taking a closer look at this title. Then when I read the blurb it made me think of Body Parts by Jessica Kepp and The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist.

The cover is appealing and eye catching enough and with the title “Imminent Dawn” and its potential meaning it made me want to pick up the book and learn more. The blurb then further sold the book to me with its Sci-Fi elements the whole humanisation of the big experiment and wha
Corey Mckenzie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Sci-fi/tech/romance thriller that does not disappoint.

From the get-go, this novel has a unique feel. Each chapter is presented from the perspective of a specific character. At first this seems challenging, but it quickly becomes apparent why R. R. Campbell chose this style. The author chooses to pick the POV of the pivotal character in each of the main events. It’s really quite a fantastic orchestration of timing and perspective. I found myself yearning for an individual’s thoughts and
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Chandra signs up for a medical study to implant the internet directly into her brain she hopes to communicate with her partner who is in a coma, but she soon finds out that there is more to this study than meets the eye.

I found Imminent Dawn to be a really nicely constructed read. Its very obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the plot lines by R.R. Campbell and there are a lot of threads to the story. The idea of having a narrative switch perspectives per chapter between 4 main chara
Jennifer Tooker
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author; however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

A cyber thriller that will stay with you

Imminent Dawn is the first book in the EMPATHY series by author R.R. Campbell. Set in the future, Imminent Dawn follows main character Chandra Adelhadeo as she volunteers herself up to be basically a human guinea pig for human trials for a cerebral implant known as EMPATHY. If she is a successful test subject, s
Ari Augustine
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
hen Chandra signs up for to be one of the first humans to test EMPATHY — an implant that gives its host mental access to the internet and a means of connecting with others telepathically — she is swept into an electrifying swarm of secrets, hidden agendas, and challenges that threaten to shatter everything she thought she knew.

R.R Campbell’s science fiction, IMMINENT DAWN, delivers exactly what it promises: a Black-Mirror-esque sci-fi thriller delving into the dark relationship between humans an
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to beta read an early draft of Imminent Dawn and have enjoyed the published version immensely. It’s always fun to see the many changes a manuscript goes through before it’s finally released into the wild. I’m glad I was trusted with the task.

Imminent Dawn is a thrilling sci-fi, fantasy. I love the multi-points of view that help the reader piece together secrets surrounding the trials for a brain implant Chandra desperately needs to work.

This is not a story easily forgotten! I’m so
Valerie Biel
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imminent Dawn by R.R. Campbell is not your run-of-the-mill sci-fi novel. For one, it takes place in the near future in a world that looks much like ours today—except for all the cool technology—not all of which is benign. This is truly a suspenseful thriller with a fast-paced plot line and well-developed characters whose smart dialogue keeps us turning the page. If you’re someone who thinks all sci-fi takes place in outer space—this genre has a lot more to offer. And Campbell’s work is a particu ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lacey Struensee
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling yet poignant, this book is guaranteed to keep you up turning pages. The author dives right into the action and moves quickly, all while developing sympathetic, dynamic characters. Set in a pseudo-dystopia, the political and technological aspects of the story, while fictional, are chillingly timely. This novel could stand alone, but I am so excited for Mourning Dove!
Jeremy Martin
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Campell is a master story teller. Imminent Dawn is a thriller of a read with twists and turns that beg for just one more page. The story, switching between multiple narratives, is well done and crisp. This novel is a breath of fresh air in the Sci-Fi genre!
Brenda Smith
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sleek gorgeous cover for a sleeker futuristic thriller

R.R. Campbell’s IMMINENT DAWN is a lustrous, futuristic tale, proving once again, as is so often the case with good science fiction, that human technological intervention into what nature has so well designed will surely go awry. In this case the situation is one we may find ourselves grappling with in the not too distant future: the insertion of computer chips and attendant software into the human brain. Of course, those conducting the exp
Tracey Phillips
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The premise of this book intrigued me because it sounds like something that could happen not too far in the future. Dr. Wyatt Halman has created EMPATHY. A nanochip he implants in peoples' brains that allows them to connect on other levels. EMPATHY allows them to feel each other's thoughts and to know every detail of their pasts. It removes all secrets.
Chandra's wife is in a coma. Chandra gets the implant because she wants more than anything to save her wife's life. Wyatt, the Doctor is taking
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'm usually not much of a sc-fi reader, but I was intrigued by the premise of this book and decided to give it a try. Boy, was this a great ride! I was absolutely mesmerized by the technology in the book, the integration of humans and tech. Giving real-life a sci-fi boost for sure. Reading this story, you're constantly reminded that situations like the ones described really aren't that far-fetched. The characters were likeable when they needed to be, and downright sinister when they mo
JL Henker
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author Ryan Campbell takes his readers on an adventure of emotion and intrigue. Is there a genre for science fiction mystery/intrigue? If not there should be. This tail of twisted loyalties and interesting characters is an complicated puzzle and a race against powers that want to subvert artificial intelligence for profit and power. It may seem like an old theme, but the characters wound up in this plot surprise and entertain in a refreshing new way. It’s a run through the labyrinth without a ma ...more
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R.R. Campbell is an International Book Awards finalist, the founder of the Writescast Network, and the co-founder of Kill Your Darlings Candle Company. His science fiction debut, IMMINENT DAWN, premiered as the number one new release for its genre on Amazon. He also publishes contemporary fiction as Ryan R. Campbell. He lives in Stoughton, Wisconsin with his wife and their two cats, Hashtag and Rh ...more

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