7th Son: Deceit
By: J.C. Hutchins
Publish Date: 2006
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: 2nd in 7th Son trilogy; 1st Book ~ Descent
First Glance Feel: None stop race for their lives and to learn as much as they can about where Alpha will strike next. But...there is more happening than meets the eye of the beta clones.
Two days ago, seven human clones -- John, Michael, Father Thomas, Dr. Mike, Jonathan, Jack and Kilroy2.0 -- were torn away from their "normal" lives to stop a ruthless plot created by their progenitor, a man code-named John Alpha. Their quest was a descent into conspiracy, violence and death.
The clones were successful in their mission, but victory was not without its price.
As 7th Son: Book Two - Deceit begins, the Beta clones are demoralized, reeling from their loss ... and about to learn that John Alpha's plans are far from over.
To prevent the next phase of Alpha's plan, John, Kilroy2.0, and the others must unearth more dark secrets about the government project from which they were spawned. They will experience the horrors of betrayal, and race cross-country to track John Alpha.
And they will finally realize the scope of Alpha's wrath -- the bloodshed the clones have witnessed is merely a prelude to the world-rending destruction to come. Unless they can stop it first.
Deceit is the second novel in J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son thriller trilogy.
The flaming helicopter rotor blade swirled across the computer screen, a pixelated blur of amber and crimson, a boomerang gone bad.
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My Thoughts and Summary:
Our clones continue on, rallying from the shock of what they've learned of their selves, of Alpha, and the event at the night club. They thought they won, but will learn things are deeper than they even imagined. Alpha has far more plans for them all, however these plans and learning secrets comes a price. But can the beta's pay the price Alpha is demanding to follow his clues and do as he wants?
The author as sole narrator of this book... I don't even notice that he's the sole voice of the audio. He uses infliction as a master with the different beta clones and other characters to differentiate them as listening. But the action and all that materializes here has my attention and I know well who is who of the characters by now.
The clones learn of Psyjack, what John Alpha most likely is using to continue on living, in a fashion. John Alpha's body might be dead, but his mind lives on. Now the prospects of what Alpha has planned are endless. What is he going for? What is he planning?
John Alpha has left puzzles for the clones to solve. I got drawn into this puzzle and tried to figure it out myself! I loved being pulled in, in such a fashion.
The stress of the quick pace of the last few days along with the shock of all they learn and finding their thought-to-be-dead mom causes friction between the clones. The whole idea of what she's worked on, and even perfected, with the Psyjack has them all shaken up as to morals and ethics, and how this can all be used sooo wrong. It has to be hard when you have morals, and who you are looking for does not. To put together fast enough what he is doing with the science that questions each of their ethics.
When we thought we learned all that we could, there is more that Alpha wants the clones to know. With what they are doing, and the psychotic man they are looking for, there are costs and some may die.
These men, the beta's, are experts in their specific areas of study. Alpha is one man, even though he Psyjacks people and knows their memories, it takes a few minutes to access and find what he needs. The beta clones might be able to use that second to get ahead of Alpha.
Alpha's plans are so much deeper than the clones, even the lead doctor, had ever thought. Alpha has one twisted, brilliant mind. His corruption and conspiracies have no end in sight. And we are starting to learn hints to the extent of his plans with the clones and beyond. Alpha is one dangerous man, and no one is safe. Is it all a game to him?
This book has the mental thinking and calculating, along with action and on the move for their lives feel. There is quicker paced as we are learning big details and the clones have to move to keep safe and learn their clues left behind.
With the action is the tension of whether they will make out alive, ever so strongly present.
Once again, I've already got book 3, Destruction, downloaded and ready for listening. And I need it now!