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Transference Kindle Edition
"A crackerjack of a debut... a gritty tale of identity switching and real emotional pain. The pages (or screens) will fly by!" - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo & Nebula award winning author of The Terminal Experiment
"Self-sacrifice, a desire for vengeance, and a mother's love could save the world in Transference, a fantastical novel of epic scale." - Foreword Clarion, ★★★★
"Fans of epic, constantly evolving arcs will be pleased with the multiplying trajectories whose resolutions always propel future events. The mix of theology, technology, action, and melodrama gives fans of intricate thrillers much to chew on." - Publisher's Weekly
"Transference is a debut gem in the sci-fi genre. The small details bring this world alive, engaging readers immediately with clever tech and societal nuances. This is a book that will make readers think, but is also rife with unexpected twists to please those readers seeking an astral escape." -Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★1/2
"Transference explains the purpose of human suffering and the essential nature of hope in the struggle that is life. Keaton creates a science fiction masterwork that explores human identity and the dignity of the person without unnecessary moralizing." -IndieReader.com, ★★★★★
"Transference by B.T. Keaton is quite the accomplishment... something magnificent is attempted and then successfully pulled off. I respect a person that aims for the moon and then arrives there in spectacular fashion." -Ray Simmons, Readers Favorite, ★★★★★
"Keaton's debut novel combines a thrilling yet fundamentally human story about a man searching for his family, with a sobering exploration of how a radical technology can be exploited by those in power for their own gain." -Alex Mitchell, The Bookbag.co.uk, ★★★★
"Sometimes technology and the prescriptive nature of religious speculation overwhelm sci-fi thrillers, but this tale has a balanced blend of realism, philosophical inquiry, and speculative detail. Keaton just might attain literary immortality with this commanding debut novel." - Kate Robinson, The US Review of Books (Recommended)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B082WPHTHH
- Publisher : Ingleside Avenue Press; 1st edition (13 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 2429 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 394 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1645701506
- Best Sellers Rank: 218,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author is an amazing writer who had me engaged from the first page. I think I actually said ‘wow’ and might have even raised an eyebrow. His writing stands out from the crowd and is a real pleasure to read. He develops the characters from their own perspective with dedicated chapters which gives them all depth and keeps the momentum as the plot threads wind together.
I feel lucky I downloaded the preview almost by chance.
This a book you will enjoy reading and a writer you should watch.
I'm looking forward to re-reading it.
Top reviews from other countries
Why complex? There are a number of reasons. The prison is a mine on a distant planet. Conditions are tough and new arrivals can unexpectedly drop dead. Survivors are subject to a brutal regiem of discipline. People who step out of line may quietly disappear into one of the bottomless pits around the mine. Finally not everyone is who they appear to be. The Church and its Prophet may transfer one man into another's body using an alien technology that was discovered on a deserted planet.
The principal character is Thaniel Kilraven, a planetary explorer, who has been placed in the body of Barrabas Madzimure, a master thief. As the story progresses Kilraven learns more about the people around him. He discovers that not everyone is who they appear to be on the surface. Only the Church knows the truth. And only the Church knows the truth behind the transference process. It is Kilraven's discoveries as he persues the truth that makes this such a good book.
Transference is not always an easy read but it rewards your efforts. The writing is all first person but itdoes jump between persons. This could catch the unwary out but it is a device that progresses the plot faster and in more detail than would be possible if only seen from Kilraven's experiences. It is the level of complexity introduced this way that is why I am so impressed with this first novel. I did not spot a single name or event that was out of place.
I'll urge you to try Keaton's first book. The basic plot may be very simple but it is overlaid with so many layers of complexity that the story that emerges will have you wondering what comes next all the way up to the last page. Keaton has left himself in a great position to create a follow up book. I hope that he does because I want to learn more of this world.
The hero is a victim of circumstance with little personality, the universe happens around him as he fights towards an anti climactic showdown with a mediocre villain.
The interesting part of the story is suggested but never revealed instead the story devolves into pseudo religious nonsense.
On its journey into the pits of the readers despair it flicks between viewpoints leaving no time to become invested in a single character.
The plot twists are inane leaving you with a constant feeling of ™ then he woke up * and the antagonists mighty empire falls into a series of derived plot twists which collapses with no struggle.
Pulling out some positives, the author has a good vocabulary and I hope this isn't his last book.
However I would rather it had stayed as a learning experience wherever unpublished manuscripts go to die instead of becoming an exercise in tenacity for this reader to get to the end.
There were lots of things to love about this book but I must particularly commend the author on the imagery he creates. I got a strong sense of place despite it being set in the future and got a hybrid of Snowpiercer and V for Vendetta vibes, which is no bad thing.
My favourite aspects of the book are definitely the characters and the references to their 'old' world. The characters are all well defined with some great one liners and the relationships between them are a joy to read. There's also a
lot of references to things that as readers we are familiar with, such as a very famous singer, but the characters are not, which I felt were like little in jokes with the author and often made me chuckle.
The overall themes of technology and control are interwoven throughout and create an interesting plot with lots of twists, which is personally something I always want from this genre. I definitely recommend!
Apart from that, I couldn't get on board. I pushed through until halfway through when I eventually gave up and that happens rarely. There are some major plot holes in that first half, each character's internal narrative sounds exactly the same. Couldn't get on with the style it was written either.