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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hutchins's debut SF thriller, the first in a trilogy, has the unusual distinction of starting life as a popular podcast. The fast pace set from the beginning serves the story well in audio or print, especially considering that most of the characters are clones of the same man. They're sent to find their Alpha after he rigs a proxy assassination of the president of the United States through stolen government technology capable of unleashing chaos everywhere. Hutchins successfully fleshes out each clone as a separate personality, from happy everyman John Smith to the priest who fears that, as a clone, he has no soul. Though there's not a lot for the hard SF crowd, thriller readers seeking edge-of-your-seat action flavored with conspiracy and futuristic tech will love every page. (Nov.)
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"Hutchins is the real deal -- 7th Son's opening XX pages hammer you with literary shock and awe. Effortlessly blending hard research with a staggering imagination, his high-tech nightmares leap off the page and lodge in your brain like a literary headshot. Raw, brilliant and detailed."  - Scott Sigler, author of Infected

“J. C. Hutchins takes the science thriller and pumps it full of rocket fuel in 7th Son: Descent.  It has weird science, convoluted conspiracies, plenty of action, and a very creepy premise that will leave you paranoid and shaken."

---Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award--winning author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero 

“7th Son is breakneck storytelling at its absolute best. Characters---dark, duplicitous, and fascinating---stalk through a rich techscape that’s so real, so plausible, that it compels and haunts. The book is relentless in its pace, brilliant in its execution, and just so damned entertaining.”
 

---Patrick Lussier, director of White Noise 2, Dracula 2000, and film editor of Red Eye

(part of the Scream trilogy)

 

“Not only does J. C. Hutchins put together a great story with 7th Son, he’s successfully cracked the code of building a loyal following.”

---Michael A. Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author

 

 


More About the Author

J.C. Hutchins crafts transmedia narratives, screenplays and novels for such entertainment companies as A&E, Cinemax, Discovery, St. Martin's Press, Smith & Tinker and Leviathan Games. He has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR's Weekend Edition, ABC Radio and the BBC.

J.C. began his career as a "new media novelist," using emerging storytelling strategies such as podcasting, social media and crowdsourcing to create and distribute his acclaimed 7th Son thriller novels.

His novel Personal Effects: Dark Art (co-written with digital storytelling pioneer and game designer Jordan Weisman) featured online and physical transmedia elements that blurred the reader's role from passive consumer to active participant. Personal Effects is presently in development as a Starz TV series, with Gore Verbinski executive producing.

Customer Reviews

The author, JC Hutchins, does a great job at telling the story and keeping his words interesting.
James E Parkinson
A lot is happening in the 7th Son series and because of his great way of telling the story you keep wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Sacha
If you're still unsure, you can listen to the audio/podcast version of the book for free on the author's web site and see if you like it.
Edward G. Talbot - Thriller author

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on October 9, 2009
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I'm pretty familiar with J.C. Hutchins' work -- I've listened to his podcast fiction for some time, and I've been very eager to see how it would translate to the printed page. I wasn't disappointed at all.

In the wake of a presidential assassination, seven men named John Michael Smith are abducted from around the country, brought together at a secret complex, and told the truth about their lives. They're part of an enormous experiment, one that has shaped every moment of their lives, and one that makes them the only people capable of hunting down the assassin before he does something even worse.

Hutchins has done some really impressive work here. He comes up with not just one, but several intriguing concepts that could each support a story of their own -- the 7th Son project, NEPTH-Charge, the Mem/RI and so on -- and combines them all into a tense, powerfully charged thriller. The John Smiths, although obviously having a common origin, are each different, unique individuals with their own personal story arcs that make them more than placeholders in the story. The puzzles and challenges they face are tailored for these characters, and the cliffhanger sets things up very nicely for the next two installments of the trilogy. That's the other thing -- this is the first book of three, but unlike so many trilogies, you don't feel like this was padded to stretch it out. There's plenty enough going on here to sustain the story across three volumes.

You don't often see a really original twist on the thriller, but Hutchins has brought something new to the table. Fans of thrillers and contemporary sci-fi would do well to check this one out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ivy VINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
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If you missed the podcast phenomenon you can find it at [...] If you favor audio books to print books, I have to suggest listening to the podcast. For one thing, it's free. For another, the author has an amazing voice. You'll love it.

If you prefer your books in print, not audio, you're going to want to pick this up. The book starts with a presidential assassination and keeps building from there. It's one of the best rides in print out there. It's exciting. It's fun. It's compelling. It drags you through to the end, not letting you put it down for a moment. Easily the best book of the year.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
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While I'll admit that I'm not the biggest sci-fi reader, the idea of clones & espionage is pretty intriguing. The fact that this book was also touted by Scott Sigler, one of the best sci-fi podcast authors out there, was another bonus. (There's even a nod to Sigler in the book, as Hutchins named a minor character after him.) I do have to admit that I was a little wary- not all podcasts translate well into the written form. Sometimes what works in audio format doesn't work in the written form. Luckily for me, this book did translate well.

The book opens with the death of the President by a 4 year old boy. No explanation is given by the boy or his parents, who claimed ignorance of everything. Meanwhile seven seemingly different men men are yanked out of their lives by armed men & taken to an unknown location. They are initially given no explanation from their captors, but it isn't until the captives are placed together that they realize the one thing they have in common. They all have the same face & the same memories up to a certain age. They are told that the original model, the Alpha, has gone insane. And they have to stop him.

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I got the characters down I was able to keep up with the flow of the story. The idea of cloning has been done before, but this book manages to put an interesting spin on it. It's interesting to see how drastically (& not so drastically) different all of the men are. I do wish that I'd been able to get a bit more background on each character, but then there's two more books in the series for all of that background to come out in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lafferty on November 17, 2009
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JC Hutchins has a knack for storytelling. His words in both 7th Son and Personal Effects: Dark Art are simply a pleasure to read or listen to, depending on whether you go for the audio or print versions. His story weaves seven distinctly different men-an insane computer hacker, a disciplined military man, and a calm priest to name a few-into a dizzying conspiracy where these men discover that they are clones, they have been groomed to be in their current careers, and are called upon to find who is behind the recent bizarre presidential assassination. However, the person who is behind the president's death is the man they were cloned from.

Hutchins excels at characterization, making us feel for each character (even if the feeling is annoyance or dislike or hatred - there are few people that we are ambivalent about). His action scenes are mind-blowing and the secrets behind his conspiracies are nothing less than brilliant. 7th Son is a science fiction thriller, but it also raises questions of faith, the soul, mental illness, and personal strength. Highly recommended.
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