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Awakening (Dead Forever Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William Campbell
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine a world where death is merely an inconvenience. A new body awaits and we resume living, fully aware of the past, but at a price -- eternal life as slaves to masters who forbid individuality. For rebels who refuse to conform, the final solution is perpetual amnesia, removing all knowledge of past lives. One victim of the memory-wipe struggles to decipher his dreams and regain his sense of identity, only to learn of the hero he should be and what it means to occupy a body -- the sexual urges, escapism through intoxication, and the sense of self for a body, entirely different for a soul. This exploration of memory, dreams and the subconscious is also an action adventure as the hero faces dire challenges, joined by an oddball crew of fellow rebels whose allegiance is questionable. Awakening begins the Dead Forever trilogy, followed by Apotheosis and Resonance.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Awakening is a professionally written and solidly edited book that I feel is well worth the price and time you'll spend on it. Cool science concepts made believable and an interesting story line by an author who's unafraid to have some fun while he's writing."
-- Clayton Bye, The Deepening World of Fiction

"In the action adventure, the pace is non-stop race from being back in the hands of authority and always questioning the position and actions of the rebel group. The characters are a little odd, but extremely realistic and likable. The personal voice is the strength of the novel in that you feel as if you really live in the main hero's body with him."
-- Teri Davis, Reviews by Teri blogspot

"Each character has a unique personality and Campbell does a great job of bringing them to life."
-- Charline Ratcliff, Rebecca's Reads

"Dead Forever Awakening is a fascinating science fiction adventure, highly recommended."
-- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Glyd-Evans Press; First edition (January 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034G6628
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you Dead Forever? February 13, 2010
This book is brilliant! You, the reader, are plunged literally "head first" into the mind of an unexceptional loser. However through a remarkable turn of events this ordinary nobody is catapulted into an unordinary adventure to reclaim and rediscover his extraordinary self. Through the course of the book this pessimistic, cynical guy grows on you partly because his inclination for joking and poking fun, and partly because he starts growing up and out of his former mold and into a whole new order of being. Add to that a likeable cast of friends/comrades who help him, indeed prove indispensable, along his journey, and an insipid enemy force that will stop at nothing to prevent his interference in their treacherous conspiracy.

Things I really like about this book are the oddball, sometimes foreshadowy, dream sequences that open most of the chapters, and the first-person writing style which allows the reader to be fully, intimately inside the mind of the main character. At times he bites his tongue with people he's talking to, but his mind doesn't stop talking and he persists to think up all sorts of thoughts, from sarcastic to observant to slapstick, revealing a colorfully comedic character. I also like the creative sci-fi elements, the ideas and musings about consciousness, past lives, reincarnation, God, heaven and hell and in particular the actual story that takes place, but I don't dish spoilers so get out there and read this book!

In the end it's quite obvious that it ISN'T the end of the story and I'm really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from there! Can't wait!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing May 30, 2011
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I stopped reading this book after I had read 32% of it. It was confusing and jumped way too much without explanation.

I see that the book has received high marks from other readers. I guess that's why there are so many different kinds of books. There's something for everyone. This one is not for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different June 11, 2011
By Dottie
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The story line dragged a bit through out the book. I did like the character development of Carl/Adam as the storyline progressed. The last chapter left you hanging but not really excited about the next book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would life truly be better if we all conformed? November 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Strange dreams of fire and loss, visions of familiar specters appearing from nowhere, blinding headaches that come to cover confusing bits of memory... This is Carl's reality, as he plugs forward in his bland, monotonous life. Until now. With an unexpected event, his life is turned upside down. He's not who he thought he was, and his current life is nothing more than a farce created by a society determined to erase all individuality. As Carl struggles to figure out what is going on, he begins to remember all that he's forgotten. As he regains his memory, he gains power, strength and determination. He's on a mission now, and he will not fail.

Reminiscent of "The Matrix," this is the first book in William Campbell's Dead Forever series. The book is written in first-person, present tense, which may take a bit of adjustment for some readers. With its quirky feel and campy writing style, I found this book to be quite readable. The campy style of writing, which would be out of place in a more epic adventure, suits the story and gives the book a sense of humor. There are many dream sequences in the book, which made for great transitions that helped move the story along. I was almost immediately engaged in the story, excited to find out what would happen next, and eager to uncover the forgotten aspects of Adam's life right along with him.

Although I enjoyed this book overall, there were some parts that I felt dragged a bit more than others. I think the relationship between Maddie and Adam seemed a little awkward, either overdone or underdone, and it made the middle section drag a bit. Their interactions felt a little unbelievable at times, and I feel that that relationship either needed to be expanded upon, or made to be less of a major storyline.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, puerile, sophomoric February 15, 2011
By Phauton
At first I thought, "Is it just me?" The writing is so bad, the content is so juvenile, the "reader service" is so trite and clumsy. But, I finish what I start, so I continued to plough through badly-drawn characters, nonsense action, transparent US army-recruiting philosophy to "protect our freedoms", postmodern religious lunacy...but when I got to Mac the "Intelligent Designer" that makes evolution unnecessary, I came to my own awakening--this book wasn't going to get better--and I deleted it from my reader.
A stupid, stupid book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Forever: Awakening June 11, 2010
This was a very good book. William Campbell has a great writing style that I really enjoyed, it kept the story moving along and kept the mind imagining these places and characters that I really liked. The scope of the story is amazing considering it's only the first book, but I loved the ambition of it this story could end up going anywhere and I can not wait to find out what happens in the second book Apotheosis.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars kinda wierd July 26, 2011
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I tried to read this book-the title sounded interesting, the book began very good-then we get into is there heaven, is there hell, etc. It just got wierd. I couldn't follow it and got bored. I set it aside and tried again. no go. just to wierd for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really liked this.
Published 4 months ago by Angora
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
While this isn't the type of book that I usually read, I finished it. I wanted to see what happened next. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tjslinks
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding story
This is a great story. The plot is unique and the story is well written.
It seems strange for people on another planet, and presumably in the future, to have a society that is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary L. O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars A medium start to a mind bending series
Discovering this book after searching for "inspiring mind bending science fiction", I read the first book and found it to be very interesting in several aspects: 1) it's... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Blake Senftner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was good not great but I still liked it story line is good but could be better I'm still gonna read second part.
Published on February 22, 2013 by christina galang
1.0 out of 5 stars Get to the point
I was halfway through still waiting for it to get to the plot of the story. Skipped to the end.
Published on January 3, 2013 by Wtaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Awakening is the first book in William Campbell's Dead Forever series. The book is written in first-person, present tense, which may take some readers a bit of adjustment. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by KrisSpor
3.0 out of 5 stars Imagination
The characters are likeable and one can almost associate with some of them. The conversations between the characters was more life like than most books. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't write reviews.
I don't write reviews but I was compelled to say something about this series. I usually read a trilogy in a week or less and I trudged through this in about two months. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by HoganGrim11
3.0 out of 5 stars Hope I didn't pay for this
Think I got this for free. I hope... It was alright. Wouldn't want to pay for this one. Just didn't click for me
Published on September 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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