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Born in Eastbourne, UK, Simon Denman graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering. From there his career in cutting edge technology swept him across Europe from Paris, Munich, the French Riviera, and back to England. During this period he was blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, now at University themselves, and, in remarriage, the love of the most wonderful woman for whom a man could wish. Now, following the publication and spectacular success of Connected, his first novel, and the birth of twins, Simon can be found in Cornwall writing full time and working on his much anticipated next novel.

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  • File Size: 907 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: DZ Publishing (June 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089YQPI0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Eastbourne, to retired parents, Simon Denman grew up alternately on the beaches of a succession of English seaside towns, and in the historic, if somewhat austere boarding school of Christ's Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.

After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he has spent longer than he likes to admit in the IT networking, communications, and Internet security industries, gradually moving from technical to marketing and management roles. During this time, he moved from the UK to Paris, back to the UK, over to Munich, across to the French Riviera, and finally back to England.

Far more importantly during this period, he was blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, now at University themselves, and, in remarriage, the love of the most wonderful woman for whom a man could wish.

Following the publication and unexpected success of his first novel,"Connected" and, in the same year, the births of twins, he has recently moved to Cornwall with his wife and babies, where he is now working on a new novel.

While he no longer plays rugby, Simon is a moderately accomplished player of Jazz and classical trumpet, which he blows enthusiastically with any band or group that'll have him. Any remaining time is spent reading and writing.

For more information, or to make contact, please visit www.simondenman.com

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Sharratt on June 22, 2012
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Connected was the best combination of science, adventure, cliffhangers and lust all tied up into a well constructed story that made it very difficult to put down. The characters were so well developed that I felt like I have either worked with or run into a few of them on occasion. The motivations of poor Peter, living his life at 30% and having the chance to see what could have been rings true for so many people. This is a fabulous bit of reading that will leave you thinking long after you close the page and put it on the shelf. I look forward to many more tales from Simon and hope that he will be able to fulfill his 100% potentail!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dal Gemmell on June 25, 2012
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This is an intelligent, fun, and original story by first-time author Simon Denman. It's well-paced and keeps you engaged while the stakes escalate for the characters. Speaking of characters, through the description and dialogue, you get a clear sense of who they are and want to continue reading to learn more about them and how they will overcome their challenges. They say every first book is in some respects biographical (though in this instance I think we saw two sides of the author, young/old, idealist/realist), and only someone with the author's life experience, and intelligence could write so clearly and in an entertaining manner about some big questions. Bravo! Looking forward to reading more from this new author.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on November 6, 2012
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The high ratings for Connected really had my expectations going, but I wasn't quite charmed by it as others who have reviewed it so far.

My first issue is the way the paragraphs are formatted into large chunks of text, sometimes as long as a page, and often without any indentations at the start. The large text blocks made for a cumbersome reading experience, and my attention would end up drifting halfway through the page. Which leads me to my second issue - I guess I would have stayed more focused on the story if I enjoyed the prose, but after the first couple of chapters I realized that the novel "tells" more than it "shows". Some of the writing is quite clever, but for the most part, the writing failed to make me feel truly immersed in the story. The descriptions tend to be superfluous and ineffective at setting the mood. Moments that called for tension or excitement, such as Peter and Doug's first phone conversation, failed to elicit these emotions. Much of the dialogue didn't bring the story forward and seems to exist only to moralize/philosophize. I ended up skipping a lot of it, especially the banter between Doug and Cindy (cringe), and religious debates between Peter and Roger (who pretty much ended up disappearing into the novel), and I didn't feel like I missed out on anything important.

However, I think the biggest weakness of the novel are the characters, who are flatly written and tend to behave like sexist cliches. I'm not a feminist, but I found myself getting annoyed by Doug's two-dimensional machismo and the way the primary female characters only seemed to be written to provide some sort of sexual reward for the male protagonists.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sari Gilbert on November 12, 2013
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Simon Denman is clearly a very smart man; he knows more than most of will ever know about the brain, about computers, about science in general, and he is clever enough to have come up with an intriguing plot. However, he writes very badly and is also hardly an ace at creating believable characters. All of the characters in this book are two-dimensional paper cut-outs, people who are just hard ot believe. And the sex scenes are SO fake! I ended up speed-reading this book just because I was curious to see how the plot ended but I kept asking myself, "why am I doing this"? To me, good writing is the key to the enjoyment of any book, no matter what the topic. It shouldn't be enough just to put one word in front of the other. So if that's important to you, too, don't waste your time.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2013
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There are spoilers in this review, probably too many. But I do not give the book's ending away. Two disclaimers to start with: I got his as a free book and I only made it through the first half of the book. The main idea from what I read is that external stimuli (audio and visual) can excite the brain to higher levels of functioning and maybe a higher consciousness. Improved memory, mastery of skills that were previously underdeveloped, possibly even dreaming the future(?). Not certain about that last one but I am assuming it gets developed more later in the book. The idea is not ground breaking in science fiction but neither is it completely worn out yet, in my opinion.

The first half of the book is binary, oscillating between the two male leads, Peter and Doug. Peter is a middle aged man in mid-life crisis who is rationalizing why he gave up being a research physicist to sellout and become a contract systems engineer and start a family so many years ago. Peter's brother, a world renown chamber violinist, has just committed suicide. So of course Peter, the atheist, spends the first part of the book having conversations about the existence of God, a soul and the afterlife. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that, I did not feel that developing that argument contributed to the story in any meaningful way. It was Peter's story but was it "the" story? To be fair, I must admit that in my opinion this is a worn out argument. At least as a dialectical, as it is presented here. I am bored with reading such arguments so this part of the story bored me. Does that make me biased? Yes. If you are not bored by these arguments then you may well enjoy Peter's contribution to the first half of the book. Doug is a college student studying programming.
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