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Chasing Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Tad Vezner
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Ricky Vegas got out of jail, his parole officer told him to get a job and stay in Nevada. Hours later police spot Vegas entering Horizon Station: a tower of interstellar transit stretching from the desert to the stratosphere. He could only be going one direction: away.


When the search for Vegas turns into a manhunt of epic proportions, his parole officer, Geoffrey Sink, wonders why all the fuss for a simple fugitive. He stops wondering after a series of violent, bloody incidents lock the station down - and starts worrying when he realizes Vegas's flight up Horizon coincides with a rare appearance by the most recognizable people on Earth. The Originals - the first astronauts to return from deep space; the faces everyone thinks of when they stare up at the stars - arrive on Horizon to deliver their first speech since touching down in the desert five years ago.


And when Vegas tries to kill them, Sink realizes there's more to chasing this ex-con than he ever wanted to know.


Editorial Reviews

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"The characters are well written and believable ... This is a futuristic novel that ads a bit of punch and danger, just the right mix to keep you reading well into the night." -Blog Critics

About the Author

Tad Vezner has been writing about crime and redemption as a night reporter at a major metropolitan newspaper for roughly a decade. Prior to that, he backpacked across two continents, worked as an illegal banana picker, and did social work in Chicago. He and his wife live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chasing Vegas was written with the help of cops, criminals and gallons of midnight oil. You can follow him on Twitter @SPnoir or read his thoughts about the people he meets and the things he sees at iheardlastnight.blogspot.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071HEB5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am NOT a Sci Fi Guy.... but February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So,
this thing is pretty tight. Well developed characters, this could be a series. Being a military man, I found this intriguing and entertaining. If the author has the next one in the chute I hope it comes out soon. Getting these young authors a forum through whispernet is awesome. Vegas is real in this. Thanks author - well done. Fun!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in a long time.... February 28, 2012
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What to say? I just finished this excellent book and have to note that it does not read at all like a first novel. The characterisation was outstanding and far far better than that found in Current SF majors. I have always finished Asher books, for example, with exasperation at the total lack of characterisation. This book shows you how it should be done. Not perhaps as developed on the scope of the world building but excellent in that it dealt with the world it developed from such a personal point of view. Particularly good fight/battle scenes because they are described from the unusua,l and much more real, first person perspective where confusion and lack of information reign. Also excellent was the treatment of how the 4 th estate ( called 5th in the book?!) - clearly some in-depth knowledge there. top marks to the author. I am waiting for your next book and recommending this one to my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Chasing Vegas March 28, 2012
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Tad Vezner has written a wonderful, believable book. I happily found few errors and laud his diligence in editing his work. The story is fast-moving and lucid. A fast exciting read.Chasing Vegas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! January 11, 2013
By Jolter
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I would actually probably rate this at 4.5 stars if I could. It's hard to believe that this is a self-published ebook(compared to most I download), as the story and characters are very fleshed out, the book has a "professional feel", and obvious care was taken by the author in editing. It's a bit confusing to figure out where the plot is going until the end but the story was so interesting that I didn't care. There are three main characters and the story is told in alternating chapters of each character's viewpoint. It's pretty fast paced and a different tale than most books I read. I'd classify it as an action-oriented/sci-fi/murder mystery(as good a description as any) and I really look forward to more from this author. The book is a steal at the current price and better than many I've bought in the average paperback range of $7.00 to $8.00.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By TicToc
Format:Paperback
Article first published as Book Review:Chasing Vegas by Tad Vezner on Blogcritics.

Belief systems are often a part of who we are based on what we were exposed to as we developed from childhood to adulthood. While strong, the beliefs may be subject to change due to several factors. One of those would be seeing something that you have been told is not possible. You then either begin to question your actual beliefs finding a way to make your vision fit your back ground, or you begin to wonder if you are beginning to lose touch with reality.

In Chasing Vegas by Tad Vezner, we follow the exploits of Ricky Vegas as he tries to reconcile his own background and beliefs. Recently released from jail, he has been instructed by his parole officer, Geoffrey Sink, to get a job and stay in Vegas. This is an easy request, on one that Sink has been making in his many years as an officer.

When Vegas disappears and is spotted entering Horizon station, it appears he may be trying to use the interstellar transit system to not just leave Las Vegas, but to go much further. Sink is surprised when a massive manhunt occurs. What would create such an unusual event, why is this man now in the spotlight. Soon Sink finds himself in the middle of the manhunt, surrounded by bloody incidents and dead bodies, causing a shutdown of the station.

When Sink realizes that Vegas has timed his move to coincide with the appearance of the originals, he begins to question everything thing he knows of Vegas' background. The originals are the first astronauts to return from deep space, and as such they are virtually worshipped. As Sink begins to follow the unraveling life of Vegas, he finds a secret hidden in his past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Vegas Good Read March 23, 2012
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I read it, I liked it, and look forward to other titles by this author. Good job, keep up the good work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Time Author! June 27, 2013
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I can hardly believe this is a first book from author Tad Vezner. The writing is crisp, descriptions more than adequate, and characters well drawn (at least 3 of the 4 main ones). While there are some very minor glitches, it is been very well edited by the author. This is an excellent science fiction story written in multiple first- person POVs (changes by chapter). I found it easy to keep up with it and his writing keeps you turning the pages. I look forward to other stories from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome debut June 24, 2013
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Once I figured out that the 'titles' for the chapters told you whose voice you were listening to, it became much easier to understand. And then I was hooked; Vezner deftly interweaves the threads to create a wonderful, compelling story, the various viewpoints highlighting the different takes on what turns out, in the novel, to be a huge story. This would make a heckuva movie; it's got good characters, a real plot, and lots of drama and suspense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action story
This book grabbed me right at the beginning. I was particularly interested in the three different "points of view" all done in the first person. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David B Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent military/mystery scifi
I really enjoyed this one. The plot is fascinating, with a gradually unfolding backstory told through three alternating narrators. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Phil Christensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I was so confused while reading this book. Then once I got to 80% It picked up and I got excited. However then it ended and I was more confused then ever. Was not what I expected. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ending, just took some time getting there.
When a manhunt for a fugitive goes off world, anything can happen. I enjoyed the ending of this book but I had trouble staying interested for the first half of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeff Laws
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
I read for fun and escape. This book was both. I won't lie an tell you that I fully understood everything, but it was easy enough to keep up (either I missed the explanation of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Candee
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The story was hard to follow at first, but eventually I caught on, and then was very reluctant to put it down. Great story!
Published 15 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a realistic glimpse into the Future!
I can't help think this could be a good description of what can go on in the future. People stay the same no matter whether they are on Earth or in space, and no matter what the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chuck Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, Mr. Vezner
I was only half paying attention when I started reading this book, but that soon changed. Tad Vezner mixes just the right amount of noir sensibility with almost, but not too much,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scott Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book has it all. Nail biting suspense, fully drawn characters. The story is told through the eyes of two likable protagonists, one on either side of the law. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ernie Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars this should be a movie!
The shifting point of view was hard to get used to and a delight when I did. A brilliantly created future world, great character development with surprising vignettes with minor... Read more
Published 18 months ago by spender1122
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More About the Author

Tad Vezner has been reporting about crime and redemption in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, for roughly a decade. He's profiled gang leaders and priests, entrepreneurs and con men, and their oft-belated attempts to make their messy lives right. Or not. Prior to that, he backpacked across Australia, worked as an illegal banana picker, and did social work in Chicago. He and his wife live in St. Paul. Read his thoughts about the people he meets and things he sees at iheardlastnight.blogspot.com, or follow him on twitter @SPnoir

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