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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 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 gets accused of trying to kill them, Sink realizes there's more to chasing this ex-con than he ever wanted to know.

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About the Author

Tad Vezner is a night cops reporter at a major metropolitan newspaper in America. He sometimes offends people with the jokes coroners tell him, but they eventually forgive him. Prior to that, he backpacked across two continents, worked as an illegal banana picker, and did social work in Chicago. Chasing Vegas was written with the help of cops, criminals and gallons of midnight oil.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470006103
  • 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: #232,389 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
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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
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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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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ending, just took some time getting there. January 13, 2014
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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. Once the story all comes together about 3/4 of the way through, it gets good but it just took me too long to get there. Had my OCD not prevented me from quitting, I probably would have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 9, 2013
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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. This is science fiction but in the tradition of the best of its genre the futuristic aspects of the story are just icing on the cake. Whether you are a fan of mystery, action or scifi you will be highly entertained by this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Gamble With This Book July 17, 2013
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Except the author's gamble to share it with us. Many don't know or understand the feelings that go through a writer's mind as he sends his manuscript for publication. Afraid it isn't good, afraid it isn't really finished. Ecstatic that it is finished. Tad need not have worried. Chasing Vegas is finished, it is good and any mystery, sci-fi or human interest fan will love it. 

Chasing Vegas begins in a strange way. Not unheard of, but unusual in form. Each of the main characters tells the story from their point of view.  Occasionally you have to back up a bit to see who is speaking. Its OK. It keeps the story of an excon trying to get back into society after having served for five years for what he feels were false charges. The rest of the story brings things to a final culmination that you might never expect.
His science is good, his fiction is better.

The mystery is that Tad hasn't given us more, sooner than this. He says it took time over several years and jobs. I understand. I look forward to seeing more of his work.
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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 1 month 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 4 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 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 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 7 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 9 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 9 months ago by Scott Lawson
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 10 months ago by spender1122
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 'Cops Chasing Fugitive in the Future' Novel
I was royaly confused when I started this novel. The preface and first two chapters are told in a 1st person narrative by three different characters and why they are doing what... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DaveReadsALot
4.0 out of 5 stars A good page turner
Well written in general and a plot that keeps you going. Some of things that happen to Vegas are a bit improbable but overall a good read.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Simmons
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More About the Author

Tad Vezner has been a night cops reporter at a metropolitan daily, the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota's Twin Cities, for years. He sometimes offends people with the jokes coroners tell him, but they eventually forgive him. 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, Minnesota. His blog is at, or follow his nightly roundup at

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