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Chasing Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Tad Vezner
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 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


"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

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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 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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14 of 17 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and Engaging March 4, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. Vezner has created a realistic and interesting future world, and his characters are believable and sympathetic. The basic story is not that original but the characters are fun and there is enough mystery to keep you hooked. It left me wanting to read more about Mr. Sink and his cases. I recommend it!
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit complicated and hard to grasp at times January 7, 2013
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A good read but at some points hard to follow or grasp. Great characters. Plot was good just hard to follow. Seemed bit disconnected at parts
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked because it was so different and quirky. Would have like to read more about Joe though.
Published 1 day ago by Dr. C. Cane
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
Very interesting concept. I enjoyed it.
Published 2 days ago by Dragonfly
5.0 out of 5 stars good read.
Fast paced and exciting ending.
Published 7 days ago by Kevin Jeffries
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it
Published 15 days ago by Bruce Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Please tell me we get to read more of this. I finished this in one setting.
I didn't stop reading as I ate.
Absolutely spellbound, I will pay to read more. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dbritt57
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book ... not sure why Mr. Vezner is giving it away!
Published 1 month ago by wwhite
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 11 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 13 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 15 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 15 months ago by Candee
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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, or follow him on twitter @SPnoir

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