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The Delta Chain [Kindle Edition]

Iain Edward Henn
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No 1 bestseller on Amazon UK -Technothrillers
Over 18 months on Top 100 lists
Top 10 USA
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Washed from the ocean...identities unknown...who were they?


The body of a young woman is washed ashore on a secluded beach. She does not fit the description of anyone on Missing Persons lists. Fingerprints, dental records and DNA provide no leads.

Detective Adam Bennett discovers a pattern of similar cases - unidentified bodies found along the coasts of Australia and the United States, and he is determined to solve the mystery.

These are six young men and women who seem to have never existed.

When her brother meets a terrifying death in the wilderness, Kate Kovacs employs her IT skills to help track the killers. A baffling link is found between these two cases, leading Adam and Kate on a labyrinth trail to a scientific research centre, to a Washington power elite, and to a secret reaching back over thirty years to a war-ravaged Vietnam.

Ruthless forces are gathering, and they will stop at nothing to keep the secret hidden. Adam and Kate just became their targets...


THE DELTA CHAIN is a suspense thriller and an enigma with a scientific edge, 
combining murder and conspiracy that leads to an explosive climax.

 
"fast-paced...hooks the reader into caring about the chase." - Publishers Weekly
"thoroughly compelling...readers will turn each fresh page in...anticipation of the next surprising twist..." - Renee Washburn, Apex Reviews
"...dialogue is realistic and convincing...enlightens as it entertains..." - ABNA review
"High action...with good connections to high tech investigation..." - from Goodreads.com
"...events keep you rivetted...unable to put the book down..." - from Amazon.com

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"A fast-paced thriller...The novel's pacing is solid...hooks readers into caring about the chase." - Publisher's Weekly

"A bona fide suspense thriller...takes the reader on a nonstop ride through the intersecting worlds of drama, intrigue, and scientific mystery...a thoroughly compelling tale of political conspiracy." - Renee Washburn, Apex Reviews

"The driving characters had me hooked into their lives and conflicts. I highly recommend The Delta Chain."- Martin Treanor, author of The Silver Mist

From the Author

Author interview - by Anthony Wessel, from Digital Book Today, April 22, 2012
 
1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
 
Two wilderness locations - the Florida Everglades, and Australia's Northern Territory, are juxtaposed against the day-to-day life in a large coastal Queensland town. The wilderness locations and the small town, are crucial to the overall plot when the locations and the storylines converge.
 
2.What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel?
 
Great ego often drives a person's actions, and there are several characters in the novel who allow ambitions to twist morality to suit their ends. The novel explores the extreme consequences of those actions.
 
3. How do characters change or evolve throughout the novel?
 
A central sublot is the romantic relationship between the main characters. A traumatic event jump starts that relationship, exposing passions and differences, and a level of closeness, at a speed much greater than would normally occur.
 
4. Was there a basis for your story?
 
A few years ago I read of a body found in the water that could not be identified.A person who had never been reported missing? The "what-if?" part of my imagination kicked into gear. Who could the person be? Where had they come from? Why was no-one looking for them? My story evolved from there.
 
5.What research did you have to perform to back up your story?
 
There are strong scientific and forensic under currents to 'The Delta Chain.' For example, determining a person's facial features from skeletal remains, is called forensic facial reconstruction. It is one of several such areas examined in the book, with the research on this drawn from various texts and case histories.
 
6. What is your method for writing a book?
 
Once the initial idea and potential finishing place are in my mind, I will map out a number of milestones I need to reach on the journey to the finish. I will then start writing toward each of those milestones, allowing spontaneity to kick in along the way. This brings some nice surprises for me, and hopefully, for the reader.

Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunfire Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHROC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Everything August 28, 2011
By R. Pohl
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a little bit of everything - romance, crusading journalists, people-devouring crocodiles, cults, political conspiracies, recombinant DNA research, and more. In fact, it may try to include just a little too much. The story lines are interesting, but I did not feel there was quite enough character development. I cared more about some of the minor characters more than the main characters. Although the writing was pretty nicely done, it might even be improved by a less-complicated plot, and more insight into the main players. Overall, though, this book is one that most people will find enjoyable and entertaining.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Delta Chain , my comments September 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a free copy of this book. I enjoyed most parts and I found it to be thrilling at some parts and fast reading , but a little too predictable in some. I found the plot interesting,intricate and the characters well described. It was fast reading, because the story was good but repetition wasn't necessary. I found it a little confusing because there were so many characters to keep track of. In many parts of this book, I had to refer back to remind me who these people mentioned in other chapters were. By the middle of the book, it all fell into place. It moved at a faster pace once we knew that some of the main characters were up to no good. I liked the fact that this story was mostly happening in Australia. I have never been there so it gave me a glimpse of some areas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting ride! November 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. Wow! I was drawn in from the beginning of this story. The action is non-stop and the events keep you riveted and unable to put the book down! The details of the events and surroundings are thorough, as well as the detailed characters that you come to know well. I have to give this book credit, it's fast paced and keeps your attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish June 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I quit reading when he talked about being in a hurricane in the Midwest. I like a little more editing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchy June 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed it - some punchy twists in there, and the driving characters had me hooked into their lives and conflicts. The plot is edgy - with barbs that make you just want to read on.

I totally recommend The Delta Chain.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK thriller. May 3, 2012
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I found the story moved along very well and the central characters were fairly charismatic, although I was frequently confused by the number of people involved in the telling; especially when the "lost" children were introduced. The action sequences are realistic, sometimes gruesomely described and were frequent enough to satisfy fans of this genre. The principal villains were also suitably boo-worthy, especially the croc-hunters.
I was less convinced by the main thrust of the DNA plot, I found the concept way too fanciful; sorry! I also thought the Vietnam connection, that brought the villains together in the first place, was too far-fetched to have had a lifelong effect on such diametrically opposed individuals as Vender, Asquith, Donnelly and Westmayer. This undermined my belief in the main plot.
The closure was weak i.r.o. certain of the lead villains. I would have appreciated reading about a little post-arrest squirming from a couple of these bad guys. I was also pretty under-whelmed by the fairy tale, dare I say, sappy, happy ending.
All in all though a reasonable, fast-paced thriller that kept me reading way after my bedtime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 30, 2013
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I had a hard time putting this book down! Great story line, interesting and believable characters, set in Australia and the ending... Highly recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and fast paced March 8, 2012
By Sharon
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
High action with an interesting storyline and characters. Overall a very interesting read with good connections to high tech investigation and covert medical experimentation.

Personally, I felt some of the scenes were more graphic than absolutely necessary and while I liked the characters, I found the two lead characters somehow not quite as individual as I'd have liked. Some of the secondary characters actually seemed more vivid to me than the two main characters. I also found the timeline shifts a bit confusing, going from the Viet Nam experiences of some of the characters back to the main story. Necessary, but a bit disconcerting.

It isn't "quite" my type of book but I still enjoyed the read and I think the book would appeal more to a plot/action reader than a character driven reader like myself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 1 month ago by Gary Jack Eubanks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Book started out slow, but picked up in the middle.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Montpetit
4.0 out of 5 stars The Delta Chain
I chose this rating because, although this book was well-written, it was an almost impossible complexity of details. There were many characters, some with similar names. Read more
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Excellent read! The author weaves the story elements that connect seemingly separate story lines into an exciting whole cloth that eventually leads the reader to a satisfying and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Souza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story!
It kept my interest pretty well, though it could have done with some better proofreading before being published. I found it distracting to run across misspelled words..... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bwyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my genre, evidently
I had kind of a difficult time following the story in The Delta Chain. I like mystery and suspense, but this story seemed to have more characters and situations than I could easily... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dee in NE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delta Chain
Enjoyed the book a lot but found it hard to follow at times due to the number of characters in story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by etta higginbotham
5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi thriller riddled with conspiracy...
This is the kind of book I love to read...a sci-fi thriller riddled with conspiracy. It has a great plot and great characters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I found it hard to put down, the story was well written with plenty of plot twists to keep you interested. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scott Hanes
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Builds to Exciting Finish
This story slowly builds and you may have to tell yourself to stay with it because once it gets really rolling, it is a fast-paced and exciting thriller. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DaveReadsALot
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More About the Author

Iain Edward Henn is the author of the novels 'The Delta Chain' and 'Disappear,' and the short fiction collection, 'Switchback Stories.' The novels have appeared on Amazon UK's Top 100 lists for over eighteen consecutive months, 'The Delta Chain' reaching #1 in Technothrillers, and 'Disappear' reaching #1 in Mystery>Women Sleuths.

Both novels have also appeared on Top 40 lists on the Amazon sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 'The Delta Chain' was a Quarterfinalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

His short fiction has been published by magazines in seven countries, including Norway, Denmark and Sweden, and one of the stories, 'Secret Day' was also published by the Scandinavian University Press.

Iain (a.k.a. Ian) has a background in newspaper and magazine publishing and lives on the outskirts of Sydney with his wife, Janne, a music teacher and writer.

You can connect with Iain via the usual culprits -
Facebook and Twitter and at
http://iain-edward-henn.blogspot.com

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