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Double Bind (Raymond Bridges #1) [Kindle Edition]

Seb Kirby
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99

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Book Description

Over there. Someone like you. Not just like you. Someone who is you.

In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.

It's a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.

What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now.

Reader reviews of Double Bind

'One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I've read in a long time.'

'I liked Bridges. I also liked his gorgeous girlfriend Victoria. I wanted them to win. I wanted Bridges to succeed in his mission, once he discovers what it is.'

'The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you're drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual.'

'What a fantastical si-fi told as a cautionary tale - I loved it! This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different - one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.'

'This easy-to-understand-and-follow Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller / Adventure / Romance wondrously expands your imagination. This is what a truly great author can achieve and Seb Kirby fits the bill.'

'Hooks you early on.... it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.'

'An engaging narrator with a nice line in challenging humour and moments of real emotion.'

'Thought provoking and exciting ..... chillingly believable.'

'I like a thriller like this one where the plot takes you for a wild ride but leaves no loose ends in the grand finale.'

Editorial Reviews


***** 'This is a book that hooks you early on and as the plot unfolds, it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.' -

From the Author

Double Bind is the first in a three book series of sci fi thrillers featuring Raymond Bridges.

I wanted to write a thriller that would be enjoyable in its own terms but leave behind something. I've always been interested in doppelganger fiction (it's been around for 150 years at least, but mainly as mystical / horror) and this seemed like the ideal vehicle to develop into an original sci fi thriller. I don't think that's been attempted as often.

Doppelganger (wiki): In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger is a paranormal double of a living person. It also describes the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection.

Product Details

  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GFWH52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double good! September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read and enjoyed Mr. Kirby's first novel, I was fairly certain his second book would be entertaining also. I wasn't expecting it to be so completely different though. He has created a unique tale of doppelgangers who body snatch earthlings after their own world has been destroyed. It follows one entity's journey from body to body as he tries to relate his `truth' in order to warn the earth and save it from a hostile takeover.

With twists and turns aplenty, I often found myself confused and compelled to keep reading to figure out what was happening. I was first annoyed that the protagonist told his story in the present tense, but finally figured out it was because he only lived in the `here and now' - and he had difficulty understanding why everyone else lived so much in the past. There are several underlying messages such as this one that will make you ponder your own existence.

An intriguing and creative thriller, Mr Kirby has penned a worthy second book. Fabulous job!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story and really well told July 2, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
Seb Kirby has taken a new direction in his second novel. It is at heart a deeply intriguing psychological thriller.
I would say it leans towards science fiction although it still contains elements of mystery and murder as in his debut novel Take No More (The murder mystery thriller). Imagine not only the sort of identity theft where someone steals your credit card and passwords but where s/he effectively becomes you. The physical resemblance is so close it fools your nearest and dearest. This is not Sci-fi in the tentacled green monsters or whizzy machines sense but it concerns the potential destruction of our planet at our own hands and those who wish to move in and make use of it.

I began by suspecting the narrator, Raymond Bridges, of concocting the story for his own ends but as the book progressed I found him a sympathetic character and was really rooting for him. Had I been a nail-biter I'd have been up to my elbows by about 85%. The chapters are short so it's tempting just to read another... and another! The book is narrated by a character who is not familiar with the use of the past tense and initially this takes a little getting used to. It doesn't hinder the flow of the story though and I found it an effective ploy for distancing him from others.

This is a book that hooks you early on and as the plot unfolds, it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A must read July 9, 2012
By TraceyA
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished Seb Kirby's new novel Double Bind in one sitting - I literally could not put it down. The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you're drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual and Seb used it to great affect throughout the book. Put this one on your must read list if you like a good, tight, well-written thriller with a few exotic twists and turns.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should appear in Sci-FI section August 8, 2012
By fjcinss
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Enjoyable but a bit hard to follow at times. Explanation of events and process are a bit foggy at times. Tale moves at a good pace and keeps the reader's interest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery slash thriller meets sci-fi September 2, 2013
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In Double Bind, author Seb Kirby combines mystery slash thriller with science fiction in a puzzling whodunit type plot that made me feel like I was reading Ray Bradbury.

When the main character, a successful writer named Raymond Bridges, bumps into his double, the story takes off and never lets up. With his sexy love interest, English professor, Victoria Bletchley, Bridges and Victoria must try to outsmart London gangsters and corporate villains and answer the main question. Who is Raymond Bridges really?

Mr. Kirby kept me entertained from beginning to end with plot twists, murders, motives and bad guys.

It isn't easy for a writer to cross genres, but I believe Mr. Kirby succeeded in delivering a fast-paced read you won't soon be able to forget. Double Bind will stay with you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls you in and doesn't let go! August 13, 2013
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What I think of Seb Kirby's Double-Bind

"The guy with the bad attitude has been following me all week."

Seb Kirby gets right into the story in Double Bind. There's not a wasted word in this book: no background, no world-building, no nonsense. The writing is spare and clean, active yet evocative, told in first-person present tense, which enhances the action and immediacy.

Take this for an example: "Elmington Drive is a wealthy suburban street. Smart gardens, no parked cars, large houses, most with gravel drives and tall shrubs."

Because he gives readers credit for knowing something, Kirby is able to painted a picture in a few phrases.

In short, Kirby is a true professional writer of fiction.

The story begins with the narrator, successful author Raymond Bridges, meeting his double at a book signing. The double accuses Bridges of stealing his face and identity -- and his pen name. Soon, Bridges finds himself in a new body, victim of spreading ripples of identities displaced into new bodies. Double Bind is a science-fiction story presented like a mystery -- not an easy assignment for any writer. Kirby has the skill to pull it off.

Kirby makes it all make sense by explaining the process and the science through the characters' actions. Bridges, who becomes Erin Pascoe (that's a man's name in the UK, apparently) gradually learns the details, like one of Raymond Chandler's detectives.

Kirby makes his characters real through their words and actions more than through verbose descriptions. Bridges is actually not that likeable. He's a liar, an imposter, someone more than willing to take shortcuts to get what he wants, no matter what they do to others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I almost stopped reading by the 3rd chapter, but decided to go on. It wasn't until chapter nine that the nonsense started to get explained. Not a book to read a 2nd time.
Published 2 months ago by Lucille
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
While this book is a wild read, the author starts with a very believable beginning. As the plot and story continues he has you convinced that what follows must also be plausible,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diane Brazen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
I got this for .99 I believe and didn't know what to expect. I was out of books and decided to try some of the 'Kindle Deals' I get via email from time to time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rice P. White III
1.0 out of 5 stars .confusion
I could not make any sense of the story. I was discouraged, read only 10 pages.
I it jumped from one person to another. It was confusing. Maybe I didn't give it enough time.
Published 5 months ago by Phyllis D.
3.0 out of 5 stars weird science fiction
An interesting take on science fiction. Was it the ravings of a madman or the over active imagination of a science fiction writer? Read more
Published 6 months ago by wbjudge
3.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.
This is just what I wanted, Couldn't ask for a better product. Would recommend to all of my friends. Good.
Published 6 months ago by Jerry Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not normally my type of book but with Amazon library gave it a shot. I liked it and continued to the end. At times it seemed like it dragged but then would pick up again.
Published 7 months ago by joseph eschmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
Forced myself to finish it and was so glad when it was over! The story was interesting but I did not like the writing style.
Published 7 months ago by Umi
3.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction
The book was not what I expected. Once I began reading I really enjoyed the book. Science fiction is not what I usually read but would recommend the book. Happy reading.
Published 7 months ago by DeWana Yates Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncanny duplicate people
At first the story was hard to understand. Am glad I stayed with the reading as became exciting and made sense later on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rosemary D. Noel
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More About the Author

Seb Kirby is the author of the James Blake Thriller series (TAKE NO MORE, REGRET NO MORE and, coming in March this year, FORGIVE NO MORE) and the Raymond Bridges sci fi thriller series (DOUBLE BIND).

He says: 'I've been an avid reader from an early age - my grandfather ran a mobile lending library in Birmingham and when it closed my parents inherited many of the books. From the first moment I was hooked. Now, as a full-time writer myself, it's my goal to add to the magic of the wonderful words and stories I discovered back then.'

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