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Into the Vast (The Chronotrace Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

DJ Edwardson , Ellen Dunn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We are the technology of the future.

The Institute is all Adan knows. Whoever he was before he came there is lost and the scientists who run it don't seem to know or even care who he may have been. But the strange technology they've fused inside of him and his missing memories are only the beginning as he finds himself swept up into a conflict between the researchers and the last remnants of humanity untouched by their experiments. 

Part mystical science fiction, part dystopian thriller, Into the Vast is the high-tech exploration of humanity at the pinnacle of innovation and achievement, a time when science has made virtually anything possible. But in getting there, something has been lost along the way. And perhaps the only person who knows what that is, is the one who doesn't know anything at all.

Step into the journey of one man to rediscover his own identity and in the process to save humanity from its greatest enemy: itself.

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About the Author

DJ Edwardson spent two years working in Latin America after college. It was during that time that the ideas for the Chronotrace Sequence first started percolating inside his mind. Much later, after encouragement from a friend in a reading group he had joined, he started writing in earnest, publishing the first book in the series in 2012.

His favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He likes to think that authors who use their initials are better writers but he can't actually prove it. Although much of what he writes falls in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, he likes to call his work "imaginative" fiction and often incorporates elements from multiple genres. He is currently at work on the second book in his series, The Chronotrace Sequence, due out in the first half of 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4362 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Giraffix Media; 2 edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DP5CRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book gives you something to think about. September 26, 2012
By Julius
Format:Kindle Edition
I like how the world opens for Adan (the POV) at the same as it does for the reader. If you like action (as I do) there is a good bit, but if your love is technology, this is your book. There are a lot very cool gadgets sprinkled through-out the story for you to enjoy. An interesting cast of characters keeps things moving along. Under everything lies the theme of what happens when morality is removed from society. "Into the Vast" is a good read set in a desolate and bleak post apocalyptic world. I look forward to his next offering!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! October 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Into the Vast is a great first novel by DJ Edwardson. The narrative is smooth and compelling and the character development is great. Since this is Edwardson's first novel, it definitely feels like there is room for growth (hence the four instead of five star review). This novel sets the stage for the next volume, and I'm anticipating an even better story. This one is definitely worth your time!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough October 20, 2012
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If you're looking for a good read, and a humanizing tale then I'd take a peep. Quite honestly you'll find a great deal of action, suspense, and intrigue in this title. The Sci-fi elements are blended very nicely with the common. You'll note that things are not what the seem, and honestly I'd love to see a follow up to this title sooner rather than later. The main character Adan evolves heavily throughout the tale and his choice in friends is questionable at times. I'd say aspects of this book kind of call back to Last of the Mohicans, but also bring in a steady otherwordly feeling to it as well. At the end of it all you get the sense that humanity's tendency to overstep its boundaries on existence in general are yet again exemplified. Again, I'd love to see more of Adan, and his evolution.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great science fiction novel January 6, 2013
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"Into the Vast (The Chronotrace Sequence)" by DJ Edwardson is not my usual choice of book but I came across it on a review website and decided to step outside my comfort zone for once. The story is about Adan, an `experiment' - if you so will - in a scientific institute of a fantasy world where humans are being abducted to for mind control in the wider sense (I don't want to be any more specific than that to preserve your own experience and discovery of this world).
I was impressed at how long the author could keep the suspense and mystery of what was happening to Adan in the laboratory for so long, making me very impatient to find out where the story was going. The story follows his aided escape across the Vast to human settlements and then continues with the (occasionally literal, sometimes strategic) battle between the powers behind the institute and its enemies. Issues of trust and deception, bravery and moral principles come into play and despite really not being much of a science fiction fan I found myself compelled reading on. The characters have been set up so carefully and convincing that their personal struggles are beyond common cliques and I ended up really caring for them. The battle scenes were brilliantly done, Edwardson's talent for description mastered this challenge effortlessly and there are enough turns and twists towards the end of the book to save it from predictability.
This was a great effort, not without minor details I would personally have liked to be different, such as the made up science vocabulary, but these things come down to personal taste and would not stop me from recommending this book to any fan of the science fiction and fantasy genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adan's struggle February 15, 2013
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This is an engrossing story of Adan's search for truth in a dangerous world. It's a science fiction adventure set in a rugged desert world. This is a plot driven read which keeps you guessing. The science fiction elements are thought provoking. Appropriate for adult through teen readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but thought-provoking! February 20, 2013
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Usually sci-fi is not my choice of genre I would go for. In fact, I can't remember the last time I have read sci-fi. With that said, I think I enjoyed this book because to me it read like a mystery. Yes, it had a lot of interesting sci-fi elements such as controlling others with telepathic mind or salve that seems to give super human strength and endurance. However, I enjoyed more for its humanist aspect of the story such as friendship, betrayal and mystery surrounding Adan's background.
Even though it was mind boggling at times, it was very entertaining and a smooth reading.
I will definitely read the second book when it gets published to see if some of mysteries surrounding Adan will be answered. I will recommend the book even to those who are not sci-fi fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing and original! February 24, 2013
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This story was incredibly well written. All the characters were easy to visualize & identify with. Some of the technical descriptions were a bit hard to follow, but that may have just been me being too lazy to muddle my way through (not to mention, the story carried along so well & fast-paced that I simply wasn't willing to read anything over).
Awesome job - I find it very hard to believe this was a first novel. I can't wait for a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read January 23, 2014
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The writer keeps the story flowing. A different sort of tale that keeps the reader in suspense. I hope the sequel is available soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars kind of emotionless in many parts
I know that he's lost all his memories but it seems stilted and emotionless. Not enough of Numinae's presence. I'll read the next book to see if this is just a foundation... Read more
Published 20 days ago by book1sh
4.0 out of 5 stars riveting from start to finish
I really liked the exploration into the power of the developed mind.
How it is able to corrupt on one hand and on the other is able to bring the best forward in humans. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gryphon
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible book.
Reading this book was a complete waste of time!!! Utter, utter, pointless nonsense. I kept reading because I wanted to see how the author ended this fiasco---guess what??? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Forrest W. Nation
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Vast (The Chronotrace Sequence)
I loved this science fiction story. I hope that there are more books to this because I want to find out more about the surviving characters.
Published 9 months ago by School employee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blend of sci-fi and fantasy
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Title: Into the Vast

Author: DJ Edwardson

Genre: sci-fi/fantasy


I wasn't sure what I was... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tina Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting mind game.
I found parts to be rather difficult to get through, but the sci-fi fan in me continued through the parts that plodded on and even the ones that didn't seem all that pertinent or... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gwynneth
2.0 out of 5 stars Into the Vast
Took forever to read. Not sure why but it never caught my interest. Generally I like science fiction. There were alot of descriptions that just did not seem necessary.
Published 11 months ago by Shawnee Frantom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy for the future
DJ Edwardson has created a futuristic world in his Chronotrace sequence.
Many made-up names of existential machinery can be attached to a body which enables the hero to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by writer2050
3.0 out of 5 stars into the Vast
it was OK, I might have missed a book that preceeded this one so it was rough initially to follow.
Published 12 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Book worm
Good read. Decent characters with a good plot. I liked the mind wipe of the remapping. I'll look for more by this author.
Published 13 months ago by Roberta L. Holmes
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DJ Edwardson decided to become a writer because all of his favorite ones were dead and he was running out of things to read. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the two he enjoys the most. He likes to think that authors who use their initials are better writers but he can't actually prove it. Although much of what he writes falls in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, he likes to call his work "imaginative" fiction and often incorporates elements from multiple genres.

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Interesting premise and a good read
Glad you liked the book. Be sure to check out the video I just uploaded on my author page. Hopefully it captures the feel somewhat of being "In the Vast".
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