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John Gone (The Diaspora Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Kayatta
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Book Description


Sixteen-year-old John has stumbled across an abandoned wristwatch half-buried in the sand behind his house. Curious, he places it on his wrist; to his surprise, it won’t come off.

Suddenly, each day at 3:14 P.M. John begins to uncontrollably teleport around the world. He might materialize anywhere--a burning African desert, a Canadian forest, even a Siberian prison--and must do what he can to survive until 3:14 A.M. when the watch takes him home again.

But John's adventures come with a price ...

When a scientist mysteriously trapped far below the surface of the Earth makes contact through a hologram in the watch's face, John learns that his travels will eventually kill him. Soon, he's faced with an impossible choice: continue to endanger his life by using the watch, or switch places with the scientist and risk losing his freedom forever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468068784
  • Publisher: John Gone Books; 1 edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,209 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An action-packed adventure for teens December 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For any teen who has finished The Hunger Games but feels that Twilight lacks action, Michael Kayatta has provided the perfect follow-up. In his debut novel John Gone, Kayatta weaves a tale of friendship, betrayal, intrigue, and good science gone bad. When teenager John Popielarski finds a strange wristwatch on the beach near his house in Longboard Key, Florida, it launches him into a globe-trotting adventure and a race against a literal clock. The watch can teleport its user anywhere on Earth, but not without a price. When a trapped scientist and two trained killers both want the watch for their own ends, it's up to John and his tech wizard, not-really-girlfriend, Ronika to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Simply put, John Gone has superb action sequences, and it has a good deal of them. Whether John is evading capture on the high seas, crashing a party in France, or lost in the Egyptian desert, Kayatta handles his adventures with a quick pace and snappy dialogue. The cast of characters is both fleshed out and likable, particularly Ronika, who is offbeat enough to keep a reader's attention but down-to-earth enough to be believable, and the enigmatic Dr. Kala, who appears to be friend, foe, and everything in-between. The narrative is tight and descriptive, and Kayatta does his best to keep exposition to a minimum, even when dealing with fairly complex scientific theories. Those who like science will be pleased to know that the book has a fairly good grounding it it, and those who don't will be relieved to hear that no scientific background is necessary to enjoy the plentiful arguments, chases, and fights.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior sci-fi adventure story September 3, 2012
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I'm usually the kind of guy that reads thick, heavy books and skips over lighter fare. More kinds of ephemeral writing usually bores me and is a chore to get through. John Gone, however, genuinely surprised me with its witty, well-written story packed with solid sci-fi ideas and clever characters.

It's Young Adult fiction in form only, much in the way that Pixar movies are kids cartoons in form only. The characters are fully-formed, believable human beings who develop (or are revealed in) arcs which fit inside the narrative perfectly. At times, it has a light, humorous tone with witty dialog that can truly snap, but it's not afraid to get serious and stern-faced when it has too.

All the complaints that I usually have with this genre are well-addressed by Mr. Kayatta. The novel feels like an over-stuffed chair of ideas. It's full of clever little concepts and wonderful bit-characters to sink yourself into. There's a heart and charm at the center of John Gone that makes it a delightful read.

There certainly are a few rough spots, but they rarely slow things down. The first chapter in particular seemed almost manic in pacing, with the central plot device being introduced before we almost know the character or the setting. But after that, it hardly matters and everything flows at a page-turning clip. Especially for being a self-produced ebook, this kind of quality is almost unheard of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary... October 21, 2014
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This book will definitely make you stop and think, because it definitely would be scary if the there was a government department that actually did have a secret, secure place that they had scientists who were brilliant working on special projects and then imprisoned in their labs for the rest of their lives. Very interesting reading for all ages. Jo-Ann Doyle
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5.0 out of 5 stars First in a trilogy: Watch out, you'll be hooked. January 15, 2014
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John is a 16 year old boy who finds a watch on the beach. He puts it on and discovers that he cannot remove it. At the same time every day the watch teleports him to different locales, which get progressively further from home. The watch is broken and is stuck in a loop determining the bio energy of the user. After 6 or seven teleports, John will die.

John seeks the help of his friend Ronica, a 19 year old girl who quite obviously loves John, but John is too thick to see this. Ronica is a mechanical and engineering wiz and gives John a small robot that accompanies John on his adventures. Thus, even though she is not physically with John when he teleports they can communicate and she sees what the robot sees. While playing around with the watch, the pair discovers that by pulling out the fob they can communicate with Felix, the guy who invented the watch.

Felix is unquestionably brilliant, but has been trapped in an underground lab for 30 years by the people for whom he made the watch. Felix is desperate to get out of his prison and tells John how to teleport to him so that they can change places. John is reluctant to do so (of course) but ends up doing this because if he keeps on teleporting he will die anyway. Felix promises to come back for John with a second watch to free him but he has not done so after a year.

Felix has not forgotten John but spent the year looking for Kate, a woman he fell in love with while inventing the watch. When the people who owned the lab betrayed Felix and trapped him underground, Kate was trapped as well but escaped using a spare watch that Felix had made for himself. Felix finds Kate and Kate frees John, leaving her trapped in the underground lab.
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2.0 out of 5 stars YA sci-fi
Synopsis sounded great but wasn't as good as I had hoped. I liked the back story with Felix, but the chapters with John were all too similar. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rita Book
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start
Let me start out saying that like all of you I got this first book for free. I've also read #2 and #3 but will hold my comments for each of those in turn. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Battledad
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun,fun,fun!
Poor teen John has the adventure of his life when he discovers some advanced technology and is flung around the world, avoiding the "company" and their minions anxious to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Y
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, imaginative story!
If you like using your mind and science fiction, you will enjoy this book. The story takes the reader places unexpected and the author masterfully balances the intellectual and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is the beginning of a fantastic trilogy. As soon as I finished this book I bought the next, and then the next. Thank you for a great read.
Published 18 months ago by Joy Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Quite rare to encounter unique conceptual attack on the fortress of established science fiction. Rarer to encounter it constructed by a deft hand. Well done, Sir.
Published 19 months ago by veinarmor
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!!!!!!!
This story is like no other. The strong characters and interesting plot pull the story along. John is an ordinary teen thrown into circumstance s he doesn't fully understand when... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish the series were longer...
I LOVE this series. The author does a wonderful job in creating believable characters who act the way you would expect people thrust into this situation to act. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tatiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I got the book as part of a bundle, and from the first chapter to the last, it was astonishingly good. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gaberman
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! can't wait to start the second one
I bought John Gone in a bundle of ebooks without knowing anything about the author or story. I found the story fascinating and enjoyable. Read more
Published 24 months ago by moragos
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