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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Self (February 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985288809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985288808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,398,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Germann earned a B.S. from Rutgers University, an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and has held research positions at both Fortune 500 corporate and national research laboratories. He has studied both the science of fiction and the tools of today's most miraculous technological advancements so fervently that the two have begun to blend.
His vast experience with today's most cutting-edge technology imbues his work with a magnetic, inescapable plausibility and puts him in a unique position as a fiction writer. visit www.preparenovel.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on September 2, 2012
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Like many readers I received this book directly from the author after I failed to win a drawing for a free copy. Mr. Germann was nice enough to contact me directly and send me a copy at his own expense. Despite his generosity, I set out to read his book with a candid and critical eye.

Overall the book seems reasonably professional despite a few foibles of typography. The author's style though seems split between the preparatory phases of his novel and the more climactic ones. For the first half of the book the style is solid though undistinguished. He paints a cohesive, though at times overly brief picture of his characters that leaves the reader with a good conceptual and sympathetic image. It is during this phase too that we see the author's tendency towards paired similes; no sooner is one found then it can be guaranteed that another will soon follow. In many cases the comparisons seem forced and inappropriate but a few border on brilliance.

When the climax of the novel begins Germann's tone shifts substantially and he provides a much more skillful and less tentative product. The author's portrayal of action sequences is immaculate and at times breathtaking. While the first pages stumble a bit the last half of the text veritably flies past.

The story itself is cut from the cloth of the "man become superman" motif via innovation in technology. Generally speaking such ideas are nothing new but Germann does provide us with a fresh take on the idea and does present us with a deeper question of just what the word justice means and how that differs from society's enforcement of it. 'Prepare' is entertaining, at least mildly-thought provoking and well worth the few hours it takes to read it. I look forward to Germann's future contributions to the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on September 24, 2012
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The setting of the book takes place in a district called the Orchard, where the walls are covered with layers of graffiti, the store fronts are all boarded up, and people are afraid to walk around at night because of the gangs and killings. Then, Darren Kiel arrives in the Orchard and things are never the same. Darren reminds me of a modern day super hero, swooping in to save the day and doesn't even ask for anything in return. Darren believes in justice, real justice not the kind of justice the police in the Orchard claim they do. Darren is a character everyone would like. He's witty, intelligent, brave, modest, and never give's up on what he believes. Darren feels like it's his job to help the innocent people living in the Orchard, probably to atone for his father's mistakes and to set everthing right. With the help of Darren's friend Adam they create a super suit to put a stop to the violence in the Orchard. But, as they save the innocent, they also gain enemies. Along the way Darren even finds a little romance with a doctor named Corrine. This book has it all. There's romance, action, adventure and is an amazing book. I recommend this book to everyone because this book was wonderful, amazingly written and I can't wait for the next adventure Darren has to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryellen on October 20, 2012
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After failing to win this book on Goodreads the author contacted me and offered to send me a copy of his book to review. I'll be thanking him by buying the sequel when it becomes available. PREPARE by Geoffrey Germann introduces us to high-tech hero Darren Kiel. Other reviewers have said that if Ironman and Batman got together and had a child, it would be Darren Kiel. I agree! Darren's job takes him on regular trips through a rough and tumble region called "The Orchard" where crime has escalated to the point where no one is safe. With the use of amazing technology (that the author convinces the reader is completely do-able) and the need to atone for the sins of his father, Darren begins his crusade of righting wrongs before they even happen. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes we're just not prepared enough. Action. Packed. A note to the author~~I love the character of Joseph Kiel, Darren's Father. Please give me more of him in the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Hancock II on August 15, 2012
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My brother loaned me this book and I definitely didn't expect to read it all in one sitting like I did, but by the time I finished reading the first chapter I just couldn't put it down.

The main character, Darren Kiel, is a brilliant scientist turned high-tech superhero trying to clean up a crime and gang infested neighborhood. Darren gets himself into all kinds of trouble, the book is packed full of action and dramatic fight scenes, somehow without missing out on important dialog and plot points that move the story along.

If you like superheroes, or even just a good action novel with a lot of twists and turns, this is a must-read.
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I was given a free copy from the author in order to give a honest review.

I loved it. There are minor issues like the cover, the blurb and some things left out that I want filled in during the next book but honestly, they don't detract much or at all. True, the book didn't get much in depth with characters, but it is the first book, it is more action centered and there's at least some involvement. It makes sense, for what we have. It did jump right into things, but I think it jumped too quickly. I wanted to know what happened but it was a struggle to get through the first bit since I had no idea what was really going on. The science read as believable, but I'm a layman, all the big fancy words convinced me. Ask a scientist how well done that part was. It was grounded in enough realism to get the job done, didn't distract from the story and it was indeed, readable and believable enough to continue reading. The author uses similes a lot, which is fine, and they are usually well done. However, there did come a point where I noticed how often "like" got used.

I think the story, the action, the twists, and the characters were well done. It was a fun, fast enjoyable ride. Once I got into the book, I didn't want to put it down. I definitely recommend this book, especially for sci-fi and superhero fans. I'm thoroughly looking forward to reading the sequel.

The first 50,60 or so pages dragged for me. It starts off pure action but it was hard to get involved into. Maybe it was that I didn't have any background information. Maybe it wasn't an emotional grab for me because it read like a scientific report. Things were detailed and described but it was mostly emotionless, due to everyone being in shock or disbelieving. It really read as disconnected as the store clerk felt.
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