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Product Details

  • Series: Jumper (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812578546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812578546
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In this delightful SF thriller, the long-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Jumper (1992), Gould puts a fresh spin on the classic plot device of human teleportation. Once a teen struggling to escape an abusive father, Davy Rice is now a covert operative for the National Security Agency and happily married to Oklahoma psychologist Millie Harrison-Rice. Enter sudden marital discord over starting a family, and Davy, eager to avoid the issue, jumps from their remote West Texas hideaway to a meeting in Washington, D.C., only to be snatched by an evil organization intent upon forcing "the asset" to work for them. The baffled Millie keeps waiting for her husband to return, until she discovers that she, too, can teleport through space. While Davy spends much of the book a defiant prisoner, Millie learns the joy of jumping. In her effort to rescue her husband, she goes to ground and hides her dangerous new ability from the NSA and Davy's captors. The author's savvy decision to have the couple share this unique ability gives the sequel a rush of new energy, creating dazzling future possibilities for the duo. Though Gould continues to exuberantly press the boundaries of scientific credibility, his gift for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations against a backdrop of international concerns makes this fast-paced adventure sizzle. At the end, the inevitable question arises: will the next jumper do it in diapers?
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From Booklist

Gould takes up Davy, the teenage hero of Jumper (1992), about as many years later in his life as this readable sequel follows its predecessor. Davy is in trouble because of leaks from the secret governmental organization that employs him. Someone has figured out how to abduct, imprison, and brainwash a teleporter, and that teleporter, as Jumper readers might expect, is Davy. Davy's wife has learned to jump (i.e., teleport), too, though, and in the same way that he learned it, when her life was threatened. She is searching for him, of course, but isn't sure whom she can trust, either inside or outside the agency. In fact, she isn't even really sure where to start looking for him. Gould's style is rather pedestrian, though no more so than one would allow from a second-book author. Despite stylistic lapses, this is a near-future thriller with quite-respectable page-turning impetus. Frieda Murray
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More About the Author

Steven Gould is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Jumper, as well as, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin's Story, 7th Sigma, and Impulse as well as several short stories published in Analog, Asimov's, and Amazing, and other magazines and anthologies. Wildside won the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and was nominated for the Prometheus Award. He has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction. Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (aka M. J. Locke) and their two daughters, where he keeps chickens and studies and teaches Aikido and Iaido. In 2012 he traveled to Doha, Qatar where he discussed writing and science fiction with Qatari college students. He is working with James Cameron on the next Avatar movies and will write four books each corresponding to Avatar 1 through 4.

Jumper was one of the 100 most frequently banned books in America 1990-1999 per the American Library Association. The fourth Jumper book, EXO, will be out in September.

Customer Reviews

I felt like I knew the characters already, and I understood the story completely.
Stephen Ashley
Excellent, compelling story with very well developed characters that really draw you into the story.
R. Lauzon
Friend gave me several books and jumper was 1, read it and enjoyed so bought the rest.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Its been 10 years since the events in JUMPER. For all that time Davy has worked for the NSA. Davy has always believed that it would be impossible to hold him prisoner given his ability to teleport, however he is about to find out how horribly wrong he is when a totally ruthless, wealthy and influential group of people drug and kidnap him to find out his secrets.

Stranded in their cliff-top home, Davy's wife, Millie makes the startling discovery that she too can teleport - that it is something that can be learned by the brain if you do it often enough. Millie is determined to get her husband back despite the seeming lack of clues, and much of this novel revolves around tracking down Davy and Davy doing his best to give as little information as possible to his captors, while seeming to co-operate.

Like all Steven Gould's work this novel is well plotted with a commonsense approach to problems. However, this novel has not fallen into the trap of some of his previous books by being over descriptive of technical details. Instead we have a very action based story that easily carries you to its end. It's a great, and suspenseful, and at times cringe-worthy, follow up to JUMPER, and given its ending can easily support another novel in this series. (However, be warned, if you really dislike torture scenes avoid this book)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By owookiee VINE VOICE on October 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jumper was recommended to me years ago, though I'd at that time never heard of it or Gould. But I read it and loved it, and it's in my Amazon list of Lesser Known Good Sci-Fi. I was stoked to find out a sequel was written. Gould did even better, I feel, in Reflex. The story unfolds at just the right pace, always keeping you reading, and the developments and twists are well thought out. The ending is very satisfactory, yet open enough that he could produce a third book in the series.

Reflex is probably one of the best novels I've read this year. Read Jumper and then Reflex.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By zionred on January 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this long-awaited sequel to Gould's first novel, Jumper, the author finally returns to form. Ever since Jumper, Gould's novels have become less and less interesting with each work that has been published. However, Reflex is a welcome return to the type of writing that heralded Gould as great novelist with a bright future in science-fiction.

In this sequel, teleporter David Rice is now married and living comfortably out of the public's eye. Every once in a while, he is hired by the NSA (National Security Agency) to do "favors" for them (i.e. - rescuing hostages, dropping off "packages", etc.). Little does he know, that there is a sinister group of people that are planning to kidnap him and force him to do tasks that would ensure their power throughout the world. Furthermore, they've developed a technology that would be able to keep David well within their reach.

Little do they know, however, is that David's wife, Millie, can also teleport now. Once David goes "missing," Millie makes it her undying quest to find him and put an end to the devilish plot that unfolds.

This is an excellent and exciting book from Gould. Even though teleportation has been covered ad-nauseum in so many other sci-fi books and movies, Gould brings a fresh new perspective to the concept that is both intriguing and thought provoking. After I finished reading this book, I wanted the story to continue.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dana Stabenow on December 19, 2006
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One of the best writers now in the science fiction field is Steven J. Gould. Try Jumper, about Davy the inadvertent teleport, and its sequel, Reflex, defying all known laws of sequels by being just as good. Gould credits sf legend Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination for inspiration, but I've read Bester, too, and Gould has spent a lot more time sitting around thinking about what life would be like if you could teleport yourself from one place to another in the blink of an eye. It isn't all roses. Gould also wrote Wildside (what would you do if you found a door into a parallel but alternate universe?) and Helm, about human beings escaping from an apocolyptic war on Earth to settle on another planet, only to discover they didn't leave war behind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max Spain on January 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully entertaining experience. Converging plot lines make this an exciting and suspenseful novel. Easy suspension of disbelief creates a "James Bond" quality of excitement. An ending as exciting as the one in his book "Helm"! I was on the edge of my seat until I finished it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Happy Artist on March 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved Jumper, and when I found out that a sequel was out, I literally moaned in anguish. It's been over ten years! How can he possibly make it any good? I didn't even buy it, I got it from the library so I wouldn't waste my money! Surprise! Very pleasant surprise! It was equal to the first book and more maturely written. But both the protagonist and antagonist are new, and the plot is not sequential. Science fiction has a lot of "shared universes" Kzin, Honor Harrington, etc. After reading Reflex I felt more like I had read another shared universe book than a sequel. And I loved every second of it. Reflex is enough of a stand alone novel that you don't need to read Jumper, but in my opinion you will enjoy Reflex more if you (re)read Jumper first.
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