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Silhouette [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Casey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Scientist Brian Dawlish has made a staggering discovery. He is on the brink of answering one of life's greatest questions: can humans travel through time?

But, as he tests the formula and revisits earlier moments from his own life, he becomes haunted by a suspicious silhouette at each and every one of these key events. What is the silhouette? Why does it stalk Brian's memories?

As Brian becomes totally engrossed and absorbed by the silhouette, he soon realises he is not only putting his life in danger, but everything else around him too.

Silhouette is a science fiction thriller short story from Ryan Casey, author of Dead Days and The Hunger.

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About the Author

Ryan Casey is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories. He writes a wide range of dark thrillers and mysteries, including Killing Freedom, What We Saw, The Painting, The Disappearing, Something in the Cellar and Silhouette.

Casey lives in the United Kingdom and enjoys American serial television, is a slave to Pitchfork's Best New Music section, and wastes far too much of his life playing Football Manager games.

He posts a weekly blog at, discussing writing, publishing, and whatever the hell else he feels like.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3187 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Higher Bank Books; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D6WK64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average time travel story November 23, 2012
By Mary
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Most of the time travel stories I read don't contain a lot of negative results. There's usually a warning about encountering a past or future self, but that's about it. "Dr. Who" even makes time travel fun.

That's not the case in SILHOUETTE. The story is a little dark from the beginning. Scientists, toiling away in secrecy and sometimes, it seems, in fear. Madness and death. And there is Brian, who has stumbled on a fantastic discovery - time travel.

It's pretty clear that Brian's increasing obsession with his work has caused difficulty in his marriage. He looks at time travel as a way of fixing things. But is it? That haunting final note, "Now you understand," makes the answer pretty clear to me. Be careful what you wish for.

I've always thought science fiction was good for exploring this type of human drama because of it's fantastic nature, not limited by "real" science or fact. Within a wide limit, anything goes. Casey does a good job exploring the consequences of human choices, both obsession and the results, in this story.

I read this while waiting for biscuits to cook on Thanksgiving. A nice. short read to fill 10-20 minutes, but one that leaves you still thinking about it after you're done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silhouette by Ryan Casey November 11, 2012
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This is not the average time travel science fiction, it is instead a short story that leaves most of its genre' try to find a way through its space dust. Well written, imaginative with a strong and well defined protagonist it weaves its way through the space/time continuum with skill and finesse. Never giving away the secrets but leading the reader ever forward as the plot compels the reader to turn the pages quickly. But don't read it too fast, you will want to savor every nuance of this tight story.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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"You'll do everything to get back... Now, do you understand?" Yes! With a heart-clenching realization, I definitely understand and my investment into the main character, Brian, pays off. From the first sentences of this story, I was absorbed in the wonderfully dramatic implications of Brian's discovery and experience of/with time travel. Though there's an important, high-profile public stake in what Brian has discovered, Silhouette is driven by deep human emotion--Brian's personal stake in trying to redeem what he'd lost and heal what was broken in his own life. The added element of a mysterious silhouette shadowing the scenes adds a layer of compelling intrigue.

As the story continues, the layers of components begin to intertwine, and the twist we get at the end is beautifully unexpected and emotionally captivating. Casey does a fantastic job of keeping the story under control as the details and clues have the potential to become confusing. The writing in Silhouette is top-notch and clean allowing the reader to stay fully invested in the story without interruption. This is a tremendous book on all levels!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story on a tough subject. September 26, 2012
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Science Fiction is a great genre for character development. The use of fantastical elements can allow a writer to put their characters into situations that push the boundaries of their experience, allowing them to reveal their true mettle--and the reader's own.
The sub-genre of Time Travel stories is a difficult one to write in, because it's been done so often before. One need only look at the dozens of examples from Star Trek to see how it can wear thin--but Casey does a great job in keeping this topic fresh and interesting.

This short story could be said to be a sub-sub-genre of sci-fi: the "Time Travel Paradox" story. This is even more challenging because the logical inconsistencies can make for a confusing read, but Casey manages to weave a tight and emotional story without getting into complications. By the end of the story, you're found wanting to re-read it to catch all the "hints" along the way. In fact, knowing the story had a mysterious element--the titular Silhouette--I found myself trying to figure it out as I went along, but still found the twist at the end satisfying.

But where the story really shines is in the characterization of Brian. You get the impression that he doesn't even really want to invent time travel, that he's doing it out of a desperate attempt to make things right; he comes off as a tragic figure who has lost control over the science, just as he's lost control of his life. The story isn't so much about time travel as it is his attempt to repair the damage, which gives the twist a lot more impact.

If there's one thing I'd complain about, it's that the circumstances of his desperation aren't really explored.
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More About the Author

Ryan Casey is the author of over a dozen novels and an Amazon bestselling serial. He writes in various genres, such as thrillers, mysteries, horror and science-fiction. Across all genres, Casey is renowned for his dark, page-turning suspense, his unforgettably complex characters, and his knockout twists. His ongoing series are the bestselling Dead Days post-apocalyptic serial, the Brian McDone mysteries and the Blake Dent thrillers.

Casey lives in the United Kingdom. He has a BA degree in English with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, and has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. In his spare time, he enjoys American serial television, is a slave to Pitchfork's Best New Music section, and wastes far too much of his life playing Football Manager games.

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