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Sin [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Allan , Alison DeLuca , Lisa Daly
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dead, dead, dead. Say it enough times and it becomes just another word.

What would you do? Could you kill a killer? Does the death of one appease the deaths of a hundred? What about that hundred against a thousand?

What if you had no choice?

Meet Sin. No, not that sort of sin, but Sin, crazy as a loon (you ask Sister Moon), and proud of it. Sin locks himself away in an asylum and, every so often, gets violent. That's only so they'll give him those nice drugs, though. The ones that help him forget.

It's a pity they don't work.

Sin, you see, has a serious problem. Well, it's not so much his problem, as ours - yours, mine and everyone else's. People die around Sin. He doesn't like it and there's nothing he can do about it. But someone else knows, and Sin has to stop them... and himself...

Flip and catch...

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Shaun Allan has made numerous radio interviews and, as long ago as 15 years, appeared on Sky TV to debate online/electronic publishing as opposed to more traditional methods. He once ran an online poetry and prose magazine and has won various competitions for his writing over the years.

He is currently researching the changing face of mental health care in preparation for the sequel to Sin.

Praise for Sin: 'Dark, disturbing and amazing.' 'An incredible read.' 'A masterpiece of genuine creativity.'


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"Sin was just great, it is by far one off the best books I've ever read."

"This was a fantastic story."

"Sin is a ground breaking novel by Shaun Allan that grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go."

From the Author

Sin. You know, I can't entirely even remember where the idea came from? I think it 'popped' into my head as Sin the name rather than 'sin' the act or ideal. Even then, though, it wasn't particularly an idea.

It was just a name.

'Name's Sin.'

And then a short story was born.

I'd always wanted to write a novel. A full length book. I tried many times, but, for various reasons, I never finished. So I wrote short stories or poems. I don't write a specific genre, I write a story and it turns out how it turns out, so I could, effectively, write about anything.

I also, very rarely plan out a story. I start with the beginning and the middle and end vie for who's going to be next. With Sin's blog posts (singularityspoint.blogspot.com) in most cases I have that first sentence and no idea of which way it is going to go or what is going to happen.

Such it was with Sin. I was writing short stories, and that's what I did. I wrote a short story about a guy called Sin. I didn't know, until it happened, that people would die around him. I didn't know he'd find a two pence coin or that it would be the catalyst of everything else that happened to him. I also had no idea that he wouldn't know how to be quiet.

After Sin (the story) was finished, I went on to write other stories too. I went through a stage of writing only poetry, but that was fine as that's, simply, how it went. I don't force it, I write what I write. If I do try to make myself work on a particular piece, it goes horribly wrong and I end up deleting sections or whole works.
But Sin was playing in the back of my mind. Like Steve McQueen in the Great Escape (one of my favourite films), he was in the cooler with his glove and ball. He was locked up in his asylum waiting to sneak out and play with my head.

So, then, Sin grew. Again, I didn't know what was going to happen or where he might go, but he seemed to know himself. At one point of the book, he's walking, stranded, along a country lane. That's how I felt when I was writing it then. There was a long road ahead of me, and I couldn't see which way to go. Then a van pulled up and took me (and Sin) away with it.

For a whole year, I didn't write a single word. Not in Sin in poetry or in short story. There was nothing there. I had various issues going on, and the impetus to write was somehow lacking. But then things changed and suddenly Sin was flowing again. I could only manage little bits of it here and there - lunchtimes and so on - but he kept needing to be voiced. It helped that so much of myself and my experiences became part of Sin's outlook and history (such as the Seven Hills in chapter 13) as I could write almost as me.

When I went to Egypt last year, I was so in the zone that I wrote 15,000 words and could taste the end, though I forced myself not to think ahead in fear of spoiling it and over-thinking what might happen.

And now he's here and he's being described as 'an incredible read', 'a masterpiece' and 'dark, disturbing and amazing'. I can't describe how good that feels. Not least as that original short story was started ten years ago. I know that, during November, the NaNo writers producing 50,000 words plus in that one month. I wish I could, but i don't know if I'd be happy with those words. Sin's 105,000 took a decade, not a month or two.

Now, though, possibly because he's taken so long to become fully formed, he's so much more of a real person. My 'dark half'. He has a sequel already started, and he 'writes' regular diary entries from his asylum in the form of his blog.

He took ten years of my life to get here, but it feels like he's helped my life actually start now he's arrived.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5517 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Singularity Books (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00883KV3C
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story December 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of Sin. A young man who checks himself into a psychiatric hospital because he can kill people just by thinking about it. He then tries to commit suicide by teleporting out of the hospital but he ends up on a beach somewhere. Not knowing what to do or where to go - he is visited by his dead sister. She has come to show him that all is not as it seems and is his doctor as benevolent as he first appears or does he have some skeletons in his closet?

This was a fantastic story. Written in the first person (not an easy thing to pull off but the author manages it and then some) I was really able to get in Sin's head and feel his anguish as the revelations start to pile up. It was a good solid page turner and the ending was suitably explosive. For a story with so few main characters I was certainly gripped from beginning to end.

I totally recommend this because it's different. And that in and of itself is its appeal.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Shaun Allan gives you more than expected with this stream-of-consciousness onslaught of what initially appears to be the ramblings of an insane man, who insists he is really a sane man who has a little problem--he causes buses to crash into buildings, earthquakes to appear on the other side of the planet--all sorts of catastrophes small to large, communal to personal. How does he do it? Simple, it's all done with the flip of a boomerang two-pence coin, and he just wants it to stop. Stop it does not.

The plot builds much like a solo flight in a first-generation jet climbing to its maximum altitude. Storing kinetic energy on the long ascent for such a moment as with a quick side-push of the stick and a stomp on the rudder, the vessel flips upside down and then the pilot pulls backward on the stick. The jet goes downward into an ever-increasing g-load, pointing earthward and then beginning the long, hard pull back to the horizon, shoulders aching, furrowed brow beaded with sweat, fighting to keep awareness as the heart pumps against the unnatural pressures. Then remarkably, the readers like the pilot discover they are on a course 180 degrees in the opposite direction, at a completely different altitude and with a near placard speed registering on the dial. Yes, we're going somewhere now.

You'll want to read this one.

Bravo, Mr. Allan.

C.D. Sutherland, author of
The Dragoneers: The Chronicles of Susah Book One
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W-O-W January 16, 2012
By Gramm1e
Format:Kindle Edition
When my new friend at work told me he was a writer I thought, "Yup. Sure. OK." We all write don't we, in one way or another. I'm forever helping my daughter with phrasing her uni assignments; composing personal and business letters to all and sundry; I've even written short items about ancestors for my family tree website.

To humour him (and because I was intrigued) I downloaded this book and started to read it. And carried on. And on.

Now I know what a "page-turner" is - and what they mean about not being able to put it down.

"Sin" is amazing. There's a little bit of him in all of us, I think - we all carry perceived guilt for things that go on around us, or regret a minor action that caused a major event.

But no-one else could have expressed Sin's thoughts and feelings in the way Allan has. There is this marvellous insight into the way the mind works; such imaginative use of words and rhythm ; colourful ways to describe black and white. The characters are sharp, yet completely blurred, so the reader feels an intimate relationship with them only to have that dashed in the next sentence or paragraph. One is constantly changing from knowing all that is going on, as if experiencing it oneself - and loving every minute, to feeling a total outsider - and grateful to be so.

The story twists and turns, flowing from Sin's thoughts to the reader's consciousness. Never, ever can one predict what happen in the next sentence, let alone the next paragraph or page.

I loved it. And I'm constantly nagging now for the follow-up volumes. Thank goodness for the blog (...) to keep us informed about goings-on in the asylum.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flip and catch... October 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sin is an intriguing and enthralling story of a man who checks himself into a mental hospital because of his seeming ability to cause the deaths of those around him. The story is told from the point of view of Sin Matthews in a light and humorous tone that belies the increasing strange twists of fate in his life. Shaun Allan's prose is at the same time comfortable and lyrical. My favorite example was "The expanding pools of blood and oil, merging together like a ying-yang pictogram were just something to step over." Other examples: "...the air had a definite crispness to it, like it was just out of the wrapping and hadn't been used yet."
"The edge of the road merged with the stumpy hedgerow that ran along the side of the fields as if the workmen who'd put it down had thought to nicely tuck it under."
"The seats would be stained and torn, the stuffing poking up like a meerkat sentry watching out for hyenas."

The characters are well-drawn and believable, despite the strange situations in which they find themselves. Sin is a multi-dimensional character (in more senses than one), one whom I'm looking forward to getting to know better in the sequel. Read this book; you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Rambling and rambling
"They take their time arriving, meandering about, taking in the sights along the way, but they usually got there, somewhere, by the time they were finished". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Rakes
4.0 out of 5 stars Sin
His parents named him Sin and they named his sister Joy. Obviously, Sin had to endure a lot of ridicule growing up with such a peculiar name. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The most a-mazing bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Who’d want to relate to a deranged murderer? No one. But you will.
Sin, the story of a psychiatric patient with the power of teleportation …. or is it?

Why did I enjoy reading this book so much? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pete & Julie Dudgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique adventure
Sin shuts himself away in an asylum because he seems to have picked up a rather anti-social habit: people tend to die when they’re around him. He wants to know why. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wendy J
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Mind of a Killer (of sorts)
That voice! Have you ever had a character jump out at you from the page? That's exactly what Sin does. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wittiness and word play throughout
Shaun Allan asked me a while back if I would like to review 'Sin'. Being that I read a variety of books I thought I would give his novel a go, especially as I'm always eager to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sonya Alford
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing character to say the least
Was really happy with this book's protagonist, Sin. A unique individual with a personality as strange as they come. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darreck
3.0 out of 5 stars sin
I enjoyed the book but didn't like the ending, would've liked more info on the doctors interaction with the sister.
Published 15 months ago by Anita Epitropou
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I just finished reading this book & loved it so much I'm tempted to start it again right away! Looking forward to reading book 2!
Published 19 months ago by Meowmix 915
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read!
Be prepared to cancel your diary, as once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down! Excellent read, thoroughly enjoyed it!
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A writer of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into Sin's point of view and sense of humour although he can't, at this point, teleport.

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