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The First (The Returned) [Kindle Edition]

Jason Mott
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Book Description

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world—and Emily—into a tailspin.

Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.

The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing—not even death—is certain.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BV2WC0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Returned prequel 1 October 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The First is one of three short story prequels to Jason Mott's debut novel The Returned, these stories are currently all available for free on Amazon and other ebook stores (I don't know if this will change in the future) and are a nice introduction to the world that the author has created. The novel already has a lot of hype surrounding it and has even been picked up by Brad Pitt's production company to be turned into a TV series so I was very curious to try these prequels.

In this story Emily has been grieving for her fiancé Edmund ever since he died almost a year ago and she is finally facing up to the fact that it is time for her to move on with her life. Then one day Edmund mysteriously returns from the dead, not as a ghost but as a real living person. For Edmund it seems like no time has passed but for Emily everything is different, she is thrilled by the idea of having him back but terrified in case it isn't real. Can they find their way back to each other and make the most of the second chance they have been given?

This was an interesting taster and a great way to try out the author's writing style and see if you'd like to read The Returned, it even includes a sample chapter from the main novel at the end (I didn't read that myself because I hate starting a book and not being able to immediately read until the end) for anyone who is interested in reading it. Edmund is the first person to return from the grave and as such it causes widespread panic, especially when it becomes clear he isn't the only one. Nobody knows why some people are returning and we don't even start to get answers about that which shouldn't be surprising as I'm sure that's what the book will be about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Advertising sample, part one June 5, 2013
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"The First" is a pre-release, advertising teaser for "The Returned", the début novel of American author, Jason Mott. This short, single-chapter vignette presents a tantalising prelude to the events of the full story, setting the scene and giving a good feel for the "main feature", scheduled for release in September 2013. Similar additional samples are also scheduled for "drip-feed" release on the first day of each month leading up to the main publication date: "The Sparrow", in July and "The Choice", in August. These free samples are probably a good way to decide whether or not you might be interested in forking out for the book, especially as the opening chapter of "The Returned" is included in the release.

"The First", as its title suggests, tells the story of the very first of the people returned miraculously (and inexplicably) from the grave, which forms the central conceit of the main novel. It is little more than a padded out version of the book's inter-chapter vignettes, providing a foreshadowing of what is to follow; long enough to engage the interest but irritatingly short, overall. But at least it's free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prequel . number 2 September 22, 2013
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again.. quick look into the whys of the actual book. Easy and fast to read. Helps get you into the actual book. "The Returned"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ~~Amazing~~ June 17, 2013
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Just imagine seeing pictures of your fiancée after being run over by a bus.. funeral held, grieving process goes on and finally after one year, you see him alive on TV.

This is a story of human loss, the reaction to death and the grieving process. After that process, the human spirit is re-awakened with its hopes and dreams for the future.

A wonderful start to this series and highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet May 22, 2014
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This is an intriguing bedtime story with pleasant possibilities - something like a nice daydream. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a short story to take the edge off the day or begin a new one on a positive note.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing June 11, 2013
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I enjoyed the book & it left me wanting more. I will definitely be getting The Returned & look forward to moe books by Jason Mott.
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Excellent read. Actual French movie version is the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Partial Book!! July 9, 2014
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This is only part of a whole book. Wish I had known that beforehand ~~ I would have bought the whole book instead. Other than that, it is an interesting read, even tho it is SHORT!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The First
This was a very good book. Reminds me of the new tv show. I'll have to get the next book so I can
read the ending.
Published 14 days ago by Janis L. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
better than the tv show
Published 1 month ago by Christine E. Niebrugge
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing concept - done right
Wow- the premise will take you in. Gotta read this!
Published 1 month ago by Deni Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
Bravo to the authors first book! It's well written and interesting! I'm hooked on the television show, "The Returned" and needed to know where these dead people were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pab931
5.0 out of 5 stars Happyreader
This first prequel is very moving. I am reading all three before the novel. I'm so glad I found these books.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Good
Clearly a great concept. People coming back to life after years of being thought dead. There is a series on tv like this. I like it. Wonder if it's still running. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KCdeeah
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Left me wanting more .
Published 1 month ago by Doris Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
it was a bit jumpy , but it sets up "The Returned" . "The Returned" was the basis for A.B.C.s "Resurection". Has a slow build , Stephen King feel to it.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting concept.
Published 1 month ago by H. Scoggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the TV Series...
I wanted to see where the author wanted his story to go instead the television screen writers. Very enjoyable. Love the written word and the tv series.
Published 2 months ago by H. Wolf
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More About the Author

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 "New Hollywood: Next Wave" people to watch.

He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and "...hide behind me..." The Returned is his first novel.

The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air in March, 2014 on the ABC network under the title "Resurrection."

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