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The Prediction [Kindle Edition]

Darren Sugrue
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Book Description

**Amazon Best Seller!** Reached #13 in the Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder.

Nobody knows the day they’ll die… until now.

Mathematical genius Daniel Geller has developed a formula to predict a person’s date of death, only to have it rejected by the faculty at Trinity College. Totally devastated he turns his back on the world he once loved.

Twelve years on, Daniel’s old professor John Redmond and his wife are coming to terms with the death of their ten-year-old son. Could Daniel's formula have predicated his death? Revisiting the thesis, the professor makes an astonishing discovery: out of the five fellow students whom Daniel used the formula on, one of them died on the exact date he predicted.

One more is due to die in six days: Daniel’s ex-lover Grace.

The professor draws Daniel back into the world of mathematics where he is suddenly faced with the dilemma of allowing someone he once loved to die to be one step closer to proving his thesis and enjoying a prestige he once dreamed of…

Set in the vibrant cities of Dublin and Amsterdam, The Prediction is a powerful story about coping with shattered dreams, the loss of a loved one, and an illustration of just how unpredictable the human heart can be.

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  • File Size: 1013 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178280305X
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2C11B0
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that will keep you an your toes July 15, 2014
By Anka D
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: Don't start reading this novel, if you don't have time to finish it! It gets you hooked from the first paragraphs, and it asks to be read in one sitting.

The title, "The Prediction", pretty much sums up the starting point of the novel: the formula to predict people's date of death. After reading the blurb and taking a look at the cover, I feared that the book would be filled with mathematical equations or something of the sort, but it is nothing like that. It is a thriller - crime - mystery novel with elements of a detective story. Filled with suspense, peppered with a bit of romance and softened by tragedy, it is one of the best crime novels I have ever read.

It is difficult to pinpoint one theme in the novel, because the plot (or plots) is constructed on so many levels, each with the same degree of importance. There are three main storylines that intersect: First, the story of Daniel Geller's life and career plays around the theme of hope and the loss of it. He has abandoned his doctoral thesis and his dreams of becoming a world-known mathematician, and he has come to terms with having a simple life and a menial job, only so that his hope is rekindled after twelve years. Second, John and Claire Redmond's tale is built around the destruction of family life, after the loss of a child. It is the darkest part of the novel, emotionally engaging and, sometimes, distressing. Third, Grace Visser lives her own tragedy due to her abusive husband. Her decision to leave him seems to create more problems than solutions. This third storyline focuses on character destruction and rebuilding.
Accidents play a defining role in the story. They offer major plot twists and an amazing ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prediction by Darren Sugrue June 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Finished ~ The Prediction by Darren Sugrue
Completed 5/31
4 of 5 stars

I received this book through Library Thing from the author for my honest review.

Warning ~ this book may not be for anyone who has a problem reading about the loss of a child. This topic is discussed frequently, and in detail, in this book.

The Prediction by Darren Sugrue was a FANTASTIC read!! So different and so enjoyable. Reading about the loss of a child was hard to read, and it's not for everyone. I had known going in, to expect it, and was ok with it, but it was even more than I expected and I will try to keep out my own personal opinions about that part of it for this review. Despite that, this book was really really great!!

Daniel Geller is a crane operator who, years ago, had submitted a thesis in college that was a formula for predicting the day that someone will die. John Redmond is Daniel's former mentor and he reaches out to Daniel, asking him to return to his thesis. Redmond had discovered that one of Daniel's test subjects 12 years prior, had indeed died on the date that was predicted and there was another set to die, in 6 days time. This time the person set to die was Daniel's former lover. He now hopes the thesis is wrong, as he races to warn her and keep her safe on the day in which he had long ago predicted she would die.

The book follows 3 storylines. The first one which is Daniel and his life including his trip to warn his ex lover, the second one is of John, who has his own agenda and the third is of Grace, the ex-lover Daniel wants to save.

Setting = B
Plot = A+
Conflict = A
Theme = A+
Characters = B-

Set in Dublin and Amsterdam, there is a little talk about these foreign (to me) towns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jael
Format:Kindle Edition
Twelve years ago Daniel Geller, mathematical genius, developed a theorem that predicted the exact date of a person's death, but after his University denies Daniel his Doctoral degree based on his prediction theorem, he moves on from all he knows, and becomes a crane operator.

Daniel's former mentor, Professor John Redmond finds Daniel and lets him know that one of Daniel's former test subjects has indeed died on the day Daniel predicted for him, and based upon Daniel's theorem, another test subject- Daniel's former lover- is set to die in a few days. This book follows three different storylines that are all intertwined; Daniel and his life; which includes his wife Zoe, and son Sean, and Daniel's attempts to save his ex-lover from death. Professor John Redmond and his wife Claire, and finally Grace, Daniel's ex-lover.

This is one of those books that after you are finished, it will leave you thinking about it for days. It had me hooked from the prologue and I did not want to put it down. The ending was definitely shocking and sad, but also exhibited hope. I could definitely see this book being made into a feature film. This is among one of the best books I have read all year, and I look forward to reading more from Darren Sugrue.

* I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, intriguing and suspenseful thriller June 27, 2014
By jwals
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a review copy of this book from the author
When Mathematician Daniel Geller developed a formula that could predict the date of a person’s death, only to have his thesis rejected by the faculty at Trinity College, he walks away from collage and mathematics.
Twelve years later John Redmond (Daniels old professor at Trinity) seek out Daniel to tell him that one of his predictions has proved correct, his subject died four years ago on the day it was predicted, and another subject Grace Daniels, his old girlfriend is predicted to die in a few days.
John wants Daniel to return to the world of mathematics, Daniel doesn’t want someone he once loved to die to prove his thesis.
John Redmond and his wife Clare have lost their ten year old son, and are grieving for him, each in their own way.
Grace Daniels, Daniel’s old girlfriend, lost her unborn twins to domestic abuse, has decided to leaves her husband.
As Daniel moves through their lives the story touches on rejection, loss, grief, redemption and a second chance.
The story is well written, moves at a good pace, with well-developed characters and a twist I really didn’t see coming.
I enjoyed this book immensely and Darren Sugrue is an author worth following.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
. Years after Sean should have graduated collage as a math professor, professor John Redmond comes to visit Sean at his job. Sean never graduated. His thesis was rejected. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rose M Venticinque
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I enjoyed reading about the concept of applying math to predict a person's death and the implications and problems associated with it. Decent character development too
Published 9 days ago by David Kusko
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story flowed well and as Mr Sugrue brought the characters to life, he made them believable. Read more
Published 11 days ago by N Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you want to read a long fantastic 5+ star story.
I received this book free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I am completely blown away by the quality of writing in this book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Retired bear
4.0 out of 5 stars it was very good. About 2/3's of the way thru
for the money, it was very good. About 2/3's of the way thru, it kind of bogged down, but with the twists afterward, it made up for this.
Published 18 days ago by F. R. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books I've read this year
I'll jump on the band wagon, and say, one of the best books I've read this year.
Published 18 days ago by THE OLD MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful story. great writing. anxious for more from this good author.
Published 19 days ago by Lorie More
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story from a rookie author!
This is a fantastic story with a surprise twist. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a different, unique & fresh storyline.
Published 21 days ago by sdixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Just something in my eye, I swear...
I cried real tears of emotion. I absolutely loved this story. What a brilliant book.
Published 21 days ago by Benjamen J. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively Spellbinding!
A very fine work of art and imagination, more than worth a terrific review. I have already "loaned" this book to other friends, as I am certain they will be as captivated... Read more
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More About the Author

Since the age of seventeen, Darren has lived and worked all over the world, including (in no particular order) as: a forensic scientist in the UK; a dishwasher in Greece; Matt Dillon's Stand-In in Cambodia; a waiter in the USA; an au pair in Germany; a molecular biologist in Australia; a flower cutter in Ireland; a divemaster in Thailand; an analytical scientist in France and (currently) a marketing manager in the Netherlands.

He has a science degree from Dublin City University.

Darren lives in Amsterdam with his girlfriend, son and dog named Frodo.

"The Prediction" is his first novel.

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