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The Unhappy Medium [Kindle Edition]

T. J. Brown
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About The Unhappy Medium

When even the laws of physics let you down, the absurd, the ludicrous and the frankly impossible may be all you have left.

Dr Newton Barlow has everything a theoretical physicist could ask for – a glittering career both in the lab and on television, a beautiful wife, and best of all, the opportunity to promote his rock-solid certainty that supernatural and religious beliefs are nothing but complete and utter hokum.

But Barlow is about to take a tumble. Mired in accusations of fraud, incompetence and malpractice, Newton is cast out from the scientific establishment and ejected from the family home. With his life in tatters, he descends into a wine-sodden wilderness.

Then, after three lost years, Barlow is suddenly approached by his old mentor and fellow sceptic Dr Sixsmith with an extraordinary proposition, an offer that Newton simply cannot refuse. There’s just one small problem:

Dr Sixsmith is dead.

Thrown headlong into a new reality that simply shouldn’t exist, Dr Newton Barlow is about to come up against the best and the worst of human nature: tooled-up vicars, paper-pushing ancient Greeks, sinister property developers, a saucy rubber nun and possibly the most mean-spirited man ever to have walked the earth (twice).

From the dusty plains of Spain to the leafy vicarages of Hampshire, Dr Barlow will have to contradict everything he ever believed in if he wants to save this world – and the next.

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  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILRX3D0
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unhappy Medium Will Make You Happy March 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Unhappy Medium has everything I look for in a comedic fantasy/SF novel. The protagonist is a skeptic (think Mythbusters, James Randi, Harry Houdini et al) who finds that reality is...not as he had always assumed. Call it supernatural noir with a dash of historical (not to mention prehistorical) fiction for flavor, along the lines of the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams, the Inferno series by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the Reality Dysfunction series by Peter F. Hamilton, or the Ghost Trilogy by L. E. Modesitt.

Although the novel is a self-contained story, the author also sets up what looks to be a bang-up series. Highly recommended to any SF, fantasy, or horror fan who likes their humor dry and their spooks snarky. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I’ll just say if any of this sounds like your cup of tea (with a nod to the charming UK and continental settings, including castles *and* pubs, not to mention the lovingly restored WWI-era tank that plays a role), grab this book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant hit! Funny, original and most enjoyable. February 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Brown's writing style flows with ease; a wry smile quickly appeared in the corner of my mouth and I was laughing by page two. This book has all the promise of a great potential series! Respected physicist Newton Barlow has spent his life rejecting the spiritual, but when your reputation is destroyed and your dead mentor tells you (to your face) there's more than just this life, and offers you a job, well...things get interesting!
There are really relatable characters in this tale and everyone, from heroes to villains, is distinct, memorable and enjoyable. I'm a big fan of this genre and this one was a true joy to read. It's earned its place alongside my favourite books, and there aren't many debut novels on that shelf! I really hope he writes more of these, I'm hooked!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I must say, when I received a complimentary copy of Unhappy Medium from author T.J. Brown, I had no idea I would be in for such a wild ride. Brown is a master at creating an unlikely action-packed adventure liberally laced with droll wit. The manner in which the humor is used was so understated that I found myself backing up to reread passages--a metaphoric double-take. Join Dr. Newton Barlow as he takes on a job that is the antithesis of everything he has professed to believe--but use a safety harness. Unhappy Medium is full of unexpected twists and unforgettable characters. Enjoy!(
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun! June 3, 2014
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This was such a delightful read! My life's so busy I don't allow myself the joy of reading fiction often, so when I do it must be entertaining. This certainly was. The story flowed well and kept my interest, the characters were unique and enjoyable. The writing was wry and witty and had me laughing out loud several places (which drew the attention of my husband and children, so I had to read them parts--makes a good read-aloud, too). As a skeptical atheist woman with a scientific bent, I loved the clash of science, skepticism and the supernatural. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a casual, fun read. I'm looking forward to whatever Mr. Brown has next for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A very unusual novel in that it starts out as an apparent one genre novel but soon morphs into several genres, to include, time travel, historical fiction, action, skulduggery, ghosts, etc. This should be enough for almost any reader. If you get bored with one segment, then just keep reading. I really don't think anyone would get bored. The author has put many fictional characters in this novel but also mentions a lot of real characters. I found it interesting to do a Google of these characters in order to understand the development of the author's main characters. This had the additional benefit (to me at least) to review my history of the Spanish Inquisition and other past or present incidents mentioned in this novel.

I won't go into the story since much of this has been mentioned in previous reviews. Don't be afraid to read these other reviews as they contain no spoilers and may further incite your curiosity of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I only liked the middle. July 16, 2014
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I really wanted to like this book. I stuck with it until the end, but I skipped parts. The first 30% (sorry I don't have numbers)was supposed to introduce the characters, but I spent the whole time thinking what is this all about and where is the medium. The middle I enjoyed when the main character started doing missions but things started getting violent and gross. I don't enjoy reading about torture so I skipped large portions of the book in the back. It just might be my age, but I didn't like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought? July 9, 2014
By freda
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I must say this was an interesting read:) At first took a bit to pull me in but once past a little of the history of things it really picked up. Not bad at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK! July 6, 2014
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This book starts a little slowly, but like an old Citroen, gets up to speed and then barrels out of control to a wonderful climax. A thoroughly enjoyable book, well written with believable characters in unbelievable settings. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A large, happy surprise
This was unexpected. I happened upon this after developing an itch to read a book by a new author and at the same time having this one recommended to me by a friend. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by T. Benge
5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of the genre from a new author to watch out for
First let me save you a couple of moments of potential confusion. This TJ Brown is not the successful American author of the same name who writes sub Downton Abbey historical... Read more
Published 2 days ago by P. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 3 days ago by dana carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start...
but all building to a great middle and an unexpected ending. very worth the read. I highly recommend this story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unhappy Medium
When I first started reading this novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. As I saw it turn kind of scary, I didn't think I'd like it at all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jumanji
5.0 out of 5 stars Most entertaining
I normally don't read fiction.
This came across as a quirky and highly recommended book so I started off. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it.
It was stupid and I did not even finish it. It kept jumping around and was very hard to follow. Lost my interest about 1/4 of the way through. Read more
Published 5 days ago by DRClen
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Wits End ;)
The Unhappy Medium truly blends the preference of 21st Century mainstream literature for the ghastly and the occult (vampires, zombies, wizards etc) with the spirit of present... Read more
Published 9 days ago by L. Stelea
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted entertainment.
I really enjoyed "The Unhappy Medium" from the beginning right to the end. T.J. Brown has given us a well written story with an imaginative twist on the usual ghost theme. Read more
Published 12 days ago by and tau
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice surprise
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a bit of a slow starter but once it got going I found it hard to put down. There were quite a few times I LOL! Read more
Published 16 days ago by J. Marconi
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