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The Whisper of Stars (Hibernation Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Jones
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Book Description

“Nick Jones’ debut is an action-packed sci-fi story that masterfully blends espionage with ultra-cool technology and delivers on its promising concept.”
Kirkus.com (One of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery.)

The Whisper of Stars is a fast-paced, futuristic thriller starring a tough, female protagonist.

The year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance.
On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation.

Jennifer Logan is a tough cop in the newly formed Duality Division, tasked with enforcing hibernation.
When she uncovers a memory, hidden deep within her mind, her belief in the system she protects is shattered.
Together with an unlikely partner, and convinced that her past holds the secret to mankind’s future, she embarks
on a dangerous search for the truth, one that rapidly turns into a struggle for her life.
Pursued by the very people she once trusted, Logan must risk everything for answers.
As her world unravels and the layers of deceit are revealed, she is forced to question everything and use all of her skills to survive.
In The Whisper of Stars, author Nick Jones delivers a breathtaking, sinister vision of the future, where nothing is what it seems.
He shows us that some secrets cannot stay buried, no matter how deep.

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Could not put it down,20 May 2014
A thrilling story that set in the not too distant future and is so relevant as to what is happening today. Need to know what happens next!

A real page turner, 21 May 2014
Picked this book up and literally could not put it down. Beautifully written, Nick manages to draw you in, captivating you with every twist and turn as the main character gets dragged ever deeper into an unknown world, uprooting her beliefs. Cleverly penned - I am already looking forward to the sequel. Hurry up!

Loved it, 21 May 2014
Well this was a real departure for me. I am not normally one for futuristic action packed fiction. But... I was hooked from the beginning to the end. It is a very well written book and I will certainly read the sequel. It would make a fantastic film?!

Brilliant Read, 28 May 2014
I attended Nick's book launch and received a free copy of 'The Whisper of Stars'.
A brilliant read from beginning to end, gripping and thought provoking, very difficult to put down. I was desperate to find out the ending and now look forward to the sequel!
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Could not put it down, 26 May 2014
Not my usual reading material but I truly could not put it down. This is an amazing, well written book and the sequel is much awaited.

Post apocalyptic drama that keeps you gripped, 26 May 2014
The whisper of stars takes us into a world of fear and government control where the only way to save the planet from accelerating climate change appears to be through hibernation. Nick Jones has created a world that appears to predict our future, in all its scary technicolor. A book that you can't put down, the whisper of stars is a triumphant first novel. The sequel can't come quickly enough.


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THE PORTLAND BOOK REVIEW - 5 stars by Galina Roizman
 
The Whisper of Stars is an extraordinary offbeat sci-fi thriller. 
The persuasive and smooth narrative grabs readers' attention. The book's strong structure and short but precise descriptions help it. The clean and firm sentences are detailed enough to influence readers' involvement in what is happening. There is a new, intriguing and unpredictable twist within every chapter which is amazingly convincing and believable. For a debut novel this is a marvelously powerful whisper and a captivating read!

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REVIEW FROM KIRKUS.COM
 
Jones' debut sci-fi thriller masterfully blends espionage with ultra-cool technology. Jones keeps the story grounded by ensuring that some of the tech has alarming side effects and the story's open ending isn't a cliffhanger, but leaves room for a second installment. An action-packed sci-fi story that delivers on its promising concept.
 
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K. J. Noyes "Katy Noyes"  5 STARS
Amazon top 500 reviewer
 
A debut author, self-published. And a really good read. There are so many writers out there trying to get there books seen, it's hard to choose which ones to try. I'd recommend this one. It's confident, it's fast-moving, the characters are sympathetic, the story is good. 
 
One that teenagers might enjoy, but aimed at an adult market (some swearing/short sexual scenes but nothing graphic), it's a good addition to the genre.

Product Details

  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nick Jones (April 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JS3BJZA
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All things considered, “The Whisper of Stars,” Book One of the Hibernation Series, is downright amazing. Its author is quite something, too. Nick Jones, previously unpublished, has, in his first book, has put one out of the park.

“The Whisper of Stars” is complete. All of the loose ends are convincingly tied up so that when you reach the end you are satisfied. Yet, while the end is satisfying, Jones, through the epilogue, leaves room so the first volume of this planned series can merge into the second. Indeed, if the author had wanted to leave the novel as a standalone, he could have done it as the ending works for a lone book, as well.

Jones makes you believe the characters are real so that you empathize with them. He pulls you into the novel and makes your reality the fantasy world he has created. In fact, you worry about the novel's hero, Jen, a hard-working, loyal police sergeant in the Duality Bureau. Jen is surrounded by a conspiracy of silence that touches everyone in the society Jones has created. The conspiracy is so deep that it envelops not only Jen's life but also her father's life. Dad's actions many years before created the conspiracy and he is its first victim.

Interestingly, though Dad should have protected his daughter from the conspiracy, he did not. Instead, he pulled his daughter deeply into the quagmire by placing a very deep memory in her subconscious relating to Project Hysteridae. The deep memory really never surfaces but is apparent in a sudden ability to control a powerful weapon she finds near her childhood home.

Dad apparently thought he could erase all traces of the weapon he created for Project Hysteridae. He made two mistakes: 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great "Star"t to a sci-fi series! @badwordplay October 12, 2014
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Do you know what there is a vast lacking of in my personal reading library? Great science fiction stories with female heroes. That's probably not true of the sci-fi genre in general, but in my personal collection, it was definitely sparse. Reading through the description, and some reviews, it definitely jumped out at me for a couple of reasons: Female protagonist, future sci-fi, and crime drama rolled into one! It's like reading three or four books at once! By reading this, the author is actually saving me time, so that's a plus.

IN 2091, one of the biggest problems that society has to deal with is the ridiculous rate of population growth that is threatening human's way of life. Things get so bad, in fact, that the government has to mandate "hibernation", since there is not enough food and other resources for everyone. And since hibernation is government mandated, no one wants to do it, so it needs to be enforced. Enter Jennifer Logan, a police office with the Duality Division, whose job it is to enforce these laws. But all is not what it seems when it comes to Jennifer, and she soon learns that the future of mankind depends on her.

When science fiction is effective in story-telling, it portrays a real-life problem in a way that fits the universe that is created. The over-population of the Earth is definitely a problem that the human race will have to address in the future, and are already experiencing some of the side effects of this problem, such as global warming, and limited resources. This book portrays these ideas in a very real way, and presents the plot and characters fantastically. Jennifer Logan is a very compelling main character, and I am very excited that this is the first story in a planned series. I am glad we will get more from this author in the future, and can't wait to see what we get next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind tricks! September 5, 2014
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This appears to be a first effort, and it is a good one. It is best described as lying somewhere between science fiction and fantasy (where depends on your definitions) and is set somewhere near the end of the 21st century. Human population has expanded intolerably, lifetimes are almost doubled, the planet is under pressure, and hence society has taken a novel way out: hibernation. Everyone volunteers to get an implanted chip and report at periodic intervals to be put to sleep, to wake up some time later so that the waking population at any time is at reasonable levels. Of course, criminals do not do this, as they fear they may not wake. There is also an illegal way out: swapping bodies. How that works is unclear because while one party benefits, the other party is not mentioned in the book. And there needs to be policing of this policy, and one such policewoman is Jennifer Logan. Jennifer's father had a secret that he buried before he died; Jennifer finds it: an object called a histeridae, and it has remarkable properties, including mind control. Unfortunately, the powers that be know she has found it, and they want it, meanwhile Jennifer finds all is not well with officialdom. Jennifer becomes hunted.

The story now becomes a basic chase/escape story coupled with a quest of Jennifer's to find out what is going on. There is the odd "hole" in the story, but if you overlook those you have a genuinely imaginative and exciting story, well-written, and with one of the better long action sequences that I have seen. The book is the first in a series, but it has a very clean ending, and can be considered self-contained, but with an incentive to wait for the next one. Definitely recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars To the future
Really enjoyed this read and looking into getting next book. Was nice to read a book and not predict the ending. Read more
Published 17 days ago by famof5
5.0 out of 5 stars I thorougly enjoyed this one
I really enjoyed this one and await the second novel with much anticipation.
Like all good sci-fi novels, it's the core story line that really matters and the idea that in the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by John Phiser
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whisper of Stars
Interesting story coming from an area I had not thought about. Strong characters with good female lead. I will probably get other books from this series.
Published 26 days ago by Little Al
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the beginning of a series. It was excellent. I'd recommend...
I'd recommend this as a stand-alone and as the first in a series... It's a science and tech-based novel, where earth stands on the brink of natural crises and needs to make... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarahlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sci-fi book
In Nick Jone’s debut novel Whisper of Stars, he has intertwined the intrigue of a spy novel with futuristic technology to provide for a fast paced and suspenseful sci-fi thriller. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mother of 4
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
A good plot, well written and full of action. Character development was excellent, and the plot rational. I would be pleased to purchase it.
Published 1 month ago by Donaldweissgerber
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY... an indie author who really earned these 5 stars!!!
I loved this book. Unlike so many books available on Amazon these days (many of which do certainly offer solid entertainment value, too) this story stands on its own, refreshingly,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin & Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Starter!
The Whisper of Stars by Nick Jones is a futuristic sci-fy story with tons of action and thrills. From the very first page I was drawn into this futuristic world, mainly because... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Turning the Pages
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘They want to tell you what to think’....
The world of 2091 that Jen Logan lives in ticks along – overpopulation is dealt with by ’voluntary’ hibernation on a rotation basis by groups of the citizens, technology pervades... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan Heart
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting futuristic story
The book kept me engrossed and I sat and read it all in an evening. I am looking forward to reading more.
Published 2 months ago by jr
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Nick Jones was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire in 1972. His debut novel 'The Whisper of Stars' was released in April 2014. He lives in Gloucestershire with his twins, Charlie and Ella, two dogs and two fish. Nick can usually be found in his garden studio surrounded by notes and scribbling on a large white board. His next novel, 'The Embers of Hope' will be released in late 2014, followed by a new time-travel series to be released in episodes throughout 2015.

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