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The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Jones
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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“Nick Jones’ debut is an action-packed sci-fi story that masterfully blends espionage with ultra-cool technology and delivers on its promising concept.”
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A science-fiction thriller.

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 to the mystery that unfolds. 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.

The Whisper of Stars is the first book in the Hibernation Saga. A fast-paced, futuristic thriller starring a tough, female protagonist. It features conspiracy theories, romance and intrigue and is set in a dystopian world, making it an ideal read for any fans of the sci-fi genre and also suitable for a young adult audience.

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid read for those looking for a new book October 14, 2014
By lroger
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This book falls into the category of what I call ‘realistic sci-fi’ since it deals with so many consequences of today’s world and society--global warming, over-population, the overbearing rise of technology, etc. It shows the negative effects of when technology can become “too smart” to the point of hurting humanity. And there is only one solution...a forced Hibernation imposed by the government: “it didn’t matter who you were or how much you had--in the end, everyone would be drafted.” I can very easily see this book being made into a movie—narrative like this that is so simple, yet is so packed with solid imagery. The characters are so vivid and the plot concept is so action-packed that each scene is so much fun to read.

Nick Jones has such a naturally suspenseful writing style that fits perfectly with this world on the verge of dystopia. But then it gets more complicated--and it revolves around what happens to those bodies during hibernation.

There was a good mix of sci-fi and narrative (complete with romance and sex to add proper twists), and covers a wide range of typical action scenes (chase scenes, not knowing who to trust, etc) to please a wide range of audiences. But it does stay true to its sci-fi roots by keeping with that main story line, and having other genres as sub-plots. So there is no worry about starting the book as a sci-fi and unexpectedly have it turn into a sappy romance. No one likes a book whose beginning and ending don’t match, and luckily this book is not one of those. An overall captivating book that I am so glad to have read. Highly recommended for those who like action-packed novels that have unique depth and a memorable plot line.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read June 28, 2014
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Just about everything you could want, Mr.Jones has delivered:

Editing (that seemingly Achilles heel of the self-published work) is as good as a traditionally published book. Extremely engaging plot line. The characters are well fleshed out and their dialogue natural, unforced and believable.

I am very much looking forward to your next book, Mr. Jones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!
Just finished reading the second book in this series and it definitely ranks up there as one of the best sci-fi stories I’ve read. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Dan Pilkington
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Very believable world of the future, crowded, resource-challenged, where nearly everyone uses tiny computer to link in to every form of digital resource. Read more
Published 4 days ago by CathyCaryGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great character development and story. Looking forward to the sequel. Very good editing and construction. this is an author with a promising future.
Published 6 days ago by Logue
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Nick. Shallow characters most of whom died; hard to understand...
Why did the public succumb to hibernation? What happened to everyone else? Sounds like the Third World survived, so what motivated the First Worlders? Read more
Published 7 days ago by An Art Therapist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Concept and Execution
Excellent book - plot, writing, characters - it has it all. Very happy I found it and am already on to the next book in the series. Read more
Published 12 days ago by GG
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking dystopian thriller
With The Whisper of Stars, Nick Jones has combined detective, espionage and near-future dystopian thriller genres to produce a cracking story that is both compelling and makes you... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr Dylan S Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific tale.Exciting and believable.
What a good story should be. I can't wait to get started on the next one. I loved the protagonists.
Published 13 days ago by Sandie A
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh voice worth reading
Just when you thought mankind was destined to rehash the classics endlessly, a fresh new voice emerges. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent sci fi
Excellent book full of action and good characters surprise ending a plus. Going to read the next one. Try it
Published 14 days ago by Ryan D. Tetlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters and fresh concept
Science fiction is not my genre of choice, partly because the characters in most works I've read fail to engage me deeply. Read more
Published 14 days ago by G. Roanoake
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More About the Author

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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