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Near Death (A Jake Townsend Science Fiction, Action and Adventure, Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Richard C Hale
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Book Description

Praise for Amazon best-selling author Richard C Hale and his debut novel Near Death:

** “Blew me away! An approach that I never saw coming. Well Done!!! I Can't wait to read your next book!” Fred Paxton

** “As I read the book, I couldn't help but think about a movie and who would play each part. I envisioned Matt Damon as Jake and Paul Giamatti as Bodey. What a fantastic read. I highly recommend it.” Ryan Krohn-Author of "Our Beloved Red"

** “NEAR DEATH is a fast-paced, romance-laced, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining novel with an intriguing premise.” Author Lisette Brodey

** “This is not a read you want to miss. Prepare to be enchanted and enthralled as Mr. Hale takes you on the thrill ride of your life.” Chuck Barrett, Award Winning Author of The Savannah Project and The Toymaker

For Jake Townsend, the loss was shattering. And every night for the past two years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The moonless night. The piercing screams. The horrific crash. The night his wife was taken from him. The last time he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him to move on. But for Jake, there can be no closure. A message appears in his dreams—a warning he is reluctant to heed.

The omens ignored, Jake finds himself caught between the desire to see his beloved wife again and disrupting the delicate balance of life and death. The technology he developed has shown him the path, and others will do anything to use it, but at what price?

He must choose, and the consequences may ultimately shatter his world.

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About the Author

Richard C Hale has worn many hats in his lifetime including Greens Keeper, Bartender, Musician, Respiratory Therapist, and Veteran Air Traffic Controller. You can usually find him controlling Air Traffic over the skies of the Southeastern U.S. where he lives with his wife and children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098477890X
  • Publisher: Three Thirty A.M. Publishing (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZHBTK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed. I loved it November 13, 2011
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I found this book through the author who is in my Twitter feed. I saw a tweet of his and went to Amazon and downloaded the book for my Kindle.

I'm glad I downloaded it over the weekend because I needed every spare moment to read this book. I found its premise compelling and the pace dared me to stop reading. I read until I went to sleep, and it was with me as I had my first cup of coffee the next morning.

The story develops rapidly and went in directions I had not anticipated. It had elements that a good story needs to have. The characters are believable and likable. The mix of dialogue and narrative is just right and kept me entertained while moving the story right along.

I have a medical background and one of the things that impressed me is how the medical aspects were accurate and rang true.

There are a lot of things in this book that I really liked: science, medicine, spirituality, romance. All melded together in a thriller that makes you think while it keeps you fascinated and on the edge of your seat.

I look forward to another great read from the author.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT STORY THAT MAKES YOU THINK . . . December 29, 2011
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It is always a pleasure to review a novel that kept me absorbed from the first page to the last -- which is exactly the case with Richard C. Hale's, NEAR DEATH. After the tragic loss of his wife in a car crash, Jake Townsend is inconsolable. His beloved wife Beth appears in recurring dreams and is trying to send him a message he cannot quite decipher. Meanwhile, Jake has developed technology that might bring him closer to Beth, but at what cost?

We live in a day and age where new technology does things that not too long ago we may have thought to be science fiction. That is exactly why Hale's book was so gripping. Jake's new technology, a machine that can produce video from the minds of those who have had near death experiences and come back to tell the tale, is riveting science fiction. Or is it a brilliant precursor of what is to come? Probably the former, but as a reader, I couldn't help but explore the possibilities and to weigh the endless ethical/moral questions that go hand in hand with the use of new technology.

NEAR DEATH is a fast-paced, romance-laced, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining novel with an intriguing premise. Hale doesn't shortchange his readers on character development, either. The characters were well-defined, realistic, and had me simultaneously rooting for and against them. Terrific read!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, drama, romance and suspense all in one book! December 11, 2011
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When I read the summary of the book on amazon i immediately thought to myself well this sounds very interesting and different from what I'm normally use to. But I was looking for a change and not only did I find one, I found a new favorite author as well!I'm your typical Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks reader and when I read Near Death I was taken by surprise. This fictional novel was unbelievably well written. Not only did it have suspense it had a little romance as well which was an awesome and unexpected twist! This book takes you on an action packed journey with several characters that you can actually relate to. Ive never read anything so detailed and interesting before. The characters were perfect and the different scenes are so detailed you can envision every place like you were actually there. I would recommend this book to anyone, you will not be disappointed! But make sure your schedule is free because you won't want to set this book down!! I look forward to reading Mr. Hale's next spectacular novel! Thank you for a phenomenal read!!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Central story is good -- romance angle is awful January 5, 2013
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I like books that ask the big questions in life.
Why is the sky blue?
What happens when we die?
Why do people keep hiring Taylor Lautner when he can't act?
I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I picked up `Near Death' by Richard C. Hale - but I definitely got more than I bargained for.
`Near Death' is the tale of scientist Jake Townsend, who loses his wife Beth in a disastrous accident and then proceeds to spend the next few years searching for answers about what lies beyond - and by that I mean, what happens after death.
Townsend is obsessed with not only being able to prove there is another side - but actually being able to communicate with those that have crossed over.
His lab partner, Teri, has been his best friend for years. She starts acting weird, though, when Jake brings in an outsider into their office to start helping them with their invention - a machine that can actually project scenes from people's memories as they relive near death experiences. It becomes obvious to everyone but Jake that she has feelings for him.
There's also a subplot about the government wanting to subvert the invention for nefarious means and a terrorist that needs to be stopped. Oh, and there's also something supernatural going on - because Jake and the new office assistant, Madison, keep waking up screaming in the middle of the night with similar dreams.
Obviously, I'm not going to get into big spoilers.
Jake is a great leading man - and his obliviousness about the way women think is both hilarious and spot-on. Jake is a realistic character that is stuck between moving on and holding on to the wife he loved so dearly.
The problem with the story - the biggest one anyway - is the character of Madison.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Don't read these kinds of stories
Published 3 hours ago by Phyllis Schott
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from being realistic, but enjoyable escape.
This is a very interesting take on NDE's. Jake is an unusal obsessive compulsive! As usual the military is portrayed as rigid and biased. Teri's character was neglected. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Felice R. Drouin
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so very interesting!
This book grabbed ahold of me the first page and held me spellbound for the entire book!  It is mystical thriller, that I am so glad I read! Read more
Published 3 days ago by TT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great Book! I love the book. I just couldn't put it down. This book was exciting and fast pace thriller. Read this book.
Published 3 days ago by Sweet
3.0 out of 5 stars Bang up beginning turns into fizzle
Near Death had a compelling start and moved forward through the first half, but in the second half, the book started to come unraveled. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jeanine
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Started out really good, then yuck! A waste of good reading time. A mishmash, all over the place. Glad it was free.
Published 4 days ago by Cheeky1
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be in sci-fi instead of mysteries and thrillers
Just an ok book imo. Good guys turn into bad guys and bad guys go good in the end. It did not leave me wanting more.
Published 6 days ago by luci
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by Glenn Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing story
This is a most unusual story about Jake, Maddy, Bodey and Teri , and the experimental computer and computer program they developed to record a person's near death experience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by luv2read
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope death IS like this
Loved this book, it makes you think about what happens at the end of your life. Maybe it's true there's something after this life, I certainly hope so.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Miller
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Richard C Hale has worn many hats in his lifetime including Greens Keeper, Bartender, Musician, Respiratory Therapist, and Veteran Air Traffic Controller. You can usually find him controlling Air Traffic over the skies of the Southeastern U.S. where he lives with his wife and children.

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