Altered States Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Publication date : March 15, 2011
- Publisher : Appian Publishing Ltd. (March 15, 2011)
- File size : 656 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00550O1WI
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,177,051 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot: Aaron Braun, a master of reading non-verbal communication, drawing out people, and making exactly the comments that will shift them onto a positive life-track, is employed by people who would automate the non-verbal analytic skills to use AGAINST people. Aaron, realizing that his employers are lethal, fakes his own death to escape them. Living under a false identity in a state of unhappiness, he learns that a former friend is near death and that her daughter is dead.A virus is to blame. Aaron, though upset, does nothing until hearing that someone has been arrested for the child's murder. Then he springs into action.
Conner is a cop. Since drugs are no longer illegal, the underworld has shifted to knock-offs of brand-name clothing, and with the fashion industry incensed he does his best to combat it. Eventually forced to do some serious thinking about exactly who is hurt by the knock-offs - he connects with Aaron for a wild and woolly ending to a suspense-filled tale beautifully spiced with Ericksonian methodology. I loved it!
personal lives, the main character is able to infer motivation by studying facial expressions and body
language. He uses his skill in reading others to help them reach their potential. He also uses it to find
clues to who has hurt or killed those he loves.
The plot takes lots of interesting twists and turns touching upon local police, national security agencies, organized
crime, and genome-mapping doctors. One interesting genetic turn changes the course of the story.
I recommend this to all who like a good read. It drags a little in the beginning, but keep reading because it builds to
a real page turner.
First of all, if you get bothered by formatting issues as I do, avoid. The formatting is not good: inconsistencies with justification, punctuation spacing, font sizes, indentations. Once or twice I caught a missed word, and no misspellings - so there's that.
The book is divided into several parts. Part 1 alternates between Aaron (written in the first person) and Collin (written in the third person). I liked Collin's story. I didn't understand or get Aaron. Aaron is very egotistical and his chapters are very non-specific. At the end of Part 1, I couldn't tell you what this book was about. Part 2 was exclusively about Aaron. The beginning of it was information heavy and very preachy. Chapter 14 was AWESOME. Loved it. Thought the book was turning around.
Around this point, the author's choice of writing in incomplete sentences and just using phrases was starting to get irksome. Kind of like how some actors choose to stutter to make something sound important. I was now getting annoyed at this writing technique.
By the end of Part 2, I was more interested in the story and felt like I could indeed finish this book.
Part 3 goes back to alternating between Aaron and Conner. Only Conner's story is not really a story anymore. And the plots involving both characters got way convoluted. In this part, the author begins to get a little careless with words. Aaron claims he trusted Maria as he did with everyone. Uh, Aaron reads people and frequently doesn't trust them. And then he claims to open up to Karla and share everything with her, but two pages back he says he didn't share everything with her. Conner calls his ex-wife to "borrow a child." This child is actually their son. Borrow a child??? I was starting to doubt my decision to finish this book.
By the beginning of Part 4, I couldn't tell why this book was called Altered States. This part primarily all about Aaron. I didn't get it. All of a sudden he has different goals and a different purpose.
After finishing, I am at a loss for what this book is about. There are three definite story lines that do not align. There is a lot of research and history and facts presented about all three story lines. But none of them connect. The near end got preachy again and tried to tie in the title, but it doesn't stick with me. I am just plain confused.
I gave 2 stars rather than 1 because the actual writing and word choices were not terrible. The book just needs a heavy hand in story editing to stay focused, flesh out one plot line that follows from beginning to end, and cut out the Conner storyline all together. That added nothing to the overall arch.
Yeah, it sounds a bit like that TV show, but actually it's much better. Well written lines - for example "I respected the fact that his eyebrows alone were better communicators than most cab drivers around these parts." "after 30 minutes of walking and thinking, something finally struck him. It wasn't so much of an idea, more of a ...bat."
A bit of a dig against western society and our obsession with fashions and brands, and the plausible power of multinational corporations and over reaching spy agencies combined to make is an entertaining read.
A few twists I didn't see coming, and a few I did, kept the story racing to its conclusion. The discovery of the real bad guy and the end action was something I didn't expect at all.
The only reasons I haven't given this book five stars are minor Kindle version formatting flaws - text drops into blockquotes for no reason, then back to normal, which upset my obsessiveness, and the clever lines dropped off towards the end - not that the writing was at all poor.