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The Delta Chain by [Henn, Iain Edward]
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"A fast-paced thriller...The novel's pacing is solid...hooks readers into caring about the chase." - Publisher's Weekly

"An array of characters, good and evil, lead to one of the longest, most harrowing climactic scenes I've ever read...fantastic read." - Pat Hernandez, author - palmaltas.com

"The driving characters had me hooked into their lives and conflicts. I highly recommend The Delta Chain."- Martin Treanor, author of The Silver Mist

From the Author

Author interview - by Anthony Wessel, from Digital Book Today, April 22, 2012
 
1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
 
Two wilderness locations - the Florida Everglades, and Australia's Northern Territory, are juxtaposed against the day-to-day life in a large coastal Queensland town. The wilderness locations and the small town, are crucial to the overall plot when the locations and the storylines converge.
 
2.What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel?
 
Great ego often drives a person's actions, and there are several characters in the novel who allow ambitions to twist morality to suit their ends. The novel explores the extreme consequences of those actions.
 
3. How do characters change or evolve throughout the novel?
 
A central sublot is the romantic relationship between the main characters. A traumatic event jump starts that relationship, exposing passions and differences, and a level of closeness, at a speed much greater than would normally occur.
 
4. Was there a basis for your story?
 
A few years ago I read of a body found in the water that could not be identified.A person who had never been reported missing? The "what-if?" part of my imagination kicked into gear. Who could the person be? Where had they come from? Why was no-one looking for them? My story evolved from there.
 
5.What research did you have to perform to back up your story?
 
There are strong scientific and forensic under currents to 'The Delta Chain.' For example, determining a person's facial features from skeletal remains, is called forensic facial reconstruction. It is one of several such areas examined in the book, with the research on this drawn from various texts and case histories.
 
6. What is your method for writing a book?
 
Once the initial idea and potential finishing place are in my mind, I will map out a number of milestones I need to reach on the journey to the finish. I will then start writing toward each of those milestones, allowing spontaneity to kick in along the way. This brings some nice surprises for me, and hopefully, for the reader.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1096 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunfire Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHROC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By R. Pohl on August 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has a little bit of everything - romance, crusading journalists, people-devouring crocodiles, cults, political conspiracies, recombinant DNA research, and more. In fact, it may try to include just a little too much. The story lines are interesting, but I did not feel there was quite enough character development. I cared more about some of the minor characters more than the main characters. Although the writing was pretty nicely done, it might even be improved by a less-complicated plot, and more insight into the main players. Overall, though, this book is one that most people will find enjoyable and entertaining.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it
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I was given a free copy of this book. I enjoyed most parts and I found it to be thrilling at some parts and fast reading , but a little too predictable in some. I found the plot interesting,intricate and the characters well described. It was fast reading, because the story was good but repetition wasn't necessary. I found it a little confusing because there were so many characters to keep track of. In many parts of this book, I had to refer back to remind me who these people mentioned in other chapters were. By the middle of the book, it all fell into place. It moved at a faster pace once we knew that some of the main characters were up to no good. I liked the fact that this story was mostly happening in Australia. I have never been there so it gave me a glimpse of some areas.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. Wow! I was drawn in from the beginning of this story. The action is non-stop and the events keep you riveted and unable to put the book down! The details of the events and surroundings are thorough, as well as the detailed characters that you come to know well. I have to give this book credit, it's fast paced and keeps your attention.
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I found the story moved along very well and the central characters were fairly charismatic, although I was frequently confused by the number of people involved in the telling; especially when the "lost" children were introduced. The action sequences are realistic, sometimes gruesomely described and were frequent enough to satisfy fans of this genre. The principal villains were also suitably boo-worthy, especially the croc-hunters.
I was less convinced by the main thrust of the DNA plot, I found the concept way too fanciful; sorry! I also thought the Vietnam connection, that brought the villains together in the first place, was too far-fetched to have had a lifelong effect on such diametrically opposed individuals as Vender, Asquith, Donnelly and Westmayer. This undermined my belief in the main plot.
The closure was weak i.r.o. certain of the lead villains. I would have appreciated reading about a little post-arrest squirming from a couple of these bad guys. I was also pretty under-whelmed by the fairy tale, dare I say, sappy, happy ending.
All in all though a reasonable, fast-paced thriller that kept me reading way after my bedtime.
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High action with an interesting storyline and characters. Overall a very interesting read with good connections to high tech investigation and covert medical experimentation.

Personally, I felt some of the scenes were more graphic than absolutely necessary and while I liked the characters, I found the two lead characters somehow not quite as individual as I'd have liked. Some of the secondary characters actually seemed more vivid to me than the two main characters. I also found the timeline shifts a bit confusing, going from the Viet Nam experiences of some of the characters back to the main story. Necessary, but a bit disconcerting.

It isn't "quite" my type of book but I still enjoyed the read and I think the book would appeal more to a plot/action reader than a character driven reader like myself.
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I quit reading when he talked about being in a hurricane in the Midwest. I like a little more editing.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it - some punchy twists in there, and the driving characters had me hooked into their lives and conflicts. The plot is edgy - with barbs that make you just want to read on.

I totally recommend The Delta Chain.
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Bought my copy.
First night: Opened Delta Chain for a quick look-see before bed. Big mistake. Finally zonked out at Chapter 20, and probably would have had croc-shock nightmares if I hadn't been so exhausted by that time. :)
Second night: Couldn't put the book down till the final page. Propped up eyelids.

Mr. Henn handled a fistful of plot threads very effectively. The bait scenes were horrifying but not gratuitously gory. The sex/romance factored in without getting gratuitously graphic. The tension ratcheted up nicely in the climactic scene. Maybe I'm a dolt, but I didn't see the final twist coming.

Clean and effective use of language, with plenty of description unobtrusively worked in.

Characterization of the main characters started late and was on the sparse side but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

Excellent book!
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