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"This science fiction thrill ride is the literary equivalent of a syringe full of adrenaline." --Publishers Weekly

"Walter Greatshell is a first-rate writer...who choreographs the regular bursts of over-the-top mayhem with a genius that makes Maddy an endearingly resourceful and often frightening superhero of sorts." --Adam-Troy Castro, Sci Fi Magazine

"Expect great things from Mr. Greatshell."

"Expect great things from Mr. Greatshell."
-Nate Kenyon, author of "Sparrow Rock"

About the Author

Walter Greatshell is the author of the Xombies series and the novel Mad Skills.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ace Science Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; First Printing edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020126
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,492,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maddy Grant awakens fourteen months after a near fatal accident to discover that scientists have performed a radical new experiment on her. Prior to surgery, Maddy's brain had been damaged, leaving her in a vegetative state. Now, an implant in her brain has given her increased mental capacity. But her impressive mind, comes at the cost of her emotional stability. Maddy's increasing frustration builds to a dangerous level. And the more she learns about Braintree and the other patients, the more she is convinced that they are using her. Maddy becomes convinced they are turning her into a killer.

Greatshell has created an impressive blend of science fiction, horror, and psychological thriller. Maddy is a complex character with more than her share of troubles that affect her emotionally and threaten her sanity. At times events are a bit confusing. It's hard to tell what's real, adding to the intense suspense and mystery. There is never a dull moment, with fast-paced excitement and drama. And by the end, the big reveal is encompasses much more than I thought, involving a major conspiracy. Mad Skills was constantly surprising, erratic, dark, and violent.
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I was hooked by this Sci-fi book in the first chapter. It is a very interesting idea of how technology that could be used for good is cannibalized and used for commercializing and weaponizing. Hope to see Maddy again in a future book because her story is not done!
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Short answer: Complex, refreshing and fast paced with real multidimensional people and not cookie cutter characters.

Take some science fiction mix with a few cups of thriller; add a dash of "what's next?" and some social commentary; toss and serve. As with many books several bits are present in others but Mr. Greatshell brings it all together as a fantastic story all his own.

I notice that some reviewers comment on the social commentary and saw it as preaching. I see how from the point of view of the character it helps understand her feelings etc. I neither agree or disagree with the expressed views, but take them as they are.. a part of the story.

During the first opening sections that set up the story (no real spoiler) we find that Maddy tries reading so fast she cuts her fingers on the pages... something I have in common with her after buying this book!

Buy it. You won't regret it.

And as always:
Would I look at any other books by this author in the future? Yes
Would I spend list price on it again? Yes
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I can't say what it was that enticed me to buy this book, but I'm glad I did. It was a refreshing change of pace and offered up some surprising twists that I wasn't expecting. The chapters are fast and easy to get caught up in. I bought this book on a saturday evening and was done with it by sunday night.

Pick up this book!
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I loved the book so much that I read it again a few days after finishing it the first time. It really draws you in and before you know it you will be glued to this suspense-filled psychological thriller. I recommend paying a lot of attention the whole way through so you don't get lost, it really is a fantastic read if you understand it. The author is very bold and is not afraid to offend some readers so be prepared if you are a sensitive reader.

I hope you enjoy the book because I sure did.
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