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Reflex (Jumper) Hardcover – November 18, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In this delightful SF thriller, the long-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Jumper (1992), Gould puts a fresh spin on the classic plot device of human teleportation. Once a teen struggling to escape an abusive father, Davy Rice is now a covert operative for the National Security Agency and happily married to Oklahoma psychologist Millie Harrison-Rice. Enter sudden marital discord over starting a family, and Davy, eager to avoid the issue, jumps from their remote West Texas hideaway to a meeting in Washington, D.C., only to be snatched by an evil organization intent upon forcing "the asset" to work for them. The baffled Millie keeps waiting for her husband to return, until she discovers that she, too, can teleport through space. While Davy spends much of the book a defiant prisoner, Millie learns the joy of jumping. In her effort to rescue her husband, she goes to ground and hides her dangerous new ability from the NSA and Davy's captors. The author's savvy decision to have the couple share this unique ability gives the sequel a rush of new energy, creating dazzling future possibilities for the duo. Though Gould continues to exuberantly press the boundaries of scientific credibility, his gift for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations against a backdrop of international concerns makes this fast-paced adventure sizzle. At the end, the inevitable question arises: will the next jumper do it in diapers?
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Gould takes up Davy, the teenage hero of Jumper (1992), about as many years later in his life as this readable sequel follows its predecessor. Davy is in trouble because of leaks from the secret governmental organization that employs him. Someone has figured out how to abduct, imprison, and brainwash a teleporter, and that teleporter, as Jumper readers might expect, is Davy. Davy's wife has learned to jump (i.e., teleport), too, though, and in the same way that he learned it, when her life was threatened. She is searching for him, of course, but isn't sure whom she can trust, either inside or outside the agency. In fact, she isn't even really sure where to start looking for him. Gould's style is rather pedestrian, though no more so than one would allow from a second-book author. Despite stylistic lapses, this is a near-future thriller with quite-respectable page-turning impetus. Frieda Murray
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Top customer reviews
While seeing the world from Millie's perspective was good, giving her the ability to jump at that particular moment in time and seeing how quickly she adapted to it was a bit too "convenient" for me. I was also a bit jarring to see them jump so FAR in the future (no pun intended). I guess I sort of expected the story to pick up after the first one left off.
Nevertheless... aside from these minor grievances, the story was top-notch, the characters were excellent, and (you guessed it) I've already purchased the next title in the series. Good job, Steven. You keep writing them and I'll keep buying them.
Meanwhile his wife is left alone, worried, scared and trapped in their cliff side home. She can't jump like her amazing husband. But David's talent might be less of an ability and more of a -- reflex.
Action packed, and emotionally engaging, Reflex is sure to please anyone who enjoyed Davy's coming of age story in Jumper.
While the first novel focused on David, Reflex shines the spotlight on Millie giving her a huge chunk of the book. David and Millie have made a life together - David is an occasional agent for the American government while Millie is a practicing therapist. A powerful and wealthy individual decides to co-op David for his own ends and after he is kidnapped, Millie must apply her considerable intellect to finding and rescuing her husband. This could have been a fairly basic story with David kept out of action until Millie came to the rescue. Instead, Gould gives us a tight story of a caged man who will not be defeated and his wife who will stop at nothing to set him free.
The same attention to detail with regard to the capabilities and limitations of a teleporter that Gould showed in the first novel is brought even more sharply into focus in the sequel. The lengths that David's captors are willing to go to keep him on a leash are truly frightening and presented in an unflinchingly brutal manner. At the same time, Millie takes her first faltering steps into the life of a Jumper and shows real ingenuity in dealing with an opponent that knows all too well how to deal with someone who can teleport.
Jumper was a novel that started off as an escapist fantasy, turned into a love story, and eventually into a James Bond novel. With Superpowers. Reflex is much more focused and maintains the same feel throughout the story.
Like the first book, by the end of this one, you'll be wishing it kept going on.
"Reflex" picks up where "Jumper" left off, 10 years down the road. The main character and his (now) wife have been accustomed to Davy's special talents over the last decade, but trouble sweeps swiftly into their lives. I won't give the story away, but it will have you hooked in no time! Great continued character building, a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and an ending that leaves you hoping there will be another sequel!
Classic sci-fi, written in our time. Great stuff. Go buy it. All of it.