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I very much enjoyed this book The characters were interesting and had depth The plot was terrific with several twists and turns I found myself turning the pages and remained completely oblivious to the time I found myself even shedding a few tears I could see where the story line in the book could really pan out into a real life situation in our not too distant future which is a very scary thought Take a trip down a winding road with John Timmons and see if you would have made the same choices! You'll be glad you did. from Red Adept ReviewsI received The Device, by Patrick Skelton, as a review copy submitted to “Red Adept Reviews” by the author.Description from author’s website:A mysterious device A physicist with advanced medical knowledge A man’s quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he loves.When John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowat–a retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity.THE DEVICE is a characterdriven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles Fans of speculative fiction–George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World–will enjoy the frightening climax.Overall: 3 1/4 StarsPlot/Storyline: 3 StarsI love the beginning of this novel It folds you into the action and explains everything you need to know without distracting from events But I found myself waiting…and waiting…for the science fiction to kick in The author does a (too) thorough job of shrouding potential sci fi events in mystery and apathy The greater portion of the novel’s events are left to deal with John’s interpersonal relations, memories and medical conditions.When all begins to be revealed, it’s both sudden and overdue.The main portion of the novel contains a steady, easytomaintain pace I didn’t sense much uptick as the conclusion neared, possibly as a consequence of such a thoroughly selfabsorbed first person POV The last three chapters felt jumbled, a collection of several disparate story elements swept together at the end instead of placed neatly like the rest of the novel’s events It didn’t deliver a satisfying end, and I never found the “frightening climax” the blurb promised.Character Development: 4 StarsThis novel was written from a first person POV, so it makes sense that John’s character is the most developed Everything from his obsession with past events to his inability to carry through with large changes to his life helps reinforce his troubled existence.Other characters have much smaller roles, but all are wellcrafted, and most remain consistent and true to character Sam’s goodoldboy bossiness is a joy to read Dr Elberton’s superior attitude makes him seem largerthanlife, despite his brief appearance Linford Daniels’ political statements on global warming are hilariously infuriating, inviting many a facepalm.The story wouldn’t have happened if John hadn’t picked up the Device, but I found his persistence in trying to retrieve it from its difficulttoreach location to be unbelievable and out of character It went against all the other times he failed to follow through when given a new direction to pursue.Writing Style: 3 1/2 StarsI love Mr Skelton’s writing style It is immersive without becoming boggy Dialogue is emotive and characterspecific: Jacob’s speech patterns told me he was a welleducated man before events confirmed it Sentences are crisp, with a clean feel of moving forward The world of the protagonist, shown through first person, was my world The tone of the character’s outlook on life is consistent and thoroughly colors the novel’s events.On the opposite side of that coin is the odd feeling that important things are passing me by, and John just doesn’t care Lisa, the love interest, didn’t quite feel like she got a fair shake Some critical features of her relationship with John are mentioned only in passing or in retrospect Other items in the novel seem to waft past in the background Two special gifts given to the protagonist are ignored nearly the full length of the plot.The Device itself is hardly in this book at all; the main character lets another party have it for ten years During the denouement, John falls back on his inertia, and the end of the book seems to happen without him, which did not seem to be the intent of the story.It’s unclear what the novel’s perspective on global warming is Strong opinions are voiced, but between plot developments and character associations, the issue is muddied.Editing: 3 1/2 starsMr Skelton’s writing style is very polished and easy to read…except for its bumper crop of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) errors The first fourth of the novel has been scrubbed of typos, as if putting its best foot forward for the online sample, but after that the errors show up regularly A thorough editing readthrough could improve the reading experience greatly.Personal Enjoyment: 2 1/2 starsReading this book felt like watching a movie whose trailer touted it as the next Matrix, and finding it instead to be a deeply emotional Hallmark film narrated by Jeff Bridges It wasn’t a bad story, necessarily—it was just focused on entirely different issues than the blurb led me to believe Readers take their cue from book blurbs to determine whether they’ll be interested in the themes within This blurb was highly misleading for me, and as a result, I spent too much time wondering when the “real” story would start and not enough enjoying the story that was presented. What a great surprise this book was!I loved everything about it The characters all had a depth that is seldom found in books that are story's told in the first person.The pace of the book kept me involved while the complexity of the plot drew me into the layers that surrounded the truth.Jack Finney comes to mind as an author with similar skills.I will be looking forward to Patrick Skelton's next work. I really enjoyed this book, It had adventure, suspense and good character developement. A troubled man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past leads to a chilling discovery.A mysterious device.A physicist with advanced medical knowledge.A man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he loves.When John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowat a retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity THE DEVICE is a character driven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles Fans of speculative fiction George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World will enjoy the frightening climax.NOTE: The publisher has edited and revised this edition Formatting and grammatical issues have been corrected Customer reviews citing issues with formatting and/or editing issues most likely reflect original edition copies which have since been revised. I chose this book for a sci fi book club because it was in a list of promising stories and some people gave it good ratings I personally did not think it was good sci fi The writeup said that a guy finds a device and his life is changed after that Instead what I found is a guy finding a device, loses it to the government, and then meets some new people, which change his life Somehow he gets the device back in the very end and it turns out to be the only science fiction part of the story The rest is tedium.I agree it was readable but I didn't like the character I thought maybe I wasn't suppose to like him until later But it really never changed I have to say, I wasn't sure where the story was going, which I like in a novel But I also have to say that it lacked the classic "beginning, middle, end" style that publishers like And I could see throughout the book why no one would publish it for him and he had to resort to doing it himself.I did not notice the mention of brand names through out the book as much as a friend of mine did but I can see how that would annoy I did see all the grammatical errors and thought the author's friends did a lousy job editing All I could think is that he recruited people to read and reread parts and they said a quick "Everything looks good" because they were tired, busy, or they were being polite.I also thought it was filled with naivete statements When he was in the hospital, his mother said he shouldn't be ashamed to ask for a catheter Nobody asks for a catheter in a hospital The staff considers it when one is unconscious or incontinent I thought that whole scene a little too Disney and frustrating.I was confused by the big government officials showing up and taking a small device Uh, why? I have all sorts of trinkets in my house and I don't see people checking on them I was a bit annoyed with this part of the story because I was following the device The device was the title, the mystery, the propulsion of the story And then it was gone So all I had left was following a disgruntled basketcase guy through his life as he resolves family issues.I wish that he described the "30day sleep" better I couldn't see the difference between 30day sleep and someone being cared for while in a coma Is the difference that his wife was off life support? I looked it up thinking I was suppose to know what "30day sleep" was but couldn't find anything Part of the not too distant future? This guy needed desperately to talk to someone in healthcare for research purposes.The book is a message from the author and it is incredibly clear from the beginning He is anti government and global warming is a fabrication I kept hoping the end of the story would surprise me and the Device would give us a revelation about how we should begovernment supportive But the author maintained a rudimentary hatred of the United States system Ironically, during the story, the main character uses the postal service and the libraries for research of the device If there was no big, evil government, the author wouldn't have much to help his story along, would he?And his whole point in the end that our over protection of the world against global warming will be our undoing was preposterous It was a desperate stretch to scare people into beingreckless with their car emissions and endless waste I'll try to drive two blocks to the supermarketoften Lesson learned.Anyway, I'm sorry for my choice for the book club I was trying to find something no one in the group had read I unfortunately spent money on this book and I already have zillions of books on my shelf and in the big, evil government library at my fingertips And I can't recommend this to anyone so I'm stuck with it. Rating: 4 of 5 starsAuthor: Patrick SkeltonFormat: Kindle, PaperbackTormented by guilt after the death of fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog retreating to his mountain cabin after work comforted only by his dog Spencer While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase “Project Daf Yasfhat” From this moment forward, John’s life and those around him are never the same.Patrick Skelton’s “The Device” is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn’t tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John’s life like a guardian angel? What really happened to John’s biological parents? What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has? Most of all, what is the device? “The Device” takes place in the near future and Skelton extrapolates from today’s government actions what might be the resulting healthcare and environmental regulations and their impact on our lives and personal freedoms The results are written so matter of fact that this makes them evenchilling This a fast moving and entertaining read especially given the kindle price I look forward tofrom this author. The Device is the debut novel by author Patirck Skelton, a dystopian/science fiction novel that I just couldn't put down I am usually not a big science fiction fan because all too frequently the sci fi aspects become the entire focus, overpower the characters and their humanity, as well as overwhelming the story line I usually am left feeling like I have just read a text book rather than a fictional novel In The Device, the science fiction aspect enhances, rather than overpowers, the incredibly intriguing story It is definately a characterdriven novel, but the plot is just as strong as the characters, a perfect balance that made the book that muchengrossing John Timmons is a perfect lead, a realistic person that has real flaws that we all can relate to Every one of the characters, main or supporting, was equally welldeveloped and combined to create a cast that just worked They were all very different people, but they were so realistic that I felt myself being emotionally involved in the various scenes There was a definate emotional roller coaster throughout the book, too, which I loved There were scenes that were heart wrenchingly sad, others that were sweet and beautiful There were scenes that made you angry, and others that were humorous There was no small amount of bittersweet moments, as well I love a book that pulls me in, makes me feel along with the characters, makes me feel like I know the people inside the story I highly recommend this book!! Definitely a good choice for a cold windy day when the chores are done and a cup of hot chocolate, a purring cat and a warm afghan combine with a couple of hours of quiet Interesting ending and thoughtprovoking I will readby this author Note: This book was provided free through the GoodRead's First Reads program by Patrick with an expectation of an honest review My opinion is my own. The device by patrick Skelton left me wantingand not in a good way The character of John Timmons seemed a bit two sided He could have been a littlein depth His relationship with Lisa could have been explored a littleI did like the infusion of science fiction and intrigue The device is spoken of very little and left me wondering what it truely has to do with the story All in all not a bad read but I feel it could have accomplished .