(Review cross-posted from christopherkellen.com, original date 2013-03-20)
Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking is best described as a techno-thriller, a type of book that I’ve enjoyed from time to time (most notably with last year’s review of WIRED and my more recent review of The Cestus Concern).
The plot begins with a twist, and as things go along, it gets stranger and stranger. Set in the not-too-distant future, Saskia Brandt is told only that she needs to capture one David Proctor. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she needs to.
Déjà Vu doesn’t give you a moment to rest as the author’s style carries smoothly along, following the twists and turns of this story deeper down the rabbit hole. When the final plot twist finally comes, you’ll realize just how little you were expecting it… but how perfectly it all comes together.
Déjà Vu also has the notable honor of standing among the finest and most professional indie ebooks I’ve read, with zero typos, grammar errors or questionable punctuation. I must applaud this author for showing a dedication to professionalism and proving that he deserves to be a #1 bestseller.
Although Déjà Vu doesn’t break any new ground when it comes to its chosen subject (you’ll have to read it to see what I’m talking about, because anything else would contain spoilers) it explores a relatively-disused subject in a fun, engaging and thoughtful manner. Recommended.
(Side note: I’m giving this book 4.5 stars, but I’ll be rounding it up on sites that don’t allow half-star ratings, because that’s my chosen policy.)
Reviewed by Christopher Kellen