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'A crisply-written, fast-paced thriller that makes assured use of cutting-edge science fiction ideas.'
'What makes Déjà Vu interesting is the understated, almost 1950s feeling Hocking brings to what is essentially a post-cyberpunk novel about murder and identity. His layering of the narrative is thoughtful and the way he makes events from different decades mirror each other shows quiet skill. This is a small-press publication; as such, it probably won't get the exposure it deserves. Larger publishers may want to take note.'
'I was enthralled and contagiously compelled to carry on throughout. The level of computerisation of daily life is plausible and handled with casual panache. It's gripping, fascinating, and powerful, and really well written, with wonderful pace.'
'An interesting debut novel that successfully blends cyberpunk and technothriller and presents a few good sci-fi ideas along the way. ...The scenes set inside the digital world developed by Proctor and his partner Bruce Shimoda are particularly impressive. [This book] suggests that Hocking (whose first novel this is) can create interesting scenarios. There are some inventive and witty AI conceits, and Hocking's near-future world is neatly extrapolated from ours.'
'The novel mixes real and virtual worlds with an absorbing near-future thriller narrative and intriguing ruminations on the nature of memory and self and has genuine cross-over appeal beyond the SF&F genre. The reviews he’s picked up ... point to a new voice in Brit SF that we should all be taking an interest in.'
'Excellent...crisp and professional. This book bodes well for the future.'
'Get ready to have a mind-blowing experience. [This is] one mighty potent story, my friends. [I was] enthralled. Save this book for when you can isolate yourself and dedicate some time to a thought-provoking experience. This is good stuff.'
'A fast-moving science fiction thriller. ...The book's real strength is not its imaginative look at the future of science, although this is fascinating, but the way the writer is able to make the disorientation the characters feel affect the reader. It is a gripping story told in a smart, simple manner. ...This may be a sci-fi book, but its strengths are the traditional virtues of any good book; namely, characters and plot. I imagine that Ian Hocking could turn his hand to more than one genre, and I have high hopes for his next book. Déjà Vu is an adventurous but unpretentious and very impressive debut.'
'This is a science fiction novel. This is a chase novel. This is a multi-stranded, complicated novel that defies understanding at times, but is still fully involving and provides a very clever and satisfying denouement. This novel works. The writer's style is consistent with his content and the story fairly speeds along. It is confusing at times, but that is only because we are not given all the facts at once. This means that when we do find out what has been going on, we can happily exclaim, "Of course!" Science fiction does not work for everyone and this book, with its sentient computers, nano-technology and brain-wipes, will not be to all tastes. It was to mine, though, and, if you're that way inclined, I confidently predict it will be to yours too.'
--- Tregolwyn Book Reviews [read in full]
'It's well written...lots of action, some violence, plenty of clues and motifs hinting at what is to come, but enough suspense to keep you turning the page. ...I think the author is too good a writer to get trapped in the pigeonhole (black hole?) of SF.'
--- Exeter Flying Post
It is 2023. Scientist David Proctor is running for his life. On his trail is Saskia Brandt, a detective with the European FIB. She has questions. Questions about a bomb that exploded back in 2002. But someone is hunting her too. The clues are in the shattered memories of her previous life. She has only hours to decipher them.
As Proctor attempts to leave England, heading towards a future he cannot imagine, Brandt knows only this: Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Déjà Vu takes the reader on a startling journey through a possible future, through digital minds, and through the consequences of the choices we make. It is the debut novel by Ian Hocking.
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