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Just a quick reminder I don t give 5 stars well maybe once or twice a decade I m stingy I m mean.So, on with the review.7th Son Descent by J C HutchinsNow, I haven t read all of this book I ve only read the first 33 pages So I can make no comments about the book s overall structure, or character arcs, or sub plots.What I can comment about is the quality of the writing.It is superb.From a real kick ass opening, unexpected metaphors and unusual word formations flow with assurance Charac Just a quick reminder I don t give 5 stars well maybe once or twice a decade I m stingy I m mean.So, on with the review.7th Son Descent by J C HutchinsNow, I haven t read all of this book I ve only read the first 33 pages So I can make no comments about the book s overall structure, or character arcs, or sub plots.What I can comment about is the quality of the writing.It is superb.From a real kick ass opening, unexpected metaphors and unusual word formations flow with assurance Characters are introduced with almost dizzying rapidity, yet each establishes his individuality, his own personality, rapidly and with great economy of prose.The dialogue is believable, snappy the internal thought processes consistent with the character thinking them Vignettes of their various normal lives are pointed enough to let us get an idea of what they were like before something happens to them.Something unexpected Something horrifying.The action sequences and yes, there is plenty of action, from the prologue on are well executed and realistic.The basic premise of the book is excellent.All I can say is that I m going to order a copy this week the print version comes out on the 27th and if the rest is as good as the start, I ll write another review, this one going up, perhaps to that fabled 5 star realm where only the literary giants dwell.OK, hyperbole, but this book is really very, very good.So, Mr Hutchins, or Chris if you prefer, excellent beginning I was hooked from the first page.I m happy to give it 4 stars.PS I bear no relationship or affiliation with the author, and have not been offered any inducement of any nature to write this review, apart from a simple request that I do so I don t know if it s a requirement to make that statement yet, but I thought I d make it clear anyway.Previews and the first episode of the book can be seen athttp jchutchins.net site about 7th The book details are ISBN 978 0 312 38437 1and it is available to order online from Barnes NobleBordersBooks A MillionPowell sMacmillanIndiebound It s actually quite difficult to review a book you absolutely love.Pithy one liners are much easier to come up with when you want to bring out the knives I ve been sitting here for the last twenty minutes trying to think of a good one liner to describe 7th Son Descent, but I liked it so much I ve got nothing pithy for you.So instead let me tell you that 7th Son Descent is well worth your time, money and evangelical support.J C Hutchins brings the characters to bear on the story quickly, and fr It s actually quite difficult to review a book you absolutely love.Pithy one liners are much easier to come up with when you want to bring out the knives I ve been sitting here for the last twenty minutes trying to think of a good one liner to describe 7th Son Descent, but I liked it so much I ve got nothing pithy for you.So instead let me tell you that 7th Son Descent is well worth your time, money and evangelical support.J C Hutchins brings the characters to bear on the story quickly, and from the moment you start reading to the last page7th Son Descent will kick your backside every step of the way The main reason for this is that no one character is safe You get attached to the clones yes there are clones, trust me, it works and their individual personalities, but every chapter Hutchins makes sure you know that they re at risk from the main bad guy, John Alpha.Incidentally, John Alpha could be anyone Your high school gym teacher, your Grandma, anyone Hutchins took an interesting route away from making John Alpha a demi god of a serial killer and instead gives readers a genuinely smart, dangerous antagonist with real motivations and issues If you re a writer you could do a lot worse than looking at John Alpha as an example of a well rounded antagonist Yeah, he s eeeevil but you can really understand why, and you have to wonder if you wouldn t choose the same path if you were subjected to the same influences.Speaking of which, 7th Son Descent jumps ahead of the pack of well written sci fi thrillers by becoming a very in depth study on the idea of nature vs nurture If you take seven men, literally identical clones, and subject them to different lives, so they turn out the same, or will their lives dictate who they are I know this review is a little vague, and it has to be because I don t want to spoil any surprises for you, but rest assured 7th Son Descent by J C Hutchins is one of the best books of the year You can check out JC Hutchin s website here where you can try the books free as a podcast, get extra 7th Son Descent goodies for free and look at JC s other work Interesting idea seven clones of a 14 year old old alpha who grow up not knowing they re clones but clumsy Dan Brown esque execution of the plot Also so the clones are drawn together and they compare the differences in their lives after age 14 and one of them is gay Originally I was like, Oh, huh, that s cool, but as the book progressed, I found itandirritating and eventually offensive Because if the clones are genetically identical and only one of them is gay, you re essenti Interesting idea seven clones of a 14 year old old alpha who grow up not knowing they re clones but clumsy Dan Brown esque execution of the plot Also so the clones are drawn together and they compare the differences in their lives after age 14 and one of them is gay Originally I was like, Oh, huh, that s cool, but as the book progressed, I found itandirritating and eventually offensive Because if the clones are genetically identical and only one of them is gay, you re essentially taking the nurture side of the nature v nurture argument re homosexuality, which is deeply problematic But here s the thing the book never even addresses what it was about his post cloning nurture that made him gay Like, seriously, if you re going to pull that shit, at least tell me about how gay clone s father left his mother and his mother was overbearing and that made him gay or his priest molested him or some other stupid offensive shit, don t just leave me hanging This was one of the first podiobooks I ever listened to and JC s work inspired me to give it a try myself Very nicely produced I liked the writing style a lot and I thought the trilogy worked very well I m looking forward to whatever he writes next transparency disclaimer JC and I are both podiobooks authors Neither podiobooks nor JC asked me to review this work. This is a fun little scifi story about seven different guys who are drawn into a massive conspiracy They all share the same memories through their teenage years Turns out after a manufactured accident the seven were cloned from the original, named John Alpha, and were implanted with his memories They were each raised in different environments, each unaware of his clones When John Alpha goes rogue the organization that created the seven clones coerces them into helping them stop John Alpha T This is a fun little scifi story about seven different guys who are drawn into a massive conspiracy They all share the same memories through their teenage years Turns out after a manufactured accident the seven were cloned from the original, named John Alpha, and were implanted with his memories They were each raised in different environments, each unaware of his clones When John Alpha goes rogue the organization that created the seven clones coerces them into helping them stop John Alpha The first book sets up the story and starts the conflict.As a scifi book I thought it was pretty decent But as one of the first really popular scifi podio books it s a classic I also really enjoyed listening to the author His enthusiasm makes me want to listen to lots of other podio books in addition to his I d recommend it to anyone who is interested in SciFi and wants to get into podio books I am about to listen to Book 2 and I m looking forward to it This is a fairly exciting story that does, however, strain credibility a bit too far.A secret government program spent what I can only imagine were billions of dollars to construct a giant underground headquarters and staff that headquarters for three decades They have access to technology no one else has They have access to science no one else has They have something called phantom level security which even the president isn t allowed to know about After all this their greatest accomplish This is a fairly exciting story that does, however, strain credibility a bit too far.A secret government program spent what I can only imagine were billions of dollars to construct a giant underground headquarters and staff that headquarters for three decades They have access to technology no one else has They have access to science no one else has They have something called phantom level security which even the president isn t allowed to know about After all this their greatest accomplishment has been to make seven clones of some guy and send them out into the world to live ordinary, pedestrian lives.Of course, the apparent ordinary ness of their lives up to the start of the novel make it all thedramatic when the seven are rounded up They are formed into a team that is supposed to take on the guy they were all cloned from He has some sort of evil plan, the full extent of which is not revealed even at the end of this novel.That s another thing doesn t anybody write self contained novels in the sci fi genre any It s always Book One of the Exciting New Trilogy I can understand that when you go to the trouble to create a whole world that you want to get as much use out of that as you can, but can we at least put a complete story arc between two covers I ve mixed feelings about this book I came across it via a PDF that someone produced that contained the first few chapters of several books After having read the first three chapters, I decided that it sounded good enough to buy.Now that I ve read it, I can t decide exactly how I feel Parts of it were what I was expecting, an action thriller, not too complex, but interesting enough to be worth the time Other parts, though, I found quite annoying In many ways, this book reads as if the autho I ve mixed feelings about this book I came across it via a PDF that someone produced that contained the first few chapters of several books After having read the first three chapters, I decided that it sounded good enough to buy.Now that I ve read it, I can t decide exactly how I feel Parts of it were what I was expecting, an action thriller, not too complex, but interesting enough to be worth the time Other parts, though, I found quite annoying In many ways, this book reads as if the author knew up front that he was going to write multiple books in the series, and therefore didn t work too hard on character development This makes the main characters feel flat and the book readlike a very, very long trailer for the rest of the series than a self contained novel.At this point, I don t regret having read it, but I m not particularly interested in picking up anything else in the series th Son, Book One DescentWritten by JC Hutchins Read by the authorFor information, please visit work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivsLicense J.C Hutchin s 7th Son starts with one hell of a hook and then never lets go.When a four year old boy assisgnates the President of the United States, seven men are drawn together to try and help find the master mind The twist they are all clones of the original mastermind, called John Alpha The seven John Smiths each are named differently and have led radically different lives since being downloaded with Alpha s memories at age 14 must work together to stop Alpha before he can put the nex J.C Hutchin s 7th Son starts with one hell of a hook and then never lets go.When a four year old boy assisgnates the President of the United States, seven men are drawn together to try and help find the master mind The twist they are all clones of the original mastermind, called John Alpha The seven John Smiths each are named differently and have led radically different lives since being downloaded with Alpha s memories at age 14 must work together to stop Alpha before he can put the next step of his plan into action.Part sci fi novel, part page turning thriller, 7th Son Descent is the first in a trilogy of stories from Hutchins Hutchins has updated and reworked some of the story from his original podcast presentation and the first novel is a stronger story because of it It s a fascinating premise and a great story with some compelling characters I honestly think this book gave me a concussion But first, a plot summary.NOTE I received this from theVine program and regret every moment of it.Seven men are abducted and find out they are all clones named John Michael Smith A supersecret government organization and really, what ones aren t has created them toum, we ll I m still not quite sure about that, and I ve finished the book Anyway, John Michael Smith Alpha, the original source material, has gone mad science experime I honestly think this book gave me a concussion But first, a plot summary.NOTE I received this from theVine program and regret every moment of it.Seven men are abducted and find out they are all clones named John Michael Smith A supersecret government organization and really, what ones aren t has created them toum, we ll I m still not quite sure about that, and I ve finished the book Anyway, John Michael Smith Alpha, the original source material, has gone mad science experiment, kidnapped their mother , and is generally wreaking lots of havoc So our seven clones have to band together and stop him.The Two Reasons Why Reading This Book Wasn t a Horrible Decision 1 The cloning idea was interesting.2 Also, when the action FINALLY gets into gear, Hutchins writes it well.The Ten Reasons Why Reading This Book Is Totally Not Worth the Above Reasons In absolutely no order because I don t want to bother to take the time to try to rank all these horrors to humanity 1 The Introduction When I first tried to read this many months ago, I couldn t get two pages past the first chapter We open with a four year old child killing the president and shouting obscenities and then hop into the post coital exercises of some guy named John who is out riding his bike in hot pursuit of cigarettes before returning to his apartment to jump his girlfriend again Everything about this opening just turned me off While the child assassin thing is explained later on, it came off as completely unbelievable As for Johnwell, I just wasn t fond of leaping into a character s bed with him and his girlfriend before I even knew anything about them If I hadn t been so desperate to get this book out of my to read shelf, I would never have pushed myself to get past this incredibly weird beginning.2 Stereotypical characters Every Single Character Is a stereotype I am not joking It s disgusting and frustrating No wonder I smacked my head so much with this book Note to self Punish the BOOK not YOURSELF when reading No wonder I found myself screaming at it And in case you don t believe me, here s a slice Michael Marine Says hoss and fubar Can organize a strike force and invade any building, even if he may or may not be trained for that because Marines can do ANYTHING The only thing that breaks him from the mold is his homosexuality, but that is another topic for discussion.John The free floating musician Bartender and self proclaimed black sheep Must be the resident Marty Stu or Author Avatar, because he damn near narrates the whole thing including going to a Club for a military ish mission and pretty much is uber awesome despite doing zippo.Thomas Pudgy priest Bawls on command and rubs rosary beads so we know that, like, he s totally into God Oh, yeah, and he worries about being soulless, because, you know, he s totally into God.Kilroy2.0 The computer geek Constantly called a lunatic and giggles Oh, yeah, and obscenely overweight because, you know, all of us that spend a lot of time on the internet or with computers are 300 pounds To complete the stereotypical computer nerd image, he lives in a room with no lights, no windows, and no human contact fortunately, it is NOT his parents basement After reading his description, I basically felt like the author smacked me in the face with a brick.Jay UN simpering wuss I mean, lobbyist or whatever, it doesn t ultimately matter The wife wears the pants in the relationship I m surprised he doesn t regularly wet himself with the way he acts in here.Jack The pot belly, bearded geneticist Oh, he also has a familynot that that fact is very important except for the random times he wants to throw it in there to remind us.Dr Mike Criminologist occasionally called a politician for whatever reason He s loud, obnoxious and unlikeable Oh, and he doesn t have a sig o, probably because he s so loud, obnoxious and unlikeable.John Alpha Crazy mad clone sorta who runs away with technology that makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE for him to be able to obtain.Not to mention, we also get scientists who apparently have no life outside of their small roles in this organization otherwise, they might have had a clue about what the message was saying , a racist Texan oil tycoon who comes down on presidents who don t call in two days time because, of course big business is behind the government You can never have too much conspiracy , a 70 year old vice president who gets a hard on for a buxom Indian woman even though he is married and has children grandchildren, a fat, smoking Russian soldier, and an evil, insane Nazi scientist because NO good conspiracy story is without one of those Atrocious.3 Pop culture references I swear to God, Hutchins must have gotten paid by the reference, because the pages are littered with them Raiders of the Lost Ark, Frankenstein, Ben Affleck, Short Circuit, Star Warsand those are only the ones I recognized remembered 4 Excessive amount of time dedicated to backstory The first chapter is over, and all seven clones have been kidnapped The next almost 200 pages then hem and haw around the shiny new 7th Son facility, the cloning tanks, the cloning technology, the mind transferring technology, several bigwig meetings, a bunch of asking the same questions over and over again, and other padding that made me want to scream when one of the bigwigs goes, Oh, and we have to find your mother QUICKLY QUICKLY Yes, let s brood for 200 pages and THEN get on to finding that mother of yours I don t care if the in book time is a whopping one day, I, as a reader, am sick of reading about all this made up science and canyon deep plot holes Let s get to the thriller part already 5 Unclear objective At one point, the clones father reveals that the men were cloned to make a team , but that is one bullsh t of an answer if I ve ever heard of one I almost prefer the nature vs nurture experiment idea, but, of course, that doesn t have enough government conspiracy in it and is REALLY a stupid use of bajillions of government dollars WHY would being around 6 other copies of yourself mean that you areefficient Wouldn t they also have your flaws Wouldn t they have developed their own differences that would make them potentially less able to work together What if all the men had chosen different paths from their life plan say, ballet dancer And if you are one of the clones and don t KNOW the other 6 men until you are randomly thrown back together after, say, 16 years, how can you say you would IMMEDIATELY start working well with them, like our seven idiots do here This is only the tip of the iceberg of the questions I have about this grand plan there are many, many.6 The puzzles are ludicrous The first clue is a Morse Code bit that translates into music which translates into other stuff This takes our 7 clones a whopping 5 minutes to decipher I guess NO OTHER SCIENTIST was a musician because, you know, scientists are just geeky science nerds who have no other hobbies than their job or knew Morse Code or was a psychiatrist or all the other things that were SUPPOSEDLY needed to solve this puzzle Laughable And then, when John Alpha leaves a second clue this time five months prior , I have to go, Huh What is THIS all about 7 Out for REVENGE Villains never have any real good reason to be villains any They are always out for that simple revenge And it s no different here John Alpha wants to kill because of revenge and Nazis, because Nazis are so easy to identify as being BAD and make writing SO EASY and UNIMAGINATIVE why can t we have Soviet baddies or VietCong evil doers Every scene with him or Devlin is groan worthy and what is the POINT of including them, anyway I could have identified the bad guys in a blind line up just by the way they talked and acted 8 Almost exclusively written in John s point of view John had to be one of the most boring of the seven Which must have been why everything was written from his point of view or if it wasn t, the viewpoint character drooled all over his awesomeness It particularly made the scenes were EVERYONE calls his sig o awkward, as we hadn t seen the other s point of view since they got captured 200 pages prior And what the HELL was up with that scene, anyway I don t CARE what all seven clones are doing in the 15 minutes they are allotted to speak to their loved ones if the conversations are essentially THE EXACT SAME 9 Michael the Marine So I don t have a problem that he s gay I do have a problem that he so easy going about revealing his orientation while being in the military maybe things are much better now, but my dad, retired Navy, has always given me the impression that men are rather mean to gay guys Further, I hated how Hutchins often would go something like The conversation Michael and Gabe were having were just like the one Jack was having with his wife Why would it ever not be Sure, they are both guys, but it has been established they are in a committed relationship of course they would talk like they are married The way the author described it was as if he thought the audience couldn t figure it out Thank you for needlessly clarifying this, Hutchins Lastly, I hated how Michael and Gabe were the only couple struggling because of Michael s absences at one point, Gabe says one day he won t be home waiting for Michael when Michael returns Why is it that all the other clones women can provide unending encouragement and understanding, but the one gay couple can t I don t think Michael s character deserved to be treated like that.10 Plot contrivances holes chasms Just a sampling of what is jingling around in my brain How did John Alpha leave the facility with cloning equipment How is he able to download Devlin s data from inside a high security prison How can he download Devlin s mind into so many people with practically NO ONE knowing Why does no one mention the FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD he stole and KILLEDoften Why are NONE of the victims and their families mentioned Why is Dania allowed to leave 7th Son with her knowledge Why does no one suspect her How does John Alpha know so much about the 7 clones Why were 7 clones created If the goal was to make efficient teams, why, when the experiment was proved a success, did they not try to form a team out of these men and test their teamwork abilities Why are there no other teams of 7 in production Where is the new technology that would have taken over the 3 football sized storage room Why did the 7th Son team let John Alpha help in the cloning process How did NO ONE see him becoming a psychopath If he was raised perfectly, wouldn t that have been weeded out already I didn t honestly want to give this one star nor did I set out to I get no joy out of dissing on an author s hard work But I honestly haven t read something so mind bashingly awful since Eldest in this book s defense, it is MUCH better written than Eldest AND has MUCHaction The characters are barely one dimensional, all interchangeable, the story is absurd, the villains are mind numbing obvious Although the book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, I am most assuredly NOT going to find out how this series trilogy ends Not recommended.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Many f bombs, particularly by Dr Mike John is riding off after some Saturday sex with Sarah Lots of violence from the prologue, including the death of the president at the hand of a four year old