Are you looking for a new adult sci fi book series? Check out Between Two Minds: Awakening by D C Wright-Hammer.
Imagine that you are born paralyzed and will never be able to walk. What if new technology could change all of that? Would you risk your life and your soul to have your mind migrated into a shiny new vessel? Say an attractive body with dark hair, green eyes, abs, and most importantly, mobility? This is exactly the scenario that Ryan Carter finds himself in, and he dreams about nothing more than being able to walk and live an easier and more independent life. Unfortunately, technology is glitchy and getting trapped between two minds is a confusing and deadly bind that Ryan must overcome. Sound intriguing? If yes, check out Between Two Minds: Awakening, the first adventure thriller in this upcoming sci fi series by indie author, D C Wright-Hammer. Review below:
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A Book Review of Between Two Minds: Awakening (Book One) by D C Wright-Hammer
Trigger Warning—and thank you to the author for also noting this in the beginning of the book: A character commits suicide in Chapter 15; following chapters allude back to the suicide.
Content Warning—There is minor warlike violence, gang violence, and a gruesome black market. None of these are overly graphic, and such details make up a smaller percentage of the story.
Goodbye Old Body; Run, Baby, Run
Paralyzed from the waist down, Ryan can finally afford a mind migration procedure. With therapy and training, he has selected his ideal body type and is preparing for surgery to merge his mind into a new host. Earlier procedures involved more deadly risks and complications, but as a much more common practice in society these days, Ryan has higher odds to survive and live a normal life.
After a successful procedure, Ryan pushes through the pain as he learns to see, speak, and move again. Excitedly, he learns how to walk for the first time. Although recovery is going well, Ryan has vivid dreams about another life. A life that is not his. The doctors sketchily blow off his concerns, but Ryan knows that something is not quite right. If he cannot separate himself from those dreams, he risks dementia and even death.
A Jumble Of Minds
Chapters alternate between Ryan and his ‘dream’ character, Charlie. Charlie has a sick wife and children and has had a pretty rough life and upbringing. Adopted by a broken and negligent family, Charlie is anything but the perfect guy. He falls in love, joins the marines, and eventually decides that the only way he can help his dying family and their endless medical bills is to join a gang.
Working for the Padre, Charlie puts his life in danger and learns that the immoral product he is helping to secure and transfer is too closely related to his family’s ailments. In an attempt to leave the gang, Charlie’s life falls into shambles and ultimately, implodes. He is also responsible for deaths connected to Ryan’s life.
Ryan is caught in many different stages of Charlie’s life, and he struggles to figure out how to put Charlie to rest. Who is Charlie? Is he the persona of the host body? How is Charlie’s mind still intertwined with Ryan’s? Will Ryan be able to fight off Charlie’s memories for his own survival? And what happens if Charlie’s past comes back to haunt Ryan?
Love, death, and a moral fight ensue. Nothing is as it seems, and even part of Ryan’s life is built on lies.
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Mind-Bending Moral Implications
D C Wright-Hammer’s Between Two Minds: Awakening is another new indie philosophical science fiction thriller that could one day become closer reality. Imagine how many people desire having a functional, healthy body. What about those who want to live longer? The idea of mind migration is intriguing and invokes a multitude of moral questions about right and wrong.
- Do people have the right to move into another’s body once the mind is no longer there?
- Do we have souls?
- Should we be able to genetically engineer our future children and ourselves?
Awakening leaves readers pondering these questions throughout the story and chooses to leave religion largely out of the debate. Honestly, thank goodness.
Most engaging, I could not stop trying to figure out what was happening with Ryan and Charlie. There are twists and turns throughout the entire novel, and just when you begin to formulate one conclusion, more brilliant secrets are added into the mix. Is Charlie still alive? Are there two minds in one body? How are Charlie’s and Ryan’s lives intertwined besides just the sharing of a body? I dare you not to have just as many questions along the way. There is endless action, alternating and mixed stories, and scattered timelines; be sure to pay attention and possibly not even blink. Seriously, crack out the toothpicks.
Who Will Love This Title
Between Two Minds: Awakening is the quintessential adventure story for modern science fiction lovers who are intrigued by futuristic worlds and social engineering. Picture Walter White meets high tech scientists. Readers will find a gripping plot with a unique rotating storyline comprised of two protagonists. Or is there one? Gah…Damnit mind benders. The story reminds me of Bill Aicher’s The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks with alternate realities and technology. I love these latest sci fi trends. Bring it on…
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Well written and fast-paced, the characters will touch you. Helen is a pretty kickass female figure, and even though Charlie is a f’ed up guy, there are characteristics in him that create sympathy and heartache. Ryan is a strong and thoughtful man with the power to love, forgive, and live that is inspiring. I cannot wait to see the second in the series.
Would you choose to mind migration if given the opportunity?
I would like to thank D C Wright-Hammer for personally sending me a free copy of Between Two Minds in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Between Two Minds: Awakening (Book One) by D C Wright-Hammer [Self-published 2017]
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi Action and Adventure Thriller
D C Wright-Hammer is a fantasy and science fiction writer. He works for a large software engineering company and is a former technology and engineering high school teacher. Learn more about the author here.
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