Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Trial Run by Thomas Locke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reese Clawson's work is mind-bending--literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness--and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies. But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers--an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption.

Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate? As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.

With a concept so daring and writing so gripping, readers will swiftly fall under the spell of Thomas Locke's endlessly creative mind. This thrilling psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave them turning the pages and grasping for solid ground.


I enjoyed this well-written, fast paced book about two teams of scientists who are experimenting beyond the realm of the conscious state and a new, mind boggling way of gathering intelligence.   The story line will keep you guessing and struggling along with the "good guys" as they fight to keep this new ability and knowledge from getting into the wrong hands.

The whole concept of out-of-body experiences in this techno-thriller is science fiction at it's best.  Thomas Locke does a good job of using his characters to make you believe this is a possibility!   I have to say though that some of the technical jargon and scientific stuff they talked about was above my   That brought down the level of enjoyment for me somewhat in reading the book.  I felt a little lost sometimes and some things were so mysterious that I never got a clear picture.

For those who enjoy clean psychological and techno thrillers, this book will no doubt keep you on the edge of your seat.   Even though this is a new genre for the author, he's an excellent writer and you'll be glad you read it!

*Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.

Thomas’s screenplay adaption of Emissary is under development as a feature film with a British production company.

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