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A mysterious device

A physicist with advanced medical knowledge

A man's quest to unco A troubled man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past leads to a chilling discoveryA mysterious deviceA physicist with advanced medical knowledgeA man's quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he lovesWhen John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowata retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity The Device is a characterdriven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles Fans of speculative fictionGeorge Orwell'sand Aldous Huxley's Brave New Worldwill enjoy the frightening climaxNOTE: The publisher has edited and revised this edition Formatting and grammatical issues have been corrected Customer reviews citing issues with formatting andor editing issues most likely reflect original edition copies which have since been revised.

10 thoughts on “The Device

  1. Jim Jim says:

    As much as I hate to denigrate a written work (anytime you can complete a book, self published or not, you've done something), I feel compelled to comment on the books failure on many levels.

    The first problem is the way the book was written, it shouldn't be classified as science fiction. The object and premise of the story, the device, is taken away at nearly the beginning of the book, and doesn't return until nearly the end. The whole book then becomes mostly a human interest and character development story, with an underlying tone of government intrigue, of the main character John Timmons. But this life story of John is superficially written and his actions and decisions do not bear enough relation to reality. His actions, which caused the loss of the device, just leave you saying to yourself Why?, and What did he do that for?. A lot of things that happen just don't make sense.

    The next major problem I have with the book is that it's written entirely in a first person narrative. That gets old very fast. I'm not a trained writer or reviewer myself, I'll admit, but I seem to remember from composition classes I've taken that that is one of the first things one tries not to do.

    I intentionally remained vague about the storyline for those who want to read this book. I will admit that at times I was inclined to put the book down, but then something would happen to pique my interest enough to continue just to find out how it concludes. To me that means this book has great potential to be very good if chosen to be rewritten. The concept for the book is very good; an unknown, undecipherable metallic object, elements of the future, time travel, medical and scientific breakthrough, and government coverup. With proper in depth development, in a proper tense, this could be an excellent book.

  2. Robin Robin says:

    I very much enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and had depth. The plot was terrific with several twists and turns. I found myself turning the pages and remained completely oblivious to the time. I found myself even shedding a few tears. I could see where the story line in the book could really pan out into a real life situation in our not too distant future which is a very scary thought. Take a trip down a winding road with John Timmons and see if you would have made the same choices! You'll be glad you did.

  3. Sharon Sharon says:

    What a great surprise this book was!
    I loved everything about it. The characters all had a depth that is seldom found in books that are story's told in the first person.
    The pace of the book kept me involved while the complexity of the plot drew me into the layers that surrounded the truth.
    Jack Finney comes to mind as an author with similar skills.
    I will be looking forward to Patrick Skelton's next work.

  4. Jim Jim says:

    I really enjoyed this book, It had adventure, suspense and good character developement.

  5. Kris Kris says:

    --from Red Adept Reviews--

    I received The Device, by Patrick Skelton, as a review copy submitted to “Red Adept Reviews” by the author.

    Description from author’s website:

    A mysterious device. A physicist with advanced medical knowledge. A man’s quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he loves.

    When John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowat–a retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government. As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret. His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity.

    THE DEVICE is a character-driven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles. Fans of speculative fiction–George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World–will enjoy the frightening climax.

    Overall: 3 1/4 Stars

    Plot/Storyline: 3 Stars

    I love the beginning of this novel. It folds you into the action and explains everything you need to know without distracting from events. But I found myself waiting…and waiting…for the science fiction to kick in. The author does a (too) thorough job of shrouding potential sci fi events in mystery and apathy. The greater portion of the novel’s events are left to deal with John’s interpersonal relations, memories and medical conditions.

    When all begins to be revealed, it’s both sudden and overdue.

    The main portion of the novel contains a steady, easy-to-maintain pace. I didn’t sense much uptick as the conclusion neared, possibly as a consequence of such a thoroughly self-absorbed first person POV. The last three chapters felt jumbled, a collection of several disparate story elements swept together at the end instead of placed neatly like the rest of the novel’s events. It didn’t deliver a satisfying end, and I never found the “frightening climax” the blurb promised.

    Character Development: 4 Stars

    This novel was written from a first person POV, so it makes sense that John’s character is the most developed. Everything from his obsession with past events to his inability to carry through with large changes to his life helps reinforce his troubled existence.

    Other characters have much smaller roles, but all are well-crafted, and most remain consistent and true to character. Sam’s good-old-boy bossiness is a joy to read. Dr. Elberton’s superior attitude makes him seem larger-than-life, despite his brief appearance. Linford Daniels’ political statements on global warming are hilariously infuriating, inviting many a facepalm.

    The story wouldn’t have happened if John hadn’t picked up the Device, but I found his persistence in trying to retrieve it from its difficult-to-reach location to be unbelievable and out of character. It went against all the other times he failed to follow through when given a new direction to pursue.

    Writing Style: 3 1/2 Stars

    I love Mr. Skelton’s writing style. It is immersive without becoming boggy. Dialogue is emotive and character-specific: Jacob’s speech patterns told me he was a well-educated man before events confirmed it. Sentences are crisp, with a clean feel of moving forward. The world of the protagonist, shown through first person, was my world. The tone of the character’s outlook on life is consistent and thoroughly colors the novel’s events.

    On the opposite side of that coin is the odd feeling that important things are passing me by, and John just doesn’t care. Lisa, the love interest, didn’t quite feel like she got a fair shake. Some critical features of her relationship with John are mentioned only in passing or in retrospect. Other items in the novel seem to waft past in the background. Two special gifts given to the protagonist are ignored nearly the full length of the plot.

    The Device itself is hardly in this book at all; the main character lets another party have it for ten years. During the denouement, John falls back on his inertia, and the end of the book seems to happen without him, which did not seem to be the intent of the story.

    It’s unclear what the novel’s perspective on global warming is. Strong opinions are voiced, but between plot developments and character associations, the issue is muddied.

    Editing: 3 1/2 stars

    Mr. Skelton’s writing style is very polished and easy to read…except for its bumper crop of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) errors. The first fourth of the novel has been scrubbed of typos, as if putting its best foot forward for the online sample, but after that the errors show up regularly. A thorough editing read-through could improve the reading experience greatly.

    Personal Enjoyment: 2 1/2 stars

    Reading this book felt like watching a movie whose trailer touted it as the next Matrix, and finding it instead to be a deeply emotional Hallmark film narrated by Jeff Bridges. It wasn’t a bad story, necessarily—it was just focused on entirely different issues than the blurb led me to believe. Readers take their cue from book blurbs to determine whether they’ll be interested in the themes within. This blurb was highly misleading for me, and as a result, I spent too much time wondering when the “real” story would start and not enough enjoying the story that was presented.

  6. Sheila Sheila says:

    I chose this book for a sci fi book club because it was in a list of promising stories and some people gave it good ratings. I personally did not think it was good sci fi. The write-up said that a guy finds a device and his life is changed after that. Instead what I found is a guy finding a device, loses it to the government, and then meets some new people, which change his life. Somehow he gets the device back in the very end and it turns out to be the only science fiction part of the story. The rest is tedium.

    I agree it was readable but I didn't like the character. I thought maybe I wasn't suppose to like him until later. But it really never changed. I have to say, I wasn't sure where the story was going, which I like in a novel. But I also have to say that it lacked the classic beginning, middle, end style that publishers like. And I could see throughout the book why no one would publish it for him and he had to resort to doing it himself.

    I did not notice the mention of brand names through out the book as much as a friend of mine did but I can see how that would annoy. I did see all the grammatical errors and thought the author's friends did a lousy job editing. All I could think is that he recruited people to read and reread parts and they said a quick Everything looks good because they were tired, busy, or they were being polite.

    I also thought it was filled with naivete statements. When he was in the hospital, his mother said he shouldn't be ashamed to ask for a catheter. Nobody asks for a catheter in a hospital. The staff considers it when one is unconscious or incontinent. I thought that whole scene a little too Disney and frustrating.

    I was confused by the big government officials showing up and taking a small device. Uh, why? I have all sorts of trinkets in my house and I don't see people checking on them. I was a bit annoyed with this part of the story because I was following the device. The device was the title, the mystery, the propulsion of the story. And then it was gone. So all I had left was following a disgruntled basket-case guy through his life as he resolves family issues.

    I wish that he described the 30-day sleep better. I couldn't see the difference between 30-day sleep and someone being cared for while in a coma. Is the difference that his wife was off life support? I looked it up thinking I was suppose to know what 30-day sleep was but couldn't find anything. Part of the not too distant future? This guy needed desperately to talk to someone in healthcare for research purposes.

    The book is a message from the author and it is incredibly clear from the beginning. He is anti government and global warming is a fabrication. I kept hoping the end of the story would surprise me and the Device would give us a revelation about how we should be more government supportive. But the author maintained a rudimentary hatred of the United States system. Ironically, during the story, the main character uses the postal service and the libraries for research of the device. If there was no big, evil government, the author wouldn't have much to help his story along, would he?

    And his whole point in the end that our over protection of the world against global warming will be our undoing was preposterous. It was a desperate stretch to scare people into being more reckless with their car emissions and endless waste. I'll try to drive two blocks to the supermarket more often. Lesson learned.

    Anyway, I'm sorry for my choice for the book club. I was trying to find something no one in the group had read. I unfortunately spent money on this book and I already have zillions of books on my shelf and in the big, evil government library at my fingertips. And I can't recommend this to anyone so I'm stuck with it.

  7. Todd Fonseca Todd Fonseca says:

    Rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Author: Patrick Skelton
    Format: Kindle, Paperback

    Tormented by guilt after the death of fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog retreating to his mountain cabin after work comforted only by his dog Spencer. While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river. After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object. It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase “Project Daf Yasfhat”. From this moment forward, John’s life and those around him are never the same.

    Patrick Skelton’s “The Device” is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements. Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn’t tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading. Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John’s life like a guardian angel? What really happened to John’s biological parents? What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has? Most of all, what is the device?

    “The Device” takes place in the near future and Skelton extrapolates from today’s government actions what might be the resulting healthcare and environmental regulations and their impact on our lives and personal freedoms. The results are written so matter of fact that this makes them even more chilling. This a fast moving and entertaining read especially given the kindle price. I look forward to more from this author.

  8. Kim Kim says:

    The Device is the debut novel by author Patirck Skelton, a dystopian/science fiction novel that I just couldn't put down. I am usually not a big science fiction fan because all too frequently the sci fi aspects become the entire focus, overpower the characters and their humanity, as well as overwhelming the story line. I usually am left feeling like I have just read a text book rather than a fictional novel. In The Device, the science fiction aspect enhances, rather than overpowers, the incredibly intriguing story.

    It is definately a character-driven novel, but the plot is just as strong as the characters, a perfect balance that made the book that much more engrossing. John Timmons is a perfect lead, a realistic person that has real flaws that we all can relate to. Every one of the characters, main or supporting, was equally well-developed and combined to create a cast that just worked. They were all very different people, but they were so realistic that I felt myself being emotionally involved in the various scenes. There was a definate emotional roller coaster throughout the book, too, which I loved. There were scenes that were heart wrenchingly sad, others that were sweet and beautiful. There were scenes that made you angry, and others that were humorous. There was no small amount of bittersweet moments, as well.

    I love a book that pulls me in, makes me feel along with the characters, makes me feel like I know the people inside the story. I highly recommend this book!!

  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Definitely a good choice for a cold windy day when the chores are done and a cup of hot chocolate, a purring cat and a warm afghan combine with a couple of hours of quiet. Interesting ending and thought-provoking. I will read more by this author.

    Note: This book was provided free through the GoodRead's First Reads program by Patrick with an expectation of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

  10. Deborah Deborah says:

    The device by patrick Skelton left me wanting more and not in a good way. The character of John Timmons seemed a bit two sided. He could have been a little more in depth. His relationship with Lisa could have been explored a little more. I did like the infusion of science fiction and intrigue. The device is spoken of very little and left me wondering what it truely has to do with the story. All in all not a bad read but I feel it could have accomplished more.

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