D C Wright-Hammer’s description:
Casual readers beware! Between Two Minds: Awakening will get into your head!
As a paraplegic, Ryan has always dreamed of walking. He saved a small fortune to undergo a common procedure in his time to transfer his mind into a physically fit host body. Afterwards, his obsession with walking is immediately overshadowed by a strange and frightening side effect unraveling the reality he once knew.
A cleverly written, fast-paced science fiction thriller reminiscent of Aldous Huxley, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Crichton.
This gripping psychological thriller takes the reader on an adventure far beyond the potential consequences of transferring one’s consciousness to a new body. The interweaving story line will have the reader second guessing what is real and what is dream, and prove that knowing the truth can be the difference between life and death.
Travis Borne’s review:
I finished this book about a half hour ago and as I type this I’m still high on adrenaline. What a rush! A futuristic technological thriller that kept me guessing until the very last sentence—and the energy is still coursing through my galvanized brain. I ultimately set my Kindle down saying, “No, could it really be?” then, “Whoa!” And I already purchased the next book in the series!
Deep characters with potent, disparate, as well as heartbreaking backstories. A non-linear way of reliving past events that was clever—especially the manner in which the author leapt from chapter to chapter with a single, transcending thought. This was perplexing, but intriguing.
There’s Ryan, the 22-year-old paraplegic, and Charlie, a troubled marine from the past—and the curious, then very extraordinary relationship that comes with being entangled inside a single mind. A well-crafted chain of events spanning more than 20 years, from gritty past to technologically advanced future. And I loved the myriad futuristic scenes within this novel, as experienced through Charlie’s eyes, and how consciousness, perhaps, could transcend time…
One of my absolute favorite parts was a special moment, when an enlightening face-to-face meeting finally took place: within the realm of the mind, a shared consciousness, or soul, perhaps, inside Ryan’s—ahem—their mind! And the descriptive prose throughout this novel was a perfect balance, at times moving a breakneck speeds, at times diving into wonder and awe. All of this and more set my in-awe self right into this subconsciousness “soup.”
And the cleverly masterminded facts about the world as it would, or could be, made the final takeaway pack that much more of a punch. Every detail came together brilliantly to solidify this action-packed mind-warp to the next degree. Riveting was the past as perceived by Ryan, through Charlie’s eyes: exploits of Charlie along with his mobster-like boss, a devious and massive cigar-smoker named The Padre. As well, it was intriguing to dive into Charlie’s difficult upbringing. The events were heartbreaking and deep, with loads of inventive backstories that piled on the character depth.
Quite the imagination, D.C Wright-Hammer. I loved your future—and past—speculations!
The author incorporated stop-on-a-dime bullet trains that wowed Charlie, who was from the past, and especially, there were those the mind migrations… And the in-depth explanations that made the lengthy process, as well as its not-so-successful past, feel sci-fi rock-solid real!
Yet still, there was so much more. More for your typical nerd, even thrill-seeker: daring escapes, suicides and high-speed car chases; and saving memories for posterity, for all to relive or just some; and outcomes of global conflicts, then teeter-tottering from past to present versions, shockingly; and net-phones with brilliant mega-HD holo-displays one could immerse themselves within—and one from the past, who actually does! Take a vacation or walk a virtual dog—but not in the future! New laws prohibit real dogs in the real world… RUFF! Sorry my canine friend, you are now illegal.
One hell of a ride. The story eventually morphed from curious and engaging, to engrossing and engaging, a mystery as Ryan and his hot girlfriend began to collaborate to help someone, some “consciousness,” from times long past. Right after some heart-melting under-the-sheets moments that’ll make you smile—done tastefully, wonderfully. This novel packed quite the emotional punch. Joined by previously very challenged lives—a connection sparked by a goofy come-on in the elevator at the mind-migration building—they were up for the challenge, and they will get to the bottom of things. Together! And so, out on the town they went. They overlaid maps of the past onto maps of the future, comparing differences and digging deeper into trouble. They got chased down while running hand in hand. And thanks to mind migration, they were running without auto-chairs. They possessed two smokin’-hot bods!
So, if you’re looking for a smokin’-hot thriller, a mind-warping bounce from past to present and back in non-linear fashion, a heart-wrenching and heartwarming tale that’ll keep you perplexed—in the best way possible—then, this novel is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptionally clever adventure. And I’ll finish by dropping the MIC. Five solid stars for D.C. Wright-Hammer’s mind-blowing first novel. Transcend time with Between Two Minds—because consciousness heeds no such boundaries!