Official Review: Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan

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Official Review: Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan

Post by kdstrack » 05 Jan 2019, 22:33

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hologram Deception" by Ed Sheehan.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan is a mystery thriller. The book presents the main character, Pat O’Sheen, as someone suffering from amnesia. Pat can’t remember what he did to make people want to try to kill him. As he flees from his pursuers, he reconnects with different people from his past. Memories slowly begin to resurface as friends help him recall names and events. Pat made a special effort to visit Sadie, who was languishing in a hospice. As he was mentally preparing himself to say goodbye, she awakened from her coma. Something mystical happened between them that brought back all of Pat’s memories.

Not all of his memories are happy. Frightful visions of being kidnapped and drugged came flooding back. He remembers risking his life to stop a shipment of hologram belts from reaching the Taliban. Before he could stop the second shipment, he was kidnapped. The enemy received these belts and used them to kill American soldiers. Pat feels compelled to finish his mission. He must stop any future production of these belts. Who can Pat trust to help him with this critical mission? Can he trust his own newly recovered memories?

Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan is the second book of a trilogy. The author’s technique of depicting the main character as a person suffering from amnesia was critical to the storyline. Readers become aware of past events and names at the same time as the main character remembers them. Pat’s amnesia was a creative scenario to help readers review book one of the series. The author weaved memories from the past with current events to make this an excellent standalone book.

I also enjoyed Pat’s character and how his personality developed throughout this thriller. Pat has amazing soldier skills, but he also demonstrates a tender and loving side of his personality. I loved how the author presented Pat as a trained soldier capable of firing a weapon to protect the innocent and using those same hands to cuddle and hug children and family.

I had a hard time adjusting to the use of bold lettering in the text. Frequently, the speaker’s words were printed in bold to provide added force to their meaning. I understand the author’s intent, but I found this to be jarring.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Misspelled words and missing commas affected the score. The idea of using holograms in war situations is unique. I liked the author’s writing style, and I am excited to read the third book of the series. The author has piqued my interest to discover how he develops the hologram technology and its military applications in the next book.

People who enjoy suspense stories featuring strong masculine characters will like this story. The author’s research and ideas on the use of hologram technology would also enthuse people with scientific and technological interests. The story does include violent scenes as Pat flees from his pursuers and executes extraordinary feats to protect his family and serve his country. Readers who dislike violent scenes might not enjoy some sections of this book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Jan 2019, 11:19

I'm kind of feeling like amnesia has been overdone. However, it still sounds like an interesting story. I especially like the addition of the hologram technology. I think it's one I might have to try even despite the errors. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kdstrack » 08 Jan 2019, 11:24

kandscreeley wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 11:19
I'm kind of feeling like amnesia has been overdone. However, it still sounds like an interesting story. I especially like the addition of the hologram technology. I think it's one I might have to try even despite the errors. Thanks for the review.
Well, I agree with you on that. However, I thought it worked really well to help readers know what had happened previously in the series. The whole aspect of converting holograms into a military application was fascinating! Hope you enjoy it.

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Post by teacherjh » 08 Jan 2019, 11:41

I love sci-fi, so the hologram aspect sounds intriguing. It sounds like a good action mystery.

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Jan 2019, 14:28

teacherjh wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 11:41
I love sci-fi, so the hologram aspect sounds intriguing. It sounds like a good action mystery.
This theme caught my attention also. I would love to see this series as a movie! Thanks for commenting.

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Post by Kajori50 » 08 Jan 2019, 15:59

The military application of hologram technology seems fascinating. This drew my attention to the book.

Thank you for the great review.

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Jan 2019, 16:05

Kajori50 wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 15:59
The military application of hologram technology seems fascinating. This drew my attention to the book.

Thank you for the great review.
That really intrigued me too. I had never imagined holograms going in that direction. The author's ideas are quite interesting. Thanks for commenting.

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Post by esthersamone » 09 Jan 2019, 06:29

I had a hard time adjusting to the use of bold lettering in the text. Frequently, the speaker’s words were printed in bold to provide added force to their meaning. I understand the author’s intent, but I found this to be jarring.
I can understand how this is making you feel. I too have had trouble with equally formatted books of this kind. However, the story is worth it. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kdstrack » 09 Jan 2019, 07:10

esthersamone wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 06:29
I had a hard time adjusting to the use of bold lettering in the text. Frequently, the speaker’s words were printed in bold to provide added force to their meaning. I understand the author’s intent, but I found this to be jarring.
I can understand how this is making you feel. I too have had trouble with equally formatted books of this kind. However, the story is worth it. Thanks for the review.
I agree. This story was worth it! Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by Sushan » 09 Jan 2019, 20:00

Hologram is a new thing for me. And this book is seemingly interesting. So that will add this book to my TBR shelf. Thanks for sharing 👍👍
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Post by T_stone » 10 Jan 2019, 01:47

This sci-fi story sounds interesting. The hologram tech will make this story appealing to lovers of sci-fi stories. I'm definitely going to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the review
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Post by Vscholz » 10 Jan 2019, 02:22

Holorgram technology is an interesting addition to the amnesia storyline. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Sweet Psamy » 11 Jan 2019, 08:01

Pat'so ordeals are quite exceptional.What happened after he get back his memory. This author sounds refreshing. Amazing review.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 11 Jan 2019, 12:25

The idea of hologram is quite interesting and unique. But sad to hear about poor editing. I enjoyed your review.
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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 09:01

This one sounds tense and dramatic. I like that Sheehan used the amnesia to make sure the book could stand alone. I find it heavy-handed when a book in a series has too much "tell" and no "show" in order to bring the reader up to speed. It sounds like references to the previous book are feathered in nicely. Thanks for the thorough review!
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