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Praise for Matthew Fitzsimmons
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Science Fiction & Fantasy
“Maybe what we need most as this bewildering summer winds down is a diverting story about an interesting futuristic topic that injects no new anxiety into our nervous brains…[Constance] shines in its interstitial moments…In between the sleuthing and the schemes for world domination and the eluding of people with guns, we are invited to grapple with genuinely thoughtful questions about the philosophical, legal and ethical implications of cloning and scientific innovation in general…The debates around cloning in Constance echo many of our contemporary preoccupations—skepticism of science, radical mistrust of those with opposing views, conspiracy theories.” —Sarah Lyall, Critic, The New York Times
“Full of technological surprises and ethical dilemmas, this inventive thriller hums with the electric excitement of the best 1950s science fiction.” —Tom Nolan, Critic, The Wall Street Journal
“In this timely thriller, tantalizing clues, complex motives, and shifting views of the truth flow around such issues as the relationship between money and power, the right to life, and the definition of self. FitzSimmons has upped his game with this one.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A super-brainy high-concept dystopian tale guaranteed to reward anyone who’s in the mood.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A propulsive sci-fi thriller that questions the very nature of what makes us human.” —POPSUGAR
“What a book! Like all the best speculative fiction, FitzSimmons’s compelling thriller Constance takes elements of real science and spins them up into a novel and terrifying premise.” —Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion
“Constance is a blistering, balletic read—silky-smooth world building that effortlessly grounds a wonderful, harrowing tale of mystery, suspense, identity, friendship, and redemption. This is, for all its twists, turns, and tricks, a novel that does what a novel should do: examine what makes us human after all. Genuinely one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.” —Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author and creator of The Old Guard
“FitzSimmons brings Gibson Vaughn and an old enemy full circle in Origami Man—an intricately plotted, rapid-fire thriller guaranteed to hook you from page one. Easily the best Gibson Vaughn installment to date.” —Steven Konkoly, Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“Matthew FitzSimmons’s rapid-fire novels are loaded with twisted plots, explosive action, and dialogue that crackles with wit and emotion. His bighearted characters keep me coming back, book after book. Grab this thriller with both hands because Origami Man is a total blast.” —Nick Petrie, bestselling author of The Drifter
“Matthew FitzSimmons writes the kinds of thrillers I love to read: smart, character driven, and brimming with creative action sequences. If you’re not yet a fan of FitzSimmons’s Gibson Vaughn series, strap in, because you soon will be. Debris Line is tense, twisty, and always ten steps ahead. Don’t miss it.” —Chris Holm, Anthony Award–winning author of The Killing Kind
“Matt FitzSimmons continues his amazing literary feat of creating an ensemble cast of troubled heroes and shooting them through page-turning thrillers with his latest, Debris Line, continuing the fast-paced adventures of Gibson Vaughn and his crew as they battle to stay alive and find some measure of justice in this unforgiving world. The Gibson Vaughn series is on its way to being a classic franchise of thriller fiction, with a unique voice and an unusual approach that keep the stories as appealing as they are entertaining. Highly recommended.” —James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
“Debris Line…doesn’t waste a word or miss a twist. It’s always smart, always entertaining, and populated top to bottom with fascinating and unforgettable characters.” —Lou Berney, author of November Road
“In FitzSimmons’s action-packed third Gibson Vaughn thriller…fans of deep, dark government conspiracies will keep turning the pages to see how it all turns out.” —Publishers Weekly
“Cold Harbor interweaves two classic American tropes: the solitary prisoner imprisoned for who knows what and the American loner determined to rectify the injustices perpetrated on him. It’s a page-turner that keeps the reader wondering—and looking forward to Gibson Vaughn number four.” —Criminal Element
“There are so many layers and twists to Cold Harbor…FitzSimmons masterfully fits together the myriad pieces of Gibson Vaughn’s past like a high-quality Springbok puzzle.” —Crimespree Magazine
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Category
“FitzSimmons’s complicated hero leaps off the page with intensity and good intentions while a byzantine plot hums along, ensnaring characters into a tightening web of greed, betrayal, and violent death.” —Publishers Weekly
“[FitzSimmons] has knocked it out of the park, as they say. The characters’ layers are being peeled back further and further, allowing readers to really root for the good guys! FitzSimmons has put together a great plot that doesn’t let you rest for even a minute.” —Suspense Magazine
The Short Drop
“FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath.” —Washington Post
“This live-wire debut begins with a promising lead in the long-ago disappearance of the vice president’s daughter, then doubles down with tangled conspiracies, duplicitous politicians, and a disgraced hacker hankering for redemption…Hang on and enjoy the ride.” —People
“Writing with swift efficiency, FitzSimmons shows why the stakes are high, the heroes suitably tarnished, and the bad guys a pleasure to foil.” —Kirkus Reviews
“With a complex plot layered on top of unexpected emotional depth, The Short Drop is a wonderful surprise on every level…This is much more than a solid debut, it’s proof that FitzSimmons has what it takes.” —Amazon.com, An Amazon Best Book of December 2015
“Beyond exceptional. Matthew FitzSimmons is the real deal.” —Andrew Peterson, author of the bestselling Nathan McBride series
“The Short Drop is an adrenaline-fueled thriller that has it all: political intrigue, murder, and suspense. Matthew FitzSimmons weaves a clever plot and deftly leads the reader on a rapid ride to an explosive end.” —Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave
From the Publisher
Constance “Con” D’Arcy was never one of the rich or the elite. She’s a guitarist, playing gigs that provide enough to get by. She’s happy with her simple life, but her wealthy late aunt gifted her a clone, a backup Con should anything ever happen. Con couldn’t care less about living forever—the whole concept terrifies her—but she doesn’t want the generous gift to go to waste.
After one of her routine consciousness uploads, Con wakes up disoriented and confused. She realizes it’s been eighteen months, and she’s now her clone, which can only mean one thing—she’s dead. Or at least the original her is dead. With no memory of what’s happened to her or how she ended up like this, Con is forced on a dangerous search for answers. Answers to her own murder.
I sped through the pages, captivated as Con tried to put together the pieces of her missing eighteen months and struggled to reconcile the new her with the original her. Constance lingered with me long after I turned the last page.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B08Q7GGMNG
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (September 1, 2021)
- Publication date : September 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3348 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542014271
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #858 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cloning. A world where climate change has brought about Floridian summer weather in DC in December. Too many references to music for those not so inclined. People protesting outside of cloning facilities the way they now do outside of abortion clinics.
I gravitated toward this book because I found the premise intriguing, but I just couldn't get into it. The writing just didn't really gel with me.
The book starts with a window into the life of the main character Constance (“Con” to her friends), who is rather depressed and lonely, living a solitary life as remote worker in the year 2038. We learn that Con was part of a well known band, and that most of the members of the band died in a tragic car crash, which started her down a path of grief, isolation and depression.
As more information about Con's family is revealed, it is explained that her aunt Abigail, a brilliant scientist, had developed a cloning facility and gifted everyone in their family with the ability to download their consciousness to a clone upon death. One day when Con goes into the cloning facility for a routine monthly mind-upload, she learns that her aunt Abigail has died by apparently committing suicide, and a rare medical condition prevents Abigail from being able to be cloned. Something happens during Con's routine upload, and she awakens 18 months later in a new cloned body, left to piece together the mystery of what happened to her...
This was a clever, well-written story that blends mystery/thriller and scifi elements perfectly. The characters are fleshed out and realistic, partly because the author combines real events with an imagined future so well. For example, Con was born on the day David Bowie died, and is a huge fan of his; even naming her band “Awaken the Ghosts”- a reference to a Bowie quote from an old interview. This band name later becomes oddly appropriate, given her family's experience with cloning after death...
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The not-too-distant future technology is believable and well thought out, and the way the story is told from Con's perspective makes for a compelling page-turner. I couldn't put this one down, and had to finish it in one sitting. If you are a fan of scifi and mysteries, then I would recommend trying this one.
Unfortunately, there is very little in this book that can be categorized as thrilling. It is a sci-fi murder mystery, which I also enjoy, but this one happens to be a boring murder mystery. The writing style has a lot to do with that. It needs more editing and a better flow. It also needs characters that a reader can care about.
The author tries too hard to bring in too many subplots and red herrings and nothing gets more than a superficial analysis. There is very little in the way of characterizations so it becomes hard for a reader to care about what may happen to anyone.
The conclusion seems overly complicated in order to leave enough room for the author to continue the theme in another book. I was just happy to finally get to the end of this one.
BTW, I'm a "person of color" (a term term that I find offensive as I'm just a person) so don't bother with cries of "white privilege". So my choice was to put the book down now you have a bit more information whether to buy. Your choice.
"Constance" certainly falls into the category of original, and well written. I'm still on the fence on whether I enjoyed it or not. I think appreciated perhaps expresses my sentiments more.
The author thought extensively about the ethical, psychological and legal repercussions of cloning and because of that the story felt believable in a way it may not have otherwise.
In a way this is a detective/mystery where the victim is trying to piece together and retrace what happened, what lead to their untimely death. That makes for a refreshing, different twist on your usual predictable detective story. A mystery with a sci-fi twist.
There weren't many likeable main characters, and it's debatable whether the ending could be considered happy or not. I think I found the concept of the story more interesting than satisfying.
Profanity sprinkled throughout but not overly distracting.
3.5 out of 5 stars. I would give 4 for the originality and futuristic yet believable details of the first 80% or so, but decided to round down to 3.5 as I didn't much like the last 20%. I felt the story became a bit convoluted and less "realistic".
If you feel like something different and enjoy exploring the ramifications of controversial scientific concepts then I do recommend the book. I also recommend it for mystery readers who are looking for something a little different. I don't recommend it to anyone looking for warm and fuzzy, romance or a feel-good story.
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On the one hand this isn’t a bad Sci-Fi thriller. The idea is a good one and the story itself isn’t bad. Matthew Fitzsimmons explores the perils and pitfalls, both morally and ethically of cloning quite well. On the downside though I felt the story lacked pace. Also the characters aren’t developed enough for me and lacked interest. This meant I had difficulty at times to have sympathy or empathy for them, especially Constance. Also I didn’t quite understand why the ethnicity of every character had to be mentioned, unless Fitzsimmons was trying to explore the wider subject of diversity, which if he was I failed to see, which is a shame as that would have been a good avenue to go down. Maybe it needed developing more.
Despite my criticisms it isn’t, as I have said, a bad thriller, that is right up until the last 50 pages or so. Then it dissolves into pure farce. It’s a mess really, like something from an old mad scientist ‘B’ movie. Constance is a missed opportunity. It could’ve been a great sci-fi thriller with a bit more pace, a little more time spent on developing the characters and a better ending.
A good read but maybe I just didn't get swept along.
It kept me guessing right up to the end and afterwards!
Now, I'm not usually one for sci-fi, dystopia, futuristic type reads in general but I will pick up ones like Hunger Games, Noughts & Crosses, Divergent etc from time to time and this was just as captivating as those in its story and the writing was perfect and easy to imagine it being real life (if that makes sense).
Constance/Con is an unlikely hero; fiery, sassy with a side of vulnerability which makes it difficult to not be on her side. I love the subtle storylines that also cover race, sexuality and discrimination too. It's powerfully written in a way that it's more of an undertone than an actual point and I love it because it just normalises it. For example there are two females that are in a relationship, this isnt highlighted as anything other than normality which I love because we should be past a place where it has to be labelled and pointed out as a different way of life because that IS "normality" now.
Everything about this book was just perfect so it was a complete gem of a find for something I had never heard of or heard about the author. Love it when I find books like this!