Trial Run (Fault Lines)(Paperback)Thomas Locke
When you're balancing on the edge of what's possible, trouble awaits, ready to push you into the abyss.
Dr. Gabriella Speciale has assembled an international team of elite scientists with one goal in mind--to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend the limits of time and space. Reese Clawson's mind-bending experiments aim to explode the boundaries of human consciousness--and annihilate the opposition in the process.
When a terrifying discovery and a string of failed tests threaten to dismantle both programmes, the key to survival may reside in the mind of a gifted grad student whose unsettling dreams have thrust him into the centre of a dangerous battle for control.
As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.
"A truly remarkable work. The interweaving of three stories is faultless, the tension explosive. The story involving the intelligence community and military is extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read." - Keith Hazard, deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency
"I was not prepared for this. It's somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. The concept itself is so daring that one can't quite anticipate in any cautionary way what is coming. Bunn's writing has never been stronger. The power of his style--especially in the presentation of situations, contexts, and geography--is enough, more or less in and of itself, to make the book a gripping and intense experience. It's the daring of the plot and the fact that it works that astounds me most, however. Ultimately the acid test is that after I finished, I could not let it go. My head is still full of it; and that is a very, very good sign." - Phyllis Tickle, senior contributing editor, Publishers Weekly
"What a thrilling ride. I was gripped from page one. This has bestseller written all over it." - Charles Nettleton, director, Working Titles UK
"Trial Run is wonderfully told: a swift, engaging story that shows a large understanding of the human condition, our essential frailty, our drivenness, our need for connection. As three stories collide, Locke brings into play some key questions that face each of us as human beings: do we know what is really going on? If we don't, can it destroy us? This is artful writing, full of suspense." - Jay Parini, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Station
About the Author
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary.
Size140 x 216 mm
Number of Pages384 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
When Hal Drew turned off the Pacific Coast Highway, his
wife took that as the moment she’d been waiting for, and
reached for the real estate brochures. Again. Hal told her,
“Don’t get those out. It’s too dark to read.”
“I’ll just turn on the inside light.”
“Leave it off. I don’t know these roads and I need to see what’s
Mavis Drew watched Santa Barbara slip away, the brochures
clutched in her lap. “Tell me which development you liked best.”
Hal waited until he was headed east out of town to say, “Remind
me which one had that view of the ocean.”
“It’s a fair enough question.” He pointed to the top brochure. “The
Pacific is right there on the cover.”
“So they dressed things up a little.” She lifted one he didn’t need
to see. Again. “This is my favorite.”
Mavis had begged him to make this trip. Just visit Solvang for a
look-see. She’d been going on for months about how these California
housing developments were going bust. She claimed they could get a
steal on a home and live her dream of retiring near the ocean. Which
was why they’d taken this miserable excuse of a highway from Solvang
to Santa Barbara. So Mavis could have a look at the Pacific. Soon as they
drove along the harbor and saw all the pretty sailboats bobbing in the
blue Pacific waters, Hal knew he’d lost his wife to the California myth.
He said, “I’m thinking we’re better off staying in Phoenix.”
“Why does that not surprise me.”
“Who do we know in California? Not a soul. It’s just six hundred
miles farther from the kids.”
“Hal, both our children live in Georgia. There are airports in Santa
Barbara. We fly to see the children now, what difference does it make?”
She stared out her side window, seeing a lot more than the dark night
ahead. “I loved that townhouse with the lake and the view.”
“We got lakes out by where we live now.”
“And the mountains. You said they were nice.”