Book Review: 7th Son by JC Hutchins

Here's a first for us: a book review. What does a book review have with crafting, you might ask? Well, I'll tell you. This particular book is a podiobook (think, audiobook, only provided in 45 minute podcast-sized chapters). And since becoming an adult with a 40 hour a week job, a 2 hour a day commute, a 3-4 hour a day craft/internet habit, and a sleep disorder... my time for reading novels has gone caput. I've mentioned it before, but podcast short stories from Escapepod, and now podcast novels and audiobooks, are my literary saving grace. I listen to them while crafting, while painting, while decorating, while driving, while working for the man. They keep me entertained and sane pretty much throughout the day, so it definitely has an impact on this artist, and her work. And, I have something to say about this book.

7th Son by JC Hutchins is a set of 3 free thriller/suspense novels that combine into one long story line. They're available online or through iTunes. The author's website describes it as:

"The President of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy…"
7th Son chronicles the story of seven strangers who are assembled after the assassination of the U.S. president. They quickly discover they all appear to be the same man … with identical childhood memories.
Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these “John Michael Smiths” have been gathered to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from; the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha.
Soon our heroes — John, Jack, Michael, Kilroy2.0 and the others — realize the president’s murder was merely a prologue to Alpha’s plans. The outcome will unearth a conspiracy larger than they could have ever imagined….

My impression of this book: surprise. I was not expecting to love it, based on the description (there I go, judging a book by its cover), but I did. 7th Son is smart, funny, FULL of suspense, and has a plot that is, well, surprising. So often I read/listen to a book and have the plot pretty much guessed halfway through, and find myself just waiting for the end. Predictable. Or, the author tries too hard to surprise you, and comes out with a whacked out twist at the end that neither fits into the story, nor is believable. 7th's Sons plot not only kept me guessing, but when the revelations did come, I was constantly thinking "oh that's so SMART!" I was hooked, waiting for each step in the 7 brother's discovery of their past and the present dangers. I found myself downloading 3 or 4 episodes at first, then 9 or 10, until finally I downloaded and listened to all of Book 3 in one day (my job is pretty rote).

I loved the plot, the science, the technology, and the characters in this novel. I was sad when someone died. I was angry at the bad guys. I was sickened by the crazy acts and excited by the action scenes. I loved the reading of it, which was by JC Hutchins himself, and didn't have much trouble following the dialogue between characters. The one thing I was disappointed in was that the story didn't follow the final two characters through to the end, I was hoping to hear about the "fade to black" of the brother and the justice of the other. However, it certainly doesn't change the story or the ending, and didn't change how I felt about the book by the end.

Thank you, JC Hutchins, for writing a story that finally kept me interested and reminded me of what I love (and miss!) about books. This was an excellent excellent novel and I can't wait to read more of his work.

If you like mystery/suspense/trillers, you definitely will like this book. For serious. Check it out:

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  1. I will so pass this on to my sister, she will love this! She too is a busy mom of 3 wee ones so no time for reading a good book! But this sounds right up her alley! Thanks for the clue in.

  2. (covers ears) La-La-La! I've only read the first book. Seriously, great review, and I'm enjoying 7th Son - can't wait to finish it. Thanks for posting on my blog!


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