Well, well, well. Where do I begin.
As most of my readers are aware, I have read many books. Some good, some bad and some that I can’t put down!
When asked if I would like to review a new book, I felt I had to decline. I simply didn’t have the time to take on a new book but I was pulled in by the summary.
“Waking up in a strange house, with no memory of how or why he is there, Stuart Milton finds his life has changed beyond recognition. His pregnant wife is missing, but his only living relative, his brother, is incapable of substantiating his claim. Lost in a world of confusion that is spiralling out of his control, Stuart finds temporary salvation in a psychiatrist assigned to his case. Meanwhile, peculiar events across the world lead a team of Oxford scientists to develop top secret technology that will change the future of humanity. Betrayed by double agents, the race to control this technology endangers the lives of all involved, which unwittingly includes Stuart and his psychiatrist. This enthralling journey takes Stuart to the edge of sanity, culminating in an unparalleled climax of kidnapping, betrayal and murder”.
The summary had me intrigued. I just had to read it and boy am I glad I did!
One thing I will say is that you will not be disappointed with this book. From the first page to the last, I could not put this book down! I read it within two days!!
Charismatic author D.S Smith keeps you on your toes with wit, thrills and suspense. The author writes with an educated mind that enthrals you and captivates your imagination.
Whilst reading the book I felt myself care for the characters, all are tangled up in a web of confusion and deceit. With twists and turns, fear, explosions and lust, I was on the edge of my seat.
Without giving too much away, I really hope there is a second, third and fourth book to follow. D.S Smith is an author to look out for, he’s one I will be following.
A must read for any Science Fiction fan.
“Dr Carson switched on her laptop and opened up a file containing Stuart’s Initial Psychiatric Evaluation Form. She concentrated on one field in particular which was headed ‘Mental Status Examination’, under this she entered the following:
The patient does not reveal any of the typical indicators that relate to a mental dysfunction. His answers to the evaluation questions are articulate, intelligent and complete. He displays strong, controlled emotions at appropriate moments and often uses humour to hide or relieve embarrassment. Despite the amount of conflicting evidence concerning his perception of the life he has been leading up until now, he does not accept that he is delusional. His acceptance of the conflicting information presented to him is for the most part rational, however he has demonstrated frustration at certain points. A diagnosis based on medical or psychological observations cannot be made at this time. However, the overwhelming amount of documented evidence and witness testimony conflicting with the patient’s claims do fully support a complete dissociative breakdown. Despite this, I consider the patient to be of no danger to himself or others and therefore recommend he be discharged from hospital under the care of his brother. Further hypnosis sessions will be carried out in addition to conventional evaluation therapy. No medication is required at this time.
She read over the entry one last time before attaching it to an email addressed to Dr Benton, the neurosurgeon who had admitted Stuart to the hospital. There was still a long way to go to get to the root of Stuart’s problems but there was no need for him to be hospitalised. The cursor arrow on the screen was pointed at the send icon and her finger hovered over the return key but she held off as something at the back of her mind was niggling at her. The clarity with which he described his first meeting Lauren at a party combined with the fact he was hypnotised meant there was a very good chance it was true. The way he described their second meeting however sounded fanciful and he was fully conscious when relaying this. When Stuart had talked about the events that led to this, he mentioned Lauren had worked for the eminent paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey. This was very specific information that should be easy to check out. She moved the cursor from the send key and clicked on the Google icon at the top her screen. When the search bar came up, she typed in “Richard Leakey, Lion research”. The screen displayed 450,000 results, most of which appeared to refer to Lion Research or Richard Leakey but not both. She refined the search to read “Richard Leakey + Lauren Bell + Lion Research. This reduced the number of hits to 9000. The first couple of sites she visited confirmed Lauren Bell did actually exist and was involved in the research of large cats. She scanned through them learning along the way that Lauren was one of the leading authorities on the behavioural traits of African lions. There was a picture showing her as part of a team lifting a fully grown lion onto the back of a pickup truck. Dressed in khaki shorts and matching shirt she looked every bit the part of field naturalist. Lauren was very attractive and Dr Carson wondered whether Stuart may have become obsessed with her after their initial meeting at the party. She continued to read through a few more articles before finding one that made her gasp out loud and put her hand to her mouth in shock.”
D.S Smith was born in Bolton, England and, at the age of 20, despite never having previously left the UK, he found himself in Belize beginning a nine-year career in the RAF. Eyes opened to the world, Don took a degree in Biological Sciences and spent 7 years at The Natural History Museum in London where he worked as a Scientific Officer.
Smith currently manages a Subsea Engineering company in Ghana, travelling on a regular basis between there and his home in Manchester. The amazing people he has met and the places he has visited throughout his life are a major inspiration for his writing.
Unparalleled is his first novel.
Unparalleled is out tomorrow, you can get a copy from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unparalleled-D-S-Smith-ebook/dp/B07DLGWN87