Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Tour + Giveaway: DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

DiSemblance (DiSemblance #1)
by Shanae Branham

Genre: Techno-Thriller
Publication Date: August 8, 2012

Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father's secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer's new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

An exciting, action-packed ride to a future happening today, Shanae Branham's modern techno thriller is the perfect exhilarating adrenaline rush for a technosavvy generation. Expertly weaving cutting-edge technology with almost unbearable suspense, she crafts a wild, white-knuckled thriller that pushes the boundaries of science. Full of intensity and extraordinary vision, DiSemblance attacks the senses as it challenges the mind and imagination.


Short Excerpt

The lines between reality and virtual reality are about to blur—and the result is murder.

Lloyd Tanner is a former MIT computer physics genius turned private sector visionary: he has created a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. This revolutionary technology is both a blessing and a curse. There are many who would steal the technology, and Lloyd’s family has had to live secluded from the world. But no matter how careful you are, there is no such thing as a well-kept secret, and there are those who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Lloyd’s.

Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he abducts terminally ill patients and returns their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. Picking up the trail, Durante finds it leading straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.

When Jason Tanner’s father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason destroys all of the evidence in an attempt to save his father’s name. Trouble is, now Jason is in the crosshairs to become the fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run for real if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac, Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance. 


About the Author

I am a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer's Expo.

I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet.

I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20's my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.

As I have spent over twenty years wrestling with my language disabilities-turning them into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that "...with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my language disability, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like other people learn math - building block upon building block.

I am grateful for this experience because it developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.

I want my life to be a living testament that with God's help anyone can achieve their worthwhile dreams. What God requires is the humility to change, a childlike teach-ability to learn, and the patience and persistence to practice and work until their weaknesses are transformed into strengths.

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My Thoughts

This book was one hell of a ride. If someone told me to describe it using one word it would clusterf-. It was that insane.

This was a very fast read. I just flew through pages trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Towards the end was when I finally realized what was happening but it was still a bit confusing at times because of the nature of the book. This was like a Bourne Identity mixed with James Bond mixed with some else.

For once the main MC was actually smart and STAYED smart during the whole book. He didn't have his moments of brilliance, no, he was brilliant the whole way through. So damn resourceful! If I ever had to run for my life I hope I would be as good at it as Jason. He did what had to be done and thought fast on his feet.

Even the girl next door, Boston was pretty awesome. She stood up to them and kept her word and if it came to it she would have blown someone's brains out. It was great! xD

This book deals with so many things. The dependency on technology, of people looking for a way to fight death and doing whatever it took to achieve it, and not only fighting it but dealing with it as well. Also the nature of relationships, whether they were romantic, familial, or just friendship. Of what was right and wrong and where the line just had to be drawn.

But that is where it failed as well for me. I got the messages and I thought they were good, but the execution of all of it wasn't that great. Even though I knew and understood why the detective's relationship with his wife was there, it still felt disjointed, and it would disrupt the flow of the book, specially the urgency of the whole thing.

Speaking of detectives I'd just like to say Angela was a freaking moron and glory-seeker. Wasn't willing to take the risks but wanted all the glory for herself as if she had done the work. PLEASE! Grow some balls woman! Sorry for the outburst, but it just had to be said xD

The real selling point for me was the pacing and Jason. The whole book was a race and so much crap kept happening and people kept dying but not, and then they would appear somewhere else and then dead again. It was so confusing! but so awesome at the same time! I didn't know what was real just as much as Jason till we all figure it out.

Even with it's flaws I think I'll be picking up the next one if it's as much of a rush as this one. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves lots of action.

Rating: 3 Stars



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