*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ Upload
Author ~ Collin Torbin
Publisher ~ Red Adept Publishing
Published ~ 21 December 2012
Genre ~ YA | Thriller
Pages ~ 310
My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble
Jay Brooks has had a bad year. His mom died and his dad withdrew from him, spending most of his time painting and acting strange. Luckily Jay has his best friend Benny Welch to stand by his side. Well, in a figurative sense since Benny is in a wheelchair. When Jay witnesses what he believes to be a murder and something even weirder immediately after that he runs to Benny with the evidence he has recorded. Benny, a wiz at anything computer-related, attempts to figure out what’s going on. They have no idea that what they’ve stumbled upon is so much more than they could ever imagine.
This story is one hell of a ride. Told from mostly Jay and Benny’s POV this fast-paced thriller reminds me of that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Indy & Co. take off in a mine cart to escape the big baddies, picking up speed, careening around obstacles and then…the brake handle comes off. Faster and faster this tale took me until the final scene, leaving me not with smoking feet, but with dripping tear ducts.
My only complaint is that the ending fell a little too neatly into place, but it’s a small complaint. The writing is top notch, the characters are wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I followed Jay and Benny. The twists and turns were appropriately mysterious and kept me wondering what the hell was going on and the end game makes me wonder if this type of technology is all in the author’s head or if it’s actually, even if only slightly, viable. Just the thought makes the hair on the back of my neck rise up. So glad I would never even consider that kind of surgical correction. *shudders* All-in-all a kickass ride.
Collin Tobin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. He holds a bachelor’s in English and master’s in Education. He has worked in the software industry for the past twelve years.About the Author
He was the lucky recipient of the Mississippi Literary Festival’s 1st place in poetry and has also published poems in “character i” and “The Drum”.
When he’s not writing, he enjoys re-reading Nabokov’s fiction in chronological order, eating very hot salsa, and dreaming up inventions with neither the capital nor the initiative to see them through.
His greatest accomplishment is his wonderful family.
His greatest fear is losing interest.
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