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A cleverly written, fast-paced science fiction thriller reminiscent of Aldous Huxley, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Crichton. As a paraplegic, Ryan has always dreamed of walking. He saved a small fortune to undergo a common procedure in his time to transfer his mind into a physically fit host body. Afterwards, his obsession with walking is immediately o A cleverly written, fast-paced science fiction thriller reminiscent of Aldous Huxley, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Crichton. As a paraplegic, Ryan has always dreamed of walking. He saved a small fortune to undergo a common procedure in his time to transfer his mind into a physically fit host body. Afterwards, his obsession with walking is immediately overshadowed by a strange and frightening side effect unraveling the reality he once knew.This gripping psychological thriller takes the reader on an adventure far beyond the potential consequences of transferring one’s consciousness to a new body. The interweaving story line will have the reader second guessing what is real and what is dream, and prove that knowing the truth can be the difference between life and death. What Readers are Saying About  Between Two Minds: Awakening "A futuristic technological thriller that kept me guessing until the very last sentence..." -Travis Borne, Author of Lenders series  "The science fiction, world-building and medical drama are believable and well-imagined."  -David Bez "I was halfway through the book, and as the plot thickened, I literally couldn't put the book down."  -James Verhoeff


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A cleverly written, fast-paced science fiction thriller reminiscent of Aldous Huxley, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Crichton. As a paraplegic, Ryan has always dreamed of walking. He saved a small fortune to undergo a common procedure in his time to transfer his mind into a physically fit host body. Afterwards, his obsession with walking is immediately o A cleverly written, fast-paced science fiction thriller reminiscent of Aldous Huxley, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Crichton. As a paraplegic, Ryan has always dreamed of walking. He saved a small fortune to undergo a common procedure in his time to transfer his mind into a physically fit host body. Afterwards, his obsession with walking is immediately overshadowed by a strange and frightening side effect unraveling the reality he once knew.This gripping psychological thriller takes the reader on an adventure far beyond the potential consequences of transferring one’s consciousness to a new body. The interweaving story line will have the reader second guessing what is real and what is dream, and prove that knowing the truth can be the difference between life and death. What Readers are Saying About  Between Two Minds: Awakening "A futuristic technological thriller that kept me guessing until the very last sentence..." -Travis Borne, Author of Lenders series  "The science fiction, world-building and medical drama are believable and well-imagined."  -David Bez "I was halfway through the book, and as the plot thickened, I literally couldn't put the book down."  -James Verhoeff

30 review for Between Two Minds: Awakening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Nicole

    If your mind is in a damaged body but could be uploaded to a new one, would you do it? This is the question the main character, Ryan, answers with a strong yes. Being a paraplegic his whole life, he was ready to take his first steps in his new life. Literally. The procedure seems to go well except for these new dreams he has of another life. Instantly, the characters are very likable. I enjoy the relationship between Ryan and Helen, even if it seems a bit rushed at times. The dreams with Charlie a If your mind is in a damaged body but could be uploaded to a new one, would you do it? This is the question the main character, Ryan, answers with a strong yes. Being a paraplegic his whole life, he was ready to take his first steps in his new life. Literally. The procedure seems to go well except for these new dreams he has of another life. Instantly, the characters are very likable. I enjoy the relationship between Ryan and Helen, even if it seems a bit rushed at times. The dreams with Charlie are exciting and I kept finding myself wondering what was going to happen next when the chapters cut at cliffhangers. I liked that the end of the chapters were the opening of the next. I was left with a few questions at the end of the book, but these may be intentional and answered in the sequel which I plan to read. The science factors of the book were easy to follow and the characters all had strong voices, even with the jumping around. Kudos to the author on this one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Hosmer

    The concept for this book is phenomenal and a bit mind-blowing to think about. It moves back and forth between two characters who have an unlikely link. Lots of twists and turns in this book that keep the reader guessing. I had a few questions remaining when I finished the book that I'm hoping are answered in the sequel. Great read for lovers of sci-fi and thrillers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Y

    Ever look at yourself and want to improve it? Ever think “I could get surgery and fix this” or, “I just need to do this medical thing, and all will be well!” This story is about how society and technology can do things with medicine, and have it come back for revenge. Oh oh! Get your credits saved up, make sure you are very good to your mom, and whatever you do, do not use Sarah’s name in the wrong moment. It’s time for a review of “Between Two Minds: Awakening” by DC Wright-Hammer. Opinion Welco Ever look at yourself and want to improve it? Ever think “I could get surgery and fix this” or, “I just need to do this medical thing, and all will be well!” This story is about how society and technology can do things with medicine, and have it come back for revenge. Oh oh! Get your credits saved up, make sure you are very good to your mom, and whatever you do, do not use Sarah’s name in the wrong moment. It’s time for a review of “Between Two Minds: Awakening” by DC Wright-Hammer. Opinion Welcome my friends to another review that was requested by an author. This week we get a small series from the talented DC Wright-Hammer. This book is the first of the “Between Two Minds” series, called Awakening. I want to thank DC for asking me to review this. I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited, and I was so happy it was there. I love KU; it keeps me swimming in great stories. For the first part of this review, I want to go into the first impressions. To start with, I was impressed with the prologue. "Awakening" is the kind of prologue I love, something that tells a story that is encapsulated, but holds meaning later. I found no parts that negated it, and my time was not wasted at all which is a plus for a prologue. Let’s go into some critiques. Firstly, under the “Story Structure, Foundation and Presentation” portion of my scoring. In this case, the book has walls upon walls of text. There are no breaks between paragraphs, and there is no such thing as indenting paragraphs either, and the margins are set to Justified Aligned. On the plus side, it was a giant rectangle to read, but on the other end, my eyes were sore after a few pages. However, can I thank DC for not putting paragraphs alternating with Italic text between the normal? The lack of eye-bending italics did cut down on the strain significantly. There are italics in the novel, but it’s few and far between. However, I am emphasizing; the walls of text went on the entire book. So be aware of it. Let’s go into what I truly love about “Between Two Minds: Awakening” and the first piece is that DC cares for his readers. Not only are the chapters so pretty at each start, but he also immediately has a warning about one section for triggers. That’s caring and wonderful and beyond considerate. Not everyone can handle every topic that a writer puts in their work. However, DC cared and noted that there was a spot. This helped me to brace myself as I read the chapter and I found it far easier to take with the warning. Good on him! I love the considerate thing he did here. Next, can I fangirl a moment about the beautiful chapter markers and settings in the e-copy? I love that big letter start to the sentence; for one thing, looks so posh and polished, and for another, it sets the tone to the story. Secondly, as cheesy as this may sound, by having those chapter headers I find I enjoy the story more. Now, I want to go into what I love about the actual story. This is a new take to a dual POV story. The reason I love how this is done is I was on pins and needles following for the next part. I couldn’t put the book down after I started it, and when I had to, I wasn’t gone long. The fact that the story and pacing worked so well made me happy. I truly enjoyed the messaging of the story. I love the idea that people who have special abilities would work to improve themselves, only to discover things about it that may not have been intended. I also love the character of Charlie, and how his feelings go through the story. There is this fantastic situation with a name called out wrong during a night of passion that sealed the dynamic of the two characters to me. I love how that worked, and I enjoyed the way that the character of Ryan was handling his situation and feelings. I also find that the dimensional mental picture between Ryan and Charlie is fascinating. There is something so exciting about it. I discovered that they built a relationship through it, and I enjoyed watching how that developed. My heart ached for both, The antagonist/villain was terrific. The entire setup of this character was fantastic. I love just how ruthless but well grounded the role was. I truly enjoyed how the plot moved around the character, and that the villain made the action come. It’s rare that a villain like this is such an excellent plot-driving device, but in this case, it was done so well. So much so, when the character was on the page, I found that I was instantly tense, and I loved that. When a character’s presence in a situation brings the reader a grip of tension just seeing their name, it’s good writing. I swear I want to see this in a movie or a show someday because whomever they get to play this character has to be on point. No, I’m not giving you spoilers, you need to read this book to have the kind of spine-tingling creepies I did reading the last part of this novel. Which transitions me to the end and I loved that it was an entire encapsulated story. I realize this is a series starter, and this is a solid standalone novel. The ending is so good. I loved that the story points and the climax ended in a perfect way. There wasn’t any abrupt kind of cliffhanger edge to it at all, and it was the ideal way to bring this riveting tale to an end. Honestly, if this were the only book DC ever wrote, I’d be happy that I was one of the people lucky enough to have read it. However, the good news is, it’s not the only book he’s written. I’m very excited to read the next one. Score With everything in mind (and I assure you, I am of one mind on this), and considering the math here is the score. “Between Two Minds: Awakening” has a beautiful 89/100 which is a Four Star review on Amazon.com and Goodreads.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine Norvell

    What an electric finale and so many great moments of suspense! I enjoyed the science of mind migration, future medicine and disease, the psychology of plural characters, and action scenes, military and otherwise. The only downside? Sudden point of view shifts within chapters that caused me to reread passages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    G.M. Nair

    Between Two Minds: Awakening is a mind-swapping thriller that takes place in the relatively near future where differently-abled or otherwise bodily impaired humans can opt-in for a 'mind migration' that transfers their consciousness and 'soul' into a functional host body. Of course, the protagonist Ryan Carter undergoes one of these procedures and nothing goes as planned, as he begins experiencing the memories of the body's old consciousness that leads him down a web of crime and intrigue. Wright Between Two Minds: Awakening is a mind-swapping thriller that takes place in the relatively near future where differently-abled or otherwise bodily impaired humans can opt-in for a 'mind migration' that transfers their consciousness and 'soul' into a functional host body. Of course, the protagonist Ryan Carter undergoes one of these procedures and nothing goes as planned, as he begins experiencing the memories of the body's old consciousness that leads him down a web of crime and intrigue. Wright-Hammer does a few things well in this book but it still feels like there are areas that need improvement. His world and concept building are great. The world ten-to-fifteen minutes into the future is well-realized with enough technological differences and analogues to present-day circumstances to make it easy for the reader to slip into along with an intriguing 'past' which features realistic war and disease scenarios. Furthermore, the switching back and forth between Ryan and Charlie (the older consciousness) is structured well and is not as confusing as I thought it would be I especially like the touch of mirroring the last line of every chapter with the first one of the next, which really brings the cohesiveness forward. Ryan's experiences walking after his life as a paraplegic are really well thought out and great to read. The overarching crime is also decently plotted out and it helps that it (view spoiler)[ ends up dovetailing with the concept of mind-migration at the end. (hide spoiler)] However, I felt that the book was at least 100 pages too long and could benefit from a good culling. Scenes tend to drag on with characters' internal monologues explaining way too much about themselves and their intricacies to be effective. It causes the narrative to slow to a crawl over things that feel entirely inconsequential, and also really breaks the cardinal rule of showing rather than telling. This is nowhere more apparent than in the characters themselves. Ryan and his love interest Helen are difficult to get a real read on in terms of personality. Other than their disabilities and their shared mind-migration experience, I couldn't really tell you much about who they really are and their dialogue feels bland and stilted at times, which lets the book down a bit. The book also struggled to keep my attention in the middle, where very little happened aside from more exposition, with a very rushed - and all too convenient - conclusion to the overall crime at the end. The book overall is a solid exploration of an interesting sci-fi concept with a tinge of noir in the background. The biggest knock against it is that it feels a bit overly long and padded to the point where I had a lull big enough to ask myself, "Why couldn't Ryan just get some robotic legs?"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trey Stone

    When Ryan, a paraplegic, opts in for a life-altering procedure involving moving his mind to a physically healthy body, his world changes forever. Walking, running, jumping, he can suddenly do tons of things he only ever dreamed of. But something gnaws at him, in the back of his mind, a thought that frightens him... because it might not be his own. Wright-Hammer has created a magnificent sci-fi universe. Close enough to our own that you'd feel right at home, but with the technological advancement When Ryan, a paraplegic, opts in for a life-altering procedure involving moving his mind to a physically healthy body, his world changes forever. Walking, running, jumping, he can suddenly do tons of things he only ever dreamed of. But something gnaws at him, in the back of his mind, a thought that frightens him... because it might not be his own. Wright-Hammer has created a magnificent sci-fi universe. Close enough to our own that you'd feel right at home, but with the technological advancement and wonders that you'd expect from a future where nearly anything is possible. Wright-Hammer's writing style is close to my heart, for the simple reason that it's lavish and detailed when it needs to be, and not when there's no need for it. It gets to the point, pants a vivid picture that drags you in, and throws you right into the action. Perhaps a bit longer and slower paced than what I prefer, taking it's time to build before pulling the rug out from underneath you, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a sci-fi thriller of this caliber. The story is a bit confusing, maybe particularly in the beginning, but in a good way. The kind of confusion I love, the one where you just want to keep going because you want to figure it out. It's a sense of being just half a step behind what the author is thinking and doing, trying to constantly catch up. But I'll say it again: You want to be strung a long!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Rundle

    I received a copy in exchange for a true and honest review. I really enjoyed this story. The story centers around Ryan, who is disabled. He pursues a mind migration! This idea has always intrigued me; the idea of transferring one's consciousness into another mind/body. This idea alone drew me to the story. Ryan was such a relatable and powerful character. Dynamic. Realistic. It truly makes you wonder how one in his position would react. The futuristic world was well written. I felt as though I w I received a copy in exchange for a true and honest review. I really enjoyed this story. The story centers around Ryan, who is disabled. He pursues a mind migration! This idea has always intrigued me; the idea of transferring one's consciousness into another mind/body. This idea alone drew me to the story. Ryan was such a relatable and powerful character. Dynamic. Realistic. It truly makes you wonder how one in his position would react. The futuristic world was well written. I felt as though I was there. And, the story maintained its hold on my attention. The cover is appealing. I believe that D.C. Wright-Hammer did a fantastic job, and I can't wait to read more of his work. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Sommers

    Clever twists Imagine never having the use of your legs. Then you find out you could have your mind put into a healthy body and you could walk for the first time in your life! You could run! You could jump! What could possibly go wrong? This book has so many twists, you’re head will spin but it won’t stop you from reading to find out what happens next!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diedra Drake

    If you're looking for something interesting to read in the science fiction segment, this definitely fits the bill. The story alternates between two primary perspectives; one is a young man who with a birth defect who will undergo a costly procedure to move his mind into a new body, and the other is a military soldier who is introduced to the story during a combat situation. Very soon after having his procedure, Ryan begins having vivid dreams from the perspective of the military soldier, Charlie If you're looking for something interesting to read in the science fiction segment, this definitely fits the bill. The story alternates between two primary perspectives; one is a young man who with a birth defect who will undergo a costly procedure to move his mind into a new body, and the other is a military soldier who is introduced to the story during a combat situation. Very soon after having his procedure, Ryan begins having vivid dreams from the perspective of the military soldier, Charlie, and it doesn't take him long to start to become concerned. My favorite part of this book is in the period during which Ryan is migrating to his new body. The author really captures that aspect so well, and thinks about struggles that a person who has never been able to walk might encounter in the process. I also think that the world he created for this to happen in makes a lot of sense. The circumstances that led up to being able to do the procedure, the failings and the medical eventuality that someone would try again were consistent with our historical behavior and are easily believable. The only struggle for me was that I wasn't able to connect with or sympathize with either of the main characters. In the beginning I started off having some of that for Ryan, but instead of building I became less interested in him.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Jackson

    A paraplegic from birth, Ryan Carter is about to undergo a radical procedure called a mind migration. Not only will Ryan finally have the life he could only dream of before, he will do it in a brand-new body. After the procedure and several weeks rehabilitating, Ryan starts to believe that there is more to the strange dreams he is having. And it feels to him as though someone else is living inside his head. Is it just his memories getting used to living in a new brain or was the migration more t A paraplegic from birth, Ryan Carter is about to undergo a radical procedure called a mind migration. Not only will Ryan finally have the life he could only dream of before, he will do it in a brand-new body. After the procedure and several weeks rehabilitating, Ryan starts to believe that there is more to the strange dreams he is having. And it feels to him as though someone else is living inside his head. Is it just his memories getting used to living in a new brain or was the migration more than he bargained for? I enjoyed reading Between Two Minds: Awakening, the debut novel by Author D. C. Wright-Hammer. The story, the first of a series, is unique and well-written. The chapters flip back and forth between Ryan and his “alter ego”, and I liked how the end of a chapter would begin the next. It is interesting and has good imagery, and I found the main character, Ryan, likeable. The story is well-paced, but it is not fast, which I don’t mind. With everything and everybody always in a rush, it’s nice to sit back and relax with a good book. I did find that while the end of the story was good, it seemed a bit rushed. I recommend this book to those who like to read sci-fi stories set in the future. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Lawson

    A gritty story with a strong action core. The science fiction, world-building and medical drama are believable and well-imagined. I enjoyed the story of Ryan, a young paraplegic man who undergoes a medical process that changes his life, turning his world upside down. The action and suspense is well-paced and the explosive ending kept me glued to the very last word. The author gives much thought to his characters and their predicaments. I look forward to reading the second installment of Between A gritty story with a strong action core. The science fiction, world-building and medical drama are believable and well-imagined. I enjoyed the story of Ryan, a young paraplegic man who undergoes a medical process that changes his life, turning his world upside down. The action and suspense is well-paced and the explosive ending kept me glued to the very last word. The author gives much thought to his characters and their predicaments. I look forward to reading the second installment of Between Two Minds. I recommend this book for people who enjoy near-future science fiction action. It will appeal to a wide audience base with its relatable characters, sense of familiarity and exciting plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Buttercupp77

    I really enjoyed reading this novel. The main character, Ryan, has been a paraplegic since birth, and. although set in the future, things don't appear to have become much easier for the differently abled. Ryan sets his sights on a mind migration - a pricey procedure to transfer his consciousness and memories into a new body. Interspersed with Ryan's story is Charlie's - a combat veteran whose desperation causes him to make some difficult choices. As the novel progresses, the connection between t I really enjoyed reading this novel. The main character, Ryan, has been a paraplegic since birth, and. although set in the future, things don't appear to have become much easier for the differently abled. Ryan sets his sights on a mind migration - a pricey procedure to transfer his consciousness and memories into a new body. Interspersed with Ryan's story is Charlie's - a combat veteran whose desperation causes him to make some difficult choices. As the novel progresses, the connection between the two characters is revealed. The world-building and story in this novel were very well done. Whether taking place in the more clinical present, describing war-time missions, or the seedy underbelly of a corrupt city, it's very easy to fall into the world the author creates. Since this is the first novel in a series, there are some dangling threads that remain unresolved - this was as I had anticipated. I did find that there was much about the ending of the novel that resolved too smoothly and easily for my tastes - it was a bit of a letdown. One of the twists was just too tidy for my tastes and it really didn't add anything to the novel for me. The main area that I think could have been improved was in the character development. I found some of the characters' actions didn't make a lot of sense to me. I found that, and this may be largely do to the perspective from which the book was written, the female characters were not very well developed in their own right. There were also a couple of minor characters whose actions seemed bizarre to me - I think some additional context for them would have helped. Overall, I did really enjoy reading this book and I do plan to continue reading the series. I received a copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J.M. Brister

    One Hell of a Ride - A Between Two Minds: Awakening Review Dang! Between Two Minds: Awakening is one hell of a book. It’s a psychological sci-fi thriller, which is a pretty cool sub-genre to begin with. Add in amazing writing and a fast-paced plot with twists and turns, you have D. C. Wright-Hammer will have you anxiously flipping through pages. I know I certainly was. The story revolves around Ryan, a paraplegic from born, who has saved up enough money to undergo a mind migration. This is a proce One Hell of a Ride - A Between Two Minds: Awakening Review Dang! Between Two Minds: Awakening is one hell of a book. It’s a psychological sci-fi thriller, which is a pretty cool sub-genre to begin with. Add in amazing writing and a fast-paced plot with twists and turns, you have D. C. Wright-Hammer will have you anxiously flipping through pages. I know I certainly was. The story revolves around Ryan, a paraplegic from born, who has saved up enough money to undergo a mind migration. This is a procedure where the consciousness of a person is taken from one body and put into a healthy body. Unfortunately for Ryan, the body he got is currently occupied. A psychological mind-screw ensues. I was expecting a sci-fi novel, but I also got an amazing psychological thriller. The story is brilliant, and the writing is superb. It was fast-paced, and I devoured through the book in no time. The characters went in-depth, especially the main two guys. I love the exploration into each character and how each overlapped. I can’t say enough about how awesome this book is. I already have the sequel downloaded to my Kindle library. Even if you aren’t a fan of sci-fi, if you enjoy a good psychological thriller, I would check out Between Two Minds: Awakening. It is definitely worth your time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.G. MacLeod

    D.C. Wright-Hammer’s Between Two Minds: Awakening explores the possibility of “mind migration” that enables the protagonist to regain the ability to walk. I have first-hand experience with the subject, having a family member who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Thus, this novel intrigued me from the very beginning. My uncle was also offered to participate in a variety of experimental procedures, just as Ryan is, but these came at great cost ph D.C. Wright-Hammer’s Between Two Minds: Awakening explores the possibility of “mind migration” that enables the protagonist to regain the ability to walk. I have first-hand experience with the subject, having a family member who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Thus, this novel intrigued me from the very beginning. My uncle was also offered to participate in a variety of experimental procedures, just as Ryan is, but these came at great cost physically and psychologically. One such procedure involved inserting a device inside his brain that manipulated electrodes; the technology was meant to alleviate pain through the activation of electrodes. Wright-Hammer captures this reality within the realm of science fiction, causing us to question what is real and what is not. Like any surgical procedure, the reader wonders what the side effects for Ryan will be, and this is thoroughly explored in the story. I enjoyed Awakening immensely, especially the unexpected conclusion. I believe my own connection to the topic of spinal cord injury and medical breakthroughs added an additional appeal for me, but Awakening is a thought-provoking novel that fans of classic science fictions writers will also be amazed by. 5 stars for plausibility and relatable characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Harper

    Received a complimentary copy of this novel through Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review. This book is a slow burner rather than an instant page turner, as at first the constant change of story teller is a little confusing but keep going and you’ll be rewarded with a very clever concept. This sci fi thriller story, set in the future, centres around a paraplegic young man who decides to mind migrate into a “perfect” body, but soon after learning to walk his life takes another dramati Received a complimentary copy of this novel through Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review. This book is a slow burner rather than an instant page turner, as at first the constant change of story teller is a little confusing but keep going and you’ll be rewarded with a very clever concept. This sci fi thriller story, set in the future, centres around a paraplegic young man who decides to mind migrate into a “perfect” body, but soon after learning to walk his life takes another dramatic turn and he is plunged into a dark and murky world of gangsters and shady bosses. The other main character is Charlie a war veteran, husband and father who, whilst trying to care for his family gets drawn into the same murky world of dodgy dealing and mysterious “products”. The 2 characters come together in a unconventional way as the story reaches its climax and you’re left wondering about what’s real and what’s a dream. The story very cleverly weaves its way to an explosive ending with some revelations that you won’t see coming and ties up enough loose threads but leaves just enough to hook you back for the next in the series. Loved it!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen Whistberry

    Intriguing speculative sci-fi about an all-too-plausible future where the minds of those facing death, disease, or physical challenges are placed into new bodies engineered to be their hosts. There are a lot of fascinating ideas here. The two main characters evoke sympathy as you become invested in their plight, and there is a satisfying villain/dilemma to be conquered. I appreciated the thoughtful examination of the psychological effects such a transfer might have on a person who wakes up in a Intriguing speculative sci-fi about an all-too-plausible future where the minds of those facing death, disease, or physical challenges are placed into new bodies engineered to be their hosts. There are a lot of fascinating ideas here. The two main characters evoke sympathy as you become invested in their plight, and there is a satisfying villain/dilemma to be conquered. I appreciated the thoughtful examination of the psychological effects such a transfer might have on a person who wakes up in a body so different from the one they've known all their lives. The author also does a great job of adding in futuristic specifics about the setting and society that seem like logical progressions from the technology and culture of today rather than fantastical details designed only to impress upon the reader that the characters are living in The Future. For my tastes, I thought the book could have had even more impact if the plot had been tightened up a bit and streamlined to keep the forward momentum clipping along at a little faster pace, and the writing was a little awkward in spots with a few editing issues. But the overall breadth of imagination, insight into the very human side of technological advances, and the fact that I know this is one I'll keep thinking about long after I've read it makes it a solid four star read for me and well worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Watkins

    Author D.C. Wright-Hammer's exciting sci-fi novel will be sure to keep you on your toes! As the first in the series, Between Two Minds: Awakening illustrates a twisting storyline between two off-beat characters that have much more in common than they might think. Mr. Wright-Hammer offered me a free .mobi file of this novel in exchange for an honest review. See my full review with a complete list of pros and cons on my book review blog, Bitty Book Nook: https://bittybooknook.blogspot.com/20... I ha Author D.C. Wright-Hammer's exciting sci-fi novel will be sure to keep you on your toes! As the first in the series, Between Two Minds: Awakening illustrates a twisting storyline between two off-beat characters that have much more in common than they might think. Mr. Wright-Hammer offered me a free .mobi file of this novel in exchange for an honest review. See my full review with a complete list of pros and cons on my book review blog, Bitty Book Nook: https://bittybooknook.blogspot.com/20... I haven't reviewed a sci-fi novel in quite a while, and I must say that Between Two Minds: Awakening was a refreshing return to the genre! Readers interested in the subject of genetic engineering will not want to miss this novel! The next review that I post will be the sequel to Between Two Minds: Awakening, known as Between Two Minds: Revelation, so be sure to keep an eye out! Mr. Wright-Hammer, thank you for the opportunity to review your work. I certainly look forward to seeing more from you in the future!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eric Adamo

    This book was pretty good for me. I would say while the story was fairly interesting for me, the layout in how the author structured it made me want to keep reading. One chapter flowed nicely into the next. Literally! Aside from the few errors I did come across, (Not spelling, but rather omitted words that the mind easily places there unless you're paying attention!) I don't really have anything negative to say about this book. If you're looking to a semi-future setting with a story where you just This book was pretty good for me. I would say while the story was fairly interesting for me, the layout in how the author structured it made me want to keep reading. One chapter flowed nicely into the next. Literally! Aside from the few errors I did come across, (Not spelling, but rather omitted words that the mind easily places there unless you're paying attention!) I don't really have anything negative to say about this book. If you're looking to a semi-future setting with a story where you just are trying to discover the bottom of a mystery, this is your book. If you think you have it figured out, you may be in for a surprise! I enjoyed it enough, given the chance, I'd look into the sequel as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    S.r. Algernon

    The interleaved narrative worked well in establishing the characters' voices and drawing me in to the mystery. The characters have a rich backstory that (without giving anything away) ties the narratives together in a satisfying way. The world-building was extensive and for the most part incorporated into the narrative without a lot of info-dumping. The plot was fast-paced and did not lose focus, which kept the tension high as the mystery unfolded. The science of mind-migration was intriguing, i The interleaved narrative worked well in establishing the characters' voices and drawing me in to the mystery. The characters have a rich backstory that (without giving anything away) ties the narratives together in a satisfying way. The world-building was extensive and for the most part incorporated into the narrative without a lot of info-dumping. The plot was fast-paced and did not lose focus, which kept the tension high as the mystery unfolded. The science of mind-migration was intriguing, internally consistent and explained well without slowing down the plot. Ryan's experience gave opportunities for showing rather than telling. The story kept me engaged in the moment. All in all, it was a very good read, and I would recommend it to any fan of sci-fi crime and mystery - especially fans of neuroscience and psychological elements in sci-fi. The main character's quest for a new body as a way to overcome paraplegia raises complex issues about health care, accessibility and disability.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura A. Barton

    I was drawn to the concept of this book: mind migration. So many possibilities for great things, and so many chances for things to go wrong. I wanted to explore this world with the characters. In addition to the concept, I very much like the way Wright-Hammer wrote this story and really feel its structure reflects the way the characters are feeling and experiencing their world. Whenever the characters felt disjointed or off-balance, I was right there with them. When I thought I had things figure I was drawn to the concept of this book: mind migration. So many possibilities for great things, and so many chances for things to go wrong. I wanted to explore this world with the characters. In addition to the concept, I very much like the way Wright-Hammer wrote this story and really feel its structure reflects the way the characters are feeling and experiencing their world. Whenever the characters felt disjointed or off-balance, I was right there with them. When I thought I had things figured out, I was proven wrong. This one will keep you guessing to the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Hammond

    A true second chance wrapped in time and technology Fascinating look at where science, technology, and psychiatry might take us. Will the future have us shedding our less than stellar bodies for something better? Will there be “body farms” to raise these specimens? D.C. Wright-Hammer creates a world where he delves deeply into two lives impacted by this new technology. One is a wheel-chair bound man yearning for a fuller life and the second a warrior. His writing travels back and forth between ti A true second chance wrapped in time and technology Fascinating look at where science, technology, and psychiatry might take us. Will the future have us shedding our less than stellar bodies for something better? Will there be “body farms” to raise these specimens? D.C. Wright-Hammer creates a world where he delves deeply into two lives impacted by this new technology. One is a wheel-chair bound man yearning for a fuller life and the second a warrior. His writing travels back and forth between time periods, yet I never felt lost. This book was captivating and I highly recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Between Two Minds: Awakening is the quintessential adventure story for modern science fiction lovers who are intrigued by futuristic worlds and social engineering. Picture Walter White meets high tech scientists. Readers will find a gripping plot with a unique rotating storyline comprised of two protagonists. Or is there one? Gah…Damnit mind benders. Get the full review on The Uncorked Librarian here: https://theuncorkedlibrarian.com/new-... Between Two Minds: Awakening is the quintessential adventure story for modern science fiction lovers who are intrigued by futuristic worlds and social engineering. Picture Walter White meets high tech scientists. Readers will find a gripping plot with a unique rotating storyline comprised of two protagonists. Or is there one? Gah…Damnit mind benders. Get the full review on The Uncorked Librarian here: https://theuncorkedlibrarian.com/new-...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Stopped reading in early Chapter 10, decent story up to about Chapter 8, plot slowed uncomfortably since...not super excited about 30 chapters with the amount to read, partly why I stopped...3 stars for having been hooked in with potential for a good story...the conflict needs to come sooner and the book condensed...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I received a free copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers Only and I'm glad I requested it! It was a very interesting story that didn't really have any slow spots. It took you from one point to another without slowing down. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a lengthy, in-depth, sci fi read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    C.C. Francis

    This grips you, and it does not let you go. The concept is unique, and the execution is brilliant. If you like Sci-Fi, this is a must-read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Glen Hammell

    Enjoyed immensely I really enjoyed reading something that was out of the ordinary. The small parts where I got lost were nothing to the enjoyment or reading about Ryan and Charlie’s exploits.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I really enjoyed this book and it’s very interesting concept of mind migration. The pace of the book was good for me as well and I liked the Ryan- the main character. I am looking forward to reading book two!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marian Thorpe

    Are we our bodies, or our minds? A philosophical question explored by many writers over time, with most believing our truest selves lie in our thoughts, not the physical shell that houses them. Believing this, would you risk leaving behind an imperfect body to migrate your mind to a new one? Ryan, the protagonist of Between Two Minds: Awakening does exactly that, exchanging his paraplegic physical self for a new body. The process is touted as almost problem-free, safe and effective. But Ryan expe Are we our bodies, or our minds? A philosophical question explored by many writers over time, with most believing our truest selves lie in our thoughts, not the physical shell that houses them. Believing this, would you risk leaving behind an imperfect body to migrate your mind to a new one? Ryan, the protagonist of Between Two Minds: Awakening does exactly that, exchanging his paraplegic physical self for a new body. The process is touted as almost problem-free, safe and effective. But Ryan experiences strange side effects – or are they? Or is there really another mind inhabiting his new body? As Ryan searches for answers, he finds more questions: what is the connection between this other consciousness and himself? The line between his life and his co-consciousness blurs: who is real? What is real? Whose memories can be trusted? The premise of Between Two Minds: Awakening is not new (few premises are) but Wright-Hammer’s interleaving of two stories, chapter by chapter, effectively brings the reader into each character’s wildly differing worlds, inciting in the reader the desire to keep reading to work out how the two will come together. Without spoilers, my advice is to read carefully, because apparently insignificant things will prove to be important as the story moves towards its climax. I’m giving the book four stars, not five, from the cumulative effect of a number of small things that jarred: dialogue that didn’t ring true, some awkward transitions, a few continuity questions. There are a lot of small details, perhaps too many for some readers, but a writer cannot hide items of significance in a narrative if they stand out as obvious! The overall story kept me interested and trying to guess where it was going (I didn’t) and that tells me the author has done his job. It would make a compelling movie!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay Pi

    Between Two Minds: Awakening is a psychological thriller by author D C Wright-Hammer. The concept behind the novel is one that makes it hard to deliver a spoiler free review, but an attempt will be made. First, it must be acknowledged how creative, and just damn good, the concepts and writing are for the novel. The world building that Wright-Hammer engages is some of the smoothest I have read in awhile. It is neither overwhelming or lacking. The reader is pulled in to the world and becomes so eng Between Two Minds: Awakening is a psychological thriller by author D C Wright-Hammer. The concept behind the novel is one that makes it hard to deliver a spoiler free review, but an attempt will be made. First, it must be acknowledged how creative, and just damn good, the concepts and writing are for the novel. The world building that Wright-Hammer engages is some of the smoothest I have read in awhile. It is neither overwhelming or lacking. The reader is pulled in to the world and becomes so engaged that learned aspects seem as though they were facts that were already known. The main character, Ryan Carter, is earnest and likable. Following his journey quickly becomes an emotion filled adventure that keeps one on the edge of one’s seat. Along the way their are second-primary and secondary characters that jump in and out of the focus of the tale, but Wright-Hammer manages to integrate just enough carrot to keep them interesting as well. The plot of this novel is simply fantastic. There were several points where I was sure I knew what the next step would be, and I was horribly-wonderfully wrong. The twists and turns that happen toward the conclusion were surprising, jarring, and beautifully rendered to set the reader up for Book 2 – Revelation. The only part of the novel that gave pause was the narration style*. Wright-Hammer used a story navigation that alternated each chapter between the voices of primary and second-primary characters. It’s not my favorite narration style, as i feel it forces a kind of mental hiccup between reading and world immersion. However, after a few chapters, it becomes apparent that Wright-Hammer is extremely proficient at the use of this tactic and it works well for the overall story cadence. I marked Between Two Minds: Awakening with 5 stars based on the novels creative and original premise, the action packed – though moderated pacing of the novel, the person-ability of the characters, and the fact that I felt bereft when the novel was over knowing I would have to wait to read the next installment. *If you want to hear Wright-Hammer discuss the above referenced narration style you can listen to him do so on this episode of Writers’ Row, the YouTube show he co-hosts with author David Gane .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly Ash

    Between Two Minds: Awakening by D. C. Wright-Hammer is an amazing sci-fi thriller. It tells the story of a paraplegic named Ryan as he undergoes the process of a mind migration to get a new body. This concept alone had me hooked from the very beginning. There are so many interesting implications that come from moving your consciousness from your original body to a new one and Wright-Hammer addresses them beautifully. When Ryan starts to realize there might be something wrong with his migration t Between Two Minds: Awakening by D. C. Wright-Hammer is an amazing sci-fi thriller. It tells the story of a paraplegic named Ryan as he undergoes the process of a mind migration to get a new body. This concept alone had me hooked from the very beginning. There are so many interesting implications that come from moving your consciousness from your original body to a new one and Wright-Hammer addresses them beautifully. When Ryan starts to realize there might be something wrong with his migration the story takes on some amazing twists and turns that had me glued to my seat. Interwoven throughout the book is Charlie’s story. This story takes place at an earlier point of time and allows the reader to really appreciate the full scope of the world that Wright-Hammer has created. Charlie’s life has been a lot rougher than Ryan’s and I really loved the character building and backstory done through these chapters. The relationships between Charlie and his family were one of my favorite parts of the story. Charlie and Ryan’s starts to come together as Ryan digs into the oddities of his migration. It was fun to try to figure out the connection between the them as new pieces of information were revealed and when the truth finally comes to light it did not disappoint. It was powerfully, emotional, and really well executed. There were two little things about that story that I felt weren’t up to the high quality of the rest of the book. The first being Ryan’s relationship with Helen. At times it felt a little forced and lacked the emotional impact that the rest of the book had. The second was a chase scene with Ryan about half way through that I didn’t think added anything to the story. There were both really minor things, however, and did not take away from my enjoyment of the story at all. Overall, I really loved this book. In fact, I originally purchased it as an ebook and plan to buy a paperback copy when I pick up the next book in the series so that I can have it on my self forever.

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