A near future SF mystery thriller with a touch of out-of-body horror.
A serial killer with multiple personalities. An astronaut who returns from higher dimensional space a changed man. And two unlikely detectives who have to get inside the mind of a killer ... literally.
Astronaut John Bruce was the first man to pilot a ship through higher dimensional space. Two years after his triumphant return, a second John Bruce appears – as a new personality of Peter Pendennis, an imprisoned serial killer with multiple personalities. The doctors are sceptical, until he asks to see Louise Callander, the astronaut's former girlfriend, and reveals things only the real John Bruce could know.
Hyperpsychologist Nick Stubbs is brought in to investigate. According to the latest research, the mind doesn't just inhabit the physical three-dimensional world. It projects into the higher dimensions, and if Bruce’s brain had been inadequately shielded when he'd entered higher dimensional space...
Could a part of his personality have been torn away? And somehow attached itself to a new host? Nick’s initial scans of Pendennis’s brain are unlike anything he’s seen before, but before he can continue, the killings start. Soon Nick and Louise are on the run, from the police, and the killer, but how can they evade a murderer who appears to be able to walk through walls?
And there's an added problem. Astronaut John Bruce – or is it Mr. Hyde? – just happens to be running for President.
“Shift is an exciting and shocking futuristic thriller. The characters are original, and the imagery pulls you in. Incorporating heart-pounding suspense and an inventive twist of science fiction, I enjoyed this story even more than Dolley’s Resonance. This is another author I’ll definitely be watching.” SciFiChick
“SHIFT is a great science fiction mystery that will have the audience wondering who the killer is. The story line is fast-paced but brilliantly driven by the strong cast ... Chris Dolley mesmerizes his audience.” Alternative Worlds
“I think I somehow missed reading Dolley's first novel, Resonance, when it appeared a couple of years ago. It's an oversight that I plan to correct in the near future because his second is a very accomplished, intricate, and entertaining novel. There's lots of neat stuff in this, and the plot is clever and full of surprises. It's first class writing from someone whose name will, I predict, be much better known before long.” Don D'Ammassa, Critical Mass
“Shift is a really good science fiction story. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit different in their science fiction.” SF Signal
Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'
In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.
In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.
Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.
He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller. What Ho, Automaton! - the first of his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series - was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award.read more
Reviews for Shift
This is a book for nerds. One nerdy scientist exploring Higher Dimensional theories is chased through several dimensions along with an unbelieving animal rights activist (female, probably pretty, but rarely described). It's pretty much non-stop action from the minute a piece of consciousness from a Dimensional astronaut is lodged in the mind of a psychotic killer with multiple personalities. The scientist is brought to the psychiatric hospital to find out why their killer is now claiming to be an American presidential candidate. Needless to say, if a psychotic killer can take over the mind and body of anyone at all, the first thing he wants to do is find and kill (or at least frame for murder) the people who might find his secret. Aliens, out of body experiences, presidential politics; there is a lot going on here, but not much of it is compelling since the characters are cardboard and the plot is just one darn thing after another.read more
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