Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking
In the year 2023 Saskia Brandt, detective with the European FIB, comes back from holiday newly single, tired and full of sadness. Heading straight back to the office she finds no peace, only her receptionist dead and no suspects. Given only 12 hours to clear her name she sets to work on unravelling the mystery, one that proves greater than the sum of its parts.
David Proctor is just an academic eating his breakfast until he gets a phone-call telling him the prototype computer – Ego – he has been loaned is now the only one left. Meanwhile someone has broken into his house, someone who wants him to go back to the lab where his wife died in a bomb attack 20 years before.
As the mysteries and intrigue envelop Saskia and David they are forced to unpick their own pasts. Because in Déjà Vu you find that things aren't as they seem, truth is a matter of perspective and that the past can change just as quickly as the future.
Ian is a senior lecturer and researcher specialising in psycholinguistics and artificial neural networks at Canterbury university. When not putting AIs to the Turing Test, Ian writes science fiction exploring the themes of memory, identity and the individual in a digital world..
'A very thoughtful read which makes you wonder if we have any real choice in the decisions we make or are we programmed to make the same mistakes over and over.'
– The Write SF
'Intersected with virtual worlds, questions about reality, unreliable memories, and nanotechnology, Déjà Vu is sure to astound most any Science Fiction reader. It’s a dry book on the surface that cuts deeper with its ideas. Simply put, it’s brilliant.'
– Acerbic Writing (Full review does contain spoilers - You have been warned!)
'I completely fell in love with David and Saskia. Two fantastic characters with many many deep and complex layers ... Intense and compelling.'
– Book Geek Says
'[Hocking] weaves ... an intricate, meticulously plotted tale. FIB detective Saskia Brandt is a compelling character as she struggles to discover and define her true self, all the while staying one step ahead of those who have the will and the means to end her.'
– Exquisite Corpse
'Non-stop plot, neon-edged scenes, and hardlined characters in a cyber-fuelled near future.'
'Riveting, complex and devilishly clever, Déjà Vu is a fantastic read for any sci-fi fan.'
– Bookshelf Butterfly
'A fascinating sci-fi thriller that tackles several interesting near-future technologies along with the question of what really makes you you.'
– On Starships and Dragonwings
'This is a fast paced and fun techno-thriller . . . Déjà Vu is mentally stimulating and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.'
– A Thrill a Week
'The characters are credible, the writing style excellent, and the plot is original. The reader is drawn into a complex story... Ian Hocking has shown his ability to create a world that is original and fascinating. I look forward to more novels about his world.'
'The great thing about this book- it was interesting from the beginning to the end – there isn’t a moment when you’d have answers to all the questions that the plot brings up without new ones popping up unexpectedly.'
– Books Come First
'...a really interesting and very well-written book.'
' ...this is a book I’ll certainly recommend to anybody enjoying fast-paced thrillers and cyberpunk
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-907389-22-1
ePub ISBN: 978-1-907389-24-5
Publication date: 11th August 2014
Format: Paperback, ePub and mobi