Trial Run

series: Fault Lines

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"Somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. After I finished, I could not let it go."--Phyllis Tickle, former senior editor, Publishers Weekly

Cutting-edge research requiring controversial experiments. Startling dreams delivering cryptic communication from the dreamer's future self. Ruthless rivals determined to control mind-bending new technology. When you're balancing on the edge of what's possible, trouble awaits, ready to push you into the abyss.

This daring psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave you turning the pages and grasping for solid ground--especially when it becomes clear just how much fact lies within the fiction.

"Truly remarkable. Extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read."--Keith Hazard, Acting Deputy Director (ret), Central Intelligence Agency


Dr. Gabriella Speciale has assembled an international team of elite scientists with one goal in mind--to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend the limits of time and space. Reese Clawson's mind-bending experiments aim to explode the boundaries of human consciousness--and annihilate the opposition in the process.

When a terrifying discovery and a string of failed tests threaten to dismantle both programs, the key to survival may reside in the mind of a gifted grad student whose unsettling dreams have thrust him into the center of a dangerous battle for control.

As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.


Thomas Locke
is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.


Endorsements

"A truly remarkable work. The interweaving of three stories is faultless, the tension explosive. The story involving the intelligence community and military is extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read."

Keith Hazard, deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency

"I was not prepared for this. It's somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. The concept itself is so daring that one can't quite anticipate in any cautionary way what is coming. Bunn's writing has never been stronger. The power of his style--especially in the presentation of situations, contexts, and geography--is enough, more or less in and of itself, to make the book a gripping and intense experience. It's the daring of the plot and the fact that it works that astounds me most, however. Ultimately the acid test is that after I finished, I could not let it go. My head is still full of it; and that is a very, very good sign."

Phyllis Tickle, senior contributing editor, Publishers Weekly

"What a thrilling ride. I was gripped from page one. This has bestseller written all over it."

Charles Nettleton, director, Working Titles UK

"Trial Run is wonderfully told: a swift, engaging story that shows a large understanding of the human condition, our essential frailty, our drivenness, our need for connection. As three stories collide, Locke brings into play some key questions that face each of us as human beings: do we know what is really going on? If we don't, can it destroy us? This is artful writing, full of suspense."

Jay Parini, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Station

"A thrilling cocktail of science, technology, and danger elegantly served at breakneck speed. Intoxicating and seriously addictive as only Thomas Locke can deliver."

Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Forbidden


The Authors

  1. Thomas Locke

    Thomas Locke

    Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the...

    Continue reading about Thomas Locke

  2. Thomas Locke

    Thomas Locke

    Davis Bunn is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers with sales totaling more than seven million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis also...

    Continue reading about Thomas Locke

Reviews

"This book is a true psychological thriller that cannot be put down. . . .  an awesome jaunt into a world that may just be closer to reality than we think."

Suspense Magazine

"High tech mixed with intelligence gathering, combined with a fast-paced story and evocative writing. Trial Run grabs readers from the first page. Locke weaves words to create masterfully evocative descriptions, scenes, and characters. The science is presented in a Crichton-esque manner, compelling readers to believe that not only can it be true for some future date, but it is probably being used in some secret laboratory right now. Trial Run will make a great last-of-summer read. Once you start, you won't want to put it down."

BuddyHollywood.com

"Thomas Locke masterfully keeps the suspense level taut throughout the book. It is a rare author who can create such dramatic tension in a storyline that contains areas of technical discussion, like quantum computing, while still maintaining a character-driven plot. A fast-paced, constantly unfolding mystery with well-developed characters, Trial Run promises to begin a strong new series that manages to transcend the bounds of science fiction writing."

The Manhattan Book Review


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