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Immaculate Deception - A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Scott B. Pruden

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Jon Templeton has three days to reunite with his wife, save the universe and return from the dead. It's going to be a busy weekend.

In a near future ravaged by killer hurricanes, rampant overdevelopment and increasingly underdressed waitresses, ex-newsman Jon Templeton has had the worst Thursday of his life.

He's forced to fight off an amorous co-worker at the PR job he hates, only to have his wife discover his admirer's panties in his pocket.

Now he's dead, interrupted on his way to his heavenly reward by Eli, an elderly Rastafarian surfer who claims to be the Supreme Being.

Still reeling from having lost any chance of redemption in his human life, Jon is offered a mission: Discover for the surprisingly clueless deity the true identity of Lucas Scheafer, deputy to the Rev. Lawrence Whitaker and his sultry wife, Veronica, leaders of the sexually free-wheeling Church of the New Revelation, headquartered in America's new Sin City, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Jon's quest is paralleled by that of Mako Nikura, reluctant heir to a weapons and aerospace fortune, who hopes to find the secret to his father's death and its connection to the domestic terrorist organization SHAG. Little do Jon and Mako know, but their paths lead to the same exceptionally odd - and potentially cataclysmic - destination.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Codorus Press; 1 edition (Nov. 26 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E11442
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #677,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun with nods to sci-fi giants Nov. 28 2010
By C. E. Martin - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The author takes us on a ride that builds like a rollercoaster, weaving together the stories of two unlikely heroes: a dead writer and a reluctant billionaire beach bum. Jon Templeton, a newspaperman abandoned by his profession, suffers a quick and tragic fall and finds himself in the service of a higher power. Mako Nikura would rather be surfing than pursuing answers about the murder of his billionaire father. Their stories come together in this book that, frankly, defies easy pigeonholing.

Immaculate Deception ping-pongs between a storyline that has the feel of a William Gibson cyber-quest and that of a grown-up's version of Heinlein. It moves from straight sci-fi to erotic thriller to social satire almost as quickly as one can turn the pages. The author is unafraid to take on religion, politics, corporate greed, and perversion to a degree that may be challenging to a sensitive reader, but will reward those willing to take the plunge with him.

Pruden's pacing and dialogue truly evokes that of great Golden Age masters, but he has stripped the work of any 1950's prudishness. The book is overcharged with explicit sexual content which often underlines more subtle ridiculousness. Don't mistake this for a tongue-in-cheek, sexed-up retread. While exciting and full of humor, it deals sensitively with love and loss. It attacks the over-blown pseudo-moralism of the right and the general societal slide toward thinly-justified amorality. Its characters are well-drawn, not pulp-fiction cardboard standups. Hero Templeton presents himself as a born skeptic, but when thrust into a situation that confirms all of his worst suspicions and more, rediscovers his idealism.

Starting slowly, the book works itself into a froth about a third of the way through and I found myself staying up way too late for respectable early-rising. Hanging through to the end was well worth the extra couple of cups of coffee. The ending is great fun and its imagery so deftly pegged vintage sci-fi film that I laughed out loud.

Thanks for a great read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read May 21 2010
By Leah Morris - Published on
This is one of the best books that I've read. It's full of action, suspense, and wonderfully sexy. The author takes you on a wild ride with interesting characters and a suspenseful storyline. It's one of the most creative story lines that I've ever encountered.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but... Nov. 25 2011
By Jadd Miller - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though the book is well written and entertaining, it certainly isn't great. It seems as if the author's aspirations exceeded his grasp. It felt as if there was too much plot, or possibilities for plot to actually carry it off. It seemed to...evaporate at the end. Perhaps that's the cost of working for an ethereal Boss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun May 13 2011
By TJ - Published on
If Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, William Gibson and Robert Heinlein got together one night, had a few beers, started joking around and decided to collaborate on a book, the result would probably look a lot like this. Scott Pruden deftly riffs on a bunch of heady science fiction themes without ever giving into dismissive irony. He's a writer who transcends science fiction's genre trappings, but it's clear that he's approaching the material as a science fiction fan. He kids because he loves, and that makes all the difference. Despite the epic plot elements -- global destruction, life and death, the nature of God and the cosmos -- it's ultimately a very human story about a pair of put-upon protagonists who are reluctantly placed in the role of heroes, but never lose their smart-ass perspective in the process.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a romp! June 6 2010
By Sandra J. Zeiset - Published on
I devoured this book in one day! I could not stop turning pages. Set sometime in the next decade, this story was not only very sexy, but full of romance and fast-paced action, not to mention deeper existential concepts. Mr. Pruden, with a great ear for dialogue, has created a cast of characters that you can't help but care about, including God and The Devil. Mixing much humor, touching emotion, and sci-fi, this book gives a fascinating glimpse not only of the possible future of politics, religion, and business, but entertains all the way. I could see this book being made into a great movie! Bravo, Scott, I hope you keep on writing!

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