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Jumper: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Steven Gould
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Feb. 18 2002
Deciding he's finally had enough abuse from his drunken father and determined to get away-any way he can-Davy discovers he has the ability to teleport anywhere he wants. Fleeing to New York but desperately short of cash he "jumps" into a bank vault. While living the high life in the Big City on the stolen money and testing the limits of his power, Davey makes another startling discovery: the mother he thought had abandoned him.

But a new tragedy and a pledge to avenge the loss will plunge Davy into a dangerous and mysterious world of terrorists and government espionage. This time there may be no safe place for the Jumper.

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From Publishers Weekly

Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. Gould gives us no teleportation chambers, no shimmery beaming a la Star Trek , no worries about mingling one's own molecules with a fly's--here only one person can teleport, and he has no idea how he does it. David Rice, age 17, first "jumps" spontaneously in order to escape his abusive father. Having run away, he learns to control his strange talent, using it first to survive on the street and then to set himself up comfortably via bank robbery. Gould does not focus on moral implications so much as keep the plot moving quickly. David searches for his long-lost mother, meets and woos a girl, enjoys the pleasures of a leisurely life in New York and (despite his best efforts) eventually runs afoul of the authorities, who of course want to understand his powers and then put him to work for them. Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in "hard" science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation (though he glosses over some points to make the story work). His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The sudden discovery of his teleportation ability rescues teenager David Rice from his abusive father. It also signals the beginning of a new life for the troubled young man. Gould's first novel features a hero who is not particularly wise and whose ethics are sometimes questionable, but whose yearnings and psychological turmoil ring true. A dollop of suspense and a dash of romance make this fast-paced sf adventure a good purchase for large libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Normally, when you read a novel that is heavy science fiction, there is not enough room in the plot to add romance. Although people say that romance in today's world amounts to how much sexual themes a book is loaded with (and believe me, this book is no exception; its not for young kids), but the romance that takes place in this book is very real with the consequence our young protagonist David Rice deals with; his deadly secret of teleportation. Hence the name Jumper. He can jump to anywhere he wants, but only where he remembers. The plot is pretty predictable; he gets rich, gets a girl, fights a little bit of crime, and falls in love with the girl. But to describe the romance and action of this book in one simple sentence would not pay homage to the hard work put into the writing of this story. There is sex in this book, as well as the prospect of rape, but the sex is not out of enjoyment, but out of endearment. Its very gently described too, and your head won't be spinning like it does when you watch a graphical sex scene in a raunch teen flick. Steven Gould writes with eloquence, passion, and sometimes the passages brought tears to my eyes. I actually could feel the characters' woes, problems, and feelings. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but while a picture is swept away in your thoughts very easily, strong words will stay in your heart forever, and Steven Gould accomplishes just that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING AND IMAGINATIVE Jan. 9 2004
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I have long been a fan of Steven Gould but amazingly enough until just recently I haven't read his first novel JUMPER. I was not disappointed. Did it have a few little flaws? Yes. Did it sound like an advisement for psychotherapy, you bet. But for the most part I didn't care, it was still one heck of a story.
What would you do if you were seventeen and could teleport? Rob a bank? Probably. Have some fun? Yes. In fact Davy, the teleporter in this story, is probably quite a bit more reserved than would have been a certain seventeen year old I knew some years back. This is a story for young adults, emphasize the adult please. I've seen a considerable number of poor reviews based on the premise that JUMPER was unexpectedly too racy for young children. It's not. There is no graphic sex, it's all implied and what is there is integral to the plot.
This is a story of reactions. How someone would react to finding he has a strange new gift. It doesn't dwell on the mechanics of teleportation it just gives it to you as an established fact and this works very well. No need to develop new natural rules and try to convince us it really could happen, it's a story, believe and enjoy!
Anyway JUMPER is no prizewinner but it is as darn good story and I certainly enjoyed it and would RECOMMEND it whole-heartedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves ten stars! Sept. 15 2003
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loved this one. The idea of a person being able to teleport from place to place is not new, but it still has the power to fascinate. Just think, what would you do if you could jump from one side of the world to another just by concentrating upon a photograph of your destination?
David Rice can do just that as he learns quite by accident during a moment of heightened stress when his abusive father attacks him. We follow David as he learns what he can do, but not why he can do it. This frustrates him until he becomes distracted by other events. He robs a bank, gets a girlfriend older than him, finds his estranged mother, loses the girl, loses the mother, gets the girl again, tracks down a bunch of terrorists.... phew! David sure is busy in this book and I love it! Oh yeah, he makes a fool out of the FBI and police at nearly every turn... great!
Jumper is simply great fun. Once you pick it up, you'll not want to put it down until the last page is read. When you've finished it, you'll want to put it somewhere safe. I guarantee you'll want to read it again.
Mark E. Cooper
Author of The Warrior Within (ISBN: 094512200)
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3.0 out of 5 stars More science fiction please, and less angst! Sept. 8 2003
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"Jumper" is an enjoyable book, and its concept of the boy who can inexplicably teleport to any place in the world is a great one. However, the book becomes bogged down in its melodramatic plot and contrived situations, reminiscent at times of a Danielle Steele novel. Not to mention the sex, violence and strong language at times made me wonder if this was indeed appropriate for the YA market. Well, I read Stephen King when I was a 'tween and I didn't care- nevertheless, I think this book would have benefited from a lighter touch (such as William Sleator provides in his YA sci-fi books). The sheer amount of dysfunction in our hero Davy Rice's life, such as the alcoholic abusive daddy, the long-lost mama who comes back into his life after half a dozen years, the gorgeous older love interest and her likewise abusive ex, the fanatical Arab terrorists who blow up his nearest and dearest, etc., etc... I found myself rolling my eyes at various points in the story. To give an example of the occasional heavy-handedness of the prose, when Davy is reunited with his mother, she urges him to join Alanon, so he can "make amends" and overcome his "arrested emotional development," and describes its 12-step program for several pages. I do hope the author is a highly paid spokesman for Alanon and the AA, as endorsements for those organizations continually pop up in this book.
It's also somewhat dated, which give it moments of unintentional amusement. It was published in '92 but shows signs of being written in the late '80s, as there are mentions of "the arms race," "perestroika," as well as Davy threatening to take his services over to the Russians. There are also no mentions of the internet and wireless explosion- computers are barely mentioned, and Davy does his research via microfiche.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will Make You Think
This is a well written, interesting book that will definitely give you lots to think about. What if you could 'jump' anywhere that you'd been just by imagining it? Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2009 by Buggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but ...
This is being sold on amazon.com for 7 bucks, but it's 28 bucks at amazon.ca. What gives? This is getting ridiculous.
Published on Oct. 10 2007 by Steve Z. McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumper brings you right into the book
Steven Gould has made the perfect book! A book With actoin, suspense, and love. Its about a boy whos father abuses him for the littleest things. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by DULA
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, with incredibly realistic content
I have to say that this Gould guy knows his stuff about what goes on in the world. I read the objections below to the attempted rape scene, but the problem is that this is a common... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read it several times...
...and I still think it is a great book.
Gould does a great job with the young characters in all of his books, but he does a particularly good job in this one. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Gunfighter
5.0 out of 5 stars JUMPER-STEVEN GOULD
The first time Davy Rice teleports is when his father tries to hit him one too many times. He "jumps" to the local library and then decides to run away. Read more
Published on June 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Catch Me If You Can meets Quantum Leap
First of all- this could pass as a kid's book except for several infered scenes of violence or sex. Let's face it - it's a fun book! Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent story....., but not for the young ones
This is an excellent story, but it is not for children at all. It deals with strong subject matter and language to which they should not be exposed. Read more
Published on March 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Why won't you read?
I admit the first chapter may be appropriate for young teens, as others have said, but they did not give the rest of the book a chance. Read more
Published on March 29 2003
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