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John Gone (The Diaspora Trilogy Book 1) by [Kayatta, Michael ]
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Sixteen-year-old John has stumbled across an abandoned wristwatch half-buried in the sand behind his house. Curious, he places it on his wrist; to his surprise, it won’t come off.

Suddenly, each day at 3:14 P.M. John begins to uncontrollably teleport around the world. He might materialize anywhere--a burning African desert, a Canadian forest, even a Siberian prison--and must do what he can to survive until 3:14 A.M. when the watch takes him home again.

But John's adventures come with a price ...

When a scientist mysteriously trapped far below the surface of the Earth makes contact through a hologram in the watch's face, John learns that his travels will eventually kill him. Soon, he's faced with an impossible choice: continue to endanger his life by using the watch, or switch places with the scientist and risk losing his freedom forever.

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  • Publisher: John Gone Books; 1 edition (Dec 22 2011)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0ccfb4c) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1090654) out of 5 stars An action-packed adventure for teens Dec 24 2011
By Marshall H. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
For any teen who has finished The Hunger Games but feels that Twilight lacks action, Michael Kayatta has provided the perfect follow-up. In his debut novel John Gone, Kayatta weaves a tale of friendship, betrayal, intrigue, and good science gone bad. When teenager John Popielarski finds a strange wristwatch on the beach near his house in Longboard Key, Florida, it launches him into a globe-trotting adventure and a race against a literal clock. The watch can teleport its user anywhere on Earth, but not without a price. When a trapped scientist and two trained killers both want the watch for their own ends, it's up to John and his tech wizard, not-really-girlfriend, Ronika to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Simply put, John Gone has superb action sequences, and it has a good deal of them. Whether John is evading capture on the high seas, crashing a party in France, or lost in the Egyptian desert, Kayatta handles his adventures with a quick pace and snappy dialogue. The cast of characters is both fleshed out and likable, particularly Ronika, who is offbeat enough to keep a reader's attention but down-to-earth enough to be believable, and the enigmatic Dr. Kala, who appears to be friend, foe, and everything in-between. The narrative is tight and descriptive, and Kayatta does his best to keep exposition to a minimum, even when dealing with fairly complex scientific theories. Those who like science will be pleased to know that the book has a fairly good grounding it it, and those who don't will be relieved to hear that no scientific background is necessary to enjoy the plentiful arguments, chases, and fights.

For any teen - especially boys, although girls will find a lot to like in Ronika - John Gone is a perfect mix of action, sci-fi, and drama, with just enough romance thrown in to keep the 13-and-over crowd on its toes. Readers should be warned that the book ends with many story threads still hanging, but two subsequent books, Missing Signals and Company Men, will wrap them up. All in all, a great effort and a solid read from a talented first-time novelist.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14d9264) out of 5 stars A superior sci-fi adventure story Sept. 3 2012
By Ian Davis - Published on
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I'm usually the kind of guy that reads thick, heavy books and skips over lighter fare. More kinds of ephemeral writing usually bores me and is a chore to get through. John Gone, however, genuinely surprised me with its witty, well-written story packed with solid sci-fi ideas and clever characters.

It's Young Adult fiction in form only, much in the way that Pixar movies are kids cartoons in form only. The characters are fully-formed, believable human beings who develop (or are revealed in) arcs which fit inside the narrative perfectly. At times, it has a light, humorous tone with witty dialog that can truly snap, but it's not afraid to get serious and stern-faced when it has too.

All the complaints that I usually have with this genre are well-addressed by Mr. Kayatta. The novel feels like an over-stuffed chair of ideas. It's full of clever little concepts and wonderful bit-characters to sink yourself into. There's a heart and charm at the center of John Gone that makes it a delightful read.

There certainly are a few rough spots, but they rarely slow things down. The first chapter in particular seemed almost manic in pacing, with the central plot device being introduced before we almost know the character or the setting. But after that, it hardly matters and everything flows at a page-turning clip. Especially for being a self-produced ebook, this kind of quality is almost unheard of.
HASH(0xa0d75e64) out of 5 stars Great little yarn that could use a bit more substance in its main character. Sept. 2 2015
By J.L. D. - Published on
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John Gone(The Diaspora Trilogy)by Michael Kayatta

John is a simple teen living on an island in the Florida Keys. He finds a strange watch, with leather strap, and does what any level headed teen might do and tries it on. This is no ordinary watch and once it seats itself on his wrist it refuses to let go. Having no time to worry about it, because his mother has set him up for a summer job (think internship at a computer company-except the company is anti computer and would probably do everything by string phone if they could work that out; but as it is being the 411 of a wiki-pedia replacement for old folks is hard enough without that whole ball of string thing.) John’s new boss has bought him a motorized scooter from which he can facilitate house calls as their instant messenger; but is that a low enough reason for John to kill his boss. Before we discuss the demise of Virgil, John's boss; we'll discuss Molly, John’s girlfriend.

We see Molly quickly when she surprises John while he's leaving for his job and she comes to announce she and her father are here to pick him up for their three week anniversary-they've been together a whole three weeks. John is distracted by the obsessive clingy watch and his mothers coaxing to get ready for her to take him to his new job; and though it might look like John might have overlooked this anniversary he covers well by insisting that Molly wait for the surprise he has for her that evening at six. Molly agrees and does what any girlfriend of three weeks might do when she calls Johns mom 'Mom'.

Seriously though; I liked this book despite some elements of the beginning and the fact that warming up to John takes a long time because he's just a bit self-centered and somewhat clueless about a number of things that are just not right about his life before everything goes crazy on him. I would love to give it five stars but for now 4 is being generous and I'll try to explain.

When John arrives to his semi-non-tech job his new boss Virgil sweeps him up and gives him the grand tour including a corkboard display map that he refers to as Face-board. And the reader realizes things are likely to enter the strange when John immediately notices that the spot where his home should be has been marked as a cemetery: Priscilla’s Prestigious Plots. But to add to the insanity Virgil informs John that he gets the scooter but is not allowed to have his cell phone or other electronics because they have to keep up the image guessed it...Virgil insists John take off the clingy watch. This starts to border on comic when Virgil become so adamant that he brings out some large cutters when he finds the watch to be overly resistant to his attempts to help John remove it. Fortunately for John and his limbs sake this causes the watch to retaliate by shocking John's boss; unfortunately it causes cardiac arrest at the same time it seems to activate another feature of the watch and John passes out only to awaken in a restroom in Tallahassee Florida. Twelve hours later John is on a buss(loaded with other people) on his way home when the watch strikes again and returns him to the scene of the first crime where John finds he's being sought for questioning and suspicion of his ex-bosses murder. Later, because the watch knocks out everyone within a specific radius around John, he's is being sought for questioning on the deaths of people who were on the bus that crashed when the driver passed out.

There are reasons for all of this that comprise the world building of the science involved in the watch that is the result of a long story that actually is a bit more interesting than Johns story; but in fairness we have to share so we get the two stories together. Getting the two stories to converge is a somewhat convoluted plot that in many ways makes a lot of sense; but also includes a lot of side trips with John shifting back and forth across the world every twelve hours with each jump going a longer distance and John has no control. This could go on forever except that the watch is using John like a battery and each time he jumps it draws more energy because the distance is longer and it will soon be critical. There's a way out of this but when John discovers it, it sounds like the cure is worse than the disease. And this is not to mentioning the strange goons that also have watches and are chasing John when he goes on his jumps.

There is murder and mayhem afoot and if I have one quibble about the novel its all the side trips John takes that take up a large portion of the narrative and don't always seem to add that much to the story. It might be that, since this is a trilogy, these trips will make sense and figure in down the road, but presently they just look like something to bulk up the real story; which, as I said, is the more interesting story of how the watch comes about and the rather insane group of people involved in the development. And even though John has fell prey to the madness of the scientists it is often difficult for this reader to feel sympathy for him based on his own attitude, which means the only redeemable character, is one who gets a smaller billing in the story. But I should leave that for other readers to find and judge for themselves.

This is a neat yarn with plenty of good pacing even though it lacks in some character development it still is an interesting Science Fiction novel once the initial silliness is left behind. John could use a heavier dose of growth but keep in mind there are still two more novels for that to pan out.

J.L. Dobias
HASH(0xa30ec9f8) out of 5 stars First in a trilogy: Watch out, you'll be hooked. Jan. 15 2014
By Hillel Kaminsky - Published on
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John is a 16 year old boy who finds a watch on the beach. He puts it on and discovers that he cannot remove it. At the same time every day the watch teleports him to different locales, which get progressively further from home. The watch is broken and is stuck in a loop determining the bio energy of the user. After 6 or seven teleports, John will die.

John seeks the help of his friend Ronica, a 19 year old girl who quite obviously loves John, but John is too thick to see this. Ronica is a mechanical and engineering wiz and gives John a small robot that accompanies John on his adventures. Thus, even though she is not physically with John when he teleports they can communicate and she sees what the robot sees. While playing around with the watch, the pair discovers that by pulling out the fob they can communicate with Felix, the guy who invented the watch.

Felix is unquestionably brilliant, but has been trapped in an underground lab for 30 years by the people for whom he made the watch. Felix is desperate to get out of his prison and tells John how to teleport to him so that they can change places. John is reluctant to do so (of course) but ends up doing this because if he keeps on teleporting he will die anyway. Felix promises to come back for John with a second watch to free him but he has not done so after a year.

Felix has not forgotten John but spent the year looking for Kate, a woman he fell in love with while inventing the watch. When the people who owned the lab betrayed Felix and trapped him underground, Kate was trapped as well but escaped using a spare watch that Felix had made for himself. Felix finds Kate and Kate frees John, leaving her trapped in the underground lab. The book ends with John and Ronica enjoying a day at the beach accompanied by the Kate, who is communicating to them through the watch. Throughout the book the bad guys (lab owners) send assassins to bring John to them and kill everyone who knows about the watch.
HASH(0xa10682e8) out of 5 stars Solid and fun May 27 2015
By catlover - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This unique take on teleporting via a mysterious wristwatch found on the beach by an unsuspecting teenage boy is not just for YAs. Adults will love it too. Well written with a unique storyline, it is easy to get caught up in the suspense of the young protagonist's forced travels every twelve hours at 3:14 on the dot as he tries to outrace and outwit the two murderous "Advocates" on his trail. The main storyline involving the teen is interspersed with backstory and well-done pseudo science involving a scientist named Felix who happens to appear as a hologram projected from the watch. As the plot thickens, we learn why Felix is important to the story. I especially love the characters Ronica, Mouse, and Calendar. Some well-placed comic relief is added to the mix in a place or two in the book. There are some serious themes: death, murder, and one lovemaking scene that is not graphic but still felt a bit out of place. The characters have depth, and the science seems semi-plausible to an educated lay person. Great job all around for this writer.