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"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty - most of them in someone else's body." (USA Today)
John Scalzi returns with Head On, the stand-alone follow-up to the New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it.
Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.
Is it an accident or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are called in to uncover the truth - and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.
©2018 John Scalzi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 04-20-18

Great Sequel

This is both a great sequel to Lock In and also a good standalone novel. However, first time readers may be confused as much of the information about the origin of Haden syndrome is not mentioned. This is definitely an exciting and enjoyable read.

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3 out of 5 stars
By LooptyLoop on 06-13-18

A fantastic book hampered by a mediocre reader.

I'm a huge fan of Lock In and Head On, but I don't think Amber Benson's narration matches up well with Will Wheaton's. Her lack of range for different character's voices is what really holds her back.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 07-18-18

Great time with the characters..

I enjoyed spending more time with the characters from Locked In. Like Locked In, the mystery a the heart of the story is very simple, which is a bit of a let down.


Once again, I enjoyed Amber's narration of the book and will stick with her for any subsequent books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mark Gjøl on 07-05-18

A good story marred by a terrible actor

I listened to the first book of the series narrated by Wil Wheaton and was disappointed by the performance, so for this second installment I decided to go with the alternative. Amber Benson tries hard to make distinct voices for each character, but not only are they jarring, the accents she choose are often wildly confusing. I was particularly confused by the manufacturer of sex bots, whose voice most of all reminded me of a sweet elderly lady. Of course that might have been her intention, but I didn't think it really fit the script. The intonation of characters are often off, and what I would have read as assertive or playful was read as whiny.

Throughout the book I regretted I hadn't chosen the Wil Wheaton narration for this as well, but really I wished they would have gotten someone else entirely to narrate it.

The story is pretty good though, I recommend reading it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alter Ego on 05-16-18

Nice story, narration not so great

Much preferred Wil Wheaton's narration of the original. The character readings in this one were unconvincing

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sean Daly on 05-28-18

Intriguing

If u know the first book then this is like a more complicated and twisty story that builds on the previous one. Returning characters make it a good time and the exploration of sport and ethics is a good setting. Well worth the time. I thought the narrator was a bit flat sometimes..a bit to ‘Siri’ for me but on the whole managed the different voices well enough. I genuinely did not expect the turns and shake ups that happened and the bit-by-bit unravelling of the crime behind the crime behind the crime was awesome!

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