7th Son: Book One - Descent (The Beta Version)
By J.C. Hutchins
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AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is "The Beta Version" of this podiobook. 7th Son: Descent is now available as a print novel from St. Martin's Press. During the editorial process, significant changes and improvements were made to Descent's print manuscript. Character names were changed, and events at the end of the print novel were modified in ways that will impact the rest of the print trilogy. The print novel represents an official reboot of the 7th Son series. Due to these changes, this "Beta Version" of Book One: Descent is no longer the "official" version of the podiobook. Please visit the 7th Son: Descent (The Print Edition) page to subscribe to the definitive version of the story. THE STORY Three weeks ago, the U.S. president was murdered by a four-year-old boy. Today, seven men stare at each other in a locked conference room. Kidnapped and brought to this underground facility, the strangers are sitting in silence, thunderstruck. Despite minor physical differences, they all appear to be the same man, with the same name ... and the same childhood memories. Unwitting participants in a secret human cloning experiment, these seven "John Michael Smiths" have been gathered by their creators for one reason -- to capture the mastermind behind the president's assassination. Their target? The man they were cloned from; the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha. Soon our heroes -- John, Jack, Michael, Kilroy2.0 and the others -- realize the president's murder was merely a prologue to Alpha's plans. As the mystery deepens and the implications of Alpha's scheme are slowly revealed, the clones decide to stand against John Alpha. The outcome will unearth a conspiracy larger than they could have ever imagined. Descent is the first novel in J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son thriller trilogy.
||Prologue, Chapter 1||The U.S. president is murdered by an unlikely assassin. Some time later, seven men -- named John, Michael, Kilroy2.0, Jonathan, Fr. Thomas, Dr. Mike and Jack -- are kidnapped.||2/24/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 2||John, one of the seven abductees, awakens in a government facility, and is locked in a large room. Soon, six other men arrive. None of these men have ever met ... but they share an uncanny resemblance to someone John knows very well.||2/24/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 3||The men meet Dr. Kleinman and Gen. Hill, overseers of the facility. The truth is revealed, and the seven strangers' lives are forever altered.||2/24/06||Free||View In iTunes|
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||Chapter 4||John, Jack and Micheal share childhood stories, to confirm Dr. Kleinman's news. The other three clones puzzle over recent events on their own. The walls begin to whisper. Fr. Thomas has a dream.||2/24/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 5||Breakfast time. One of the "seven sons" refuses to believe Dr. Kleinman's bombshell. Kleinman begins a tour of the 7th Son facility. The descent begins.||2/24/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 6||The clones visit their birthplace -- The Womb -- and learn its secrets, as well as the theories behind memory recording/installation (MemR/I) technology. Dr. Mike and Jack lose their cool. Jonathan loses his lunch.||3/25/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 7||The briefing begins. The clones learn about "Code Phantom." A mysterious stranger interrupts the briefing. More is learned about John Alpha ... and how his plans transcend the assassination of the U.S. president.||3/25/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 8||The briefing in Ops continues. The clones learn more about the early days of Project 7th Son. A secret dangerous technology is revealed, as are the motives for John Alpha's activity.||4/8/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 9||In Washington D.C., Vice President Charles Caine visits a civilian hospital to receive a routine physical examination ... but things do not go as planned.||4/14/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 10||Back at the 7th Son facility, the John, Kilroy2.0 and the others puzzle over the clue John Alpha left for them. The clones begin to work together for the first time. Gen. Hill reveals an unexpected hobby. A breakthrough is made.||4/21/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 11||The clones continue to decipher the Morse Code clue. Dr. Mike takes charge. John Alpha's intentions become more clear. The second half of the clue is decoded.||4/30/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 12||At a military base in the Russian wilderness, a former CIA agent named Doug Devlin reminisces about his past -- and his current alliance with a man the clones know very well. A much larger conspiracy is unveiled. The implications of John Alpha's plans bec||5/7/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 13||Back at the 7th Son facility, the Beta clones learn more about the mysterious night club in Los Angeles. Expecting the worst, they plan an attack. But not all of the Betas will be going....||5/14/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 14-15||The Beta clones finalize the plans for their cross-country trek. Gen. Hill explains the true power of Code Phantom security clearance. The clones call home, to chat with family and lovers. A secret is revealed in Jonathan's life. More mysteries surround K||5/21/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 16||Fr. Thomas and the Mikes head ever westward, to California. Meanwhile back at the 7th Son facility, Jonathan, Jack, Kilroy2.0 and John attempt to understand John Alpha's scheme. A valuable clue is discovered. Research is conducted. Kilroy2.0 finds a||5/30/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 17||The story shifts to Houston, where billionaire oil tycoon A.U. Rookman conducts a videoconference with a business associate. Rookman's legacy of corruption and greed is revealed ... as are details of his ailing health.||5/30/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 18||Michael, Fr. Thomas, Dr. Mike and the 7th Son soldiers reach Los Angeles. Michael briefs his brothers on the plan of attack. After a tense ride through the streets of West Hollywood, the team arrives at Folie a Deux. The mission to stop John Alpha -- and||6/11/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 19-20||At the 7th Son facility, John, Jack and Jonathan learn more about Kilroy2.0's world. A powerful benefactor lends a hand. In California, Michael, Dr. Mike and Fr. Thomas and the 7th Son soldiers invade the night club. They find Folie a Deux silent and empt||6/12/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapters 21 - 22||John travels into the depths of the 7th Son facility for a family reunion ... and encounters an unexpected, familiar face. Kilroy2.0, Jack and Jonathan slip into the CDC's secure intranet, searching for NEPTH-charge victims. In Russia, the Devlins finally||6/20/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 23||Kilroy2.0, Jack and Jonathan's search for NEPTH-charge victims leads them to a horrific CDC report that reveals another mystery. John finally meets Hugh Sheridan ... and the true nature of Project 7th Son is unveiled.||6/29/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 24||The story returns to California ... and to the bloodbath at Folie a Deux. The clones learn about Vaporwear. Fr. Thomas and Dr. Mike are captured. John Alpha makes an appearance ... and a speech. Thomas makes a leap of faith.||7/5/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 25||The story returns to the 7th Son facility. Jack, Kilroy2.0 and Jonathan begin to understand that John Alpha's conspiracy is much older -- and more dangerous -- than they could have ever imagined. John continues his conversation with Hugh Sheridan. The gen||7/14/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 26||The battle concludes at Folie a Duex.||7/20/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 27||The last chapter. Hugh Sheridan reveals a final secret to John. The clones at the 7th Son facility discover the fate of the rescue mission in California. The Beta clones' mission concludes ... or does it?||7/23/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bonus Episode #1||This special episode is a collaboration between J.C. Hutchins and Mark "Reigning Shogun of Taiwan" Forman. Mark asked J.C. to participate in a cool concept episode of his podcast, Getting A Leg Up.||8/4/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bonus Episode #2||It's the last episode in 7th Son, Book One: Descent! J.C. answers questions from listeners ... and thanks darned-near everybody for their support and encouragement.||8/4/06||Free||View In iTunes|
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Great ideas and plot hindered by lack of editorial hand.
Of all the podio books I've heard this is far and above the best. In reality it's the first I could actully stand to listen to all the way through. However it does suffer from some of the same problems that seem to be common of online fiction. I couldn't help but mentally rewrite or delete alot of the cliched, and or corny dialouge. I also found myself retroactively ignoring a number of unecessary and slow scenes; plot holes and contradictions. In conclusion this is a piece of fiction that I believe would've benefitted greatly from a editorial hand guiding his great creative impulsives , while reeling in his cliched ones.
Consider getting a 'triteness' filter
I haven't seen a flashbulb in about 30 years, and no presidential asassin, child or other, would be put without handcuffs, unceremonially, in the back of a police car. This could have been good, but I couldn't get past the first, equally trite, sex scene.
This has been a very fun ride! Good story line, lots of action, lots of promoting other writers and artists. Beware that the first 2-3 minutes in most chapters is a recap and commercial for other people, just skip over it and get to the story.