In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.
It's a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.
What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now and our responsibility to the planet.
Seb Kirby has concocted a fabulous multi-genre cocktail that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end.....
On the face of it, this story comes from a classic Science Fiction tradition and, indeed, it does contain elements of the best contemporary examples of the genre. You can feel the echoes of Twelve Monkeys, The Matrix and The Man Who Fell to Earth, among others, emanating from the text. It also has resonances from the early giants of science fiction HG Wells, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke and the like. In fact, it particularly reminded me of a short story called Pawley's Peepholes by the great John Wyndham.
Within this tradition Mr Kirby has seamlessly woven the fundamental features of an engaging and challenging mystery with all the requisite murders, suspects and motives. As our hero develops he is sometimes part Philip Marlowe and sometimes part Sherlock Holmes but, never too much of either.
The story also has the pace and timing of a first class thriller. It effortlessly moves you inexorably forward, whilst ramping up the tension at every turn......
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys and appreciates a good story well told. I also recommend it to all you aspiring writers as a fine example of a fantastic author nearing the top of his game.