Tapper

A Novel

Book Cover: Tapper

TAPPER—a projecting empath—is the product of a corrupted government. Nurtured from birth and ruthlessly trained, Tapper learns the art of manipulation and persuasion—becoming an elite operative with a gift of immense power. He’s the government’s prized spy until he does the unthinkable. Horrified by his actions, branded as a monster, he goes into self exile on Mitta-4—a colony planet on the fringe of the known universe—to settle down and lose himself in a new life. There, he finds danger comes in many guises.

A dark and deeply moving story filled with immorality and one man’s quest to abstain from his darkest impulses.

Reviews:Liz Konkel on www.ReadersFavorite.com wrote:

Tapper is unexpected, a unique voice in a dark and, at times, isolated world. It's not about Tapper's empath skills, but about his journey in both the past and the present, and how those two stories influence his future. S.A. Combs has a unique style, telling Tapper's life in two separate but connected stories, and pulls this off brilliantly. He's everything you want from an anti-hero, he's got a tragic backstory, a gritty and warped view of life, and a heart that honestly cares. It's a quick read, with the chapters in the past reading more like a recap as Tapper reflects back on it, and even breaks the fourth wall by commenting directly to the reader. Tapper is gritty and tragic, yet hopeful and endearing with a certain charm, much like the character himself. This novel is perfect for science fiction lovers, but anyone can relate to and fall in love with Tapper.

Lolah on www.amazon.com/uk wrote:

A great book, so well-written you see the action like a movie in your head! This book was brilliant! So different to the kind of books I usually read, yet it drew me in and kept me hooked from beginning to the very last page. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop, and was up all night!
I won't give away the plot - spoilers! - but Tapper is a projecting empath, someone who can both read other people's feelings, and use his gifts to influence them. This can be used for good or for ill - a fact seen throughout the course of the book. I liked the way we find out all about Tapper's life, follow his adventures, right up until the end. And I was very happy that he did find some good friends along the way, because he seemed very sad and lonely sometimes.
The book is excellently written, with characters you can relate to, and you can see everything clearly in your mind like a movie - I had very vivid dreams about Tapper's world after reading this book! I'm not usually a huge fan of space books, but this one was so good, even going into space seemed natural! I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes scifi books, adventure, or just a human story. While I'd love to know more about Teach's story, I'd certainly read any books by this author, if they're as good as this one!

thelakewitch on www.amazon.com wrote:

Wow! What a trip! This book is about an empath in a future in which empaths have evolved to posess great powers. An excellent speculative science fiction read. There were aspects of one of Anne McCaffery's series but with the polar opposite direction as far as the main characters development. This book is also eerily creepy to the extent that it gave me nightmares the likes of which I haven't had since reading 'It' by Stephen King 30 years ago. To be fair I was really sick and dehydrated so maybe it doesn't count but all things considered this book took me on a ride I won't soon forget. If you like dark science fiction and/or horror then this book will surly please you. A big change from the authors previous books but when S.A. Combs decides to stretch his wings look out for some killer stuff.

Karl Maurer on www.amazon.com wrote:

Well written—First let me begin with saying that I didn't have high hopes for this novel, but I am dang glad that I read it. It is somewhat unusual in that the author chose to tell the story from two time periods. There is the main character's origins, told as all the book is, from first person, past tense, and the other from a later time. The story alternates between these timelines, one chapter telling things 'from the beginning', and next being set quite a bit later. At first I wasn't happy with this, but it worked well, and I adjusted quickly due to how well it was written.

The Author truly makes one care for the characters in the story, and I feel that many may end up wanting to read this book all in 'one sitting'. I strongly recommend it. Well written, Mr Combs. Well written.

Librarian on www.amazon.com wrote:

Not the usual genre I go for, but I ended up really enjoying the story. It is told in a combination of flashbacks and present day (chapters alternate between the time period) which allows the reader to see how the past has influenced the present. A projecting empath is someone with psychic abilities that can be used to alter other people's moods/feelings/attitudes/actions. Of course the government wants someone with such skills, and Tapper, though no choice of his own, has become a tool of the government, a spy, and a weapon. But what happens when Tapper wants out. Besides the government not wanting to let him go, he has also made many enemies over his career. Will he ever be able to just retire and live a peaceful ordinary life.

Although it took me a few chapters to get into the book, it really reeled me in and kept me guessing after that.