Unlimited: A Novel

by Davis Bunn

Paperback, 2013



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B&H Books (2013), Edition: 1, 320 pages


Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy. He needs Simon's help. Upon crossing the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed, and Simon is assaulted and nearly taken out by members of a powerful drug cartel. Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to serve a higher cause. With Harold's help, Simon sets out on a quest to uncover who killed the professor and why. In due time, he will discover secrets to both the world-changing device and his own unlimited potential. -- P. 4 of cover.… (more)


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Physical description

320 p.; 8.4 inches


143367940X / 9781433679407

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LibraryThing member LAWonder10
Davis Bunn's 'Unlimited' is an action-packed book based on actual events.

This is a fast paced story of a young man who was compelled to go to Mexico to assist an ex-professor, Dr. Vasquez, with a high-tech experiment they had worked on. The professor needed Simon's genius to complete the invention
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they had worked so hard developing well over a year before... Simon owed it to him.

Shortly after crossing the border into Mexico, Simon was hijacked by the drug cartel. His car was wrecked and he was forced to flee for his life with no time to collect important items he crucially needed. He only hoped he would find the professor and get the needed help from him. This was just the beginning of many thrilling experiences and incidents that evolved. Amidst it all, there were several dramatic, intense feelings of betrayal, friendship, trust, forgiveness, redemption, loyalty, love and attachments.

I am certain the movie will be every bit as good as the book, or even better, if possible. Be watching for it!
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LibraryThing member Cyndecat
Spoiler alert!
Unlimited is an interesting battle set in Mexico and partially based on a true story. By battle I mean that it is a human drama about good vs. evil, but much more about finding a personal sense of meaning and responsibility in this life.
Simon Orwell is a man who has made a complete
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mess of his life: taking wrong turns at every opportunity. He is a brilliant scientist, although still a student, whose latest wrong turn has gotten him and his favorite professor booted out of MIT. Simon feels so ashamed and remorseful for betraying his professor that he wants to somehow make things right. The two had been working on a project together to create a device that would garner the unused (“wasted”) energy and create unlimited free energy from it. The professor dreams of bringing free energy to Mexico, his home, since the current power company there is very expensive and oppressive. The professor has sent Simon an email saying he has made a breakthrough in their design and needs Simon’s help to finally make their device work.
Simon takes everything he has including his version of the device in his car and goes to Mexico with the intention to apologize for betraying the professor and to do everything he can to help him complete his device. The minute Simon crosses the border everything goes wrong. Simon is run off the road and forced to flee with his device from a man with a gun. Simon hides the machine in a drainage ditch and manages to make it into town to meet the professor at the town council meeting to present their device in hopes of receiving funding. When he arrives he is greeted with the news that the professor is dead and the council claims they never offered funding, but would like to buy his device for 1000 bucks. Devastated, not only that his friend is dead, that there is no funding and the lo-ball price the town offered for years of his research, Simon leaves only to find that someone is still trying to kill him. Simon is rescued by the assistant to the mayor and taken to the orphanage for refuge. There Simon meets Harold Finch, who helps Simon set out to find out who killed the professor and why. He also helps Simon believe in himself (and the love of the heavenly father) and to rebuild the machine and to make it work. But they must fight against a powerful drug cartel which has other more sinister plans for the device.
It is a wonderful story of redemption and hope! There is even some romance involved. Mostly the reader is exposed to the hardships and terror that living in Mexico can be today. The powerful drug cartels are ruthless and dangerous and make just surviving difficult in an already treacherous environment.
Davis Bunn has created a wonderful novelization of his screenplay for the film “Unlimited” which is also coming to theaters soon. Writing a book based on a movie is difficult because all the dialog and stage directions together have already produced the story; there is no room for embellishment or change. There were a couple of instances in reading the book that the conversations seemed a bit stilted but I’m sure the same conversations flowed in the movie and were necessary to the plot. I am looking forward to the movie!
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LibraryThing member JoyAnne
Simon Orwell and his old professor are working on a project and have been exchanging emails. Simon has completed his part and heads to Mexico to deliver it when he is attacked by drug cartel. He barely escapes with his life and he still has the powerful device. Upon arrival he discovers the
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professor is dead and is determined to find out who has been sending the emails?

This is a fascinating read, Simon knows his life is in danger and so are those of many children in an orphanage, Bunn makes this an intriguing story with the plot and his writing style. He makes you feel like you are right there in the midst of it all and I really like that!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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