Thomas Locke

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Trial Run

‘Fault Lines’ Techno-Thriller Series: Book 1
August 4, 2015 from Revell
Where does perception end and reality begin?

Can your mind actually cause something to happen in the “real” world?

What happens when we throw out our conception of the limits of space and time?

When science, government, and big business clash, who will ultimately have control of our information, our privacy, and even our very thoughts?

One thing remains clear:

What you don’t know can kill you.


Trial Run reached #2 on the October 2015 CBA fiction bestseller list in the fantasy/sci-fi category.

Awarded a “Best Book of 2015” by Suspense Magazine in the Thriller/Suspense category.

Suspense Magazine names TRIAL RUN by Thomas Locke a "Best of 2015" book in the Thriller/Suspense category


Reese Clawson’s work is mind-bending—literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering.

She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness–and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies.

But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers: an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption.

Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate?

As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don’t know can kill you.

Trial Run, book 1 in the Fault Lines techno-thriller series, released August 4, 2015, from Revell. This pulse-pounding story combines the science of today with possible scientific breakthroughs of the future.

Discover how it all began in this explosive prequel to Trial Run . . .

There isn’t much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her—now—just might accomplish it.

Knowing little more than her beautiful name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job.

But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty—if the two of them survive the test.

Leave behind your perceptions of what is possible and race into the unknown corridors of human consciousness in this breakneck prequel to Thomas Locke’s Trial Run.


Trial Run is wonderfully told: a swift, engaging story that shows a large understanding of the human condition, our essential frailty, our drivenness, our need for connection. As three stories collide, Locke brings into play some key questions that face each of us as human beings: do we know what is really going on? If we don’t, can it destroy us? This is artful writing, full of suspense.”
—Jay Parini, NYT bestselling author of The Last Station

“Thomas Locke masterfully keeps the suspense level taut throughout the book. It is a rare author that can create such dramatic tension in a storyline that contains areas of technical discussion, like quantum computing, while still maintaining a character driven plot. A fast-paced, constantly unfolding mystery with well-developed characters. Trial Run promises to begin a strong new series which manages to transcend the bounds of science fiction writing.”
—The Manhattan Book Review

“A thrilling cocktail of science, technology and danger elegantly served at breakneck speed. Intoxicating and seriously addictive as only Thomas Locke can deliver.”
Tosca Lee, NYT bestselling author

Trial Run grabs readers from the first page and keeps them hooked to the last page. Locke weaves words to create masterfully evocative descriptions, scenes and characters. The science is presented in a Crichton-esque manner, compelling readers to believe that not only can it be true for some future date, but it is probably being used in some secret laboratory right now. Trial Run will make a great last-of-summer read. Before you start reading, stock up on munchies and extra light bulbs; once you start, you won’t want to put it down.”
—Paula K. Parker,

“A truly remarkable work. The interweaving of three stories is faultless, the tension explosive. The story involving the intelligence community and military is extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read.”
—Keith Hazard, former deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency

“I was not prepared for this. It’s somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. Bunn’s writing has never been stronger. The power of his style is enough to make the book a gripping and intense experience. Ultimately the acid test is that after I finished, I could not let it go. My head is still full of it; and that is a very, very good sign.”
—Phyllis Tickle, former senior contributing editor, Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced, mind-bending thriller that has readers questioning everything and anxiously awaiting the next twist.”
–Sarah Frobisher, RT Book Reviews