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Length: 56 pages Series: American Nightmare (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 258 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (April 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X28LRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,281 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I am a long time coporate worker. Still do work in a corporation .

Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed writing and find it to be extremely liberating. I think we are all raised in a certain way and are shaped by our surroundings, family and circumstances. Writing allows me to connect to that part of us, that is not conditioned -the wild and free part of us. As a kid, I used to pour out my heart and soul on paper. But I moved so much, so lost most of it. Now we have the internet and Amazon -so we can upload it and publish.

I am really enjoying the process of sharing it with others.

The American Nightmare series was born out of the devastation I witnessed among a lot of people, due to the Great Recession. Many middle age folks I know, lost their jobs and faced a dismal future. House values plumetting, jobs moving to other countries and never coming back. The reactions of the people surprised me a lot-many people I thought would be strong, collapsed . Some who I thought to be very weak, showed tremendous courage and strength.

The first novella of the series American nightmare, is about Bob, a nice man who lives the American dream and then everything collapses. Unable to deal with the consequences, he snaps and turns into a vicious killer. It chronicles his path, his pain, anguish, terror and the frightening story of a man who has lost his mind and has nothing left to tie him to reality.

The second book The Retreat, is the continuation of the series. Bob plots on killing his ex mother-in-law, but a terrible accident shatters him. He takes off on a road trip and blood spills. Then he comes face to face with a starnge group of people who seem to be almost of another world. What follows is a terrifying adventure.

My third book to be released soon, is "Two Sisters." This is a soulful tale of two sisters, Carla and laura, who were raised in a small farm town. Carla leaves for college and marries an ambitious, handsome go getter. Laura marries the boy next door. They drift apart, only held together by their father-who Carla loves deeply. Then the dad dies and the bottom falls out of Carla's life. Alone in the world, sad and lonely, she finds refuge with Laura and her family. The sisters reconnect and this helps Carla build up a new life. A soulful tale of love, life, death and new beginnings.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mlshands on September 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a free copy of this book to review. This story premise sounds interesting but then you start reading this book. I had to force myself to keep reading and was sorry I did. The book was written in an unorganzied manner with grammatical errors throughout. The sentences were choppy and it was a chore to finish this book. Big spoiler alert ahead! The main character is one person in the beginning of the story, loses his mind and starts killing and eating people, and then becomes a organized predator? Really? Need I say more? Eating people and feeding meat pies to people? I'm going to take my mother's advice and stop writing since I can't think of anything nice to write.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By monica on June 5, 2012
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I am a horror fan, but this book just wasn't so good. The idea of a 52 year old man losing everything due to downsizing and divorce, then cracking and going on a murder spree seems like it could be a good story. American Nightmare-I liked the title, the story telling wasn't horrible, but it was bad. There was a lot of repeating- Bob is a 52 year old man, ex wife an alcholic, handyman neighbor an alcoholic, cabin handyman an alcoholic.... This was a free e book, and I did read it pretty quickly-while waiting for an oil change and then finished up at home, but I wouldn't recommend it to any friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By martham on September 5, 2011
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Poorly written, way too predictable and the storyline bounced all over the place. Reads like it was written by a semi-illiterate teen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catrina T. on August 20, 2011
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I hate giving books a low rating. I do appreciate the effort of putting your work out there but sometimes, a book comes along that is just so bad that I couldn't even finish it.

Unfortunately, this is one of them. It's a mere 59 pages on Adobe Digital Editions but I wanted to give up right around page 15. The premise of the story is pretty interesting. An average nice guy has been living the American dream of a good job and a family until his wife filed for divorce four years ago. Then he got laid off at his job of 32 years. Being 52 years old, he wasn't eligible for retirement yet... basically, everything falls apart around him. Then he snaps. Based on the cover art, he goes all Dexter on the people around him. Great, I love Dexter. This should be good.

But it's not. It's really not. The writing wasn't good. It's choppy and inconsistent and redundant. And most of all, it was BORING. There was pages upon pages of description and back story to introduce the main character, Bob, but it was so boring and cliche, I didn't care much for him. Everyone's an alcoholic, Bob's a doormat... I don't think a page went by without a retelling of those two things. And the formatting problems. Oh my, is it too much to ask for dialog paragraph breaks? Huge chunks of text with 2-3 people talking in them. I salute self-published authors but come on... a little editing goes a very long way.

I should stop now, really. I feel bad bashing a book but I just did not like any part of this.

Rating: 1/5. Purely for effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on August 12, 2013
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We meet Bob, your average type man who finally has enough! His entire world falls apart and his mind goes right along with it.

I have felt like ripping apart a person on occasion, I mean who hasn't right? Bob does what we all wish we could do when our life is in ruins and all hope is gone. But there is a twist, there is always a twist!

T.K Murphy takes you on an insane ride, and trust me when I tell you to stay on until the very end! It is all about the twist my darklings!

I thought the flow was very good and besides the minor grammatical errors, it was a good read. I recommend this to anyone who loves twists and turns, insanity and flesh eating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charley on June 19, 2013
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I got this book for free so decided to try it out. In my opinion, the book was written by someone with a great idea but little experience. I finished it but it was very hard. I didn't enjoy it like I would have if it had been properly proofread and edited. My suggestion to T. K. Murphy would be to keep writing but to make sure the next book is done a little more professionally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen West on August 21, 2011
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As the other reviewers mentioned, I also hate to give a bad review especially when the author was kind enough to give me a complimentary copy. All of the issues that I had with the book were previously mentioned so I will not repeat. The idea for the story was a good one and maybe the author could rework his story, it seems everyone in Bob's life had the same abusive or alcoholic character. Also, this book needed a lot of editing, a few grammatical errors or spelling I can deal with but this book was full of them from start to finish. I did finish reading the book, I hated to give up but it was really boring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Staeven on June 30, 2012
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This is a short horror piece. It would not be half as long as it is if the author did not continuously repeat tedious, descriptive detail. The author is STILL describing the MC after the 70% mark. Past description of mild mannered pushover and current (within text) primal force driven sociopath. Same exact descriptions over and over and over and over. In the beginning 25% we get a description of Bob (with no changes in words or details) every other page. Pretty sure Bob would have sufficed as detail since his murders showed his mindset to the reader.

This amateur attempt was presented in horrible format related to punctuation and grammar. Wrong words, missing words, missing punctuation, punctuation used incorrectly. Dialogue bits of two talkers in one paragraph (no no). First person switched to third person within paragraph. Tense switches from past to present within a sentence. There is NOT ONE SINGLE PAGE/LOCATION without errors (many times several). I do not believe a spell or grammar check run.

Suspension issues - there is no way Karl lasted a week in captivity with injuries described without medical intervention. Several injuries of major breaks would have festered, caused septsis and - or celluloisis (untreated would have caused shock) . But, say forgive for genre (okay) . The coupe de gras injury would have done him in within very few minutes. That is not one that can be ignored (even for genre). Is a partial lift from Misery by Stephen King without the acumen to address the major artery issues that King was wise enough to address. It is physically impossible to live without a minimum of a tourniquet of some sort to manage the injury. Genre does NOT allow suspension of such magnitude.

The tale is poorly constructed, poorly written and not worth the "paper" it is written on, or the time spent to read.

Christine
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