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'This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft.'
 - John L Work
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'This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft.' - John L Work, reviewer

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: WoodsfortheTrees (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957976720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957976726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,334,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alana Woods is a storyteller with a bent for excellence. It can take her years to be satisfied with the quality of a story. Her first three novels she viewed as practice and consigned them to the flames years ago.
The ideas for her published books to date have come from jobs she has held.
Her fourth and first published, AUTOMATON, won the Fast Books Annual Prize for Best Australian Indie Fiction. It's a legal thriller the idea for which occurred when she spent five years recording trials in the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.
Her next, IMBROGLIO, is a contemporary intrigue mystery that sprang from an early job as a publications typist with the Weapons Research Establishment in South Australia.
She continues to write from experience. She has two in the pipeline: one based on her insider knowledge of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission--she was its Director Publishing. The other a direct result of actual events: the robbery of her jewellery when she was in Italy for her daughter's wedding in July/August 2013.
Want to contact Alana? You can do it through the Contacts page on her website: http://www.alanawoods.com

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It's difficult to decide where to begin with Automaton. This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft. Set in Australia, it is so deep, so well written, so intelligently thought out and flows so smoothly that I felt like a participant and personal observer within the events, rather than a reader who was sitting comfortably in my office as the story unfolded. Woods' experience as a Court reporter makes her tale as authentic, intriguing and interesting as any you'll ever read. It's not a quick, shallow read - it's a real novel.

A young man named Russell, who claims to have no recollection of the crime for which he is to be tried, stands accused of murder. He apparently has amnesia, the result of a brutal beating suffered shortly after the victim's death. Or does he? The government's case is overwhelmingly strong, replete with solid circumstantial, forensic, and eye-witness evidence. Russell is looking at some very serious prison time.

Enter Elisabeth Sharman, a beautiful, intelligent, rather pushy, aggressive, somewhat tactless barrister, the newcomer to the office by the way, who is assigned to defend the accused at trial. She encounters her senior instructing solicitor, the dashingly handsome, egotistical Rob Murphy, and some other office staff members who are less than receptive to her presence. And you know the sparks are going to fly, in several different directions.

The interactions among the various characters in the law office (it is a legal thriller, after all) are very true to life. I say that from having worked for nearly two years as an investigator with the Colorado Public Defender's Office.
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If you are looking for a book that has a great storyline, deep characters, action and intrigue, you need to read this. In Automation, the author draws the reader in with descriptions so vivid you feel as though you are living the book. The main characters are people to be discovered and delved into. And once you discover them, you realize that things aren't always as they seem. The twists and turns of this book keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Just when you think you have everything figured out, your heart and mind will be gripped by the unfolding of events. This is a book for the intellectual and the romantic. Automation gains my 5 stars and so does the author.
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REVIEW FOR AUTOMATON BY ALANA WOODS
4/5 ANGEL WINGS
REVIEW BY R.L. BAILEY

I love reading a great mystery. I love it even more if I can't figure it out by Chapter three. Well, Automaton, by Alana Woods has that and a whole lot more! Set in and around the courtrooms of Australia, Miss Woods takes the reader on a journey from a brutal murder, a defendant who can't remember a thing, (or can he?) to an end that you can't wait to get to!
The story centers around Russell, charged with a murder he can't remember. His lawyer, or as they say in Australia, his barrister, is a young cocky way too sure of herself woman by the name of Elizabeth. She's not the most tactful tool in the box, and soon has the entire office looking at her in disdain. Her boss, Robert, oh what a man he is. And modest as well. You just know that the tension between him and Elizabeth is going to be electric!
Elizabeth digs into the case, going all out in defense of her client, and incurs the wrath of any number of people who want to see Russell convicted of murder. Elizabeth believes in her client though and pushes through, sometimes at her own peril.
This is a good read. It kept my attention throughout, and even though I am an American, I could still understand the Aussie terms used in the book. My only complaint, like Miss Woods other book I read, Imbroglio, was too may second tier characters who take up too much of the story.

Book given to reviewer in exchange for fair and honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book. The story and characters had my interest from the beginning and I found it difficult to put down. I read it in two days! You can tell that the author knows her stuff...the court scenes were riveting. I have lived in Canberra and really enjoyed reading about places that I was familiar with - it made me miss my old home town! This book is a 10 out of 10 and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great read.
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