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Blackjack Wayward (The Blackjack Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Bequer , Joshua Hoade
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Book Description

I saved the world and as a reward for my hard work, they sent me back to Shard World, banished from my home, and from the woman I most desire. A woman who betrayed me in the end.

But I made it back once. I built a warp hole generator from the rocks and stones. I'm going to build another one, find a way back somehow...

Because the world hasn't seen the last of me.

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  • File Size: 2245 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beginners effort but the story isn't bad. June 3, 2013
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I've read both of the Blackjack novels that have come out so far and while I enjoyed the story in and of itself, I found various other things very distracting. First of all, there was obviously no editor involved in this work and in large sections it appeared as if no one even bothered to proof read the text. What I mean by that is that there were whole sections (several of them) where there were incomplete sentences on every page. It's not as if you couldn't understand what the author was trying to say, but it was a distraction none the less. The second thing that I found distracting was the way the main character (Blackjack) seemed to be a different person from chapter to chapter without so much as a segue. First Blackjack was a raging animal that kills and screws anything and everything, then he is weak from 18 months in stasis and weakened further by starvation and thirst and after just one beer, kills 300 supers by himself in a fight. Also that 18 months in stasis goes back and forth between 18 months and a year (as if the author couldn't make up his mind). Blackjack is also kind and then mean and then kind again almost as if he (or the author) doesn't know what he is. The first story (Blackjack: Villain) was better in that you could tell more effort was put into editing the story, but still suffered from these same problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a fun read April 28, 2013
By Bryce
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Wayward picks up right where villan left off. That in itself is one of the big issues that i had with the book. The beginning, id say the first fifth of the book, is frustrating and i kind of wish it was not there. It serves a purpose but it was drawn out and i cant say much about it because that would ruin a good portion of the book.

Obviously Blackjack gets thrown back into the world with whole new problems to deal with. Unfortuantly the cast of characters is not as rich as in Villan. I distinctly missed both Cool and Apogee especially in the start. Dale interacting with those two in particular made Villan fun to read. Thats not to say Wayaward isnt fun, because it is. Its also more serious with Dale going through darker times. The characters and what they go through reflect that as well, lacking the levity of parts of book one.

Another thing that irked me was the lack of talk about the greater threat, the lightbringers. They are mentioned a couple times but in the several times the battle on the island is mentioned the reason it was fought was not. Id imagine we havent seen the last of them. The action is similar to the end of Villan with Blackjack forgoing his bow for the more direct approach. In my opinion this took some of the unpredictability that his bow and gadgets brought to a fight. A last issue i had was the repetition, some information was repeated over and over. Im not talking about 3 times in a book im talking three times in the span of 50 or so pages. The theme seemed to be Dales confused in this book for MOST of the book and it got old after awhile even if there was a reason.

I kind of saw the ending coming but its suddeness surprised me. The above seems like i had many problems with the book but they did little to detract from the experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayward April 30, 2013
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Very mild spoiler that simply references one conversation in the book.

Honestly I think Wayward was more of a 4.5 stars but I am inclined to go up half a star rather than down. As mentioned in the previous review Wayward is more about Blackjack's mental state rather than the rich cast of characters that Blackjack Villain featured. I thought that Wayward was excellent as far as fleshing out exactly what Blackjack is going through emotionally. That being said as mention in the other review I too miss the dialogue that existed with Cool Hand and Apogee. One of the things I find interesting and yet troubling is how little credit Blackjack ever gives himself. In fact I think no one, especially Blackjack, has ever really explored the possibility that Heroes and Villains are really just two sides of the same coin. With the exception of Apogee I have never really been able to classify any of the veteran big time Heroes as truly heroic. Honestly to me they simply appear to be narcissistic sociopaths who have no morality beyond what makes them look heroic to the media. My thoughts on this stem from what Superdynamic says about orders he and Apogee received in Blackjack Villain. This is the main thing that has always slightly detracted from my appreciation of the Blackjack series and it continues in Wayward. I think their needs to be a deeper look about how Heroes have more likely caused more property damage and deaths in trying to apprehend Villains than the Villains themselves cause. In the interest of avoiding both a tangent and spoilers I will stop this train of thought there.

That aside as I already mentioned Wayward is great for the character development of Blackjack and while the Lightbringers are not mentioned this does not really detract from the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 25% Blackjack book June 2, 2014
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What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (no spoilers)

1. What type of book is it: action, drama, etc? This book is a drama book with a dynamic pendulum that shifts back and forth between relevant action driven character development and stale development mixed with irrelevant action. It felt like two different author's wrote two books and then slipshod pieces together.

2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about a conflicted, depressed and unbalanced Blackjack hitting bottom and coming back just in time to deal with his tormented demons about love and regret. In addition, and I mean those words 'in addition' since the Zundergrub plot is stacked on like an afterthought, Blackjack has to deal with Zundergrub, his world cleansing agenda and his army of brainwashed maniacs. Sadly, the Zundergrub plot is TREATED as filler when it should be center stage to enforce character evolution through action. We aren't that lucky.

3. What/Who is the target audience? Male audience, though I am not sure what age. This book relegates females to small secondary roles or tertiary roles. Most of their roles are erotic in nature. There are exceptions to this from two tertiary characters with very little page time.

4. Is there character development? Yes and no. Blackjack exhibits his usual anti-hero internal conflict. The book is full of his self loathing and rambling in an attempt to impress upon the reader, Blackjack's self-realization of evil and good. That's about it. Only one or two secondary characters have more than `skin deep' characteristics. Everyone else, everyone, is one dimensional in role and lack of development. It's a lineup of blandness. Many female characters are portrayed in a rather shallow manner.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice read
A little slow getting goin but well worth the read. Enough twists to make you look forward to a third
Published 7 hours ago by Al C.
3.0 out of 5 stars major flaws
small spoiler alert! The first book he is conflicted about hurting others and trying to be a gentlemen and can barely take on one super at a time. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Steven A. Ahearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Testosterone driven violence at a very attractive price
Blackjack still has some growing up to do. He seems to be all balls and fists with no brain in control. Read more
Published 23 days ago by David G
3.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to 3rd book...
Starts out ok, gets really bad, then gets salvaged and becomes way better. Power tgrough the horrible early middle and you're rewarded with an improved book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Handy
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackjack: The fun villian
While I did enjoy the book (editing errors and all), I have to say that I liked the first in the series a bit more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Anti-Hero Series
Truly enjoyed the Blackjack Series, Blackjack Villain & Blackjack Wayward. Some of the introspection interludes and constant angst over his nature got boring but overall, very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by papab1
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as up to par as the first...
But I still loved it! more like 4.5 stars but I still couldn't put it down so I erred on the side of five stars. Read this after BlackJack Villain. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much self pitty and stupidity
The first Blackjack was extremely entertaining. A "villain" we could root for up against impossible odds and still finding ways to overcome everything through strength,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars First book was better
IMHO this book from the series was not so good as first one. Hero spends too many hours in misery and rambling about Apogee and how bad he is and how he deserves all the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Riho-Rene Ellermaa
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of Blackjack
I was very excited to see the 2nd book in the Blackjack Series. When I kicked back and got comfortable and started reading, I was a little upset about the first part of the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aaron L.
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