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"A well-written and well-executed story by first-time author Mark Tullius. It reads like a gritty, postmodernism novel similar to Blade Runner or A Scanner Darkly. Very interesting character development and plot elements, especially since the protagonist can't hide anything. A quick and fast read that keeps you glued to the pages." - eNovel Reviews

About the Author

I'm a father and a husband, a brother and a son. I'm an Ivy League grad who worked in a warehouse, an MMA fighter with too many defeats. I'm the bouncer and bodyguard, the drunk guy in the fight. The jailer and the jailed, the guilty and innocent.
I'm a writer shaped by influences, too many to count. I grew up on King and Koontz while force-fed the Bible. I narrate Dr. Seuss and Disney nearly every night. Like you, I've seen things I wished I hadn't, heard some truths I won't forget.
Writing is my heavy bag, the sparring partner that doesn't punch back. It's where I shed my armor and cast off the blindfold, take a look at myself and the world around me. The writing takes me wherever it wants. Dark alley or dinner table, classroom or morgue. I go along for the ride and try to capture the moment, show life like it is.

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  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vincere Press; 1 edition (December 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KRWXXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Tullius is the author of 25 Perfect Days, which was named one of IndieReader's Best Indie Books for 2013. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition to 25 Perfect Days, Mark is the published author of five books and over two dozen short stories. His blog addresses a wide range of topics including mental health, fitness, parenting, and social issues; one of his blogs was featured by the NoH8 Campaign.

Mark's passion for martial arts once had him competing in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). When head injuries sidelined his training, Mark launched a project called Unlocking the Cage that merges his love of the martial arts, his talent for writing, and his sociology degree from Brown University. In October 2014, Mark was invited to guest lecture on the Sociology of Martial Arts at his alma mater.

Unlocking the Cage is a sociological study of why fighters are drawn to the sport of MMA, and why, despite actual and potential injuries, they continue to climb into the cage. Mark has traveled to 23 states, visited over 100 gyms, and interviewed close to 400 fighters from very diverse backgrounds. UTC is due to be released in November 2015. Interviews from Mark's travels can be found on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkTullius.

Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

For more information about Mark's work, he invites you to connect with him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorMarkTullius), Twitter (@MarkTullius1), and Instagram (mark_tullius). You can follow his blog at www.MarkTullius.com.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sienna @ Lost to Books on January 11, 2013
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Written from Joe's point of view it engages you in the action and Tullius does a good job of relaying the feelings and thoughts of the character. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention, throwing me into a new world while explaining certain aspects about life as a telepath clearly. It made me want to read on and the name "Thought Theives" Tullius uses to describe the gifted humans intrigued me. The plot line was original and different and did keep my interest however there were a few things that made it a struggle to read the book around about the halfway mark.

The first was that the book is written in terms of days. It jumps to random points in Joe's life while leading up to day 100. In the midst of this there are constant memories and flashbacks which although were easy to figure out and understand, for me it made the story too disjointed as it was frequently jumping from one place to another rather than following a constant flow. Some memories and thoughts also seemed to repeat themselves continually and by the halfway mark it was becoming slightly repetitive and I found it a struggle to stay focused.

The start of the book lead me into a false sense of security and turned into something I wasn't expecting. I didn't realise how dark and twisted it would get. It slowly got darker and more graphic as it went on and I found myself skipping long sections of description as it made me cringe and feel slightly nauseated. When being asked to review this book it was the different theme and the prospect of romance that sold it to me most but the romances were more based on a sexual side of things or Joe berating himself about previous events which became slightly annoying towards the end.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By dragon's on August 30, 2012
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My faith has been restored, great story tellers are still alive!
I feel like I have stolen by paying only 99 cents for this book, it is well worth much much more!
Brightside grabbed me from the first page and kept me to the end. Characters were very well developed.I could not stop thinking about them after I finsihed the book. I have found myself thinking about Thought Theives, and hoping none are near me and hear my erratic thoughts!
Looking forward to reading more of your stories. Stephen King now has a shelf mate in my Kindle!
Thank you Mark Tullius, for the entertainment and the restoration of faith in writers!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2012
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The book is about a forced colony of telepaths. The protagonist is frustratingly tortured and compulsive which irritated me and yet pulled me into the narrative and I ended up feeling quite disturbed - the way a good book can pull into the imaginary world. If being absorbed into a disturbing world is your thing and if you don't mind a bit of blood and gore and the death of a pet, then this is your book. None of these are my "thing" and yet I couldn't wait to finish the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ariana R. on October 14, 2012
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Thought thieves can't help but hear everyone's little secrets and awful truths. Joe, the conflicted main character, would never wish this upon anyone- wrenched from his home, and placed in a government-sanctioned group was supposed to be better for him. But knowing he wasn't alone actually makes things worse- everything is on display, and there's nowhere to hide in Brightside. "Brightside was plastic," Joe says. "It was all just pretend, each detail fabricated so we couldn't jump off the edge of the mountain... take the easy way out." From a sham marriage to the cruel Boots policing Brightside, Joe's only connection to anything sane is his friendship with Danny, the only person who is truly able to find good in anything, and Sara, the first Brightsider he feels anything real for. Joe's life has been "one big should've. Should've known better, should've listened, should've paid attention." But when gifts from his father give him the chance to make things right, he stumbles across a band of rebels that might offer him the way out. This story of loss, family, and childhood trauma is a great read- I read it one night- and you'll start evaluating your life the way Brightsiders are forced to do. It's a really fresh premise, very unlike anything you've ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary S Fish on April 6, 2013
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I was looking for something to read on the plane and decided to give this a try. I kept hoping that this story would evolve into a really interesting take on how could an individual cope in a society where you couldn't keep secrets. Instead I got gratuitous sex, pointless violence, and way way to much conflicting angst from the character, But hey if you are into those things this is the story for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By liirogue on September 11, 2013
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I'm divided about this. It's a really interesting subject, but it's extremely dark. It takes a very pessimistic view of humanity and human nature that I'm not sure I completely agree with. Almost every character is bleak and miserable. It's a very depressing book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By patiscynical on January 30, 2013
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This is a story of how some people have evolved into mind readers, and how terrified normal people segregate them into one town called Brightside.
I thought I would enjoy it but it was just too depressing.
I didn't really like the main character, Joe, but I expect lfe would be very hard if you knew every random hurtful thought of everyone.
He seems weak and spiteful and terribly bruised.
Its thought provoking, but just too sad.
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