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Buck [Kindle Edition]

W. R. Flynn , Jerry Kalipus , Patricia Flynn , Angel Williams , Alison Flynn , Deborah Flynn , Kelly Flynn
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In W. R. Flynn’s apocalyptic novel, "Shut Down," we discovered that the worldwide economic catastrophe brought about by peak oil, the overuse of scarce resources, wars, government deficit spending and overpopulation has left human civilization decimated and in ruins.

Most survivors across North America have banded together in isolated farming communities closed to outsiders. This is the story of Corbett, Oregon, one of the larger self-sustaining colonies, two years after the collapse.

This novel introduces a severely wounded outsider, Michael "Buck" Baccellieri, who is discovered unconscious and near death along the bank of the Sandy River by two members of the tightly-knit Corbett colony. As Buck struggles to recover from his wounds, the people of this small isolated community face a new danger and are united by a sudden outpouring of compassion for a stranger.

The three novels in this adventure series, "Shut Down," "Buck," and "First Journey," will appeal to readers of all ages. Book IV, "Stone Warriors," will be released this August.

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Our very own Troutdale author, William Flynn, has written a wonderful, uplifting new adventure for us to enjoy!  I strongly recommend this powerful novel. I found it entertaining and thought-provoking offering an optimistic portrayal of survival even in the harshest of times. Buck is a must-read!
- Northwest Connection

About the Author

W. R. Flynn lives in Troutdale, Oregon, with his wife and two daughters. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with a BA in History and earned an MEd from Western Washington University in 1989. 
In the early 1980s he travelled throughout Eastern Europe and the USSR and in 1985 he spent a month in Cuba working on a communal farm. He has also travelled extensively with his family including dozens of trips to Southeast Asia and several trips to Europe. 
Flynn is now retired after a professional background in law enforcement and secondary education. He now spends his time traveling, writing, bicycling, gardening and enjoying his family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083L9Q26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quickly Developing Author May 15, 2012
By Johnnie
Sequels are always an issue. Most never work out. They become cliches. Take for instance the sequels and prequels of the Dune series. What awful writing, they seem to use cut and paste. It is how a successful series can be ruined. No sign of that in the sequel to the distopian novel by Bill Flynn. Instead of living off a successful first novel, the writer is clearly developing and improving as a writer. Certainly he is not in it for the money, at least not yet. Time will tell, but the new novel speaks for itself. A unique story related to the first novel, but not chained down by it. It reminds me of the series by Stephen King, the recurring theme from the Gunslinger series and other novels where parts of the strange universe are hinted at but subtly.

I am looking forward to the next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel and engaging story June 12, 2012
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I am always up for a good "End of the World" story and Mr. Flynn has definitely hit another one out of the park. I enjoyed catching up on the characters introduced in the first book as well and learning about the newcomer, Buck. Mr. Flynn's writing style has gotten smoother and his characterizations are more in depth, which really works here in building the sense of community for our survivors. The ferals were a scary concept but a believable continuation of the downward spiral gripping society as scarcity reduced them to animals. I can't wait for the next installment in this engrossing story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel August 30, 2012
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This is the second book in this saga of a small, unincorporated village east of Portland, OR in a post-apocaltyptic environment.

It is now two years after the first book ended. Calm and security has reentered the lives of the 3500 residents of the village and all have settled into a quiet, peaceful life, except for the necessary security patrols and observation posts (OPs) to guard against intruders. What is surprising is that the village leaders do not want new arrivals, and "tresspassing" is considered one of the six crimes in the village law, punishable by death. However, "murder" is punishable by banishment outside the village boundaries (interesting that the Northern Plains Indians had the same law).

This book is much better crafted than book one, and author Flynn says that many people proofread the draft. However, I still found two mistakes, "then" instead of "than" (common these days) and a missing open quotation mark.

In this genre, most books have a dual purpose, to tell an interesting story, and to provide hints and advice in how to survive in a post apocalyptic environment. This book accomplishes both, but from Author Flynn's viewpoint. It is an interesting read and offers much food for thought as to what to expect and what to do to survive in a post apocalyptic world. The author accomplishes this, tho the narrative skips over many details of life that could have been included, such as no mention of a weekly village fair or flea market for trading and bartering needed goods and services. But another threat is introduced, not thought of in other books of this genere.

While book one was laborious to read, this book is much smoother, and kudos to author Flynn for that. Recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck is the man! July 15, 2012
By mgentry
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Buck literally washes into town and become a hero. Very good followup on the first book. A very good story line of what happens as time passes after the big one. A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A cure for insomnia. October 27, 2012
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This book is just plain dull.
Whereas his first book had a few entertaining parts this book treats us to long passages concerning such subjects as using human excrement for gardening and bicycle tires.
Also every other page informs us of the myriad uses for blackberry leaves and characterizations such as height,weight and whether or not the male characters sport ponytails.
The antagonists are vaguely drawn and quickly defeated and only after page upon page of the protagonists planning for the engagement which is quickly concluded with little time given to the actual engagement,it seems as the author has no clue how to portray these events so he concludes them as quickly as possible.
Characters are introduced and forgotten and the characters from the first book are often pushed into the background.
At 364 pages it's a whole lot of nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even worse than the first one. November 14, 2012
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The characters are just too “out there.“ Joe spends way too much time crying. He's got some weird issue with his walk that has no bearing on the story at all. Buck is running around within 2 days of being run through by an arrow and almost dying and is allowed to go on patrol. Once again, the Corbett militia is proved invincible.
Out of nowhere, Joe and Kelly tried a relationship and ended it and now she's engaged to some random Chinese guy we never heard of before. Of course he has to be Chinese because Kelly is Chinese. All the silly chanting just got really annoying. Is the author Buddhist and trying to convert us?
This book was just plain bad. Don't waste your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong sequel, worth the read. October 15, 2012
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While much of the plot is too close to the first book's plot of repelling a large group of invaders from the island, the author does a good job of thinking through how the community changes three years after the sudden collapse of the U.S. for the kind of small thing triggering big things too quickly to be coped with that's very realistic to students of history (in this case a bank closure by FDIC that has the unintended consequence of leaving too many folks unable to complete their banking transactions to restock their homes at the end of the month's budget so overwhelming looting breaks out and things spiral. Oddly we came within two weeks of the entire Michigan banking system collapsing in the 1930's at a time when over a third of the country's banks were insolvent and nearly that many had just collapsed over the preceding few my state a third of the banks collapsed in 1922 so it's just not that farfetched.

The author is former law enforcement and has thought through many things that post-collapse novelists overlook, both small activities and consequences, and throws in many anomalies that fit the real small town/community (he's a neighbor, like William Fortschen setting "One Second After" where he lives or Eric Flint's "1632" series is slightly fictionalized Morgantown, WV where he'd lived) like no physician, strange mixes of deep knowledge on arcane topics and no knowledge/tools for many basic topics, the regional specializations, the local food/organic food movement, the concentration of middle-aged and seniors in rural areas (a very big deal for both subsistence farming's backbreaking labor and reviving pre-electronic technologies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the first book
This book was boring. I did not care for any of the characters and there was way too much chanting, description of blackberry tea, and Yup. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alex mechanic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel!
I was so interested to see what had happened to this small town. Loved the introduction of Buck, and his interaction with the town's people. A good read.
Published 1 month ago by Anisa L Lignell
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
I chose this rating because I thought it was a boring book. I'm and avid reader and felt that "Buck" was a waste of my time.
Published 6 months ago by Maurain Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy Howdy
Another fast moving story in the series that I couldn't put down and really enjoyed reading. W.R. Flynn paints a picture of an individual who makes it through the Shut Down event... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aquiferan
3.0 out of 5 stars An Ok sequel
Second in the series. It was good to find out what's up from the first books characters. The 7.99 price a bit high for the book especially with little new character development. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CarolAnne
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version review
I actually wanted to read this book despite some of the poor reviews, as I enjoyed the first book. However, I just returned my kindle edition immediately after purchasing due to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lauras
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck
Really interesting read. Not enough sexual situations for my wants. Little pervert that I am. Always enjoy something with a little heat.
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor story development
Poor story development. Little character development. Inane dialogue between characters. I put it down twice to not read but decided to go ahead and finish it only because I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brent D. Whinnery
5.0 out of 5 stars a positive future...a great read...
W.R. Flynn has developed a positve outcome from a collapse of civilization...strong characterizations will win out over severe challenges every time... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John H. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Buck A survivror of the Shut Down
The book was in a excellent condition and the story was applicable for the times we live in.. A practical story of what a community can do in troubled times.
Published 17 months ago by william b gay
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More About the Author

W. R. Flynn was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, one of seven children of a civil engineer at an open pit taconite mine. He was later raised in a rough neighborhood near Oakland, California, a few blocks from Foothill Boulevard. When Flynn was in his 20s, he pulled his way out of poverty by working his way through college as a steelworker in Seattle, Washington. He earned a BA in history from the University of Washington at the age of 28 and a masters degree in education from Western Washington University at age 32. Enjoying an interesting and colorful life, he travelled throughout much of the communist world during the 1980s including a one month experience working on a farm in Cuba. Since the 1990s, Flynn has travelled to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Singapore with his wife and children. Retired from a career in law enforcement, he now spends his time writing books and raising his family.

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