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Chance: A Novel Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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I just read TAPPING THE SOURCE a week or two ago, and that book truly was a five star novel from start to finish. Maybe reading them back to back, I was more disappointed by CHANCE than some other readers.
So what specifically didn't I like about the book? For starters, just from my personal taste, there are three plot devices that I hate: time travel, amnesia and split personalities. This book unfortunately involves the last one, and I'm not sure what it really adds to the story. My bigger criticism though is that the story just seemed to go out of focus so much. There is a pretty clear and sometimes interesting plot in here involving a misguided love interest and a dangerous bad cop/husband. I think if the book had stayed with that story more clearly it would have been more enjoyable. Instead it strays at times into musings or events happen in unclear ways.
Anyway, its not a bad book, but in all honesty I've read many better novels lately, and this isn't one I would be quick to recommend to anyone.
The doctor in question, Eldon Chance, is an ordinary man, a sympathetic character who could be the guy next door because who doesn't know somebody who's had a few hard knocks the way life is nowadays. But Chance the anti-hero has an extraordinary knack for making bad decisions and pretty soon he's off on a rollicking roller coaster ride down the wooden rails as he sinks deeper and deeper into ruin. He starts by having inappropriate sexual fantasies about patients, gets involved in a very shady deal with an antiques furniture dealer and, worst of all, he bonds with "D", a hulking, tattooed, paramilitary "Fixer" with a troubled past and a penchant for bladed weapons. Add a seductive and mysterious math teacher with multiple personalities, a red haired secretary with a silver stud in her lower lip, the Romanian mob, and a dying philosophical Frenchman with a talent for conceptual photography, and you might have the ingredients for a bouillabaisse worthy of Elmore Leonard (who incidentally did a blurb for Kem Nunn's surfing classic, "Tapping the Source").
Mr. Nunn has made his mark writing novels about California.Read more ›
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A plot that you want a second book on! Great character description and information on subject matter but given it great style. A book for someone who likes suspense and drama. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Juanita Y Lamberger
Mysterious Book Report No. 155 - Chance
by John Dwaine McKenna
Some of the best thriller and crime fiction stories are built around the premise of an ordinary person... Read more
I just read (again) Tapping the Source, which is a 5 star book, and should be a classic someday (it already is as far as I'm concerned). But this book, Chance, is just okay. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jdmcox
Well, this is quite the story. I found Chance to be far more interesting than Mr. Nunn's previous novel about surfing, which seemed top heavy with surfing details unimportant to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Yasmin H. McEwen
Another book I had high hopes for, that started well, and was intriguing and then I lost all interest in the character. Read morePublished 12 months ago by frank c.
The medical jargon in the book is very well written. Plot is just subpar and hard to follow in addition to just not keeping my interestPublished 12 months ago by Cassandra D Hopson
You are for sure taking a chance on this one. I'd imagine some readers will find it interesting, some will like it very much but a good many will hate it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. E. Knopick
Advertised as one of the best mysteries of 2014, this book was a disappointment. Story was unconvincing & difficult to follow, characters were flat, ending was unsatisfying.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is superb. I hope he continues with these characters. The only problem with this novel is that it ends.Published 15 months ago by Jack Hall