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Chosen: Chosen #1 (The Chosen) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Grover Swank
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Book Description

Order to be read: Chosen, Hunted, Sacrifice, Redemption

Book One of The Chosen series **This is a paranormal thriller/romance**

"A new voice in the urban fantasy genre, Grover Swank is definitely one to watch." RT Book Reviews

"Allow me to introduce you to an amazing new urban fantasy series. Chosen is book 1 and November can't come fast enough until I get book 2, Hunted into my hot little hands." Another Look Book Reviews

"I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes paranormal, action packed read. I know I for one will be eagerly awaiting a follow up to this book." Rea Book Review

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn't know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it's too late.

The Chosen Series
Chosen #1
Hunted #2
Sacrifice #3
Redemption #4 (October 12, 2012 release)

The Chosen Short Stories
Emergence #1 -- Emma's story
Middle Ground #2-- Will's story
Homecoming #3-- Will's return from Iraq

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463692463
  • Publisher: DGS (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NSF3ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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162 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore negative reviews July 12, 2012
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After reading a number of the negative reviews, I was hesitant to buy it. However, it still sounded interesting so I read the sample and that led me to get the full book. I am very glad I did. The book is a good read with good character development and significant suspense.

One or 2 reviews was very critical of the use of the F... words (F... and which occur on average about 2 times per chapter. Contrary to the one review, they are not in front of the child that often and if you live in the real world, the phrases they are used with are actually very common (i.e. What the F...?). Although I do not use the word myself, it IS the way a large portion of the population speaks and and sounded perfectly natural in its use throughout the book.

As far as the story jumping back and forth between the thoughts of the main characters, each view DID contribute to the plot development and even more so to the character development.

There was a section of the book that did have quite a bit of sex involved (although not what I would consider graphic - much less so than a typical romance novel), but it was significant to the development of the characters and their relationship with each other as well as how it fit in with their past.

In summary, if you have grown up in a sheltered environment, do not read this book (it might offend your sensibilities). Likewise, I would not recommend it for pre-teens. However, if you don't mind a book that reflects realistic personalities, I highly recommend this read!

I just finished it and am now getting the next book in the series that I am looking forward to reading (thankfully it is already available so I don't have to wait).
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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Before I read Chosen, I read a guest blog by the author who described how the idea for Chosen's paranomal element came to her. The special connection between the three main characters is richly imagined. But many paranomal books veer off-course because they spend so much time on the paranormal elements themselves that the plot gets lost. Not the case for Chosen - it's fast-paced, intense and carefully crafted to keep readers focused on the truly human struggle that's happening. My only regret is discovering this book before all of the Chosen series has been released, so I'm DYING to know what happens next, in Hunted. Great suspense!
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48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Exciting plot, weak protagonist June 19, 2012
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Sadly, Chosen did not resonate with me. It's an exciting premise: A woman and her young child on the run a powerful, mysterious enemy. Car chases, gun fights, men in black, espionage. It had all the makings of a great story, but there were a few things that really irked me.

On the positive side: I did enjoy Wil. He was snarky, sexy, and fun. I didn't trust him at first, but he grew into an amazing, multidimensional character.

The sex scenes between him and Emma were very well done, and unquestionably steamy. ; )

The story definitely moves, and managed to keep me interested. I loved the mystery, the prophetic elements, and the intensity of everything. I found myself biting my nails and staying up late to finish.

Where the story lost me was all on Emma and her relationship with Jake.

My biggest complaint: A four year old child called the shots and made all the major decisions for the first 50% of the book. "Why was she taking orders from a five-year-old?" Emma asks herself this very question at one point in the book, and I found myself asking the same thing. Jake doesn't listen to Emma at all - but she does everything he tells her to do, which drove me nuts. I mean, I know some kids are stubborn, but it seems Jake has no respect for her. She constantly tries telling him to do things, and he flippantly ignores her and does whatever he wants. Instead of dealing with this rebellion with some sort of disciplinary action, she either casually ignores it, blatantly caves to his whims, or crosses her arms and sulks. She's completely a victim to the whims of her child.

He's FIVE YEARS OLD lady - I mean come on!

There is a moment in the story where big, bad, evil things happen.
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49 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misled by good reviews December 20, 2011
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I got this book because I saw great reviews and it was listed under fantasy. I almost always finish a book that I start, even if I don't like it, on the off chance that it will get better or just because I want to know how it ends. I'm about 49% through this book and I'm going to abandon it. I don't care how it ends; I just hope that the "bad guys" kill the "good guys" so that there is no sequel, but I know I'll be disappointed because there is a sequel. The characters are flat and superficial. The storyline is predictable and full of stereotypes. Halfway through the book and it still hasn't captured my interest. To be fair, being a mid-thirties male, I don't think that I was the intended audience for this book. It seems to be written more for a late teens to early twenties female, but having said that, I felt strongly enough that I am writing a review which I rarely do.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I am soooo disappointed July 28, 2012
By Kacmor
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When I read a book I give the author my best wishes and my best effort.
I am willing to move into the reality he/she created.
This book grabbed me and held tight, but way too soon I felt disappointment.
Heroes were NOT consistent, their behavior didn't match their description.
Little Jack wasn't PARAnormal, but ABnormal, Emma seems to consist of two opposite personalities.
About 80% into the book I started worrying. And I was right. The book ended with a cliffhanger. Later I discovered, that to learn the ending I need to buy two more parts, one of which isn't even finished.
Welllll.... What happened to decency?
Recently many Indy writers decided that selling books in parts is a good business practice.
After all, if Dickens could sell in installments, why not do the same in e-publishing?
Well, I own a funny pair of pants. I can unzip each leg along the length and make them into shorts, Capris, or regular pants.
But they were NOT sold as parts and each piece at different cost.
I don't have to explain, that I'm NOT buying the rest of the installements, too much hassle, too much money, I'm not THAT curious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is AMAZING! I was up all night reading it
until I finished it. I fell in love with the characters pretty
quickly actually. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it more, but it wasn't bad
Amazon suggested this trilogy since I read another trilogy by the same author. I really liked the other one and the negative reviews on this trilogy didn't hold much water so I... Read more
Published 19 days ago by BPatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book!
Published 20 days ago by Denise A. Cabrera
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Very good.
Published 22 days ago by Shoelvr
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunted For Unknown Reasons
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Emma has been running since her son was two. That's when he first told her the Bad People were coming. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Nocturnus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Stefanie Rombaut
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you reading
Immediately began book two!
Published 1 month ago by Tricha Hartman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Dean Koontz, you'll love this!
Great book! I'm a big Dean Koontz fan and this story brought back some fond memories of books I read of his when I was younger.
DGS rocks!
Published 1 month ago by RBW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story with twists and turns
Very good story with twists and turns. I love stories where I don't know what is going to happen next.
Published 2 months ago by M.B.
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

You can find out more about Denise at or email her at

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