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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**

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"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

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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: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • 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: #1,590 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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205 of 217 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 F...ing) 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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83 of 95 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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67 of 83 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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have things to do, do not start this book March 3, 2012
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Seriously, what can I say that countless other people haven't already? Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to stop. You will take it with you everywhere you go. So, if you have something important you need to do, like work or making dinner, don't start the book until you can dedicated the next day or two, to finishing it.

Don't say, oh I'll just read the first chapter and stop. You won't be able to because it starts off with a bang and doesn't let up. Ever. It just keeps going until you get to the last page, and you are thinking, how is this possibly the last page? Why is this the last page? Then you realize there's a sequel, and poof, there go 2 more days of your life.

The story itself is about Emma, Mom on the run, her son, and Will. The majority of the book is just the three of them running from the bad men who want Jake. Lesser authors might make this very dull, but there isn't a dull moment between these characters. Electricity runs trough every encounter Emma and Will have and you practically want to scream, just kiss him already for the love of...

The characters are real. Emma has been on the run for years, protecting her little boy. She's everything you expect her to be. She's standoffish, at times feels like she's failing Jake (even when she isn't.) She's tired. She desperately needs someone to take care of her for awhile, to carry the burden, but can't even think these things to herself, let alone out loud. It's as real as it gets.

Jake is a precocious little boy who seems wise beyond his five years. But, I'm pretty sure having visions of the men who want to kill you, seeing the future, and being on the run with your Mom probably does that to a person. Maybe that's just me.

And Will has his own secrets, his own agenda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this series very much.
Published 1 hour ago by Ashley Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that keeps your attention
Great book that keeps your attention. I'm now on the 3rd book of the series, and the first book (Chosen) was free. You can't beat that deal:)!
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
I don't do this ever. I never give a 5 Star review. To me they are like the perfect moment stolen time. They happen once in a lifetime. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sarah J. Tigan
5.0 out of 5 stars 💖LOVED💖
Waiting to read the 3rd book now! I'm hooked.
Published 4 days ago by Ginger Roy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
The story is far fetched and Will's abilities to defend very difficult to believe (although I'm not doubting realistic just not a normal everyday occurrence). Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Anxious to read the next in the series! Cliffhanger.
Published 8 days ago by Barbara Haugen
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! Ms Swank sure knows how to capture your attention.
I must say, once I started reading I did not want to stop, and when I had to (work and sleep just get in the way, do not start reading late in the evening) all I could do was think... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Gina M Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping out of my seat!
The plot in this book made me emotional as a parent and want to jump into the pages to help the mother against the bad guys! I'm definitely interested to see what happens next!
Published 13 days ago by Glynn A. Bogle
4.0 out of 5 stars But good. Characters are well-developed and likable
Very dark. Very. But good. Characters are well-developed and likable, despite your fear/mistrust.
Published 14 days ago by Lori Anderson
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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 www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at DeniseGroverSwank@gmail.com

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