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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: #2,429 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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162 of 173 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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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read - Was also misled by reviews March 8, 2012
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I've NEVER written a review on a book I have read, however I felt I needed to support the post by 'Dragon'. I don't ordinarily read this type of genre (thriller/fantasy/romance? ), so I relied heavily on the raving reviews and the 'top-100-purchased-books' listing.

I have to say sorry to those people who loved this book, but I just did not. It did nothing in the way of enticing me to read more of this story or the fantasy-romance genre.

I too am one of those people who read a book/watch a movie to the end - even if it is horrible - just on the off chance there is a big plot twist that negates the torturous journey leading up to that end point. I read on... hoping.... waiting... but sadly disappointed was I. In fact this read like a B-grade movie script complete with contemporary cliches in dialogue and plot.

I agree also that the characters lacked substance and despite trying my utmost to feel sympathetic...I just couldn't do it. I hated the "heroes" and the "creepy" kid did nothing but annoy me. In fact, I cringed through the entire novel and felt no suspense what-so-ever. It was all very predictable. For me, the plot just twisted into a down-winding spiral culminating in a deja vu- "ending", leaving me in regret for having purchased this book.

My bad for not having read the sample for this (which I normally always do) because the author's style of writing didn't help either. The over-describing of everything left nothing to the imagination. Do I really need to know what the "hero" is holding in his right hand while he picks something up in his left (unless of course it has to do directly with the plot)? It was almost like she needed to do this to bulk up the book - which it did!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good read. Liked it well enough to order the 2nd and 3rd in the series.
Published 15 days ago by TAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Fast paced story telling that kept me ...
Great read! Fast paced story telling that kept me on the edge of my chair. Characters very well developed and easy to believe and envision. Read more
Published 16 days ago by HonoluluBill
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning
I have read many paranormal love stories evidently power is something to be wanted at all costs and it is not usually the person with the gun who has the real potential. Read more
Published 18 days ago by IRENE
3.0 out of 5 stars Chosen #1
This book was too repetitive for me. Not enough characters early in the book. Little too unbelievable also...more like science fiction...not mystery.
Published 1 month ago by mawmaw cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Looking forward to reading all books on the series.
Published 1 month ago by J Dawes
5.0 out of 5 stars This is My First
This is my first read by Denise Grover Swank and excited to say I'm looking forward to reading more of the Chosen series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cyrilda Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Moved quickly
Good read. Moved quickly. I was finished and just had to get the next one to find out what happens next.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend
Started off decently, but quickly deteriorated into drivel. I had a very hard time finishing this book, and in fact skipped much of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing read!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 2 months ago by Jenny
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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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