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Closure: Jack Randall #1 Kindle Edition

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Length: 396 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Randall Wood is the author of the novels Closure, Pestilence and Scarcity. After a life spent in occupations such as paratrooper, teacher and flight paramedic, he eventually listened to the little voices in his head and now writes full time. He currently resides on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife, their three children, two cats and one great dane puppy. He welcomes readers, and fellow writers, to his website at: www.randallwoodauthor.com

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  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tension Bookworks; 2 edition (December 21, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASCJP10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Randall Wood is the author of the popular Jack Randall series of thrillers as well as several short stories surrounding the main characters.

He currently resides on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife and family. When not writing he can usually be found in the ocean or building something cool.

He welcomes readers and fellow writers to his website at www.randallwoodauthor.com where he promises not to speak of himself in the third person.

25 things about me;

1- I have over 200 more take-offs than I do landings. One tree landing (planned) and one water landing. (unplanned) Parachutes do NOT float.

2-I still own my first car, an 86 Monte Carlo SS, slightly augmented.

3-I wrote my first stories in junior high. My first novel in 2006.

4-Reading and sleeping are pretty much the same thing for me.

5-I'd rather burn the midnight oil than get up early.

6-I've run two marathons. One on a dare, the other for fun.

7-I own a 9mm automatic that's been to seven countries.

8-My IQ is 142. Or at least it was at one point.

9-I'm right handed and left eyed.

10-Someday I hope to retire on a sailboat.

11-My favorite coffee is a triple-grande'-white- mocha. I order it with a deep voice.

12-I own 14 swords, one of which is a light saber, green.

13-I like big dogs.

14-If I'm not writing I'm building stuff.

15-I don't wear hats unless I absolutely have to.

16-I'm a PC.

17-Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

18-I still play with Lego's.

19-I'm partially deaf on my right side...from blowing things up.

20-Fastest Rubik's cube time; 1 minute 34 seconds.

21-Most common report card statement; "Not working up to his full potential."

22-Second most common; "Constantly reads in class."

23-Once intubated and saved two dogs involved in a house fire.

24-I grew up on Heavy Metal hair bands.

25-Now that I can write and publish all I want, I doubt I'll ever retire.

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Format: Kindle Edition
The plot of this book grabs you right from the start. However, I found reading it unenjoyable due to grammatical errors, awkward word choices, hard-to-parse sentence structures, and ambiguous pronoun references. Ultimately I stopped reading. This book seems to have a lot of potential, but it needs a professional editor.

Update: I was drawn back into this one and am really enjoying the story. Normally (as suggested above), I don't read books that are obviously unedited and full of errors -- I find the errors to detract significantly from my reading enjoyment. This one, however, is worth it, which speaks highly of the story and the non-technical aspects of the writing. The book is obviously well-researched and the plot is neatly woven together.

But I will reiterate that this book NEEDS an editor. There are awkward phrases, misused idioms, and huge numbers of cases where the wrong homonym was used (thus passing the spell-check while still being incorrect). The author managed to get sight/site wrong in both directions! With a good editor, this would be a really excellent book.

I received a free review copy of the e-book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Edited to add: The author has commented below that the book has undergone professional editing. I haven't re-read the book so I can't vouch for the quality of the editing, but since mine is a highly ranked review, I wanted to point out that the problems I had highlighted in my review have hopefully been addressed.
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Format: Hardcover
At first I thought this was just another vigilante story rip-off, but once I got into it it turned out to be anything but. While it has a little of Dexter in the plot, it quickly moves away from that and becomes a story of the broken justice system and one mans attempt to change it. The author likes to teach the reader and I learned about snipers and explosives and police procedures and emergency medicine the way I learned about submarines from Tom Clancy. Sometimes I thought the detail was a little too much as when he describes a character making a silencer for a pistol, but when I read it again I could see he left out enough to keep it safe. Another point was during the action ending when we stopped for some detail when the story was really rolling along! Grr. But only one page and it sets you up for the ending. The cover confused me until I realized who it was in the picture. Once I saw the blindfold and sword I realized it's the "Lady of Justice" shot on the steps of a courthouse, which makes sense when you read the story. All in all an excellent book, I hope he writes some more.
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The plot was strong although you could see the end before you got there. The lengthy description of how the firearms were altered and set up was boring to me because I don't know anything about weapons. I thought it interrupted the momentum of the book. Gun enthusiasts would probably like it though. The medical part was exciting, but got a little too technical at times and I do have some medical background.
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The book was 449 pages and would have been a much better book had it been around 300-350. I liked the premise and parts of the book were very good. But as the book went on it just became a drag I could not wait to finish. I couldn't believe all the good reviews this book received. I really have no desire to read anymore books by Mr. Wood
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I really enjoyed this book. From the first chapter to the last it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. My only criticisms I have is 1. there are too many typographical and grammatical errors. The detract from the overall story. In addition it was obvious that the author either had a great amount of medical training or did a great amount of medical research. The length of explanation of those processes actually worked against him to some degree. There is only so much you can write about inserting a catheter before the audience gets bored with the procedure.
All in all this a very enjoyable read. A question for the author, why did you constantly fail to capitalize FBI, INS, and other agency initials?
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"Closure" proves to be a highly enjoyable story for anyone who enjoys FBI thrillers. The characters are all wonderfully developed throughout the book and not just through the authors short flashbacks, but through the way they interact with each other. The style of the writing, with quick changes from one character's point of view to another gives readers a true visualization of each scene and each perception. Whether it was the author's intent or not, I felt a little like a sniper surveying each scene because of the way the story was written. Two qualms: First, because there were great levels of detail in the book, some of the scenes tended to feel a little drawn out and slowed down the story. Secondly, there were quite a few errors with homonyms and misspellings in the eReader version. It didn't really detract from the story, but it was noticable to me. Other than that, this was a really enjoyable read with a thesis many readers could get behind.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review*
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