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Enthusiastic reviews from Kindle readers:
 
"The prose is so well done. The scene details are elaborate and made me feel as if I were inside the story. The character development is superb."
 
"I really liked this book. Its almost impossible not to think back on your own choices through out your life, what you would change, and the ramifications of those changes. Hope to see many more from this author."
 
"I was looking for something different to read and this book sounded intriguing. So glad I decided to read it. Characters were interesting and well developed, you grew to care about them. The book also made me reflect on what I would do different if I had a second chance at doing over my life. It also made me stop and appreciate the everyday little memories that we all take for granted. Great first book!!"

From the Author

    Hello Reader! I just want to take a minute to thank you in advance for reading my first book, DRO2WN. I realize reading a novel is a serious investment in time and mental energy, and I couldn't be more earnestly honored that you would consider spending that time in my little world. I spent five years writing this novel. I've been pretty busy working in the tech industry during that time (at RealNetworks, Rhapsody, and now Amazon), and so I mostly wrote the book during the hours of midnight through three am on Sunday mornings. 
    I'm not sure what the writing "process" is like for other writers, but I couldn't have had more fun doing this. Writing this book was a complete escape for me. On those Saturday nights (into the Sunday mornings) that I had time to write, I was suddenly transported to a secret world that only I was privy to. I became completely engrossed with the characters during these years, to the point where I almost considered them living, tangible friends. Even now I occasionally ponder what Garth might be up to these days; or if Kaitlin is still doing ok; or if  Jarred decided to change anything in his life. I miss them (in some sort of, probably, not-so-healthy way).
    The experience for me now that the book is finished is being flipped on its head. Since placing the book on Kindle it has been fascinating to discuss these characters and events with my friends who've read (and luckily liked) the book. It's such a trip to have these people spending time in my secret world now. At first I was a little jealous (these are my secret friends, get your own!), but once I acquiesced to the fact that sharing is a requirement to getting people to read your book, I finally embraced it and now I can't get enough of people opinions and thoughts. 
    A huge part of this project for me included the music that accompanies the novel; DRO2WN's sister project is a rock album of the same name, created by myself and my band (The SAWG). The album tells the same story as the book, except that it does so through music. I think music is ecumenically more subjective than a good story; as such, the music is probably less accessible than the novel. I enjoyed it though, and for those who enjoy the indie/progressive genre, I hope the music adds another enjoyable layer to the story. It was fun telling the same story through two different artistic mediums, and I think the process of creating both simultaneously really helped me improve on both art-forms. To listen to and download the music for free, check out our band's website: TheSAWG.com
    Finally, I could talk about these stories, characters, and ideas for hours on end, and I'd love to chat with you about any questions or comments that you might have. Please feel free to drop me a line via email, or check in on me at one of these places on the intertubes:
  • dro2wn.com
  • TheUnlikelyNovel.com
  • TheSAWG.com
  • Twitter: @jO2shuaWright
Thanks again, and happy reading...
-- Josh
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466485957
  • Publisher: 370∞1 (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4LK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joshua Wright is an author and computer scientist. He writes science fiction, speculative fiction, and horror. His newest book, Idempotency (published by Kindle Press), was a first-round Kindle Scout selection. In his day job, Josh works (with people far smarter than himself) as a software manager at Amazon.com. His team creates software to help publishers and independent authors get more books into the hands of more readers.

You can see what Josh is up to by following him on Twitter (@JO2shuaWright), checking out his website (www.JoshuaWrites.com), or dropping in on his blog (www.nblogn.com).

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hermione on January 1, 2012
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Wow. I can't believe this is a novel from a first time author. The prose is so well done. The scene details are elaborate and made me feel as if I were inside the story. The character development is superb. From the first chapter I was hooked. This is not a book to rush through. You'll want to pay attention as you read. Each character is in the story for a purpose, and you'll see each of them multiple times. I found this book by searching for the keyword "time travel". It isn't "traditional" time travel, but rather about how the characters were able to change choices that they had made in their lives and how that also changed the lives of others. Unlike some lesser quality time travel books, there are no loose ends in this book. All of the characters and events are seamlessly woven together. That's particularly impressive because the author said he wrote this book over 5 years, one day a week from midnight to 3am!
I highly recommend this book. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne A. James on July 25, 2012
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The concept is original and interesting. The characters are fully articulated and I felt connected to them.I. look forward to his next book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flamesprite on November 22, 2012
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I am sorry to say that I did not finish this novel. I got 14 percent and began to skim. At 24 percent I just called it quits. The author has a wonderful premise to work from. However, the writing style was a bit verbose. It was almost as if he was writing with both a dictionary and thesaurus at his fingertips. Don't get me wrong, a great vocabulary is always a plus. In a novel you want to use words that will get the job done without losing your audience because you use a $30 word when a $5 word will do. I was also bogged down by all the description. Another - don't get me wrong here - you need description to help your reader "see" what you want them to, but too much can bog down the reading. I deleted this novel from my library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Donaghe on August 4, 2012
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Have you ever wondered what happens after you die? What would you change in your life, if you could do it over again and take a different path? DRO2WN answers these questions. I found this book to be a fast paced page turner and I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on March 29, 2015
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It took me a while to get through this book, but I found myself going back to it until I finished. This is maybe not the type of book you read in one sitting--it is by no means straightforward--but is definitely worth taking the time to unravel. It certainly makes you think about all the ripples that the most innocuous of our choices have, eventually causing, potentially, great waves in the universe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A B on December 26, 2013
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I could only read about 30 pages of this. I kept hoping for it to get better but couldn't stand waiting for something to happen. It was a lot of existential meandering about nothing interesting. I had no sympathy for the main character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theodore R. Smith on April 23, 2015
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This was one of the best parallel reality / timeline books I have ever read!

My God! The philosophical concepts this book tackles (and well, in my view!) are quite complex, but there is little exposition, it is all done via the story!

And holy cow! What if the premise of this book *IS* how the Universe operates?!!? This book gets +1 star for having rich characters in multiple timelines, +1 for multiple parallel realities that stay consistent (which is quite hard), and +2 for novel ideas. So, if Amazon let me, I would easily give this a 9 on their 5-star scale.

I read Joshua Wright's other books after reading this one, and you just HAVE to check out his intelligent-zombie novel, The Unlikely Event! Then hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and tell me if Foo-Man-Chu isn't the most awesome villain ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves To Read on October 21, 2012
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I can't even begin to explain how surprised I was by this book. The stories within the story were each compelling in their own right, and made for a very good read. The writing has an easy flow and is intelligent - and I mean this as a compliment when I say that my vocabulary was much improved as a result of reading this book. The ending made me cry, just a little, as I was slightly surprised by the outcome, but then I appreciated the honesty of it, and found myself understanding that it really could not have come out any other way. Yes, I know that this is fiction, but to me, that is what makes a truly good writer - when the story is so convincing, that you become ensconced in it until the lines blur, and it seems true. I really look forward to reading more from this writer. Well done.
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