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DRO2WN [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Wright
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

IF YOUR LIFE passed before your eyes when you died, would you change anything? Providence Westinghouse decided to change something -- he said "hello" to a girl on a bus -- and it changed everything. This simple, seemingly innocuous exchange of pleasantries unraveled an avalanche of consequences that would affect friends and strangers alike.
    In this work of Twilight-Zone fiction, the fate of dozens of bystanders hangs in the balance, to be decided by a few people who have been granted the ability to posthumously relive and change their past. The book revolves around a calamitous car accident on a major bridge in Seattle. Amidst the chaos of emergency, several characters relive their lives with an opportunity to change past events.
    Until his car plunged off a bridge just north of Seattle, everything had gone swimmingly for Providence in his young life. Or so he had thought. He awoke within his car, upon an enigmatic and deserted sandy plane of existence. A place where he could relive his past. His life becomes a fungible canvass, and he begins to repaint it.
    Meanwhile, hundreds of feet above Lake Union, rookie police officer Garth Harbinge finds himself struggling against all odds, and a cantankerous partner, to save an elderly woman with an infamous and fascinating past. His failure would lead to an explosion of new purgatorial possibilities. As if playing a game of Jenga with their memories, characters begin changing past decisions, affecting interminable timelines.
    DRO2WN is a new novel by first time author Joshua Wright. The book's character-driven stories paint with a descriptive brush, allowing the reader to share in the trials, pains, hopes, and dreams of those struggling to find their way within a puzzling purgatory. Josh's background in computer science (not coincidentally, he works on indie publishing at Amazon) and passion for metaphysical philosophy gives him a distinct voice to explore the questions we often ponder but lack the courage to confront.
    Pronounced simply "drown", the book's title is a play on the words "Downing In Oxygen", which is the title track of a new CD from Josh's band, The SAWG; an independent rock album that tells the same story as the book.  

    Mixing love story and philosophy, with plenty of surreal speculation, and a dash of action, DRO2WN is sure to take your breath away.

Editorial Reviews


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:
    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:
  • Twitter: @jO2shuaWright
Thanks again, and happy reading...
-- Josh

Product Details

  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: 370∞1 (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: #368,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever wondered? 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tried, Unable to Finish 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this story July 21, 2014
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i loved this story! As a Seattle native, i felt as though i too,"revisited" the sites alongside Sarah and Tobias on the trails at Discovery Park. In the beginning,i had no idea that i weas in for a journey filled with color and amazing beauty .Thank you for such beautiful prose. i have neverr read such a story where turning the pages ever so slowly was the
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A familiar premise for life(?) after death August 6, 2013
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Most of us have heard about the idea that when you die, your life flashes before you. And in some cases, you're offered the chance to go back and change aspect(s) of your life.
In DRO2WN (where did the author get this title?), this concept is expanded to include a variety of characters - characters that meet / interact in real life. And this is the reason for the less than glowing review / rating I gave it. I found it difficult at times to keep track of who the chapter was about, whether they were dead or alive, and which decisions were being made that would influence their lives.
As to the title, what does it mean to drown in oxygen? The author never explains this, at least not to my satisfaction. The only good thing was the title made me procure the book just to see what it was about. (Nice thing about Kindle / e-books, you can load up on books without worrying about shelf space!)
I think I may have to re-read this some day in the future to see if it makes more sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drown February 11, 2013
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I loved this book, but it could have been so much better and done so much more. Why didn't the author even bother to explore the other side? Wouldn't it have been great to see where Providence ended up when he finally escaped purgatory? I felt as though the author didn't know how to portray heaven/hell, so he simply didn't try. He also appears to love the word "akimbo", using it far too often. Overall, a very good book that could have been great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting...Intriguing...Loved it :) 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting book... It jumped around a lot so you have to be into the book to know what's going on but other than that it was good
Published 8 months ago by Nicki Mackey
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Biale
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Dro2wn, not what I normally read, but a good book nonetheless. Story kind of grabs a hold of you, and won 't let go. Unusual plot, very strong characterization. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tanja
4.0 out of 5 stars Very much fun, almost like watching the old twilight Zone stories.
Some of the characters were not greatly written, some of the story line fell a little flat. I was sorry to lose some of the characters, but happy others made it through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kathy Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars I just gave up
Got to about 37% into the book and just put it down, moved on. Maybe I'll finish it some day, but I doubt it. Why? It's just way too many words describing not enough plot. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lee Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story so far
Sometimes, the most interesting books just seem to find you without you knowing how you found them. The story is quite interesting so far and I look forward to reading the rest.
Published 23 months ago by Capper7
2.0 out of 5 stars DROWN
tried too hard to be mysterious, I just couldn't finish it. Maybe just didn't "speak" to me.
I should know why some books are AMAZON DEALS....
Published on November 13, 2012 by Diane Ocilka Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Dro2wn
To be honest, even though I got into the characters from the very first chapter, I thought the writing style was a bit pretentious. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by Ronda
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More About the Author

My first novel, "DRO2WN" (pronounced drown), is a dreamy work of metaphysical fiction--a Twilight Zone tale. It sold like crap. Next I wrote a zombie-horror novel called "The Unlikely Event" which sold a little better. Sell-out? Debatable. Sucker for zombies? Definitely. I've been working on my new book for several years now, and through several re-writes. It's written in my favorite genre, SF, so I want to get it right. Hopefully I have.

Q. What books have influenced your life the most?
A. Fitzgerald's poetry is amazing. Philip Dick has blown my mind many times (Ubiq!). Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. The Stand by Mr. King. I felt betrayed by the ending of Of Mice and Men as a young boy. Anything by Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, or Poe. Norwegian Wood by Murakami. Oh, and Seuss!

Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I wrote my first book in 1st grade, it was a horror novel involving ghosts. It was only mildly gory. In college I was constantly jotting down anecdotes for a future book. When my friends (the same ones from 1st grade) did something funny, they would ask me, "Will that make it into The Book?"

Q. What is the inspiration for the story?
A. Working as a Software Manager (disclosure: I work at Amazon on helping indie authors publish their books!) I am blown away by the possibilities technology offers for the future of humanity. Kurzweil's books are my inspiration. At some point (sooner? later?) humans will live a long time. This will change everything.

Happy Reading! And hit me up on Twitter: @JO2shuaWright

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