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Decisions [Kindle Edition]

R. Doug Wicker
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Book Description

Donovan Grant lost his mind, his wife, and his career. Now he may be losing even more. Lately, and with distressing regularity, he’s been finding himself standing over dead people while holding the murder weapon. Even worse, he’s his own prime suspect. And that new woman in his life? She may be next on his list . . . that’s if he’s not on hers.

From Publishers Weekly: An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end . . . . The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likable and witty central characters.

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An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end. Donovan Grant was an air traffic controller until a post-traumatic stress disorder renders him unfit to continue in the profession. He lands the job as pilot for the exclusive Vai Kai resort in the Fiji Islands where trouble arrives in waves. First Donovan starts having inexplicable blackouts, in which he becomes uncharacteristically violent. Then he ferries in a group that includes actress Kelly LaBrecque and her movie producer ex-husband, Sheldon Larsen. Kelly informs Donovan that every person in their group hates Sheldon's guts. Finally, a hurricane knocks out the lights long enough for the first murder to occur and it looks like Donovan is the guilty party. Kelly, who seems romantically interested in Donovan, jumps to his defense. The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likeable and witty central characters. -- manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization

Donovan Grant was a pilot for the Federal government and witnessed something that made him psychologically unstable. Pushed out of his job, divorced and collecting a disability pension, he moves to an island in Fiji where he works as a pilot. Then murders start to occur and he has to figure out if he is involved. The excerpt is well written with a sardonic sense of humor. The character is believable as to what he is supposed to be. Unfortunately, murder is way overdone, although not remembering the murders is a slightly new twist. -- Amazon Top Reviewer

The writing was very well done and I must admit that the author kept my interest throughout the entire "two hotties and an old pilot" scenario that was actually quite funny and really made the story interesting. I also kind of liked the scene at the soda machine. I can't say that I would actually purchase this book, due to its premise, which doesn't really interest me, but the writing was good and for those of you who would be interested in this kind of story, it would probably be a very good read. -- Amazon Top Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: R. Doug Wicker - AUTHOR (August 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004183X3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the top hilarious! January 18, 2008
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Mr. Wicker's premise, a murder mystery in which the protagonist,Doug Grant, suspects he may be the killer, is very sharp. What one may not glean from the synopsis, however, is that Mr. Wicker's portrayal of Grant is over the top hilarious! Enjoyed every minute of this read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Donovan Grant is a pilot who used to work for the Feds, but ended up out on disability. Now, he's in Fiji--enjoying the good life.

We have two scenes here with many of the principal actors repeating. One pre-flight where Donovan cannot drink and the other where he can.

"Decisions" made me laugh, which is a very good thing. The witty repartee between Donovan (Don, Van, etc) and the girls was good.

Donovan's voice was also interesting. I enjoy male written male point of view characters who really expose what they think.

What I wish was that the author gave me more of a vacation while I was reading this. With this excerpt being dialog heavy, I heard what was being said, but I didn't see the place as well or get much other sensory input.

I'm not sure where this excerpt is going, but I'd be willing to read a few more pages to see. Any book that can make me laugh 2-3 times in 18 pages is worthwhile as a mood-brightener alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take me away, Donovan! January 15, 2008
As a mom who also works full-time, what I like to read for myself is something that can grab and keep my attention, engage my interest fully and let me escape for a short time to recharge. Well-written, fast-paced, effective foreshadowing, focused on the interaction between the characters and not filled with long boring passages of palm trees, and a protagonist that immediately comes across as likable because - not in spite - of his own human concerns and foibles, Decisions looks like its one of THOSE books! I'm already curious to read more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one has everything a man might want. January 17, 2008
Isolated island, beautiful women, the promise of sex and celebrity, and a flawed main character. What else could a guy ask for? At times the voice is a bit too clever for this woman's liking, but I have to admit, I understood that somehow he was going to get his comeuppance. This is definitely a man's read, but the promise that this guys is going to be brought to his knees, will interest many women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Page Turner September 4, 2010
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I downloaded this book because one of my high-school chums recommended it on Facebook. I am in the middle of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest but decided to put it down to read this book only because Doug Wicker happened to contact me through my friend's Facebook posting. I can not remember when I ever read a book cover to cover until last evening. I could not put it down. Every page contains twists and turns. The lead character and his fateful story grips you from the very first page. I laughed, I cried and I was on the edge of my chair all at the same time. I am a huge mystery fan, especially murder mysteries. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It ranks with the likes of Nelson DeMille and Sue Grafton. While I was expecting lots of blood and violence, it was tempered with humor and sensitivity. Don't pass up the opportunity to add this book to your Kindle library. I can't believe it will continue to be offered at such a low price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slap-Stick Murder In The Tropics August 29, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Donovan Gauche Othello Grant is not your average pilot. To begin with, he shouldn't even be a pilot - he lacks the necessary requirements to fly a plane under pressure, specifically the ability to make decisions. That's right, he can't make decisions. At all. Even if it meant the deficit of pleasure, he cannot make a decision due to his PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the right hands one could have a little fun with him; for example, getting your way by backing him into a corner by making him choose a beverage until he gives in. In the wrong hands, well... Let's save the surprises for the reader.

Grant is incontestably the most entertaining and tangibly developed character I've read this summer. He's a charming, quick-witted, sardonic thrill to read, and his occasional self-depreciation only makes him more of a treat. Once reality blurs with delusion, so too do the dead and the living until Grant can't even trust himself, nor can you, the reader, trust that he's either the hunted or the hunter; the next victim, or killer of the last.

The story picks right up and never will you see a dull moment. For me, the trolley had hit the gold mine when the bewitchingly charismatic and illustrious Kelly LaBrecque steps into the picture, bringing with her all of the incredibly appetizing details about our 'Christie Suspects'.

The swordfish was just gravy on an already superb read. DECISIONS is that summer blockbuster that Kindle has been dying to publish, and an absolute MUST-HAVE for mystery veterans, and even those who are completely new to the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided... February 3, 2008
I'm of two minds when it comes to Decisions.

On the one hand, I like the author's style. It reminds me of Jim Butcher's Dresden books. The main character is flip but not outrageous. He's fun to listen to.

On the other hand, I can't possibly suspend disbelief long enough to believe that Donovan can even get out of bed in the morning, let alone do absolutely anything else, especially fly a plane. I understand that he's damaged goods. I am willing to accept that without the prologue. But two scenes nail the coffin lid shut for me. Scene one is where he can't even decide what kind of beer he wants (although he decides on an import.) Beer. If he can't decide that, how did he decide that he even wanted beer and not a nice spritzer? The other scene is the one with the two bimbos. He decided to tell them that he can't decide things, even which of the two to be with. Grappling with the whole concept of not being able to decide things is like trying to quantify infinity. Should he get up or stay in bed? Should he wear the blue socks or the brown? Should he speak or remain silent? You get the picture.

Also on this hand is the utter lack of description of his setting. I've been to Fiji. I can think of dozens of things he might have described, even in passing, that would have given us a sense that were in an far away exotic land. I kept thinking, "Fiji! I'll be able to relate to this." But I couldn't.

In the end, I do like the author's style. The excerpt didn't offend me and I do think the premise can be salvaged. Not having read the rest of the work, I can't be sure, but maybe the author could change the severity of the ailment. Let Donovan choose the beer and the girl but give him some kind of Achilles Heel or Kryptonite that triggers his bouts of indecision. The author should also visit Fiji. It's a tax write-off. Maybe then, Donovan might choose the local rum instead of imported beer. Local rum...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Murder Mystery........Decisions....by R. Doug Wicker
Decisions
Yesterday,I finished reading Decisions by R. Doug Wicker. That fellow sure knows how to write in a way that keeps the reader entertained from the beginning through... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars One good read
In the dedication, R.Doug Wicker mentions his agent -- his "long suffering" agent -- "who tried so diligently to find a publisher" for Decisions. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dix
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
As an air traffic contoller, and not a literary critic, this is a fun read. The title is a wonderful joke, we make decisions all day long, but get a few of us together to try and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carl Chesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beach Read - Shades of Key Largo
Decisions makes a fine summer read. I knocked it off after a couple of afternoons at the pool. The story takes place at a resort in Fiji - and a hurricane is on the way. Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by PegB
5.0 out of 5 stars Decisions
First off, I am an avid reader and thoroughly enjoy this type of novel. Mr. Wicker's account of Donovan Grant, a medically retired Air Traffic Controller, has suspense, mystery... Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by Daniel J. Ruehl
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

This novel consisted of a very smart mystery with some fun twists. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Lynn McNamee
4.0 out of 5 stars Wicker makes smooth transition to fiction
DECISIONS by R. Doug Wicker may have a rather bland title, but the story inside has personality, a unique set-up, and plenty of solid storytelling. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Craig Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Until the Very End
Once I started reading I couldn't stop!

R. Doug Wicker's "Decisions" is an extremely well-told, well-developed and quick-moving thriller that left me guessing until the... Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid and enjoyable mystery
I first heard about Decisions in a forum post, and thought it sounded fascinating. Being the impulsive sort, a few clicks later and it was mine. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Jason G. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and gripping page-turner!
Downloaded "Decisions" to my kindle, and once I began reading it, I could not stop! Excellent characters, good story and definitely entertaining on a warm day on the beach... Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Clifford Demczuk
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R. Doug Wicker is a graduate of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. He attended college for two years at Clemson University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. His stint in the Air Force began his thirty-four-year career as an air traffic controller, serving with both the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has controlled aircraft at R.A.F. bases Lakenheath, Mildenhall, and Sculthorpe in the United Kingdom; Davis-Monthan A.F.B. in Tucson, Arizona; and El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas. He is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He enjoys thrilling his audience with tales of murder and suspense, as with his Publishers Weekly-reviewed novel DECISIONS, and his most recently released thriller THE GLOBE. Today, R. Doug Wicker lives in El Paso with his lovely wife Ursula whom he married in 1979. He enjoys writing, blogging (look up RDougWicker.com), reading, travel, art, photography, gourmet cooking and fine wines, and bridge (the game, not the structure). He looks forward to further entertaining his fans for years to come with earlier works from his archive of currently unpublished works.

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