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Double Life (The Adventures of Josiah Jones Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dawson Vosburg
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What if you could leap into your own overactive imagination? And what if you met your imaginary friends there? What if it was real? This all happens to an intelligent, imaginative boy named Josiah Jones, who finds a portal into his own world. Now, stuck inside, he has to fight the battle of his life inside his own head. This remarkable piece of storytelling is fast, fresh, and fun, and keeps you engaged in this boy's strange double life between the imagined and the real.

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Vosburg is a promising emerging writer. This science fiction fantasy, set in his character's imagination, should encourage young writers in middle schools everywhere. An adept use of literary devices for space/time travel has the reader believing in his imaginary world. --Sacramento Book Review, August 25, 2009

From the Publisher

Double Life follows the adventures of a 13-year-old, 7th grade boy named Josiah Jones. He finds a pair of sunglasses that leads him into the world of a secret government agency called the BLUE. The BLUE is constantly battling against the evil forces of the RED Agency, a diabolical organization that seeks to destroy the BLUE. Along the way, he meets his imaginary friends and people he has met in real life who battle the evil alongside him in this spectacular adventure. Truly spectacular indeed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438209231
  • Publisher: D Productions Publishing; First edition (December 13, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH4H3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Debut Novel, Looking Forward to The Sequel June 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though the book is written with the young adult audience in mind, this is a good, quick, read, for anyone that enjoys fantasy, adventure, and imagination. The author takes you into an imaginative world and allows you, the reader to become a part of it. At one point in the book I found myself rooting for the characters to stay in the imaginary world longer. In addition, the world that Vosburg has created is no flat, one dimensional, world. Indeed, this world is full of fantastic, imaginary, gadgets, with more being created as the story progresses. Another thing that I appreciated about this book is the level of diversity in it. I grew up reading books where (unless I browsed the 'special interest' section) everyone looked alike. This book is the complete opposite. Indeed, you will find different races, both males and females in positions of authority, etc. This cannot be understated, and I am impressed that the author has grasped in his first novel what many after 20 have still not managed to grasp.

Some areas of improvement:

1)As previously mentioned, there are some formatting errors that should be edited. While not the worst I have seen, it does tend to detract from getting lost in the story.

2)The book has the same grammatical error in many places. Improper use of 'I vs. me'. For example, location 1444/45, "Denise invited KC and I over to the library to meet somewhere". The sentence should read, "Denise invited KC and me over to the library to meet somewhere". The author is young (14)and I have a feeling that as his education grows, so will his grammer skills, but I think that pointing this out will help in his future efforts.

3) I often found the transitions in the book a bit choppy, non-existant, or rushed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Future Loooks bright for Author! June 19, 2009
By BaBs
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this was a very good book for such a young author. The book had a few twists and turns. I think it is more of a YA book and would be very attractive to YA readers. Dawson shows a promising future and I see great books ahead. I think this book was an excellent jumping off point with a lot of imagination and strong characters.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spy Kids Vosburg Style! July 8, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Seventh grader, Josiah Jones frequently found himself imagining a world more interesting and exciting than his boring real world life as a loner at school. In his imagination, he was a spy, a secret agent for the even more secret agency - the Blue Agency - protector of all that is good and right in the world. Visiting this special place in his mind was a way to escape the mundane existence of everyday life until the day Josiah found a pair of sunglasses. But these were no ordinary sunglasses. After putting them on, Josiah finds himself pulled from his body and right back in but in a different world - his imaginary world - except now its for real. No longer was he the loner Josiah Jones but the famous Agent 12 tasked with destroying the evil Red Agency. Unfortunately, Josiah hasn't the slightest idea how to actually be a secret agent even in this imaginary world. How will he save the world?

Dawson Vosburg's Double Life is targeted for juvenile fiction readers. It is a creative mix of imagination, action, and escapism. Reading this novel reminded me of a cross between the movie Spy Kids and my own children's video games. The action and scenes keep going and going just like a video game where the story movies along quickly from one sequence to the next. The style and story is appealing for the target reading audience as it is exactly the type of story my kids would like. Therefore, I've rated it 4 of 5 stars with this audience in mind.

I especially enjoyed the twist in the story where Josiah learns that he may not be the only person from the real world sharing his imaginary land. This provides the opportunity for him to connect with others in the real life and learn perhaps he isn't as alone as he may have once thought.

To complete a novel is quite an undertaking in and of itself, to do so with such creativity at such a young age should be commended. Congratulations Dawson!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable - Geared to YA readers August 2, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting concept of traveling between the real and imagined worlds.
Characters were likeable and could be believed. Certainly a much better book than I could have written. Some very interesting turns of phrase, initially. At times, mainly near the end of the book the effort seems to flag a bit and formatting issues (on the Kindle) become more frequent and annoying. I was amazed to learn the author was born in 1994! Well done, Dawson. I look forward to future efforts by this emerging talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Life by Dawson Vosburg April 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
I found it hard to believe that Dawson is only 14 years old because he is so well spoken. At 14, I was filling up pages of my journal with short stories and poems and dreaming that I might one day be a published author. Thanks to computers and the self publishing technology of today, Dawson has far surpassed my dreams from way back when. Lulu helped me to eventually achieve my own dreams, but had I known Dawson back then, I have to admit I would have been totally jealous.

His book, Double Life, tells the story of Josiah Jones who has quite the vivid imagination. Josiah makes a trip to the mall to buy new clothes and finds a pair of sunglasses on the floor which he picks up and puts on. Suddenly, Josiah enters the world of his imagination and the conflict that ensues between his real world and the one in his mind behind those shades is quite the ride. Now, there are lots of books out there about kids and their wild imaginations, but don't go thinking Dawson's book is just that predictable. The premise alone is a fresh new concept which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Dawson wastes no time putting both the reader and Josiah head on into the action (He finds and puts on the sunglasses at the bottom of page 2). I knew right from the start I was going to like this book because the author moved the story along at a nice fast pace, but I didn't once feel cheated of any details or descriptions. The author's prose are clean and tight, grabbing your attention and not letting go. Dawson definitely knows his target audience and keeps the story fresh and "unboring" at all times. Take this tiny bit of intro from Page 1 for instance:

"You may have guessed that Josiah is me. This is my story--my life, my journey, and my destiny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
What would happen if you could actually live in your own imagination?

Well, Josiah finds this out one day when he comes across a random pair of sunglasses at a store... Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by TeensReadToo
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
What would happen if you could actually live in your own imagination?

Well, Josiah finds this out one day when he comes across a random pair of sunglasses at a store... Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by TeensReadToo
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I knew going in that the author was young and that this was a debut effort. I was therefore willing to give some leeway. Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by Big Daddy
5.0 out of 5 stars My DD loved this book
I had a hard time prying my Kindle out of her hands. She said that this book is fun and gave it 5 stars.
Published on August 1, 2009 by Busy Mom of 3
1.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SAVE YOUR MONEY DO NOT BYTHIS BOOK . Kathy...
I thought for .99 cents how bad could it be .Then I started this pc. of junk it was very very BAD. Just pace this one by.
Published on July 19, 2009 by K. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Spy Kids Vosburg Style!
Seventh grader, Josiah Jones frequently found himself imagining a world more interesting and exciting than his boring real world life as a loner at school. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice debut by a young author!
Double Life is an exciting story. Dawson Vosburg has done an admirable job for his debut novel. The book is targeted toward middle-school boys, and the mix of science fiction and... Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by Elmore Hammes
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK
I find it pretty amazing that a 14 year old could write a book as well as he did. The story was very good at times, but wasn't at other times. Read more
Published on June 18, 2009 by Knipfty
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just OK
I find it pretty amazing that a 14 year old could write a book as well as he did. The story was very good at times, but wasn't at other times. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by Knipfty
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More About the Author

Dawson Vosburg grew up surrounded by good books, but never imagined that in only a few years, he would be writing his own.

Dawson has always had a love for reading, and often when he finished a book or novel he would want to write something of the same genre. As he grew older, he began to devise his own ideas of what to write independent of what he was reading, and after a few years of kicking ideas around in his head, he came up with an idea: a world of secret government agents called the BLUE.

Fast forward seven years later. Dawson was twelve, and felt that the latest literature was getting bland. After seeing and gaining a strong dislike for the film Eragon in January of 2007, he decided to read the original novel by Christopher Paolini. He read it and loved it, and was inspired by the story of a fifteen-year-old writing an entire novel.

So, in 2007, Dawson wrote his first novel, Day of the Dragon, in October, after reading a book about writing a first draft in one month called No Plot? No Problem! He decided to write a novel idea he had been formulating over the summer.

Then, after nearly finishing Dragon, Dawson read the acknowledgments of the book out of curiosity only to find that there was an actual contest to write a novel in a month in November. He decided he would write two books in a row and thus penned the words in Double Life.

He now attends Liberty Christian School in Anderson, Indiana, where he is currently working on the sequel to Double Life. His hobbies include writing, art, and guitar.


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