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Lure: Adult Humor (Sam Flock Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 227 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Wolf Press, LLC (February 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AVVR7W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a teen, Brian Rathbone had a hunger for Young Adult Fantasy and Epic Fantasy that could not be satisfied. He would hide out in his secret reading place for weeks and perch on his choice of straw bale thrones. It was a spiritual and sometimes emotional journey filled with thieves, wizards and dragons.

Years later, he channeled that passion to create The World of Godsland YA fantasy series, which also includes multiple free young adult books. Call of the Herald, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie.

Rathbone gives away many of his Young Adult books for free in order to let readers sample his work at no risk to them and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.

Brian's books are inspired by many of his favorite tales from JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling and George R R Martin. His journey as an independent author has largely been influenced by writers like Joseph Lallo, Scott Sigler, MR Mathias, Jeff Wheeler and Nathan Lowell.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Almost Faemous on April 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ok so I am gonna try to be fair, but I have to say upfront I really didn't like this book it was just so bloody juvenile. The main character Sam was a cop when her career in law enforcement ends she starts a paranormal investigation business with her best friend Michelle (Shells). The two of them as characters were just so godawful, think Beavis and Butthead meet Ghostbusters.

Sam used to be a cop, so you expect some kind of seriousness not having her hanging out at keg parties with a bunch of stoners and waking up with nothing but duct tape on her nipples. Shells was no better, she spent most of the time saying "Dude" and playing air guitar to bad eighties heavy metal...thus the Beavis and Butthead comparisons. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes and cringing and not in that good amused kinda way. Although the author does warn the book contains bad behavior...he ain't kidding! It just gave me less reason to like or relate to the characters in any way.

The plot was lacking continuity, nothing much happens to move the plot along more than half this book could have been edited out and wouldn't affect the overall story. Sam and Shells are supposed to be paranormal investigators but there is very little paranormal going on. They are invited to Lake Lure from an Inn owner to investigate some ghosts and most of the "paranormal" events in the book are about Sam seeing ghosts. It started getting sort of interesting when they got to Lake Lure and started touring around, but then all the characters got drunk again and nothing much happened. The ending was just weird and didn't really tie in to the rest of the story. On the positive side it was a quick read so I managed to finish quickly, all in all not something I would recommend.

2/5 Meh skip it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SarahSmith on April 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from the Goodreads group Making Connections in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

All in all I ended up liking this story since it did keep my interest, but it was also very frustrating. The plot really appealed to me when I read the synopsis, but the delivery seemed disjointed, almost like it was written as stream of consciousness (which I'm not a huge fan of) rather than a coherent story.

As for the characters. I really wanted to like Sam, but I was not overly impressed with her. I just kept waiting for her to learn a lesson, grow up, something, but that just never seemed to happen. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to, I'm just not entirely sure. And I have to say WTH is up with Shells. I am all for quirky, funny sidekicks, but this was ridiculous. I almost stopped reading because of her. I personally find the occasional use of urban slang to be amusing, but when it apparently makes up the bulk of your vocabulary you just end up sounding like a moron!

Despite all of the above, despite any complaints I was intrigued by the story, and I think the characters did actually work together since there were many laugh out loud moments, especially from Sam and Shells investigations. I just suggest cooling it with the "straight up yo"'s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By junipergal on October 22, 2012
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The paranormal was minimal, the sophomoric max. The continued lesbian activity boring at best, scaredy cat whining dull. The side characters were more interesting than any of the main.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 1, 2012
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This book was a fun read. I enjoyed reading about the misadventures of Sam, and Shells. Although, halfway thru the book Shells became rather annoying. However, this was her personality flaw ;-) Sam, on the other hand was a pretty straight shooter. I enjoyed her character a lot.

I gave the book 4 stars only because, I would have liked to have seen the author spend more time on the mystery at Lake Lure. I liked the way he wove the mysterious lights, and paranormal together.
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By Sheri on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Overall, this book was good. Sam and Shells pretty much partied all the time and were pretty funny together, always getting into some sort of trouble. Sam is a strong female lead who doesn't take crap from anyone and doesn't back down from a challenge.

Sam is an ex-cop turned paranormal investigator, together with her friend Shells. They are called to Lake Lure to investigate some paranormal activity and jump at the chance to get out of town for a while. This story started off good, but ultimately never went anywhere. We saw a lot of Sam and Shells partying, and that's about it. The buildup to the ending was a bit slow, though entertaining, but once we got there it was very anticlimactic. It seemed that throughout the whole book I was waiting for something that never came, and I was left wanting something more out of the book.

That being said, if you're looking for a quick, humorous story about two friends on a cross country trip, this is it.
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By RD on July 14, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book to read while vacationing in Lake Lure. I did not have high expectations, but I do enjoy reading a book with local color when traveling. I have never encountered a worse book. The plot was weak at best, the characters were all unlikable, the humor was adolescent and repetitive and the writing was dreadful. Don't waste your money or time.
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The story started out kind of slow and the characters were not the kind that I normally like. It may be for a younger audience. It is very different from the Godsland series that made me fall in love with Rathbone's writing. But as I continued reading, I developed sympathy for the main character, Sam, and her sidekick Shells. Actually, calling Shells a sidekick isn't really fair because she steals the show in a lot of places. In other places I wish I could lock them both up until they sober up enough to think straight.

But the redeeming factor for me is the ending of the book. I can imagine Tim Curry playing Michael, and he became my favorite character, although he plays a small part.

The wrap-up at the end was a little too convenient, but the climax at the lake was an awesome scene.

Edited to correct typo in title.
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