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Memoirs Of An Antihero [Kindle Edition]

Drew Blank , Tammy Kennedy , Anders Backlund
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Memoirs of an Antihero tells the violent, emotional & darkly comedic tale of a single father fighting to keep his daughter alive at any cost. When Drew Blank learns his daughter, Moxie, may be dying from a terminal illness, he is overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation and the hospital bills to follow. Living in the forgotten city of Cross, Drew's desperation drives him to get the money from the only people in town that have it: the criminals. He is initially introduced to the field of entrepreneurial vigilantism by sheer luck, being in the right place at the right time. After hospitalizing his targets and making off with a few thousand dollars, Drew realizes if he wants to continue to redistribute Cross' wealth from the drug dealers' pockets into his own, he will need a plan.

"Any true comic fan would be doing themselves a disservice by not giving MEMOIRS a chance." - Ain't it Cool News

"With excellent detail and perfect dictation, Drew Blank has written a wonderful memoir. It's a definite recommended read! " - Kitty Bullard, Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

"Just the right mixture of sap and blood." - Tricia Pfeifer

"Awesome graphic novel, that's not really. But you won't know the difference." - J.C. Sumner


Product Details

  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143925933X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGTNL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but needs work March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, I gave up on this book after Chapter 23 (51% complete on the Kindle).

While I think the premise has potential, the writing reminds me of my old creative writing 101 class in college many years ago. As a few reviewers noted, the characters are two-dimensional and the dialogue often seems contrived, cute and irrelevant. Pacing in the first quarter of the book is too slow and needs major pruning. Too much preamble and not enough action to engage the reader (I honestly forgot the premise of the book while wading through the main character's musings about his past and his daughter).

In my opinion, the author created characters merely to hang on his plot and never allowed them to breathe and develop real personalities. Behavior by most of the major characters isn't consistent and often rings false. These characters don't drive the plot; they're merely along for the ride.

As the action picks up and the narrator decides to become a vigilante for profit, his reactions simply don't resonate as believable. He's a nice, considerate guy who cries every time he thinks or talks about his daughter's illness, and even admits to crying at movies. Yet, killing three people has zero emotional impact on him. Even worse, his friends jump on the vigilante bandwagon as accessories to murder with barely a moment's hesitation. That's when I gave up. I couldn't care about characters like this.

And before you suggest that maybe I'm not the right audience for a "graphic novel" approach to a violent story, I read a LOT of comics with violent protagonists, including titles like Deadpool, Punisher, The Boys, and of course, Batman. I also enjoy novels by authors like Andrew Vachss, whose work often features flawed and violent characters.

While the author should be praised for his enthusiasm and hard work promoting "Memoirs of an Antihero," he needs the input of a creative writing workshop to help him with the basics.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of an Antihero May 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. The main character Drew (also known as Orphan by one friend) finds himself in an unenviable position when his much-loved little girl is diagnosed with cancer & Drew knows paying for her treatments is going to be difficult at best on his waitstaff salary. One night, he's privy to a conversation that makes his mind go into overdrive contemplating a dangerous way for him to procure some money to help with his daughter's medical costs. Drew takes on the risk, is successful, & he winds up sharing his successful endeavor with a few friends, & so it begins. Drew doesn't want to be a hero, but in some people's eyes he becomes a hero; it is however a fine line between being a hero or a villain (antihero) & that makes all the difference in the outcome.
With his very good friends aiding and abetting Drew, he goes thru a series of money-making adventures, all the while being conflicted over good versus evil.
With an unexpected, but thoroughly delightfully surprise ending, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone's must read list.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Mvargus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The idea is excellent. The characters funny and definitely unusual. The villain was perfectly over-the-top and insane.

And that's about all that worked in this novel.

The first thing I noticed was that while the characters were unusual, they also were often rather two dimensional. The hero Drew A. Blank rarely meets them outside their little pockets of the world. The world he created just did not feel dynamic due to the lack of movement of characters.

But the biggest issue was the dialogue. In some ways ir read like a comic book. The conversations were choppy and disjointed. What was worse was the stilted way the characters talked. There were a couple times I actually tried to say the sentences out loud and it sounded wrong to my ears. I just can't picture anyone talking like that in real life and even though this story is more of a prose comic-book than a novel, the badly written dialogue annoyed me throughout the story.

It was an interesting concept, and the author created some characters he could do a lot with. Sadly, the story desperately needed some editing before posting. Not for spelling, but to clean up the dialogue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! January 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This has become, without a doubt, one of my favorite books. The storyline is filled with love, warmth, action, adventure, violence, and dark humor. A whole gambit of emotions. I was hooked within the first couple of pages.

What would you do if your daughter had cancer and you couldn't afford her treatments, but still wanted her to have the best possible care regardless of what it costs? You become a crime fighter and keep the profits! By day, Drew Blank is an awesome father to 6 year old Moxie. By night, he is a fighter of crime, out to make money to cover his child's medical bills. He becomes a hero to the public, albeit a vigilante hero.

The characters are so very well written they suck you into the story so fast that you can hear the sucked in sound. Drew has good friends to help with his quest, friends that bicker back and forth, harass each other, but are always there for each other. The villains are truly written as bad guys.

The plot is amazing. The action moves fast when it feels like it should and slower in the sweet moments. There is never a dull moment. The adventures Drew goes through sometimes make you laugh and sometimes make you sad. He truly is an antihero, except in the eyes of his little girl. To her, he is a hero.

I hated for this book to end. It is one of those books that when it does end, you feel like you have lost friends. I was smiling and intrigued at the ending. Put this one on your must read list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars this was a fun book if you don't mind lots of mayhem!
This was a fun book to read, especially after it got going with the hero stuff. I loved the banter and characters which were well enough developed to make it a lot of fun to read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ardy B. Mattox
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced novel similar to Kickbutt - a "real person" hero Great...
The novel takes a slightly different approach to superheroes. I always thought Superman was a bit pompous and full of himself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David G
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
i think the writing was a bit rough but overall it was a good read.
I read it as my waiting around book and the flow was nice.
I look forward to more from this author.
Published 12 months ago by John Schroder
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish the sample
I couldn't get past his description of the situation between his wife and himself. If it was made shorter than I possibly could have finished.
Published 12 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I absolutely love this book, and would like to see more. I"m not going to give plot details, look up the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert K. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I was not able to finish it. Some is amusing but almost all of it is to heavy handed. I would not recommend it...oh and when I first saw it it said graphic novel. It is not.
Published 13 months ago by Dannette Elaine Calderin
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype
I can't understand or believe the glowing reviews this book is getting. Every character, every setting, every word of dialog is completely cliched. Read more
Published 15 months ago by KH77
4.0 out of 5 stars good writing
Drew Blank has excellent writing skills. His characters are vivid and very true. This book could have done with more proof reading, as there were some holes in the narrative when... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ogod
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin awesome
So at 48 i have been a voracious reader now for over two decades, from frank herbert to david brin to heinlin to ian banks, ive read thousands of books, so as a reader i actually... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Rineman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but rough
The characters are fairly likeable, and the ideas are solid, but the author clearly is fairly new and his inexperience shows in his style.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I am an author. I don't read nearly as much as other authors seem to think I should. The problem is, when I have free time I write. My editor refers to me as an idiot savant...heavy on the idiot. Anything a conventional author would advice an aspiring writer to do I seem to be completely incapable and/or unwilling to do. However, I still manage to write and people still seem to enjoy my work. So I am beginning to think other authors don't really exist. That would be the most logical explanation, otherwise I would read more. So yeah, I guess what I am trying to say is I am not much of a reader. I guess I should be ashamed of myself, but then I consider the many other things I have done in life that I should truly be ashamed of and not being an avid reader seems pretty minor by comparison. Maybe someday the secret to writing will be revealed and the world will discover that a steady diet of geek-centric entertainment websites and angry nerd blogging is all a writer truly needs to be successful and then I will be recognized as a visionary. I will be asked by young authors "What does it take to be successful?" and I can answer, without any hesitation "For goodness sake, whatever you do... DO NOT READ! Now go blog about your dismay regarding the casting of the next Hollywood comic book movie for all the world (or all 172 of your Facebook friends) to see."

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A sequel is in the works (Drew has about 160 pages done)! He's hoping for a Fall 2012 release.
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