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Length: 400 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143925933X
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGTNL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karl Barndt on 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 15 people found the following review helpful By montanagal55 on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on 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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mvargus on January 30, 2012
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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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A sequel is in the works (Drew has about 160 pages done)! He's hoping for a Fall 2012 release.
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