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Pretense for Murder [Kindle Edition]

Karen L. Abrahamson
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A dead girl, an empty phone booth where one shouldn’t be and a school full of suspects with too many unusual powers.
When student, Vallon Drake discovers the dead body of a girl and a British phone booth standing outside the American Geological Survey Preparatory Academy, she knows someone with special power committed the murder. Heck, her school exists to teach students with the talent to rewrite the landscape as future special agents. But while Vallon wants to solve the crime, everyone else wants to cover it up. Trust Vallon to break the rules to take the investigation on—even when the cost of doing so might be her life.


Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twisted Root Publishing (September 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L90XV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Teen angst for the gifted September 25, 2011
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This short story is apparently a prequel for the book, "Afterburn", which I haven't read. Because of that, I don't think I got the full impact of the story.

Vallon is a student at the American Geological Survey Prepratory Academy School for the Gifted. She's sixteen, and is rebelling against the rules. Gifted even among those considered gifted, the rules chafe against her nature. The extent of this gift isn't well explained, but somehow those gifted can alter reality. However, the use of the power causes a physical/hormonal reaction that makes the user extremely, uh, amourous. Use of the gift unsupervised is against the rules, but Vallon has been sneaking off campus to practice her gift. This time, as she's coming back from one of her illicit sessions, she finds a dead body...and a phone booth?!? Someone's been using power, she can smell it, but why? And why are the adults discouraging her from asking questions?

These, and other questions are explored in this 5-10 minute short story. It is intriguing, but I feel that there are parts of the backstory that the reader misses without knowing the novel. For instance, what is the full extent of this power? And what is the purpose of the American Geological Survey and to what purpose are these kids being trained? Just not enough substance to truly satisfy, but enough to tweak interest. The murder is solved and it all makes sense, but without more character development it just doesn't satisfy on it's own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly fine if you don't watch Doctor Who October 13, 2011
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The story itself was fine and kept me reading along and entertained, with one exception. I could not get past the glaring error of a telephone booth being used, and promoted as the vehicle of Doctor Who, when in fact he travels in a police box. Nit-picky though this may seem, it just struck me as odd. There's just no excuse for a mistake over such an iconic image, especially when it turns out to be fairly integral to the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep my interest April 6, 2014
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Strange story for me. I love mysteries but this was more for younger people however I'm not sure I'd like my own kids to read it. It is more of a short story and too fast of an ending. I like mysteries that keep you guessing and each time you think you have it figured out something happens and you have to start all over. This was not one of those books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very short, but I love the premise February 22, 2014
By G. Cox
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Some might accuse this story of being too derivative of Harry Potter, but I enjoyed the differences. The setting is near Seattle, the feel is more modern, and the teenage angst comes through clearly. I like that it is from a girl's perspective, and the concept of the afterburn is interesting, but I could see how it could get out of hand. I also like the way the story is developed as a murder mystery.

I obtained a free copy through an Amazon promotion, so I am very happy with the story. But I could see how someone who purchases it at regular price might not be happy with it. The short story takes up 70% of the ebook, and the rest is the first part of another book about the same character.

I think it is an effective marketing tool, but I find it hard to understand the pricing when many novel-length ebooks are being sold for less.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed June 8, 2012
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I thought this was a full length book, but it was only a short story with a Preview chapter or two of another book. There wasn't enough story for me to decided if I would really like the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing February 28, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Although set in kind of a fantasy-esque situation, all was explained in a very capable manner that caught the reader up to speed quickly. The characters were interesting as was the plot.
The only part I didn't particularly enjoy was the sexual tone as the people involved were teens. I felt like the subject was handled too casually and with carelessness.

I did enjoy the excerpt from another of Ms. Abrahamson's books that deal with the title character as an adult. I would be interested in reading more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying
This is a prequel to a novel, but it doesn't really satisfy on its own. Vallon is a student at a magical academy -- it's like Harry Potter, except using their powers makes all the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Good info. Easy read. Nothing to rave about but as a free kindle download, I enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
very interesting no the best book but i am glad i read it. it was an easy read and not a long book
Published on December 16, 2012 by sharie k cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Compelling Read
This short story starts with teenage Vallon Drake. She is at a high school for the gifted of power, (the AGS Prep Academy in Seattle) but even there she feels different. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Sheilagh Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars OK. It gives us a taste, but doesn't explain much
This author has some very original ideas in her writing, I'll give her that. I never felt like we were told what the "gift" was and also thought there was too much about casual sex... Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by kindlefan
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Concept with a Fantasy Twist
This is a short story that takes about 15 minutes of your time - about 30 pages on my device. 3.5 Stars

Vallon Drake is a misfit and a loner, enrolled into the "American... Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by bibliophile2011
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