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Length: 248 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"What makes Solomon the Peacemaker stand out against the ranks of good science fiction is Wells's narrative choice...When reading Solomon the's easy to believe that the author wrote not only the words on the page but the words that have been redacted as well. With a magician's sense of timing and well-placed breaks, Wells transforms the blank spaces of Vincent's interrogators into strong characters whose silent interruptions speaks volumes." - Foreword Reviews

"Solomon the Peacemaker is captivating." - Acid Free Pulp

"The author deftly weaves in philosophy, religion and our fears of technology without sacrificing his story."- St. Paul Pioneer Press

About the Author

Hunter Welles makes his living as a freelance computer programmer and odd jobber. A native of Louisiana, he now resides, with girlfriend and zero kids, in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he is at work on a mystery novel set in a logging camp. His address on the internet is

Product Details

  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cowcatcher Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HMTMM58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I was first attracted by the cover, which matches both my love of red/white/black colour schemes and made me wonder what about the character on it (is she connected to something, or does she have a rope around her neck?). The novel also deals with a few themes that usually interest me: how technology can affect human life, people voluntarily putting on blindfolds, and a character who, being captive, may or may have not committed some kind of crime.

It's worth saying that Solomon the Peacemaker is particular, and is probably of the make-it-or-break-it kind. First because it unfolds in a somewhat unusual manner, in that the captor's questions are never printed, and you have to fill in the blanks yourself, resulting in either liking it or feeling that this "breaks" your reading. After the first few pages, time for me to get used to this method, Chell's "dialogue" parts made it easy to imagine what the questions might have been, how the interrogator may have been trying to lead him to answer specifically, and so on. However, while it worked quite well for me, it may not work for someone else. Things may also be a little confusing, since a lot of background information isn't known, and you have to piece everything together. Due to the question/answer format, too, the narrator relies on a bit of exposition bordering on information-dumping, and this tends to force the story into more telling than showing.

But this is in the beginning, and after a short while, diving into the story became actually quite easy, as it focuses on characters, their relationships, and concepts that already exist in our time: Preacher's cult-like church, for instance, or the hardships that can befall a marriage.
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Solomon the Peacemaker is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking reads I’ve ever embarked upon. The writing itself is welcoming, fairly easy to read, and filled with concise sentences and a feel of suspense throughout the whole novel –however, it was very easy to get into, even when at times you don’t feel like reading.

Perhaps one of the greatest feats of Solomon the Peacemaker is how it touches upon so many different topics, and so cleverly expresses the themes and beliefs of the characters, world and society in such subtle ways. We are brought to a world with world-peace, which although wouldn’t seem to be dystopia, is exactly that for an unfortunate man by the name of Vincent. A lot of themes were explored, as I said earlier, but the greatest accomplishment –perhaps the most painful– is how human and vulnerable all these characters were. They abuse substances, have hedonistic attitudes at the worst of times, and that affects the society around them.

Another excellent characteristic of this novel is how so many genres crossover, but none feel forced or added for the sake of it. For example, this is a dystopian fiction which focuses on an utopian –or what is assumed as utopia– society, but is also a philosophical text highlighting the characters, the people around them, and what it means for where they live. There is also heavy emphasis on carnal desires, but in a way that it adds a more human, realistic portrayal of the characters involved.

Overall, Solomon is a beautifully written book in the style of an interview. However, I found the book to read smoothly, without disconnection from the main theme, and although details may seem irrelevant at times, they all fit together in the end. It’s an achingly painful book to read near the end, but I can’t stop thinking about it, which means it’s clearly succeeded.
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"Solomon the Peacemaker" by Hunter Welles, is written in the first person and yet, it is unique unto itself. The story is a confession. Not your typical confession, where the author is pouring out his heart about some happening and his involvement. This is a real confession as in the cop is asking questions. From the beginning this hooked me. But there is more to this POV Welles has chosen. Right away we learn the voice and words of the interrogator is redacted. The reader must decipher the interrogator's words based on the confessor's answers. This interactive play will hook some people right away - people like me- while others will find it too cumbersome to be bothered with. It will be their loss. Even the font Welles' uses feels like a typed police confession.

About the book:
Suspected terrorist Vincent Alan Chell has done a most terrible thing. He has volunteered to tell all that has happened and how his final act came to be. Yet he refuses to answer direct questions, saying he will only offer a confession if given the leeway to tell his story as it happened, layer by layer, action by action. Sure the government has the ability to simply take his memories from him but as Vincent says to his questioner,

"True. If you begin extraction you'll get the neutral facts. Now,you can take those facts and package them into a pat story that would suit your purposes, but you'll always be left wondering what the real story was. If you had the sequence right and so on."

So begins the tale of Vincent, the death of his wife Yael, his second marriage to Alma , and how he became the most brazen terrorist of all. In Vincent's time, a machine, a huge computer, and a human host all work together to run the entire world. This is the Peacemaker.
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