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Spending Spree [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Wiley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if you had one hundred thousand dollars to spend every day for the rest of your life?

Johnny Davis is a twenty-five year old loser, still living with his parents and working the same job he did when he was sixteen.

A few days after his mom helps him open his very own checking account, Johnny discovers something unusual – a one hundred thousand-dollar deposit that is definitely not from his parents. He soon finds that whatever amount he spends in one day is fully reimbursed the following morning.

His friend, Dave, convinces him not to tell anyone and to go on the spending spree of a lifetime - which is exactly what Johnny does.
But where’s the money coming from? And how much trouble is Johnny in for when someone finds out?

The answers turn out to be far worse than he ever could have imagined.


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  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H907P3E
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster read! January 5, 2014
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This second offering from Ryan Wiley confirms a grab-you shake-you won't-let-go style of writing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put his books down ("Disappearance" is his first.) I purchased "Speeding Spree" on a Saturday afternoon and finished it early the next morning. Myself a published author (three books, so far), I greatly enjoy Mr. Wiley's adeptness at drawing me immediately into his stories without lengthy descriptions and character backgrounds. Each tale is told from the first-person point of view, a difficult and, for the inexperienced writer, dangerous area to tread. Mr. Wiley handles the entire story with grace and a certain panache. His stories are set in the world with which we are all familiar, making immersion all the easier. Each character's frankness and foibles are recognizable, sometimes dislikable -- just like people we know and see everyday -- yet engaging because I want them to learn, grow, and succeed. I highly recommend this and his first book which left me reeling at its pinnacle. Be warned -- once you get on, you won't (or can't) get off until the ride is over. "Keep your hands inside the car, please! Enjoy your exciting ride!" Thank you, Ryan Wiley! I look forward eagerly to your next book!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Fun While the Money Lasts May 5, 2014
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The plot of Ryan Wiley's novel "Spending Spree" can best be described as one giant plot hook. The narrator of the story finds himself in a seemingly inexplicable situation and the reader wants to know what's actually happening ... even though, in this book, the narrator himself isn't all that interested in getting to the bottom of things.

"Spending Spree" is a variation on a theme that's been around since Aladdin, the story of an ordinary guy who gets access to seemingly endless riches. In this case, the narrator is a 25-year-old loser named Johnny who still lives at home, works at a dead end night job at the local factory, and whose only interest in life is playing video games with his equally big loser friend Dave. Johnny's luck finally changes after his mother takes him to open his first checking account (he had been getting an allowance by his parents) and he subsequently discovers that the balance on the account has mysteriously increased from $150 to $100,000. Not only that, but every day, despite whatever Johnny buys with his new debit card, the account balance resets itself to $100,000.

There's little surprise in what Johnny does next. Egged on by Dave, who despite working as a pizza delivery guy, has grandiose ideas about spending the two go off on a Las Vegas jaunt, complete with gambling, booze, women, and lavish excess. The spending spree lasts for about the first two-thirds of the book, and that part is highly entertaining. Johnny and Dave are still idiots, despite having fistfuls of cash, but they are also blithely unaware of how stupid and dangerous what they're doing is.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Started slow, but rewards you if you stick with it March 18, 2014
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Plot: (I'm assuming you've read the summary already, so I won't recap it. The premise attracted me: who wouldn't want to have inexhaustible wealth?) As narrator Johnny and his buddy Dave go on a spending spree in Vegas, all seems well, but Johnny's looking over his shoulder because he expects there must sooner or later be payback for all this free money. Maybe his paranoia is justified, maybe it's not. The description of the Vegas trip could have been a bit tighter, in my opinion. The boys make a second trip, and here things definitely begin to happen. Of course the reader knows all along that there has to be some form of retribution; otherwise, why write the book? Author Ryan Wiley does well in plotting these developments, and the last quarter of the book becomes a real page-turner. It's also nice to see payoff for some foreshadowing that was earlier in the book, and the typing up of a major loose end in the identity of one of the minor characters.

Characters: The author developed the two main characters well. I think he took a bit of liberty by making Johnny too much of a doofus -- what 25-year-old has never had a checking account or a credit card? His buddy Dave, on the other hand, was a little _too_ competent, a little more of an action hero than seems reasonable. But the author went only slightly over the line, in my opinion, not so far that I couldn't suspend disbelief and immerse myself in the story. The main villain is on stage for less time, but the author did a good job of showing him to us. The character of Jed came on the scene late in the story, but he too was clearly drawn and acted consistently with his character.

Dialog: Completely believable.

Language: Generally good.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining February 5, 2014
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I have read many books in my lifetime and will only critique a book that i enjoyed. This is one of them. From the start to finish, Wiley's capturing of story telling peeked my interest in every chapter. The book had me wondering what was lurking in the next chapter as many twists and turns were written in a manner that does not interrupt the storytelling. The 2 main characters in the story are your typical BFF's that most everyone can relate to.
Even though Wiley is a newbie in the book writing business, I can see a bright future ahead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down.
Very well written. It was hard to put this one down. Nice job, Mr. Wiley. I'll be looking for more of your stuff.
Published 2 days ago by n5odj
3.0 out of 5 stars Read like a movie
It was a little slow moving at times. i almost stopped reading it. Too much fantasy. most people under 40-45 might enjoy it. My son is 34. This would be exciting for him.
Published 2 days ago by anne boykin
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
The characters were very "today" type losers, but of course, even losers have a story to tell. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp from the teens view.
Fun book with enough plot twists and surprises for a series of books. light reading and very interesting. I will buy another.
Published 12 days ago by William Harvey
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Slow starting off; first book I could not finish!
Published 15 days ago by Melanie Diebal
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story line.
Ever wondered what you would do if you had unlimited funds? Well, that's what this story is all about. I like how the story and the action moved right along. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Florida gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story, quite the page turner!
Published 20 days ago by SandiB
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I did not get past the first 50 pages. Not very well written.
Published 23 days ago by Eric W Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting story line but a week ending.
Published 23 days ago by Molly
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
More suited to young adults
Published 23 days ago by Elizabeth
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More About the Author

In the fourth grade, I wrote a short story for English class. It was a tale about a student that discovered his teacher was an alien, for which he [spoiler] killed her at the end.

My English teacher liked it (once I told her it wasn't based on her) and my fellow classmates enjoyed it, too. One kid even gave me a roll of Bubblicious bubble gum as a token of his appreciation... a whole roll!

I'd found my calling at an early age, something I loved doing more than anything else. Then I proceeded to not write another word of fiction for nineteen years.

I couldn't tell you why I stopped writing. School, sports, and friends must have gotten in the way. But one day in late 2012, I thought about my childhood and the time I wrote that short story. I had an idea for what I thought would be a good book swirling around in my head for months. One about a guy that woke up and everyone on Earth disappeared. I didn't have the first clue how to write or what would happen in the story, but I began typing words on the screen just as a fun experiment, and before I knew it, I'd completed my first novel.

Now, I've completed a few books, with many more on the way. If you'd like occasional updates of my upcoming works, please sign up for my email newsletter at RyanWiley.com.

Thanks,
Ryan Wiley :-)

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