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  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494461633
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H907P3E
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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

Ryan Wiley :-)

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Art Zadek on 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Bionic Stan on 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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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Silver Screen VIdeos on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gmlb on August 3, 2014
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First 65% of book just dwelling on spending all this awesome money and getting wasted, laid etc. this isnt developed plot or characters etc. its some lazy loser who gets lucky and lives out a fantasy. A poorly written fantasy. Skip it. Theres better reads out there. Like shampoo bottle instructions.
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