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Subculture [Kindle Edition]

Charles Anthony Vilina
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One boy is dead. Another is missing. And a Kentucky town lives in fear.

Enter the world of Subculture, a new thriller that blurs the lines between literary fiction and pure genre fiction entertainment. Novelist Charles Anthony Vilina has woven a character-driven tale of murder and suspicion that has readers talking both nationally and abroad.

A Kentucky community finds itself in shock and disbelief over the disappearance of two high school boys on a dark December night. Two months later, one boy's body is unearthed on the farm of a reclusive and enigmatic girl, a foreigner of Asian descent. Her arrest and subsequent trial for murder forces this community, and the reader, to appraise their personal beliefs in the face of their deepest fears.

For readers looking for a riveting murder mystery, Subculture won't disappoint. For those willing to read between the lines, this new novel dares to examine society's best and worst attributes in the face of fear.

Product Details

  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Charles Anthony Vilina; 1 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070ME60G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!! January 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a retired Criminal Investigator (Detective) of 28 years I have investigated just about every heinous crime imaginable. Vilina has captured the human psyche at its best, and worst. Subculture is as suspenseful as any Agatha Christie work, with the plot twists of O'Henry. Subculture leaves one eagerly anticipating more books from this author.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice writing, very apt theme for our times January 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was only a couple of chapters through Subculture and, like all good books, it was gripping me. I wanted to know more, what happened next. Now, having finished the book, I remember these characters, every one. Vilina creates characters who are permanent, and I know I shall recall them much later in my life; they are alive and close to me. And I like his images too , like the one about days passing like velvet dominoes dropping one on to another; and another one about a smile of recognition like a flame upon a new wick. Masterful!

I had read his first book about the group of characters in Tokyo carving out their separate existences, and I had enjoyed that too, especially since this is where I live. But this new book is superb! I am an impatient reader and I regularly skip passages in novels when the going gets tedious. I often discard books that don't hold my interest. But Vilina has so many things to say about living, on pages in the book where you suddenly stop and think: That's so right! And these quite apart from the plot itself.

The cover is nicely done, and I think it expresses an underlying theme of the story, that of intolerance, very well. A great and thought-provoking read.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing January 23, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
Subculture is a fascinating book. The characters are well developed through the story. You never know what is going to happen.It is a great fiction novel,with a mixture of love, intrigue, and action. When you start reading it you just can not stop until the end. This novel goes deep into interesting topics, giving the reader the opportunity to make up his/her mind towards different situations. I love the book. I recommend it 100%. Subculture goes beyond cultures.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Halves February 5, 2012
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An intriguing mystery that draws on the xenophobia present in rural culture of the USA. A tale of two halves, the first part sets the tone and characters of Travis County, especially the mind-set of Marsha Kilderry, our Asian protagonist. The second half enter Grisham legal thriller territory, as Marsha is arrested for murder.

There is a Dickenesque feel to the book, as Vilina introduces a multitude of characters, each with their own set of expectations, desires, and prejudices. The story is very much driven by these characters, and Marsha feels less like a protagonist as the story moves on, and more like someone resigned to being trapped in a web of Fate.

Both sides of the book work well, on its own terms. The first half feels like a literary evocation of life in rural Kentucky, but as seen through the eyes of someone who has never bought into American culture. The second half picks up pace, brings in more characters, and accelerates towards a surprise denouement. It is a book that is hard to define, and hard to categorise. The reader has to switch gears, and switch expectations, halfway through. In some respects, it feels like you're getting two novellas for the price of one, each with its own genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down March 31, 2012
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The first several chapters leave much to be desired. They are full of over-writing, too many adjectives, and rather disjointed. That said, the rest of the book is amazing. The writing smooths out and becomes clear and concise. No more unnecessary adjectives. The mystery is beautifully crafted and leaves your mind wandering right up to the very end. I read until my eyes got gluey and I just couldn't stay awake any longer. I recommend it to anyone, just stay with it through the first several chapters. I can't imagine you would be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subculture March 6, 2012
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I've noticed that many reviews seem to be written by people reading with the intention of reviewing at the conclusion. Their recall of detail is much crisper than mine, as a result.

So I'll simply say that the the story was compellingly interesting & the writing superior to the typical content of these inexpensive offerings. There were twists and turns, cleverly entwined, and interesting relationships that evolved through the course of the story.

The protagonist's reticence about what really happened kept nagging at me, and still does, I suppose. But without it I guess there wouldn't have been a story to tell.

It's closer to a 3.5, but a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping February 4, 2012
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This gripping tale of well-liked missing high school seniors takes place in Kentucky.

Marsha is a senior in Lee High and has only been in the States for six months. The students don't know her and most don't care to know her making fun of her every chance they get. She timidly but bravely voices her differing opinion in class while they judge her. They see her as different and different is evil in their eyes.

When two popular basketball players end up missing and with the county's attorney, Conrad Baker running for office and wanting to look good in the eyes of the constituents, he sets his sights on nailing this case. Things look up for him when the body of one of the students turns up buried on the property of Marsha's grandmother - the woman with whom she lives.

There are some horrific scenes within. With twists and turns you don't see coming, you'll want to make time for this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous
This story starts slowly, some parts are dull. The book’s description and some interesting parts kept me reading for more. Read more
Published 8 months ago
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Books I've Read Lately
This was a nice surprise. Well written, good flow, intriguing characters, and a good story line make for a great read!
Published 9 months ago by Cheryl H.
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I didnt know what it was about from the summary but this book is very good not for little kids tho!!
Published 12 months ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars lucky to have found this book
I have never heard of the author and never expected to read a story about xenophobia in rural America. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Prince Bayaya
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Read
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were believable. The dialogue was thought-provoking. The plot was not predictable. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kathy13
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
I did not like this book and finished it only because I wanted to know what happened to Marsha.

The thoughts and utterances of the characters are too deep and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roxie's Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars Free book?
Vilina writes as well as anyone . I gladly would have paid for this one. Great character development and sudden turns, excellent
Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This book definitely did not follow the way I thought it would. Some characters were really easy to hate. Read more
Published 22 months ago by A Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I found this to be a bit unpredictable. I truly wanted it to end differently, and I found some of the content to be a bit far-fetched, but because it was free, I wasn't too upset... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gillian's Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Mystery set in the Homongeneous Heartland
When I read the summary of this book, I put it high on my list of books yet to be read and was not disappointed in that decision. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bichon Mom
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More About the Author

Charles Anthony Vilina is a professional writer living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He and his family have lived in Asia for over 20 years. In addition to writing fiction, Charles writes educational materials for the EFL/ESL market. He and his wife Kathleen travel extensively throughout Asia as teacher-trainers in the field of English education.

In the field of fiction, Charles has published two novels. The first, Trivialities, is a quirky novella that tells the story of Pauly, an American expatriate in Tokyo who recounts his failed marriage. His second and most recent novel, Subculture, has received enthusiastic reviews from readers worldwide. This haunting story of a young Asian woman on trial for the murder of two Kentucky high school boys has resonated strongly with the reading public.

Charles believes that powerful characters ignite and fuel powerful stories. Trivialities and Subculture represent completely separate genres, but their respective characters experience the same urgent issues of life and love that we all do.

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