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The Choice (The Returned) Kindle Edition

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Length: 32 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C84F740
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 "New Hollywood: Next Wave" people to watch.

He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and "...hide behind me..." The Returned is his first novel.

The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air in March, 2014 on the ABC network under the title "Resurrection."

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Some loved ones are returning from death without any explanation. People listening to the news reports are unable to comprehend what is happening.

Peter has moved on since the death of Tracy, his childhood sweetheart. Married and now the father of a six year old, he learns that Tracy is one of the Returned.

This is the story of a lost love and the decisions that must be made.

Is life what it appears to be? Why do we long for the days of our youth?

This short story will leave the reader with questions about life, love and also death.

Highly recommended.
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As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.

The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.

That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.

The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.

If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.

WaAR
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Not worth it if you are going to buy the Returned. It's just a chaper from the book the Returned
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A detective shows up on your porch with your loved one who passed away already.
Wow this and the other 2 books had me from the first paragraph. I read them in one
reading. They are short stories leading up to a full story. Very worth the read, like I
said from the beginning to the end
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The Choice is the last of the three short story prequels to Jason Mott's debut novel The Returned, these stories are currently all available for free on Amazon and other ebook stores (I don't know if this will change in the future) and are a nice introduction to the world that the author has created. The novel already has a lot of hype surrounding it and has even been picked up by Brad Pitt's production company to be turned into a TV series so I was very curious to try these prequels.

Peter was seventeen when his first love, Tracy, disappeared. No body was ever found but when she never returned it was assumed that she had died. Years later Peter has moved on with his life, he is married and is happy with his wife and daughter. Then Tracy mysteriously returns and Peter must decide if his future is with his wife Samantha or with Tracy.

I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this story much, more because it hits on some of my personal hot buttons than due to a problem with the actual story but it is impossible for me to say exactly why I didn't like it without giving spoilers. To keep it brief I'll just say that didn't like the way Samantha had been portrayed, it felt like certain actions were just included to justify anything that Peter may or may not choose to do. I also found it extremely creepy that Peter was so obsessed with Tracy when he was almost twice her age and I didn't like the way Tracy's family kept so many secrets from her. This story did still raise some interesting questions though and I don't think everyone will have as much of a problem with it as I did. Like the other prequels this is very short (less than 30 pages) and since it's free I'd say it's definitely worth giving it a try. You're probably better off reading the prequels in order though: The First, The Sparrow and then The Choice. These prequels have definitely whet my appetite and I'm looking forward to reading The Returned.
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First of all, The Returned was picked for a TV series before publication. I was seriously wondering why. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to read this almost master piece and find out why it was optioned for TV.

Well, the book is good, that's for sure, and a TV series based on it would be just perfect. As I read, I was actually picturing all the turns that the show could take from the little sub stories in The Returned.

As you know form the synopsis, dead people were coming back to life. Make that people who had been dead for over 60 years. Awesome, right?

But what about the coming back of people we wouldn't want to come back? Like an abusive ex-husband... or Hitler? Because the resurrection didn't have seem to discriminate.

The Returned shows the world's reaction to this miracle (for those happy with the returned), or phenomena (for the angry or jealous ones).

In most of the reviews I've read so far, bloggers seem a little disappointed with the ending of The Returned, and I too, feel this way.

I am completely satisfied with the explanation for the returned (why people were coming back). What I didn't like, though, was the fighting/fire scene at the end. Would you go to a place where you know some people are waiting to kill you? This is my issue with the ending. Sometimes, authors have scenes that make no sense at all.

Besides this little issue with the ending, I wasn't a fan of Lucille's excessive recollections either. I wanted the book to go faster but it went slow. Slow not in a bad way, though; Mott is quite an engaging writer, it's just that there were times when I felt like, "can we get to the point already?" But this is just a personal preference.
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