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The Day Everything Stopped Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Elmore Hammes is a novelist and short story writer. His novels are available in print and e-book editions through most brick & mortar and online booksellers. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from obscure e-zines to nationally distributed magazines. He plays golf poorly but with enthusiasm, enjoys participating in community theatre, volunteering at his local animal shelter, and spends his vacations as part of a mission team building homes in Mexico.

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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kanapolis Fog Publishing Emporium (March 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KLW2OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elmore Hammes is primarily a writer of fiction. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from obscure e-zines to nationally distributed magazines. His writing is as eclectic as his reading habits, including young adult fantasy, science fiction, contemporary literature, humor and superhero stories.

He participates in Mainstage Community Theatre in Anderson, Indiana. His favorite roles would include Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Professor Marvel in the Wizard of Oz and Uncle Barnaby in Babes in Toyland.

Twice a year, he goes on mission trips with St. Patrick's Church of Oxford, Indiana to help build homes in Mexico.

He shares his home with two cats, Chuck and Snuggles, although Snuggles does not acknowledge Chuck's existence. He volunteers for the Animal Protection League in central Indiana, and is currently fostering Holly, who was unhappy with being caged at the shelter. If she decides to play nice with the current residents, she may just stay!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Josh on April 11, 2012
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I will start off by saying that I did not dislike the writing. The author does a good job creating his world with visuals, action and through the eyes of the character. The concept behind the book is also interesting, and the lesson learned is ALSO good. So, why give it 3 stars?

The beginning of the book does a great job capturing interest. Everything, except Mark, stops just as he is about to be killed by a bus. At this point, Mark is stunned and predictably wants to know what is going on, so he investigates. He finds that, while he can interact with inanimate objects and move them, as soon as he throws something (or whatever), it freezes in mid air. This also includes a really mind bending thought that even the rays of light are frozen, so when Mark opens his curtains, it does not illuminate the room.
However, the more the book continues, the more it leaves this concept behind. Instead of investigating how or why it happened as a first thought/motive, he decides to go shopping. Literally the entire middle of the book is about Mark shopping, bathing and traveling. The details were, I thought, completely over the top. Using half a page explaining how Mark is going to have to buy a new backpack to carry things in because obviously a back pack is not big enough to do much with.
Anyway, the last 20 or 30 percent of the book is at least interesting, but has nothing to do with the concept of time stopping. Instead, Mark attempts to right a wrong between a married couple (who, I may add, are complete strangers to him). This unfolds into a sort of mystery/conspiracy, but only as Mark reads it on paper. This also produces nothing about the story, and ends quite abruptly. So does the book. Literally within about 3 or 4 sentences, the book suddenly ends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toni R. Adkins on April 26, 2012
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First I have to say that I downloaded this book for free. Don't get me wrong, I have read a lot of GOOD books that I got free, and have found a lot of good, new authors this way. Unfortunately this book wasn't one of them. It started off promising, with a good description of what happened when the everything froze, but it went downhill from there. Is a reader really interested in a complete description of the contents of every refrigerator the main character opened? I don't think so. How about the layout of every office the character entered or detailed descriptions of the contents of each desk? I like descriptive writing, but this was descriptive writing to the extreme. Parts of the book reminded me of a college discriptive writing paper a friend of mine once wrote where she described her whole house in excruciating detail...for which she got a D. She couldn't understand why she got such a bad grade because she had done what the professor told her to do.

My mistake is that I kept on hoping something interesting would happen. I will admit that I really didn't "read" the entire short novel. The last 20% was skimmed through in about 10 minutes while I was waiting for my mom in her doctor's waiting room.

I gave this book 2 stars because of the interesting beginning and because I actually kept on reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gardner on April 9, 2012
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This books starts off great. It is everything you would expect from the title. Everything stops suddenly! Things hang in the middle of the air but the main character is not effected. This leads to a lot of fun physics! :-)

The first third of the book is good. I'll forgive the part where he's basically an uber boy scout about not breaking windows and has to pay for everything by leaving cash and IOUs even though the world has basically ended. I wish the guy had a little bit more fun. If you want an escapist book about the world pausing and everyone standing still, this is not for you.

After the first third, the genre changes completely. Now it is a mystery mixed with danger and espionage. Except -- nothing is moving, is it? There is little danger, only fact finding.

The book basically drops the fact that the world stopped after that.

Pros: There is nothing wrong with the writing itself. It has clearly been written with care.

Cons: Changes genres. Plot slows to a crawl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Hockley on July 15, 2012
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The premise for this story - the world stops just as Mark Andrews is about to be hit by a bus - is interesting and creative. I liked the description of how objects - water droplets etc - are suspended in mid-air and how light has stopped at the time of Mark's almost demise.

Unfortunately, the author fails to keep up momentum, and fails to make the most of the opportunity to dive into the mystery of why all this has happened. There is no sense of fear and urgency in the main character which is strange. I am sure in the same position, I would be terrified but the action slides into an over-long description of how Mark chooses the necessities of life. I don't give spoilers, but the pace picks up a little after the main character wanders into a private home and becomes embroiled in the occupants lives.

Mark is a likeable but passive character, though he does change some people's perception of the people around them and finally of himself. The mystery of why the world stopped is never solved, which is a pity. I cared enough to want the question answered, so was left feeling short-changed.

I feel that this story would have made a better novella, with all the aspects tightened and the pace "upped".
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