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The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 212 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

C.S. Splitter is a businessman, author, and stand-up philosopher living in rural Maryland with his beautiful wife, small dog, and astonishingly large cat. He is an avid shooter and loves being 5000 feet above the ground, upside down, in an open cockpit. He will never again jump out of a perfectly good airplane and feels the need to color outside of the lines. Book three in the “Crayder Chronicles” will be published by June of 2012.

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  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS751O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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C.S. Splitter is a businessman living in rural Maryland with his beautiful wife, small dog, and astonishingly large cat. He is an avid shooter and enjoys any "stick" time he can finagle.


The Willing, the second volume in The Crayder Chronicles, was published in November 2011. Volume three, The Unmasked, will be published in June of 2012.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Thompson on April 28, 2011
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I tend to like stories that involve characters and plot lines with some depth to them. "The Reluctant" did not disappoint.

The main character is a fairly normal guy and has many of the every day stress factors that many of us encounter in our own lives. Money is tight and he is bored with his life. I found myself able to relate. His solutions to those problems create moral dilemmas and I found myself rooting for him to make the right decisions as he was drawn deeper into the intrigue that is the center of the plot.

However, right and wrong can be hard to distinguish in the real world and the author did a good job presenting the main character's conflicts.

The action, when it occurs, is crisp and detailed. No punches are pulled. The dialogue is natural, easy to follow, and has a surprising amount of humor mixed in. I found myself giggling several times thinking, "I see what you did there." I may have to re-read it to see what I missed.

If you like good guys with flaws, bad guys to hate, and characters who are more than they first appear to be, you will enjoy this book.

I will definitely be buying the next in the series!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MH on May 29, 2011
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I had wanted to read this book before, but it was only available in digital download. When I received my Kindle last week, this was one of the first titles that I put on it. A true "can't put it down" type of book. Interesting storyline, with enough twists and turns to keep your interest, but not so much as to make the story confusing and hard to follow. The author interjects a sarcasm and dry wit that adds just enough humor to the dramatic scenes, without overdoing it and taking away from the impact of the action. The book, like a good movie, was over too soon, and I'm very much looking forward to his next work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Hetzer on May 15, 2011
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The writers style keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the twists and turns of this wonderfully written intriguing story. Although the storyline is serious the author injects subtle humor throughout the novel that had me chuckling and empathizing with the main character.

For a non-pilot like me it was nice to have some of the ins and outs of piloting a small plane described in the story without the normal 'talking down' to the non-pilot reader that I have seen in other novels.

This is a definite must read for any suspense novel official-ado and I look forward to the continuing saga.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Kalinowski on May 30, 2012
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C.S. Splitter writes a face paced thriller. There is a lot of detail on flying here that I found interesting. for the ladies, he does offer an insight into the way we males think. There is a lot here that a guy can identify with, writing style, world view, what we would like ladies to be like. He does avoid having his lead character, Tom Crayder, engage in the impossible physical stunts many other thriller writers seem to insert into a story. I found the first 75% of the novel to be pretty enjoyable. the last 25%, which I think sets up the series, is less believable. But, this is a fun read if you like the genre. the book is pretty well edited, avoiding most of the mistakes rampant in self published work. While I haven't decided if I will continue the series, I think it is worth a visit to sample his writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kimbacaffeinate on March 5, 2012
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The Reluctant by C.S. Splitter is the first book in the Crayder Chronicles. This adult-fiction offers suspense, mystery and murder delivered with a touch of humor. I enjoyed this easy flowing read and finished it in just a few hours. It isn't often that I read a book from a male point of view and I found it to be refreshing.

The tale is told from the POV of our protagonist Tom Crayder. A middle aged, married man, whose wife Jenny works too much as they struggle to make ends meet. Jenny is clueless about Tom's need for adventure and his straying eyes. Tom's pride and joy is his plane. In order to keep up the payments on the plane, he begins accept jobs from the head of a biker gang. Tom's never broken the law, accept maybe for a few speeding tickets but his work with Jake is questionable. Tom's only rule..No drugs. This arrangement works well for them.

Tom's other hobby is the shooting range and he goes there to decompress. He meets a young woman named Lorena and imagines taking her to a seedy hotel for a good time. Despite being a fairly calm and level headed guy, the tale that unfolds finds Tom in some risky situations. Thanks to his encounter with Lorena he finds himself dealing with life and death situations. The tale is action packed and full of suspense, murder and surprising twists. I found Tom to be witty and level headed and I realize he's not really a bad guy; he just makes really stupid choices. I am not a fan of men and women who are unfaithful and this aspect turned me off....but admittedly it makes for a good story. Having said that Tom loves Jenny and I think this is more of a mid-life crisis. Lorena is the typical other woman and she casts quite a spell on Tom.

Splitter's writing style is smooth and the tale is easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on January 17, 2012
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Tom Crayder is hoping for a quick, routine flight in his small Cesna plane. He is a private pilot, who thoroughly loves to fly. Today his cargo is a man named, Tiny, who for the record is not so Tiny. Tom, desperate to make ends meet and keep up with payments on his plane, occasionally transports passengers and items for cash for his friend, Jake. The money is good but the jobs often fall into that "grayish area." Tom isn't certain of the specifics on Tiny (the man who weighs about four hundred pounds), he prefers to remain in the dark and just do the flying. What he plans on being a simple, easy flight, goes south when one of the engines suddenly stalls. Tom makes a crash landing, err scratch that, an excellent forced landing in a cow pasture, all while listening to an enormous man, scream like a girl. A few scrapes and bruises and a few cow pies later, our hero is ready to put the event behind him. Little does he know that his graceful, crash landing, I mean emergency landing with style, has caught the attention of some powerful, clandestine people. Tom, armed with his formidable Lady Smith gun, is in for a life changing adventure. Will he live to tell the tale, or will he screw up and get shot in his private parts?

What I Liked:
*Tom Crayder, okay ladies are you ready for the next super hot, debonair, smooth, gun wielding crime fighter? Well, Tom Crayder is not any of the above. Instead, this action hero is an unassuming, regular guy. He is happily married to a wonderful, supportive, beautiful woman. He, like many Americans, is fighting to stay afloat. His business is struggling and he is trying to stay current on his plane payments. Is he sexy and hot? Not exactly.
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