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The Wake-Up Call [Kindle Edition]

Jonas Eriksson
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You either love him or hate him. No matter if you think he’s an asshole or just a nice guy in a heap of trouble, Jack Reynolds will stir your feelings...

On the surface he has it all: the women, the career, and the Central Park view penthouse, but behind his well-groomed and chiseled facade he has nothing. At least this is what he's about to realize... Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and funny novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love.

Readers response to The Wake-Up Call...
"A contemporary Don Draper!"
"A riveting page-turner."
"Brilliant fun for small money."
"If you don't smile to this book, you probably never smile anyway."
"Like a male Bridget Jones in the voice of Marian Keyes."
"Good style, great flow! Can't remember that a book entertained me this much."
"Gritty, realistic and a damn good read!"
"The Wake-Up Call really has it all - you laugh, you're moved and most of all you're entertained."

The Wake-Up Call has been downloaded over 40 000 times and reached the semi-finals in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012.

This is the *second edition* of the book, with a major proofread overhaul and some changes to the storyline.

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About the Author

Jonas is currently the creative director of one of the most successful online gaming groups in the world. He has previously worked as an advertising consultant, copywriter and a journalist. When he's not working he cherishes every moment with his family Lenah and Aiden and whatever time there's left he spends writing, reading and playing tennis. He's passionate about traveling and wine and thinks New York is the greatest city in the world. He lives with his family on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9995701006
  • Publisher: Jonas Eriksson; 2 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LR7GB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, realisitic and a damn good read November 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast, exciting read. Jack Reynolds, a self-absorbed high-flying, high-stress executive and serial womaniser, is all about image. He has designer-label this, top-of-the-range that, and thinks he's living the ultimate enviable lifestyle.
However, it's not sustainable. Jack's shallow world comes crashing down around him when he gets the first of his wake-up calls. Calls plural? The title refers to just one, but in my opinion Jack gets several which accumulate to finally make him turn his life around. You can make your own mind up when you read this story.
What is this book? It's not quite romantic comedy, although it has both those elements in it. It's certainly contemporary, and there's a strong picaresque element to it in that it's the story of a lovable rogue going on a journey of self-discovery. But you don't need to pigeon-hole it. It's a unique book, it's gritty, it's realistic, it's a damn good read.
The characters are interesting and complex, the various settings are well portrayed, and the plot is exciting and original. On the technical side, there are a few minor typos, but I'm an editor so I tend to notice that stuff! On the whole this book is extremely well-written and constructed. And it's precisely why this era of self-published books is so great - books like this get to find an audience.
Looking forward to your next book, Jonas.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars None March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a fun book and a fast read. I really enjoyed it but had a hard time liking the main character. There was also a part in the book that seemed extremely unrealistic to me and thats why I'm only giving four stars..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out well, but went south when Jack did August 3, 2012
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I thought the start was strong. A mid-30s NY exec has an early mid life crisis as he realizes that in his rush to cross everything his career goal list he forgot to live. Alcohol, sex, and success seem to be his driving force and it leads him right up to the edge.

The beginning was well told. Jack seemed pretty real as he slowly realized how empty his Manhattan penthouse life really was. Then as he went south to visit his dad things the whole story went in the same direction. By his second day in Florida I was beginning to dislike Jack. When he and his buddy got to Mexico I was past disliking him. I stopped rooting for him completely and wondered if he was ever sober and ever not a total jerk.


I debated adding any spoiler details, but this needs telling... The ending was beyond all I could comprehend. The guy treats everyone like dirt, gets his dad's fiance pregnant, falls in love with the only daughter of a major Mexican drug family in a 2 minute span of time, but, aww, it all turns out pretty okay for him! I am missing stuff in there, shallow drunken friends, sexual harassment in the workplace, Mexican drug killers--but hey, he is "working on his relationship" in the end and it looks like dad is going to forgive him. Too much. I was hoping for a good, entertaining story about discovering what is really important in life as told from a guy's perspective. What I got was "drunken frat boy really never grows up."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun read, but lacking in several areas August 5, 2012
By zzz
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I enjoyed this book, and liked that it was written from the perspective of the main character. I liked his style of humor in conveying his thoughts and attitudes. I did get bored with it somewhere before the middle of the book, and skipped a lot of the text, still finding I picked up the story later and felt I'd missed nothing. The thread remained intact, even tho' huge chunks of the text were missing for me. The ending was somewhat unrealistic, but who says stories have to be realistic? I do think the ending was wrapped up too quickly. My main complaint was that this book needs some serious editing. Incorrect verb tenses are used throughout the book -- extremely distracting and irritating.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read May 5, 2012
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This is an easy to read fun book. I was a bit annoyed with the main character Jack at times. He moves from being a good friend to a rat a lot of the time and even when he is being mean he knows it and is rationalizing it in his head. It's well written and quite funny, although a bit unrealistic in places, but what does that matter. I will keep an eye out for his next book as I like this style of writing. I downloaded this book free of charge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars pretty awful September 1, 2012
By lowie
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This book started out okay, I thought perhaps the male POV could have been believable and exciting. But what this turned out to be was an unredeemable character in a poorly written an woefully unedited book. I quit about 30% in and wish I had done so sooner. Glad I got it free!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly just not a good book August 15, 2012
By Lisa
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I downloaded this as a free kindle book, always eager to discover new authors. I almost stopped reading several times as the book lacked both character and plot development. I kept thinking it would get better, so I made the effort to finish it. It not only did not get better, but totally jumped the shark so to speak!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time August 15, 2012
By tvlgds
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I'm really sorry I wasted my time on this book. I almost stopped reading about halfway through, but kept going thinking it would improve. It didn't. I figured out the real business of Christina's family early on, so that was no surprise. The fact that Jack put up with Christina's histrionics was unrealistic, as was accepting the parentage of Melody's baby with no DNA testing. All in all an unrealistic story with no likeable characters other than Jack's father.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I found this book on my kindle and did not really remember getting it or what it was about. I didn't really enjoy the book. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Wonder Woman
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable
I enjoyed the book while I read it, but to be honest, here it is a few months later and I can't even really remember what it was about. Obviously forgettable, but an easy read.
Published 8 months ago by Janelle Beyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok.
The Wake-Up Call is about Jack Reynolds, a guy who can be a complete jerk, totally inconsiderate of anyone and everyone, and who treats women like dirt. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brittany Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
I did not like this book. I tried to like it, but I felt like I was wasting my time. I wanted to like Jack, but I couldn't. I found the book depressing.
Published 12 months ago by Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Love or hate
I am still not sure what I think of the main character, I have a kind of love hate relationship. A character that is interesting to follow,but not necessary up close. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jessica Portelli Melkersson
5.0 out of 5 stars Story from the Man's POV Finally!
A male author writing a semi-contemporary romance novel, what a great idea! I wish more man would venture into this genre. It all starts with a man at the height of his game. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tortoise Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars The singles world from a man's viewpoint
I was suprised to really like this well-written novel about a man in his mid-thirties working his way through the singles world, as well as a professional crisis. Read more
Published 12 months ago by lightly
4.0 out of 5 stars American Psycho goes Wallstreet goes Madmen
The book centers around a narcissistic man that have similarities with american psycho, but with the more "normalized" behaviors of the characters in Wall Street (the movie), The... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Victor Larsson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can ignore the writing...
2 1/2 stars
I forget what I paid for this, but it was too much. The story line was almost passable. The author is in dire need of an editor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by AwesomeAlli819
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
Enjoyed this book. It was a little weird there towards the end but I enjoyed ready it. It had depth and substance to the book which was nice because with work and school I had... Read more
Published 18 months ago by KAG
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More About the Author

Jonas is a writer with a quirky sense of humour and a passion for crafting a clever line. He blogs about his writing adventures and other things at Make sure you get the latest news about his writing through his newsletter list: (no spam, no sharing of your e-mail, RARE send-outs but always good) by clicking this link:

Besides writing edgy fiction, Jonas works as a brand strategist for a world-leading online gaming group. He has a background in journalism and was once stationed in the White House.

Jonas lives with his family on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, but travels frequently. Favourite destinations are New York and Rome.

Why not follow him on Twitter at @jonaswrites or read his blog at

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