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Product Details

  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (August 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491071982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491071984
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael Bunker goes way beyond writing a popular thriller: he clearly has a literary agenda, making the W1CK series so rich and so deep you could analyse each and every page and write a whole book about it. I guess you'd have to call it W1CK1P3D1A." ~ Max Zaoui, Everyone's a Critic Reviews 

"Michael Bunker is the sort of writer you read compulsively not because his books are thrilling (they are) or because his prose is elegant (it is) but because, like a tribal storyteller, he weaves intoxicating tales that elevate your mind and transport your soul to another place altogether." ~ Jason Gurley, Bestselling Author of Greatfall

"Michael Bunker takes the End of the World Novel on a smart journey full of intrigue and survival.  But this novel of societal collapse and dark secrets aspires to be so much more than just a mere thriller.  The ruminations within are worthy of a modern day Thoreau for the new American Dark Age as Mr. Bunker's deft prose and stark imagery transport the reader to an America that might have been best left buried in the ashes of the Cold War." ~ NICK COLE, Bestselling Author of The Old Man and the Wasteland, and The Savage Boy

"An epic, thought-provoking portrayal of terrifying calamity. Therein however, lies a still-beating heart and a hopeful soul of a nation clawing for survival." ~ Eamon Ambrose, Eamo the Geek Reviews

"Beautiful and haunting... WICK is a poignant, thought-provoking exploration of the forces, both internal and external, that vie for and against our better angels in times of crisis. Simply put, this is one story that's going to stick with me for a long, long time." ~ Logan Thomas Snyder, LoganThomasSnyder.Com

From the Author

WICK is a stand-alone pre-apocalyptic thriller, and sets the stage for the apocalyptic social, economic, and structural collapse of Western Civilization that leads us, 20 years later, into the events of Michael Bunker's thriller - The Last Pilgrims.

More About the Author

Michael Bunker is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a "plain" community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills.

Readers who subscribe to Michael's newsletter get free copies of his books, usually before they're published: http://michaelbunker.com/newsletter

Michael is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the Amish Sci-fi thriller the Pennsylvania Omnibus (an Amazon.com Top 20 overall Bestseller,) the WICK series, The Silo Archipelago, as well as many nonfiction works, including the bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by Amazon.com through their Kindle Worlds program to write a serial in the World of Kurt Vonnegut. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted on Dec. 17, 2013. Michael has been featured on NPR and HuffPost Live and was recently interviewed in a Medium.com article that will give you more background and insight into his life and works... http://bit.ly/17YbE63.

Customer Reviews

That additional reading comes in Michael's sequel to Wick, The Last Pilgrims, which you will want to read next and is available now.
A. Konvalin
Author, Michael Bunker, draws on his understanding of history and mankind to write more than just a story, he's written a story of mankind, of consequences, of hope.
Homeschool Dad
I don't want to get into the story because I really hate it when others tell a bit too much about the story, and I don't want to be a spoiler.
Robert Lee

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Woolfhound on March 2, 2014
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Writing a book about your deeply held beliefs is a dangerous thing. Done well, the results can be quite amazing, but there are just so many pitfalls when you are writing about things you believe passionately - you can forget that you're supposed to be writing fiction.

This is what makes Wick so dreadfully bad, and why despite giving it many second chances, I abandoned it partway through. I'd read a bit about Bunker before starting the book and so I was familiar with his off-grid lifestyle and views, and fully expected a novel that would affirm those ideas. I was interested to see what that would look like.

But here's the thing about good novels: they need characters who have interesting motivations and inner conflicts and who are changed in some way by what happens to them in the course of the book. As far as I plowed through this, that never happened. The characters simply keep telling us Mr. Bunker's views on the world, and none of them have any conflict to resolve - the story is how a man goes off on a journey and with each step, discovers how right Michael Bunker is about everything. We get no interesting backstory and no insight into what makes the protagonist (or anybody else) tick. He meets people who speak to him in mini-essays about modern life (it's really some of the most painfully cringe-inducing dialog I've read in some time) and then he goes on his way.

And when we find out what the terrible world events happening are - after being already told them earlier, so mostly you're just wondering when our hero will figure it out, since he's been told the same thing we know - it's so ludicrous that the book goes off the rails completely under the weight of the bizarre Ayn Rand meets Red Dawn plot.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2013
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The premise of the plot had promise. It should have been good. It just wasn't executed well. I found the action sequences to be dry and bland. They lacked intensity, tension, and urgency. Dialogue was often unrealistic, almost corny in places. I couldn't connect with the characters. I found they lacked depth and shared too many similar traits, particularly among the "good guys". Characters sometimes made odd choices based on their particular personalities and attitudes. Too many characters were intellectuals who would quote philosophers, writers, etc.. Frequent philosophical meanderings and an omniscient narrative voice that would float above the scene and describe things were distracting and often put the brakes on any suspense or tension the story was attempting to build at the time. And some plot points and characters just made no sense. I just never felt any emotional response to what was going on in the story or with the characters, and ultimately I found the story to be tedious to read.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Aussie86 on September 5, 2013
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I can see that there are many good reviews about the Wick Omnibus - and this is not one of them. There are many good points about the story, but I feel as if they are far outweighed by the bad points.

From reading between the lines, it appears as if the writers have set out to write a story that will make the reader question his/her way of life and really think about what is important if you remove all of the distractions of the modern day. However I do not believe that the writers are successful in accomplishing this because of a number of major distractions / bad points throughout the story.

The first is primary plot of the story itself. It starts out as an accounting of an American spy town called Warwick which has been created by the government to raise American-Russian spies. This storyline progresses as expected - a power struggle within the town, leading to the eventual escape by a number of the main characters.
About half way though the Omnibus, the story changes to an "End of the World" story - the Russians have come up with a way to defeat the USA through an ingenous plan involving EMPs and nuclear weapons.
My main problem is that neither of these two main plot points, requires the other. The 'end of the world' story gains NOTHING from the "American-Russian Spy Town" storyline at all - you could have told the exact same "End of the world story" without the Spy Town sections... or you could have told the story of the "American-Russian Spy Town" and discarded the "end of the world" storyline. It's like the story can't make up its mind what it is, and it majorly suffers as a result.

The second main problem for me was the writing style - it changes from "Omnipresent Third Person" to "Limited Perspective Third person" throughout the text.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By TDM on September 1, 2013
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Reading this book has inspired me to write my first Kindle Review. What can I say. Literature this is not. I really wanted to like this book, but I was a bit bewildered by some of the 5 stars reviews and was worried I was missing something. I found it in serious need of a good editor. Limited character development, plot arcs that seem to lead nowhere and that are left hanging at the end, sporadic philosophical meanderings, unbelievable coincidences. I must say that the premise is interesting but I found it extremely hard to suspend disbelief. Be prepared for a fairly bleak view of society's ability to cope with a crisis (but 'The Road' this ain't), unconventional views on things like modern medicine and modern society, an apparent enthusiasm for historical masters in literature but then the author's denigration of the society that allows that literature to flourish. I got through it because I am loath not to finish something I start. Read the free sample and see what you think.
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