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Visits [Kindle Edition]

John Phelps
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tony Lansing has just killed a young woman.

He’d never killed anyone before even though he’d met plenty of people who deserved it. He just never had the nerve. For sixty years, it had always been easier to turn the other cheek; to turn tail and run.

But not anymore.

Now he knows he can stand up for himself. He doesn't need to take everything that life dishes out.

He can push back.

He can get even.

And … getting even feels pretty damn good.

So he makes a list of all the people in his life who've done him wrong. His ex-wife, a former lover or two, an old friend ... they all make the list.

But as Tony pays unexpected and very unwelcome visits to old acquaintances, he learns that getting even has a price. A price much higher than he’s willing to pay.

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About the Author

John Phelps was born and raised in Upstate New York. He now lives in Arizona - where the weather is so much nicer - with his wife Wendy. Visits is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468176188
  • Publisher: John Phelps (January 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6BUOI0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read February 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a fast read with a well developed story line, a murderer with a specific goal in mind not just random blood shed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Character Driven Story February 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a thrilling enjoyable story. The main character is simultaneouly likeable and despicable. If you looking for a fun escape, read "Visits" and enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly predictable and excessively heavy on details January 26, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Right upon reading the synopsis, you know that the whole story involves a series of murders committed as a sort of delayed revenge killing. The start is interesting as the author shows how a mild mannered average Joe who has been crapped upon by life once too often sets out to avenge all past slights, both real and perceived. From there, it simply devolves into a series of murders. There doesn't seem to be any challenge to the protagonist and almost no obstacle. There is no antagonist to complicate things. The only character is the protagonist. The main character himself has little character depth and turns out to be little more than a whiny loser as the book progresses and it becomes difficult to relate to him. It is a sense of watching a row of dominos fall. There are no twists and no unexpected revelations until the end,at which point one is relieved that the story is finally over.
Not worth the price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly brilliant January 31, 2013
By Ralph F
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one bad, messed up dude! So much so that you cannot help but root for him. This book is much deeper than just a story about a killer. It speaks of retribution and reminds us that we are a collection of our past events.

Violent? Yes but somehow the author brings a level of humanity to a cold blooded murderer. Excellent story, well written and challenging to put down
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some mixed feelings May 7, 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This is another book I have a few mixed feelings about by the end.

I did know what I was getting into with this book. It's like watching a slasher movie - I know how things are going to end, but I'm looking forward to something that's going to entertain me.

Tony wasn't really a character I could like or really relate to, though I felt the author did a good job of showing 'the last straw'. There were parts of the book where I did feel a little sorry for Tony, but by the end of the book, that was pretty much gone.

I suppose the desire for revenge is something many people can relate to (including me), if not the main character himself. It was interesting to see Tony's thought processes, too - and how what he thought differed to or was similar to reality.

There wasn't a huge amount of mystery to this book, but there were one or two things that did surprise me. It was interesting how Tony seemed to degenerate further into madness as the book went on and how he was able to justify his actions to himself.

Some of the descriptions really made me cringe. The author did a particularly good job of painting mental pictures.

I couldn't say for sure if I'll read more books by this author. It probably ended the only way it could have done and was quick and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the mind of an unlikely serial killer May 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book as a kindle edition to review for the group Shut Up & Read’s Read It & Reap #281 opportunity. Let me just say that based off of the description alone I was very interested in this book.
Visits is a book about a sixty year old man named Tony. Tony hasn’t done much with his life thus far. He is a car salesman and he is good at it. In his spare time he likes to frequent the local topless bars. On occasion, such as his birthday he wants a little something extra and will spring for a hooker/prostitute. This time goes a little differently for Tony as he is charged up on his Viagra, and finished up with the “party” he is still tied to a hotel room bed and robbed. Being left tied up and humiliated Tony starts to get incredibly angry and decided he is going to get even and get his money back.
Throughout the story you can tell that Tony’s mind is starting to slip. For me the biggest thing that made this constantly stand out was a constant fixation on a spear gun throughout the story. It seemed like something so unlikely and farfetched that it was the main point that had me constantly questioning the reality of the situation and what was going on in Tony’s mind.
Tony’s quest for vengeance takes him on quite a road trip, both in actual mileage and throughout personal growth and thinking within his mind. This story that John Phelps has concocted is phenomenal. As the reader you are on this journey with Tony as he rationalizes this serial killing spree that seemed to have sprung up out of opportunity. It is very interested to see Tony’s through process in his analysis of each and every person and the sometimes seemingly small items that he holds a grudge against people for to the point of wanting to take their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. March 29, 2014
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Highly recommended! Well thought out with a shocking ending. You get sucked into Tony's mind and can somewhat relate to his experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but enjoyable October 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. A man who is out to settle the score with all who have "wronged" him in his life. The writing made everything very vivid and at times, I wasn't sure if I should laugh, or be disturbed by the main character's delusion. A great novel and I can't wait to read more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great horror novel, with all the twists and turns~
Grade: A- (4 Stars)
This is a fabulous book.. it’s interesting, well crafted, and pretty darn terrifying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cianna Reider
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
Visits was extremely well written, which is a breath of fresh air in the self-published world. Hard to put down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lindsay Mcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Tragedy story!
This is a different type of who-dun-it crime stories, where you know who the murderer is. the first line of the book makes it crystal clear. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GamesBond
3.0 out of 5 stars Knock, knock. Who's there? Tony Lansing
Tony Lansing is tired of taking the crap the world dishes out. When he gets rolled by a hooker, he decides to take matters into his own hands: by paying visits to a list of people... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!
Wow this just shows you how things can build up inside of you and one day out the blue things just blow all to hell! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Embodies Good Mystery Elements Within...
Rate : 9.0 / 10.0

Disclaimer : I was given this book as a gift and my review is not in any other way influence by this gesture. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ethan McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this thriller....
This reader was hooked on "Visits" from the prologue. Phelps descriptive talent led chills to dance down the spine as the reader watched him execute a prostitute. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rabid Readers Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start for a new author
Absolutely loved this. I've read a lot of books for new authors who need reviews and most have been okay, but this one set a new bar. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. Cohen
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John Phelps is a 59 year old, grey haired, pot-bellied grandfather impatiently waiting for retirement. His day job is testing environmental compliance software and much of his free time is spent commuting to and from that day job. Sometimes he finds time to write. He and his wife Wendy live in Arizona where they enjoy the near perfect but often very hot weather.

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