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Windigo Soul [Kindle Edition]

Robert Brumm
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Death Sentence on Your 60th Birthday is Just the Beginning...

It's Hank Reed's birthday. As a citizen of the United Federation of Nations that means a mandatory death sentence simply because he turned sixty years old. Referred to as "retirement," it's one of the desperate steps the government has taken to curb overpopulation. Retirement is a widely accepted fact of life on a dying planet ruled by a tyrannical government. Hank's execution goes ahead as planned but state sponsored euthanasia isn't what it seems. The Reed family learns what really happens to retirees when secrets the UFN keep from the public start to unravel.

This book is intended to be read by adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Contains indecent language and descriptions of graphic violence.

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  • File Size: 4764 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; Second edition (February 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B3XVLY
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Original, But Fast & Fun May 20, 2012
By Elliot
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Robert Brumm's science fiction novella plows a lot of familiar ground-- a dystopian future with a tyrannical government; an overpopulated world with vanishing resources; mandatory "retirement" (euthanasia) at age 60. We've seen this movie before (the story echoes major elements from "Logan's Run" and "Soylent Green, " with a bit of "The Matrix" thrown in), but Brumm writes well, and the pages keep turning. In fact, the story's fast pace is the only thing that keeps you from noticing that some of the plot elements make no sense at all. Despite the implausibilities and the lack of originality, I read this in a single afternoon. Not great SF, but certainly a fast, fun read.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read - Permanent Retirement April 15, 2012
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Could this be our future - permanent retirement at 60, one child only allowed, criminals teminated, and what else could follow??? On the plus side; an endless supply of energy, food (ask the Donners), organ donors and anything else Big Brother could capitalize on. What about the "resistance" to this wonderful lifestyle?

This would certainly put an end to "rest homes", Medicare and Medicaid, and many other social programs and their costs. It would also put an end to family units as we now know them.

Windigo Soul is a well written, well thought out work of fiction which could just be an accurate eye into the future, you never know. An excellent read and I am in full agreement with another reviewer about wanting to see the sequel to this story.
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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I love reading self-published sci-fi on Amazon, but lately I've been feeling strongly that people are being paid to write glowing reviews of crap. Windigo Soul is a prime example - the reviews are outrageously good compared with how bad the book is. I got it for free, or I never would have made it out of the sample. It's hard to explain why it's so bad without spoilers, so here they come.

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The premise of the book, that the government euthanizes everyone on their 60th birthday to control the population, is potentially interesting. The government conspiracy that the protagonist uncovers, on the other hand, is laughable. First of all, it's a rip-off of the Matrix - human bodies being used to generate heat for power plants? Really? Not only did they do this in the Matrix, it was the single worst part of the movie, since conservation of energy dictates that you're not getting as much heat out of these bodies as the energy you are putting into them to feed them. Then the author throws in a few more implausible twists, like the army of freedom fighters hiding in the woods near the power plant, somehow invisible to all the government's advanced technology. There's also the explanation that bodies not used for the power plants are being processed as meat and fed to the population. Ugh.

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In addition, the writing isn't good, the characters limited in complexity, and there's a distinct lack of believability going on here.

Writing: 2.5 stars (mediocre)
Characters: 2.5 stars (mediocre)
Story: -5 stars (full-on atrocious)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kind of terrible December 30, 2012
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The idea was interesting, but the writing was pretty awful. As another reviewer mentioned, there was a lot of "telling" and hardly any "showing" of the plot. Character depth and/or development was nil. I think that this author would really benefit from some writing courses, as there is some potential here. The editing was mostly pretty good at least, as I found only a few grammatical errors (and there's one spot where it says that Grayson's son was carrying the old woman over his "soldier" instead of over his "shoulder."). A lot of kindle books seem to have had sparse or no editing which can make even fun and compelling reads totally unbearable to slog through, so that was appreciated.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory Retirement April 27, 2012
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This short novelette really captured my attention and my imagination. Its premise is frighteningly realistic given the current alarming world population growth. Combine that with the large (and still to be larger) glut of elderly in our society as a consequence of the ever-aging baby boomer generation and Mr. Brumm's curiously gruesome imagination, and what evolves is an, at times, intensely graphic horror story decidedly not for squeamish readers. I do not want to give any of the story away, but suffice it to say I will never look at retirement in quite the same way again.

Think about all the food additives that are already an accepted part of the foods we eat (pink slime immediately comes to mind). Think about how our planet is being systematically plundered of its precious resources in order to satisfy the demands of a population deluded into believing that its every demand can be met without repercussions. Then think about the fact that more than 25,000 people die daily from starvation. Then think about a government conspiracy of massive proportion determined to keep certain secrets at all costs. When I think of all these things and more, I can not help but wonder if Windigo Soul may be something of a predictor of something chillingly similar in our not-too-distant future.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Promise turns to cliche August 16, 2013
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I realize I'm never going to be fair to stories under 200pgs. It's impossible to give you enough details to fully grasp you in.

Reading chapter one was touching to say the least. You see the life of Hank who has just turned 60, coping with the fact that he must retire. The goodbyes, the tears... I was definitely engrossed in this story; and then came chapter 2. I wouldn't consider what happens next ridiculous but it was definitely predictable. I no longer felt emotion, I know longer felt like Hank was 60. As a matter of fact he transformed as well as the book into Chuck Norris from Delta Force.

It's not a bad read, but it's not a great one either. The potential that the first chapter illustrated was quickly dissipated. Realizing that I am biased against short stories coupled with the change between Chapter one & two, I feel you should read other reviews just to be safe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book - wish there was more of it.
Published 15 days ago by L. K. Meader
3.0 out of 5 stars Gory
Pretty exciting plot. A little graphic for my taste, but the characters were believable, and a little love story never hurt a story.
Published 16 days ago by Bill Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Decent read, enjoyed the plot.

The actual writing was ok, could have done a better job of bringing me into the story.
Published 18 days ago by tdelmonte
5.0 out of 5 stars It just ended! :(
A great story of perseverance, determination, and hope. But what happens next???? I really hope the author continues/finishes this story soon! I can't wait to see how it all ends!
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Windigo Soul
This post apocalyptic story reminds me of the sci-fi stories from the 60's. I liked the ending, but don't really enjoy the story. Overall I prefer lighter reading.
Published 24 days ago by Cindyaie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This is a good story that moves briskly along. It is not a new concept, but it is well handled and you get to like the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by grrrrrbear
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I loved this book. I imagine we may end up like these people in the future if we're not careful. Read it to see what I'm talking about.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Tim W. Mullins
4.0 out of 5 stars I am really glad that is not what we face though
quite different from what I normally read but the idea of people age 60 and over being euthanized by the government as too expensive to sustain was intriguing to me since I am over... Read more
Published 1 month ago by vgraves
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fast read
A few typos/words left out, missed by the proof readers but no big deal. An interesting turn on the 'Totalitarian Government' idea. Sort of a Soylent Green meets 1984. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Wiggins
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Robert Brumm lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with his wife and two children. He can be found during the day slaving over a hot server as a systems administrator. At night, if he's not drinking beer in front of the television or taking his puggle for a walk, you just might find him writing in the basement.

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