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  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Klordny Productions; 2nd edition (June 10, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Dykema's favorite pop culture moments come from the seventies and eighties: "Star Trek" reruns, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," the last couple years of "Dark Shadows," "Star Wars" and its sequels. He has fond memories of spinning comic racks, back when they sold for 20¢ at local moms and pops and drug stores. The above instilled in him a sense of storytelling and love of reading, a passion he still shares with his wife and kids. Now, he has taken pen to paper, or, more accurately, fingers to keyboard.

Works he has produced include three novels available for the Amazon Kindle: "Stalker," its sequel "Phobia," and "Wrong Number." All three are thrillers that have a taste of horror beneath the initial flavor, although "Wrong Number" is a bit more straightforward. "Stalker" reached a high point on Kindle's sales chart at #260 out of all books and #9 on the Horror chart. Through his brief stint at writing reviews for, the editor of "American Comic Book Chronicles" contacted him to help contribute chapters to the phenomenal project covering decades of comic history, year by year. His work can be found in both the '80s volume and the forthcoming '70s tome. Dave's written freelance for the "Toledo Free Press" and also has a story in "Stories and Poems? We're All Forum: The Best of the Northwest Ohio Writers' Forum," an anthology title published in 2006.

He's the father of three children. He lives with his wife, Caris, and family in Oregon, Ohio. He tries to write when he's not running around putting out little fires at home.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bklvr on June 19, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Let me say honestly that I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It wasn't the worst book I've read, it it just wasn't very good. It seemed very contrived right from the start, totally predictable as well.

Some of the analogies (and there were many) were just plain silly. Here are two examples of the worst: 1. My legs parted like a college co-ed giving it up.

2. She lost her balance and pitched forward, like a certain tower in Pisa. Imitating another great structure, she still held onto her tire iron like Lady Liberty grips her torch.

The author mentions that the book has some sexually explicit content, which it did. I have no problem with that if it moves the story forward, which I feel it did, but he should try to spell the words right.

There was a certain amount of suspense, but really few surprises. I finished the book to see if maybe there would be a surprise at the end, but there just wasn't.

I gave 2 stars because I feel that the author does have some writing talent, maybe some more work on this book would help.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2010
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The Good:

This ebook was well formatted. It had a cover, which I appreciated. No Hard-Line breaks, or grand canyon gaps between paragraphs. No typos either. That is a lot more than I can say for some "professional" ebooks from large publishers.

The Bad:

The book asked too much of me. I was to believe that a full grown man would believe that his "girlfriend" (whom he knew almost nothing about) was pregnant with his baby.... even after overhearing her beg another woman to pee in a cup for her soon after the revelation of this sudden, happy news. Coincidence? Hn....

I was also expected to believe that three full-grown (albeit handcuffed) men could be trapped in a closet, being fed/watered and given occasional bathroom breaks for an entire week only threatened with a tire iron BEFORE formulating a plan to rush their female captor? The fact that they failed (spectacularly) was even more hard to believe.

Another thing that broke my suspension of disbelief limit was Julie.


We find out at the end, though it is clear from her actions throughout the story, that Julie suffers from a host of psychological disorders. Fine. Problem with that is, that she was crazy with an agenda, and what she did while striving towards that goal did not make sense to me. Why not go to a sperm bank, as Brad asked, if she wanted a family? Or why not go on as she had, picking up guys at the bar until she hit the pregnancy lottery? No trouble at all..... unlike drugging/kidnapping/imprisoning/murdering/blinding men. What was she going to do after she had them?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 6, 2011
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Note: This review was originally published at Red Adept Reviews on May 17, 2011.

Overall: 4 1/2 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

The Amazon description summed up Wrong Number very nicely. But I had no idea how quickly the story would grab me and hold on. This was a nightmarish horror story of a relationship gone bad. There's plenty of violence, and some scenes were downright gruesome. But it was a very gripping, well-written story.

I noticed a small plot hole that should have been caught by an editor. In one scene, Julie gave Brad a sip of wine, then he handed the glass back to her. This would have been impossible, since Brad was handcuffed with his hands behind his back. It wasn't that important to the scene, and it could have easily been rewritten.

I couldn't help but be reminded a bit of John Fowles' 1960s novel The Collector, although the stories are quite different in the actual telling. The story also brought to mind the movie Fatal Attraction, so that should give you an idea of how frightening it was.

Characters: 4 3/4 Stars

Brad Mullin was your average guy, in his mid-twenties. He was attractive enough, but he was too shy to ask women for a date. But he was desperate enough, after finding a crumpled piece of paper with a woman's first name and telephone number, to call her and set up a date. Julie, his mystery date, seemed normal enough at first, and-like Brad-she was looking to get laid, but there was something not quite right about her. She wouldn't tell Brad her last name, and she didn't want him to know where she lived. Unfortunately for Brad, he failed to heed the red flags until it was too late.

Jermaine, Brad's co-worker and best friend, was the kind of pal every man needs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Editor, VIP Black Card Publishing on May 9, 2010
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The characterization of the main character is a wonderfully honest interpretation of what many men feel while facing the meat market of the dating scene. The relationship between the main character and his best friend is also very enjoyable to read. I think this author has a bright, fresh, and uncensored male perspective and the ability to warp a simple desperate choice into a complex series of choices that are each more desperate than the last.

My advice: Read the first few pages and if you can take the blunt portrayal of maleness, you'll sympathize with the rest of the story. I found it hilarious until the sad, lonely truth hits. What can happen when a nice lonely guy dials the wrong number for the wrong reasons and how really bad it can get?
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