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'This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft.'
 - John L Work
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: WoodsfortheTrees (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957976720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957976726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,281,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's difficult to decide where to begin with Automaton. This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft. Set in Australia, it is so deep, so well written, so intelligently thought out and flows so smoothly that I felt like a participant and personal observer within the events, rather than a reader who was sitting comfortably in my office as the story unfolded. Woods' experience as a Court reporter makes her tale as authentic, intriguing and interesting as any you'll ever read. It's not a quick, shallow read - it's a real novel.

A young man named Russell, who claims to have no recollection of the crime for which he is to be tried, stands accused of murder. He apparently has amnesia, the result of a brutal beating suffered shortly after the victim's death. Or does he? The government's case is overwhelmingly strong, replete with solid circumstantial, forensic, and eye-witness evidence. Russell is looking at some very serious prison time.

Enter Elisabeth Sharman, a beautiful, intelligent, rather pushy, aggressive, somewhat tactless barrister, the newcomer to the office by the way, who is assigned to defend the accused at trial. She encounters her senior instructing solicitor, the dashingly handsome, egotistical Rob Murphy, and some other office staff members who are less than receptive to her presence. And you know the sparks are going to fly, in several different directions.

The interactions among the various characters in the law office (it is a legal thriller, after all) are very true to life. I say that from having worked for nearly two years as an investigator with the Colorado Public Defender's Office.
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If you are looking for a book that has a great storyline, deep characters, action and intrigue, you need to read this. In Automation, the author draws the reader in with descriptions so vivid you feel as though you are living the book. The main characters are people to be discovered and delved into. And once you discover them, you realize that things aren't always as they seem. The twists and turns of this book keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Just when you think you have everything figured out, your heart and mind will be gripped by the unfolding of events. This is a book for the intellectual and the romantic. Automation gains my 5 stars and so does the author.
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I really enjoyed this book. The story and characters had my interest from the beginning and I found it difficult to put down. I read it in two days! You can tell that the author knows her stuff...the court scenes were riveting. I have lived in Canberra and really enjoyed reading about places that I was familiar with - it made me miss my old home town! This book is a 10 out of 10 and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great read.
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I truly enjoyed reading this great story, sharing parts of it with my wife every time she asked me to turn the light off and go to sleep. I was really impressed with Alana Wood's style of writing. The way she would make you feel the emotional rollercoaster of each character. Robert was my favorite, it was almost like you can really picture in your head what they are truly feeling. Clear as water. My wife read the book as well and now we are in Alana Wood's third book. My wife and I recommend Alana's book to all of our friends and family. Alana is truly gifted.
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