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Decisions by [Wicker, R. Doug]
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Length: 220 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end. Donovan Grant was an air traffic controller until a post-traumatic stress disorder renders him unfit to continue in the profession. He lands the job as pilot for the exclusive Vai Kai resort in the Fiji Islands where trouble arrives in waves. First Donovan starts having inexplicable blackouts, in which he becomes uncharacteristically violent. Then he ferries in a group that includes actress Kelly LaBrecque and her movie producer ex-husband, Sheldon Larsen. Kelly informs Donovan that every person in their group hates Sheldon's guts. Finally, a hurricane knocks out the lights long enough for the first murder to occur and it looks like Donovan is the guilty party. Kelly, who seems romantically interested in Donovan, jumps to his defense. The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likeable and witty central characters. -- manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization

Donovan Grant was a pilot for the Federal government and witnessed something that made him psychologically unstable. Pushed out of his job, divorced and collecting a disability pension, he moves to an island in Fiji where he works as a pilot. Then murders start to occur and he has to figure out if he is involved. The excerpt is well written with a sardonic sense of humor. The character is believable as to what he is supposed to be. Unfortunately, murder is way overdone, although not remembering the murders is a slightly new twist. -- Amazon Top Reviewer

The writing was very well done and I must admit that the author kept my interest throughout the entire "two hotties and an old pilot" scenario that was actually quite funny and really made the story interesting. I also kind of liked the scene at the soda machine. I can't say that I would actually purchase this book, due to its premise, which doesn't really interest me, but the writing was good and for those of you who would be interested in this kind of story, it would probably be a very good read. -- Amazon Top Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: R. Doug Wicker - AUTHOR (August 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004183X3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Are you looking for a good old fashioned whodunit with witty characters in an exotic locale? This is the book for you.

I was hooked from the first page as the protagonist stands in front of a pop machine and is crippled by the decision of which soda to choose. He has survived some life changing situation but is left with the inability to make any decisions. His job is taken away from him, his wife is gone and he is devastated.

In Fiji.

If you have to be devastated, you might as well be devastated in Fiji.

After that, there is mystery, romance, and of course, murder.

Oh, and he's a pilot.

Read it.
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By Dix on January 13, 2013
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In the dedication, R.Doug Wicker mentions his agent -- his "long suffering" agent -- "who tried so diligently to find a publisher" for Decisions. Were I that agent, I would have, too, because this one deserves that kind of effort. This is one good read.

Even though I'm a seasoned reader of mysteries, I kept getting it wrong. I can truthfully say I suspected who the killer was long before the end of the story. That's because I suspected practically everybody at one time or the other. Sure, I puzzled out a thing or two, but as soon as I had a handle on "who done it," that one wound up dead. Bodies were dropping all over the place.

I liked the main character, Donovan Grant, though I have to say he's one of the oddest characters I've ever met in a book. Is he hero or anti-hero? It takes a while to figure that out. One thing's obvious right off the bat: He's a royal pain in the ass most of the time.

I sort of agree with the reviewer who commented on how you want to reach in and slap Grant around a little now and then. I would've liked to shake some sense into the guy, myself, especially there at the end. Why? Because he's such a male, with all his fragile ego hanging out around the edges. I mean what's a girl gotta do, for Pete's sake? Can't tell you more about that without giving too much away so you'll simply have to read it.

Most of those who reviewed the book after reading only the sample or the synopses couldn't help but get it wrong. There's much more depth to this psychologically tortured Donovan Grant character than we're allowed to see right away. It builds, along with the almost non-stop action.

The author allows us insight into the sadness of a wounded soul, the torment of PTSD.
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Decisions
Yesterday,I finished reading Decisions by R. Doug Wicker. That fellow sure knows how to write in a way that keeps the reader entertained from the beginning through to the end of the novel. I did not want to put this book down until I finished reading it. "Donovan, Don, Van," is quite a character, quick witted and full of vim and vinegar, but, sweet and gentlemanly at the same time. A great read. Don't pass this thrilling murder mystery by.

This is the second book by Mr. Wicker that I have read. Both are outstanding mysteries.
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Another great book by Doug Wicker. Mr. Wicker is a well rounded writer that has a knack for inserting the reader into his book. He paints a picture with his words that allows you see what is happening as you read His twists and turns don't allow you to put the book down becuse just when you have it figured out, you're wrong. Thank you Doug for a great read.
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By Joe Z on August 29, 2015
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I can't add to the official description, but this is just good clean fun. A page-turner with plenty of twists (most of which I never saw coming). A bit clunky in spots, but this is a beach read, not high art. It deserves 3 stars, but I enjoyed it so much. The fact that it wasn't pretentious and "deep", the fact that the author wasn't "showing off" really hooked me. Clever and light. A fun read.
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Donovan Gauche Othello Grant is not your average pilot. To begin with, he shouldn't even be a pilot - he lacks the necessary requirements to fly a plane under pressure, specifically the ability to make decisions. That's right, he can't make decisions. At all. Even if it meant the deficit of pleasure, he cannot make a decision due to his PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the right hands one could have a little fun with him; for example, getting your way by backing him into a corner by making him choose a beverage until he gives in. In the wrong hands, well... Let's save the surprises for the reader.

Grant is incontestably the most entertaining and tangibly developed character I've read this summer. He's a charming, quick-witted, sardonic thrill to read, and his occasional self-depreciation only makes him more of a treat. Once reality blurs with delusion, so too do the dead and the living until Grant can't even trust himself, nor can you, the reader, trust that he's either the hunted or the hunter; the next victim, or killer of the last.

The story picks right up and never will you see a dull moment. For me, the trolley had hit the gold mine when the bewitchingly charismatic and illustrious Kelly LaBrecque steps into the picture, bringing with her all of the incredibly appetizing details about our 'Christie Suspects'.

The swordfish was just gravy on an already superb read. DECISIONS is that summer blockbuster that Kindle has been dying to publish, and an absolute MUST-HAVE for mystery veterans, and even those who are completely new to the genre.
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