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Nothing Is Negotiable by [Bentsen, Mark]
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ABOUT ME I grew up in Edcouch, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. Dad was a citrus farmer and mom's primary job other than being city manager was keeping me and my three brothers in line. The summer after each of us turned twelve we went to work for our dad on the farm. It was hot, tedious work and it convinced me that I didn’t want to do that the rest of my life. After high school I went to college at Texas Tech University where I got my degree in Range and Wildlife Management. I had dreams of being a wildlife biologist, but unfortunately jobs were scarce, so I followed my horticultural interest and went to work for a large, wholesale nursery. That was in 1975 and I’m still there today. It’s been a great career with a wonderful company. My wife, Sharyn, and I live in Austin, Texas, not far from our daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1975 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Bentsen (October 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GCI7ETO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What starts out as an opportunity to share a passion and to explore some beautiful scenery turns quickly into a nightmare. All readers who enjoy mysteries look for novels that not only create the mystery but also have some additional twists that keeps one reading until 2:00 in the morning. This one does all of that.
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Eh. Not a total waste of time, considering I did go ahead and finish it, in hopes that perhaps I'd find a good plot twist somewhere in there. Unfortunately, it instead followed a pretty predictable, formulaic path. A very loooooong path. A path that ultimately had absolutely nothing to do with the title of the book.

One thing I found to be particularly distracting throughout this book was the constant, and often random, use of non-contractions (for lack of a better word) in the characters' conversations. For example: "If you do not do what I tell you, I am going to shoot." Quite often it would happen that, for instance, the first part of that sentence did actually contain the contraction form, but the 2nd half of the sentence did not.

The first few times I noticed this inconsistent non-contraction usage, I thought perhaps the author was using it for effect, to convey a more dramatic delivery of the line or something. But when it continued throughout the entire book, with its usage being so very random, and inexplicably mixed in with contractions, it simply became an annoyance and a distraction.

I can only assume that the writer was allowing spell-check to do much of the editing. Especially since there was also the occasional mis-spelled word, or incorrect form/usage of a word, like what happens when I voice-text and my phone misinterprets what I actually said.

Sorry for the rambling review, but it just seems to me that if someone is going to go to all the trouble to write a long, convoluted, rambling story, they should at least also make an attempt at realistic dialogue, (or do more careful editing).

Lastly, to be clear, this book is definitely NOT the only ebook that I find this phenomenon. In fact, pretty much every ebook I read, except for those by the familiar and/or well known authors, includes more than an average amount of editing oversights. Guess it just comes with the territory these days.
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I found the book okay in that there was nothing either very good or very bad in it. It was 'just a story' at the end and seemed an awful lot of trouble for people to go to to cover up or ride out a potential blackmail.
I am sorry to say that I did sort of need to finish it to find out how it was all brought together but afterwards I sort of felt...."Really" ?
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The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.- Pliny the Elder

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that. Oliver Stone

I had to double check. Really. It was absolutely imperative for me to find out if Mark Bentsen was really a first time author or if he was a well-known author writing under another name. Nope. First one. Well, will you look at that?

Bentsen has written a novel of suspense and mystery that can proudly stand amongst the works of the great suspense writers of today. His grasp of the written word is exceptional, drawing you into the story and refusing to let you go from the first line until the last page is turned.

To begin my paean to all things Bentsen, I must first point out the beauty of the language, as he takes you from the mountains and plains of Montana and up into the Southern Alberta plains. What first drew me to the book when it showed up as one of the daily selections offered by one of my "meet this new author" e-mails was the setting. Montana, and especially Glacier National Park, is breathtaking, allowing amazing vistas around every turn, whether it be rolling prairies or the stunning escarpments of the Rocky Mountains. I was hoping to drop myself into the landscape, and Bentsen does not disappoint, drawing mind pictures of great beauty. That, in itself, deserves a good book rating. I love books that offer me this short of "mental video" of what the characters are seeing.

The characters themselves are deeply real.
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I got as far as I could... which was a little over halfway. It started out really great! The story was action packed, the characters were good... but some of the plot points started to become a little unbelievable for me. And it annoyed me that every time someone brushed up against another person, arousal was described in detail. There were actually alot of details that seemed to clog up the flow of the story. I started skimming about halfway through and then realized I didn't actually care to read anything but the ending. I've only ever done that one other time, with a book I've gotten this far into. So I skipped to the ending, checked it out, and deleted the book from my kindle. I'm sorry... I wanted to like it, but I just gave up on it.
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This book has a good story line and keeps the reader interested. I would have prefered a little more character development but the story takes off quickly and keeps you reading. It's a fairly fast paced book with good descriptions so that you can actually vizualize the scenes. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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