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The One Percenters Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This book reaches out and grabs you from the first page, even the first line. Ed, the protagonist, tells the story from first person viewpoint as he is relating it to another, at first, unidentified person.
In the beginning, Ed has abducted a young woman and tied her to a tree. His motivation is to get someone to listen to him. Finding out what he wants her to hear will keep you reading through most of the novel with that suspense in the back of your mind.
Unfortunately, his revelations turn out to be rather anticlimactic. However, it is still an interesting story with plenty of events that will leave the reader shocked and gasping.
Had I known to stop reading before the last chapter, this section would have received as many as 4 1/2 stars, maybe even 5 had it ended better. The ending seemed to be tacked on just to end it or to try to get an "Oh, wow! Now, I understand" kind of feeling from the reader, you know, like at the end of the movie, "Sixth Sense".
It doesn't work. When you think back on the events in the book and how the author related them, the ending makes no logical sense whatsoever.
Character Development: 4 Stars
Disregarding the last chapter, Ed's character was extremely well developed. When reading, I could actually feel his grief and anger. The story does a great job of depicting his slow descent into madness. The wild theory he comes up with to justify his actions reinforces this downfall. While not a very likable character, at least from a female standpoint, he still manages to garner extreme empathy from the reader.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
Mr. Podogursky's writing is a beautiful and horrific thing to behold.Read more ›
Finally aware of his purpose in life and eager to fulfill his mission, Ed arms himself with booze, cigarettes, his wife's gun, and a belief that he is working for a greater good. Convinced that he is now a part of nature, Ed abandons his home for the woods. And over the course of the next year, he carefully selects and destroys those members of society whom he deems to be flawed.
Ed knows that the outside world considers the service he is providing to be murder, so he plans one final act of violence to fulfill his destiny. What he plans will shake the foundation of a world gone haywire and will transform Ed from mortal to savior of humanity.
If you are looking for a bit of dark fiction to distract and entertain you, look no further than John Podgursky's novella The One Percenters. This is a mixture of horror and psychological thriller that will hold its reader shocked and mesmerized as they travel through the nightmare of the narrator's existence.
As we begin the story, we are caught up in the narrator's tragedy.Read more ›
Edward is your average married man. He is now on the receiving end of the wrong kind of notoriety, after his wife was a victim of a serial killer. After several months of dealing with people's attempts at sympathy, Edward abruptly moves several states away. His plan is to make a fresh start.
Already in a downward emotional spiral, Edward hooks up with Cristen. They exchange stories of their difficult childhoods; as time goes on, they find themselves in a relationship. On a camping trip, Cristen drowns (with Edward's help). He takes off, knowing that it will not be long before the police get involved. While on the run, Edward realizes something about himself.
Evolution is a funny thing. The vast majority of people on Earth will make no noticeable contribution to society. They will simply live and die, probably breeding more useless people. Edward thinks of himself as part of the One Percent (not the financial One Percent). They have the right, and the duty, to decide who lives and who dies, with the intention of bettering humanity.
Over the next couple of years, Edward is constantly on the run, carrying out his "duty." He murders several people, thereby, supposedly, improving the gene pool. One night, in a seedy bar, Edward learns that there are others like him. Throughout all of this, Edward knows that, sooner or later, he will get caught by the police.
This is a pretty dark novel, almost a psychological horror novel. It will give the reader a mental workout, with plenty to think about concerning the present state of mankind. It's also a short novel, told in flashback, that is very much worth the reader's time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this dark psychological thriller/horror, The One Percenters, the reader has an insight into the mind of Edward Caine, who believes himself to be a one-percenter. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Caroline
This is not a book report. It is not my function to give an encapsulated version of this novel, name characters, describe events, and reveal the ending. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by David Russell Lewis
I'll come right out and say it - The One Percenters is a very strange, very awkward read, the kind of story that's hard to peg as belonging to any one genre. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Sally Bend
This psychological thriller contains some rough language that I didn't appreciate reading; however, that aside, the story itself is really good! Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Gerard F. Zemek
Mr. Podgursky has written a thrilling work of dark fiction. His writing style is so well developed, so creepy without being contrived, it is hard to imagine this is the author's... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by JillFormerlyofAstoria
I am so conflicted with this book because on the one hand, I loved loved loved the concept of this book. But on the other hand, the ending frustrated me so much. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Maria M.
In this book we meet Edward Caine, a man who has lost his everything-- his wife, Jill.
This basically send him into a downward spiral, a low in his life. Read more
The One Percenters is a twisted fantasy some might think about from time to time. Is there such thing as natural selection? Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by I'm At Home Baking