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The One Percenters Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161572012X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615720125
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,731,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plot/Storyline: 2 1/2 Stars

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.
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After his wife Jill is murdered, Edward Caine loses his sense of purpose and has trouble dealing with life. He retreats into himself and obsesses over his wife's death. Even when he begins to rebuild his life and moves to another town, Ed remains preoccupied with death, but it is not until he meets another woman and has her stolen from this life as well that he finally has a revelation. Ed is a rare individual: he is one of a small group of people known as "one percenters," whose sole function in life is to maintain the integrity of the human race, to cleanse the world of the inferior members who would muddy the gene pool.

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.

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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.
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This is about a man who finds his purpose in life, but not through any of the usual ways.

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.
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