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Versus Nurture Paperback – March 15, 2012
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About the Author
Jonathan David Morris is the author of three books, including his 2008 debut novel, "The Best Sniper Ever," and the 2012 novella "Versus Nurture." JDM first broke into the world of professional writing with a brief 2000 sportswriting stint with The Times of Trenton. In 2001, he established a weekly column, JDM vs the World, which appeared, amongst other places, in North Jersey's Aquarian Weekly and Wilmington, NC's Encore Magazine. He currently lives in Chester Co., Pennsylvania, with his wife, son, and cat.
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As I tried to decide what to do with my day, I remembered I had purchased 'Versus Nurture' from Amazon last night. So, I fired up the Kindle App on my Android phone (which works surprisingly well, by the way....free of charge and I didn't experience any 'eye fatigue' or whatever mumbo-jumbo they say you can get from reading on your phone).
But I digress.
I started reading. I actually read for three hours straight and didn't stop until I was finished. 'Versus Nurture" certainly isn't the longest book I've ever read (that would probably be something by Robert Jordan...or maybe Stephen King's 'The Stand') but I feel that the fact that I didn't get up and turn on the coffee or use the bathroom is testament to how much I enjoyed the story.
The characters are believable. I even went so far as to put familiar faces on them, as I pictured them in my mind.
The plot definitely kept things moving, and I found myself lost in the story. For probably an hour, my cat sat on top of me while I read. I didn't flinch...I just let her sit there.
Anyway, there's not much else a guy can say, other than, "Give it a read". I'd talk more about the story but I think it's better if I don't.
Ultimately, however, the technical failures drag it down to only moderately good.
"Versus Nurture" is too long to be short and too short to be long. It is just right. Chris and Karen meet in college and ,,,, well, to say more is to reveal the story. JDM, like Hemingway doesn't waste words on excessive descriptions of scenery, people or places. There is just enough to create the imagery to keep your interest and hold your attention. You easily picture each scene and the characters and the mood as though it was a play and you are in the audience. And like Hemingway, JDM creates characters that you will long remember. The story begins in the present and then unfolds in flash back. There is just enough to create a tension that does not let go. Chris and Karen are very likeable and each scene builds upon the prior to an explosive ending. There is no way, none, that you can guess what is coming next. And that is the mastery performed by this young author.
We all know that there is a present and by our own life experiences we understand full well that there is a past. But is there a future while we are still in the present? What are our responsibilities for the future? Are we accountable for the decisions we make today that affect the future? Of course we are. But to what extent? That is the question that Chris and Karen will confront. You will puzzle over the meaning of the gun that appears in the opening scene. You will forget it as ancillary as the book moves on. And you will find yourself caught breathless and reading as fast as you can when you reach the final chapter.
The dialogue is playful and humorous. It keeps everything in balance. And you will constantly compare it to your own experiences and wonder at times if you are as glib. And at the end, you will confront the book's title with the revelation that it has said it all, all along.
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