- File Size: 319 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publication Date: April 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C8LMJM6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,882 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Village Americana - A Survival Thriller Novella Kindle Edition
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The story begins with the action. On page one, the kids have already been taken and have met their nightmare personified. Truth be told, I ached just a little for some background. I didn't know who the kids were, how they were taken, etc. I would have loved it if the author showed us that as it would have given me a little more interest in the kids individually. Because I didn't know anything about the kids, each bullet in the brain was more of a whisper than a punch in the gut.
The character who is best developed is Brooke. She's a hardcore firecracker. I wanted to know a little more about her background, but I liked what the author did show us. She's a little bit of a super woman, but she rocks.
Oddly, the story takes place in the 1980's. Since it didn't seem like the decade was necessary to the story, I'm not sure why that was the time period. Aside from a couple of references to the decade, the story felt very modern.
All in all, although I needed a bit more background and characterization, this was a fun and fast read. It's violent, bloody, and manages to pack a wallop in a very short amount of space. It was a blast to read and would actually make a fun little movie. I would read this author again.
* Note: The author offered me a copy of his book in exchange for my honest review.
Please Note: the author contacted me about the sale price on this book in exchange for an honest review.
Warning: this book contains material meant for mature/adult readers only.
A group of school kids are captured on a trip to South America by a rough group of degenerates lead by the self appointed and delusional Craig Hooks... Lieutenant Hooks as he refers to himself. It quickly becomes obvious that the children are being held for something much more sinister than ransom. But little did this group of psychos realize, they'd bitten off more than they could chew when they tried to intimidate one of the girls, Brooke Kylee.
Some thoughts on "Village Americana"...
1.) the story was well written and edited with few, if any grammatical errors.
2.) described as a 'survival thriller' would be an accurate statement. With the emphasis on sensationalism rather that reality. One might compare it to a variation of the Hunger Games theme where the heroines' every move might be her last, yet she somehow manages to last through one life and death situation after another.
3.) WARNING...several encounters that are extremely violent and graphically described. Many involving the captured children.
A jungle survival story featuring a teenage girl against a group of mind-numbing thugs. Her tale has no resemblance to a realistic situation and became even less so as the story progressed... BUT it is an entertaining and gut wrenching read. You just have to have the stomach for some of what goes on here. Definitely not for the squeamish.
Although this tale was way over the top, the author has shown some skill with the use of prose and has some story-telling abilites.
As it is... 3 1/2 Stars.
This book is definitely only for mature audiences! I was taken aback at first because the book pretty much starts right in the middle of an interrogation. If I hadn’t have read the synopsis, then I wouldn’t have known what was going on at first. Other than that, I had no issues with the book at all. It was very graphic at times, but I knew that going in so it didn’t bother me. I enjoyed the book and give it 3.5 STARS.
I read Village Americana in one sitting and could not take my eyes off of my Kindle. This story was craziness and sadness and hopefulness. It took me a while to figure out if I liked this novella or not - I'm a fan of thrillers, but torture is something I have a hard time reading about or watching in a movie.
Brooke was a really kick ass character. I'm not sure I would have made it five minutes in that ordeal. She was a fighter on automatic pilot and didn't allow herself to fall apart, maybe holding that off for later. I had no idea how this was going to play out - it was completely intense. I don't know how I survived just reading it! Many times I found myself holding my breath with my heart racing, and I'll admit to losing some faith in humanity.
I'd like to think I'm not a pansy, but I needed to decompress afterward with cute fluffy cat videos. It was that intense of a read with a ton of things happening in a short period of time. I feel I must warn you there are gory and disturbing scenes. If you're squeamish of violent and disturbing images, this is not a story for you.
I don't know exactly what made this group of men go crazy in the jungle, and I'm not sure I want to know. All I know is they were what makes up some of my worst nightmares.