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WICK (Wick Series Book 1) by [Bunker, Michael, Awalt, Chris]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 381 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Wick Series (4 Book Series)
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...just when you think you've seen this before, the book takes one of its many twists and turns...
...thought provoking and intense...
...definitely is on my top reads of the year list...
...the book and the main character in it, Clay Richter, are imprinted on my mind forever...
...A story unlike any other I've ever read, not at all what I expected. Well written, full of twists...
...A simple story that twists into a mind opening thriller....
...Very well written, thought provoking, fast paced and completely believable...
...brilliant!...
...beautifully analytical...

"Michael Bunker takes the End of the World Novel on a smart journey full of intrigue and survival.  But this novel of societal collapse and dark secrets aspires to be so much more than just a mere thriller.  The ruminations within are worthy of a modern day Thoreau for the new American Dark Age as Mr. Bunker's deft prose and stark imagery transport the reader to an America that might have been best left buried in the ashes of the Cold War." ~ NICK COLE, Bestselling Author of The Old Man and the Wasteland, and The Savage Boy

"Michael Bunker goes way beyond writing a popular thriller: he clearly has a literary agenda, making the W1CK series so rich and so deep you could analyse each and every page and write a whole book about it. I guess you'd have to call it W1CK1P3D1A." ~ Max Zaoui, Everyone's a Critic Reviews

From the Author

Although W1CK is in many ways a prequel, it is absolutely a stand-alone novel.  It does take place 20 years before the events of The Last Pilgrims, and in the same universe... and the W1CK stories are designed to define and illuminate what led up to the post-apocalyptic story that unfolds in TLP, but W1CK can be read on its own--as a story about a man who looks at his world and what it means to be free.  The entire WICK series is now available as a single download in The WICK Omnibus Edition: amzn.to/13Hj05B .

Product Details

  • File Size: 2172 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Refugio Publishing; First edition (December 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATDYCQQ
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This is a story of a man who heads toward home after the storm Sandy, and of people he meets along the way That part was okay but was rather boring. When it turns to a town filled with Russians, it becomes ridiculous. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone
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Well, what can I say. I head high expectations after reading so many positive reviews, however, I'm not sure I read the same book as all the people giving this 5 stars. Here is a summary of my thoughts:

- As you get farther and farther into the book, it becomes painstakingly obvious that this book is nothing more than a relentless ramble about Bunker's ideology. Yes we get that you like to live off-the-grid, yes we get that you shun consumerism, yes we get that you are anti-government, but when the main character and every character that we meet along the way keeps going on and on and on about the same topics, it quickly starts to get annoying. In short, I felt that I was being preached to. Hell, I even agree with pretty much all of the ideologies in the book and yet I still found the never-ending monologues about them irritating.

- Repetitive and unimaginative writing. There are some great passages in the book but seeing "Cheryl. Sweet Cheryl. Cheryl" written across the page all 1000 times that the main character is about to die gets tiring. Bunker also like to overuse certain techniques/phrases when describing a character's actions - "Not since Mark Antony has X character done blah blah blah", followed by, "Not since Plato has, X character done blah blah blah" followed by "Not since Cicero has X character blah blah blah".

- Finally, the premise of the book is utterly ridiculous and unbelievable, and not in a good way. I won't post any spoilers in case you're still wanting to find out for yourself. If you are looking for a good sci-fi book, I suggest that you don't. Instead, read Wool by Hugh Howey if you haven't already.
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By Sawbuck on December 26, 2012
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A free hour turned into more as I dug into my preview copy of "W1CK" - just WOW. It's a cliche, but this one really IS a page turner. I couldn't stop once I got into it.

A fast, but very deep read - it combines the best of Sinclair Lewis and James Howard Kunstler in a truly great read that will both engage you and challenge you to think- and choose wisely.

I am buying this one for myself come the publication date, as well as copies for friends. Just WOW. This one is truly a keeper - buy it and tell your friends! (I also suggest you get "The Last Pilgrims" by the same author - it is another great read.)
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When I first started into Wick, I was about to put it away. The beginning was very slow, but a friend of mine told me to continue reading. It'll get better. I took her advice. When I eventually finished, I discovered I liked the first half better than the second half. Strange how that worked out, seeing how I wasn't into the first half when I was actually reading it. The reason why I ended up liking the first half first is because the lead character, Clay, was travelling and meeting people. They were interesting, but then Clay hit a wall (sort of). The story changed drastically, and the second half didn't seem to fit. It felt like a different story all together.

Another part that stuck out is the voice of the characters. They all sounded the same. They might have had a somewhat different viewpoint on certain things, but it wasn't enough to convince me that they were individuals. I also think that the young people spoke beyond the level of their ages. Other issues I had was that the speeches were too long, and there was a lot of repeated things, also.

In my opinion, I think this story is okay. There is a cliffhanger. Actually, nothing gets resolved, and I'm disappointed by this. I feel some things should be resolved in a story. Everything doesn't have to be, but I think it's important to have a completed story with some information tied up. This book just stops, and for me, that's not good.

Mr. Bunker is a great writer. The sentences flowed really well, with minimal grammatical mistakes. Kindle formatting was perfect. No big spaces. Perfect indention.

Unfortunately, with the cliffhangers being a huge factor for me, I will not be venturing into the second book.
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Have you ever read a book that makes you neglect the other parts of your life? This is one on those books.

I am still in the process of reading it, but I am throughly enjoying this book. The characters are richly constructed, as the main character meets and leaves new people, I am sorry to see them go and hope they show up again.

The pace of the story has kept me almost addicted.The prose is easy to read and the story develops smoothly. I can't wait to find out what happens but I don't want the story to end!
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Bunker and Awalt are in the process of providing foundational material for shaping a philosophy of survival for those with eyes to see, ears to hear. This is not a vapid "spy and intrigue" novel. Don't start it if you have something else important to do - it will rivet you to your monitor, and not let you go until the last shot is fired. At that point, you will then be limp and need some form of resuscitation. You may not sleep well for some nights to come.
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