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Wanted Paperback – November 1, 2009
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"This sci-fi book kept me engrossed from beginning to end" - Kim D.
From the Author
Wanted was the book I thought I'd always wanted to write. The world goes through some major economic and political upheavals, yet it's the little people who have to deal with the repercussions. Little people that have enough of their own issues to warrant a subscription.
It turned out to be a book that I really enjoyed - even though it through me for a surprise twist at the end! Several readers were similarly surprised and, in a few cases, outraged. It was for them and myself that I realized I had to write a sequel. A sequel that should be out in 2011.
As it turns out, writing Wanted did not sate my desire to write about a screwed up world. But for more science fiction near future fantasies of mine you'll have to check out the other things I've written.
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Whether it was the writing or the editing (if there was any), there were lots of grammar and word choice errors. I found it a bit embarrassing.
There were a few situations that I found a bit unrealistic, like training someone with no weapons experience to be a sniper within hours and trusting the person not to hit you from hundreds of yards away as you stand near the bad guy. But I am not a weapons expert, so maybe it is realistic and I am being unreasonable.
I found the prolific profanity mostly unnecessary (and offensive); though probably realistic, not the kind of language to which I prefer to be around.
Given that one of the main characters is kind of a porn queen (as comes out early in the book), it's not surprising that there are a number of pretty graphic sexual references, even though I don't recall the book recounting any actual sexual encounters.
At time I found the character development more interesting than the plot as I got a glimpse of what made the characters tick (e.g., motivations, insecurities).
I got the e-book for free and marginally enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't pay for it and I am not excited to read his other books.
There are still some minor errors that add up to a somewhat significant problem for me. There are words missing out of sentences and letters missing out of words, or at least I hope that the author missed a “t” in “winkle” and did not intentionally put a mollusk into his character’s eye. That is not my only example, but it is both my first one and the best one. This book has been re-edited and I still got snagged up on a bunch little things while I read.
There are a couple of things that are both completely unbelievable and do not add any value to the story. An example would be the apprehension a character felt at having to undress in front of his sister. This was plausible, for a second, then I found out he only stripped down to his boxers. He was still a whimpering bag of embarrassment. He was also fifteen years old and according to the female lead he was not a bad looking kid. I have never met a fifteen-year-old boy who was shy about stripping his clothes off in front of the people he lives with every day. I felt like the focus of this passage being on his embarrassment because of his sister instead of the complete stranger that made him strip made the passage unbelievable and irrelevant. I the whole explanation was unwarranted as it drew my attention somewhere it didn’t have to go.
Even with the things that bothered me, I still liked the baseline of the story and I find myself a little curious about the next installment, so there is a possibility that I will end up getting the sequel. I am apprehensive about putting my trust in an author that publishes unfinished work as a completed piece, like with the first release of this book, but time will tell if I can push past my apprehension and take a chance on the next installment.
The only SCI-FI here is the future date and nuclear bombing of the USA. The rest is more of a rescue story and for all four of the main players, a time of growth. Carl has to teach these kids how to survive away from the enclaves of civilization.
We have action, adventure, growing love interest(s), and a bit of introduction to the wild, wooley west of the 21st century.
The book could have given more details on the war(s) and the story behind that. A lot of angst between two of the characters that got a bit tiring but seems to be leading towards something for a future book.
I enjoyed it.,
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