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Wanted Paperback – November 1, 2009
"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 book certainly starts with a bang and the action is abundant. Generally the narrative stays from the point of view of the adult female protagonist who is a broken, traumatized addict when the book begins. The hero is gruff and anti-social. The Children are... younger than the adults. A bit.
My general problem is not with the porn-star references, nor the violence, nor the plot in general. MY problem with the book is that everyone seems to talk, think and act like either a violent male or how a male might fantasize a female to act. Though a lot of the dialogue is intense, it's almost bland in its repetitive nature. The same phrases, words and ideas come from everyones' mouthes, regardless of background, education or social status.
I was uncomfortable with the overt sexuality our 'actress' heroine seems to need to force on everyone, the 'kids' included. Granted, some people are just messed up and will try to get love anywhere they can. This particular character, though, seemed more about existing to fulfill immature hormonal fantasies than to try to deal with her problems and go through a meaningful transformation. The Hero character starts out as a hermit with no interest in anything but his own survival but quickly does a 180 and becomes entirely devoted to helping the Heroine and the kids through impossible problems.
Overall, it's like a brainless action movie that you know is totally improbable, but you watch because it's fun to see stuff blow up. When I have to imagine the explosions myself, it somehow becomes less appealing.
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