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The Wick Omnibus: The Complete Collection Paperback – August 5, 2013
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"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
"Michael Bunker is the sort of writer you read compulsively not because his books are thrilling (they are) or because his prose is elegant (it is) but because, like a tribal storyteller, he weaves intoxicating tales that elevate your mind and transport your soul to another place altogether." ~ Jason Gurley, Bestselling Author of Greatfall
"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
"An epic, thought-provoking portrayal of terrifying calamity. Therein however, lies a still-beating heart and a hopeful soul of a nation clawing for survival." ~ Eamon Ambrose, Eamo the Geek Reviews
"Beautiful and haunting... WICK is a poignant, thought-provoking exploration of the forces, both internal and external, that vie for and against our better angels in times of crisis. Simply put, this is one story that's going to stick with me for a long, long time." ~ Logan Thomas Snyder, LoganThomasSnyder.Com
From the Author
WICK is a stand-alone pre-apocalyptic thriller, and sets the stage for the apocalyptic social, economic, and structural collapse of Western Civilization that leads us, 20 years later, into the events of Michael Bunker's thriller - The Last Pilgrims.
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Top Customer Reviews
Wow. Enjoyed this book so much. The tale kept me interested and entertained, and the characters felt real and developed. I could get them, even if I didn't like them. I also enjoyed Mr. Bunker's take on preparedness (wrong word, best I can do now). Unlike some other readers (reviewers), Clive Darling's soliloquies didn't irritate or bore me at all. They were interesting and informative enough to keep me entertained and thinking, and also spiked my further interest in the topic. I found a comment from a reviewer interesting: "Writing a book about your deeply held beliefs is a dangerous thing." It is? Why? Someone might not LIKE it? A little too DIRECT, maybe? Is being passionate about what you believe out of vogue? Well, thank God for strong beliefs, then! I'm just glad I'm not an intellectual and can enjoy more literature.
Thank you! (PS - followed right up with Brother, Frank, and Mr. Bunker I am expecting a sequel!!)
This is what makes Wick so dreadfully bad, and why despite giving it many second chances, I abandoned it partway through. I'd read a bit about Bunker before starting the book and so I was familiar with his off-grid lifestyle and views, and fully expected a novel that would affirm those ideas. I was interested to see what that would look like.
But here's the thing about good novels: they need characters who have interesting motivations and inner conflicts and who are changed in some way by what happens to them in the course of the book. As far as I plowed through this, that never happened. The characters simply keep telling us Mr. Bunker's views on the world, and none of them have any conflict to resolve - the story is how a man goes off on a journey and with each step, discovers how right Michael Bunker is about everything. We get no interesting backstory and no insight into what makes the protagonist (or anybody else) tick. He meets people who speak to him in mini-essays about modern life (it's really some of the most painfully cringe-inducing dialog I've read in some time) and then he goes on his way.
And when we find out what the terrible world events happening are - after being already told them earlier, so mostly you're just wondering when our hero will figure it out, since he's been told the same thing we know - it's so ludicrous that the book goes off the rails completely under the weight of the bizarre Ayn Rand meets Red Dawn plot.
Worst of all, because the plot is ridiculous and the characters are so monotonous and unreal, the book commits the worst possible since for this sort of fiction: it's mind-numbingly boring.
I know that Mr. Bunker is an ardent spokesman for self-publishing authors. It's a shame, because this book makes a strong case for why editors are useful. There's a seed of something very good here, but Mr. Bunker needs to work on his writing craft to make it something readable. As an editor would likely have told him.
I would have given this a 5 star rating, if not for the proselytizing.
The writing is well done and full of twists and turns that will surprise you and keep you reading to see what's going to happen next and to who it will happen to. I can see where those used to the Pollyanna type endings or those afraid to admit the truth about the course the world is on and what the outcome will be will not like this book at all. But those with open minds who live in,understand and appreciate reality and who see beyond the smoke and mirrors will find this not only a great read but maybe even an eye opener as to just how much we depend on things that could be useless in the blink of an eye.
As for the philosophical aspects the author does quote some of the greatest philosophers known as well as states his own which as I've said can make for slow going at times but does fit the story well and may even leaving you thinking about what was said.
Bottom line being this book isn't going to please everyone but should please most who enjoy reading these type of stories and don't mind a break in the action for time to time for a bit of philosophy thrown in to make you think. The action is fast paced and well written.