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Getting Dunn by [Schreck, Tom]
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When TJ Dunn enlisted in the US Army, she knew the combat and emotional risks. Six years earlier her father, an army veteran, killed himself. But TJ is tough, determined to carry her own weight as a soldier, until one day when her team is ambushed during a mission in Iraq. As the only survivor, TJ is left both physically and psychologically traumatized. Yet even as she struggles to come to terms with the loss of her friends, she receives another devastating blow: her fiancé, stationed in Afghanistan, has taken his own life.

Discharged from the army and back in the States, TJ is unable to cope. She spirals into an emotional daze, spending her days working at a suicide hotline and her evenings moonlighting as an exotic dancer. Her only outlet for her anger is a punching bag at the local boxing ring where she works out with a handsome trainer, Duffy.

Just when she thinks she’s reached her limit, an anonymous phone call shocks her back to life and gives her a new mission, justice for those she loves and she won’t stop at anything to do it.

Getting Dunn is a tension-filled military thriller that brings the reader ingives insight into the mind of a struggling soldier fighting for her life.

About the Author

Tom Schreck is the author of five novels, including On the Ropes and Out Cold. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in psychology ― and a black belt. He previously worked as the director of an inner-city drug clinic and today juggles several jobs: communications director for a program for people with disabilities, adjunct psychology professor, freelance writer, and world championship boxing official. He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161218281X
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 31 2012)
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  • Language: English
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OK book, but long and drawn out just to feel like the author got sick of writing it and just wanted to get it finished quick. Left me questioning whether the book was even really finished or whether this was yet another series in the making.
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HASH(0x9e0b6828) out of 5 stars Too Much Focus on Psychotherapy May 24 2012
By Nancy Famolari - Published on
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The opening is full of action. TJ Dunn, survives an ambush in Iraq. Crawling across her Up-Armored-HMMWV (UAH) to get more ammunition, she falls off, breaks her arm, but survives. The UAH she was on moves forward, is hit and explodes. She wakes in the hospital to learn that Trent, her fiance has committed suicide. From there her life shifts into a downward spiral: topless dancing, manning a suicide hotline and lots of psychotherapy.

The focus on TJ's problems and concomitant psychotherapy makes the first half of the book rather slow. I felt we were treated to too many sessions with her therapist. Plus all the hotline scenes were oriented toward active listening and dealing with suicidal callers. The pace speeds up at the end of the book. We get more action as TJ is pursued by the killers.

I found the ending too good to be true, a twist that didn't work. The book was uneven and disappointing. Schreck has an interesting character in TJ. She's tough and smart and tries to fight her way through her problems. However, I felt the plot was weak and unrealistic, not a good way to showcase her.

I can't recommend this book. I found it difficult to get through the early chapters and then the ending was too unrealistic to be appealing. I hoped for something better on the strength of the action in the prologue.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc59e4c) out of 5 stars Great character, lousy plot twist May 20 2012
By Jacqui Murray - Published on
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I read Tom Schreck's prior novel, "Vegas Knockout" and loved it, so I eagerly anticipated another action-filled, somewhat humorous, life with a grain-of-salt-and-two-grains-of-aspirin sort of escapade in his newest novel, Getting Dunn (Thomas & Mercer 2012). The title even sounds that way, doesn't it? Like a fast-moving action novel interlaced with enough humor to keep it from being frightening.

And that's how it was for the first 2/3rds. An ex-military MP-turned stripper--TJ Dunn--and suicide hotline host struggles to come to grips with the death of her fiancee. Despite being two years in her rear view mirror and weekly therapy, she can't move on. It haunts her days and dreams. When she finds out he might have been murdered, she reluctantly joins his ex-best friend to uncover the truth.

Schreck does his usual superb job of sketching out TJ's character, with riveting details about her experience in Afghanistan, the dance hall she performs at several times a week, and her day job as a suicide hotline counselor. He spends much time (maybe more than necessary, but I kept reading) detailing the motivations and emotions that drive her, enough so that I find myself believing she could be real. Why not? Those two jobs aren't that contrary, are they? He does equally well with the other central figures. I'd say character development is one of his strengths, one many authors struggle to achieve.

Just as the pace begins to drag (because I'm already convinced of TJ's motivations and don't need another example to drive the point home) and I start wishing there was more action than stripping, talking suicidal victims down from the ledge and TJ crying over the depth of emotion she continues to carry over the disasters of her past life, the action begins. Duffy (the lovable boxer from Vegas Knockout) appears as a potential love interest. He's always fun, especially with his sidekick, Al. I like authors who tie together characters developed in other books with new ones. It makes the whole fictional world so much more real. And then Forbus appears--an emotionless killer who I can almost empathize with through Schreck's writer's lens:

"Forbus found Dunn a fascinating quarry. First of all, having an opponent who was a woman was different and presented Forbus with different variables. Second, and maybe this was related to being a woman, Dunn was fired with emotion. It made it difficult to predict her behavior or call her next move. Third, she seemed to have this outdated Hollywood version of honor."

Doesn't that make you want to get to know Forbus better. Certainly, I'd never want to be in her cross hairs, but reading about her--that feels safe. I wriggled into my reading chair and ignored the clock's call to bed.

About 3/4ths of the way into the story, the plot took a dangerous turn from willing suspension of disbelief to, well, skepticism. A plot twist (which I won't reveal because I don't want to spoil the story) turned the story's entire theme on end, so significantly it now required a different sort of reader to enjoy the new direction. I consider Schreck's audience to be thriller/action readers--kind of like TJ, with a sense of honor, belief in country, a bias for action. The change required a conspiracy theory believer--someone who was willing to believe concepts like the American government actively caused 9/11. Yes, that's a valid audience, but not the one who picked up this book. I liked the book greatly up to this point, and now it seems ridiculous, like I was tricked.

The odd part is, what that twist accomplished could have been done with any number of other devices that were true to the theme of the story. I don't understand why Schreck selected this one, unless he has some political point he wants subtly to make.

I was prepared to award 4/5 stars (Schreck is still developing his plotting techniques as a writer which cost him a star. I expect each book, he'll be stronger in that area), but now I'm struggling to give 3/5. And, I'm not sure I'll read any more of his books. I feel sad about that. I'll miss Duffy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4aed80) out of 5 stars "Drastic, dramatic circumstances change people in a drastic and dramatic fashion." Aug. 13 2012
By Cheryl Stout - Published on
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I hadn't read any of Tom Schreck's books before "Getting Dunn." I think I will have to remedy that very soon. I understand that one of the characters in this books has a series of his own by the author. Hmmm...

I enjoyed this book very much. TJ Dunn, the female protagonist of the book, is a tortured individual. Her father and her fiance have both committed suicide and she's just trying to tread water and not drown. She sees her shrink, which helps, but she also works as a topless dancer and answers phones for a suicide hotline (maybe not the healthiest occupations in the world). Plus she worked as an US Army MP in Iraq a year back and got wounded during a firefight. So maybe a little bit of PTSD thrown in to top off this volatile mix?

Great character development, interesting plot, some great twists throughout the book that I didn't see coming. I could really see where the author used some of his expertise in psychology, the martial arts, and boxing throughout the book, which made for a much more authentic read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e475300) out of 5 stars Schreck has Gotten It Dunn Once Again! July 31 2012
By Ginny Tata-Phillips - Published on
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Tom Schreck has reached beyond his Duffy and Al books to bring us Getting Dunn. Although our old favorite characters of Tom's make an appearance in Getting Dunn, we have a new heroine in TJ. Back from a combat tour, TJ copes with her personal demons, some PostTraumatic Stress and her healing body and psyche.

It takes some kind of courage to branch out from a popular, well received series to introduce a whole new world to readers and Tom has that courage. The fact that these two literary worlds brielfy touch leaves the reader excited for the possibility of more stories to come with romantic or dramatic interactions between TJ's world and Duffy's.

Keep writing and we will keep reading! With Las Vegas Knock Out and Getting Dunn coming out this summer, Schreck's fans have two great reads in a row!
HASH(0x9dbb666c) out of 5 stars Too much conspiracy does not make a good plot Dec 27 2012
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Usually a good book leaves me a good place, but this book made me feel like crap. It was just too much conspiracy and too many loose ends. If you're going to make people come back to life in a book; it should only happen once. Because if you keep doing it, the story loses it's edge and becomes really unrealistic. Especially, when a story is set in the realism of how governments work.

Next TJ is suppose to be some kind of warrior and she doesn't get supicious of the new dancer that came out of nowhere. I mean Strickland is back, she's getting phone calls and her shrink has been attacked and you mean to tell me TJ doesn't find it weird that some girl with the same name as her who is also fit as her and seems so nice is suddenly working as a dancer beside her. I don't think so.

Now the father had faked his death about 10 or so years ago, and he has accomplished nothing in that time. Really!! Next Trent fakes his own death about two years ago and what has he accomplished in that time. Nothing. Jordan is suppose to be powerful, but two men have faked their own deaths without him knowing. Really! Oh and then all of their time of pretending to be dead the only plan they came up with was to kill Jordan. Wow. Do they not realize that Jordan is nothing compared to who his powerful partners are in the government. Jordan can be replaced; probably with Leamington. I just didn't like this book; it drags you down. I hope there isn't a sequel.