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WICK (Wick Series Book 1) by [Bunker, Michael, Awalt, Chris]
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Clay just wants to get home. Six years ago, he moved to New York City after his wife and daughters were killed in a horrible automobile accident, and now, the day after Hurricane Sandy devastates the city and the tri-state area, Clay sets out on foot to escape both the city, and the prison of his old life there. What Clay discovers on his epic walk to freedom, will change everything... for everyone... forever.

W1CK is a stand-alone pre-apocalyptic thriller that 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.

The Cold War is about to get Hot, and sometimes just saying 'NO' is a revolutionary act...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2172 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Refugio Publishing; First edition (Dec 25 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATDYCQQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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This is a good, scary, thought-provoking story. It has interesting characters and a unique plot. The author knows how to turn a vivid phrase, and the grammar and editing is impeccable (rare in a self-published book). But Michael Bunker likes to interrupt his story with long, drawn out life lessons about human nature or little known historical bits and tracts of poetry that either don't promote the plot or make the reader scream OKAY! I GET IT! ENOUGH ALREADY! By the time I was a third through the third book in the series, I found myself just skipping these long winded indulgences in order to get the story back online in my head. If all the clutter were cleared away, this would be a bright, clean, fast-paced page-turner worth an easy 5 stars.
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From the mind of Michael Bunker and the political excellence of Chris Awalt comes this nice piece of dystopian fiction. It is not often evident what an author is all about simply by reading their art, but Wick is a pleasant exception. Not only do you get to know the characters and world being build, but also are afforded a unique opportunity to enter the mind of the author(s). Science fiction with Amish and political leanings makes this a wonderful piece of art that is hard to compare with. If you are the type of reader that likes lots of action and little thought, this may not be your thing, but if you like to think, there is no better piece of art. Throughout Wick there a wonderful amount of matter-of-fact life philosophising build into the prose which make for a delightful ride that feels dense. No, not dense because it is hard to get through, but like a pit of tar: once entered, it will suck your mind right in, and you may have trouble getting out. Because of this, the point of view taken feels reserved, almost making the narrator/author a character of their own, allowing for wonderfully crafted observatory world building.

There is a sense of separation between the protagonist and his world that makes for great characterisation. Much of the book is a lone traveller tale, which doesn't allow for a lot of dialogue or action, but getting inside the traveller's head and watching him survive is a treat of its own. The book has a few pacing issues near the beginning even for me who enjoys slower books. Perhaps more foreshadowing into future event would have built the story better in the slower parts, while still keeping that reserved POV that is artfully employed.

Now that the plot has been well introduced and the reader has more of a handle on the world, I can see the rest of this series mounting from four stars to five. This first instalment just gets things going, and I hope to see how things turn out (for better or worse) as the story progresses.
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There are two things that are necessary to be a good dystopic writer; ability and believability. While the author seems to have the first, insomuch that he is able to string words together in a poetic and descriptive manner, he falls short in the second.

Spoiler Alert.......

While his original premise that the propagandized information of the USSR during the Cold War was actually factual and that they were still planning an invasion of the US fell within the `possibility factor', he stretched this premise to the breaking point as the story progressed. Having lived within New York State I can categorically state that if transportation were still available, as it would have been, no one would ever attempt to walk from Manhattan to Ithaca. Secondly, no one would have fed, housed and further supplied a backpacking traveler simply because he had befriended their son. Nor would a single, wealthy individual know that a Russian invasion was imminent whereas the country, itself, was oblivious to this . The weather patterns that the author proposes are equally as unbelievable. A few days after a southern hemisphere hurricane hit the East coast, a nor'easter, from the opposite direction, would effect the same disaster area. This is a physical impossibility. The prison and town that our hero stumbles upon is equally suspicious. Instead of the Russians putting on a two day charade for him by cooking his food, staging a fake uprising and assembling him before the townsfolk, he would have been immediately killed. Lastly, how did the Russians infiltrate the US unnoticed and how did they freely parachute from airplanes into town? Would they not have been detected through government officials and/or radar.

While the eBook `Wool' series bends actions and dialogue to the near breaking point, it remains within the confines of the `possibility factor'. This series, unfortunately, jumps over the believability barrier in the first few pages.
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