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Decisions (English Edition) di [Wicker, R. Doug]
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Donovan Grant lost his mind, his wife, and his career. Now he may be losing even more. Lately, and with distressing regularity, he’s been finding himself standing over dead people while holding the murder weapon. Even worse, he’s his own prime suspect. And that new woman in his life? She may be next on his list . . . that’s if he’s not on hers.

From Publishers Weekly: An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end . . . . The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likable and witty central characters.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: R. Doug Wicker - AUTHOR (28 agosto 2010)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004183X3I
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4.0 su 5 stelle One good read 13 gennaio 2013
Di Dix - Pubblicato su
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In the dedication, R.Doug Wicker mentions his agent -- his "long suffering" agent -- "who tried so diligently to find a publisher" for Decisions. Were I that agent, I would have, too, because this one deserves that kind of effort. This is one good read.

Even though I'm a seasoned reader of mysteries, I kept getting it wrong. I can truthfully say I suspected who the killer was long before the end of the story. That's because I suspected practically everybody at one time or the other. Sure, I puzzled out a thing or two, but as soon as I had a handle on "who done it," that one wound up dead. Bodies were dropping all over the place.

I liked the main character, Donovan Grant, though I have to say he's one of the oddest characters I've ever met in a book. Is he hero or anti-hero? It takes a while to figure that out. One thing's obvious right off the bat: He's a royal pain in the ass most of the time.

I sort of agree with the reviewer who commented on how you want to reach in and slap Grant around a little now and then. I would've liked to shake some sense into the guy, myself, especially there at the end. Why? Because he's such a male, with all his fragile ego hanging out around the edges. I mean what's a girl gotta do, for Pete's sake? Can't tell you more about that without giving too much away so you'll simply have to read it.

Most of those who reviewed the book after reading only the sample or the synopses couldn't help but get it wrong. There's much more depth to this psychologically tortured Donovan Grant character than we're allowed to see right away. It builds, along with the almost non-stop action.

The author allows us insight into the sadness of a wounded soul, the torment of PTSD. We watch Grant as he struggles under a burden of guilt and overwhelming sorrow. He is confused, yet clever like a fox; never quite sure of himself, yet cocky as they come. Think I can get away with calling it poignant machismo? If you've read it, you'll know what I mean.

Is it funny? Oh yeah. I laughed out loud in places. Some thought of this as a light read and you could take it as that. Or, pay closer attention and discover many layers.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Wicker makes smooth transition to fiction 7 febbraio 2011
Di Craig Hansen - Pubblicato su
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DECISIONS by R. Doug Wicker may have a rather bland title, but the story inside has personality, a unique set-up, and plenty of solid storytelling. A cross between a whodunit and romantic suspense, DECISIONS tells the story of Donovan Grant, a fellow who, after a personal tragedy, finds himself so emotionally handicapped he is incapable of making any decisions at all, or at least those that don't involve preserving his own life.

Relocated to a tropical island and given gainful employment, Grant finds himself thrust suddenly into troubling circumstances: people visiting the Fijian paradise where he works keep turning up dead, and Grant keeps finding himself waking up near dead bodies, often holding the weapon that caused the death of the victim.

With Grant in charge of island security and a tropical storm holding the police at bay, and with himself as his own prime suspect, he must determine who the murderer is ... even if it's himself ... before more people wind up dead.

The author, whose only previous published work was a nonfiction book focused on the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, makes a smooth transition into the world of fiction with his debut novel. While some of his situations stretch credibility a bit, such stretches are not beyond the bounds of what is normal for the murder mystery genre, generally speaking.

There is some rough language in the novel, especially in the early going, but nothing extraneous or over-the-top; just enough to project a sense of the characters involved without descending into profanity overkill.

DECISIONS is not for younger readers; it's definitely rated PG-13 at the minimum, but that also is part and parcel of the genre this novel inhabits. The most important aspect of DECISIONS is that it entertains. It features smart characters who at times manage to stay a step ahead of what most readers might intuit, which is a measure more effective than many such genre novels tend to pull off these days.

While not exactly a master prose stylist, Wicker writes in an accessible manner that allows for a quick, fun read. And that covers over a multitude of sins.
5.0 su 5 stelle A solid and enjoyable mystery 19 gennaio 2011
Di Jason G. Anderson - Pubblicato su
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I first heard about Decisions in a forum post, and thought it sounded fascinating. Being the impulsive sort, a few clicks later and it was mine.

I'm very glad I bought it.

To start with the positives, R. Doug Wicker weaves an interesting murder mystery. The writing is clear, I found the dialog to be interesting and well written, and the story moved at a good pace without getting bogged down too much. I enjoyed how the clues for the mystery were mentioned in passing without making a huge song and dance about them, allowing observant readers to spot them right away and people who missed them to go "oh yeah, I remember something being mentioned about that". One thing I can't stand is authors that deliberately keep clues from the reader to prolong the 'mystery' - thankfully Decisions doesn't do that.

I don't know if long-time mystery readers would find the mystery obvious (I've only read a few mysteries in the past). I worked out a number of the elements, but didn't manage to figure out how everything all fitted together before the start of the final reveal. I thought the mystery of the story was well constructed, and it didn't leave me feeling like there were huge holes in how things had happened.

I do have a few niggles with the book however. The main character is not particularly likable early on. He has his moments, but he comes across as unpleasant quite strongly at the start. On the plus side he gets much more likable as the story progresses, but there were still a few times I wished I could reach into the story and slap him around a bit for the way he was acting.

Another comment I'd have about the start of the story is the main character goes on and on about the physical appearance of several women, and how terrible his situation is (both his mental state, and "oh my god there are beautiful women interested in me"). It felt like a hurdle I had to get over before the story really got going, but thankfully once that was past everything moved along smoothly.

Despite these flaws, I think overall the book was superb and I'd happily recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries. I'd give it 4 and a half stars (docking half a star for the rough start), rounding up to 5 stars for Amazon.
4.0 su 5 stelle Great story and plot, with a few issues 26 settembre 2010
Di CandysRaves (and Rants) - Pubblicato su
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I loved the premise and plot of this book, it was well thought out and planned. While it required a pretty big suspension of belief, I really enjoyed the main character, his back story and predicament. When the writing was good, it was really very good. The author clearly has a talent for dialogue and snappy writing. There were several times I found myself giggling to myself. The dialogue, while really wonderful, may have also been the author's downfall. There's just so much of it that I feel like we didn't get to the meat of the characters and who they truly were. Even for a quick slapstick mystery, it was a little thin on character development.

I was also impressed with the lack of spelling and grammatical errors. Self-published books seem to be rife with them as a whole. However, I think the book could have done with a bit of a content editor. There was a large chunk in the middle that could have easily been cut back or completely done away with. Worse, I felt like the author kept drawing big red arrows to a certain item (don't wanna give spoilers) that was obviously planted for a reason. I was kind of disappointed in that part.

None of this detracts from the fact that it's a well executed book, overall. Other than those few little personal niggles, I thought it was a fun ride and most of it kept me guessing until the very end. I totally missed a lot of it, actually, so good for the author - I've become pretty adept at figuring out the who/what/when/where/why/how these days.

This is recommended for those that like quirky mystery suspense books with an island flair. Would make for a great vacation book - or, frankly, a good escape from all the "extended family fun" with the upcoming holidays.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Real Page Turner 5 settembre 2010
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I downloaded this book because one of my high-school chums recommended it on Facebook. I am in the middle of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest but decided to put it down to read this book only because Doug Wicker happened to contact me through my friend's Facebook posting. I can not remember when I ever read a book cover to cover until last evening. I could not put it down. Every page contains twists and turns. The lead character and his fateful story grips you from the very first page. I laughed, I cried and I was on the edge of my chair all at the same time. I am a huge mystery fan, especially murder mysteries. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It ranks with the likes of Nelson DeMille and Sue Grafton. While I was expecting lots of blood and violence, it was tempered with humor and sensitivity. Don't pass up the opportunity to add this book to your Kindle library. I can't believe it will continue to be offered at such a low price.
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