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Wanted [Kindle Edition]

Jason Halstead
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book 1 in the Wanted series

Sergeant First Class Carl Waters left the army behind before the bomb went off in L.A. He lived off the grid, avoiding the fallout from the bombs and the Burnout Fever that ravaged the world. With the occasional trespasser to keep his skills sharp, life was smooth and settled and exactly how he wanted it.

All that changed when three stragglers showed up that he didn't have the heart to turn away. Two children led by a shepherd who had lost her own way, Carl felt the sins of his past had finally come calling. Especially when it turned out the children had their own demons in pursuit.

On the run once again, they must survive the North American badlands, an enemy with unlimited resources, and each other. Ultimately it will come down to Carl to decide just how much he is willing to sacrifice for the safety of his charges.

Look for these other Wanted books:
Book 1: Wanted
Book 2: Ice Princess
Book 3: Bounty
Book 4: Marshal

Or pick up all 4 at once in the Wanted Series

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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 916 KB
    • Print Length: 248 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing LLC (10 Jan. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0053KJ2QU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,198 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Short version: Jason Halstead is a science fiction and fantasy author who spends his free time with his wife and two children, writing, and powerlifting.

    Long version: Jason's always wanted to write, but making a living at it seemed unobtainable. So instead of writing fiction, he turned to writing code. That paid the rent and let him dabble in fiction.

    The common theme shared by almost every great writer is perseverance. Refusing to accept denial by traditional publishing and agents, Jason was finally accepted at a publisher that was harnessing the cresting wave of ebooks. That ride, although bumpy, gave him the experience and knowledge necessary to strike out and improve his craft.

    Jason now has multiple books out and regularly helps out other budding authors struggling to makes sense of the industry. He's a stickler on editing and professionalism, but also believes wholeheartedly that his readers aren't just customers, they're his friends. He wants to know them and encourages them to visit his website (, his blog (, and even more to email him ( so he can interact with them. His books come from his imagination and from his heart, and more than one of his friends has inspired him and shown up for at least a cameo appearance in one of his titles.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    As post-apocalyptic thrillers go, this one is very firmly in the middle of the bunch; nothing that is going to make waves, but there are plenty of worse books out there!
    The characterization is a little shallow and stereotypical, with the core concepts that the writer seems keen to get across to the reader about each character and their personality and history alluded to time and time again to the point that each character becomes very one-dimensional.
    The story-line itself is not going to make waves and is not particularly fresh or unique, but the progression of the story flows well and the concept is tackled smoothly.

    I can understand why this book ticks all of the boxes for a lot of people, and it is an easy reading book that is not difficult to get to grips with; but I found it a little too shallow and one-dimensional for my tastes.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars free, but not wanted (by me anyway) 11 Nov. 2012
    By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    I disagree with all the other reviewers, on this one. I read about half of it, and *still* gave up - despite the time invested. Why? The storyline appeals to me (post-apocalyptic wanderings, small bands stalking a blighted landscape, corporate bountyhunters, staff sergeant loners, porn stars, rich mans' kids...) but in the end, or rather halfway, I decided it is too badly written, too repetitive in places, with whole sections where nothing much happens. Is this a new writer trying to learn the trade? The people didn't really come alive, much, and I just lost interest.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the new wild west. 2 Mar. 2012
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    Its years since America withdrew from The middle east. Years since a limited nuclear and biological war made most of america uninhabitable.

    Jessie was badly wounded in Iraq and medically invalided out of the army. Now shes a freelance porn actress with a bad attitude to others that reflects the hate she has for herself. An ambush when scouting a film location leaves her rescued by Carl.

    Carls a loner fighting a one man battle against the ghosts of his past. He's self sufficient , armed to the teeth and needs no-one , least of all a hapless ditzy actress. His sense of fair play keeps getting the better of him.

    Tanya and Dusty are siblings dumped in the wasteland when their plane crashes. When Jessy finds them - she realises she cant get them back to the safety of civilisation alone. Left no choice she drags all their problems back to Carls doorstep.

    The body total starts to mount when bounty hunters start arriving to ensure there are no survivors of the crash. That and blowing up his house makes Carl really angry.

    Wild west comes to modern america via way of limited nuclear and biological exchange. Has a lot in common with cheap b movies of the 80's and older westerns. Its the grizzed vet teaches unprepared and spoiled brats how to survive in the wild. Fairly standard stuff , nothing terribly new.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid series starter 2 Dec. 2012
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    Good solid story, well delivered. The characters and situation are gradually delivered with an assumption that you can manage the larger context without unnecessarily detailed explanation and that leaves the focus on the fine detail and the action.

    Caution SPOILER:
    I never like a book that kills off it's major character without necessity to the storyline. The justification here is maybe that there is never clearly a single lead so killing off one of the three is acceptable, but as it was the one I most liked it just annoyed me. Enough that I didn't go for the next one in the series (at least not yet).
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    3.0 out of 5 stars like it but struggled 10 April 2013
    By Steve
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    It's not a bad a storyline, but absolutely nothing of note was original. I've read many books about post-apocalyptic survivors with some sort of special forces hero and they tend to fall into a pattern. Particularly US based books where everything revolves around who has the most fire-power. The author of this book tried to include as many M4, M16, M-whatever references as possible, whenever possible as casually as possible. In the US an M4 may be as recognisable as an iPod, but here it's the main London to Wales road. So perhaps the book needs, oh what is that thing called? You know the thing that writers do? Oh, yes, description.
    I understand the attempt to build up characters back story but there were some seriously dull "chick speak" sessions. Yawn. Jason Halstead wanted to include tenderness and empathy and all I could think of was "Carl, shoot them and move on".
    Having said all that, I liked the Carl led extracts, his ability to be all ninja-ry even with a rattlesnake hanging off his leg. We all expect the heroes of these sort of books to be even more "special forces" than the special forces sent after him - truly Rambo like - and Carl was no exception able to defeat an attire detachment of Maelstrom soldiers, in close-quarters combat whilst poisoned by previously mentioned snake, before making an acrobatic exit that Jackie Chan would have gaped at before the helicopter gunship dismantled his house.
    The whore-turned-good character was a stereo-type whore-turned-good. The sulking teenage boy was adequately portrayed and, unfortunately, not punched unconscious enough.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou
    Very interesting and captivating read. Good plot with interesting characters. I will be on the look out for more from this author.
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    Published 12 months ago by Jaqs 153
    1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, poor plot
    Sorry, but I deleted this after the first half.

    I tried my best, as the subject line is right up my street, but a combination of repetition (how many times must they ask... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Phil
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
    i really liked this book from start to finish, once i started just wanted to read till the end , look forward to the rest in the series
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    5.0 out of 5 stars good adventure
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