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Windigo Soul by [Brumm, Robert]
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About the Author

Robert Brumm lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with his wife and two children. He can be found during the day slaving over a hot server as a systems administrator. At night, if he's not drinking beer in front of the television or taking his puggle for a walk, you just might find him writing in the basement. www.robertbrumm.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4759 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; Second edition (15 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B3XVLY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is set in the future but somehow doesn't feel like sci-fi.
It's a world where citizens are retired upon reaching their sixtieth birthday, the retirement being a euphemism for euthanasia. To the outside world, the bodies are cremated and returned to their kin, but on the inside is a far more sinister state-run power plant where the retiree's bodies are put to use.
The story involves a worker at the plant escaping and racing against time to save his wife before she is admitted to the plant.
I read this in a couple of hours and enjoyed the story but can't help thinking it could so easily have become a really good full length novel. There is plenty of scope within the story for subplots and offshoots, and the characters could have been developed much more.
I'd rate this overall at 3 stars since I did really enjoy the story but was left feeling somewhat short-changed because it ended up being a throw-away novella when it could have been a top class novel.
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There's no need for another précis of the plot, but I have to say I downloaded this out of curiosity over its title, since this type of novel is not one I'd normally buy; I'm very grateful I did. The plot is a little ahead of reality, but I have a nasty feeling that there are people out there now who would have no problems setting it up.....

The characterisations are swiftly-drawn but convincing. I didn't like Sara, who was a rather selfish whinger, with not much to contribute, but the rest were superb, whether goodie or baddie. Descriptions of the city, the way of life (such as it was), and the utter resignation of the general populace were all extremely-well portrayed. The nastiness of Windigo, the determined struggle of the breakaways, the excitement of retaliation, the tension of the hunt for the rebels, the depths of Man's cruelty to Man, were expertly painted. I got great satisfaction from the final outcome - although I think the author might want to read up a little on the impact (both at the time and thereafter) of the detonation of a ground-burst 5KT nuclear weapon on those even quite a long way away from Ground Zero.

A very, very enjoyable story, which kept me enthralled - at times revolted - and unable to put it down. I'm keeping it on my Kindle, and will be looking for more from this author.
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I enjoyed reading this dark thriller based on a premise of what our future brave new world would be like. This book embraced the thriller and sci-fi/horror genre very well indeed. Although the book is relatively short you do feel empathy with Hank, our main protagonist and are quickly involved and immersed in his world.

I would love to read about what happens to Hank and his family as I became to care and was interested in how this plays out in subsequent books.
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I had this book on my kindle for a long time without reading it,I was recently sent an updated version by Amazon,and I think it must be quite different from the original version judging by some of the other comments,and the fact the author thought it did need more work.All I can say is I'm glad this is the version I read. There were a couple of typos but not many and I thought the story and the writing was fantastic it was a real adventure with plenty of twists and I think its one of the best dystopian type books I've read in a long time.I really enjoyed it, I don't do spoilers so can't say much about the plot as I'll be giving the game away but I stayed up way too late 2 nights in a row reading this I found it to be a real page turner,I loved it.
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Windigo Soul is a thought provoking tale of retirement but not as we know it set in a dystopian future run by a government who's ideals on saving the future are only leading to its demise.

Hank Reed has just turned 60 and by the laws of the United Federation of Nations Hank is being retired or simply euthanised to save the world from overpopulation, although Hank is legally required to under go this process Hank is having doubts very big ones that will change his, his families and the rest of the worlds futures for good.

This is a brilliant well written thought provoking novel that is equally as touching as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"

Don't miss this amazing book
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I found this a surprisingly thought provoking dystopian sci-fi. The book felt like it was split into two halves. The first covered what life was like in this world and looked at the relationships amongst a family, before Hank, the father was "retired" and found himself struggling with what this really meant. I found this half of the book touching as well as disturbing in the things it revealed of the character's lives.

The second half of the book felt much more like action and adventure. While this was well written and fast paced, as well as a great example of what an action novel should be, I felt it looked slightly weak against the first half. There was less conjecture of life in general - then again if they stopped to think the novel would have had corpses for narrators!
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A tense, fast paced dystopian thriller. Windigo Soul as a title at first made me wonder who would turn out to be a windigo. With some relief as I read, it doesn't go there. Where it does go is a not too distant future that we can only hope never happens but at the same time know it could come close. A branch of inventive science is fuelled by science fiction these days. Who knows? The result is worryingly plausible.

This is Soylent Green brought up to date with a very big bang. Brumm makes his characters clear and their motivations solid. He doesn't over explain things, just tells us and we believe him. That's quite disturbing in itself because we should really be hoping humanity is not capable of such things. Sadly, I think it is and could easily see this or similar happening.

There could be a bit more meat to the bones perhaps. A bit more to the ending, although the ground is nicely laid for a sequel which one hopes would be a revenge of the retirees (and rightly so!).

I do like the author's note at the end. Yes you're on the way to quitting that day job. Good luck - I look forward to seeing more!
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