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Flowertown MP3 CD – 15 May 2012

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455885797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455885794
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,836,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

A fifteen-year veteran of morning radio and an avid traveler, Sheila Redling currently lives in her beloved West Virginia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I loved this book, found it gripping in many areas. I liked the characters and loved the twist toward the end. Would have liked to have more character build up on Guy Roman the soldier as I felt it would have gone with the story better. But all in all a great read, that would be fun to read again. I feel it was flawed at all and would recommend it to anyone who likes a thriller without the bloody gore some authors rely on to sell books. I don't expect a sequel as other reviewers did as I felt the end was solid.
Happy reading.
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I can't make my mind up if I enjoyed this book or not. Quite a complex story and hard to keep track particularly in the last few chapters.
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Well written, so that I kept turning the pages. It was so effective that I could almost see the setting and events. The premise is just a bit different from normal, being a conspiracy between Big Pharma and the US Government.

Not great literature, but a decent read.
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Not like anything I have read before. I found it very interesting with lots of twists and turns. Happy to read another of her books.
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Characters are very likeable and the story is brilliant. Kind of book i didnt want to put down. Looking forward to reading more from the author
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Imaginative but totally believable story with unexpected twist at the end! I look forward to reading more by this author.
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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2012
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Sheila Redling's debut novel is one of the most original and yet credible thrillers I have read for years. The setting is the site of a chemical spill, where the people exposed to the chemical have been walled in in the Flowertown of the title to prevent them contaminating the rest of the country. It's an interesting proposition on its own, but the plot just carries on developing into one of the best conspiracy theory novels I can remember reading.

It grips from very early on - I read it cover to cover in two sittings. The characters and dialogue are believable and well-sketched. One word of caution is that a few scenes are rather gruesome to read, but they are entirely consistent with the plot and in no way gratuitous. The blurb makes comparisons to Michael Crichton and Dennis Lehane, and both are valid, but the author this most reminded me of was the little-known Christopher Hyde, whose techno-thrillers are based around similar left-field ideas.

In an age where so many thrillers are me-too copies of other successful books, this title deserves to do well for daring to come up with an original idea. I shall be awaiting Ms Redling's next novel with eagerness!
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An entertaining enough read, particularly the early part where scene is set and characters developed. The setting is a 'quarentined' town, thanks to a chemical leak, being run by the very company that caused the leak in the first place and populated by the poor people who happened to be there when the leak occured.

There are 4 main characters of which 2.5 are well rounded.
The main character Ellie and her development arc through the story are well done. She is foul-mouthed, agressive and usually stoned, but likeable for all that.
The sub-plot of her room-mate Rachel's quest for a day out is nicely interspersed and serves to draw you away from the adventure and into the personal horror such a confinement would induce.
Bing is well written (up to a point) and it's really only Guy who feels a little 2-D (and given how smelly his girlfriend seems I'm guessing his nose is also lacking...)
The development of the 'world' is introduced at a good pace through the story too. At least it is intially, and this is where the stars drop away for me somewhat, because as the plot progresses it gets harder to believe.

I don't want to give the plot away so I will say that once a book makes a reader start to question the 'reality' they have created, then the strings of the plot have started to unravel, and this is where the final 1/3 of the book was less compelling for me. Also the charcter led 'twist' was far too obvious.

So in summary I enjoyed and devoured the first part of the book, but found it less and less engaging as it progressed towards its climax, which in a way is the worst thing you can say about a thriller (better a slow build than a disappointing apex).
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