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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Taut, Compelling Page Turner

Having lost everything that matters to him, Billy Harper rents a cottage from the Whitcomb family in the upscale Connecticut town of New Canaan and attempts to put the pieces of his shattered life back together again. Resigned to going the rest of his life with an unfee...
Having lost everything that matters to him, Billy Harper rents a cottage from the Whitcomb family in the upscale Connecticut town of New Canaan and attempts to put the pieces of his shattered life back together again. Resigned to going the rest of his life with an unfeeling, frozen heart, Billy is in for quite the pleasant surprise when he meets Carolyn, the Whitcombs' four-year-old daughter, who encourages him to thaw out his heart and live again; however, a series of strange incidents soon convinces Billy that Carolyn is quite the "unnatural" being, and when a rogue military organization learns of her special abilities and attempts to use her for their own purposes, Billy is ultimately forced to put his renewed life on the line to save the little girl without whom he never would have regained it...

With a rich cast of characters and taut, compelling plotlines, Painless is a veritable page turner. Skillfully crafted by author Derek Ciccone, Painless chronicles the personal transformation of a man wounded by life who ultimately learns to trust, hope, and love again - only to be faced with having everything he fought so hard to regain be taken away from him. The damning prospect of repeating the cycle of painful loss is the last thing Billy wants to experience, and Ciccone draws the reader into the gripping internal struggle with which he contends to prevent lightning from striking twice in the same place.

With superb character development and riveting, escalating action, Painless is an all-engrossing read offering invaluable life lessons about the virtues of never giving up - no matter how difficult the roads we travel. An enjoyable literary treat.


Josee Morgan
Apex Reviews

posted by ApexReviews on July 7, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This book sort of has two separate plots going the whole time an

This book sort of has two separate plots going the whole time and it's pretty interesting how it all comes together. Billy has this bummer life and then meets the Whitcomb family and their daughter who is the age of four. The daughter, whose name is Carolyn, can't feel ...
This book sort of has two separate plots going the whole time and it's pretty interesting how it all comes together. Billy has this bummer life and then meets the Whitcomb family and their daughter who is the age of four. The daughter, whose name is Carolyn, can't feel pain. Some secret government agency who uses these people that don't feel pain for war and experiments and what not, seeks after Carolyn and Billy is the one who has to save her from them.
I found it a little unbelievable at first that the Whitcomb family just let their young daughter just go with this older man that didn't really have much interaction with the family up until the time that he spent with the daughter. Another thing that I found to be a little bit ridiculous in the story was that at one time Billy left Carolyn alone to chase after some guy that was trying to kidnap her? Who would do that?
All-in-all the book really wasn't bad there was just a few things that kind of bothered me or didn't make sense in in the story, two of which are mentioned above. Some people might find this to be an enjoyable read and for that reason I would recommend to someone who just needed another book. It was hard to put down at times but looking back it wasn't that spectacular. 3 stars.

posted by Jumpstream on March 28, 2012

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Good book!

    Finally got around to picking this up and couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Great reading!!!

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The primary characters are so finely drawn they begin to feel like friends.

    The story is somewhere between DaVinci Code and The Deep End if the Ocean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    As an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for new authors an

    As an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for new authors and free ebooks. This book was a win/win for me. The wriiting is excellent, with protagonists you would want as friends, smooth yet intricate plot development, realistic handling of a tragic yet little known medical condition, and "real people" dialogue. As an added plus, it had very few typos or word errors (their/they're/there). Realistic relationship progressions with rational action/reaction scenes (for the most part), and no explicit sex scenes or egregious violence - although there is a lot of plot-appropriate violence and death. Small details and plot points quietly stack up for a big bang toward the end, and the coincidental political bedfellows are conveniently synchronous for expediting the climactic ending. It is a cautionary tale of military and medical might-makes-right, while at the same time being a story about a family pulling together against long odds to protect the child that they all love. I highly recomnend Painless for readers who like taut plotlines with lots of action, great characters, humor in dark situations and staying up too late because you don't want to put the book down until you've finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Loved it!

    This book was wonderful. I couldn't put it down. If I tried I would just pick it up again to see what would happen next.

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    Posted March 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This is the third book i have read by Derek Ciccone and by far the best! He writes with such detail with twists and turns at every step. Just when you think you know whats next you dont. THIS was a very interesting topic and touche din so many areas. A great book,

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