by R. Doug Wicker

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BN ID: 2940011835186
Publisher: R. Doug Wicker
Publication date: 10/06/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 332 KB

About the Author

R. Doug Wicker is a graduate of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. He attended college for two years at Clemson University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. His stint in the Air Force began his thirty-four year-career as an air traffic controller, serving with both the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has controlled aircraft at R.A.F. bases Lakenheath, Mildenhall, and Sculthorpe in the United Kingdom; Davis-Monthan A.F.B. in Tucson, Arizona; and El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas. He is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He enjoys thrilling his audience with tales of murder and suspense, as with his Publishers Weekly-reviewed novel DECISIONS, and his most recently released thriller THE GLOBE.

Today, R. Doug Wicker lives in El Paso with his lovely wife Ursula whom he married in 1979. He enjoys writing, blogging (look up, reading, travel, art, photography, gourmet cooking and fine wines, and bridge (the game, not the structure). He looks forward to further entertaining his fans for years to come with earlier works from his archive of currently unpublished works.

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Decisions 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JasonGAnderson More than 1 year ago
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.
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