Parts of the Whole

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No one is an island, and private detective of the gods Tom Statford is no different. The family he was born with, the family he chose, the family that chose him, they all make him more than the sum of his parts. More
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Words: 18,460
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476022802
About John G. Walker

John was born in Indiana, and has lived all over the world thanks to the Air Force. As being a technical support guy didn't allow him too much in the way of creativity, he turned to writing. He's been writing for his own enjoyment for years and now wants to get his work out there. The Statford Chronicles is his first foray into the world of published books. He currently lives in Virginia.

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Review by: natressia holt on Sep. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Parts of a Whole, by John G. Walker, is a series of twisting and entertaining mysteries that leaves readers eagerly awaiting and wanting more. The excessive details appeals to the reader’s visual sense and allows them to be a part of the dynamics of the story. Walker succeeds at weaving several narrative threads into a unified whole, making his subsidiary characters as compelling as the major player. The realness of the relationships and a hint of morality compel readers to probe further. Parts of the stories are intentionally predictable while other details bring readers to the reality of it all. He succeeded in letting readers know that you should never judge a book by its cover and that all lies are rooted in the truth.
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Review by: D. Shirley on Sep. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
This collection of 5 short stories was both entertaining and confusing. First two stories were extremely detailed and slightly predictable, yet captivating. The third story was one of my least favorites. Even though it was detailed and painted a good picture of the setting, I did not care for the explicit language or writing and I began losing interest in the writer with this story. The fourth story was totally unbelievable which might have played a part in my total confusion on the fifth story. I was totally
lost reading the fifth story and had a difficult time finishing it.
I read all five stories twice and concluded that my overall view of this book was unfavorable and I probably would not read any other books from this author.
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Review by: Shariyca Garfield on Sep. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Shariyca Garfield
English 1020-405
Prof.Pryor
Book Review : Parts o the whole
9/8/2010


Parts of the whole by John G. Walker has many different outlooks on Tom’s life. It discussed his job, past, and some of the other things he did and that he was devoted to in his life. Every character had a purpose in his life and showed his different emotions of how he acted towards those people. Tom’s past explains why everything is happening the way it is and has. He lived his life with no worries even though he is caring and devoted to what he does. The Author talked about different parts of his life but eventually brought it all together into a whole.
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Review by: Lakeshia Tunstall on Sep. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
The overall book, Parts of the Whole was complex. For me as a reader, it was hard to follow with the different views of Tom Statford’s experiences from different time periods dealing with different people. I understood and appreciated the writing as far as the details in each section but I had to read and reread to put the stories together. For example, in the story “By its Cover” Spirit was Tom Statford’s mother and it was not stated but semi implied by the ending of the story where Mr. Renton called her Aveline Statford. Then in the story “Sidebar Interlude” Jennifer Statford was Tom’s sister and she had a son that was premature and she stated,” that Jacob had been in an intensive care unit for nearly three weeks and not getting worse but not getting better, either. Her mother had been there the entire time. Her mom as in Aveline Statford the same lady from “By its Cover” who was described as a woman who never missed a beat as she cradle the phone to her shoulder and begin to fire shot burst. It was quite amazing to know outside of Spirit being this woman of power and dominates she was a lady of nurture. She was compassionate, loving and caring.
As a reader, I would like to have the background information up front; therefore I could appreciate Tom and his background as him being the hero of the stories and understanding his genes. Knowing about his mother would have given me that immediate connection to him in the other story. I was more lost than able to follow because a lot of his relations were implied. I would not give this book a bad rating because after it was explained and broken down, I understood more. As a reader, when I chose books I look for and like books that information is not implied but given. I did like that each story was detailed where you could image yourself there but it was not a personal favorite for me. Some people like books where they have to dissect the information and put it together but I personal did not.
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Review by: Lakeshia Tunstall on Sep. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
The overall book, Parts of the Whole was complex. For me as a reader, it was hard to follow with the different views of Tom Statford’s experiences from different time periods dealing with different people. I understood and appreciated the writing as far as the details in each section but I had to read and reread to put the stories together. For example, in the story “By its Cover” Spirit was Tom Statford’s mother and it was not stated but semi implied by the ending of the story where Mr. Renton called her Aveline Statford. Then in the story “Sidebar Interlude” Jennifer Statford was Tom’s sister and she had a son that was premature and she stated,” that Jacob had been in an intensive care unit for nearly three weeks and not getting worse but not getting better, either. Her mother had been there the entire time. Her mom as in Aveline Statford the same lady from “By its Cover” who was described as a woman who never missed a beat as she cradle the phone to her shoulder and begin to fire shot burst. It was quite amazing to know outside of Spirit being this woman of power and dominates she was a lady of nurture. She was compassionate, loving and caring.
As a reader, I would like to have the background information up front; therefore I could appreciate Tom and his background as him being the hero of the stories and understanding his genes. Knowing about his mother would have given me that immediate connection to him in the other story. I was more lost than able to follow because a lot of his relations were implied. I would not give this book a bad rating because after it was explained and broken down, I understood more. As a reader, when I chose books I look for and like books that information is not implied but given. I did like that each story was detailed where you could image yourself there but it was not a personal favorite for me. Some people like books where they have to dissect the information and put it together but I personal did not.
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Review by: Terneice Brown on Sep. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
"The Parts of the Whole" is a collections of stories that were very entertaining with suspense. I didnt think that the story was predicable, and it kept me wondering about what was going to happen next. The character that was very interesting to me was Avaline Statford. It just goes to show that you can't always judge a book by its cover. In my eyes, Ms. Statford is a very powerful woman who didn't take any bologna form anyone. I like the way she was multitasking by talking on the phone and firing assault rifles. I like that it gave me s sense of the book that was written from the beginning to end. It was excited to actually get to the end to find out that all the stories were connect to one person.(Thomas Statford)
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Review by: Jessica Smith on Sep. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Each chapter in this book is depicting a different view of Thomas Statford and his life. The most interesting characters to me are Mac and Avaline. Mac is the most humane character in this book. Dianah is his escape from the outrageous world that Tom has gotten him involved with. Avaline Statford is the character who can relate to Tom better than anyone. She is underestimated but overcomes to prove why she is the “Spirit”. “Another Day At The Office” is the chapter that interested me the most because it is showing a man living two lives and doing a great job at it. The only weakness in this book was my confusion with the idea of The Keeper. There are so many strengths in this book. The visualization and characters are my personal favorite strengths of this book. "Parts of the Whole" really let my imagination run wild and there is nothing better than that when reading a book.
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Review by: Jessica Smith on Sep. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Each chapter in this book is depicting a different view of Thomas Statford and his life. The most interesting characters to me are Mac and Avaline. Mac is the most humane character in this book. Dianah is his escape from the outrageous world that Tom has gotten him involved with. Avaline Statford is the character who can relate to Tom better than anyone. She is underestimated but overcomes to prove why she is the “Spirit”. “Another Day At The Office” is the chapter that interested me the most because it is showing a man living two lives and doing a great job at it. The only weakness in this book was my confusion with the idea of The Keeper. There are so many strengths in this book. The visualization and characters are my personal favorite strengths of this book. "Parts of the Whole" really let my imagination run wild and there is nothing better than that when reading a book.
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Review by: DeAndra Woody on Sep. 16, 2012 :
“Parts of the Whole” is a compilation of stories that connect different characters to the main character, Tom Statford. Tom, keeper of the conclave, lives a dangerous lifestyle that takes him on wild adventures that often put his life at risk. I liked Tom because of his strong faith and love he shows toward his family. Jennifer Statford, Tom’s sister, is his lawyer and spends most of her time cleaning up his messes. She is very passionate and loving toward her brother, but often finds his lifestyle unbelievable. Avaline Statford, leader of a secret government group known as “the agency”, is Tom’s mother and also my favorite character. Avaline, who is considered the best at what she does despite of her age, is calm and confident even when facing death. What interests me most about this is book is the duty that Tom has been given and the affects that it has on the people around him. In my opinion, this work is written in a way that holds my interest but can also be confusing at some points due to the switching of characters .
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Review by: booty on Sep. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
In summary, the main character (Thomas) inevitably awakens to a life worth living; a five story compilation loosely intertwined, sprinkled with fantasy, romance, adventure, and a message that takes you on this journey with him.
My viewpoint of the characters Mac, Larry, Spirit, Luc, Dinah and Jennifer were all like one in the same with (Thomas) as the ever-present helper working through, with, and for certain characters in each scene keeping them safe in battle.
The most interesting aspect is how Shadows of Doubt’s depiction flows in succession with comparisons highlighting different stages of the transformation of “Thomas”. A telling culmination of life lived and not seen until…
I found the stories were embellished just enough to paint a vivid picture of how choices we make for good or bad will always render consequences and how to succeed in fighting the fight with all that has made you who and what you are. Embrace the journey with the gift of life.
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Review by: Trae Williams III on Sep. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Overall I enjoyed the book and how it all came together through each story. The first short story was interesting and very detailed. All of the details describe the setting in full and the story is full of metaphors. I like how the scenery goes from the home, to the warehouse, and back to the home in different rooms. It reminded me of what you would see in movies when someone is telling a story. I felt that the overuse of details helps the reader to understand what the author is portraying for the each character. Also it helps the reader understand why the character is the way he is. For example the husband in the first story describes his food in a detailed way to cover the images in his head from what happened that day. The second story was really good because as the title shows, you cannot judge a book by its cover. I enjoyed how the entire portrayal of the woman was completely turned around in the middle and that end. The third story was detailed as well but some parts were necessary for the reader to completely grasp each character. I felt that it was predictable but still enjoyable at the same time. The last two stories helped summarize everything up for me but when it was all said and done I felt that the book was confusing in some parts but the massive use of details helped make up for that. I enjoyed reading the book and I feel that others will as well.
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