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Kenneth Wayne was born and raised on the West Coast of the United States, but has spent the past couple of decades in Asia. He has written six novels, dozens of stories, a novel-length travelogue, and two ESL textbooks.
He is the founder of the Electronic Text and Literature Cloud (eTLC), a great way to discover the work of independent (indie) authors. The majority of writing on this cloud is available in a digitalized format, which provides indies a viable medium to distribute their work. Our focus is self-published material since we believe it remains closer to the "vision" of the writer than work reshaped by publishers with "elusive" marketing goals.
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
What an intriguing story. Mavis and George live in an RV and travel around endlessly. George needed to supplement their ailing savings and turned to paid online trolling to do it. In this first installment of the story we learn exactly how this works while also getting a detailed education on how to hunt duck.
As a vegetarian I would happily have skipped that part, but the finding of a bug listening in on them inside the RV was enough to keep me reading to see what would happen next. The cutest couple also hunting duck end up being the object of suspicion and through manipulation grace Mavis' next romance novel as the hotties to draw sales. All is working out just swell, until her social networking site rejects her after it comes out she's a troll. Thanks to George for using her computer to do some of his trolling, he's just shut down their best income, leaving Mavis and the reader in paranoid suspension while we wait for book 2.
It's a fast read and most interesting.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2012 :
A thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable and interesting short read.
Who would have thought a book about Internet political trolls, life spent in RV campsites, and duck hunting could make for such a good book? But that is exactly what the author, Kenneth Wayne, has managed to do extremely well done.
I’ve read two other books by the same author – Clip that tells the amusing and intriguing story of a man who discovers he’s the lead in a pornographic video clip that he knew nothing about, and An American Branch, about the political and sexual shenanigans at a Japanese-based branch of an American language school. Both were five star reads. Wackos to Obliterate completes the author’s trio of accolades.
George and Mavis Kincaid, two early retirees, have been touring the US in their RV for three years. They stop at a site in Indianapolis where George becomes involved with a group of political trolls and Mavis turns to writing romantic fiction – which she finds lucrative and enjoyable. When they’re befriended by a younger, duck-hunting couple they at first welcome them with open arms until they believe that the couple have other, more sinister intentions.
It’s Kenneth Wayne’s fluid, easy style of writing that lets the reader glide through this intriguing story, while learning about Internet trolls, the lifestyle of RV owners and users, and duck hunting – as a bonus, you get to find out how to prepare and cook the freshly-culled waterbirds. By the time you’ve reached the middle, you’re well immersed in the Kincaid’s unusual existence and the mystery involving their newfound friends, and want to read on to find out what happens.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading this novella and found it an interesting and informative read. I did not know what a 'troll' was or did, and now I can safely claim that I do.
It is very well written, and I found it easy to relate to the story although it was set in America. I think it's a great idea to live like a normad and tour around, especially in a large country like the USA, something I wouldn't mind doing myself, given half the chance :)
Indie authors would also be able to relate to this story, and perhaps you'll give it a try and find out why :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2012 :
This is a thoroughly entertaining and humourously written new book about Mavis, a romantic novelist, and her husband George, a paid troll of political web sites.
Mavis and George discover that their two occupations start to merge in an unexpected way as they embark on a series of adventures involving duck hunting, a photo shoot for one of Mavis' book covers and a suspicious looking bug placed in their van.
Villainy abounds and the temperature rises as the story rattles towards its cliffhanger ending. We need to know more - part 2 please!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)