Now They Call Me Gunner

Rated 4.82/5 based on 11 reviews
In the summer of '71, between high school and university, Phil takes a job as a short-order cook in his home town in upstate New York. When the waitress's ex-husband is murdered, the police suspect Randal, a Viet Nam vet who is the head cook. To help Randal prove his innocence, Phil is dragged into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs and drug dealers.
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About Thom Whalen

Thom Whalen studied experimental psychology at UCSD (B.A.), UBC (M.A.) and Dalhousie University (Ph.D.). After working for the Government of Canada conducting research on the human factors of computer networks for thirty years, he retired to begin a new career writing fiction.

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Review by: sonyaluvsjesus on Sep. 12, 2014 :
This is a great read! It moves faster than Gunner and Randal on their bikes at all times. Never boring. There was one, "Oh no" at the end and one "yay" so it's balanced :) Read cause you will like it. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
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Review by: Susan Larsen on Oct. 8, 2013 :
A real treat to read this coming of age story - action, humour and drama
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Review by: Phillip Gatua on March 3, 2013 : (no rating)
So good i was gunner for a minute
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Review by: H David Whalen on Feb. 11, 2013 :
Great Read! Action packed and witty. Not a dull page. The story depicts coming of age in a small town complete with drugs, first love and murder and much more. Era factually correct.
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Review by: Philip Fraterrigo on Feb. 2, 2013 :
Great book. I vividly remember 1971 and the characters and story line definitely fit the time period. I was hooked after the first page and went along for the ride. And, what a ride it was. This book rolls along and the main character goes from being a geeky high school graduate to a streetwise adult in the course of one summer vacation when he helps to solve a murder and learns the meaning of friendship and loyalty at the same time. This is definitely one to read.
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Jan. 22, 2013 :
Enjoyed this book, though it does plod along at times, but at the same time there is no temptation to put it down. Nice the way is explores male relationships and mateship and trust.
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Review by: Lisa Wood on Jan. 21, 2013 :
This was a really good book. Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down until the end. Thanks!
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Review by: Susan on Jan. 19, 2013 :
Thanks Thom, I really got into your book. Well developed and believable characters.
The storyline has been written with great heart and understanding of the human spirit.
I especially appreciated your treatment of Randal and his private agony.
A great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Review by: Ginny Bonner on Dec. 21, 2012 :
This was a great book, great story line, flowed well, loved all the characters. I am now off to purchase Thom's other two books.
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Review by: Sue Erickson on Dec. 21, 2012 :
Wow, that was a great read!!! The characters were great, the story line was good, just a great read!!!!
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Review by: Randi Schaefer on Dec. 18, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Great characters, really pullsyou in to the story and plot. Definitely recomend uou read it!
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Review by: I. Readalot on Dec. 16, 2012 :
A good well written story. The characters are interesting, the plot is good but requires a stretch of the imagination at times. Editing is better than most, not perfect but acceptable. Plot twists are plentiful and the writing swings from funny to serious. There is a murder at the heart of the story but the characters around the main character are what it's all about.
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