Michael Bunker is a bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a "plain" community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills. He is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the WICK series, The Silo Archipelago, and the Amish/Sci-Fi thriller Pennsylvania, as well as many nonfiction works, including the bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by Amazon.com through their Kindle Worlds program to write a serial in the World of Kurt Vonnegut. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted on Dec. 17, 2013. Michael was recently interviewed in a Medium.com article that will give you more background and insight into his life and works... http://bit.ly/17YbE63.
Daniel J. Weber
on April 04, 2014 :
From the mind of Michael Bunker and the political excellence of Chris Awalt comes this nice piece of dystopian fiction. It is not often evident what an author is all about simply by reading their art, but Wick is a pleasant exception. Not only do you get to know the characters and world being build, but also are afforded a unique opportunity to enter the mind of the author(s). Science fiction with Amish and political leanings makes this a wonderful piece of art that is hard to compare with. If you are the type of reader that likes lots of action and little thought, this may not be your thing, but if you like to think, there is no better piece of art. Throughout Wick there a wonderful amount of matter-of-fact life philosophising build into the prose which make for a delightful ride that feels dense. No, not dense because it is hard to get through, but like a pit of tar: once entered, it will suck your mind right in, and you may have trouble getting out. Because of this, the point of view taken feels reserved, almost making the narrator/author a character of their own, allowing for wonderfully crafted observatory world building.
There is a sense of separation between the protagonist and his world that makes for great characterisation. Much of the book is a lone traveller tale, which doesn't allow for a lot of dialogue or action, but getting inside the traveller's head and watching him survive is a treat of its own. The book has a few pacing issues near the beginning even for me who enjoys slower books. Perhaps more foreshadowing into future event would have built the story better in the slower parts, while still keeping that reserved POV that is artfully employed.
Now that the plot has been well introduced and the reader has more of a handle on the world, I can see the rest of this series mounting from four stars to five. This first instalment just gets things going, and I hope to see how things turn out (for better or worse) as the story progresses.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 18, 2013 :
I loved the unique plot and characters the author used. The book was refreshing. The author did a great job of describing the scenes and the personality of the characters. He was able to so without info dumps. Looking forward to reading more by the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
W1CK is a good read, once Clay finally gets out of NYC. Not being familiar with the city, the street-by-street description was pretty tedious. Also, not being familiar with that geography, having the character cross into NJ when he's heading for upstate NY was somewhat confusing. Had to stop reading and go pull out a map to see why he didn't just go north!
It seemed like the story the author wanted to tell really started once Clay hooked up with the Sam Elliot-like character. Once this part of the story started, this was a can't-put-down read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)