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Devolve | [Eric A. Radulski]

Devolve

Daring to leave everything behind and move to New York City, David Merchant finds himself teetering on the edge of oblivion. Utterly alone, he soon sinks into a depression that threatens to swallow his soul. When blind chance puts David on a subway car bound for a place unlike any he has ever seen, in a time that has never been, he is thrust into a landscape filled with horrors from the very darkest corners of his grimmest nightmares.
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Publisher's Summary

Daring to leave everything behind and move to New York City, David Merchant finds himself teetering on the edge of oblivion. Utterly alone, he soon sinks into a depression that threatens to swallow his soul. When blind chance puts David on a subway car bound for a place unlike any he has ever seen, in a time that has never been, he is thrust into a landscape filled with horrors from the very darkest corners of his grimmest nightmares. When he finally discovers what the diabolical lords he encounters ultimately want, it may be too late to stop them...

©2009 Eric A. Radulski; (P)2009 Eric A. Radulski

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    Clay NY, USA 08-14-09
    Clay NY, USA 08-14-09
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    "And then the bottom drops out..."

    I think Radulski must have woken up one day and thought "What the hell is the point?" His imagination shook off its shackles and voila - here we have Devolve, a dark short story that'll probably leave you wondering the same thing Radulski did. This story is a grim, painfully vivid account of poor David who's job and life leave much to be desired. A job and life that's not uncommon today. Devolve starts at this bottom point and successfully digs deeper, sending David on a weird trek that may reveal what the future holds in a bleak extended metaphor. This is a bit of a departure from Radulski's other stories, but he pulls it off effectively with his refreshingly blunt and graphic writing style. He doesn't hold back, which may turn some folks off, but it's this brutal honesty that makes Devolve so good. As for the recording itself - the narration is clear and well read. The backing music and sound effects are tastefully done, adding a bit of flavor without dominating. Thumbs up!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 08-27-09
    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 08-27-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Horrifying!"

    Great (if horrifying) entertainment. Radulski creates a finely nuanced character that is the essence of corporation-induced bloat and despair. And it only gets worse from there. The writing is crisp and the plot plummets inevitably to...

    The audio production enhances the horror experience, which is always a plus.

    I hope this novella finds a place among the Kafkas and the Vonneguts. Excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12
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    What disappointed you about Devolve?

    The readers voice was annoying. Couldn't listen to it long enough to figure out the story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric A. Radulski again?

    No, no, a thousand times no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric A. Radulski?

    Don't know.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 09-21-09
    Old Hippy PA 09-21-09 Member Since 2013
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    "What the #@*^% was this?"

    Boy did I get taken on this one. Starts up sort of intriguing but then it turns into some sort of delirium. Have no idea what the point was. It makes no sense at all. None.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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