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Obedience: A Novel | [Will Lavender]

Obedience: A Novel

When the students in Winchester University's Logic and Reasoning 204 course arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If, after being given a series of clues and details, the class has not found her before the end of the term (in six weeks), she will be murdered.
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When the students in Winchester University's Logic and Reasoning 204 course arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If, after being given a series of clues and details, the class has not found her before the end of the term (in six weeks), she will be murdered.

At first, the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise, designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be something more sinister and dangerous?

The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as they find disturbing connections between Polly and themselves. Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and the real world becomes blurred - and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save.

©2008 Will Lavender; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    this book was way too complicated. liked narrator but not story. don't waste your credit

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    Lorene Salt Lake City, UT, USA 05-20-08
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    Look, I liked the plot... a lot! But I can't recommend it to you. I can't recommend it to anyone. It was full of graphic gratuitous disgusting sex scenes that ruined my enjoyment of the book and made it impossible to give it any kind of recommendation.

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    John NJ, United States 04-03-08
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    The story had some interesting moments, but it just didn't seem to deliver. It did get me wondering what was going on, but when i found out, i was disappointed. Not awful, but I wouldn't recommend it. Maybe it was aimed at teenage or yound adult readers, i'm in my 40s and felt like i've seen this before...

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    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 03-02-08
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    Characters not engaging. Far-fetched story. No college today would allow this to occur.

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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 07-17-11
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    "Preposterous--very disappointing after Dominance"

    I was looking forward to this after enjoying his new book Dominance. What a disappointment. This story about a Logic and Reasoning course, to find the clues (remember the game Clue?) and keep a person from dying, hypothetically. The premise is about the only positive thing about this woeful tangle of intricacies which has more in common with a messy plate of spaghetti than a well spun mystery. When the premise is finally explained about half way through, my reaction was, "You have got to be kidding me, you expect me to believe this?" And that was just the attempt to bring coherence to the presumed "facts" already revealed. It gets worse. At the end, Lavender provides the coup de tat of unbelievability trying to justify his plate of spaghetti on a higher level of reader spoofing, based on actual Milgram experiments at Stanford. Preposterous and, to me, dishonest. Now I need to take a shower to wash off the spaghetti. Instead, treat yourself to Dominance (but don't expect perfection with details).

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    Mike Richmond, IN, United States 03-04-08
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    I found this to be a very interesting book. It could have been a great book if there wasn't so many times that the characters failed to ask or do certain things that real people would have done.

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