Bestselling thriller novelist J.A. Konrath is widely known as Exhibit #1 for why authors need traditional publishers like a fish needs a bicycle. The novel -- co-written by Konrath under his "Jack Kilborn" pen name and his colleague in horror Blake Crouch -- that tops today's 200+ Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert listings is one of the most frequently downloaded books in the history of our galaxy. If you haven't downloaded it yet you are in for a scary treat....
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Some of the best writing for adults is fiction that may actually be intended for teens. Some of the walls come down, the imagination is set free, and a sense of wonder is unleashed.
by J.M. Pierce
5.0 Stars - 20 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways.
What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know?
Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him.
But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?
Planet iPad publisher Stephen Windwalker takes Dad Duty seriously enough to read what his kids read. Of Failing Test he wrote:
"I figured that part of my job as a Dad was to kind of be inside their heads enough to know what the challenges and dangers were. Then I branched out a bit and started reading the fiction that they were reading. Not so much the things they had to read for school, but the things they read on their own.
"One of the things that I discovered in the process, and it is something that I still believe, is that
some of the best writing for adults is fiction that may actually be intended for teens. Some of the walls come down, the imagination is set free, and a sense of wonder is unleashed.
"You don't have to be a teenager to read, enjoy, and even recommend a book like J.M. Pierce's Failing Test. Don't read it because it only costs 99 cents or because 17 of its 20 reviewers gave it 5 stars. Read it because there are teenagers in your life and it may be a gateway not only to getting them reading but also to your ability to connect with them and learn something about their worlds. Just a thought. --S.W.)"
About the Author
J.M. Pierce is a simple midwestern man with a creative side that has found writing as its primary outlet. He lives happily with his wife and two children in rural Kansas and finds happiness in a good cup of coffee, a Kansas sunrise, a good book, the sound of his daughter singing, his son's laughter, and his wifes eyes. Everything else is gravy.
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by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch