Monday, December 19, 2011

The Reluctant and The Willing

Over the course of my numerous years it's not often that I actually sit down with a good book or two.
I'd much rather spend my time doing something that is much more interactive (and not in a choose-your-own-adventure type of interactive) like playing poker, strategy games (includes the like of Risk and Strat-O-Matic Football) watching movies or playing video games (which I really consider to be a hybrid between movies and novels just with fancier graphics).

I do have a collection of books that I am forced to lug around with me and I think I have read most of them, but the amount of books I have read in my lifetime is probably dwarfed by what an avid reader will go through in a year.

Mostly I stick to the horror genre and more specifically Stephen King as his stories always seem to draw me in and keep me interested.  My other genre of writing is autobiographies that lend themselves to the more humorous side of life and wrestling books! 

There was a time when I used to read more often and it is something I am trying to get back to doing.  Over the course of 2012 it is my goal to read at least one book per month.

With that being said, I wanted to talk about two books that i read this month which I really enjoyed a lot.
The author is C.S. Splitter who is an independently published author with a great knack for making characters believable and likable and who also interjects just the right amount of humor during dialog.

In his first book The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles) C.S. Splitter creates a lovable cast of misfits with every day real problems that you find yourself caring about.  The main character Tom Crayder is your every day average guy with a wife, a job that he struggles at and an expensive hobby who just wants to keep his head above water and enjoy his life.  The people that he interacts with are also real people who you find yourself interested in and eventually caring for.
The Reluctant does a great job of setting up the series and introducing all the main players. It is a quick read and highly enjoyable.  This is the type of story that you read and enjoy because you feel like you can really relate to the characters and their lives.

The second book, The Willing (Crayder Chronicles), grabs you early and doesn't let you go. 
It is a faster paced, more action orientated book that makes you want to keep flipping through the pages to see what happens next.  
When I 1st sat down with The Willing my plan was to read a chapter or two and slowly finish it up over the course of the next week or so.  However, that plan was ruined when I realized that it was 2 a.m. and I had go through about half the book in one sitting.  I swear the only reason I didn't finish the book was because my eyes were refusing to stay open.

So, there really wasn't a whole lot of review in any of what I said - it's just more of a recommendation.
I honestly think that these are two really good books - plus if you go with the kindle versions they are cheap. Buy them and give them a chance.  Even if there is something wrong with you and you don't enjoy reading The Reluctant you only spent 99 cents.  You spend more than that on a cup of Coffee. You spend more than that on most single songs on iTunes.  Hell, even the "value menu" at most fast food joints are more expensive than 99 cents any more.  I really don't see how you can go wrong.

As for the Review.
Tom Crayder is a typical guy who loves his wife and wrestles with day to day decisions as his business fails, his eye wonders and his plane keeps him in debt.
He meets up with guy, Jake, who operates slightly below the law and ends up running errands for him basically to continue to make timely payments on his airplane.
During his travels he runs into a small town Farmer with a timid dog and an intimidating shotgun, a small town police officer with a sharp tongue and a large man named Tiny who wants nothing to do with the police.
Half way through The Reluctant he winds up face to face with an organization who is offering to make his financial troubles disappear in exchange for him helping to take care of bad guys that the police cannot touch.
Throughout both of the novels the thing that really keeps you turning the page is the dialogue.
The conversations in these two books are interlaced with humor and actually read like real conversations.
There are awkward parts and there are parts that give you an actual out-loud chuckle, but through it all it feels real and not forced and that is why you find yourself caring for the characters.
Even through their flaws they feel like people you know.


  1. it's on my list of things to read in early 2012. I just started Mile 81 a day or so ago, then I think there was some book you recommended to me (if I bought it I'll hit that up next) and then it's off to Book 7 and Finishing off the series (so that I can have it all read before the next book comes out in march or whenever.)

  2. Dark Tower was a great series! I just kept reading them going "What!?" Those poor characters. And the ending! You have to finish it soon so we can chat.

  3. Josie, I sure as shit don't lol.
    However, I will fix that within the next month or so.
    I have to find what I did with the book after this last move and then I'll plow through it and discover all the secrets of the last book.

  4. omg so you don't know what he finds when he finally reaches his quest of getting to the dark tower?


  6. I love the Dark Tower Series - though I have not finished the last book yet.
    I think subconsciously I am afraid of it ending and thus don't want to get to that point.
    However, I am excited that another story from the Dark Tower is coming out next year. ! Thanks for coming to my little blog Josie

  7. I'm a big Stephen King fan too and probably have read every book he's ever written and man, he's written a lot! My fave has to be the Gunslinger collection of books, but all the others are soo good too. Funny thing is I'm not a fan of horror stories or anything, but he does it in such a way you just fall into the story. I'll keep my eyes open for the author you reviewed. Good post.

  8. Awesome review Serge, thank you for recommending these books.