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  • By Dawson Vosburg
    Oct 10, 2009
    "Re: Well written and entertaining!!" Thanks, Claude! Do you think you could post the review on Amazon? Dawson
  • By Julie Elizabeth Powell
    Sep 26, 2009
    "Intriguing..." A great 'in your face' style, which immediately grabbed my attention. Most of us would relate to the 'new school nerves' and yet Joshiah Jones certainly has a sense of self-worth and undercurrent of confidence that can only be admired. An interesting and intriguing idea. Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of Gone.
  • By Drew Dale Daniel Bryenton
    Sep 6, 2009
    "Every school on Earth should own this book..." Right from the start this story grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Now, while the premise of an 'ordinary kid' traveling to a magical otherworld isn't new, this treatment of the premise is as fresh and engaging as anyone could wish for. And it's no surprise that the author captures the angst and optimism of being the 'new kid in town' so well - amazingly Mr Vosburg is only 14! Be prepared for the mother of all paradigm shifts when Josiah puts on those world-warping sunglasses, and marvel not only at the scope for adventure this book opens up, but at the talent of its creator. like I said, every school on Earth should carry this book, if not in its curriculum then at least in its library. An inspiration to anyone who loves language, and a ripping good yarn to boot.
  • By Shannon Yarbrough
    Aug 27, 2009
    "Double Life" I first came across Dawson Vosburg in the Lulu Forums and, like many, I found it hard to believe that Dawson is only 14 years old because he is so well spoken. At 14, I was filling up pages of my journal with short stories and poems and dreaming that I might one day be a published author. Thanks to computers and the self publishing technology of today, Dawson has far surpassed my dreams from way back when. Lulu helped me to eventually achieve my own dreams, but had I known Dawson back then, I have to admit I would have been totally jealous. His book, Double Life, tells the story of Josiah Jones who has quite the vivid imagination. Josiah makes a trip to the mall to buy new clothes and finds a pair of sunglasses on the floor which he picks up and puts on. Suddenly, Josiah enters the world of his imagination and the conflict that ensues between his real world and the one in his mind behind those shades is quite the ride. Now, there are lots of books out there... More > about kids and their wild imaginations, but don’t go thinking Dawson’s book is just that predictable. The premise alone is a fresh new concept which I thoroughly enjoyed. Dawson wastes no time putting both the reader and Josiah head on into the action (He finds and puts on the sunglasses at the bottom of page 2). I knew right from the start I was going to like this book because the author moved the story along at a nice fast pace, but I didn’t once feel cheated of any details or descriptions. The author’s prose are clean and tight, grabbing your attention and not letting go. Dawson definitely knows his target audience and keeps the story fresh and “unboring” at all times. Take this tiny bit of intro from Page 1 for instance: You may have guessed that Josiah is me. This is my story—my life, my journey, and my destiny. Some would call it fate, some would call it coincidence, and some would say it’s an impossible dream that never happened. Sometimes, I tend to be lenient towards the last one. After all, this did start with my imagination. And a clothing store. Josiah enters a world governed by a secret agency known as the BLUE, which is always at conflict with the enemies known as the RED who want to take over the world. Josiah uses the help of both his real friends and some imaginary ones to join in the war between the opposing forces. What ensues is a James Bond/Agent Cody Banks-like adventure complete with fast paced action and some high tech gadgitry. As I said before, Dawson definitely knows his audience. He doesn’t get caught up in the complexities of government warfare, covert spy operations, or military combat like we’d expect from an author like Tom Clancy. After all, this book is only 188 pages long which is actually my only complaint. I felt some scenes could have been played out a bit more and I would have like to have had about thirty more pages to the manuscript. However, each page captures and holds the interest of his intended audience and doesn’t get caught up in all the mechanical detail. Keeping the book under 200 pages is probably very appealing to younger readers. Like a child’s imagination, his story transports you to another world where anything and everything could, and should be “out of this world.” The fun that young Dawson probably had writing this is evident because I had just as much fun reading it. Read the full review at The Lulu Book Review.< Less
  • By Claude Bouchard
    Jun 2, 2009
    "Well written and entertaining!!" A recurring thought that came to mind as I was reading Double Life was "comic book/graphic novel". Descriptions were vivid enough that I could practically see the images that I would have, had this been illustrated. (You might want to consider finding an illustrator, Dawson!!) The book is well written, the grammar is good and the dialogue reflects that of the target audience. On a few occasions, I felt that a little was missing in terms of description or flow of action (i.e. they are in the hotel and suddenly they're outside walking). In this sense, the book could have used some additional pages as suggested by Shannon Yarbrough. However, I enjoyed the ease with which the characters had whatever they needed, whenever they needed it, which made sense in an imaginary world. All in all, a very enjoyable read and a fun story. I plan to have my 12 year old nephew read it and get his opinion and I'd be surprised that he doesn't enjoy... More > it as well! Way to go, Dawson!! Good stuff!!< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Dawson Vosburg
March 8, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.74 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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