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Tyson develops an online relationship with Michaela, a young woman, with whom he has not yet had a face to face encounter. She resides in Bucharest, Romania while he calls Colorado his home. Michaela is an attractive and open-minded young lady. Tyson is a "gutsy" young man in his early thirties, who has never been afraid to dream. Through many months of e-mail correspondence, they share the details of their lives. Relying on daily e-mail letters, the characters develop feelings for one another as they candidly communicate about themselves and their lives, and most importantly about their values and their feelings. Tyson, who is honest from the start, explains to Michaela that due to an unfortunate accident in his early twenties, he is a quadriplegic. He describes his physical limitations, but more importantly he shares his ability to hope, to dream, to create, and to imagine. Once they meet the roles of hunter and prey begin to slightly blur, and money and betrayal begin... More > to contaminate their prose.< Less
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Sep 3, 2009"Twisted Consequences - Book Review" I received my copy just last week. I did not have a lot of time and thought I would try to read this book after I finished the three books I had already started. However, I was interested and was just going to read the introduction. I few hours later I was halfway through the book and decided to finish it up as it was going quick. First of all this book reads quick. Even though there is a lot of content it flows really well and the structure of the book and the way it was written chopped it up nicely (and made me keep wanting to read the next short section). When reading throughout the chapters I kept wanting to tell the main character be careful and of course it was a book so I keep on going to see what was going to come out of the situation. The end even though I saw something bad coming down the line was not what I thought and was fun to read through. I would recommend this book to anyone that does anything online (and really to... More > anyone!). This points out that there are lots of different people out there and having online relationships can be tricky and not always what they seem. I think this is a great start for this writer and hope they get a chance to get another book out. -- Andrew< Less
Aug 10, 2008"Twisted Consequences" A Cyberspace Love Story and Adventure Irie Parker balances two worlds in his debut novel TWISTED CONSEQUENCES: a polished, credible email romance in Part One and a tenuous, somewhat shaky adventure in Part Two. This novel gives evidence of well-honed skills in manipulating a story about our current obsession with computer driven communication, while also demonstrating the author's need for polishing the 'off the computer' requirements for composing well-paced narrative. There is definitely talent here and the end product of this novel is a satisfying tale of the immediate gratification of email relationships pitted against the realities of traditional courtship. Tyson is a C5 quadriplegic (the result of a severe neck injury in an auto accident ten years prior to the time of this story) who lives well with specially designed computer equipment and assistance devices monitored by hired nurses twice a day. His attitude is positive, his best friend is... More > his guardian Rottweiler Greta, and his photography business thrives. His love interest is via the internet where he enjoys building a gradually trusting relationship with a beautiful Romanian student Michaela. As their open communication intensifies, each feels the need to visit each other in person and after a long series of attempts to travel either from Bucharest to Colorado or from Colorado to Bucharest, that consignation occurs: Tyson, with the help of his brother Jack and a bodyguard Rex fly to Romania. End of Part One. In Romania the realities of Tyson's cyber romance alter in ways that beg for further development in narration. Yes, Romania post Ceausescu is far different from Colorado and the elements of organized crime and the critical mass of interpersonal implosions result in a reunion far less satisfying than that expected. Tyson returns to his Colorado residence, wiser, but still with the tenuous hope that re-establishing email romantic correspondence with Michaela will be resurrected. Where Parker is at his finest is his ability to tell a story primarily through the use of dated emails. Part of this success is an uncanny ability to create the persona of Michaela solely through his choices of vocabulary expressions that ring with an accent unmistakably Central European. He also is able to deftly describe the complexities of living life as a quadriplegic without resorting to even a moment a bathos. But where Parker needs to reexamine his ability to write well is in Part Two where the flow of the story line is rushed to the point of neglecting character development of Jack and Rex, and more important the motivation of the changes Tyson discovers in Michaela's real life character: we know more about Michaela from her language of email in Part One than we do of her role as an actual person in Part Two. For this reader, part of the problem with the narrative portion of the novel comes the author's repeated use of slang terms such as 'dude' and 'you the man' which may be meant to keep the story 'current', but which become too noticeable and tiresome. But in the end TWISTED CONSEQUENCES is an absorbing tale and one that is easily read in a single sitting. In time Parker will be able to polish his considerable skills - and that is the advantage of getting a first novel out there before the public for response. The concept of the novel is far stronger than the 'pulp fiction' cover art would suggest - another area where embracing talent outside the author's own would appeal to the buying public more directly. Irie Parker deserves to be read and with his evident talent here, it seems assured his next novel will be stronger than this one. Grady Harp< Less
Jul 11, 2008"Twisted Consequences" In the outrageous, 21st century world in which we find our selves, this is a brilliant depiction of what can happen when many variables are thrown together via the internet, and the story can move from Colorado all the way across the world to Bucharest, Romania! The "tried and true wisdom" in classical literature is put to the test in this story. In our age of high technology and instant information, is the addage, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" still relevant? Is love still blind, as Shakespeare touts? Are we just as human in the 21st century, albeit under layers and layers of technology and information? Do we dream the same dreams as our predessors? Have we lost any of our humanity to the advances of the technological revolution? This is absolutely an absorbing story which reads like a personal diary. And, you will NOT see the ending coming!
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- Irie Parker (Standard Copyright License)
- HendrickMedia LLC
- August 2, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.58 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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