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Spending Spree (English Edition) par [Wiley, Ryan]
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What would you do if you had one hundred thousand dollars to spend every day for the rest of your life?

Johnny Davis is a twenty-five year old loser, still living with his parents and working the same job he did when he was sixteen.

A few days after his mom helps him open his very own checking account, Johnny discovers something unusual – a one hundred thousand-dollar deposit that is definitely not from his parents. He soon finds that whatever amount he spends in one day is fully reimbursed the following morning.

His friend, Dave, convinces him not to tell anyone and to go on the spending spree of a lifetime - which is exactly what Johnny does.
But where’s the money coming from? And how much trouble is Johnny in for when someone finds out?

The answers turn out to be far worse than he ever could have imagined.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 251 pages
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38 internautes sur 42 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A roller coaster read! 5 janvier 2014
Par Art Zadek - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This second offering from Ryan Wiley confirms a grab-you shake-you won't-let-go style of writing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put his books down ("Disappearance" is his first.) I purchased "Speeding Spree" on a Saturday afternoon and finished it early the next morning. Myself a published author (three books, so far), I greatly enjoy Mr. Wiley's adeptness at drawing me immediately into his stories without lengthy descriptions and character backgrounds. Each tale is told from the first-person point of view, a difficult and, for the inexperienced writer, dangerous area to tread. Mr. Wiley handles the entire story with grace and a certain panache. His stories are set in the world with which we are all familiar, making immersion all the easier. Each character's frankness and foibles are recognizable, sometimes dislikable -- just like people we know and see everyday -- yet engaging because I want them to learn, grow, and succeed. I highly recommend this and his first book which left me reeling at its pinnacle. Be warned -- once you get on, you won't (or can't) get off until the ride is over. "Keep your hands inside the car, please! Enjoy your exciting ride!" Thank you, Ryan Wiley! I look forward eagerly to your next book!
22 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Started slow, but rewards you if you stick with it 18 mars 2014
Par The Bionic Stan - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Plot: (I'm assuming you've read the summary already, so I won't recap it. The premise attracted me: who wouldn't want to have inexhaustible wealth?) As narrator Johnny and his buddy Dave go on a spending spree in Vegas, all seems well, but Johnny's looking over his shoulder because he expects there must sooner or later be payback for all this free money. Maybe his paranoia is justified, maybe it's not. The description of the Vegas trip could have been a bit tighter, in my opinion. The boys make a second trip, and here things definitely begin to happen. Of course the reader knows all along that there has to be some form of retribution; otherwise, why write the book? Author Ryan Wiley does well in plotting these developments, and the last quarter of the book becomes a real page-turner. It's also nice to see payoff for some foreshadowing that was earlier in the book, and the typing up of a major loose end in the identity of one of the minor characters.

Characters: The author developed the two main characters well. I think he took a bit of liberty by making Johnny too much of a doofus -- what 25-year-old has never had a checking account or a credit card? His buddy Dave, on the other hand, was a little _too_ competent, a little more of an action hero than seems reasonable. But the author went only slightly over the line, in my opinion, not so far that I couldn't suspend disbelief and immerse myself in the story. The main villain is on stage for less time, but the author did a good job of showing him to us. The character of Jed came on the scene late in the story, but he too was clearly drawn and acted consistently with his character.

Dialog: Completely believable.

Language: Generally good. There were a couple of instances of using one word where another was meant -- like their for there, though I don't think that specific error occurred. I'm guessing the author was just a hair too quick with the mouse when spell checking. But there were not enough of these to break the story flow significantly, and I'd say this book is better edited than most of the Kindle books I've seen.

Bottom line: Worth reading once, and I would read other books from this author.
48 internautes sur 55 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 It's Fun While the Money Lasts 6 mai 2014
Par Silver Screen Videos - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The plot of Ryan Wiley's novel "Spending Spree" can best be described as one giant plot hook. The narrator of the story finds himself in a seemingly inexplicable situation and the reader wants to know what's actually happening ... even though, in this book, the narrator himself isn't all that interested in getting to the bottom of things.

"Spending Spree" is a variation on a theme that's been around since Aladdin, the story of an ordinary guy who gets access to seemingly endless riches. In this case, the narrator is a 25-year-old loser named Johnny who still lives at home, works at a dead end night job at the local factory, and whose only interest in life is playing video games with his equally big loser friend Dave. Johnny's luck finally changes after his mother takes him to open his first checking account (he had been getting an allowance by his parents) and he subsequently discovers that the balance on the account has mysteriously increased from $150 to $100,000. Not only that, but every day, despite whatever Johnny buys with his new debit card, the account balance resets itself to $100,000.

There's little surprise in what Johnny does next. Egged on by Dave, who despite working as a pizza delivery guy, has grandiose ideas about spending the two go off on a Las Vegas jaunt, complete with gambling, booze, women, and lavish excess. The spending spree lasts for about the first two-thirds of the book, and that part is highly entertaining. Johnny and Dave are still idiots, despite having fistfuls of cash, but they are also blithely unaware of how stupid and dangerous what they're doing is. Readers get a voyeuristic thrill at seeing their excesses play out and also the enjoyment of being several steps ahead of the protagonists in realizing how fleeting their success is likely to be.

The farther the book goes, the more readers become curious to know what's going to happen when the day of reckoning comes. Sadly, when that day comes, the book itself starts to fall apart just as Johnny's good luck does as well. The problem with the book isn't the revelation of how Johnny got the money: that explanation is actually fairly credible within the bounds of this type of a book. Instead, the problem is that Johnny and, especially, Dave suddenly develop a whole lot of common sense, toughness, and sophisticated know how that were completely missing in the first part of the book... or in the first 25 years of their lives for that matter. It's safe to say that the Johnny and Dave who try to get themselves out of trouble in the last part of the book would never have messed up their lives to the extent necessary to get in that trouble in the first place.

Ryan Wiley does something quite rare in the first part of the book... he shows the main characters to be the exact type of poor decision making, shallow, clueless losers they must have been during the first part of their lives. However, at the key moment when Johnny and the readers learn the reasons leading to his sudden fortune, Wiley's resolve falls apart, and Johnny and Dave's characters strengthen at precisely the right time and in the right manner necessary to give them a chance to extricate themselves from the mess. In addition, they take advantage of one enormous coincidence that enables them to contact the one person they need to find in order to get help. Readers can sometimes accept an author pulling strings to try to find a happy ending... if that ending is warranted by the rest of the book. Unfortunately, neither logic nor the nature of Johnny and Dave's characters impels such an ending. The ending feels forced and an unwarranted reward for characters who didn't deserve it.

Movie goers often complain when the adaptation of a book changes the ending to provide the stereotyped "Hollywood ending." In this case, Ryan Wiley has taken two-thirds of a fascinating voyeuristic exploration of the effects of sudden wealth on those unprepared for handling it and then changed the ground rules completely to provide a more upbeat ending than the story deserved. Just like most Las Vegas gamblers, Ryan Wiley should have quit while he was ahead in telling his story.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 reads liker a gamers fantasy written in his diary, not a novel 4 août 2014
Par gmlb - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
First 65% of book just dwelling on spending all this awesome money and getting wasted, laid etc. this isnt developed plot or characters etc. its some lazy loser who gets lucky and lives out a fantasy. A poorly written fantasy. Skip it. Theres better reads out there. Like shampoo bottle instructions.
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Entertaining 6 février 2014
Par Roger Satchell - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have read many books in my lifetime and will only critique a book that i enjoyed. This is one of them. From the start to finish, Wiley's capturing of story telling peeked my interest in every chapter. The book had me wondering what was lurking in the next chapter as many twists and turns were written in a manner that does not interrupt the storytelling. The 2 main characters in the story are your typical BFF's that most everyone can relate to.
Even though Wiley is a newbie in the book writing business, I can see a bright future ahead.
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