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In the fast-paced thriller, Stopover by William Gerken, readers are taken on a journey filled with suspense, danger, and unexpected twists.

The story follows John, a weary traveler, whose seemingly ordinary stopover in a small Midwest town quickly turns into a harrowing experience. As he becomes entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal, John must rely on his wit and resourcefulness to survive.

Gerken's writing style is riveting, effortlessly capturing the reader's attention from the very first page. The author masterfully builds tension throughout the book, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating what will happen next.

One of the book's strengths lies in its well-drawn characters. John, the main protagonist, is a relatable and likable character whose vulnerability and determination make him easy to root for. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, each with their own motivations and secrets that add depth to the narrative.

As the plot unravels, Gerken skillfully weaves together multiple storylines, surprising readers with clever plot twists and revelations. The author's attention to detail is evident, and the descriptions paint vivid pictures in the reader's mind, making them feel immersed in the story.

Furthermore, the pacing of Stopover is impeccable. The author knows exactly when to amp up the suspense and when to give readers a breather. This balance keeps the story engaging and ensures that readers will have a difficult time putting the book down.

Although the book primarily falls within the thriller genre, Gerken effortlessly incorporates elements of mystery and even romance, adding depth and layers to the story. These additional genres seamlessly intertwine with the main plot, enhancing the overall reading experience.

Stopover is a gripping and thrilling read that will keep readers on their toes until the very end. William Gerken has crafted a captivating story filled with suspense, intriguing characters, and unexpected turns. Whether you are a fan of thrillers or just looking for a heart-racing, page-turning read, Stopover is sure to satisfy.

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What will the world be like, the day after Tomorrow, for the lonely ones who will have talents that others will half fear, half envy? William Gerken describes this strange world in which young and old will have to find new values and pursue new dreams, as they search for the answer....



When he opened the door to the shed that day, and saw the axe suspended in mid air, he understood what was wrong.

He had been living with us for a week before I found out he was a Lifter. Even the discovery was an accident. I had started for the store, but then remembered a chore I wanted him to do. I heard the sounds of wood chopping coming from the shed, so I went behind the house to the small wooden structure. I must have gasped or something, because he turned around to look at me, dropping the axe he had poised over a block of wood as he turned. Only he hadn't been holding the axe; it had been hanging in mid air without support.

The first time I saw him was when he knocked on my door. I don't think I'll ever forget how he looked tall and thin, old clothes and older shoes, an unruly mop of blond hair. It was only when I looked at his face that I realized that he was more than a mere boy of eighteen or nineteen. The tired lines around his mouth, the sad, mature look in his eyes, the stoop already evident in his young shoulders; he had been forced to mature too quickly, and seemed to have knowledge a boy his age had no right to be burdened with... Continue reading book >>

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