Survivors by Jeff Wade

A young girl is brutally abducted. Her only hope is a single, unarmed witness with an indomitable spirit and a death wish.

On September 8th, 2005, violence shatters the sleepy little town of Morrilton Arkansas. 10 year old Jessi Adams is ripped from her innocent life and scarred forever by "The Terminator" - self-named rapist and murderer Tim Loveless. Only one man, Devin James, is there to witness his strange car - and Jessi within - disappearing into the night. He has no phone, no weapon, and no help - but the only thing standing between Jessi and a violent death is Devin. No choice but to follow.

Based on true events, this is a tale of courage and indomitable spirit - a story about Survivors.

  • Classification: Adult
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted July 5, 2010
  • Last updated July 5, 2010
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  • scargirl's avatar
    scargirl wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    just taking the opportunity to back your book again under the new system.

  • Retired user
    Bocri [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    A very powerful piece of writing, shivers down the spine right from the first paragraphs. This should be a major hit.
    Robert Davidson

  • Silent Storm's avatar
    Silent Storm wrote 5 years ago
    Jeff Wade: You start your prologue off strong, action packed and very engaging, and it is filled with intrigue. the problem, however, (what this girl faces) is diminished as you move into chapter 1 with what seems like idle chit chat between Grace, Jessie and the pastor. It is also hard to imagine someone being brutally tortured praying "Thank you God for this," at least--not at the time of the actual torture. This person would be praying for their survival. ...
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  • eurodan49's avatar
    eurodan49 wrote 5 years ago
    Only had time for a few (3) chapters, but enough to get a sense of your voice. The narration is fluid, though hampered by excessive use of adjectives and adverbs. Unless you plan to turn it into literary fiction I would suggest some trimming…it will make your writing more powerful. Make sure your “narrator” voice doesn’t take over. Reader would want MC’s voice to come through…and its POV must be in control. You could easily change the passive “tell” into ...
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  • Elizabeth Wolfe's avatar
    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 5 years ago

    Dear Jeff,
    Your descriptive powers are quite apparent in the very first chapter. Ugly and despicable - wow, this is very good writing!

    Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

  • Eunice Attwood's avatar
    Eunice Attwood wrote 5 years ago

    Wow - straight into the scary stuff. Very powerful and dsecriptive. Enough to make my skin crawl.Backed with pleasure. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

  • KW's avatar
    KW wrote 5 years ago
    As gripping as the title. The first paragraph with the amputated worm works very well. It gets the reader to remember exactly what it's like to turn over a spade of fleshy earth. "Each is about the size of a small grave." Spooky. Yeah, "ice cream's not good for you anyway. It's full of fat and cholesterol." Don't forget the sugar. Are there still Piggly Wiggly markets? I didn't know that, but I do know that you have one helluva ...
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  • Telegraph's avatar
    Telegraph wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    A remarkable piece of fiction filled with polished charcters and rich diolouge. C W

  • eriexchick's avatar
    eriexchick wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Love true crime!

  • beegirl's avatar
    beegirl wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    What a story! I think you have a good start here. I do think that you need to look closely at your writing when moving from one intense scene to the next to the next--at those moments you fall into handing out information rather than allowing the story to tell itself. I also googled the character names--as you said this is a true story--but could find no further information about it. Are the character names changed--is it actually a true ...
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    Idea Girl Consulting wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    great pitch backed survivors...

    made a video today about true facts for 1947

  • JoeHellis's avatar
    JoeHellis wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Wow, what a chilling long pitch, and the book is even better. This book has a lot of good things going for it: flow, solid characters and a story line that sells. I'm shelving it after only reading the first chapter! I'm ready to buy this one and read the entire thing! Good luck with it on here. I hope it does well for you, I'm sure it deserves to go far.

  • Retired user
    Andy J wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    You pull the reader in with crisp pace and solid suspense. My only thought (for what it's worth) is to make sure you need every modifier. Sometimes I think it's a bit "overwritten"--the story and structure are both strong! (Now also realize that many readers obviously like this style--I just think it distracts from the story itself and can drift into cliché.) Best wishes. Backed.

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    andrew skaife wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    This is a hugely skilled write and you have managed to combine things that would normally not sit well with each other. Martial arts normally meets guns and bullets, not little girls like Jessi and grieving mothers. You have a talent I can only dream of in the way you can nit such things together. There is craft in the building of your characters and it gives a strength to the narrative that would normally be found wanting in this ...
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    carlashmore wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    I liked your pitch - succinct and gripping. I would correct the typo - it's 'story'. Your prose is very good and maintains a nice pace through the three chapters I read. There is an excellent balance of dialogue and action which makes it a very engaging read.
    The Time Hunters

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    Wilma1 [Retired] wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Oh my I wasnt prepaired for that one minute hapily shoppping for school things and icecream the next a horrific fight for survival. I have only read two chapters as I have to go to work but will read more later. I found some of your words unusual but I'm sure this would be fine for the American market. You are great at writing tension and I think the third person narrative really works. Best of luck Wilma1 Knowing Liam ...
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    JeffWade Author wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Jessi & the deer - a "Survivors" exerpt. Entranced, Jessi stood frozen, naked and afraid – yet enchanted and enthralled – eyes locked with the deer. The doe mirrored her feelings. They assessed one another for a full minute before Jessi broke the silence. In her fear and despair, after all she’d been through, she was somewhat delirious. She yearned for intimacy, to be protected, and felt an instinctive bond with this creature - a female like her, potentially a ...
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  • Retired user
    Andrew Burans wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    You set the tone and mood for your book early on and then build nicely from there. I really like your use of foreshadowing and how you intersperce the first person narrative. Your intimate knowledge of the martial arts clearly comes through. Your descriptive writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Backed.

    Andrew Burans
    The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

  • klouholmes's avatar
    klouholmes wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Jeff, The voice of the dead gives a gradual tension to the ordinary scenes in the grocery. Jessi’s having learned self defense makes for an unusual scene between the child and the attacker. You’ve delivered this with firm narration and with the mystery of the man’s motives. I feel as if is going to make sense of senseless violence. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

  • Joanna Carter's avatar
    Joanna Carter wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Don't know if this should have been my breakfast read, but I can't stop . . . powerful and compelling. Backed, of course.
    Joanna Carter
    Fossil Farm