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Two New Reviews for Outland Exile from B&N

“Outland Exile” is a compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of dystopian/alternative reality/action novels. Author W. Clark Boutwell does an amazing job of bringing this incredible, fully-realized world to life where people are subjected to mental and emotional enslavement by the Unity and the lead, Malila, is exposed to a whole new reality that makes her question everything – and realize the need to fight back. Very interesting concept, and the premise feels familiar in a way, yet is executed differently than anything I’ve come across before. Although there are common elements that mandates the genre, Mr. Boutwell’s voice is unique, and his characters fresh and engaging. We really root (or cry) for them and get totally invested in the outcome. BTW the editing was GREAT! Nearly perfect, and that is really rare in ebooks, I find. Smooth, authentic dialogue that flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do (except I did grow weary of Jesse’s ‘accent’ after a while…). We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of Dystopian Sci-fi who’d like a new twist. This is the first in a series though, so we are still in for more of a ride, especially after that twist of an ending. Can’t wait! (4.5 stars) Charles Vasquez in B&N


Great action, well-written and very creative, “Outland Exile” (Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels) from W. Clark Boutwell is a must read for fans of novels such as “Hunger Games” “Divergent” and maybe even “Brave New World”. This book is far less involved than those, but to me that is a good thing. It still “feels’ big and epic, with a varied cast of colorful characters and plenty of action and suspense to go around. There are some familiar literary elements here (as with most dystopian/sci fi), however, I feel Mr. Boutwell did an amazing job of bringing in a fresh voice and making the story wholly his own, and giving it a unique feel which is pretty tough to do in this crowded genre. For the most part the editing was great. Overall and engrossing read that will satisfy even the pickiest dystopian reader! (suitable for most ages teens and older) (4-5 stars) AprilDawn @ B&N