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Double Life
by Dawson P. Vosburg   

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Publisher:  D Productions Publishing ISBN-10:  1435724283 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 13, 2008 ISBN-13:  9781435724280

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Josiah Jones, a thirteen-year-old seventh grader, finds a pair of sunglasses that take him to his own imaginary world of secret agents, where he has to fight the RED Agency, a plotting scheming crime syndicate bent on world domination.

What if you could leap into your own overactive imagination?

And what if you met your imaginary friends there?

What if it was real?

This all happens to an intelligent, imaginative boy named Josiah Jones, who finds a portal into his own world. Now, stuck inside, he has to fight the battle of his life inside his own head. This masterpiece of storytelling is fast, fresh, and fun, and keeps you engaged in this boy's strange double life between the imagined and the real.

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Shannon Yarbrough, the LL Book Review
I first came across Dawson Vosburg in the Lulu Forums and, like many, I found it hard to believe that Dawson is only 14 years old because he is so well spoken. At 14, I was filling up pages of my journal with short stories and poems and dreaming that I might one day be a published author. Thanks to computers and the self publishing technology of today, Dawson has far surpassed my dreams from way back when. Lulu helped me to eventually achieve my own dreams, but had I known Dawson back then, I have to admit I would have been totally jealous.

His book, Double Life, tells the story of Josiah Jones who has quite the vivid imagination. Josiah makes a trip to the mall to buy new clothes and finds a pair of sunglasses on the floor which he picks up and puts on. Suddenly, Josiah enters the world of his imagination and the conflict that ensues between his real world and the one in his mind behind those shades is quite the ride. Now, there are lots of books out there about kids and their wild imaginations, but don’t go thinking Dawson’s book is just that predictable. The premise alone is a fresh new concept which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Dawson wastes no time putting both the reader and Josiah head on into the action (He finds and puts on the sunglasses at the bottom of page 2). I knew right from the start I was going to like this book because the author moved the story along at a nice fast pace, but I didn’t once feel cheated of any details or descriptions. The author’s prose are clean and tight, grabbing your attention and not letting go. Dawson definitely knows his target audience and keeps the story fresh and “unboring” at all times. Take this tiny bit of intro from Page 1 for instance:

You may have guessed that Josiah is me. This is my story—my life, my journey, and my destiny. Some would call it fate, some would call it coincidence, and some would say it’s an impossible dream that never happened.

Sometimes, I tend to be lenient towards the last one. After all, this did start with my imagination.

And a clothing store.

Josiah enters a world governed by a secret agency known as the BLUE, which is always at conflict with the enemies known as the RED who want to take over the world. Josiah uses the help of both his real friends and some imaginary ones to join in the war between the opposing forces. What ensues is a James Bond/Agent Cody Banks-like adventure complete with fast paced action and some high tech gadgitry.

As I said before, Dawson definitely knows his audience. He doesn’t get caught up in the complexities of government warfare, covert spy operations, or military combat like we’d expect from an author like Tom Clancy. After all, this book is only 188 pages long which is actually my only complaint. I felt some scenes could have been played out a bit more and I would have like to have had about thirty more pages to the manuscript.

However, each page captures and holds the interest of his intended audience and doesn’t get caught up in all the mechanical detail. Keeping the book under 200 pages is probably very appealing to younger readers. Like a child’s imagination, his story transports you to another world where anything and everything could, and should be “out of this world.” The fun that young Dawson probably had writing this is evident because I had just as much fun reading it.

Hello, Mr. Vosburg, I have Disney on line one for you.

Ben Hartman, Reader Views
"Double Life" by Dawson Vosburg was a fantastic science fiction novel that takes place in two different dimensions. The first dimension, the real world, is where Josiah Jones, the main character, lives. He is a normal thirteen-year-old boy living in a normal world. His normal life changes suddenly when he picks up free sunglasses from the clothing store where he was shopping with his mom. He puts on the glasses and is transported to a different world, the second dimension. He quickly realizes this world is actually the world he has created in his imagination and is full of characters he made up himself.

But in the second dimension (his imagination come to life), there is a big problem. RED is a large agency with its mind set on world domination of both dimensions. Josiah takes physical training in a hard two weeks so he can become a real BLUE Agent to help defeat RED. BLUE agency is like RED, except committed to non-violence. Denise, the BLUE leader appointed Josiah leader of a group of BLUE agents to find and destroy the main RED base. Will Josiah and his friends survive succeed?

"Double Life" by Dawson Vosburg was different than most science fiction books I have read because the main character gets transported into his imagination, and it becomes alive to him. What is also cool about this book is that Josiah is a character in this book, but is also the author of this book because he is the creator of the second dimension. I recommend this book to science fiction readers who like the concept of living in two dimensions. This young author composed a detailed selection that is a very good read for kids aged 10-12 years. My overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

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