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rank 5918
word count 16973
date submitted 26.01.2010
date updated 26.01.2010
genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction
classification: moderate
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Game Misconduct

Jeff Rose-Martland

What would you do if your country was invaded?

 

Set against a backdrop of current news stories, Game Misconduct follows the daily lives of seven Canadians in five separate cities. Each has their own problems, challenges, and goals. They live their lives in the shadow of the Stars and Stripes, searching for pride in their homeland, until the unthinkable happens. America invades. Winner of the 2005 Percy Janes First Novel award "This story is a clever and funny spoof on how news covers world events... fascinating and fun to read... an exciting and well-paced novel." - Helen Peters

 
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C.P. wrote 1548 days ago

As a Canadian, I loved how you cover this vast country and how you represented its people. So diverse. Dipping into all those lives, wonderful. As for the story line, a little bit frightening. Okay a lot frightening. You pull it off well. All the best
Connie

Suzannah Burke wrote 1548 days ago

Aaawww hell! How sad, funny and frightening is this. I started to read and was hooked big-time. The seven characters are both endearing, funny , and fleshed out so well i can almost touch them.

The power of the written word is such that this could indeed be a non-fiction report in a history class, clever, deliciously so, and sadly reeking of truths.

sparkling, satirical, and utterly marvelous reading.
backed with pleasure
Suzannah Burke
Dudes Down Under. {Yes I am an Aussie}

Jared wrote 1527 days ago

I loved the cover and the pitches are perfection. Short and very much to the point, compelling a reader to 'open' the book. I'm loving this, a clever satire with real bite to it. Even a "Brit" can appreciate the story behind the stories. Well written and thoughtfully constructed, this goes on my shelf at once.
Jared.
Mummy's Boy.

Bob Steele wrote 1516 days ago

Game Misconduct is a well written and all-too-plausible story that is cleverly structured with news stories hooking together the different threads. I enjoyed meeting your characters, each of whom has a distinctive presence. This has a polished feel about it. Backed.

gillyflower wrote 1514 days ago

This is an exciting, amusing and fascinating book. I love your opening comment, 'This hasn't happened. / Yet,' which is typical of the dry, laid back humour which runs through the whole book. Your plot is unusual and interesting, and your excellent cast of characters are vivid and lively. The way you show them interacting with the news reports is an original idea which works really well. Shirley, who hears only her own name, in 'surely,' is a real girl, fun to be around. Ismail, forced out of his own country by political developments, is a clever, individual policeman working his way up the ladder in spite of racism. Molly, confronting the US private with gusto, is a great, strong, feisty woman; and Mike, up against problems about using US or Canadian techs, is amusing and interesting., as are his friends Tobin and Martin. Your style is smooth and professional, and your plot really hooks us in to find out how it will develop. Backed.
Gerry McCullough,
Belfast Girls.

KFC wrote 1211 days ago

Game Misconduct
This is a brilliant book with a sense of realism that makes you think even though it isn't happening it could. I found this well written and very interesting.

A good quick and lively flow. Backed

Stark Silvercoin wrote 1222 days ago

When I started reading Game Misconduct I was kind of expecting a Red Dawn type of scenario. I never expected it would be about the US invading Canada of all places. But author Jeff Rose-Martland makes his case that this is a possible scenario using skillfully placed news reports that he dangles into the lives of seven main characters. And the characters really drive the story. They are all very realistic and interesting. We as readers care about them because they are all very fleshed out. Beyond the excellent characterization, Game Misconduct also is dripping with the flavors of Canada, as it takes place across the entire country. One final thing to note is that there is a good deal of humor in this novel, another unexpected find. While Game Misconduct should have no trouble capturing a huge Canadian audience, I think it has a good shot at a more global readership as well based on the strong writing skills of the author.

John Breeden II
Old Number Seven

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1242 days ago

This really works. The constant news bulletins could have been irritating but they are definitely not. You have spaced them out and adjusted the relevance perfectly. Definitely 'Star-rated' and going on our watchlist ready for shelving. Well done. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

D. L. Stroupe wrote 1435 days ago

Aww, but Canada is our nice neighbor. Attacking her would be like attacking a sibling. Oh- wait... siblings fight all the time, don't they? Oh dear...

Honestly, I remember seeing a news story about acid rain, and a Canadian woman complaining how Canada is basically "invisible" to the USA. The news and the government ignores Canada because it isn't a threat or a problem, so attention always goes elsewhere. It shouldn't be like that, but when the woman said that, I realized it was true.

Happily backed - very nice concept and execution.

Allen Cooke wrote 1436 days ago

Hi Jeff, im going to give this a good read, im a Canadian PR and I love reading about the country. Backed

CraigD wrote 1436 days ago

You've put together a variety of well-defined and interesting characters here, and given them a well-paced narrative and clever dialog. The beefalo is a good detail -- I haven't heard that term in 20 years. Having once worked in the news media, I know it's never been what it's cracked up to be. You've got a fun tale here, and I'm happy to back it for you.
Craig
The Job

DP Walker wrote 1440 days ago

Hi Jeff
This is a great idea, really original and gripping. You've done a good job of portraying the various regions within the country and enabling the reader to get a real flavour for them. I could see this as a kind of TV series, flicking backwards and forwards between the characters. Excellent beginning.
DP Walker
Five Dares

Tawn Anderson wrote 1441 days ago

Well, I can certainly see why this won an award! Why isn't this published yet, seriously! When I first started reading it, it reminded me of how I felt when I first picked up Red Dawn... though this has more modern bite. Congrats on a job well done. Backed!

Tawn Anderson (Providence)

M. A. McRae. wrote 1442 days ago

This is a story written in a particularly clever way. If your research matches up to your writing skills, then it will be a good book. Backed. Marj.

lbrammer1992 wrote 1442 days ago

Brilliant book which had certain sense of realism that made you think even though it isn't happening it could. Well written and interesting good luck with it

JaredHJ wrote 1444 days ago

Very succinct snapshots of Canadians faced with the prospect of US aggression. The writing is quick and the tempo is lively. It feels like a work that's already published. Well done!
Backed!
Jared

Margaret Anthony wrote 1445 days ago

I'm sorry this is not your fault, more my eyes. I have great trouble reading the very small print so I'm having to skip the 'news' inserts which on my screen are tiny.
However, I'm backing this because what I have read is clever, original and I appreciate the cynical humour which spices the narrative. Margaret.

jdub wrote 1446 days ago

great style and structure to your writing, story draws reader in to this world, backed John Warren Lasting Images, please review,jdub

plip wrote 1446 days ago

Read two chapters, skimmed ch 3. In a nutshell; very patriotic, well written (though still with some obvious typos) and just a bit boring. Although there is a lot to be said for not always starting in the action, and you have interesting characters in diverse life-circumstances, three chapters of set-up is a lot of preamble.
Personal opinion only, from an unpublished Canadian writer who generally reads Sci-fi, action/adventure and other comparatively fast paced stuff.

wvjazz56 wrote 1446 days ago

This is very interesting read. I have never been to Canada, but felt as though I had after reading this book. It kept my interest...not a small task. Best of luck with it. J.B. Reed - Deadly Shamrocks

A. Zoomer wrote 1448 days ago

Jeff,
This is certainly an interesting book and i have backed it.
I am still having difficulty connecting the places with each other- each place is like a different character. They don't interact with each other- perhaps this is Canada. Perhaps it is me because I am tired from cycling to the US border and back.
I'll come back to this book when i am fresher. It offers much to me.
A Zoomer
Going Out In Style

A. Zoomer wrote 1448 days ago

Hello Jeff,
I live in Vancouver and just came back from a cycle to Point Roberts where I viewed the 1865 marker and monument - a tribute to the 49th parallel. So this book has relevance to me.
I love how you begin with a thong. I want the first chapter - the set up to flow a bit more. I'm sure you can figure out how to tie them together a bit more.
You could use RSS really simple syndication as newsfeeds.

Some nit pics: I'm not sure why you write Shirley is STILL at a loss for words. Why not 'She is at a loss for words.' And Deboragh spelling. In the newscast would they not use full names rather that John and Frank?

I'll read Chapter 2 and comment on it.

SusieGulick wrote 1448 days ago

You are so fantastic, Jeff. :) How can I tell you enough how thankful I am for your backing my 2 memoir books?
God bless you. :) Love, Susie :)

SusieGulick wrote 1448 days ago

Dear Jeff, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed, "Tell Me True Love Stories." :) Thanks so very much. :) Since I have already "backed" your book, I will also put your book on my "watchlist." Could you please take a moment to "back" my completed edited memoir version? "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not."
I'd be ever so grateful. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie :)

Joss64 wrote 1448 days ago

Backed with great pleasure! Jocelyn E. Morris (A Bore No More)

RoseMartland wrote 1448 days ago

You are obviously a professional writer and have won a prize with this in 2005. As this site exists to 'find new talent' I am not sure what anyone is expected to say to you. Patrick Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)



I'm here for the finding, not the development. A hearty hello is great.

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1448 days ago

You are obviously a professional writer and have won a prize with this in 2005. As this site exists to 'find new talent' I am not sure what anyone is expected to say to you. Patrick Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

Splinker wrote 1448 days ago

Backed
Splinker
B.D.S.T.

marywood18 wrote 1449 days ago

Hello, this is a copy and paste comment as I am extremely busy during May and June with my Creative Writing edits and have no time to take notes and comment in depth in my usual way.

I have read a chapter of your book and am backing it because I love it - like it or can see potential.

In the spirit of the site, if this is a return read, thank you for your backing, it is much appreciated. If not, I ask that you might find time to take a look at my book, An Unbreakable Bond. There is no need to comment, unless you feel you must, but I would be grateful for a backing if it falls into any of the above categories for you.

May I also recommend: Impeding Justice, by Melcom

It is a fast paced thriller and is hot footing it to the eds desk. Let’s help this hard working, dedicated site member to achieve this. Thank you, my every good wish for success with your work, Love Mary.

PS: Do forgive me for having to do this, I will be back in force in July and if you particularly want an indepth comment, email me at mary.wood18@yahoo.co.uk and I will do my best to oblige.

Game mis-conduct, very well structured and a good read, next time try Print on demand publishing, only costs for the ISBN about £50, and distribution is internet wide and all good book shops can order it in. I have had a lot of success with mine, doing it this way. Have to work hard promoting it, though. Love Mary

steve b. wrote 1449 days ago

Uh-oh... trouble is brewing. This sets us up nicely for the next level of tension. I can't help but smile at the premise and the dry, irreverent narrative voice. Well done!

SusieGulick wrote 1449 days ago

Dear Jeff, I love how you've arranged each chapter with a poem, then broadcasts & titles, so I never got lost. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book to help it advance - this will help yours & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end, my illness now & 6th abusive marriage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: Every "backing" you do moves your book & the other person's book closer to the top. :)

lisawb wrote 1450 days ago

A complex premise that has depth and draws the reader in. The plot is well structured and it comes across as very authentic. The characters are well defined and their interaction with the news reports is very cleverly constructed. Overall an excellent piece of writing with an apt cover and title to go with it. An exciting and compelling read that has deserved it's place on my shelf for a number of days.

backed,

Lisa

beegirl wrote 1450 days ago

I lived in Canada for five years. You have captured well the diverse people and culture. I have little help to offer as your writing is polished and smooth. I wish you every sucess with this.
Barbara
The Sea Pillow

Thetinman wrote 1456 days ago

EVERYONE, TAKE NOTICE. THIS MS IS SUPERB.

Jeff, this work of yours is superb. It's realism is scary, and it feels like I'm reading today's headlines as read through its pages. Polished, fast paced stuff here. The fact that its ranking is dropping is a testament to how authonomy has failed in its mission to flush out great reads from the slushpile. I wish you the very best in this, and recommend that you put this out to every agent you can think of, then ebook it for those like me who will gladly buy it.
paul (www.pauldaytonscifi.com) We've Seen the Enemy

Lara wrote 1457 days ago

I feel a bit odd commenting on a book which has already receiving public recognition and success. I backed it on the basis of its pitch and premise, came tonight to read it, and then saw your profile. However, here goes.

I very much liked the concept of different environments and characters reacting to a world event. I wondered if it would be too much like the story of the film. American disaster films follow this pattern. I confess I was relieved when I reached Saskatchewan. It was so much kinder to the reader and I was more in tune with the characters. This then continued and I was hooked.

I am not sure why you are on the site in that you have achieved success already. You don't surely need any more feedback, and probably would find critique somewhat redundant?

anyway, congrats on an ambitious novel. canadians are really up there in the writing world these days.

Rosalind ( a little Brit)
Good For Him
Glad of your comments, if time

Lara wrote 1459 days ago

I liked the premise and the idea of the structure. It's clever and it's well worked out, as I see from dipping into different chapters. So of course I'm backing it. I found the writing a bit slick at times. When you get into dialogue, it's realistic but somehow I want more scene setting. I can see them but not so easily place them. It appears very finished so I expect these words fall on stony ground. However, mine is not if you can cast your eyes on 1 and 8 of Good For Him and comment. cheers, and good wishes
Rosalind
Good For Him

Lara wrote 1459 days ago

I liked the premise and the idea of the structure. It's clever and it's well worked out, as I see from dipping into different chapters. So of course I'm backing it. I found the writing a bit slick at times. When you get into dialogue, it's realistic but somehow I want more scene setting. I can see them but not so easily place them. It appears very finished so I expect these words fall on stony ground. However, mine is not if you can cast your eyes on 1 and 8 of Good For Him and comment. cheers, and good wishes
Rosalind
Good For Him

D. L. Stroupe wrote 1461 days ago

Great dialogue. Not sure about "muffled toes" in the very beginning, just doesn't work for me. But the dialogue is great. A good sense of voice. Backed. :)

Dadoo wrote 1462 days ago

Jeff;

You have really captured the essence of what it is like for us Canadians to live in the shadow of an elephant. The media is always there in the background, forming opinions and reinforcing stereotypes, while we go on with our day to day, pretending that we're not affected.

Until we are.

Telling the story through the lives of such a diverse group of characters across the wide geography of our country, is a great way of illustrating that in spite of our differences, we do in fact have a lot in common.

When the elephant sneezes, everybody jumps.

Thank you for sharing this with us Jeff

Bob

Dadoo wrote 1462 days ago

Jeff;

You have really captured the essence of what it is like for us Canadians to live in the shadow of an elephant. The media is always there in the background, forming opinions and reinforcing stereotypes, while we go on with our day to day, pretending that we're not affected.

Until we are.

Telling the story through the lives of such a diverse group of characters across the wide geography of our country, is a great way of illustrating that in spite of our differences, we do in fact have a lot in common.

When the elephant sneezes, everybody jumps.

Thank you for sharing this with us Jeff

Bob

klouholmes wrote 1464 days ago

Hi Jeff, I liked the format, the news and the individuals. Molly, Morgan and Mike in vignette scenes. The counterplay of the U.S. and Canada is especially fascinating, a subject not so often dealt with. This seems to mount with the effects from Vancouver to Newfoundland, leading up to the events in the synopsis. Easily shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

S Richard Betterton wrote 1464 days ago

Very clever, and rather unnerving, though not for me living so far away! Good stuff.

Alison Boulton wrote 1466 days ago

I have only read the first chapter, so far, but I really like the writing: I'm interested in the story, it seems well researched and the characters are real. I am especially drawn to the Pakistani cop. I'm putting it on my shelf.
And thanks for the backing, btw,
Alison

zan wrote 1467 days ago

Game Misconduct
Jeff Rose-Martland

I like your take on the power of the media - reminds me a little of Noam Chomsky's manufacturing consent theory, which was brilliant. This is good, relevant, intelligent writing and I enjoyed what I read so far. The different place-settings in chapter one made this very interesting for me as a host of characters are introduced to give a sense of the length and breath of what is covered here. Realistic, colourful dialogue throughout giving this energy and life. Your news extracts at the end of each segment made your style original and very intersting to me. Amusing, engaging, and a lot of food for thought here - simply irresistible writing within an overall unique, brilliant plot. This will go very far I am sure.
Best,
Zan

Manolya wrote 1469 days ago

Hi Jeff,
What a great pitch- I couldn't resist reading this one, and yes, I have to say I love Canada and the friendly people over there so I was happy to support a book written by a Canadian:)

You have everything going for you with this book, which has already proven to be a winner. What I will say is that I think it won't be long before this book races up the charts- I wish you all the best with it here on Authonomy.
Backed with pleasure!

Manolya- Love in No-Man's Land

Ransom Heart wrote 1470 days ago

I found irresistable that you started a comprehensive look at national policy with a passage about a half-naked woman searching for her thong. Backed. Marianne (Saint Paddy and the Sundial)

Lockjaw Lipssealed wrote 1470 days ago

I like the look at world events and the take of everyday people experiencing all that is happening around them. Your strenght here it the story and characters...what you do need to take another look at is the dialogue. It could stand to be tightened up.

Lockjaw

A Knight wrote 1472 days ago

An intelligent piece that strikes at the heart of the international political powers. Great stuff, competently written and compelling from the start. You do not fall into the trap of stereotyping, keeping a high level of diversity among the people involved, and you make it look effortless.

Backed.
Abi xxx
"Everyone knows the rule: Stay inside the Wall, but Tisha believes rules are made to be broken." - Relic

Sheila Belshaw wrote 1472 days ago

MISCONDUCT:

Jeff,

This is brilliant. The interplay between the media reports and the action is masterfully done. What a unique, original concept. And gosh, is it possible? Makes you think.

A vastly contrasting set of characters, so well drawn that we feel we know them. And the dialogue is so punchy and direct, as though it's straight out of a film script. You'll have to write it before anybody grabs your idea.

This is one of those rare gems you stumble on, that makes Authonomy such a wonderful site.

Backed with admiration.

Sheila Mary Taylor (Pinpoint)

lizjrnm wrote 1473 days ago

This is excellent writing. Its like James Mitchner meets Jodi Picoult. One of the better books I have read on Authonomy! BACKED with pleasure.

Liz
The Cheech Room

carlashmore wrote 1473 days ago

This is a hugely intelligent novel - exceptionally written by a master of his craft. I loved the seven main characters and you weave a complex tale in a humorous but utterly relevant fashion.
Wonderful
Carl
The Time Hunters

Ma.Ste. wrote 1475 days ago

My country was invaded too many times! What did my ancestors do? They fought. What would I do? The same. What am I fighting for now? Peace on Earth. Conscious living. Being aware. Trying to remember what it used to be like when we had all been divine...
Ma.Ste.

StaKC wrote 1477 days ago

Love it. Hope we Americans never elect quite such a nutter to the presidency, though I am of the firm opinion that one must be at least a bit mad to want to go into politics. Very well written, loved all the characters.

lynn clayton wrote 1477 days ago

Even the pitch made me laugh. It's a wonderful book with such satisfyingly real characters and settings that are fascinating for someone like me who's never been to Canada. It's a bit nerve-wrcking too. But poor old America - it gets blamed for everything. I had to laugh. Backed. Lynn

Burgio wrote 1478 days ago

This is a clever story. I like the way you mix newspaper accounts into your scenes. Gives a reader a feeling this is really happening. I can see why it won a contest. I'm adding it to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of SAlt).

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