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Luke Swanson

I am a teenaged author who loves to read and craft stories of all shapes and sizes. My self-published debut novel, "Liberty and Justice For All," is available for Kindle on Amazon.com.

Story: Allegiance

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Sadly, people tend to outgrow the wonder of imagination. There are no limits on your mind, so the best advice I've ever heard is daydream, daydream, daydream. When you explore your mind, you just might find something amazing.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Making an outline is critical to making your story flow right. That being said, I rarely do that. Sometimes it's best to see where the characters take you on their own.

Reviews

Earth Wind & Fire

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I was really impressed by this story, especially since its author is so young. It's a great story regardless, though. John Grisham could've written it and I'd have never known the difference.

HalseyWood

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I wish I was besties with this author!!! He's so articulate and insightful. This story is one of the best I've read on this site.

Bruce Wayne

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Honestly, the best writing I've seen since Tolstoy. This is a beautiful piece. Evoking so much emotion with a short story is so rare. I simply cannot contain my tears.

Lit Lover

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This story is fantastic. Such emotion, such description! I loved it! Incredible!

Andre`

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Good job! very engaging! Kudos to you. I liked that the main character wasn't a cliche` war hero (6'2 with a superhero chin, taking bullets like the terminator) Check out my story "Breath of Fresh Air"

PatMc

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Great story. Keep up the good work!

julia

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Loved your story!

Lori Paris

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I enjoyed your clear point of view as the author/soldier. There was a really rough transition in there....but I think that almost every short story has at least one. Good Job.

SneakyImmigrant

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This book is orgasmic

hi

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THIS IS THE BEST THING IVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE

Very engaging!

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Luke's story is very engaging and captivating. He clearly has a lot of natural talent and I'm impressed at the maturity of this piece given his age. I almost cried at the puppy scene - it was so well written that I felt like I was right there with him and his anguish as he had to destroy something he loved so much. I do agree that the ending felt rushed and that everything was tied up way too quickly. I wanted to have more and was disappointed the story ended so abruptly, but that's only because I was enjoying it so much! I definitely think you are going to go far with your writing!

Jackson

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Vivid adjectives guide reader through poignant story. Moral dilemmas force one to empathize with protagonist's plight. Exceptionally well-written for age level.

BlondeD

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Disturbingly vivid. Forgivable lapses in historical accuracy. Obvious this reader is outside the writer's target audience: his own age group and social circles.

frylock

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Not too bad, question could there be a voice particular in the german style that is noticable and heard differetly with word phrase, that would easily lable, german/nazi. Just a thought if one should research it.

Bruce M

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Highly original.

Saxon Black

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Brilliant! No other words. I WANT MORE!

Plutokaiser

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This is an excellent take on sedaris' "double narrative." Good Job! Also, good job getting to #1 If anyone here has the time to read my story under "Plutokaiser," I would appreciate thoughtful advice and comments. Please give the story a chance and don't read it with your mind already decided!

Lisa Rose

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Excellent story! I felt Krank's desperation, fear and sorrow as he strangled the puppy. Then when he saved the boy I felt his peace. If you have the time please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

La Borracha

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An amazing story! Can't wait for more!!!

G Diddly

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I absolutely love this short story!!! Mr. Swanson has a way with words! Wonderful, truly moving story! Cant wait for more!

PennilessWriter

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This is a magnificent idea. Great use of historical detail and while it is intriguing to read, it is a little over-written. With a little tidying up and some better formatting (it suffers from wall-of-text syndrome), it could be truly great. Such a promising start from such a young writer foreshadows some pretty good writing in the future.

Aunt V

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Good style, excellent sensory description. I would like to see Luke write something in the present--a plot with perhaps a setting he has experienced. Keep writing, Mr. S!

History Repeats Itself

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Excellent read. Moving. Could feel the emotion and relief of one doing the right thing even if the price is dear. Drove home the point that those without true convictions and cowards are the ones who use the phrase "I was only taking orders." Mr. Swanson has a talent for imagery. I liked how he illustrated both tragedy and triumph in one act.

Your cousin Beth

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Wow. Dark and hard to read, but in a good way though. I was there with him and felt his inner struggle. I cringed. You made me sympathize with a because he had feelings and he cared. :) Well done Coz!

Victoria Engle

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As I began to read I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the progression of the story. I was quickly drawn into an era of time this young man lived and experienced, feeling his pain for the cruelty and horror of such a time. I am so excited for this young author, Luke Swanson, and look forward to reading more of his writes.
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