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A Place of Rest [Kindle Edition]

Luke Spychalla
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Far at sea, San Avellino Island has been many things - a slave plantation, a grand resort, home to history's most innovative medical research and its deadliest biological hazard. Now it is a prison for trapped researcher Nick LeMay, one of the first to see the island after a half century of quarantine. Deep within its ocean caves, a mysterious force reaches out to Nick, its power stretching across time and space to engage him in a battle for his freedom and the fate of those he holds most dear.

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  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453723293
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4M82I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surpising mix of genres April 20, 2012
By Violet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I described this book to my sister as a combination biotech thriller, historical Victorian romance, and modern Gothic horror. The book captivated me, both the present day story and the past. I thought the story was well-paced - no slow parts at all for me. I enjoyed the whole book and recommended it to some friends. I took off a star for some word errors and typos - there's word with a question mark instead of a vowel, a couple of words either spelled wrong or so obscure that the Kindle dictionary never heard of them, and twice the word wench was used instead of winch. But those few errors did not ruin my enjoyment of this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of beauty, love, and mystery September 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
On a tropical island virtually untouched by time, the fates of four people come together. The story is divided into three points of view. Nick LeMay, the idealistic biologist who is part of the advance team sent to San Avellino in a not-to0-distant future in order to ascertain if the island, which suffered a chemical bio-agent spill fifty years ago, is safe enough to be re-inhabited. His suit malfunctions and he is forced to stay on the island in quarantine. The second storyline we are introduced to is Claude Merservier. The island was owned by his family since before the civil war when it was used as a sugar cane plantation. His family had maintained the island throughout the centuries, preserving its wild beauty by making it a tourist resort, until the government seized it to build a science lab there. There was an accident in the lab and the island was quarantined for fifty years. If the island is deemed safe, it will come back to Claude's possession. The third, and I believe most touching, storyline is that of William Merservier and his love, Adriana. William's father is the original owner of San Avellino, American upper class. William has fallen in love with a peasant whom he is determined to be with despite the social pressures. William's brother Samuel and his mother Charlotte are vengeful people bent on destroying William's chances at happiness. The three storylines slowly weave together until they produce a strong conclusion to the book.

I thought this book was beautifully written. The lovers' storyline was especially powerful with superb character development. LeMay's character was the next best developed, although his storyline does tend to have quite a few tangents into the scientific that I'll admit I didn't understand so much and skimmed over.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and different August 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
A blending of sci-fi, horror, historical, etc... A Place of Rest was a unique find. At times, I wasn't sure where the author was going and felt a bit disjointed by the plotting, but found the book ultimately enjoyable. It was a nice change of pace from the predictability of so many recent books on my reading list. Loose ends don't have to all be wrapped up tightly and there can be room for a wide variety of main and supporting characters to come and go. Which is why this book got 4 stars instead of 3... The author wasn't afraid to step out of the box and create a new reality and also found balance in when to spell things out and when to let the reader draw their own conclusions. While some elements and characters were more successful than others, the final product was intriguing. I certainly didn't reach the end and wish my reading hours had been spent on something else. It will not be everyone's cup of tea and some might find it quite weird, but if you're an adventurous reader, it's worth taking a chance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous accomplishment and announcement! August 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Part science fiction horror novel, part lush period-piece romance; A Place of Rest is a tremendous accomplishment and an announcement. The author shows the ability to write in very different styles with equal strength. He takes us into a post apocalyptic world of viruses and animated corpses and then back in time to a playful plantation era romance.

My one complaint would be that the transition between these eras was a little disorienting. I found myself worrying that there could be something wrong with my file and that I wasn't actually reading the same book that I started with! I would look forward more to a future science fiction novel by this author which stayed in that era and genre. But that is a reflection of my taste rather than his skill.

The separate threads do come together later in the book, and the different voices of narration do become more similar late in the story. There is a payoff! Once I, as a reader, understood the kind of story I was reading and settled in, I began to enjoy it immensely.
In fact, I found myself wondering if I should go back and re-read. As the story went on the writing became stronger and stronger, and I wondered if I just hadn't paid close enough attention on the first pass? The best part was when the stories came together, and they did, into a satisfying and extraordinary conclusion.

Luke Spychalla is an author I will look for in the future!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally a book with a story and not just characters July 31, 2010
By Todd W
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read dozens of books in the last two years -- and this is one of the few that had a compelling story. Many authors seem to dote on developing characters for too many pages and forget that a reader wants to move with the characters, too. And only $2.99?? Good deal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Nick
The author has a very hard time bringing about this story,and especially with the tale of Owuo as a beginning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed the great storyline. It kept my attention to the end. Would love to read more by this author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing
It was too confusing. Not my type. It was very difficult to follow the story. Whenever I thought that I had gotten a hold of the characters, the next chapter would throw me off. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Terapya
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
somewhat hard to follow at times, but a very imaginitve story line made it worth reading. Plus it was free
Published 8 months ago by Tim Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I thought the reading was a bit clunky. The characters were not fleshed out and there was no real resolve to the story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alrighty Then
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
This story takes place far in the future but jumps back to farther in the past without warning. It is at times, hard to follow and has a low character development. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly creepy, very romantic, totally heartbreaking!
I really loved this little yarn. It seems at first that perhaps the author is overreaching and trying to just do too much with one story but the way that it all blends together is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KSat
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I enjoyed reading this novel. It was well written and kept me very interested in the story. I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful!
This is one of the most enthralling books I've read in my three decades of incessant reading. It is masterfully written, captivating and decidedly different from most other books. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Night4now
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing & creepy!
Jumps around a bit. Would have liked a little more information/details as to what happened to some of the main characters.
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