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ADAM OF ALBION (A HEAD OF TIME Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 209 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 14
Grade Level: 6 - 10

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One evening back in the early 1990's, for no reason I can pin down, Orpheus and Eurydice appeared in my mind. I'd done a lot of research on the Knights Templar (my fascination with them started long before The DaVinci Code), who were said to have worshiped a miraculous head that talked; maybe it stemmed from that, via some murky subconscious pathway.
I loved the idea, and immediately started writing a story about it--basically similar to what's now ADAM OF ALBION, but much rougher and less appealing. I ended up setting it aside. I didn't have any clear vision of how to improve it, and my writing career took a different turn, into mainstream thrillers. Trying to keep up with those was all I could handle.
Then--about fifteen years later--my wondrous wife Kim was cleaning out a desk and found an early draft of what I'd written. She saw possibilities that I never would have dreamed of (in other words, she brought in all the smart stuff that's now in the book). Busy as she is, including a demanding full time job, she went to work and wrote a new version.
When I read it, I knew that we really had something. Over the next few years, we rewrote and polished it several times. Finally, in June, 2012, we decided it was ready for the ultimate test--to publish it and let readers be the judge.
Of the dozen novels I've authored or co-authored, ADAM has been far and away the most fun. Working with Kim is a joy. By now, we feel like Artemis and Adam are our own kids--and Orpheus is so much a part of us that we can see and hear him as clearly as if he's perched on our shoulder, yakking away.
Kim and I both care deeply about this book. While our primary goal is to entertain, and we've done our best to keep the story exciting and often humorous, we've also touched on more serious ideas, trying to give it the extra dimension that truly good fiction must have.
We're working hard on Book Two--ARTEMIS AT THE HUNT--and plan on more to come.

About the Author

Kim Anderson McMahon has spent most of her life in Missoula, Montana, except for a 15-year adventure in New York City. She has worked in publishing and as a journalist, and is currently the associate director of Humanities Montana, coordinating the annual Montana Festival of the Book, along with grants and programs. ADAM OF ALBION (co-authored with her husband, Neil McMahon) is her first novel. They're at work on the second book in the A HEAD OF TIME series, ARTEMIS AT THE HUNT.
Neil McMahon has published a dozen thrillers, including (co-authored with James Patterson) the #1 NY Times bestseller TOYS. He holds a degree in psychology from Stanford, and is a journeyman carpenter, with many years spent working construction. ADAM OF ALBION, written together with his wife Kim, is his first young adult novel. He loved it, and is now happily addicted to the genre.

Product Details

  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Quinotaur Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BOJXTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LaRue Kobrin on August 25, 2012
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From a heavy metal concert in Cornwall to a crusader camp outside Jerusalem, this book is a captivating ride. Adam, a ranch kid from Montana, and Artemis, a sharp, sassy young Brit, pair up to save Orpheus " the most precious object ever created". The characters are well developed - complex, utterly believable and easy to identify with. As a retired psychology professor, I was particularly gratified to find such positive, young role models as Adam and Artemis. They use good problem solving skills coupled with a strong sense of right and wrong to survive their adventure. It's all here - action, humor and good lessons about history and moral behavior. The exciting pace of events kept me gobbling up the chapters like candy - and I'm left wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.Reid on August 31, 2012
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"Adam of Albion" is a zippy ride for young readers. The central characters, a Montana ranch kid named Adam, and Artemis, young daughter of the lord of England's Blackthorn Manor, are a good match for each other--and more than a match for the series of heavies out to do them harm. As for Orpheus, well, let's just say he's always ahead of the game. Put the three together, shake with a dash of time travel, and we're off to the Crusades. The language and sensibility are contemporary, though, and it should be easy for young readers to identify with both Adam and Artemis. Kim and Neil McMahon clearly had a great time spinning up this story, but there are serious points made about the timeless value of loyalty and courage, and the terrible consequences that await if we lose our way. The novel ends with a breathless return to the here and now in England, plus a nice setup for the next installment of "A Head of Time." I hope it arrives soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Simon on July 22, 2012
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Kim & Neil McMahon take us on a wild ride in A HEAD OF TIME. The two protagonists--Adam & Artemis--barely know each other when they find themselves flung through time, caught up in an adventure of truly historic proportions. It's great fun watching these two modern teenagers use their wits to contend with the likes of Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan to Egypt. By the end of the book, they make a formidable team, and there's every indication that the adventure is just beginning. Can't wait for the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.C. Alick on July 17, 2012
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A head of Time(Adam Of Albion) Takes you on a magical journey, through time, history and immerse you in myths, both modern and ancient, dearth-heads at a night concert in the shadow of the sleeping druids, two people waiting for the perfect chord to awaken and ancient artifact left behind by a lost civilization, killers in search of said artifact. Adam of Albion is a wonderful mix, great teasers for history buffs, myth lovers, and those with an interest in destiny and the antics of the divine, but the story is also quite down to earth- young people scared, running for their lives and don't know who to trust. This book reminds me of Time Bandits. Adam and Artemis, a most unlikely pair on the run across time, and on a quest for an item needed to keep their new friend alive. Adam of Albion is also a love story, but not the kind that we usually think of. Checkout the antics of these two and You'll see what I mean. I don't see how these authors can do any better, but now that the stage is set, lookout for book two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Dial on July 15, 2012
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From the first sentence you are plunged into the action. The effect is a bit like the launch of a roller coaster, a bit disorienting but you know you are in from a great ride. Our team of teen characters maneuver the plot twists and turns in this adventure with spirit and smarts. Orpheus, the talking head, is a hoot. If you liked the magic, mystery, epic scope and heroic teens of 'A Wrinkle in Time', you will love this book. I can't wait for book 2.
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