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Amalgam, The Valaran Chronicles: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Byron A. Wells
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The First Volume in the Valaran Chronicles is your launch into an epic adventure.

After a tragic accident, Hobs’ quiet life is changed forever. His body repaired, he is befriended by Archon, a relic of the long-lost Valaran Empire. As the result of his friendship, Hobs discovers his Valaran heritage and learns of a serious threat from an old enemy, the Scarian — a vicious reptilian species responsible for the genocide of the Valaran Empire.

In order to protect himself, his town and planet from this ancient enemy Hobs must challenge everything he holds to be true — embrace new knowledge and skills; and together with Archon, they must find a way to defeat the Scarian incursion and restore peace on this remote side of the galaxy.


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This book is the product of many years of reflecting on the story, the actual commit to paper was easy by comarison.

My literary influences would be J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Clancy and Anne McCaffrey.

So launch yourself into this exciting adventure and follow Hobs as he must challenge everything he believes to save himself, his village and his planet.

About the Author

Byron A Wells is an IT Professional living in Uxbridge Ontario.  With degrees in both Education and Administration he has been able to sharpen his skills in the public sector as well as in many volunteer endeavors in which he has participated.  During his career he has written a number of training and technical manuals.  As a next step, he has taken the skills that he honed in his professional life and has translated them into writing books within his favorite genre of Science Fiction.  He is an avid reader, and is currently enjoying reviewing books when he has time.  A lover of sports, music, martial arts and animals - you can always find him on the go or with a guitar in hand.

Amalgam, The Valaran Chronicles: Book 1 is his debut novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2550 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TUWPPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual Sci-Fi storyline July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
AMALGAM (Valaran Chronicles #1) by Byron A Wells

AMALGAM is the first novel and storyline in new author Byron A Wells sci-fi series the Valaran Chronicles. The description given by the author is definitely MATURE young adult, and the author does not punctuate and inundate the storyline with an alarming amount of scientific jargon similar to many science fiction series and novels. But be warned, this novel should not be read by anyone under 16 due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes.

The premise follows 3 different storylines that at times will overlap but in the end come together for a finale that is well deserved. Hobs is our hero, a young man who knows that he is different from the others in his village. Raised and adopted by Ren, following the death of his parents from the plague, Hobs stood out from the other members of his village-several inches taller, black hair and eyes-and at times, he was the target of the local bad boys and bullies. But following a final vicious attack and assault that left him for dead, Hobs will wake up in an underground facility the likes that no one had ever dreamed.

As the villagers scour for their missing friends, the local bad boys will target Hobs' father and following a viscious encounter, Ren will meet a similar fate as his son. But there are many in the village that suspect what has happened to Hobs and his father, but the extent of the damage will never be known. And in a final brutal attack, one of Hob's closest friends will suffer at the hands of 3 young men, and find herself the victim of an assault so personal that revenge will drive Hobs through his days.

As the story progresses, Hobs undergoes a regeneration of sorts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a SciFi fan? Think again. July 11, 2012
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SciFi fan is not a descriptive that would ever be applied to me, however, this book may have changed that.

Byron A. Wells has found a wonderful balance between SciFi world-building and well-drawn characters with satisfying relationships. You can tell this author has a scientific mind but doesn't punish the average reader with it - an issue that has kept me from a lot of Science Fiction reads.

I enjoyed each of the three different juxtaposed, yet interconnected stories/worlds the author has created. When I finished a chapter and moved back into another of the worlds, I didn't want to go and leave the present one behind, yet in a matter of paragraphs, I was equally invested in the new world and its story line. This movement between the three, and their inevitable collision, keeps the story moving along effortlessly.

The initial world of the protagonist is delightfully simplistic with an almost Hobbit-like appeal. But that world is about to collide with two others of vastly different technological advancements. The main character, Hobs, is well-drawn - easy to embrace and root for. So are many of the supporting characters. And of course, there are others you simply can't wait to see if they get what's coming to them. Yes, there is a scene of violence that is adult in nature, but it is not gratuitous and is key to the story.

This was the perfect introduction to SciFi for me though I'm convinced there's enough here for the die-hard SciFi fan to appreciate. Lots to love here, and reflect upon (especially the names of one race of beings) but that's all I'm willing to divulge. I look forward to more from this very talented author. If that makes me a SciFi fan- so be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for YA sci-fi fans! June 19, 2012
By Jackie
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A must read for those who enjoy YA, scifi, paranormal. A fun and interesting story with engaging characters, some you'll cheer on and others you'll long to see destroyed. Takes you to world much like our own although intriguely different. I'm not going to spoil it for you, just read the book. Looking forward to the follow-ups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amalgam May 11, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is 4.75, but I still would consider this a must read for Sci-Fi fans. I can't remember if it is posted in the synopsis so I will say it here, Do not read this book if you are not comfortable with adult scenes. With that said the scene is done as well as it could be considering. But for my review, I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the changing of perspectives worked very well to give the reader a total view of what was going on. The author provided enough information to allow the reader to follow the series of events and provide adequate back story, but did not put so much detail and information that the book became tedious at an point. There was an adequate amount of action scenes to progress the story and keep the reader interested. There were some story lines that were brought up that were not concluded that I felt could have been wrapped up easily but those were not critical so the author may be giving the reader the ability to put in his or her own ending to that plot line. I did feel that the book was short, but considering all that is involved in this story I think the length is perfect.

Now for the Sci-Fi aspect of the story. This is a very good Sci-Fi story that contains alien races, androids, and AI. Wells works all of these elements into a contrast with pre-industrial society of Redwall. I also liked that Wells allowed the advanced elements to be decaying and to allow them to have a weakness that is not seen in many Sci-Fi stories.

My favorite Character is definitely Hobs.
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Byron A Wells is an IT Professional living in Uxbridge Ontario. With degrees in both Education and Administration he has been able to sharpen his skills in the public sector as well as in many volunteer endeavors in which he has participated. During his career he has written a number of training and technical manuals. As a next step, he has taken the skills that he honed in his professional life and has translated them into writing books within his favorite genre of Science Fiction. He is an avid reader, and is currently enjoying reviewing books when he has time. A lover of sports, music, martial arts and animals - you can always find him on the go or with a guitar in hand.

Amalgam is his first novel, and is a project 10 years in completing. I am Archon, the second book in the series has just been released and Causality will complete it. There are six short stories which will be released as a collection which add to the series.

Primal Duality is his first foray into the realm of Paranormal and was released earlier this year.


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