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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462050158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462050154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,046,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For as long as she can remember, Debbie has been creating stories in her head. She hated to go anywhere without a pen and paper, just in case. As a graduate of the Institute of Children's literature, while pursuing yet another writing course, she finds herself doing what she loves . . . learning and writing. The course gives her an excuse to just sit down and write. Over the years she has worked as a nurse, a teacher, a martial arts instructor and a CIC officer in the Canadian Forces. Her hobbies have varied from woodworking, to auto-mechanics, with music, painting, karate, holistic medicine, gardening and camping thrown into the mix. Let's not forget reading. Debbie's perfect cure for a long winter's night is curling up in front of a fire with a good book while snowflakes drift slowly past the window. Never having been much of a city girl, she lives with two of her four children, her husband Jean-Pierre and their pets in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. She couldn't imagine life without the beauty found in the trees, mountains and lakes that surround her.

More About the Author

For as long as she can remember, Debbie has been creating stories in her head. She hated to go anywhere without a pen and paper, just in case. As a graduate of the Institute of Children's literature, while pursuing yet another writing course, she finds herself doing what she loves . . . learning and writing. The course gives her an excuse to just sit down and write. Over the years she has worked as a nurse, a teacher, a martial arts instructor and a CIC officer in the Canadian Forces. Her hobbies have varied from woodworking, to auto-mechanics, with music, painting, karate, holistic medicine, gardening and camping thrown into the mix. Let's not forget reading. Debbie's perfect cure for a long winter's night is curling up in front of a fire with a good book while snowflakes drift slowly past the window. Never having been much of a city girl, she lives with two of her four children, her husband Jean-Pierre and their pets in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. She couldn't imagine life without the beauty found in the trees, mountains and lakes that surround her.

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Thank you, Debbie, for crafting such an amazing story.
Liz G. Davis
Although written for a young adult audience, I think this well written book speaks to any age, man or woman, and can be enjoyed by all.
GRUSCHI
This book was really well written, crafted with well developed characters.
Adrienne Woods

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kim Ridley on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
A great for YA that can cross over to middle grade. Young readers will identify with Tommy, who faces life struggles and discovers himself in a whirlwind of adventure. and you'll go along for the ride. A definate page turner that keeps you wanting more. A great debut for this new and upcoming author
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found myself quickly identified to the main character, Tommy, who's life gets turned up side down in the first few lines of this novel. For most people the teenage years are ups and downs and a time where many changes take place but for Tommy it's the discovery of new people, places and ways of life. I found myself always wanting to turn the next page to discover, with Tommy, the new world he had been thrown into. There's a good mix of adventure, mystery and humor. Great read!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are deep and the action sequences are exciting. While the technology is interesting, it doesn't overshadow the fact that this is a story about people living and growing while facing adversity. The book's main character, Tommy, is thrust into a new and scientifically intimidating world because of tragic circumstances. I was drawn into Tommy's exploration of his new surroundings and his growth and couldn't wait to see what would happen to him next. The history and importance of his unusually colored eyes are carefully revealed by the author a little at a time, keeping the reader intrigued and eager to know the entire truth. This is a great book, for young and old. You'll find it hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cece on April 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh, this was like a breath of fresh air from the books I've been reading recently. Loved it.

For 15 year old Tommy, life changes completely after his mom dies. His father takes him to live with him. And the cool thing is his dad lives in a ship, how cool is that?

The story takes us through Tommy's journey as he tries to adjust to this new life, a life he was never prepared for (his dad is this feared ship commander). We see through his eyes, how he sees the world around him. There is a legend about Amethyst eyes, and a certain tribe is after him because of that. I wont say much about this, as I would be giving away too much.

The author did a wonderful job creating likable characters, and descriptive writing. The pacing was well done. I recommend this book to fans of Sci-fi, or anyone looking to begin on the sci-fi genre, both YA and adults
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GRUSCHI on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
From the first moment when you are dropped right into the action, through the different developments in the story, from the emotional journey to the physical one, the book grabs hold of you and won't be put down. You get to know and like an interesting and eclectic group of people who keep you entertained and curious about them throughout the whole story. The action never stops and takes you into some unexpected directions, that, in the end, all make sense and turn this into a complete saga of one young man and his very different coming of age story. Although written for a young adult audience, I think this well written book speaks to any age, man or woman, and can be enjoyed by all. An excellent and promising debut for this new author. Can't wait for the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz G. Davis on April 10, 2012
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Amethyst Eyes is the first sci-fi novel I've ever read and I enjoyed it very much. This is more than just an adventure into another world. Love and emotions are written between the lines on almost every page. The story is about a teenage boy, Tommy, whose mother dies in a tragic car accident. Tommy was very close to his mother and Debbie Brown gave the reader a little preview into their daily lives together before the mother died. In just a few pages Debbie made me hear the laughter they'd shared and allowed me to observe the strong bond between them. In just a few paragraphs, I got to know Tommy's mother and grieved with him when she died. The impact was definitely a lasting one. I was worried when Tommy had to go and live with a father he didn't know, a very important man on another planet. Tommy not only had to learn about different ways of doing things in a place far away from home, he had to build relationships with people who didn't understand him or the world he came from. But Tommy is brave enough to give it a try and get to know his powerful father. This story develops and explorers the relationship between father and son and it's both touching and heartbreaking to read.
Amethyst Eyes was especially a delight to read as Debbie Brown is such a talented writer and the pictures she created with the words she chose were just so vivid and alive. Some of the worlds she has created in Amethyst Eyes are alien to earthly beings but she invites the reader in and makes them feel right at home. I didn't feel like I was on the outside looking in at all. With each word, I became part of the adventure. An adventure I invite you to join.
Thank you, Debbie, for crafting such an amazing story. I look forward to your upcoming novel, Emma, the story of Tommy's parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CP on November 16, 2012
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I admit when I first picked up Amethyst Eyes I was expecting your typical coming of age story, ie: boy losses parent, is taken in by his other parent, meets new people, and must make sense of it all. Got all that? Good. Sounds simple enough, right? Nuh uh. That's what I thought and I was wrong.

Debbie Brown did a masterful job of taking young Tommy and all of those time honored traditions and made them fresh and exciting. When Tommy's mother is killed in an auto accident, he's taken in by his father and learns there's far more to his life and the history of humanity than he would've ever imagined. Not only is Tommy put into a strange place to find himself, he must also do so aboard a space ship with a secret cult hunting him for his amethyst eyes.

I found the story compelling in that I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned tale, but when you throw in science fiction and it's written well I'm hooked.
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