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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452824088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452824086
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,688,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in Thee University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and teenage kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.

You can learn more about David's writing at the links below.
Blog at http://www.gotangst.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/got_angst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angst/180181718681646

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I highly recommend this book to any fantasy fan.
Shay Y. West
I am sure that you will end up wanting to finish the book and move on to the next one.
Virat Patel
The story flowed well and the characters really held you captive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryndled1 on January 28, 2011
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I really like the fact that Angst is the "un-hero" Stuck in a job that he hates with a boss he cant stand, nothing spectacular to make him stand out in anyway, and frustrated by that fact. Herodom literally falls in his lap at a party he doesnt even want to be at. He drags his friends on a quest and they are all pissed at him for doing so. I also like the fact that when he gets all that he wished for, it doesnt exactly transpire the way that he imagined.

I was very entertained. my current favorite book quote comes about 1/4 of the way through the book "When opportunity knocks, it's typically hard and in the back of the head" That quote rang so true to me, I couldnt help but laugh.

One place that I think really could have used more fleshing out is the party scene. first off its a major plot point. there was a good bit of there was food, acrobats performed.. I would have liked more there, but again this isnt "epic" so no jordan like descriptions there, which I think would actually be a "Pro" for most readers and not a "Con"

I rate this book 4.5, I will definately put it on my re-read list and Im looking forward to the next installment
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. McKee on December 16, 2010
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Angst is a very believable hero easy to relate to. The story flows along smoothly, with enough detail and imagery to make the characters visual, but without the sometimes overwhelming load of adjectives some authors use to fill up space. Thank you, Mr. Pedersen and when is the next book coming!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChaoticCoder on November 22, 2010
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This is an amazing story that many can easily identify with. In a nutshell the book is about the main character Angst, who could be described as a middle-age reluctant hero that not only battles nightmarish creatures, but also with himself.

Pedersen does a brilliant job of capturing the internal struggles; dreams and discontent clashing against the pressure of fate and sacrifice. Angst is compelled by his internal drive for adventure and having something different in life. Almost to the point that he is somewhat blinded to the schemes of those in power who are trying to improve their tenuous grip on control. As the story unfolds, and more richly described characters are added, you find that what is happening is the result of an imbalance that has happened as a result of that control.

The creatures are both fantastical, and horrifying, and I loved the descriptions of scenes and characters. Many of the characters, and awkward moments made me chuckle. A lot of the writing reminds me of a David Eddings, or R.A. Salvatore. I loved the author's choice of words, and how the period speech is so different than many other fantasy novels. The feelings of pressure, fear, sacrifice, and self-doubt are so palpable; the reader will easy sympathize with one of the characters.

The reader will also realize that there is a larger battle happening, and understand that the story is much larger in scope and history. Without giving the surprises away, I just wanted to share how much I enjoyed the book. I hope that there will be more books to follow, making this the first book of an epic series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey McKinnon on June 8, 2011
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I found out about this book when the author followed me on Twitter. It looked interesting, so I immediately bought a copy for my Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Being about the same age as the protagonist, I was able to related to a lot of the things he was going through.

As I read more of the book, I was sucked into the world even more. The author has created a very interesting world in which to place his characters. I like that magic is still pretty rare, and even restricted in its use. That's a very good way to avoid just throwing magic at every problem that comes along, like some other books do.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this to any fantasy fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KehBe on February 4, 2011
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If you like fantasy that is believable enough to actually visualize yourself being there, you will love this book! This book pulls you in from the very first chapter just like the dreaded "Vex'kvette"! As the charachters weave their way through trials and tribulations, both physical and mental and also emotional, you find yourself absorbed into their quest! You will not want to put this book down and when you do, you will catch yourself wondering what the heroes are up to and what you might be missing while you are gone! "Angst" leaves you wanting to read more and hoping there are more adventures in the future! I'll be waiting! A great story! I give it Five Stars! Thanks David J. Pederson for a thoroughly enjoyable read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Woods on January 25, 2011
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When I started reading Angst, I was unsure what to expect. On one hand, 2 friends recommended it, and the author himself followed me on Twitter. But on the other hand it was a non traditionally published book (self published on Kindle) so wasn't sure what to expect of that. Isn't having a book published by the name publishers a guarantee of quality control? The third hand (the non-corporeal one) it had an great blurb in it's description hinting at a fun kind of Fantasy book I hadn't read since I was a kid oh so long ago but aimed directly at my older demographic and experience.

Well, what can I say, this book completely absorbed my attention. frequently I would be laughing aloud as I could just picture the situation as if I was there. A blending of our own cultural idiosyncrasies with a classical fantasy one is not often managed, But David Pedersen manages it well. Not only did I enjoy it much more than I expected, I would heartily recommend it to anyone ! The first emotion on finishing the book, was anger.. at not having more story to read now ! More is on the way David assures us. Some big name Publisher should be chomping at the bit to lock this series up, a great oversight on their part, a real prize for us in the meantime.

One last word, the author is very gracious and willing to discuss his work with his readers.. also a rare thing. Thank you for that David, and for this book.
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