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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554045533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554045532
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,783,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael A. Ventrella's fantasy novels ARCH ENEMIES and THE AXES OF EVIL were released from Double Dragon Press to critical acclaim. He is editor of the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies A BARD IN THE HAND and A BARD'S EYE VIEW. His third novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT has just been released.

His pirate short story "X Spots the Mark" appears in the anthology RUM AND RUNESTONES and its sequel "Get Kraken" is in CUTLASS AND MUSKET: TALES OF PIRATICAL SKULDUGGERY. His short story "The Jesus Secret" can be found in the collection TWISTED TAILS VII, and "Hell, I Must Be Going" in DREAMERS IN HELL, part of the "Heroes in Hell" series of books.

At his website's blog (www.michaelaventrella.com) he interviews other authors, editors, agents and publishers to get advice for the starting author.

In his spare time, he is a lawyer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First a disclaimer - I'm a FB friend of the author and knowing him is the reason I purchased this book for my 12 yo granddaughter and she is the reader, not me.

My observations. She received the book on a Saturday and didn't seem to put it down until she had finished it by the end of the weekend. This is much the same behavior that I observed when she read the Hunger Games series and the Potter books. Not every book that she reads receives this kind of commitment.

She reported that she liked the characters and felt that the story was compelling. However, she wished that the main character had made some different choices - that she would have done some things differently, - which during the conversation I interpreted as her close association with the character and, by extension, the author.

Her most telling comment was the request for the next book in the series. That is a TWO THUMBS UP response from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks on June 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Arch Enemies is the first book in a two book series by Michael A. Ventrella based on a live action fantasy role playing game the author has run for the past 15 years. The second book is called The Axes of Evil and both are written with a young adult audience in mind.

Arch Enemies depicts the adventures of Terin who is the unfortunate young bard looking to make a place for himself as a musician/storyteller. Just before he performs on stage, he is picked up by the squires Rendal and Darlissa and brought before Duke Aramis who has read a prophecy describing young Terin. The magic of the Arch which has sealed an ancient battle with evil Biata, a race of half human half gryphon, some gryphons, and humans is weakening and Terin is the key to fulfilling the prophecy of resealing the arch. The story progresses as Terin, Rendal, and Darlissa (who is a Biata herself) travel the land in search of what Terin must do. Of course the prophecy doesn't specify, so the story unfolds as they travel trying to figure it out. There are a couple subplots of what is happening to the dwarven caravans, an old Biata who lost his wife, and some other minor ones.

This book has a promising beginning until it gets to the part about the prophecy. After that, I felt like it was just another story where a prophecy is told, a young boy does his thing and then wa-la, prophecy fulfilled. For starters, I will say I was wrong and it is much more than that. More about that later. There are many spots of traveling and getting to know the characters. For the most part, I really was not all that engaged in Terin's character. I will say that he grew on me later and then became bland again until towards the end. Darlissa, on the other hand, was my favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hoare on September 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Arch Enemies
Arch Enemies, by Michael Ventrella: Double Dragon Publishing Inc 2007

The young bard, Terin Ostler, is astounded when two squires arrive to take him into the Duke's presence - even more astounded when he learns that he is the one foretold in a prophecy to ensure the Arch remains sealed to imprison the evil Thessi within. The atmosphere of the quest that follows is heightened by intrigues and by Terin's doubts about who tells the true account of the prophecy, since he is not allowed to read it. The action is lively when the two squires, Rendel and Darlissa, face repeated attacks to protect the timid bard - while he gradually grows in maturity, courage, and character.

Terin's sardonic observations bring the quest to life, and the suitably convoluted events of the final crisis close the prophecy and the story in fine style. The world of these humans, gryphons, elves, dwarves, and many other magic creatures is a constantly fascinating place for the lover of fantasy to discover within these pages.

Michael Ventrella says the basic ideas for the novel came from his role playing game site, but this is no raw transcription of random events but a tightly written and plotted work that will keep the reader enthralled until the last word is read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on November 19, 2007
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Michael A. Ventrella's first effort proves to be a strong one. Full of wit and whimsy, this novel entertains with its rich fantasy world and characters. The misadventures of a young bard fit well into a setting of knights, dwarves, elves, goblins and other fantasy races. The reluctant hero can easily become a labored cliche, but Mr. Ventrella manages to make his reluctant hero interesting, funny and even heroic.
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