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  • File Size: 2227 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
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  • Publication Date: May 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2OCMS4
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B T (Brian Thoele) Narro was born in 1985, in San Francisco, California, where he still lives. He loves intricate stories with surprises, humor, romance, but above all, deeply developed characters and worlds that are so real they seem to live on once the novel is finished. This is what he strives for as a writer.

Brian's passion for fantasy started in middle school. He had a lot of inspiring teachers, one of which was his sixth grade English teacher, Rick Riordan (long before he was famous), who loved to enthrall his students by masterfully telling Greek myths from memory.

By sophomore year in college, Brian had finished his first full-length novel. Although immensely proud of it at the time, Brian eventually realized his friends were being generous when they told him it needed work. Years after graduating with his bachelor's degree in creative writing, he continued to scribble down scenes for the same story as he worked as a customer support representative at a computer game company.

An injury to his hands left him unable to use them for more than turning on the television, so working a mouse and keyboard eight hours a day was completely out of the question. Between recovery exercises and visits to many doctors, Brian used voice recognition software to start writing seriously again, which served as a cure to his painful boredom and a distraction to his even more painful injury. Workers comp eventually ran out, and his hands hadn't improved much. Living with his parents, and suffering from an injury that seemed as if it may be permanent, his mood was morose at best. But his novel, Bastial Energy, was nearly done. He published it and was overjoyed at the result of more than a thousand purchases in the first month.

Now Brian is a full-time author. He still uses voice recognition software, but more so out of preference than necessity, and--while he loves his parents--he's thankful to have moved out of their home. In terms of writing, Brian likes to outline the entire novel before writing the first draft. He loves to write and feels thankful he can spend every day doing just that.

Visit B.T. Narro's new website for insight from the author about each book, high definition maps, and more: www.btnarro.com

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Warren Ayen on September 13, 2013
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As far as I know, this is B.T. Narro's first attempt at writing, and honestly, it shows. There are a few gripes I have with the story, but first, the good: excellent world and a very interesting take on magic and political intrigue. The bad: well, the characters aren't amazing. They stem from a singular personality to me that purposely tries to make you think what the author wants you to think about them through dialogue instead of through actions. You'll frequently be told the motivations behind something a character says instead of inferring it through reactions, and you'll be told from the opposing viewpoint. Many times you'll read "XXX knew he/she didn't mean it" instead of allowing the characters to have natural reactions in conversations. Virtually every sentence uttered by a character was followed with either a statement regarding the tone or intent, a description of the surroundings, or italicized internal dialogue, as if the author was trying too hard.

The decisions characters make also seem to play more to a desire to craft a "good triumphs over evil" than what the character would actually *do*. They're just too one-dimensional.

If you can get past those aspects, it's an interesting read for a fairly unique world.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Driver on August 23, 2013
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THERE ARE NO SPOILERS WITHlN!

BASTIAL ENERGY is a very good fantasy novel that's the first of a trio published this summer. If The Sartious Mage (The Rhythm of Rivalry) and Bastial Steel (The Rhythm of Rivalry: Book 2) have anywhere near the presence of this one, author B.T. Narro has a very commendable series on his hands.

As the story opens in Kyrro, in southern Ovira, we meet a group of young first-year Human students who are on the way to the Academy, a three-year school where they will train to be warriors, chemists, psychics and mages in order to take their place in the Kyrran army should the country go to war with Tenred. It's a war that's been avoided through a series of tenuous treaties for the last 70 years, but it looks like the peace might soon be over.

In almost no time, the novel switches its focus to the north, near Tenred, where a group of Krepps (large warrior reptiles who speak and walk upright) are going about the business of their daily lives. Soon, however, two of them are singled out to go on a secret mission that will increase the chance of that war to a precipitous degree. It's also a mission that will mark them for death.

The tensions are dramatic, but what makes this story come alive is the author's success at creating a compelling group of interesting characters who are able to interact with others AND grow within their roles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry B. Gray on September 5, 2013
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If you are a fantasy reader you are going to love Bastial Energy by B.T. Narro. This is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time. The action and adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The author's story telling style kept the story moving and the plot twisting. I really like the way he developed the storyline, it was both exciting and believable. With each new plot twist I could hardly wait to see how it would all came together.

I really liked each of the characters B.T. Narro created for this story. They were both real and easy to identify with. I like the way I could get lost is the story and follow each character as an unseen companion.

Bastial Energy by B.T. Narro is an excellent fantasy novel and I highly recommend it to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BookLover14 on June 4, 2013
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B.T. Narro has imagined, evolved, and provided a world in which any reader can relax and go along for the ride. With unique characters and a lively new world, Narro has created a story of not only life changing events, but also an insight into the conflicting thoughts of betrayal, fear, and love. The connections between family, friends, and races can literally be felt as the story and bonds grow. Cleve, a boy who strives for relief in solitude and training, experiences first hand the swirling chaos of change, friendship, and love. Readers watch as he grows from his experience, and crave more time when the story comes to an end. Through world building and character development of immense perfection, Narro has given readers the building block to an amazing new series that promises adventure, excitement, and the satisfaction of a story well done.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on June 17, 2013
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Bastial Energy was an awesome read! The characters were fleshed out and had great depth. I thought the plotline was exciting and interesting. I could barely put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2013
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Good book for the money. I would like to know more about this worlds magic system,but I think that might be otw in the next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana on July 9, 2013
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I haven't read many fantasy books but Bastial Energy is by far the best written.
I loved the unique world Narro creates with complex and believeable characters that draw you in and keep you engrossed till the amazing ending.
it was suspenseful reading with lots of plot twists, I couldn't put it down!
can't wait to find out what happens next....
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