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Believe (The Weeping Tree Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 429 pages Series: The Weeping Tree Chronicles (Book 1)

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Philip David Hogan was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he has lived most of his life. In the late 90's he attended film school in Ontario before embarking on a career as an independent filmmaker and screenwriter. His subsequent short films have played at various festivals throughout North America and several of his feature length screenplays have done very well in some of the most prestigious competitions in the U.S. In 2010, with his head full of more magic, monsters and mayhem than he knew what to do with, Philip finally decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition and complete his first novel, which quickly blossomed into a series of ongoing books called The Weeping Tree Chronicles. The first, BELIEVE, is available now.

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  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Darkwater Publishing; 1 edition (March 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TSM2EG
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Philip David Hogan was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he has lived most of his life. In the late 90's he attended film school in Ontario before embarking on a career as an independent filmmaker and screenwriter. His subsequent short films have played at various festivals throughout North America and several of his feature length screenplays have done very well in some of the most prestigious competitions in the U.S. In 2010, with his head full of more magic, monsters and mayhem than he knew what to do with, Philip finally decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition and complete his first novel, which quickly blossomed into a series of ongoing books called The Weeping Tree Chronicles. The first, BELIEVE, is available now.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jay_paulin on June 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Philip David Hogan's debut novel, The Weeping Tree Chronicles: Book One - Believe (Darkwater Publishing, 2011) is a lot of things: a teenaged hero's journey (think The Goonies meets The Lord of the Rings), an emotional drama and a fantasy epic. It often soars, occasionally stumbles yet consistently entertains. It's not perfect - and I believe (heh) it may suffer from its young adult trappings - but it's a very solid novel and well worth your time.

The events get started with an unnamed girl dreamily wandering about a wooded area. Was it a nightmare? Why did elements seem familiar? Who was responsible for her attack? Light tension and good usage of psychological horror set the stage for what's to come.

When the pre-teen heroes of this story gather at the usual meeting spot, one is missing: the girl from the prologue, perhaps? With a MacGuffin in place, they set about an adventure that shatters their concept of the world. Summoned by The Great Witch, the youths must travel to The Unbetween - a place we go when we're no longer `needed' on Earth. There, the god-like immortal, Kharon, has sucked the life out of the world in his unending quest for power. The Great Witch explains their friend's - and The Unbetween's - only hope is to defeat him and restore order.

The book clocks in at approximately 400 pages and the plot is a good, if not incredible, spin on Joseph Campbell's monomyth. The true strength of this book is in its characters. These are no mere archetypes but well-rounded characters with arcs of their own. Joshua Beckett, the strong leader, and his adventurous (and three-minutes-younger) twin sister, Ella, have a well-written dynamic between them. The gentle spirit, Raevyn Odessa, bears a heavy load upon her soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terminator Fan on July 27, 2011
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Won this book on the Library Thing Member Giveaway and enjoyed it a lot. It tells the story of 5 childhood friends (ages 12-13) who journey to the 'Unbetween' to rescue their friend who has been kidnapped. The Unbetween is the place where dead people/things go and stay for awhile until they move on to their final destination. But the Unbetween has been twisted and broken by Kharon and the children face many challenges on their adventure. Elements of mythology play into the goings-on in the Unbetween. This is a great first effort by the author; I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Finch on June 27, 2011
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I'm not a fantasy fan. I'm also not a fan of teen lit. Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. do nothing for me. I even think Lord of the Rings is a bit over-rated.

That said, Believe had me taken within the first few chapters and over the past couple of weeks I've found myself plotting out my hours, looking forward to a moment in the day when I could get back to the Unbetween. Simply put, it was addictive. Which is probably the ultimate goal of any novel.

But, Believe is more than just an addictive read. The characters pop, the story twists, the surroundings thrill and captivate. And, of course, what's most fascinating is the world that Hogan has created: The Unbetween, with all of its haunting, vivid landscapes (The Forest Dark will blow your mind!), strange creatures, and even stranger phenomena. Still, while certainly imaginative, all of these fantastical elements would be thin and uninteresting were they not rooted in a philosophy of belief equally compelling to adults and teens.

I give Believe four stars because I have a feeling the Weeping Tree Chronicles will only get better. If you think you don't like fantasy, this is the book for you.
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