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Beyond Dark Waters (Dark Water Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Des Birch
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Book Description

Fantasy, adventure, animals, bullying, quests, all empower an eleven year old boy as he struggles to learn and to survive.
From being cast out from the group, to losing his way in the dark lake at night-time, Ben will never betray his friends. Even when he feels a vicious fang slowly piercing his flesh, he knows what he is doing is right. He will never submit to the bullies, racists or indeed anyone who tries to steer him from the path he is taking. Ben is growing up very quickly and soon he gains many followers. This leads to a multitude of challenges and to one of his friends giving his life for Ben. As an eleven year old he manages to avert a war and bring pride to different communities.
For Ben, falling into the lake and entering into different species presented many challenges, but the rewards will stay with him forever.
Beyond Dark Waters plots a young man's rite of passage into adulthood, seen from the viewpoint of different species in and around a lake.


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'Award of merit' - ePublishing Consortium.
Beyond Dark Waters by Des Birch presents a totally original story precept. The author succeeds in weaving facets of life that all face including fear, misunderstandings, courage and compassion.  The main character is transformed into the necessary forms to understand how all of life is connected.  It is rare to find a book that can be highly recommended by many.  Beyond Dark Waters goes beyond this expectation and should be mandatory reading for all people.
Beyond Dark Waters is hereby recognized for story originality, depth of interwoven plotlines and delivering a significant message during the rights of passage into adulthood.  Des Birch has achieved an accomplishment with this book as well as other published works has earned him the ePublishing Consortium Writers Award of Merit

From the Author

You don't get to live for over half a century without learning a few things about life.  I taught my own children but I could not find any books that really tackled explaining the rites of passage into adulthood.  The best time to deliver a message to people is before they get bombarded by too many one-eyed opinions, a time when their minds are free, a time when they are young.  I wanted to help them with some of the challenges that we all face, as well as empowering them and entertaining them with an exciting story.  I believe I have done that, but the ultimate opinion has to be theirs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Des Birch (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UW2P0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNFORGETTABLE October 14, 2011
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Few books written for children today provide what this one does. The valuable lessons are easy to grasp because the unique characters face obstacles which mirror humans' journey through the rights of passage.

I love the humor with regards to chickens. I think everybody will really love this part also.

The most touching outcome of Ben's journey for me is how his entire outlook changed in regards to his sister.

The main thing I hope children and adults remember after reading this novel is how air, land and water are all connected. This just might be the biggest and most important lesson Ben learns.

I now think of the "Bobs" every time I hear humming or go to a lake.

I agree with many, this wonderful novel should be mandatory reading in the schools.

As I have said many times, I plan to read everything Des Birch has written.
Rebecca Scarberry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Dark Waters by Des Birch is Prolific! May 28, 2011
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Beyond Dark Waters by Des Birch is Prolific!

There are so many threads weaving the levels of story taking place throughout this book that make the reader ponder themselves. The concepts are crafted very well and the creative ability of this author delivers a solid reading experience. There is such a strength in this story that will make you wonder how our culture would be different if this book were mandatory reading in the classroom.

Make this one of the important books to read in your lifetime.
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Author Des Birch receives the ePublishing Consortium "Writers Award of Merit" For his book Beyond Dark Waters.
Beyond Dark Waters by Des Birch presents a totally original story precept. The author succeeds in weaving facets of life that all face including fear, misunderstandings, courage and compassion. The main character is transformed into the necessary forms to understand how all of life is connected. It is rare to find a book that can be highly recommended by many. Beyond Dark Waters goes beyond this expectation and should be mandatory reading for all people.
Beyond Dark Waters is hereby recognized for story originality, depth of interwoven plotlines and delivering a significant message during the rights of passage into adulthood. Des Birch has achieved an accomplishment with this book as well as other published works and this has earned him the ePublishing Consortium Writers Award of Merit

Des Birch was born in Limerick, Eire but moved to England when he was a baby. He moved from Buckinghamshire to Norfolk when he was ten, but attended a private school near Southampton. He has two children whom he has raised on his own since they were ten and eight respectively. He works in engineering but has gained a BSc and a Dip. Pol. Con. with the Open University. He also gained a TEFL diploma with which he spent two years teaching in Spain. Des now lives in Norwich with his wife Julie.
Catch Des on his blogsite: http://desbirch.blogspot.com/

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