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Product Details

  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453786074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453786079
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,608,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I thought this book was VERY good, loved it! I really didn't want to ever put it down!"  From Smashwords

From the moment I began reading this book I was hooked. The writer was extremely skilled at giving just enough away while still keeping you in the dark and wishing you could figure it out. It was exciting, suspenseful, and generally great.

-Winter Adelle  wynteradelle.com/?p=1131

From the Author

I started writing Birthright because I was bored half insane and I've always had an overactive imagination that will go off on the most silly little tangents about anything at all really so it seemed only natural that when I found myself so completely and helplessly at loose ends one winter day that I began to write. Before then I had felt for many a year that I had what I could only describe as a completely useless talent for words though when I opened myself up to the story for the first time it spawned in me an enduring love affair with the written word which has profoundly changed my life. I can now spot a typo from across the room and I fairly consistently offer to rewrite anything that doesn't have the exact wording that I believe it should and I probably drive my husband completely batty but what can I say, it's compulsive. But I digress.

I had wondered at the possibility for years that something man made and frequently used could alter our very existence. I wondered if it could theoretically happen and what the circumstances surrounding an oversight of this magnitude would have to be and I became so enamored of the idea that I eventually began to become more obsessive than anything. When it came to the point that I could no longer put up with myself I finally set about writing a story that embodied the more dramatic aspects of my creative imagination gone hopelessly awry the result of which was Birthright. I've been sitting on Birthright for about eight years and have just discovered the courage thanks to the undying support and strength of the love of my life to actually post my writing though now I leave it to you, the reader, to judge the worth of my work.

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Customer Reviews

And too many grammar and punctuation errors.
Canadian Reader
Do not even get me started about how there are absolutely no page breaks or distinctive chapters in this book (at least not in the kindle version).
Byron Durk
There is simply too much description from the author and over analysis from the characters and not enough genuine action in the story.
Nicole

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Frankie on July 2, 2011
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I am not related to the author and do not know her. Actually, this is my first review because I feel that most people are more articulate at it than I could ever be....but I felt compelled to respond to several reviews that are here.

Now, the reviewers: Her husband identified himself as such and can't be faulted for being a proud husband. Michael B. Mitchell provided a bad review without reading it simply because he 'thought' he couldn't share it? That's really dreadful and shows what kind of person he is. Odysseus called it utter trash....really???? I have read glowing reviews, bought books, and quickly removed them from my Kindle and from my account. This was not one of them.

I actually enjoyed this Kindle 'book'. An intriguing story with interesting characters and I would have liked to have known a little more at the end. I hope Ms. Palmer is not put off and continues writing. The writing is, without doubt, wordy and some of the better reviews had good points. There are a number of places where a line should have started as a new paragraph or even as a new chapter. Ms. Palmer has an excellent and enviable vocabulary and once I got into the rhythm of her writing, I found myself involved in her manner of storytelling. And what's wrong with being self-published? I would guess that it takes quite a bit of courage to put something that one has labored over out there for everyone to critique and believe we should be encouraging new writers with positive comments and not viciously undermining them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GypsyLady on April 1, 2011
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I decided to try this book even though 2 of the 3 existing reviews were not favorable. I'm on middle ground with this one. The idea for the story itself was intriguing. Raine is the main character and he has had his brain pre-programmed, from a young age, as an experiment by a group of research scientists and doctors. He escapes from the institution where he has been forced to grow up. After his escape he marries, is involved in an accident and is "rescued" from the scene by someone who wants his returning memories erased. His memories are wiped out and he is "placed" in a rural area to carry on his life, all the while under intense surveillance of the RevTech group. His wife, left behind with twin daughters, is made to believe he is dead. At some point a few years later Raine and his "widow", by chance, meet up with each other. He experiences flashes of memory once again and strange paranormal activity seems to revolve around his moods and thoughts. This begins the climax to the end of the story to see if good wins over evil and if Raine will decide to tap into his paranormal powers to save his family, who have been kidnapped in an attempt to draw him out. I'm not sorry I took the time to read this. The long, long descriptive phrases throughout the book made the reading laborious and tedious. Many of those phrases were unneccesary and had little to do with setting the scene. There was also gross over-use of the word "however" and it wasn't used correctly grammatically. There was also over-use of other words such as "preternatural". There were many grammatical errors and poor editing of this Kindle edition. However, if you don't mind wading through the extraneous wording and errors, the story has merit.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By prairie sage on March 23, 2011
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Every sentence in this book is bloated with excessive descriptions. The writing style of the author is Over-the-Top abuse of pronouns and adverbs. I liked the book in the beginning but could not force myself past the first 1/3 of it. It was like trying to force down really sweet wine.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Plan maker on April 7, 2011
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Even though the storyline is interesting, it comes across in laboriously descriptive verbage, that have padded the book out way too much, perhaps in an effort to give the scenes full imagery. But seriously, one or two metaphors per paragraph to describe the scene is enough.
I think Shakespeare might have been impressed, but I find it exhausting.
On another note, the author can obviously write, and has had a good idea for a book, but execution needs to be worked on. More content & storyline, less tangential meandering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By courtney on February 25, 2013
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You could erase one adjective per page and cut this novel in half! The over use of foreign, multisyllabic, adjectives takes away from the better parts of the story. The story while interesting is definitely hampered by the author's use of over the top descriptive phrasing. I don't really to need to know the intricacies of the setting's wallpaper or to read an entire page detailing of the act of pumping petrol into Lynn's car. It completely takes away from the story. I found the sentence structure odd and uncomfortable. The author's fear of ending a sentence with a preposition made for oddly worded sentences that were poorly punctuated. There was too much coincidence the plot and the characters were not defined as well as they could have been. I have read but never heard a person use words like 'ignoble' 'nary' or 'pray tell' as often as in this book. I was completely drawn in by the mysterious circumstance of how Raine came to be at the asylum, so wanting to see that resolved kept me reading. I finished the book in two days but only read 2/3 of the actual words as I prefer a much better structured and more concise read. I think she had a great idea but should remember: less is more.
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