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Black Book: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Dylan Jones
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1862. The Old West. The man they call Sheriff Jack is actually an undercover soldier from the future. His mission is to find and protect a simple ledger known only as The Black Book.

In 2308 an undisclosed military installation receives a faint distress signal from their missing soldier. The project is compromised and a ruthless mercenary is sent in to eliminate Jack.

Alone and on the run, Jack must escape those that seek to eliminate him, without losing sight of his prey. Humankind's final mission may depend on the Black Book, but Jack's personal quarrel lies with the Devil himself.

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"Black Book:Volume 1 by Dylan Jones, is my pick for the best of 2013. It had a cool blending of genres (Western, sci-fi, and fantasy) that you don't often see in traditionally published books." - Podler Best Indie Book 2013


"... has left me wanting for more and with high expectations on what is to come. I think Dylan Jones is definitely an author to follow and I am interested to read more of his books in the future." - BookReviewsGuru.com

"Jones' scenes in the Wild West were so awesome that I thought I was reading a Zane Grey novel. In Part 1, I could taste the dust on my lips and smell the body odor of the gamblers in the saloon. The Western dialogue was spot-on and I could feel the bullets zip past my ear during the gunfights. The Black Book series promises to be a wonderfully engaging story that I look forward to reading and buying. I highly recommend it for the storytelling, world building, and quality of writing." - The New Podler Review of Books

"Sheriff Jack is the bad-ass protagonist that you want in any action series, and when you finish part one, you will not be disappointed. 5/5" - Bauman Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1816 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dylan Jones; 2 edition (December 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G12TLRY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genre-bending epic July 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Black Book, Volume 1, has the first three episodes of the genre-bending Black Book series. It's a story that mixes Western, science fiction, and fantasy into a quest that spans centuries.

In Part 1: The Devil's Blood, we find Sheriff Jack trying to keep the peace in a small, American West town during the 1860s. But Jack is no ordinary Sheriff. He has almost supernatural skills that help him survive a bloody encounter with bandits that shoot up his town and kill many of its citizens. He's quick on the draw, knows how to use his fists...and can time-travel out of town when a powerful adversary leaves him no choice but to retreat.

In Part 2: Out of Time, we meet Benjamin Freeman, President of the United States in the year 2308. Ben has directed his time-travel corps to locate Jack, an old military comrade who has gone missing in the distant past. When Ben personally oversees the operation, he walks into a trap orchestrated by a deadly faction that also wants to find Jack for its own ruthless purposes.

In Part 3: The Wall, Jack arrives in 1862 California. He meets up with a six-year-old boy and his guardian, a mysterious old man who has met Jack before, though Jack has no recollection. The old man guides Jack to a hidden object that Jack knows will change his life and the course of humanity.

First the good:

Jones' scenes in the Wild West were so awesome that I thought I was reading a Zane Grey novel. In Part 1, I could taste the dust on my lips and smell the body odor of the gamblers in the saloon. The Western dialogue was spot-on and I could feel the bullets zip past my ear during the gunfights.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems promising August 30, 2013
By SMS
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I wish this covered more of the story per volume and was actually a full book. I don't exactly love the idea of reading in installments and for this reason am unsure as to whether or not I should continue reading and begin Volume 2.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected July 5, 2014
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Fun plot that incorporates familiar sci-fi elements while still maintaining a unique feel. I read the entire thing in one sitting and would gladly read more. The author manages to keep several threads going without excessive confusion (always a risk when you've got subplots and potentially messy things like time travel). The "past" timelines and mechanics of time travel themselves are developed well, to the slight detriment of the space-age portions, which while solid enough don't quite have enough time to develop and shine on their own. I came into this not expecting to enjoy the "western" elements very much, but instead found them to be the best part of the book. Highly recommended to fans of both sci-fis and westerns who are looking for an interesting read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Writing - Will He Follow Through? July 7, 2014
By D.
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OK. Here's the deal. Jones is a great wordsmith. He can evoke time and place, tone and tension, action and danger with economy of words and tight, clean writing. He throws us knee deep into the action from the first paragraph, keeps the pace red-hot for the entire 100 pages and leaves the reader hungry for the rest of the story. A writer's fantasy. (This said by a wanna-be writer.)

I'm gong to try to do this without spoilers or negativity, but I have to be honest: Dylan Jones is a tease. Girls, beware. He is not really serious. He's going to leave you hot and bothered and in the lurch. That is, if you go out on a date with him. If you read his book, it applies to us all.

He says in his author's bio that he "writes stories for his own entertainment. If other people would like to read them too, then that's a bonus." That doesn't sound like a serious commitment to the reader to tell the rest of his story. And he has written a great hook, but not a story. This book is proof to his potential readers that he can write well. He gets you to turn the pages expectantly. His cliffhangers are just right--not clunky or contrived. The way he jumps us among the threads of the many story lines builds a `big' feel to this spare book: we are time-traveling too, and as confused as his jumpers are as they land (in a good way.) The action drives forward at a gallop, the reader is constantly engaged with the unfolding narrative.

But...this book has a publishing date of December 26, 2013. The oldest review is April 5, 2013. (Perhaps a revision in December?) Jones has teased us with a very long blurb. Or an excerpt of a nice big space opera. Or the germ of an idea for a book he will never write, because he "writes stories for his own entertainment.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting mystery built around time travel. April 5, 2013
By susanne
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The time travel plot built around good and evil is a great plot and made me want to keep reading. I did not like the end hanging with a need to wait for the next volume.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Sci-Fi, looking forward to more. December 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Avid reader of Sci-Fi always looking for new series to latch onto. Hadn't heard anything about this but liked the cover. Glad I gave it a chance. Took a couple chapters to get me hooked but once I was I couldn't put it down. Great read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralled and intrigued August 6, 2013
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I downloaded this book, and after reading the first two pages, I had to finish it. It didn't take too long, and it was in one sitting. The changes in location (both space and time) add a great dimension to the text and the characters are great. Can't wait for volume 2 to come and continue my read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Waiting for the next one!
Published 6 days ago by Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I am so lost that I dont' think I can finish it.
Published 6 days ago by Gail S. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy, fun read! Looking forward to the next installment.
Published 7 days ago by Hey Yeah
2.0 out of 5 stars ... offense to a fellow redditor but the writing was terrible, forcing...
No offense to a fellow redditor but the writing was terrible, forcing myself through this on my 5 hour flight from philadelphia was grueling. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jenny Hu
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I wasn't really hooked on it, but at the same time it was written well and had a good premise, so I give it 4 stars
Published 11 days ago by Tim Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome read can't wait for more books from the author.
Published 14 days ago by clint p
1.0 out of 5 stars Read two chapters and gave it up as being too strange for my personal...
I read two chapters and gave up on this novel as being too weird for my liking. Be sure to read the other reviews carefully and make your own decision.
Published 15 days ago by Sandra E. Collin
4.0 out of 5 stars I would give this 3. 5 if I could ...
I would give this 3.5 if I could. The structure/story is neat, and I'm excited to see where it goes. Read more
Published 16 days ago by max
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
To many asides can't follow the writers thoughts It's like trying to watch the pattern on a shotgun
Published 16 days ago by R.M.E.
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
The story begins in a sophomoric use of violent prose. Once the plot reveals the true nature of the characters the story graduates to a more sophisticated tale. Read more
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Dylan Jones writes stories for his own entertainment. If other people would like to read them too, then that's a bonus.

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