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A Girl Called Badger (Valley of the Sleeping Birds Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Colegrove
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Book Description

The virus left a gap-toothed, slobbering bite-mark on America: the land, the survivors, the cities full of ghost-sickness and abandoned for three centuries. A young priest living in an enclave of still-functioning machinery is forced to leave when the girl he loves is afflicted with an unknown and deadly illness.

A shard of humanity thrives in the remains of an old research facility high in the Colorado mountains. Like the brutish tribes outside the sheltered valley, the high priest marks the young villagers during a coming-of-age ceremony. But unlike those tribes, the scars beneath each villager's arm hides forgotten technology from the past. The true nature of the drugged ceremonies and founding ancestors is fantastical myth to most "citizens," who spend their days hunting outside the valley or farming corn and hemp.

One of the hunters, a tough and resourceful teenage girl nicknamed Badger, falls unconscious with uncontrollable seizures. Wilson, a bookish apprentice priest, searches the library and the old databases for a cause to the mysterious illness. Together he and Badger crawl through abandoned tunnels deep within the mountain. When the secrets of the past begin to unravel the young lovers must fight through hostile tribes and wild predators to the radiation-filled remains of Colorado Springs.

Editorial Reviews


"... solid writing and characterization ..."
--ABNA Publisher's Weekly Reviewer
"This science-fiction, post-apocalyptic novel is a fast paced adventure, that is filled with challenges for the characters to resolve. Both romantic, and full of suspense, this book will keep the reader turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. The dialogue between characters had appropriately witty moments, and was smoothly integrated between passages of well-written descriptions of the wild wooded areas, peppered with decaying remnants of the past and the trials of everyday survival. 

I found this novel to be both an enjoyable reading experience and an interesting look at the post-apocalyptic world. Fresh technological concepts were introduced throughout, and kept me intrigued. Although the story is told from Wilson's point of view, I enjoyed Badger's character immensely. She was portrayed as a formidable woman with fantastic survival skills, and who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. Yet, there was still an endearing quality to her personality which made this character full-rounded. 

Secondary plot-lines also contributed to the pleasure of reading this novel. The relationship between Wilson and his mentor was an interesting blend of tension and mutual, yet grudging, respect. The skirmishes between opposing tribal villages, and the morality of the decisions each group made to ensure their existence was fascinating. This was a well-written, full-bodied tale of blooming love, a search for knowledge and the struggle of diverse societies to survive a threateningly realistic future."
--Review by Tigania,

From the Author

Imagine a novel set in a "Fallout"-style world, but written by James Fenimore Cooper. Shorter? Mad Max meets Last of the Mohicans.

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  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481184458
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  • Language: English
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read December 30, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if that option was available. A good story that transported me. I always know when a book is good when I get in a place where I don't realize I am reading - I am just moving through the story with the characters.
The author has some new science fiction concepts that I hadn't considered before - like cell phone implants. :) The main characters have other implants that give them special skills - pretty cool.
The setting is Colorado hundreds of years in the future and reads like a real action yarn. A very good achievement for the author's first book. I am all in for the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 12, 2013
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It was an enjoyable, relatively quick read. I did think that the characters sounded the same in the way that they spoke and how they acted so that was a bit of a drawback for me. Also, some of the relationships between characters seemed like they were forced and came out of nowhere, I think that a little more character development and a build up and background would have been awesome! Overall though, it was quite good, I enjoyed it enough to get the second.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Post-Apocalyptic Fiction March 20, 2014
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This author has a knack for writing cleverly written page-turners, and a Girl Called Badger is no exception. The post-apocalyptic world of the book is not a tired cliche like you might expect, but is fresh, unique, and remains uplifting despite its inherently bleak mood.

The characters are all well-developed, the action is exciting, and the plot is intriguing. The sci-fi aspects of the story definitely add to the book - the world seems familiar, yet still distant and clearly not ours. I read the book in two sittings - I just couldn't put it down for a second, I felt so emotionally invested in the plot. I'll be buying the next book in the series, and I hope even more come out soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic, but up lifting February 23, 2014
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An outstanding read. A lot happens over the course of this book. The author puts his principal characters through the mill; they battle their way from beginning to end. Our hero matures before our reading eyes from impetuous youth to an young man with older man's wisdom. A little vignette from the near future is beautifully integrated with events from the more distant future of the rest of the plot. Most importantly, the humor works.

Within 20 minutes of finishing this book, I will have submitted this review and ordered the sequel. This is scarcely true for many of the first novels of series that I have test driven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all round book June 3, 2013
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I liked this book from begining to end. It was a retelling of the classic post appocalyptic genre. The end of the world came and went, now hundred of years later a new society has grown up on the ruins of the old. I liked the interaction between the two main characters and it had a nice twist that I didn't expect towards the end.

Well worth a punt. 4 out of 5.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great job January 15, 2013
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Great job writing this book. It was smooth and flowed very well. Keep up the good work. My brother recommended this book and I am glad he did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review December 10, 2012
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Quite entertaining! I like the way it all got tied together at the end. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A view of taming the shrew May 4, 2014
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The story gave a believable post apocalyptic glimpse into the lives of a group of survivors. It was both interesting and engaging as it focused on the two main characters and their budding affair. That grew into true devotion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best story I've read in ages
Wonderful writing. The author tells a convincing story about a distant future. Where technology exists but is shrouded in religion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by anaheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read...
Enjoyable read. It's been a little bit since I read this, but I feel that although it did have a couple small issues, I felt it was a great effort overall, and held my attention... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A likeable story
I've always liked reading stories about future generations living in a world of lost tech. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young people going into the wider world and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pterpening
5.0 out of 5 stars Several hundred years in the future
I loved this book. The main characters are just teenagers but they are strong and beautifully written. Stephen is a story teller with real talent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lindah
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, full of Post Apoc goodness!
Overall, a great book. It had a very compelling story and characters. I can't wait to read the second in the series.
Published 17 months ago by Jerry Farris
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I really liked this book. It was a great read for a wet rainy day.The ending left you wondering and makes you look for the second book.
Published 17 months ago by Betsy Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a girly romance book as the title and cover would portray...
Excellent Post Apocalypse society. Great concept for tech, conflicted characters, cultural upheaval, mysterious artifacts. Ruthless bad guys. I look forward to the next book.
Published 18 months ago by T Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Entertaining first book from this author. It's nice to read a post apocalyptic novel that isn't crawling with zombies (although I like those too). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Will M Kneeland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Girl Called Badger (Valley of the Sleeping Birds)
I loved this book. It is a great adventure book and love story combined. A Girl Called Badger is well writen and keeps you looking for what is coming next. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing characters that kept me wanting to see "what's next."
The author made me care what happens to these characters and to root for them when things got tough. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MeeMa
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More About the Author

Wanted on twelve systems for a crime he didn't commit, the author grew up watching anything and everything sci-fi: Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Space: 1999, Star Wars, and The A-Team. Oh, and Airwolf. Author is elbowing me in the ribs painfully--I am to emphasize his love for Airwolf, and not screw it up by making it sarcastic or hipster-ironic like I always do. Author wishes he could fly a secret government helicopter with Ernest Borgnine behind him in the dickie seat? (That's what he said, trust me.)

Author's early years were spent running from wastelanders in the hills of southern Ohio. After college he turned away glittering job offers in food service and insurance and worked for the post office. He taught Bad English in China and Germany, became a Master of Teaching English Thing, joined an internet startup for the free lunches, learned about the science of fire (this can't be a real thing), and worked on a 911 ambulance (he's still working there, trust me). In author's free time he stays one foot ahead of the federales and gives his assistant a raise of 20,000 kopecks and a car and Diner's Club.

Author says to tell you his literary influences are Hemingway and Raymond Carver but I can see him through the basement window and he only reads garbage Star Trek fan-fic and that Alan Partridge biography over and over.

Listening to the beach
Walking on Phil Collins

Favorite Books:
I'm Alan Partridge
Star Trek #23 - Ishmael (Spock goes back in time to the Gold Rush and you've stopped reading this already)
Bart Simpson's Guide to Life: A Wee Handbook for the Perplexed

Best Movie I Have Been Allowed to Stay Up and Watch:
Jessie Season Two

Favorite Documentary:
Dumb & Dumber

What I'm Doing Now:
Nothing what are you doing

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