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

Stephen Colegrove
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When strange seizures threaten the life of the girl he loves, a young man leaves a protective enclave of ancient machinery and searches the ruins of civilization for a cure.

Three centuries after a global pandemic and nuclear war, the mountains and plains of Colorado flourish with wildlife. The survivors avoid the blasted zones of "ghost-sickness," hunt mule deer in the pine forests, and cultivate new strains of crops. Scattered tribes fight short, brutal wars and trade slaves for rifles made by a rising power in the south.

High in the Rockies a collective thrives in the still-functioning remains of a research facility. With each passing generation the true nature of the founding ancestors has become fantastical myth to most villagers, who spend their time hunting outside the valley or farming corn and hemp. Carefully selected priests serve as caretakers of the ancient machinery, doctors, and librarians of the past.

One of the hunters, a tough and resourceful teenage girl nicknamed Badger, falls unconscious with momentary, uncontrollable shaking. 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. What they discover about the past forces them to choose between love for each other and the strict rules of the village.


Editorial Reviews

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"... 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, Onlinebookclub.org

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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  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHK96R6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great job January 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read December 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all round book June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review December 10, 2012
By ka
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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, full of Post Apoc goodness! December 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
Overall, a great book. It had a very compelling story and characters. I can't wait to read the second in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago by MeeMa
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed every second of it!
I enjoyed every second of it! great book looking to read more from this author! i think there is s sequel that i just ordered hope its as good as the first
Published 6 months ago by B. Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and interesting story
The author does a wonderful job developing the main characters and creating an interesting world for us. I enjoyed the story so much I read it in one day. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sparta
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the concise verbiage and pace of the story. Believable witty banter at appropriate times. A little heavy on the kill rate but what story isn't these days.
Published 6 months ago by dmr
2.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't get into this one
I rarely put a book down. But I kept getting lost in the story and having to re-read parts. I found myself bored with the book pretty early on and just decided it wasn't for me.
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars ...Like a cat, the having of things quickly bores me...
This book didn't bore me. Wilson is trying to figure things out in a post-apocalyptic story. Though not of the same caliber as a Canticle for Leibowitz, this somehow reminded me... Read more
Published 7 months ago by keallaigh
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More About the Author

The author has been described as a boneheaded moron with less neural matter between his ears than a malnourished ocelot. This might have hampered the literary careers of manlier men with manlier names like Chuck Sambuchino, Pahlahniuk, or even Chuck Dickens, but the high quality of his boneheaded behavior helps the author write about clueless people in dangerous situations. He simply transcribes last Thursday and what happens when you chase a raccoon with a wushu spear, or wrestle a cat.

The author grew up on a farm in southern Ohio, which is a bit like growing up on a farm in southern anywhere. Instead of jumping cars over deer or stalking creeks through the woods, he read books and watched Battlestar Galactica and Airwolf. This doomed the author to follow the path of Creative Writing at University. Afterwards, he taught English in China and Germany, received a Master's of Teaching English to Foreigners, and moved to California where he was told only qualified applicants with proper qualifications were allowed to qualify for a position as a qualified firefighter.

Now, armed with as much common sense as an unexploded bomb under a cabbage field in Lower Saxony, he drives a 911 ambulance in California and holds on to the vain hope that someday he will be replaced by a robot.

Hobbies:
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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