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Centaurs (Parallel Worlds Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 290 pages Word Wise: Enabled Series: Parallel Worlds (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYD6R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As most authors might claim, I was always a voracious reader as well as a natural storyteller. Somehow, I also knew that some day I would sit down and write a book, which I did quite
recently.
When I finally sat down in front of my computer intending to put words down on my first book, they literally came pouring out. And, before too long, I had written many books in various genres.
At first, my writing was mostly just for the pleasure and self-entertainment involved, until I discovered Kindle and ebooks. So here I am, a published author with a long list of books and with many more to come.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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Clinical. Very, very clinical.

An elderly couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary are hit by lightning, and brought into an alternate world. There, they are put in young centaur bodies, and their sexes have been changed.

Some of the beginning was okay, once they were in the alternate world. It was far too clinical for my taste, but there was an occasional interesting idea. Unfortunately, all discussions had an "echo chamber" vibe. One person would suggest something, and the other would instantly say what a great idea that was. None of the main characters was ever wrong about anything.

"What it did was fuse all your brain lobes into a single entity, which changed you from the simple genius that you used to be into a superman."
"What makes you say I was a genius."
"Because I had a chance to peek into your service record once, and found out that your Intelligence Quotient was nearly two-hundred."

"Marty and I have been debating how to eliminate them all in one fell swoop, and you just gave me the best method for doing just that."
"By mixing poison into their morning drink?"

"It has been agreed upon by all present to [commit genocide]. The meeting is hearby closed."
"Then lets go grab some lunch."

[After "three hours of constant shooting"] "It looks like it's all over so I'd like you to take over this site while I go to inspect the hospital for any living Gogians."
"You want to go and blow heads in there instead of me?"

After this, the main character develops a "perpetual motion engine" which produces unlimited power, and comes back to the main Earth to sell it.

"That took a lot of balls to say to them. Any repercussions?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wicked on August 7, 2011
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This is just the type of book I normally would love to read. That said, after just a few pages I couldn't follow the story line. It started in the middle and went all over from there. I wasn't sure how old the characters in the story were....I think they were in their 70's. Maybe??? I just ended up removing it from my Kindle rather than waste the space. Sorry Mr. Perry but your style just isn't for me. Normally, I love SF!I was disappointed with the begining and if you can't hook your reader at the start your book is done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Zeman on September 13, 2011
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I read the whole thing. It was like a car accident on the highway; it's horrible, but I can't look away.

The author actually does have an interesting premise/premise group. Parallel universes, idyllic life turns out to be a lie, genetic manipulation, medical experiments on a slave population, reincarnation, grassroots revolution, even genderbending. But the author failed us on every possible level.
-90%+ of everything in the book happens in dialogue that is largely unmarked, and it's very easy to get lost on who is speaking.
-Poor time transitions.
-Incessant grammatical and spelling errors that could have been avoided with even a single beta reader before this was put on the market.
-Logical fallacies/poor research. For example, the author mixes up arsenic and strychnine, as well as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
-the sheer inanity of "fused minds," willed wormholes, "racial memories" (past events in evolutionary history being somehow cataloged within genes to be remembered by any individual within the line), implausible genetics (human gametes that produce a human zygote, but will become a centaur when it obtains DNA from the centaur uterus?!), use of internet boards through time and dimensions, and perpetual motion engines being transported back in time to be used by Americans.
-After the revolution against their captors, the "nation-building" section is amazingly tedious, and the ending is anticlimactic.
-Many problems that occur in the plot are completely solved by a convenient plot device. Need $10 million to pay for farm goods (from an alternate dimension and about 300 years in the past)? When I was in the Service, I thwarted a terror ring, took all their money, and kept it in a secret bank account!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Andersen on August 8, 2011
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I will admit that I did not even get to the book; the description of it (presumably written by the author or his publisher) warned me that it wasn't worth my time.

"It follows the story of Nicole and Martin Sherman's strangely acquired ability to travel at will from dimention to dimention in geographically similar worlds."

"Dimention"? I believe you mean "dimension" - although I wondered if this was some invented word from "demented" - but even that would be a misspelling. Please, if you want me to read your book, the description of the book should inspire confidence, not skepticism, about your writing ability.
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