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The God In The Clear Rock (The Ancients of Earth Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"I bought the other 4 in the series. I guess that says something about whether I liked it or not." - Roberta Guidry, Amazon reviewer"

From the Author

Q - When is the last book expected out?
A - I'm currently working on the sixth and final book in this series. I'm doing my absolute best on the last one because I want it to live up to reader's expectations.

Q - Why do all the books end in a cliff-hanger?
A - I wrote the story as a serial where the story continues from episode to episode, like long ago in radio, TV and film. The only book that will not end in a cliff-hanger is the last book, number six. Everything will wrap up nice and tidy in book six. I will do other stories in this universe, but this series will have a firm conclusion in book six.

Q - What's the deal with garden gnomes?
A - Well, purely from an ecological perspective, they're an invasive alien species. In some parts of the state of Florida, garden gnomes have almost completely displaced the native population of plastic pink flamingos. I've personally seen the destruction a gang of well-armed gnomes can do to a flock of defenseless plastic flamingos. It's an image that you can't un-see. People have the mistaken impression gnomes are gnice, I mean nice. But the truth is... they are a scourge that must be eradicated. That is my mission.

Product Details

  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502566117
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YF1D4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,416 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Lucian lives in Florida with his wife and two sons. He also lives with a pack of eight (yes eight) miniature dachshunds that he uses to hunt Garden Gnomes. An avid Gnome hunter since his days with the Fifth Special Gnome Expeditionary Forces based out of Fort Bragg, he has personally been responsible for the reduction in the Florida pest population of the common Garden Gnome, Gnomiansis Gardenii.

Unfortunately, since he uses mini dachshunds to hunt them, he only has a few intact heads in his trophy room.

But if you're in Florida and run into him, he might show them to you.

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The reader saw this book recommended and it was free if the sun-bronzed reader were to download it before the 31st, but the author would never know that... I can't do it. I was going to mimic the style as satire but you'd probably stop reading before you realized it was a joke.

The premise is interesting but the rest is every clichéd trite trope you can think of. Also redundant. This should have been a much shorter book.

One reviewer pointed out that the politics detracted from the story. He's right. And anyway calling your VP character Dick Haney of Hall Burton... Look, just call the guy by name or make up your own character. You're way down on his list of people to sue.

And the writing itself...

"She'd seen lots of things over her lifetime. Some were horrible things that she wished she'd never seen. And there were some that she wished she could un-see, or even forget." Suggested re-write: "She'd witnessed brutality before." See? Shorter.

"They died trying to climb up the ladder. But they never made it to the top." Unless this is suddenly a book about zombies that first sentence sufficed.

And the worst example I'm not even going to post. I wouldn't want some kid to read it.

Seriously, don't read this book. The character and stories (yes, plural) were interesting enough to hook me, but then it was a struggle. I won't post a review unless I've read the whole thing. At the halfway mark my review would have said, "Good effort. Please hire an editor for your next book." But by the end the book had devolved into something that looked like hormone-crazed ranting of a precocious but socially awkward kid attempting to overcome his feelings of impotence.
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As a little preface to the review I will say that I loved the show Lost. This book really reminds me of that show. Perhaps that gives me a little bias, but it also pays testament to the great job the writer did. To be compared to Lost is amazing in my book, so to speak.

The book had me hooked early on, the story line and character development just would not let me go. I had to know what was next. The book did a good job of opening up a heap of questions and not all where answered by books end, but that is okay.. it is a series after all. Ending with questions just made me want to read the next book right away.

I really loved the writing as well, it truly felt like I was reading from a seasoned author. Some of the analogies, as well as place descriptions, were just beautifully written. Now on the opposite burner of this the book to repeat itself a bit on some points. At first I was a little annoyed with this and it felt like filler, but I began to realize that it really needed to reinforce these facts through different time periods. (The book flashes from time period to time period often, but always lets you know before hand.)

I also really enjoyed the dialogue between characters. I have read a lot of books from unknown authors and self-published people and one of my WORST pet-peeves is dialogue and interactions that do not feel natural. All the conversations in the book seem real. The author captures the subtleties of things like sarcasm and playfulness perfectly. As a test you can read the dialogue out loud, it just all sounds natural.

Overall this was a great read. Although there are a few small problems with the book, the overwhelming good pushes them into obscurity.
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I grabbed this book because the premise practically jumped out at me. I was not disappointed in that regard. The story itself is outstanding. The problem is too much commentary that has little to do with the premise of the book. Normally I don't mind when author's frame their political beliefs (or the antithesis of those beliefs)within the story. But generally I require something a little more subtle than changing an ex-Vice President's name by a few letters and the name of his comapny in the same way. Instead of a commentary in which we are expected to 'see the light' we are left with simple, direct jabs at a named politician. I don't even like the guy myself, but this tactic is crude and unimaginative.

Perhaps more unbelievable, this is the first book in which I've ever had to "skim" over a scene involving a hot woman getting naked. Why, you ask? Because it took 5 pages of description just for her top to come off. Either the author is really into breasts, or he was looking for filler material, and to me it seems the latter is what happened. There are other occasions like this in the book, although that's the most egregious.

That being said, these are things a professional editor could easily help fix. The 'foundation' of the story is solid and I will probably read the sequel to see where the author is trying to take us.
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I really enjoyed this book so far. When it first started I was not sure what kind of book it was. It seemed to be just science fiction, and then I thought, wow, the author really loves his main characters. I then realized that these characters were larger than life, and amazing because they were Pulp Adventure characters in a modern high tech setting. They were amazing because their story was one that the amazingly lucky and the best of the best come together to solve an ancient riddle and save the world. The characters could be described as characatures, but the author took them a few steps further and gave us rich backgrounds that gives us vivid details to understand how they became so awesome. I also didn't know if it was a stand alone book at first. It is clearly the prolog to an epic story, but if you realize that, it does it's job very well. If I have any criticism at all it would be that *sometimes* the jumps back in time to give us some of the very interesting backstory edge toward distracting, but the fascinating scenes pretty well make up for it. I do see this book in a very visual way and I think it would be a fantastic movie. I am looking forward to the rest of the series very much.
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