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

Lucian Randolph
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Book Description

"Seriously one of the greatest things I've ever read." - Wil Wheaton, actor and author, via Twitter

"A keeper! I read four or more books a week and only occasionally will I get pulled into the rest of the series but this one has done it. Really good writing and a great story with real characters. Can't wait to see what happens."
- John H. Scarbrough, Amazon reviewer

"I couldn't put it down! I bought the sequel within minutes of finishing this one. Lucian supports his fictional adventure with cutting-edge science in a manner that entertains as it educates his audience."
Robert Briggs, Amazon reviewer

In 50 hours, the world as we know it will end... Like a celestial alarm clock, the sun is about to enter a cycle of giant storms that will decimate life on Earth and destroy our modern civilization. It's happened before, but it was long before humans even had writing. Now it will occur again in 50 hours. Amid this imminent catastrophe is the God in the Clear Rock, a mysterious presence influential throughout the history of ancient man on the American continents. And she has a secret.

Following stories from history, fast-paced scenes jump across centuries and millennia of time as the mystery of the God in the Clear Rock deepens. Coming together over years, unforgettable characters and epic events throughout the history of man unknowingly countdown in a race against the sun.

THE GOD IN THE CLEAR ROCK has everything you could want in an epic sci-fi story; ancient civilizations, giant humans, advanced technology, military secrets, artificial intelligence, and a timeline that covers 78 millennia. Engaging, imaginative, and believable writing will drag you into the intrigue and drama as it begins to unfold across the planet.

First in a six-book series covering the 50 hour countdown, THE GOD IN THE CLEAR ROCK presents the initial eight-and-a-half hours. But 78,000 years of brutal history and adventure lead up to this first exciting book. The story blends the hour-by-hour style of the TV drama 24 and the intelligent storytelling of Asimov with the twisted plots of George R.R. Martin; the result is a page turner you can't put down.

It's filled with science, technology, history and adventure, plus a sci-fi twist on a cliff-hanger ending that will have fans jumping into the second book in the series, THE HOLE IN THE MAGIC SHIELD (available now).

Note: This story is a serial. Each of the six books is an installment in the 50-hour story.

Newly revised second edition.
Length: ~ 97K words

Editorial Reviews


"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.

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  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502566117
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YF1D4E
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs professional help January 4, 2012
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 3, 2012
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...could have been much better January 5, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern day sci fi Pulp Adventure Novel April 25, 2012
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars ... is the kind of book that gives self-publishing a bad name, but at...
This is the kind of book that gives self-publishing a bad name, but at the same time says, if this guy can publish a series of books, so can I. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent first
excellent first class
Published 5 months ago by Robin Barnard
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
Awful writing.

I like Wil Wheaton. I am a bit astounded that he would give this a positive review. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Bauman
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess that says something about whether I liked it or not
I bought the other 4 in the series. I guess that says something about whether I liked it or not.
Published 9 months ago by Roberta Guidry
4.0 out of 5 stars Not free.
Don't think this book is free. It's not. It's only free like a drug dealer gives a first taste for free. Read more
Published 9 months ago by alllie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
jumps around too much
Published 10 months ago by beckylyn gasper
2.0 out of 5 stars Got too political, among other things
There is a viable premise here. There are some interesting characters, with good development.

I was enjoying this story... for a while. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Faust
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the ending?
If this is part of a trilogy, then fine, but end the damn thing in a credible way. Don't make me have to buy 3 "books" in order to read a complete story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by 74hodag
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
I read four or more books a week and only occasionally will I get pulled into the rest of the series but this one has done it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John H. Scarbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars The God in the Clear Rock
Fascinating action adventure thriller. How much of life is preordained? Who is really in charge? Just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes! Read more
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More About the Author

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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