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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing; First edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937178005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937178000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Gough was born in the Rockies, raised in the Dakotas, schooled in a mountain desert, trained south of the border and wooed by the Big Apple. He now lives in a forest near a great lake with three bright daughters, a brilliant wife and a dim-witted dog. His debut novel, Cloak, was born from a single question: Why are there so many myths, legends and stories about talking animals? It smelled like a cover-up. So he dug deeper. What he found surprised even him. Some discoveries just need to be written about.

James has been an actor, an artist, and athlete and an advertising creative. He is thrilled to add author to the list. Besides writing, he loves to teach, is obsessed with strange foods and has always been an avid people-watcher. Once, he saw a well-dressed possum in Grand Central Station; and he is willing to bet that a night guard he met in Detroit was half pit-viper, but it is hard to be sure.


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James Gough was born in the Rockies, raised in the Dakotas, schooled in a mountain desert, trained south of the border and wooed by the Big Apple. He now lives in a forest near a great lake with three bright daughters, a brilliant wife and a dim-witted dog. His debut novel, Cloak, was born from a single question: Why are there so many myths, legends and stories about talking animals? It smelled like a cover-up. So he dug deeper. What he found surprised even him. Some discoveries just need to be written about.

James has been an actor, an artist, and athlete and an advertising creative. He is thrilled to add author to the list. Besides writing, he loves to teach, is obsessed with strange foods and has always been an avid people-watcher. Once, he saw a well-dressed possum in Grand Central Station; and he is willing to bet that a night guard he met in Detroit was half pit-viper, but it is hard to be sure.

Customer Reviews

The story is unique and intriguing, well written and exciting.
Jkong
I wasn't expecting much when I startrd reading it, but it really grabbed me and I ended up reading into the wee hours of the morning to finish it!
Susan Call Hutchison
The characters were well written, and I NEVER guessed how it would end.
Kpate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Djembecat on April 22, 2012
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Though I am an avid reader and have read many good books, I have never felt compelled to write a review until I read Cloak. Cloak captured my attention from the start and never let it go. Even a day after finishing (as I write this), I still can't let the characters and the Enchant world go. An earlier reviewer put the Enchant world up there with Narnia and Middle Earth. While I won't go so far as to say that the world Mr. Gough has created is a good as Narnia or Middle Earth (at least not yet), I find it just as intriguing and really hope that there will be more adventures to come. I highly recomend Cloak to anyone who loves to read a clean, fantastical adventure without the hindrance of foul language and undue violance.

To allay the concerns of those leary of glowing reviews from first time reviewers, I do not know nor had I ever heard of Mr. Gough prior to picking up Cloak while it was offered as a free Kindle book. I'm just an average 35+ year old who loves to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Sky on December 8, 2012
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This book is definately for YA readers. Its an interesting concept and I enjoyed it, but I couldn't help noticing the parallels to the Harry Potter saga. In "Cloak" you have a young boy who has lived a miserable, lonely life without his parents (they are not dead, just always on vacation because they are so rich). Suddenly he discovered to be something unique and is transported into an Enchant(ed) world that is hidden from humans. He goes to a wonderful place under the protection of his benefactor (who's personality is nearly identical to Dumbledore's) and gains his first best friends (a girl and boy, just like Harry). They have wonderful adventures and end up battling a super villain (like Voldemort). There is even a Dobby-like character!
I won't go into more because I don't want to give all away. This story has some genuinely funny parts that made me laugh and other parts that made me stop and think. If I was a 10-12 year-old reader, I probably would have rated it higher. For an adult, it was too predictable......especially one who loved Harry Potter.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Paige on March 4, 2012
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"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." (For those that have read the book, you will get this quote.)

I enjoyed this book and was happy that it was not full of typos like so many Kindle books. It was fun to read and had many twists and turns. I'm an adult but it will be entertaining to children as well. It might give small children nightmares though. I would love to read a sequel to this book even though it is a complete story I loved the characters. Maybe something more about Rizz? I hope you all enjoy it too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By darnbirdie on October 14, 2011
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I loved this book. It was an amazing read with great character development and a super fun plot. I cruised through this book and was completely wrapped up in the story from start to finish.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tomereader on October 4, 2012
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I think this book is more a YA fantasy than adult, however, it is well written and has a unique plot. The characters are interesting. Heroism, action, loyalty & adventure make it a pleasant story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just An Ordinary Gal on April 14, 2013
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Will Tuttle is a Bubble Boy who is endlessly pampered by attendants hired by his wealthy parents, who are rarely around.

When he sneaks away, Will starts to see people with animal forms on his trip. Soon he is on the run discovering an enchanted world that is sure to delight young adult readers.

While the book has many favorable reviews from adult readers, it was skewed a bit too young for me. I read a great deal, and I don't finish everything I start: my bad.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyful3Heart on September 2, 2012
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Think "Transformers", only with animals...
Since being burned a few times, I tend to only download freebies from known authors/publishers, but the 5 star rating and promise of a great story drew me in to downloading this one. I'm glad I did. Though I thought at times the scene descriptions slowed the story a little (I know, I know, necessary to the story, maybe just a little wordy), it picked up quickly again and drew me back in. Great consistent character development, wonderful imaginative story, clean and not too violent...I liked it so much when I finished it I immediately gave it to my 12 year old daughter to read and plan to have my 9 year old son read it as well. Great first book and I will be looking for this author again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Purchaser X on June 26, 2013
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I wanted to like this book.
I read the whole thing.
It had some enjoyable moments, but it seemed to me like it strongly needs an editor to go over it and fine tune it. The world the book takes place in at times was overly complex and hard to understand, like "shortcuts" in the architecture that seemed to magically go from inside to outside and rooms that were described as huge would be crossed in a step -- and characters in a fight scene that would stop to have a conversation; then continue the fight....
It also drove me crazy that the author would constantly add single paragraphs describing objects/props/characters that would never be mentioned again.
I applaud the writer for making a book from start to finish, and getting it out to the world. But to me, this is an amateur book, and hopefully the authors voice will grow with more writing.
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....and I'll never look at chewed gum, stuck on a wall, the same way ever again.
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