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Distant Rumblings (Lords of Arcadia Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Goode
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Book Description

Lords of Arcadia: Act One

Kane Vess may be gay, but he is also extraordinarily ordinary—a crushing weight in Athens, Iowa, where a person’s worth is measured by his uniqueness. But when he meets the school’s newest student, Kane’s ordinariness seems to evaporate. He is desperate to get to know the mysterious stranger… and that leads him into danger.

Hawk is an exile from his homeland, an otherworldly traveler with impossible abilities and a changeling bodyguard. He’s generally disappointed in Earth, which seems common except for Kane. But while Hawk and Kane explore their mutual interest, the forces that made Hawk an exile are busy tracking him down. Kane’s newfound feelings pull him into Hawk’s shadowy fantasy world, where he learns he needs to grow up fast. Kane’s life may now be extraordinary, but if he isn’t careful it could cost him everyone he holds dear—including Hawk.


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  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (March 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KMXY1S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing, collision of realms/worlds tale. March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Average town, average people, average life and then all hell brakes loose.
Figuratively speaking, opening Pandora's box has never been so delicious. While you are clutching tightly to the box your feet are sinking down through the quicksand. Absolutely no time to gather your thoughts.
Ever wondered what happened after Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"? I did. The end of Chapter Nine sent my brain into overdrive, complete with saucer-size eyes.
There are so many pieces of the puzzle that scattered through the book that I'll be sure returning back to again and again. I keep wondering how the big picture will look like once I get them all in the right order.
Never underestimate the fantasy genre, there are lots of references of places and names, little details that cannot be seen by the naked eye but play the important role in the dramatic revelations. Don't try to figure them out all at once, but keep track of them, it'll fall into the right place when the time is perfect.
I don't want to give away the plot and ruin the surprise but I have to tell you that combined with fantasy and history and mythology and fairy tales and irony/sarcasm of the modern day life - you'll never look at the reality the same way ever again.
It's a cliffhanger ending. You are unmistakably falling down a rabbit hole and the thrill is overwhelming. And there ain't no parachute that they can make for this...
It's an m/m world's fairy tale, tentative and gentle romantic touch of a Young Adult fiction.
Oh, God. I need the next book right about NOW. I highly recommend it.
Five stars, no doubt about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Story! March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have begun this review 4 times. Each time I tried to think of a clever way to pull together all of the elements that made this book shine. In one, I began to tell you of a talking cat (think changeling), or better yet a talking ruby--and please don't make the mistake of offending him by calling him a diamond. I began to tell you how this cat--well this changeling, for cat was only one of its many forms, was the bodyguard of the Prince. But more than that, he was in love with him...however, the love was a jealous and twisted love, much like the true form of this changeling itself. Then there was the ruby, also a Prince in his own right, but given to the elves. He was an elemental--taking the form of a gem and his ofttimes sarcastic responses gave this reader more than a few laughs along the way. But then I thought, no...they were phenomenal secondary characters but not really main characters.

So, I scratched that and went in for the world building aspect. This time I waxed prosaic on the small town of Athens, Iowa, the original hippie kingdom where shops have insanely funny names like "Donde Esta da Bean" (the local coffee shop) and spoke of its inhabitants who all loved and accepted one another, even those who dared to be different--cause there in Athens, different is the norm. I wanted to express to you how a piece of me desired to visit there, sit in the shops, get to know the people. Mr. Goode had drawn them in such a way as to make them funny and appealing and sweet all at the same time. But the town...no, the town was not the real story here, either. So, I sighed heavily, hit the delete button and started again.

This time I attacked the aspect of the new fantasy world that we are introduced to in Distant Rumblings. Arcadia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to Put Down! March 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
Having enjoyed Goode's Foster High novels, which are firmly grounded in reality, I was intrigued as to how he would tackle something more fantastical. Much as I suspected, he pulls it off brilliantly. This first installment in the Lords of Arcadia series has two boys from utterly different worlds exploring an unlikely but powerful attraction, while danger closes in on them from all sides. Magic, intense emotion, and fast-pace action have been brought together to create a book I found to be both original and compulsive reading.

Kane Vess might be gay, but in Athens, Iowa, where popularity is dictated by a person's outlandishness, he is thought dull. One day at school, however, his ordinary existence is shattered when he almost collides with the new boy in the corridor. Captivated by the stranger's extraordinary beauty, Kane is anxious to learn more of him. The revelation that Hawk is an exile from another realm turns out to be just the beginning. Kane hasn't spent long in his company before he makes two discoveries. For one thing, they share an immediate affinity that defies understanding. For another, hanging around with Hawk could cost Kane his life.

Fleeing those who would either use or kill him for his royal status, Hawk seeks refuge on Earth with his changeling bodyguard. He has a low opinion of his new home, considering it both mundane and incomprehensible...that is, until he meets Kane. It doesn't matter that Kane is a human with no special powers, or that he is a commoner far beneath his own station. Hawk is instantly drawn to him in a way he can't ignore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Jewel stopped me cold....
When I opened this book, oh did I want to like it. I loved the bumbling main character that doesn't know anything about food or how to cook it but knows what tastes good. Read more
Published on May 19, 2013 by Rabid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot makes for a good ya read
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I found Kane to be an engaging main character. Growing up in a small town I can empathize with his desire to get away. Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by MLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy
I was so impressed with John Goode's "Foster High" novels that I had the urge to read more of his work right off, and I started with "Distant Rumblings. Read more
Published on March 23, 2013 by octobercountry
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome fantasy
This had everything- hum or, action, romance. It is a great riveting read that I really don't want to end. Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by Smm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Gem (Readers will get this pun)
Loved this story, while a bit slow to start and a you're wondering where things are going occasionally the plot is sound and there is no end to the suspense. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Brax
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequal
I don't often write reviews for books that I have read, especially if I have enjoyed them. I read far too much in order to constantly write reviews.
This book was wonderful. Read more
Published on October 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 needs to come out yesterday.
I'm saying this right up front, I normally don't review books but in this case, I felt compelled to do so. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Robbie Halliwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky. Witty. Fun
Kane Vess is the only openly gay teenager in Athens, Iowa -- or also well-known as Hippieville :). Kane's voice is quirky and funny. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by ASavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world, great characters, great book
The problem with Athens, Iowa was that it was not normal enough for Kane Vess. That's a funny thing for a young gay guy to think, but it's true. Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by Tom W
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