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Distant Star (The Reminiscent Exile Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Ducie
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Book Description

For Declan Hale, the Shadowless Arbiter, life has been simple since he ended the Tome Wars and forced a cruel peace in the mythical realms of Forget. Exiled to Earth for his crimes, Declan spends his days managing a small bookshop.

So when a familiar looking corpse appears in the dead of night, spilling his scotch, Declan is less than amused. Especially because the body is his own. Someone—or something—has sent a calling card from the future.

Daring him to confront his monstrous past.

The last time Declan went to war, Ascension City burned and eight million people lost their lives. The Knights and Renegades should have left him alone…

Editorial Reviews


"The plot twists in the end are superb, and the writing is magnificent." ~Colin R. Craib
"Joe Ducie is a being comprised or raw sexual energy, and his work reflects this. He has spun shadows and starlight into tangible form, and I plan to one day hunt him down, kill him, and eat his heart to gain his power." ~CareOtters
"You will constantly be on the edge of your seat reading this book..." ~Cydney O'Sullivan

About the Author

Joe Ducie (1987-) is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. By day, he charges a toll to cross a bridge he doesn't own. Yet by night, in a haze of scotch-fuelled insanity, he works tirelessly on an array of stories both short and long. Joe possesses a fierce love of a smooth finish. Under no circumstances should you ask him just what that means.

Joe was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria in November 1987, and currently resides in Perth, Western Australia. He is primarily an author of urban fantasy and science fiction aimed at young adults. His current stories include Distant Star, Upon Crystal Shores, Red vs. Blue, and The Forgetful Library.

Joe attended Edith Cowan University and graduated in 2010 with a Degree of Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence. He went back, the idiot, and completed post-graduate studies in Security Science in 2011. Joe has also studied Creative and Professional Writing at Curtin University.

When not talking about himself in the third person, Joe enjoys devouring books at an absurdly disgusting rate and sampling fine scotch.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987329413
  • Publisher: Cedar Sky Publishing (May 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085SYSDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid read. May 26, 2012
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I've read and enjoyed a few of Joe Ducie's other works, so buying this seemed like a no-brainer. I wasn't disappointed: Joe provides us with a very imaginative setting (which seems to blend some familiar aspects from Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" and Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" into something very unique), aided greatly by his talent for description. The locales he's provided us with are rich in detail and easy to visualize.

The book moves along at a fast pace, straight from the first page. This is mostly a blessing, but also something of a curse. While we don't stay in one place for too long and just stew, accomplishing nothing of interest, I think that there needs to be more time to "warm up" in the beginning. A slower prologue to better ease us into the character of Declan Hale, his associates and his world before the action starts would help. Some more flashbacks to the Tome Wars throughout the novel would also help, but maybe these are being saved for a later book.

I also feel that the book is a little too short, especially given how fast-paced it is. You'll be done before you know it. Some padding here and there wouldn't hurt -- but on the whole I don't think it harms the book overly much, especially given that it's the first part in a larger series.

The main character, Declan Hale, is an interesting character. For one, there's no "hero's journey" here -- Declan has plenty of hard-earned knowledge and experience from the start. Again, this is both a blessing and a curse: while there's no tired and lengthy training sequences where the hero learns about his powers or anything like that, it also feels like Declan isn't challenged enough in this story. He's constantly referred to as one of the top players in this world, and everyone fears what he can do.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New take on the books as worlds theme June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Distant Star
Joe Ducie

Enjoyment **** Plot *** Interactions *** Characters **** World ***** Originality **** Grammar **** Style ***

With Distant Star, Author Joe Ducie has produced a book that is a cross between Jasper Fford's Thursday Next series, Cornelia Funke's Inkheart and Roger Zalazny's Nine Princes In Amber series. That's a good pedigree.

Mr. Ducie has written an interesting and dense story that requires careful reading. It evokes Zalazny's style more than Fford's or Funke's.

In the opening scene, the reader is introduced to Declan Hale's life when the young bookstore owner is challenged to an old western style gunfight, but with books. Hale lives in True Earth and for those with Will stories and words have power and books written with Will can tap into the primal forces of the universe and create entire new worlds.

Most of the unfolding story revolves around the War of the Tomes which Declan single-handedly ended five years ago. Apparently no-one is happy with what he did to end it, especially not Declan. Now Declan has been banished to True Earth and spends his time drinking and writing an endless book. He is bitter, tired, and cynical and most of the action in the book consists of reactions by Declan to repercussions from that war.

As this fast paced story unfolds, Declan's history is told in bits and pieces. The history that is revealed is intricate and interesting with an epic feel and by the end, the reader can fully sympathize with Declan's dark side.

Upon reflection, the history was more interesting than the actual story which is perhaps why Mr. Ducie told it the way he did.

The author is too frugal with information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarly fast read. May 28, 2012
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If you're asking yourself whether or not to buy this book, the answer is yes. Joe has clearly stepped up his game and sharpened his words down to a fine point, leading to a breakneck pace and a startling ending that will leave you waiting in agony for book 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Highly Imaginative! July 29, 2014
By Sean
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I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I've read in the Urban Fantasy genre, and I didn't know what to expect. I will definitely be reading more of this genre including the next book in this series. The author develops these characters really well and the story line is very well planned out and everything gets wrapped up, no hanging mysteries or unanswered questions. I really enjoyed the imagination of this author in this book, nothing was too predictable and I liked the pictures being painted. Ascension City, the Void, Forget, Atlantis....all described very well. I also found my self learning a few new vocabulary words thanks to this book, which was worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Story and great world building July 11, 2014
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I am posting this review for the entire Reminiscent Exile series.

It is hard to find a story that has not been done over and over and over again. Its gotten past kicking a dead horse, we moved on to kicking a horse skeleton.

This book was a huge breath of fresh air. Absolutely original and kept me entertained through all the books. The writer obviously has a great imagination. The world building was exceptional and I love urban fantasy.

The main character is almost exactly like Harry Dresden. His attitude and reactions are extremely similar, but I dont mind that because I thoroughly enjoy Harry Dresden. This is the only part of the books that I thought had been done before. Besides that every chapter was an original thought line that obviously came from the mind of a extremely talented individual.

The only thing is that it takes some time to catch up to the authors world. It might be a little confusing at first, especially when there are names of things like the "Story Thread" thrown in which a fresh reader has no idea of. But hang in there! It takes a little while but you will catch up, the world is a little abstract but once you get a hang of it it all comes together.

Overall, a great and original series that I would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book gave me the opportunity to open my mind ...
This book gave me the opportunity to open my mind to the possibility of changing your mistakes or perhaps taking a different path when you take a fork in the road. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly advise to read this. this is something new!
Magic, meets literature and gets turned on it head. What a unique book to read.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
There were moments the book was hard to follow. But they were few. There were far more moments of pure joy. Loved it. Great characters. Interesting worlds.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have liked more explanation about the "WILL"
A little confusing at first. Took me awhile to get involved. I did finish it and found it interesting enough to want to see how it ended. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leesa Dohman
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
Slogged through about half of it and finally gave up. I felt like I was wandering around a fantasy thesaurus. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I loved this series- clever, thoughtful, and full of good characters and interesting magic. The idea of story uhh especially , as literally world changing is fantastic.
Published 8 months ago by Alexander M. Jackl
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting launch to a series
Declan Hale is a great anti-hero. Really enjoyed the book, could use a touch of smoothing, but really an enjoyable read.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
I liked the concept of a world where entertainment is the norm and bridged into the regular world. A great concept, but a little hard to follow. A little on the crazy side. . . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marty Snodgrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start
Excellent fantasy, good story line--this will keep you turning pages and wanting more--definitely an author to follow. Can't wait for future releases!
Published 12 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars An Upcoming Author
I have been a fan of Joe Ducie for many years. I have read his work on other sites around the internet, and when I discovered that he had published books, I immediately downloaded... Read more
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Joe Ducie (1987-) is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. By day, he charges a toll to cross a bridge he doesn't own. Yet by night, in a haze of scotch-fuelled insanity, he works tirelessly on an array of stories both short and long. Joe possesses a fierce love of a smooth finish. Under no circumstances should you ask him just what that means.

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