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Product Details

  • Series: The Vara Volumes
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: EATEOM PUBLISHING LTD (October 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957238908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957238909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,255,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Kerry is - to the untrained eye - an average-sized, average-looking, marginally out of shape white guy, but depending on which day you observe him, in his head he could be about to take down a cartel of drug dealers with his bare hands. On another day he might be about to force push a lorry from the path of a baby stroller before they collide. Or, on yet another, he might even be getting ready to dive into a telephone box so he can rip open his shirt and fly off round the world backwards turning back time for some reason known only to himself. When John isn't living in a fantasy world he can be found in the city of Sheffield, UK where he lives. Originally from Ipswich, he lived in London for a while, before moving up north to raise his three padawan daughters. And one day he hopes to move to the US because that's where all the other superheroes live and where alien invasions often occur. Books wise John loves virtually anything containing adventure, fantasy, Sci Fi, monsters, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Lovecraftian cyclopean horror.

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I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers.
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Overall, this was very well written, the characters were interesting and easy to identify with.
Alyssa Greatbanks
The characters and the world that John has created is great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V Heartstring (Atlas Deen) on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book!

Kerry has created a lush, rich and amazing universe that rivals all the likes; Oz, Wonderland, Labyrinth, etc. It was both beautiful and scary and had that touch of humor to the world, that silliness that provides the perfect blend to attract both adults and a younger audience, myself being the former.

I honestly, honestly loved it.

Guillermo de Toro should make this into a film - I'm serious, the world was just so lovely.

Sammy was your typical magically introduced character, but at the same time she wasn't, because Kerry's writing was crisp and neat enough that it made her, her own character. There were traits about her, such as that she was a times a bit whiny, that made her really familiar, but for the most part, in regards to whether she is a savior or destoryer, Kerry twists Sammy on her head and creates a different herione. She was flawed. She was a child. She was scared. She was brave. She was a great character that was able to hold her own.

The descriptions of the world were fantastic! I loved the dino eggs! It would - again - make such a great film, because the world was beautiful, with the perfect blend of scary and pretty, that I could truly imagine it like Tim Burton's Alice film , only helmed by del Toro, who knows how to make the scary, beautiful.

I truly loved it and hope to read more from this author and perhaps in this world, soon!!

Read it!! I promise you, you will not regret it.

--V
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Greatbanks on February 27, 2013
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It took me a bit to get into this book, maybe a few chapters, but after you start getting used to all the new things this world has, it becomes such a great, epic book. I was told that this book is the first in an upcoming series. So, saying that, I will DEFINITELY be reading future books in this series.

Overall, this was very well written, the characters were interesting and easy to identify with. The world this book took place in was very fleshed out, and you could really picture what was going on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Heintze on February 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Eden at the edge of midnight is a really fantastic read. The only reason I gave it four stars rather than five was because of the ending. I would have liked to see more of Sammy and Mehrak's relationship grow and i was hoping for a different ending for them. I'm sure if a sequel is made (and I hope there is) then the ending will all make sense. Other than that this book was brilliantly written and I am going to be recommending this to my friends. Eden at the edge of midnight is a wonderful break in all the usual vampire/werewolf fantasy books that are all over the place. I really loved the magical land of giant mushrooms that Kerry created. The story was really easy to get into and I could barely stand to put it down when I had to, needless to say I finished this book in less than a day! If you are looking for a new fantasy/paranormal/adventure book to read I would definitely suggest you start with this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GamerGirl on April 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The plot of this book is that Eden was separated from earth and its own atmosphere is slowly going bad. Sammy manages to get launched from earth to Eden in fulfillment of a prophecy. The thrust of the story is she doesn't know what part she plays. That mystery is what makes the book good--I liked not knowing at first whether Sammy was predicted to save the world from certain destruction or become a specter of death. Fortunately there are clues along the way. The characters are also colorful and well thought out. Kerry didn't just pull stock actors from the closet. Everyone has at least two different motivations for the things they do and they act (as well as react) consistently when plot events are triggered.

Now you've got to be wondering why I didn't give this book five stars, so here's the deal: the story needs to be edited! Really badly! The problem wasn't so much with grammar or spelling as it was with parallel structure and loose ends that never get tied up. Kerry leaves a lot hanging at the end of the novel that needs addressing, and the thing is, the first half of the book was only worth three stars while the second half was four or even five stars--it's like it gets better as it goes! If Kerry would just take a little time and fix things like balancing dialogue with description and making the first half of the book a lot leaner, this would be a five-star novel, no joke. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I recommend Eden at the Edge of Midnight to lovers of fantasy who can power through a slow first quarter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tarte tatin on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Eden at the Edge of Midnight by John Kerry: This book is probably aimed at teens/ young adults. Despite being an adult (immature to be sure) I enjoyed it immensely. It is a fantasy adventure and (spoiler alert) it features no vampires. The teenage heroine finds herself catapulted out of the humdrum into an exciting but dangerous world. Physical danger lurks at every turn. Two men try to help her. Which one should she trust? All the characters are so well described that you empathise with their predicaments. The realm of Vara springs fully formed from the page, and if things ever get a bit complicated - the battles - the creatures - the secondary plots - the action carries you onwards before you have time to worry about it. My only caveat would be to warn about the gory bits - there's no holding back in the battle scenes. The squeamish should move on quickly to the next bit - it's worth it.
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