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Eidolon: The Thousand Years Ghost [Kindle Edition]

Jenessa Grimm Gayheart
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Book Description

(This series is now available in one book titled "The Story of Eidolon," also available on Kindle.) A millennium into our future, Hickory Stevens knows that the remains of his ancestors’ world are buried beneath the ground of the reborn city of Portla, and when he wishes to know more about this world, he does not expect that he would learn it from someone who lived there one thousand years ago.

The Council says that it is forbidden for anyone to know anything about the time of Before for fear of bringing-about the same disaster upon themselves. When Hickory’s father uses a mysterious machine from the time of Before to save the Elder Council Member’s granddaughter, the stable life that the people of Portla have always lived is suddenly turned on its end. As Hickory’s father brings to light the unmistakable merits of knowledge of Before, resolve will be tested of those who believe in the cautious words of the journal of Captain Baltimore, the man who saved Portla’s ancestors and experienced the disasters that wiped-out the world.

Stumbling into the haunt of the Eidolon, Hickory starts discovering some of the intriguing mysteries of the past and, visiting the Eidolon repeatedly, he realizes that the world of Before is more inspiring than foreboding.

The first of a series, "Eidolon: The Thousand Years Ghost" is only the beginning of Hickory's experience with the Eidolon.

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  • File Size: 1858 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XN4OXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, worst editing I've ever downloaded October 4, 2012
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I think this is a very good read, however, the editing in this book is so bad, I'm having a hard time sticking with it, words are split up over several lines, punctuation is terrible, PLEASE, do yourself a favor, as a new author, edit this book properly!! many people would put it down after the first couple of pages because its so poorly written in that respect, and that would be a shame, you have talent! showcase it in a professional manner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good story October 14, 2012
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This is a good story, very entertaining. I just want to know, what happened to end the world? hope we find out in the next book. and hope we find out what happened to the Eidolon that Hickory sees and how she passed on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start for a vividly imaginative author February 4, 2013
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Grimm shares with us her take on the idea of people rebuilding civilization, centuries or millenia following some cataclysmic event not far from our own present day.

The story focuses on a boy and his small community, and their divided opinion on the value or danger of history. The catastrophe that devastated the world is attributed to mankind's own misdeeds, so many are concerned that reclaiming knowledge of the past may doom them to repeat it. The protagonist and his father act in their belief that the benefits likely outweigh the dangers, though they seem hesitant to upset the status quo.

Along the way are some ambiguously supernatural elements that add to the mystery of all that came before.

This story is clearly an introductory tale, the author hinting at a larger world and many secrets awaiting discovery. Already, Grimm's sequel, Eidolon: Trees of Change, is available for Kindle, print soon to follow. A book geared toward teens, most of the tale is from a young person's perspective, the downside of that being that some of the more interesting events enacted by adult characters are presented second-hand or from a distance. Hopefully, the young people will take a more prominent role in the central action of the subsequent story line.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and characters you can love December 6, 2011
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This story became not-put-down-able only a few pages in. The underlying story keeps you guessing and the character development is excellent. I loved loved loved the ending and can't WAIT for the next in the series to come out!

If you like the Underland Chronicles or the Ember series, you'll love this, too. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just below average. July 15, 2014
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Hard to put down because I kept waiting for something significant to happen. To that extent it was captivating. The problem was - nothing happened. Not what I expected and I suspect it's bait to get me to buy the next installment. Nope, not gonna do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The kind of story I like to read! February 27, 2014
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Why did it have to end? I'm eager to read what happens next! What's in all those buildings under the nearby hills?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Young Adult Novel September 20, 2013
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I knew the author when I was a little girl, and I can remember getting letters from her in which she would include little short stories, so I am SO proud and happy that now she is published and selling her stories for others to read and enjoy.

This story draws the reader in and makes him think. I appreciated the way that not all of the information is handed to the reader right away...even at the end of the book, there are still questions that keep us interested. The writer has done a skillful job of creating a world that is our own, and yet is also a little alien, or seen through unfamiliar eyes.

I have a special fondness for the names used in the book. Some of them are drawn from nature (Fern, Hickory), while others are names of items (Cassette, Trinket) and still others are brand names that take on a new beauty when used in this strange context (Pentel, Dremel).

Another favourite element was that of Pestle, the old wise woman or "lamia" who lives in the woods with her raven Jupiter. The boy Hickory and his friend, the girl Abacus, visit her frequently there, and she tells them stories while they help her with chores. There is a respect tinged with fear surrounding her that I really like.

As soon as I am done typing this, I am headed over to purchase the next book in the series!
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Before I review the story I must address the editing remarked on in other reviews. Perhaps the author has already done some of it and reloaded the edited version because I didn't see the same error rate that some others reported. What it does look like is that there was some discontinuity in the format from the original to the Kindle processing. It took away a half star from my review.

Hickory is our main character and is just a youngster really. He goes to school, hangs out with his friends and such a person is of limited interest to us adult readers as a general rule. So what made Hickory such fun to read? His world and the way he lives in it, of course!

In the world Hickory lives in, a long distant future version of our own, things are not at all what most of us hope the future world of our descendants will be like. Instead of glittering cities in the sky with a perfect natural world below (or whatever we might wish for) the world is a primitive place, devoid of technology and actively seeking *not* to learn what we once took for granted. The only link they really have from the city of Porta to the long past is a single half burned journal written by a man who angrily blamed technology for the straits he found himself in at the end of the world.


Hickory, however, is just like his father in some ways. Intensely curious, not nearly respectful enough of the rules against digging for the past and with a thirst to connect with the world around him no matter how strange. This can only lead to trouble...or maybe just change...or maybe troubling changes. Actually, it is all three.

I really enjoyed this book and was entranced by the world the author constructed so painstakingly for us.
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