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Exile [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Kiser
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A Space traveler in 1600s Japan. Imagine the possibilities!
Exiled from his home planet by a war he can't win Captain Kendrick has to run as fast and as far away as possible until his interstellar fighter craft runs out of fuel. He lands on a large island in the northern hemisphere on a blue marble planet not unlike home. It's Earth, 1600s Japan where he befriends the local shukido (protector), helps them defend against invaders, introduces them to modern technology such as explosive powder and a powerful compound bow. He earns the name "Boomsan". He introduces new concepts to the leader of the local village, the ship builder Duroyko Honashi and falls for his independent daughter Doiyoko. When the Empire seeks out Kendrick his new friends help to defend against them. They learn many things from him, but not as many as he learns from their simple and honorable ways. The adventure has just begun.


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***** Great fun! This book is just a lot of fun! With flavors of Samurai and Steam-punk adding spice, it rocks along from delight to surprise, and all along it is highly satisfying. Oh, on first reading, towards the end I thought maybe it bogged down. But it is the sort of book you want to re-read as soon as you finish it, because it was just so much fun. And I found out I was wrong: the story continues apace, right to the last page. The ending is a pure delight. Don't peek, you won't get it. But I can assure you: it will give you huge satisfaction, and you will be glad you chose to read this book.  ·· William Fletcher

**** ...Overall, this is a entertaining book on many levels... real-life and and science fiction technology... laser fights and battles between uneven forces where the underdog must overcome long odds... strong women who overcome social barriers and can hold their own... a little mystical and technological awesomeness in the main character... humorous situations and camaraderie... more than a sufficient dose in this book to satisfy your funny bones.  ·· Patricia Hamill on Goodreads

***** Exciting - this is the most appropriate word to describe Exile. Author R.L. Kiser put a bit of everything in the story. There is a healthy dose of humor packed into this story. I do appreciate the way it is written in two parts: Kendrick's first arrival and his developing relationship with his new friends in part one; how he copes with his new life years later in part two. I think this approach maintains the good pacing of the story. Simply put, Exile is a stellar work from Kiser, with appealing characters and an absorbing tale.  ·· Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

From the Author

It's hard to say what inspired this novel. What powers the imagination? I like developing characters and for a moment being that other person. This story came into being over a period of time and in stages. It's more than just Science Fiction. It's more about about professionalism, a positive mind set, respect for your fellow man, and chopping them into pieces when they mess with you!

Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480227269
  • Publisher: KiseSoft unInc.; 2 edition (October 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YQC356
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! November 10, 2012
By bildadf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is just a lot of fun! With flavors of Samurai and Steam-punk adding spice, it rocks along from delight to surprise, and all along it is highly satisfying. Oh, on first reading, towards the end I thought maybe it bogged down. But it is the sort of book you want to re-read as soon as you finish it, because it was just so much fun. And I found out I was wrong: the story continues apace, right to the last page.

And the ending is a pure delight. Don't peek, you won't get it. But I can assure you: it will give you huge satisfaction, and you will be glad you chose to read this book.
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Exile is really two complete stories in one, although it isn't broken down that way in the table of contents.

Part I:
Exile begins as Kendrick surveys his new home. Having narrowly escaped the empire who destroyed his own civilization, he's picked an out of the way, undeveloped world where he hopes they won't follow. But his arrival does not go unnoticed. A local lawman, or Shukido, investigates the "meteor" landing site and discovers him. Kendrick becomes friends with these surprisingly civilized natives and proves himself to them early on by helping them deter an invasion force from a local warlord. A rebellious daughter of the local shipbuilder catches his eye and the two hit it off.

But Kendrick worries that those he has come to love will suffer for it when his ship's sensors detect a drone entering Earth's atmosphere. Will it find him? If it does, will he be able to protect his new friends and their way of life from the soulless soldiers of the empire?

Part II:
The second story in the book begins several years later after Kendrick is well settled into his new life. An idle conversation turns into a bet when Kendrick's father-in-law, remembering his youth, bets that his smaller racing boat can beat Kendrick's larger one in a race down the coast and through a particularly nasty stretch of water. Despite reservations, Kendrick agrees.

When the race turns sour, Kendrick and Doiyoko find themselves shipwrecked and have to find their way back to Honashi village by foot. When they run into bandits and a mysterious young woman, things get interesting.

I liked this book, but was surprised when the first part completely wrapped up midway through the book, and the second part picked up years later.
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