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Genesis of Oblivion Saga - Bk 1 - Farmers & Mercenaries (Paperback Ed) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Named Dragonroots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009
The characters in Farmers & Mercenaries are well-developed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters, and readers easily become invested in the fate of each. The pace of the book is quick and the story lines solid. Readers will turn pages late into the night just to find out what will happen next. With Farmers & Mercenaries, fans of the fantasy genre have another group of characters to get to know and love. I can't wait for the next in the series. --Lindsey Losnedahl - Las Vegas Review Journal
The deeper you read, the more drawn into the story and characters you will become. I am looking forward to more books by Maxwell Alexander Drake and Imagined Interprises, Inc. --Amber Campbell - Fantasy Book Reviewer, Examiner.com
...by the end I was mesmerized so that I could not put it down till I had finished it. Drake does a good job of developing the characters and melding their paths throughout the book. The ending was a good set up for book two so I can hardly wait to see how the story continues. --Antya Gilson - Paper Dragon Ink
About the Author
Currently, he lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two sons.
Find out more about him on his official website @ maxwellalexanderdrake.com.
More About the Author
He teaches Creative Writing all around the country at schools, libraries, writers' conferences and fan events such as Comic-Con International in San Diego, Gen-Con in Indianapolis and Origins Game Fair in Columbus GA.
His first novel, Farmers & Mercenaries - Book One of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga, was released in June of 2009 and won both a 2009 Moonbeam Young Adult Fantasy Award for Excellence in Literature, as well as being named Dragon Roots Magazine's Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009.
Book two of this saga, Mortals & Deities, was released in September 2010 to an ever-growing fan base. It has received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans alike. It also won a 2011 Moonbeam Young Adult Fantasy Award for Excellence in Literature.
Book three of this series, Dreams & Nightmares, is scheduled for release in April of 2012.
The Way of the Lion - A Genesis of Oblivion Saga Short, was published in the 2010 Dragon Root Magazine's Gen-Con author's collection Missing Pieces and took their Editor's Choice Award. The Path of Rebirth - A Genesis of Oblivion Saga Short, was published in the 2011 Dragon Root's Magazine's Gen-Con author's collection Missing Pieces II and took their Editor's Choice Award once more.
These short story collections, as well as the Genesis of Oblivion Saga, are available worldwide in four print versions, four digital versions and two audio versions. It can be found at many fine retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon. You can also order it directly from the publisher at www.shop.imaginedinterprises.com.
You can read the first five chapter of this series for free at the official website, www.genesisofoblivion.com.
The following is a list of Professional and Fan reviews for the Genesis of Oblivion Saga.
The Las Vegas Review Journals reviews: http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/booknook/Farmers__Mercenaries_just_the_beginning.html
Ranting Dragon Reviews:
The Examiner's review:
Paper Dragon's review (warning, this is a seven megabyte PDF file)
The series hold a 4.9 out of 5 starts on Amazon.com:
Kaboom! The end of life on Earth... a comedy is a sci-fi comedy musical written by Drake that was purchased and funded in 2011. Rehersals for this production are scheduled to start in April of 2012 with an expected opening in July.
Aeonian Legends: Immortal Bloodlines is a Graphic Novel being released at Comic-Con 2012. A nine-page promo of this project can be seen on several art and comic websites such as Deviantart.com, or you can view it on Drake's official website, www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com. It is one of three collaborative projects Drake is working on with award-winning artist Cyril van der Haegen. In addition to more installments of this series, the two are also working on a satirical fairy-tale illustrated novel and a Cthulhu zombie western graphic novel series titled Dead Ned: A Wild Undead West Adventure.
Dead Ned: A Wild Undead West Adventure is a Graphic Novel being released at Comic-Con 2012. A four-page promo of this project can be seen on several art and comic websites such as Deviantart.com, or you can view it on Drake's official website, www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com. It is one of three collaborative projects Drake is working on with award-winning artist Cyril van der Haegen. In addition to more installments of this series, the two are also working on a satirical fairy-tale illustrated novel and a historical super-hero graphic novel series titled Aeonian Legends: Immortal Bloodlines.
As if his professional projects do not keep him busy enough, he teaches creative writing classes at writers' conferences around the country, fan events and for the Clark County Library District in Las Vegas. You can learn more about his writing lessons, as well as keep up to date on his upcoming projects at his official website, www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com.
Currently, Drake lives in Las Vegas with his wife, who is the Joy in his life, and his two sons, who are more than worth "paying what needs be paid."
Top Customer Reviews
Mary Gibson KS
The story isn't bad. It's a little cliche, and uses a lot of annoying fantasy tropes such as names with too many unnecessary apostrophes, women who are always beautiful and often royalty, falling in love with the broke, naive main character who inevitably has an incredibly rare magical talent. The language can be very stilted and not flow very easily. For all that, the elements of the story are interesting and the plot is going somewhere.
However, the guy who edited this book needs to be fired. This book (and I have the paper copy) is filled with spelling errors: it's instead of its, sparing instead of sparring, spurning instead of spurring, just lots of typos where a similarly and correctly spelled word is mistakenly used. Note to future editors: it isn't enough to just use Microsoft Word's spellcheck and look for the red wavy line. You actually have to make sure the words are used correctly in context. One typo in the entire book could be an amusing red herring. Two, forgivable, but I've seen over a dozen so far and I haven't even finished it yet. Very unprofessional job.
I've read a lot of really great fantasy. This isn't it. It's okay fantasy. It has potential. It will entertain you for a few hours. But there's nothing to separate it from other fantasy and there are a lot of far better novels out there. If you can't find this on sale, then I can't recommend paying full price.
I read alot but not usually much in the way of fantasy. It took me a few chapters to get a 'feel' for the world in which I found myself traveling through and then the "essence" of the book captured my imagination and I was enthralled with the rich environment MAD has created.
I may not become a committed fantasy reader, but I am now surely a Maxwell Alexander Drake fan. The major problem with reading this book is having to wait another five years to complete my Genesis of Oblivion journey. John P.
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