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Genesis of Oblivion Saga - Bk 1 - Farmers & Mercenaries (Paperback Ed) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2010

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2009 Moonbeam Fantasy Award Winner for Excellence in Literature

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

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Maxwell Alexander Drake or Drake as is known to friends and fans alike has been writing fantasy for over 28 years.

Currently, he lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two sons.

Find out more about him on his official website @ maxwellalexanderdrake.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Imagined Interprises, Inc.; Mass Market Paperback 1st Edition edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981954820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981954820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,698,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I see that the editor has his own link on Amazon. I wonder if I could complain to him directly?

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.
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I loved this book, it is refreshing to read a book where it starts you right into the story. At times I had to put the book down, and blink a couple of times to make sure I was in the real world. It immerses you with the characters and their feelings and struggles. Can't wait until book Two.

Mary Gibson KS
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I loved this book. The action was fast paced, with shorter chapters, which really keeps you on the edge of your seat. I also liked that each chapter focused on one main characters' viewpoint, which was listed in the Table of Contents. This makes things easier to read and helps to keep the readers mind on track, much as Martin does in his Song of Ice And Fire series.

I've heard this is the beginning of a 6 book series, and that makes sense, because this book is a lot of setup. In a good way, though - I love fantasy novels, in particular the world-building aspect of epic series, and this one did not disappoint. Original, novel races (besides human, no elves and dwarves here), mysterious keepers of knowledge, danger and intrigue, the whole bit, are all in these pages. I read through this one as fast as I could to see what was going to happen to the main characters (whom were so well developed that I began to care about their plight), and it was worth it! Things were left such that I can not wait to read the next one!
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There are very few novels in the fantasy genre that make you think, wow, thats different, Farmers and Mercenaries fits this bill. To often in this genre, authors lean on established races and cultures with a tweak here or a twist there. Drake does an outstanding job of developing both believable human characters, but more importantly, he takes a risk by creating unique non-human characters that do not fit the standard profile, characters that do not seem like "humans with fur", and frankly, the reader reaps the reward! There is a visceral, raw feel that one feels while reading about beast Klain, and there is a cold, alien aura around the ancient Elmorians that is developed through the eyes of the other characters in the book. All in all Drake expertly develops his world, its people and his plot in such a way that leads the reader to want to turn the next page. I eagerly await the next volume in this saga!
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I am an unabashed Fantasy junkie. I love great epic fantasy; it is by far my favorite Genre, when done well. Sadly it hasn't been done well by a new author in a long, long time. In a market full of old favorites and dull imitators Drake emerges as a fresh new voice with a great new world and series. His characters are well developed, his world rich and detailed and the plot intriguing and exciting. I cannot describe to you my joy at finally finding a new fantasy author who has the talent and storytelling ability of the old masters without being forced to copy their work. I loved this book and I can't wait for the next book in the series. You need to start reading this series now, because I guarantee you will be re-reading it for years.
Lystra Pitts
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Format: Kindle Edition
NOTE: This review is NOT for the Kindle version, but for the epub/pdf version Drake has available for back of room sales during his seminars. I posted my review here since this is most similar to the product I got.

On the technical side: the e-book came in a very nice DVD case that contained the awesome cover art and back of book blurb on the back so even though it's an electronic media, it can still be displayed on my bookshelf. The CD inside came with an epub and pdf version plus a bonus short story in both pdf and audiobook formats. The epub ran beautifully on my Aluratek Libre without any glitches or hangups. One race in the book also speaks in a scripted font which also displayed properly for me everytime (more on this later).

Onto the story: Drake gives us a nice ensemble of characters to travel with, all with their own strengths and pitfalls. It's minor, but I really appreciated that Drake crafted his own time and measuring system to give the world more authenticity as its own universe. Fantasy veterans and newcomers alike will appreciate a more mundane world (think Feist's Riftwar universe) where every page doesn't have magic missle spells and purple robed wizards. That way, when the extraordinay does happen, it's that much more special. Magic is too often used as a deus ex machina in the fantasy universe and thankfully, this story did not go there.

I mentioned above that a certain race uses a scripted font to talk in their own language. When I first read about this, I thought, "Well that's kinda childish," but when you see it in action, it was absolutely necessary as it came during a portion of the book where things were getting fast paced and intense.
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