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A Genie in the House of Saud: Zubis Rises Paperback – June 18, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (June 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419697390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419697395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,075,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kellyann Zuzulo writes fiction about genies. Her combination of research and personal experience (ask her about that one time the genie set fire to her Kindle) bring the world of the jinn to life.

THE GENIE IGNITES, a paranormal romance novel, is Book One of the Zubis Chronicles from Boroughs Publishing Group and is a finalist in the 2013 Abalone Awards, which recognizes "Outstanding Ethno-Cultural Romance." Book two, THE GENIE SMOLDERS, will be released in Spring 2013. Her paranormal romance series, 101 Nights, starts with TO HAVE AND TO HOLD and will tell the story in five installments of a beautiful genie trapped in the wild suburbs of New Jersey.

Kellyann's first novel, A GENIE IN THE HOUSE OF SAUD: ZUBIS RISES, was a winner in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kellyann contributed the story STAR LIGHT, BLOOD BRIGHT to the anthology SEVEN SOULS A LEAPING, which was selected by Joyfully Reviewed as one of the best of 2011.

Kellyann is a member of the Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Backspace Writers Group, and a regular contributor to The Pop Culture Divas blog. A former journalist, Kellyann lives on the East Coast with her husband, three children, and two jaunty terriers, Djin-Djin and Dixie.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen D'Auria on June 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book combines mystery, cultures, and the magic of a genie into a suspenseful adventure. Current day Bethany O'Brien is trying to get on with life in Washington D.C., but finds herself in the middle of a situation that is complicated and strangely familiar. This book reminds me of The Da Vinci Code, as it travels between times, cultures, and ancient codes as Bethany tries to understand what is happening and figure out her next step. You won't be able to put this book down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Miccio on June 26, 2008
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A modern-day magic carpet ride through a mystical, ancient world where genies live and good still versus evil! Bethany O'Brien, a Washington D.C. rising star, navigates a spiritual and geographical path to get answers to some very unusual twists and turns in her life. "Genie" is a wonderful, thrilling read...More, please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Miccio on January 12, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic odyssey about an unsuspecting young woman whose life is completely transformed by a seductive genie! The historical references and research done by the author is amazing. "Genie" is unlike anything I've ever read and I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique thriller with lots of twists and turns!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Bierach on July 22, 2008
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It's a provoking thought wrapped up in a captivating adventure. Bethany
O' Brien is a modern, American woman intent on her career,getting ahead, helping out where she can, and enjoying time with friends.Familiar? Sure. What about a simmering memory of an ancient connection to a vengeful but
devastatingly appealing genie named Zubis? Not so familiar. But this is the scenario Bethany must contend with as everyting that is safe and know in her world is upended.

Turns out, Bethany was once the Asima Uruk, a priestess loyal to King Solomon and apprenticed to the djinn(genies), who once existed side-by-side with humans. There was an uprising; the Asima Uruk was murdered;
Zubis cast his lot with the condemned djinn. Three millennia later and he's got a genie-sized grudge. When one more wish frees him, he's going to settle some scores. And everybody wants that wish: the Saudis for world domination; the U.S.to control oil; the Israelis for security;
the Brits for influence. Bethany is the only person who can prevent the final wish, but why should she. She struggles with her vision of her own identity, her obligations, and what she ultimately believes. Meanwhile, Zubis enters her consciousness, and not to be a spolier, but there's a sizzling shower scene where it's more than just consciousness undergoing some upheavel.

The writing drew me in to the point where I was thinking that something like this could actually happen. The characters are believable and the location descriptions make you feel like you're there: Washington, London,
Italy, Egypt and Saudia Arabia. Best of all is the action and tension between Bethany and Zubis. Can't wait for the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lia W. Park on July 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
K.F. Zuzulo has done the work for us. She has researched and synthesized for pleasurable consumption thousands of years of complex history from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Middle Eastern cultures as we know them today. Using the familiar image of a genie hovering expectantly above his vessel of imprisonment, she guides us through the less familiar territory of the man's interaction with smokeless spirits and with spiritual heros shared by the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

Bethany O'Brien, a smart, young American journalist, steps into a role on the world stage that belies her years, her beliefs and her consciousness. Fortified by the teaching of Sister Marie from her early years in the orphanage, Bethany is uniquely suited to unite faiths and link supernatural forces to the human world.

The characters are rich and deeply rooted in religious and mythical lore. The story is sophisticated and relevant. Even the freedom and wealth of the modern Saudi State are put into perspective with the discovery of oil imposing the "shackles of prosperity."

The intrigue and sultry interactions of Bethany and Zubis, a djinn who haunts her dreams and seeks to lead her astray, keep us hooked. The reader is left needing more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Imran Abdul on January 12, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
Came across this book by chance, to my advantage. It's a real winner. It's got something of everything in it and it's really well written. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brookereviews on January 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Zubis Rises is an interesting and unique tale. The characters all have phenomenal chemistry, and the journey they embark on to save the world is exciting. The story being set in the Middle East gave this book a very different cultural vibe, and I'm sure the amount of research that goes into writing a story like this is huge! I really enjoyed the mystique in the beginning of the story, but towards the middle it kind of faded out for me. It definitely picked back up in the end when everything came to a head and made for a great finale. Overall I enjoyed Zubis Rises a lot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen T. on August 6, 2008
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Which do you prefer? A nonstop thriller you can't put down or beautifully-written literature with eloquent prose and rich language? Well, look no further! You get it all in Zubis Rises!! The main character, Bethany O'Brien, starts out as a journalist but it turns out she is actually the "Asima Uruk" whose role it is to destroy a genie named Zubis! Sounds unbelievable?! Well--Bethany would agree!!! That's what makes this story so believable! Bethany has no idea what she's in for! And neither do you...until you read Zubis Rises!! You're going to LOVE this book!!
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