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Giants (Lost Civilizations: 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
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  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UHVVBC
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You can visit Vaughn at www.vaughnheppner.com

I was born in Canada and remember as a small boy crawling in my snow-fort. I closed my eyes, and when I tried to open them, they were frozen shut. I didn't panic, but wiped away the ice crystals, unglued my eyes and kept on building my tunnel. Those were great days! I moved to Central California before seventh grade and couldn't believe I lived in a land where oranges grew on trees and you could pick grapes from the vine.

I used to wonder what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of work specifically. I was miserable not knowing and bordering on desperate. Then one day a friend gave me his typewriter. I began working on a novel. A different person told me it was much easier on a computer, so I bought one and began getting up at 4:30 A.M. each morning before work, writing for three hours. My eyes were unglued once again as the pang of misery left my gut. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: write. So now that's what I do, I write, and write, and write, and I love it.

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By Jeff on September 16, 2010
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This is the third book by this author I have purchased. Do not judge the quality by the bad covers. This author is very good. I am surprised that the brick and mortar publishers let this author go. Assuming the quality continues to hold, I expect to read all of his books. This is more of a fantasy book rather than hard SF which I prefer, but the author talent makes it well worth reading.

I am still a little surprised at the high quality for an e-book only and am waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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OK...first the good. This isn't a bad story, and the concept behind this book is very intriguing. I think that the author is creative and very imaginative, and my wife and I considered this a pretty fun read.
Now, the negative. I'm not a snob when it comes to writing, and I'm under no illusion that I could do any better, but sometimes this book was just hard to read. The writing just didn't flow, the word choices were occasionally very odd, and the character development wasn't what I hoped.

Overall, this is a great concept that feels anticlimactic in the execution. When we finished this book, we debated whether we should buy the second book and ultimately decided that we really didn't feel like reading anymore, at least for now. Maybe we will come back to it later, but we just aren't compelled by the writing.
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By Videogamer on January 12, 2011
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Awesome story about the humans and the Nephilim before the great Flood. I hope the author continues writing this saga as well as the Lod saga. Highly recommended!
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I stumbled upon this series while at the airport. I saw it as an easy investment, because there are giants, sabertooth's, evil angels, mythical characters, it all takes place in BC times and it was only $0.99, how could you beat that!?
At first, I felt that it was just an easy read with open characters and a simple plot, but totally worth the price that was paid, but after delving deeper into the book, I became very interested in what would happen next. Suffice it to say, I ending up quickly killing the entire series of seven books in less than a week.
Vaughn is a unique writer, builds the character well, doesn't spend too much time on useless details which I appreciate(*the wind made the leaves flutter and dance with a sensuousness of a monkey farting*)and at the end of the series, asked us, the readers, how we would like the series to continue.
I can't say that I am interested in reading any of his other books about space, but I really did enjoy his Lost Civilizations Series!
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having bought an iPad because it supports "Kindle", I started looking in the Kindle store and almost immediately I discovered the books by mister Vaughn Heppner.These books and especially Giants and the "Lost Civilizations series" remind me very much of the late Robert Ervin Howard whose almost every letter I have read in the past. The writing is excellent, not to say brilliant, mr Heppner knows his trade and is a master in building up suspense. Now and then I have to put the iPad away for some minutes because I cannot stand the tension any longer. but after some minutes I restart reading and enjoying! thank you so much mister Heppner! I hope you will write a lot more of these wonderful books!
Chris Weststrate
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The unfolding story makes for a good read, but the antedeluvian time span in this story far exceeds that in the Bible, i.e., about 1,100 years. At least that is the impression I get. Also, the climate described in this story does not seem to fit with what probably existed before the flood, which would most likely have been moderate.

The description of the Shining Ones, the Bene Elohim, the first born, and the Nephilim were all plausible, as were the tablecloths and pterodactyls.

A great series in the making, even if falling short in a few details.
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The idea for the story is great. Christian creation written as fiction about a race of people that almost nothing is known about. I went into this really hoping for something better than I got...

The biggest problem I had? I would be reading and, honestly, get so bored with it that I forgot what I was reading about. Don't let the sample fool you. The opening scene is pretty good and will hook you. It just drops off the cliff from there. (No pun intended)

I read a later writing from Heppner titled Sword of Carthage and I can honestly say that his writing does get better.
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On this first volume of a series I am eager to get into.
The writing is a bit erratic as is the story line. The story is told in bursts, giving us the feeling that we are not reading it, but
Iistening to it, around a fire, as told by a clan elder or a shaman. It feels more told, than read, and told in an 'ancient' mode

I cannot put it in another way; it was the way I absorbed this book.

If it was Vaughn Heppner's intention, it was superbly achieved; if.....

I will, as a matter of course, read the next books in the series. Who knows, I might add some stars.
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