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Harmonics: Rise of the Magician (Harmonics Series Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Collin Earl , Chris Snelgrove
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Book Description

Samantha Montgomery of Academy City 676 always dreamed of life outside of school. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for…

A rogue weapons manufacturer, a ruthless killer, and a schoolgirl converge as a weapon so advanced it defies the laws of physics is a mere breath away from being unleashed on the world. Now it’s up to Sam and some unexpected allies to keep it out of the wrong hands or risk loosing everything, and everyone, they hold dear.

A defense contractor on the rampage, an assassin out for blood, and Sam caught in the middle.

When the reality you know ceases to be, can you live with the reality yet to come?

Product Details

  • File Size: 955 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456321412
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SilverStone Books (December 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004F9P8Z4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,316 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Cliffhanger... October 26, 2011
By Aarika
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm somewhat surprised by the great reviews for this book. I picked it up as a Kindle freebie, intrigued by the description, but unfamiliar with the authors or plot. I found myself drawn into the book very quickly and had a hard time putting it down. I couldn't wait to see what happened next, couldn't wait for answers to the MANY questions the characters face. The characters were fairly likable, the writing and editing solid. I really enjoyed it and fully expected to be able to give a great review.


Coming to the apex of the action, the book just ends. Right in the middle of an action packed scene, no warning; it just... ends. No resolution, no answers. Nothing. Just promise of a sequel. Wait, what?? It almost feels like the authors wrote a longer novel, decided to break it into two shorter novels, and just randomly picked a spot to "pause" the story. An unfortunate, frustrating spot to stop.

I wanted to give it 2 stars, but that's not fair. I liked the story, the creative ideas, the writing. I was just so mad at the (non-) ending that I can't give it a great rating. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt because I think the sequel will hold a lot of answers and will be just as entertaining as this was. But if you're going to release a stand-alone novel, I feel that you should at least include SOME resolution by the end. Cliffhangers are fine by me, but this is ridiculous. 2 1/2 stars (but I will probably break down and buy the sequel sooner rather than later).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read... when does the next one come out? July 14, 2011
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished the book in a few days; I honestly found it difficult to put the book down and stop reading. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres and they really nailed a great mid point. There's enough science for it to be "science fiction" without being the "hard science fiction" that would appeal to a narrower audience and just prompt a lot of nerds to call out the authors on physics issues or something similar.
The story line was very engaging and the world they've envisioned, including the political and demographic groups made for a great setting. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and found them fairly fleshed out. I was surprised at several points but it never felt like the authors just tossed in a dues ex machina resolution or hadn't fully planned out the story. I'm looking forward to the next book and the chance to find out more of the main story and how some of the other minor characters play into the big picture.
The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because a few character story lines didn't really make it into the larger story but I am confident they'll fit into the series well and my questions will be answered.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Cliffhanger Ending! September 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yes! When you get to the end, you'll HAVE to buy the next volume!

This is a fascinating and exciting story and you'll WANT to read REVELATIONS!

The authors created an excellent "world" in Rise of the Magician and didn't bore me to death describing it. Instead, I learned of it through the actions and interactions of the characters. I liked the characters (except the ones who were supposed to be hated - yep, they were nasty!)! There were so many things I still wanted to learn about the characters and their world, that I couldn't just let Samantha and Richard ride off into the sunset on that motorcycle and move on to a different story.

The authors are re-editing REVELATIONS and then it will be every bit as good as this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it! You'll like it. April 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There is no sense in lying. I originally read this book because Collin Earl is my cousin. To be honest, before I started reading this book, I was not entirely sure Collin could *read*, much less write.

It just goes to show that truth truly is stranger than fiction. Not only can my cousin write, but he writes exceptionally well. The setting is interesting and believable, the characters are engaging, and the fight at the end was very well done.

The story begins with the miraculous theft of some technology from a top secret government lab, and then spends the rest of the book linking this theft to an unassuming high school girl and her friends. The only downside to this book is that I am curious to know what happens next. I tend to prefer books that wrap things up a bit by the end of a book, even if it is part of a series. This book ends in what appears to be the middle of an harrowing escape, and it leaves the reader with more questions than answers. You would think that Collin would give his family members a break and share some spoilers, but apparently I have to wait for the next book like the rest of you.

On the bright side, he assures me that the next book is in editing right now. So that's something.

I would say more, but it is possible that you do not appreciate spoilers like I do. Let's just say that I am proud of my cousin, and I expect you'll be hearing more about him soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not very often to you find a self-published work that can rival those of the big publishing houses. This book by Collin Earl grabbed my attention from the beginning and the adventure kept going straight through the end. Obviously the first in a series, the book ends with many questions unanswered, but even still, it was a great read.

I will not lie though; it was sometimes difficult to keep track of the multiple story lines. The story of Samantha was the most developed, but the lack of answers with the Professor and the Magician was a bit frustrating. There are large portions that focus on an element known as Harmonicum and "experiments" at MESA but that portion if the story is left much unfinished in the reader's mind. I'm sure book two will shed more light on the matter and provide some closure.

The science in the book was very impressive and well explained. I am by no means a physicist, but I was glad I had some understanding of things like mechanical resonance and string theory for the science to not be completely over my head.

And the world is quite interesting. Earl creates a possible future of the United States and the world that may very well come to pass with collective totalitarian governments complete with technological convergence and the use of the cloud.

I look forward to the sequel and learning what comes next for Samantha and this mysterious silver box she carries.
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