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Heirs of Prophecy (The Prophecies Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Rothman's language and description are precise and well-tuned to an adolescent readership...a fair, heroic fantasy for the school-age demographic."
                       - Kirkus Reviews

"There is a sweetness and light to this novel that often seems missing in modern fantasy. I think that a wise reader will recognize that this is something the world needs, and has been waiting for."
                       - David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author

"Let me say, before anything else, that Michael A. Rothman can most definitely tell a story! The Riverton family is one of the sweetest groups of people that I've ever met. Aaron, Ryan and their parents face a lot in this book, but they deal with it as a family. If you're looking for a wholesome read that will still draw in your young reader, this is it!"
                       - Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"Heirs of  Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is the perfect read for young readers who  enjoyed reading other series by authors like Christopher Paolini and Brandon Mull."
                       - There's A Book

"As an educator with a love for children and adolescent books, I found myself very interested in this book. There are so very few books that both adults and adolescents can enjoy and relate to. I'm glad to say this book is one of those few books."
                       - Barbara Greenwald, Retired NYC Elementary School Teacher

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  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: M & S Publishing, L.L.C.; 3 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MW34X4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael A. Rothman - Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.

I am an Army brat, a polyglot, and the first person in my family born in the United States. That being said, I was raised in a household whose patriarch (my grandfather) was a WWII refugee. As a child, he found himself running from Nazi occupation in his native Hungary, leaving behind death destruction and a life that was no longer his. I grew up learning the life lesson that said, "Never assume you'll be given anything. Work hard. Be humble. Tolerate no excuses."

Let's see - a little bit more about me.

Growing up: Given my first-born American status, I grew up with English as my third language. What most people don't realize is that when you learn a variety of languages, you tend to figure out that some words in non-English languages are actually words in English too, but most people don't use them often in dialog. Example? How about "culpable" - which in Spanish means a person who is to blame. Guess what? It means exactly the same damned thing in English too.

As a child, I always had an active imagination and would continuously drive my family crazy with a myriad of "what if" questions. After a while, they shoved me at the local public library and that's when I was finally introduced to the world of books, and more specifically, science fiction and fantasy novels. My earliest influences were J.R.R. Tolkien's classics as well as those of Isaac Asimov. Titles such as these tickled my imagination both as a child and into adulthood.

It shouldn't be a big surprise that during school, my English teachers found me problematic at times. Sure my vocabulary was great and so was my spelling, but I didn't put much value in anything creative. After all, I grew up in a very hard-nosed [practicality is of the utmost importance] household. I knew I was either going to be a physician or an engineer, and creative writing was never even on my radar. Given my lack of focus when it came to creative writing, my English teachers delighted in flooding my half-hearted attempts at creative essays with red ink.

I can guarantee you that if any of those teachers knew I was writing books, they'd faint or laugh hysterically.

As an adult: I've been privileged enough to have traveled throughout the world and let's suffice it to say that I've been a practicing engineer since the late 1980's. I never practiced any kind of creative writing, however I've been a prolific inventor and have 100's of patents. In retrospect, I can see how I'd been using my creativity in practical ways and even though I never exercised creative writing per se, I'd been exercising a different kind of writing with all of those patent disclosures. [I'll note that even though my technical writing and my eventual creative writing were both done in English, that's where their similarities ended. Eventually, I learned the difference between the two.]

And then I had kids.

As soon as they were old enough, I began to create stories off the top of my head for bedtime. Both of my kids would ask me to continue the previous story from where I'd left off and inevitably ask what happened next. Lo and behold, they too began asking me many of the "what if" questions that naturally had come to me as a child.

To save myself a huge amount of grief (and to help me keep the story consistent) I began to write some of those stories down-at times writing the next week or month's worth of the story.

Little did I realize that years later I'd find myself exercising that wild imagination and start writing down the answers to lots of "what if" questions in the form of my first book.

And after lots of gnashing of teeth and learning of craft, holy cow - eventually, someone wanted to pay me to do it. How did THAT happen?

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I also lurk at the following social media portals:

Twitter - @MichaelARothman
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MichaelARothman
Blog - http://www.michaelarothman.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Owl on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ok I'll be honest. When I first got this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. And when I first started reading it I still wasn't sure. I really kept waiting for something to happen to the parents or for their to be a huge divide between them and when it didn't happen I was kinda left lost! Stupid I know but it does show what my expectations are for middle grade lit sometimes! But once I started to get further into the story I really started to enjoy it!!

As the story starts out there are several strands of events happening separate from each other. At first I struggled keeping them all in order in my mind, but that didn't last long. Immediately my mind was working on figuring out how all these strands would start to come together in the story and how they could affect each other. I was cool to actually watch it play out. And by the end they seamlessly came together as a full story. I'm always amazed when authors can pull that off!

Ok about the plot. I loved the concept of a family being transported to a time and place they didn't know. Haven't we all thought of that happening??? Especially to a land where magic is real!! And how this played out was good. I did thought, think they adjusted a bit too quickly. I think for most of us we'd be a bit more freaked out. They just accepted it and jumped right in. I could put this aside and just enjoy the story. As the story came to a head with all the strands of stories coming together, the action was great and I was fully engaged. I really wanted to see how this family worked together to succeed! There were also times that there was great detail in how things like the smithwork was done that I wasn't interested in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alisan on April 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found the story quite good in some ways and read to the end to give it a fair chance. Rothman has some interesting ideas. As is often the case, a good editor would have eliminated distracting typos and overuse of certain words - eg people tend to 'smirk' a lot and 'bounce' a lot.
I had planned fo give the book to my 13 yo to read but a few veiled sexual references, the dad accidentally killing a boy in anger, and the rather gory fight near the end, plus a growing darkness and evil makes me wonder where the sequel will go.
The two boys are very soon acting unlike 12 and 14. Again, a good editor could have helped with continuity ... Perhaps Rothman was just eager to get them ready for his skirmish scenes.
I think the good guys are rather too 'perfect' - even the cat.
We are told there are epic battle scenes coming so I am sure fantasy fans of this genre will enjoy the book and the things which have disappointed me probably won't be an issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BooksAreMagic on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
*** A complimentary copy of this novel was given to me by the author for review purposes. ***

The beautiful family of Rivertons - Dad Jared, Mom Aubrey and sons Ryan and Aaron - had planned to enjoy their summer vacation in Arizona (their father's 'surprise' place to the family). When they were camping in Arizona, by some unexpected accident that none of them understands, they land in a strange land called Trimoria. As soon as the family arrives there, they each seem to have gained some magical powers, which they didn't yet realize. Soon, they were given shelter by the town's Protector, Throll, in his house. Throll and his family become very close to the Rivertons.

In between all this, there is a evil Wizard, Azazel, who has been living in Trimoria for five centuries and have killed all the wizards, as soon as they are born. If Azazel knows about the Rivertons' magical powers, will they be Azazel's next target? Oh yeah, to make it even better, there is also a prophecy concerning the Rivertons family. According to the prophecy, the boys Ryan and Aaron, will bring all the magical population together and beat the evil out of the land. How is this going to be possible, when there is such a grave danger ahead?

A middle-grade fresh and simple fantasy read! There is nothing special about this book, but that's what makes it feel good. Its simple and light, just ready to be enjoyed by children.

It was fun reading the snippets in the title of each chapter about how a major character felt about their life at that time. It was new and I was looking forward to read them, everytime I start with a new chapter.

The only problem I had with this novel was, it became predictable after some time. But, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the novel..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Riverton's are your typical family. Brother's Ryan age fourteen and Aaron 12 are excited but curious about the two month vacation that their dad Jared has planned for them. The one thing they do know is that there cat Silver will be going along with them. When they finally arrive at their destination, in Arizona, their mother Aubrey is less than excited to learn that the first part of their vacation is going to be spent camping and exploring caves. Their vacation quickly shifts when something strange happens that has them landing in another world, called Trimoria. The family quickly learns that they have special powers in this strange new land, and it's a good thing they do because there is an evil wizard who wants to get rid of them.
"Heirs Of Prophecy" was a book that I just couldn't put down. I found myself immediately pulled into the lives of the Riverton's and couldn't wait to see what adventures awaited them. I really enjoyed the family feel of this story,and thought the characters of Aaron and Ryan were great.Sure there was some sibling rivalry between the two but for me that really made the story seem more realistic. The authors descriptions really captured my imagination, allowing me to visualize the scenes he was describing. I could easily envision and got a bit of a chuckle at Silver the cat being super-sized!

Overall, a very well written story, where the plot not only moves along at a fast pace, but provides enough action to keep it interesting made this book a very quick read. A good clean read, geared toward tweens, and teens but with enough appeal that anyone who enjoys fantasy will certainly enjoy it as well. A wonderful first book in what promises to be an exciting new series. Highly recommended!
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