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Hero's Curse (The Paladin Files Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack J. Lee
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Book Description

I’ve got no choice but to warn you. Read further, the truth will be revealed and it will enslave you. You don’t want to know how the Universe works. I know I didn’t.

I don’t care who you are or what you believe—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Atheist, anything and everything. You’re all wrong.

The following is a story of my life after I got drafted by God to fight the minions of darkness. Jehovah of the Holy Bible exists and holy warriors are needed to defend us.

If you’re wise, you’ll set this book down now and walk away. Keep your illusions; they won’t hurt you. Learn too much, open the door that is better left closed, and you’ll be fighting by my side.

Victor Paladin
Servant of the Lord

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Happy Water; version 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RD0WAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,890 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would make a great graphic novel January 5, 2012
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If you're a fan of Jack J. Lee's previous two books, you will love Hero's Curse. Unlike his Sustainable Earth series, Hero's Curse is told from only one view point. It doesn't have zombies, vampires, and aliens. But to make up for it, this book has elves, trolls, and angels. As usual his fight scenes are awesome.

Victor Paladin is an atheist who is drafted by God to protect Earth. He doesn't want to believe in God but God definitely believes in him. The poor guy never gets a chance to relax. There's always something trying to kill him.

Most fictional depictions of Jehovah are on the extremes--totally pro-Christian or totally anti. Jack seems to out of his way to offend both radical fundamentalists and rabid atheists. Everyone else will probably laugh at his irreverent take on God and Religion.
If you want to read an adventure story with non-stop action that also makes you think, read this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable March 15, 2012
By ilbob
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I have to say I really enjoyed the book. The author came up with a world that is a mixture of magic, science, religion and technology that has no business working, but for whatever reason it does.

Best of all, I got it for free!

The gist of the story is that the god of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims actually does exist. But not quite the way any of those religions view him.

Magic also exists, and so do all the various deities humans have worshiped over the years.

There is a bit of a cold war going on between Jehovah and the various other deities, and humans have been recruited to be the proxies of Jehovah.

Lots of neat magical weapons and some non-magical ones as well.

A intriguing glimpse into the machinations of Jehovah's bureaucracy.

An incredibly imaginative book.

If you take religion, especially Christianity seriously, you should stay away from this book. It will aggravate you.

It appears to me that the end of the book is a bit of a setup for a sequel.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home run. February 19, 2012
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I am a fan of Mr. Lee's previous kindle books in the Sustained Earth series. I was actually a little bummed out that he wasn't continuing that series and writing this instead... but he did not disappoint.

As a self proclaimed nerd growing up, I'd say this brings together my Dungeons and Dragons days, my military service, life on a Harley, and my agnostic views on life all in one book. There are a lot of specifics in science and weapons that are a bit too much at times and if I could, I'd give the book a 4.5 over all. At about 75% through, the book really changed pace and slowed down and moved away from a lot of what was happening in the first part of the story. This slow down seemed to be actually a build up for a curve ball of an ending.

The level of imagination in this story is incredible. The research on religion, science, and technical detail was remarkable. As always with a story from Mr. Lee I am left wanting more and can't wait for his next book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad September 17, 2012
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A kindle freebie, if I was rating based on price, free, then I'd give it 5 stars. A good enjoyable read interesting story good action engaging characters. Usually the whole religion angle would be big red flag for me and I wouldn't bother, but this was well written engaging humorous and I would read a sequel. Not quite 4 stars where I'd be eagerly awaiting the next installment, but good enough to keep me interested and curious about what might happen in future installments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not as good as I was expecting August 25, 2013
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I bought this book after reading the Soul Survivors series by this author. This book was not any where near as good as that series. I'm glad I read the other books first because I absolutely loved them. If I would have read this one first I wouldn't have followed up on the authors other stuff.

Fortunately he's come a long ways since this book was written. So I still recommend Jack Lee, I just didn't enjoy this particular book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great, if Overly Technical, Rad April 21, 2012
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There were some things I did not understand about this book. The numerous instances of debating this gun over that one, these caliber bullets versus those, and the author's choices regarding some of the characters he created in this book.

I did not mind the obvious deviation from established religious tales and the reinvention of said tales though. I loved the whole Paladin-from-a-N'er-Do-Well story. The main character retained his consistency regarding his "previous job history" throughout the book.

It does, in places, strongly bring to mind Harry Dresden of the Dresden Files. So if you like those books you may like this one, although, I personally think that The Dresden Files are better written.

I have to hand it the author, this book is pretty good for being the first novel in a yet to be completed series. Mr. Lee is currently writing book 2, Mythic Hero, of this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 8, 2013
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This was a strange book. It had some interesting elements but was tragically flawed. It attempted to recast the vast Judeo-Christian-Muslim religious universe into a multiverse which includes Norse mythology and quantum physics. Ultimately, it stretched too far.

Still, it was mostly enjoyable until the closing chapters which were abrupt, anti-climactic, and extremely disappointing. I'm glad I didn't pay for this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this! Looking forward to the next one. x
Published 19 days ago by Carly
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
Interesting twist on religion. Good character development and dialogue. A couple of times I thought, “This is getting silly”, then the author manages to reel in back in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wayne D
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic tale of good and evil brought down to the street (or maybe alley)...
First, the writing was good and smooth. It flowed naturally and kept the reader (me) engaged with no struggling passages from one scene to another that I can recall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Galloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try, its okay.
Its not bad, the action was good. I'm glad I read it.
Published 5 months ago by Grcoeeg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Good read. Excellent concept. Enjoyed the writing. Am a follower of Lee now.
Published 5 months ago by Tex
5.0 out of 5 stars GreAt but F up ed
Great action, good take on the gods and GOD but really really f uped on treating the H.E.R.O. com on man their is no way you can call soul mate and expect someone to ignore that.
Published 6 months ago by Goody
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fast read, interesting
Published 7 months ago by DeanW
3.0 out of 5 stars Hero's curse
Nice not great. Definitely an original concept. Really enjoyed that. A bit high on the unbelievable scale for me. Worth a try though.
Published 7 months ago by Les Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 7 months ago by mark kruger
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a fantastic book, the blending of fantasy with modern times is something not frequently found in a lot of books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jason Simmons
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