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In Search of the Legendary Phineas Ray [Kindle Edition]

Dan C. Rinnert
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's as if Phineas Ray never existed. It's as though the most famous athlete ever known was never born. Enter Rick Fieldman, who seeks to unravel the mystery in this comically absurd sci-fi adventure.

Rick's dying grandfather seems to be the only one who remembers Phineas Ray, so Rick sets out on a quest to discover the surprising truth about the legendary baseball player. Along the way he meets an axe-wielding store owner, a shady merchant who lives with the ghost of his dead wife, a holy man who lives in a hedonistic mansion, and many other colorful characters in his ludicrous adventure through his small town.

Come along for the ride as Rick dodges an assassin, survives a zombie outbreak, and gets carried away by imaginary flying monkeys. And once you get past the dancing gnome and the talking fish, you'll discover the shocking truth about why no one (not even you) remembers the baseball player or the zombies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QIYGT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Strange, but good. May 10, 2012
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I bought this book on a whim. I don't often purchase books by authors I don't know unless the premise of the story sounds amazing to me. In this case, I just kind of threw caution to the wind. I have no regrets, I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting nonsense and got a plot that, while straying to some very very bizarre places, doesn't fall to the wayside as often as a lot of authors allow. The characters that are supposed to be likable are likable and most other characters are completely nuts. Which is fantastic, considering the strange nature of most of them.

If there was one main criticism I would give the author, it's that this novel consistently made me think of Douglas Adams. If I could figure out why it did, then I might have given this book four stars, but it's mostly in the sense of humor. The author, Dan C. Rinnert, very much has his own unique voice.

In short, read it, it's four dollars and will probably make you laugh at least a few times if you've got any humor in you at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is AWESOME November 17, 2012
By RH Hope
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I too purchased this on a whim. And when I saw it had something about a baseball player, I was thinking it would probably be a "meh" book, just something to fill a few hours.

Bzzt, wrong. This... was... awesome. Within the first few pages you're hooked just because the author brings such a fresh voice to his narrator. If you don't believe this, download the Kindle sample to see for yourself.

But you know what? Save yourself some time. Skip the sample and just buy the damn book. The admission is cheap, but the ride is unpredictable, funny and oddly mesmerizing, mainly because of the oddly mesmerizing nutjobs that are sprinkled throughout the entire book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant if strange ride... October 6, 2012
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Mr. Rinnert starts innocuously enough with a baseball player.
It's a quiet beginning to a novel that leads us gently into a landscape that veers ever further from the norm, which doesn't seem to really bother anyone at the time. There are more government intrigues than a Ludlum novel, a body count to equal any Cohen brothers flick, alien ships, counterfeit baseball memorabilia, zombies on TV - and all without making the story seem overblown.
Deftly handled and slickly written, Mr. Rinnert's first novel charms. Recommended.
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More About the Author

The pleasant summer day passed by too quickly, not unlike any other pleasant summer day that ends far too soon, except this time the group sat indoors in a small dining room with a large bay window open, allowing the evening summer breeze to flow through. Isaac Newton shared his story of how he discovered gravity on that fateful day he found himself sitting beneath a tree and an apple fell, hitting him on the head.

"But Isaac," I said, "how do you know someone didn't throw that apple at your head?"

I learned an important lesson that day--that people can get rather testy when you challenge their personal narratives.

Which is precisely why I don't like to do an author bio for what if you were to accuse me of just making things up? I would be rather annoyed with your impertinent questioning of my story. But, by not having an author bio, we can avoid all that unpleasantness.

You're welcome.


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