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Indentured (The Mystic Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott McElhaney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this first installment of the Mystic Saga, McElhaney’s critically acclaimed serial of science-fiction suspense, we meet Declan Stringfellow ~ a man single-handedly taking out his revenge on the organized crime ring in Richland. The cards seem to be dealt in his favor until a car accident lands him in the hospital.

But don’t close your eyes for a second…

In the blink of an eye, he goes from being in a hospital MRI scanner to being aboard a Colonial Establishment Cruiser 300 years in the future. He wakes up in a different body, and it’s the identical body as 21 other people who all find themselves equally as confused.

How did they all get here and where are they going?

The Mystic Saga in order:
Or if you want to buy all FIVE installments at a discount, you can purchase the Mystic Saga Omnibus in one volume for only $2.99.

A serial novel published in the tradition of 50's sci-fi pulp brought to you by the Xulon Award winning author of "Dominion," "One Crazy Summer," "Erinyes," and "Ghosts of Ophidian". With over 175,000 copies sold worldwide, Scott McElhaney is making nearly all his novels available to Kindle readers at the very accessible price of only 99 cents.

"McElhaney's story telling is deft, well-paced, and with an ear for conversation" ~ Beacon Journal Book Review

"He brings something refreshing to the '99-cent Kindle' section of Amazon." Associated Content Review

Given 5.0 out of 5 stars more than 100 times on Amazon from various readers of the Mystic Saga!

"[McElhaney] slipped in under the radar and firmly established himself as a fresh new voice in science fiction before anyone had a chance to react. By then it was too late and nearly every sci-fi fan who owned a Kindle had already discovered this unknown and was actively searching him out." ~Associated Content

Product Details

  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Superluminal (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SEN77Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, great price! June 2, 2012
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I wasn't going to write a review until I read the publishers note at the end of the book. Their philosophy of publishing ebooks at an ebook price is brilliant! Indentured is a quick paced, short novella. To a seasoned speculative fiction reader Indentured is a bit formulaic, predictable, and underdeveloped. The novella is perhaps a bit too short and too quickly paced, as the story seems to proceed at a rate much like that of a flip book. The overall effect is that of having skimmed through a much longer novel in too short a time. That said, the story was engaging, I want to know what happens next, and I am going to purchase the next novella in the series. What more can a person ask from a story? Best $.99 I've ever spent on Amazon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is a short, and fun, little novella that will get you thinking of the "what if" moments if the technology were real: in this case, what would really be the case if you woke up as a cloned human and your memories are of yesterday being in reality a couple of hundred years in the past?

The author does a good job of sucking you into the moment and feeling as if you are the main character. The technology and scenarios are realistic enough for this sci fi fan and, if you like a good storyteller Mr. McElhaney knows how to do it. At 99 cents, this one is a bargain and I recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When mystery and sci-fi meet July 2, 2012
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Indentured is one of those books that grips you from the very beginning and does not let go. In fact, the more you read, the more interesting it gets. I felt that it successfully mixed sci-fi with elements of mystery and thriller. The book is about a group of people from the 21st century who wake up on a spaceship many years into the future in bodies which do not belong to them and with no idea how they got there and what is needed of them from the crew of the ship. They are just told to obey, and whenever any one of them defects, they get severely punished. The story provided good twists along the way and kept going at a very nice, fast pace. Overall a great read and I am curious to know where it leads from here, so I am definitely going to check out further installments in the series.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it, but finishing was a struggle April 30, 2012
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First, the good... The plot, the ideas, and the protagonist were all very interesting. The writing itself was clear and understandable. The overall length was acceptable for the selling price of 99 cents (i.e. It is short, but not egregiously so).

The pacing is odd throughout, almost as if the author was constantly accelerating to ensure he didn't exceed a wordcount target. By the end of the story, events were racing by. This became a real problem, as most of the plot twists happened later in the story. I had to re-read several passages, multiple times, to understand what was going on.

Characterizations were, in many cases, not very believable or not developed sufficiently. The Captain and Alpha were almost caricatures. The Ensign changed too quickly, and responded to situations very oddly. The protagonist's allies were barely developed, and some were just cardboard cutouts. The protagonist himself seemed to arrive at conclusions much too quickly based on insufficient evidence.

I wanted to like this one, but I had a hard time finishing it. I feel like this author might be capable of doing justice to this story, but doing so would probably increase the wordcount by 500%. As it stands, however, "Indentured" is not a very satisfying read.

One more thing... Another review compared this favorably to Joe Haldeman. Having just read "The Forever War" for the first time, and having read several new and first-time authors in the past month, I believe that comparison to be extremely flawed.

(After reading a few more ebooks from new authors, I would like to downgrade this review from two stars to just one. Unfortunately, I can't. Also, I really wish I could return this and get a refund.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book starts off ok. It takes a couple surprising turns, and was entertaining. Then everything falls apart in the few last chapters and the author fails miserably with the ending. It's not that I thought the ending should have been different, it's just so poorly executed, it brings my rating of the book from 4 stars to 2.

The author fails basic storytelling 101 and forgets to explain the "why" behind the whole situation. The motivation behind the antags' actions are never explained. Then to make it worse, the protags and antags wind up in a flimsy stalemate situation and is resolved with a cliche, "can't we all just get along" solution. The ending is lazy, sloppy, and unimaginative and ruins an otherwise entertaining read.

Also, don't let the price fool you, this isn't a full length novel, more of a novella.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous pool-side book May 8, 2012
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"Indentured" has very interesting likable characters and a believable premise for waking up in the future. I read this book in an afternoon and immediately bought "Legacy" which picks up the tale that was set up in "Indentured" with brand new characters. Now I'm very anxiously awaiting the 3rd book due out in July! I enjoyed the first 2 books immensely. The science behind waking up in the future and time distortion during space-travel was described in a believable way without getting too fussy with the specifics.

I felt that the characters could use a bit more fleshing out and the relationships and social backdrops could have been a bit more complicated. There were also a couple of minor grammatical errors that more careful editing could have easily corrected. That being said, I plan on buying the next book as soon as it's available.

Well done!

Indentured (The Mystic Saga),Legacy (The Mystic Saga)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like the book but I certainly have difficulty figuring out twenty words describing it. Fifties science fiction will work.
Published 3 months ago by Phil Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Twist abound
Good read. Not the best ending but tolerable. Good characters and fast pace are it's saving grace. Worth a peek at the next installment...for more anyway.
Published 9 months ago by Esetserj
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very excited about this book
I will continue with the next in this series and I hope there is more adventure then in this book.I have become use to more action in a book and this one did not have much.
Published 11 months ago by Ricke eagle
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOK
I have read several from this author. I have enjoyed each and every one of them that is rare. Not every author I have read I have liked every story they have written. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kiki's Indie Reviews and Rants
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reader
I liked it many interesting twists and turns it was a good book. I am going on to the next next of the series.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good sci fi read
I like a story with twists and turns and thought it was well paced with intriguing ideas about space travel and the future.
Published 19 months ago by Barry B
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
Not quite riveting but it will hold your interest. This is fairly short story with an interesting premise. I will order the second book in the series.
Published 20 months ago by Lee A. Shurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too short
Good book, great possible plot line but way too short. There was very little character development because of this. I would recommend this book for the price though.
Published 20 months ago by Robb Poland 3
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This story has an interesting plot but it was a little dry. I didn't really feel very much for the characters and the story was pretty short, so not much character building. Read more
Published 21 months ago by LadyCroft86
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one by this author!
Listen people, if you haven't already discovered this guy - Scott McElhaney, you absolutely must try one of his stories, they are great stuff! Have fun.
Published 24 months ago by Msn
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More About the Author

Scott's first novel, Mommy's Choice, was originally published in paperback under the pseudonym Scott Curtis. In under a year on the bookshelves, that novel won the Xulon Book Award for romantic suspense. When Scott moved to a different publisher and started making his novels available to Kindle readers, he returned to his real name and reduced the prices to the absolute minimum allowed by Amazon.
Scott McElhaney currently resides in Ohio with his wife and two sons. He still maintains a full-time job as a credit supervisor at Matco Tools Corporate Office where he has worked for over 16 years. Although his books didn't become available to Kindle readers until December 2011, over 200,000 digital copies have been purchased to date and he still maintains a position in the top 100 worldwide in the "Sci-fi Space Opera" category.

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oddly enough, I recommend pulling up that Starcraft video game and looking for the image on this cover anywhere. I think the person posting this discussion is on crack, or he just doesn't know his video games. The good thing is, this image is on all of McElhaney's books, so no one can say... Read More
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