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Islandia The Lost Colony (The ANKH Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Klinger , Janet Klinger
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book one of the ANKH Trilogy, the story of Earth's fifteenth colony, 450 years after being settled. It is a water world with tens of thousands of islands and very little usable landmass to build the cities the original pioneers envisioned. Without the ability to recreate an Earth-like civilization, their descendents sink back to a more primitive time and create a society of clanboats and small villages. Into this world is born Jonathon McKinnah, known as Jonny Oarboy to his fellow clansmen. An accidental contact brings Jonny in touch with an alien entity who has rested quietly on Islandia for 6,000 years. The two of them start an incredible journey taking them from the past to the present, from Islandia to old Earth, and finally to Earth's other colonies.


Product Details

  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: C.J.Klinger; 2 edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GZYRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing distracts, plot lacks February 23, 2013
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First, the good: The plot was good enough to goad me to continue reading, if only to see how it might develop. The premise is interesting, if not compelling, but the "fallen humans rediscovering their heritage" theme was MUCH better done in Dan Simmons' "Illium/Olympos" duology.

The bad: The EDITING IS HORRIBLE!! Failures of conjugation, tense, incorrect homonyms ("to" instead of "two", etc), and even character names that keep changing ("Big Momma" becomes "Big Mommy" multiple times). I found this so distracting that I almost had to put the book down. The characters are cardboard, with only the protagonist experiencing any growth at all. Unfortunately, that "growth" is incredible--as in there's little credible reason to believe he would develop in the manner described by the mechanisms presented. We are expected to believe that learning to read and re-discovering some basic principles of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and engineering (with an interest in "law" as well) suddenly turn a simple sailor into a respected leader of men--with no real objections from the community at large. The antagonists are laughably simple, and the leader of the "bad guys" reminds me of Carnegie from "The Book of Eli" (he wants the ancient technology to better rule his "empire"), only without any charm or wit. The book climaxes and concludes far too abruptly and conveniently, as though the author were eager to move on to the next novel--which I suspect he was.

Bottom line: You get what you pay for. As this was a free novel, I can honestly say I got my money's worth--and I enjoyed reading it in the same manner that I enjoy watching "B" or even "C" movies. That is, being able to mock the book for its failings was at least as entertaining as the book itself. I will not, however, waste my dollars buying the sequels.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters! August 20, 2011
By gretal
Format:Kindle Edition
Klinger's story is set in the future and includes an orb which reminded me sort of the "genie in a bottle" idea. (I want one, btw).... thus the genre "science fiction" - but it read more like historical fiction mixed with romance and adventure. Very sweet and endearing characters make you want to find out how their lives will unfold, so I found myself not wanting to put this book down. Hero/heroine Jonny Oarboy and Marcia made the reader cheer them on, and root for their safety through their adventures of sailing through an lsland colony full of pirates, differing clans and discovery. The end of the book is cool- leaving the small group to discover "lost" electricity and other information left from the loss of the ancient "earth" - I would definitely download and read the next book on my kindle. Fun and lighthearted reading -- would appeal to both sexes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, not so good February 1, 2013
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The premise of this book are good, ambient, history character, all OK.
The delusion is in the plot evolution: "act of god", inconsistent behaviur, big character coming of nowhere.
The impression is of a good initial inspiration, solid writing ability, but a lack of trace for the story.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read! May 26, 2011
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I am not much of a sci-fi fan but thouroughly enjoyed this book. This was much more than what I was expecting. Am looking forward to the next book so I can continue the story of Jonathon and Marcia as they teach and discover the world of Islandia.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a delightfully imaginative book March 17, 2013
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After reading several books that left me wanting, this one intrigued me from the first chapter. Great new, novel idea for a book. Nice character development. I will definitely look out for the rest of the trilogy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling January 31, 2013
By Makaio
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This is a fresh take on an old plot line. The story pulls the reader in and makes the characters relatable.I would definitely recommend this book. It did have a few minor grammatical errors but not enough to take away from the story as a whole.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Terrain Culture finds old earth tech December 2, 2012
By Sparta
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The author is gifted with story telling. The characters come to life within a descriptive tale with unusually clarity. Can you tell I liked the story? I prefer character driven stories with built out personalities framed with a nice pace of action. I will not spoil this fun plot for you but the story would make a good movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read November 17, 2012
By M Snow
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I have read a lot of Kindle SI-Fi series and this was one of my favorite. I need to see what other books he has written. The editing is not to bad, with just a few wrong words thrown in. The characters and dialogue are well developed. Worth the price!
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More About the Author

Hi everybody, my name is C.J."Chuck" Klinger and I read for pleasure and write for the love of telling good stories. My wife,Janet and I live in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, but I have had the pleasure of living all over the USA, from Seattle to Miami, from South Padre Island to Chicago and many points in between. I gave up the life of a Corporate Gypsy and followed my dream of being a full time artist and writer. No regrets! Reading history is one of my pleasures and many of my books are based on a single incident in our past that has had a profound effect on the present. If this strikes your fancy I would recommend to read "The Rembrandt BOMB" and the two subsequent novels based on the same characters, "The Isabella List" and "The Q Source". They are action packed and based on true events in history. I've taken great care to be accurate in the details surrounding these events to add an air of authenticity to the story. Some history hasn't happened yet, so in some of my books I resorted to science fiction to tell a story of how future generations are affected by today's events. The "Ankh Trilogy" including "ISLANDIA The Lost Colony" and the newly released book two,"EARTH,Flight of The Clanship" are good examples of this genre. For details on all my books, visit cjklinger.com.

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