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Product Details

  • Series: The Park Service Trilogy
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988348233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988348233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan Winfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Jane's MelodySouth of Bixby Bridge, and The Park Service trilogy. He lives in Seattle. To connect with Ryan, visit him at Facebook.com/RyanWinfield.

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Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller "Jane's Melody: A Novel", "South of Bixby Bridge", and "The Park Service Trilogy". I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you at facebook.com/ryanwinfield.

I've been asked why I write. I write because I remember.

I remember waking up to snow. Great buckets of it poured from the gray skies and blanketing everything in quiet white. I remember racing to dress, struggling with my boots. "Here, don't forget your mittens." I remember the soft thump of that first footstep in the cold and virgin powder, the tracks looking back, foghorns blowing on the mist-covered bay. I feel the canvas paper bag cutting into my shoulders, the weight of Sunday's headlines heavy on my mind. I see the trees bowed with armloads of white, as if to curtsey my passing. I remember rubber bands and ink stained hands. A car spun sideways in a ditch. Always a car. Then barking dogs, a distant chainsaw. Freckles throwing fastballs that hurt for the cold of them on my neck. I remember snowmen, and igloos, and icy trails through the white and wondrous woods. And I remember sweet Mrs. Johnson waiting at her door. The smell of Avon powder, her thin smile, an envelope pressed into my palm--ten dollars and a peppermint candy cane thank you. Evening now. I remember running downtown--Salvation Army bells, white lights strung in sidewalk trees, bundled shoppers bent against the wind. I remember the heavy door, the warmth, the wood. The bookstore! Smells of paper and leather and ink. Walls of worlds bound and waiting for me to read.

Nothing has affected me as much as reading has. Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me. And while I've walked through my own hell, made my own mistakes, and found my own redemption, always there have been books. Books to help me escape, books to teach me when to stay and fight, books to help me see where I've been wrong and where I've been right.

I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.

Customer Reviews

I cannot wait to read the third book.
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I was happy for him and Jimmy but the ending made me really think about what happened with Jimmy so I am going to read it again to totally understand it.
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Both very well written by a great author.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2013
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Book 2 of the Park Service, starts off where Book 1 left Aubrey, Hannah and Jimmy alone as Hannah's mother sets off the flood that destroys everything, including those who've made a virtual park out of the Earth. The remaining humans live underground, unaware that they are the virus that's not allowed up top a perfect world where only nature is allowed to survive. Unmanned drones make sure no humans are left hiding above ground by killing them wherever they're found.

The author, Ryan Winfield, asks the hard questions, but doesn't beat us over the head with them. Is Hannah right to want to keep Aubrey's people, the remains of the majority of humans below ground? Is she inherently cruel, or does mankind deserve to intrude on nature, showing little or no respect for his world. Is Aubrey right who believes that telling his people the truth, that they can live above ground? And then there's who Jimmy just wants the drones to stop killing the humans, like his family, who hide on the surface of the Earth, always in fear of drone attacks.

I loved the depth of Book 2 of the Park Service Trilogy. At only 15 years of age, Aubrey has to grow up quickly as he wrestles with decisions most adults never have to face. He has to learn to who to trust, while he struggles to adjust to the world above that has now fallen apart completely. Just as in the book The Hunger Games, Aubrey must face life and death situations, compounded by his own fears and insecurities.

It's the believability of the situation that makes The Park Service books so compelling. No one would accuse Western Civilization of being good for Nature, especially over the last one hundred years. Are we a blight, a virus that should be wiped off the Earth in order for her to survive?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Rizzo on April 16, 2013
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Well, Ryan Winfield has come through again! I just finished "Isle of Man" and could not put it down all day. This sequel is extremely well written. I felt that I was at a movie watching the whole thing unfold before my eyes. I really enjoyed Book # 1 "The Park Service" but I doubly enjoyed this book. Thank you Ryan...but October is a long way off to wait for Volume 3.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AppyGirl on April 16, 2013
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Ryan Winfield is a wordsmith of the first degree. He hooked me with South of Bixby Bridge, lured me in with The Park Service and now has left me gasping for breath, waiting for the net to pick me up and carry me away! In Aubry's second book, The Isle of Man, Ryan is still weaving a delectable story-with descriptions so vivid, one would swear they are present and witnessing all the events that unfold. I was there for every twist and turn and savored every word. Isle of Man is everything I thought it would be and more. Religion, Physics, Philosophy and a bit of Anthropology thrown in the mix along with a whale of a good story line makes Isle of Man a most excellent read. Ryan had me laughing with Aubry and Jimmy, crying with Aubry in the submarine and hating a few people (I mean characters) that I didn't expect to. Well done Ryan! (now to wait for the next one...thank heavens I am a patient woman....write faster Ryan!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Horne on April 17, 2013
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When we left Aubrey, Jimmy and Hannah in Book One, The Park Service, they discovered the horrific evil realities behind The Park Service and were instrumental in the destruction of a key location as well as the demise of its creator and leader. After a momentary victory, this trio is now alone facing a world suffering from the continuing execution of the master plan and its consequences.

In Book Two, Isle of Man, Aubrey is determined, with the help of his friends, to crack the code with hope to cease further annihilation of what's left of the world population. Now knowing what is real and what pure fabrication was in his previous life, Aubrey's underlying wish is to free the people living in a web of deception from the world he came from.

Aubrey and his friends will experience a whole spectrum of emotion in this journey to seek answers. He will encounter characters that test his loyalties, trust, friendships and beliefs. Choices will need to be made that require him to dig deep into his heart and soul to determine the right path to take. He will need to decide who he can trust or believe in. Many obstacles will threaten to hinder any progress he makes along the way to find what he seeks.

As always, Ryan Winfield is brilliant in creating the imagery in this story, a true artist of the written word. The reader will be swept back into this world very quickly and will be immersed and involved completely until the last page. We feel the emotions of the characters and truly share the joys and laughter, the angst and fears, the emotional breakdowns and the terrors. This book is definitely a "must read". It will be a long and anxious wait for the release of the conclusion to the story in Book 3, State of Nature. Once again, Ryan, you totally rock!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cynthia bekas on February 22, 2014
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This trilogy was a nonstop read, I was hooked right from book one all the way through book two. This is a must read series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Neilsen on February 19, 2014
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After finishing the first book of the series I eagerly started the second. Great adventure and surprises in the second installment.
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