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Journey Into the Flame: Book One of the Rising World Trilogy Kindle Edition

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The year is 2057, 30 years after the Great Disruption, when a solar storm smacked into Earth and threw the planet off its axis, plunging the world into apocalyptic chaos. Near an abandoned campfire, a man finds some ancient books, the Chronicles of Satraya, in a leather satchel. Four decades later, the world is more technologically advanced than it ever was, thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, several sets of which were found around the world. When a struggling artist, Logan Cutler, decides to auction off his own copies of the books, he discovers that some people are extremely interested in getting their hands on them—interested enough to commit murder. A group known as Reges Hominum has existed in the shadows of society for centuries and now sees an opportunity to seize full control of the world, if they can obtain all copies of the Chronicles, and one set remains to be found. This race-against-time, postapocalyptic adventure keeps us flipping the pages, and the book’s wide-open ending cries out for volume two (this is the first of a projected trilogy). --David Pitt

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"A spiritual adventure full of suspense and mystery... [T.R. Williams] has cleverly woven his advanced knowledge of secret wisdom into a thrilling, fast-moving story that will keep you on the edge of your seat." (Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret)

"An imaginative story filled with intrigue, suspense and deep wisdom, all set in a post-apocalyptic world where the stakes couldn’t be higher… Journey Into the Flame is a spiritual adventure of the first order." (Felix Palma, New York Times bestselling author of The Map of Time)

“T.R. Williams’ novel Journey into the Flame is a thought-provoking evolution of the dystopian genre. Where others have simply used economic and ecological apocalypse as elaborate set dressing, Williams plunges into the deeper meaning and significance of a world that has literally come off its compass. The result is a bold and exciting odyssey that not only entertains, but also asks every reader to question the greater purpose of their own existence and the world around them. Journey into the Flame is a modern myth, and we'll all be better off for the message it may communicate to us about ourselves and the nexus of science and spirituality in which we live." (Gotham Chopra, author of Walking Wisdom)

"This race-against-time, postapocalyptic adventure keeps us flipping the pages, and the book’s wide-open ending cries out for volume two." (Booklist)

“A ripping yarn! A clever and intricate spin on the post-apocalyptic theme that is so popular. This stands head and shoulders above the crowd." (Cayacosta Review)

A futuristic Da Vinci Code mixed with bits of Brave New World and a big scoop of deep spiritual wisdom, Journey Into The Flame compounds all my favorite genres into one juicy read. This mystical thriller is thought-provoking and satisfying.” (Arielle Ford, author of Wabi-Sabi Love)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "Seregil of Rhiminee" on January 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
Journey into the Flame is T. R. Williams' debut novel and it's the first part of The Rising World Trilogy. It's an interesting reading experience for readers who are openminded and interested in mystical, mysterious and spiritual elements. It's a novel in the vein of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

Journey into the Flame is an interesting combination of different elements, because it contains elements from science fiction to spiritual adventure. It's basically a thriller, but it's also a science fiction novel, because the events take place in the near future. To be exact, the best way to categorize this novel is to call it a mystical and spiritual science fiction thriller.

I have to confess that I'm a bit difficult to please when it comes to mystical and spiritual adventure novels, because I've found myself disliking most of them. What usually annoys me most about these novels is that the authors tend to emphasize the new age elements in a totally wrong way, because they end up alienating readers by writing too much about their own opinions about several spiritual things. This novel, however, is an exception, because the author manages to keep things interesting by writing about The Chonicles of Satraya and their secrets in a fascinating way.

Here's a bit of information about the story:

- This novel beings with an exciting prologue. A young man called Camden travels by car towards a safe house, which has been built for worker who travel from one reconstruction site to another. His parents have helped to establish the World Federation of Reconstruction and he has worked alongside them. When Camden arrives at the safe house he has to escape from the Forgotten Ones, who rob places and kill people.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kanone on February 3, 2014
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I received this from NetGalley for a review.

This story is extremely slow to start out. I was about a third of the way through the book before I realized that the history lesson actually had a point to it and I finally saw some kind of plot develop. I look at the story as a near future period of enlightenment for the human kind, arising out of another dark ages period, the Chronicles of Satraya are found and change the course that mankind was heading for.

Unfortunately this story isn't about that period of time, it is about a time after this period of awakening has occurred. The story really begins when Logan Ford auctions off his copy of one of the original sets of The Chronicles of Satraya that he inherited from his parents when they passed away. He is quite astonished at the fetching price of this auction since to Logan these are just a set of books, but the story goes on to prove that they are something more.

Logan is quickly whisked away into a legendary struggle for the power of the books that risk not only his like, but the rest of the worlds.

The characters are quite hard to understand as it always seems that they are changing and moving from who you think they are. It becomes a pretty consistent theme that almost every character that you meet has some other backstory and they are not who your first impression of them is. More often than not an elaborate story is created to tie them all together into a tiny little bow. For me this strategy really created no emotional bonds with the characters, so if someone was in danger, hurt, or killed it just pushed the story on with little to no consequences. Additionally, there was really no explanation of what makes those chosen by The Chronicles so important or even so different.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle D. on January 10, 2014
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Journey into the Flame has captured me from page one. I have found that, weaved through the page-turning plot, the Chronicles of Satraya brought to the story an element of deeper meaning to both the protagonist's journey and my own. I am reminded of Joseph Campbell who had said that a great story is one that touches all aspects of what makes us human. Journey into the Flame not only takes us on that journey through its characters, but gives us thoughts to ponder through the wisdom of the Chronicles. Like on a roller-coaster, I have found myself completely immersed into the urgency of the action, being taken around unexpected twists that made it hard to put the book down. It was a great ride and I can't wait for the next one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KnowBrother on January 14, 2014
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This book is part of the new breed of novels which captivate you with its story, characters and plot twists while inspiring the reader to ponder the spiritual aspects of life that affect us all. One can read this novel many times and come away with new insights and meaning of not only the story, but of themselves. The quotes from The Chronicles at the beginning of each chapter could easily command hours of reflection all by themselves. However, the deeper thoughts of this book are woven masterfully into a fast past, unpredictable story that will keep you glued to the pages far longer than you expected. A truly great read for anyone who likes a great novel that will keep them thinking long after they finish the last page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kam on January 8, 2014
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Like Dan Brown, T.R. William makes us ponder deeply about the challenges of our time through a thoughtful plot that leaves us wanting more and more page after page. Can't wait to read the second book.
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