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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475950012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475950014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,242,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

"Kinetic" focuses around five youths that are born with amazing kinetic abilities due to an intergalactic war that is being waged light years away. The story mainly follows Alexander Carter, an adolescent from Houston, Texas. Alex is just an average teenager trying to make it through high school when life takes a turn for the fantastic and the bizarre. One night, he finds an alien named Shyra in his bedroom. She tells him that Earth is threatened by the Zenakuu, a planet originally known for traveling to other planets to mine resources.
Unfortunately the Zenakuu traveled to an uncharted planet and began to drill. They unearthed a visceral species of insect like parasites that can consume whole civilizations in mere days. In order to save the galaxy from this threat the captain of the ship initiated the self destruct which would systematically blow up the entire planet. He succeeded in doing so, but chunks of the planet were sent hurling back towards their home world. Once there, the monstrous insects went to work eating everyone and everything in sight.
The planet sent out a distress call to their sister planet Kalryn, but after weighing out the danger, they decided not to help. Years after Zenakuu was presumed dead from receiving no aid, they attacked and invaded their sister planet Kalryn. By the skin of their teeth the Kalrynians were able to fend them off, but the Zenakuu swore they would have their revenge, each time invading other planets, and bringing their newly enslaved races to join the fray. Finally, Kalryn had enough, and the council decided to recruit other worlds to help fight as well. They send a guide to Earth to unlock and train teenagers to use kinetic energy such as Pyro, Electro, Aero, Hydro, and Geo kinesis.
Now Zenakuu has their sights on Earth, Shyra tells Alex that she has come to train gifted individuals, known as Kinetics, to guard the Earth from the Zenakuu threat. He and a handful of teens are the planet's last hope of survival. She takes Alex to her ship, where he trains to be one of the few elite superheroes with the power to fight the aliens who have come to Earth fully intending to win a brutal intergalactic war.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gregory "Herro" Raymond grew up in New Jersey until graduating from high school. After that, he lived in Florida for four years where he attended college, earning a degree in graphic design and fine arts. He then came up with the concept for "Kinetic," in 2003, where it went by a different name.  Though falling on hard times financially he spent the next several years picking himself back up, and building the story of "Kinetic."
Upon completing college he moved back to New Jersey to be around friends and family. There he landed a job in optometry and selling cars to make ends meet. That is where he first met Laz Matech. The two became good friends, and together revamped "Kinetic," into the powerhouse, nail-biting novel it is today.
Laz Matech has lived his life in New Jersey, mostly in a small town known as South River. He always found writing interesting but not the reading side of literature as much. He attended a Vocational and Technical school for High School where he studied carpentry and cabinet making. 
After High School he decided not to attend college, or pursue his talents in the carpentry field, but kept busy with several part-time jobs before getting into the car industry where he sold vehicles alongside Gregory "Herro" Raymond. The two spent the next two years rigorously coming together to co-write the action-pack romance, "Kinetic."
They specialize in creative writing, science fiction, and fantasy. Collectively, they have more than ten years of writing experience. The book "Kinetic: The First Alliance is the first published story from these up and coming authors, who are quickly on their rise to the top.

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Gregory "Herro" Raymond grew up in New Jersey until graduating from high school. After that, he lived in Florida for four years where he attended college, earning a degree in graphic design and fine arts. He then came up with the concept for "Kinetic," in 2003, where it went by a different name. He spent the next several years building the story of "Kinetic."
Upon completing college he moved back to New Jersey to be around friends and family. There he landed a job in optometry and selling cars to make ends meet. That is where he first met Laz Matech. The two became good friends, and together revamped "Kinetic," into the powerhouse, nail-biting novel it is today.

Laz Matech has lived his life in New Jersey, mostly in a small town known as South River. He always found writing interesting but not the reading side of literature as much. He attended a Vocational and Technical school for High School where he studied carpentry and cabinet making.
After High School he decided not to attend college, or pursue his talents in the carpentry field, but kept busy with several part-time jobs before getting into the car industry where he sold vehicles alongside Gregory "Herro" Raymond. The two spent the next two years rigorously coming together to co-write the action-pack romance, "Kinetic."

Even outside the business world Herro and Laz are good friends, and hang out regularly, coming up with new ideas and concepts for future endeavors. Some common interests include; comic books, video games, science fiction books & movies, and of course spending time with their individual friends and family.

They specialize in creative writing, science fiction, and fantasy. Collectively, they have more than ten years of writing experience. The book "Kinetic: The First Alliance is the first published story from these up and coming authors, who are quickly on their rise to the top.

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Now I have to wait until Book 2 and I need it soon!!!!
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Another aspect that I enjoyed about the book is the great character building, dialogue and descriptive scenes.
Anne Violette
The ending makes you want more because you need to know what happens to our team of young superheroes!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie Fostino on December 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Finally, a Sci-Fi novel with great character development! How refreshing!

A book for young adults AND us regular ( old ) adults. Really brings back memories of childhood days and bullying. Without wanting to, this book serves as repair tool for many of the issues that face us in our everyday lives.

Great action scenes and superb dialogue really move the book along, never a dull moment from start to finish.
I just hope the author has plans for a sequel!
By Jim Fostino
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Violette on December 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Right from the very first page, the main character Alex is a curious and likable fellow. He always felt like he was destined for greatness, and it turns out he was right. The first chapter pulls you in with riveting sci-fi and power-packed imagination. It also strikes me as the kind of book that could motivate people to think more about the conscious mind and to realize there could be more out there than what we know on earth.

Another aspect that I enjoyed about the book is the great character building, dialogue and descriptive scenes. The authors combine modern day issues faced by teens (such as bullying, violence) and make models out of them. So other kids who might be suffering from these things could read this book and perhaps realize there is a "Hero" within all of us, just waiting for the right reason to come out. The name "Kinetic" really suits this book because of its relationship with the mind and how it is used throughout the exciting battle scenes, clever narratives and fascinating interactions between the villains and heroes.

The only disappointment is having to wait for the second book to find out what happens to Alex!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miranda on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here comes The First Alliance! In the true sense of Xmen fashion, Herro Raymond created a team of young adults who had to master their unique powers under the tutelage of an alien who's goal was to prepare them to defend their world from invasion. Through their training, the group learned to trust and care for each other. As I read along, I became attached to this group of heroes, so much that I was disappointed and angry at the ending. Not only was my favorite character injured, but the story ended on a cliffhanger. I HATE CLIFFHANGERS! Now I have to wait for book 2. I hope Herro doesn't make his readers wait too long. This group of friends is so endearing, that I really want to know what happens to each of them. I can only hope their futures hold happiness. They all deserve it after all their sacrifices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By berrynikki on May 30, 2013
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While Marvel seems to completely dominate the whole superhero market, it's nice to explore the works of new aspiring writers. I found this book very entertaining, especially the dynamics between the young characters. Hope to see it adapted to the big screen some day, but in the meantime looking forward to the next book.
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