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King's X: Visions [Kindle Edition]

Stephen T. Harper
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Book Description

Los Angeles Detective Wendell Book is the last hope for a desperate runaway with a strange story to tell. She claims that memories of past lives and a mysterious golden ring she calls "the King's X" have brought an ancient enemy to her trail. All Book knows for sure is that this man - known only as a "Shepherd" - is real, he's after the girl, and he's leaving bodies in his wake.

What's it like? Fast paced, thought-provoking Mixed-Genre: Modern Suspense Thriller/ Contemporary Fantasy.

"it is really like a modern, real-world twist on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. It takes the previous ages of the earth notion... cuts away all the fantasy stuff and very convincingly brings the ring into our world. To Los Angeles, in fact." Amazon Reader Review

"Terrific mixed genre... It's a full-meal-deal. If you're looking for dessert, skip this. It's too satisfying by far, completely engaging from beginning to end." -- NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Tamara Rose Blodgett

King's X: Visions is Book 1 of 3. A single volume Anthology is also available wherever King's X books are sold.

Book 1 also features a sneak preview of Stephen T. Harper's upcoming novel, CORSAIR.

More Praise for King's X

"This is a 'stand up and take notice' story from a truly gifted writer. The most original adventure I've seen in years. "The Matrix" crossed with "The Da Vinci Code." King's X is dark, beautiful, and very provocative. I've had the story stuck in my head since the first time I read it." -- Ken Miller, Film and TV Producer

"Stephen T. Harper is a master of words. I stayed awake all night to finish, heart pounding, eyes bulging with every new twist, and the ending almost killed me!" --The Paperback Pursuer

"This is a very well thought-out book with lots of suspense, twists, and history. I give it 5 stars. If you love a good suspense/thriller, you'll love this book!" -- Paranormal Opinion

This book has grabbed me. ...really well written and I liked the author's style. Big thumbs up!" -- Booked Up

"...starts out mid-action and doesn't seem to slow down even when the author is describing delicate women in quiet moments with the men they care for... Pick up King's X. You won't be sorry." -- Into The Morning Reads


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"King's X belongs to that rare breed of books whose seemingly high-concept premise in fact shields a tightly crafted and deeply affecting story. Harper expertly balances character and conspiracy in a universe that will grab you from the very first chapter."
--John Walsh IV 
Line Zero Magazine (linezero.org)

From the Author

Author Q&A with Stephen T. Harper 

by TC at Booked Up  (tc-bookedup.blogspot.com)

I'm so pleased to be joined by another author this week. I recently read and reviewed the first of his King's X series and it's been very interesting to find out more about the man behind the book, Stephen Harper, who lives in California with his wife of three years. 

When did you first think of becoming a writer and who or what got you interested in writing?
 
I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer.  Even as little kid, when my older sister was taking typing classes, I used to dictate stories to her so she could practice.  They were really bad, of course.  I also had a string of good English teachers from grade school to high school who noticed and encouraged me.
  
How would you describe your books and style?
 
I like to get into the heads of all the characters.  I like to explore why heroes do what they do. And how a person actually becomes a villain (it's never because they are simply "evil").   Beyond that, I really enjoy writing in two distinct styles.  The first is really big, mythical, epic, emotionally stirring stories about enormous subjects - things like Arthurian legend, Star Wars, The Three Musketeers, anything by John Steinbeck.  And second, believe it or not, I love writing comedy.  King's X hopes to be like the former. There's maybe two laughs in the whole story.  It has an uncompromisingly serious tone throughout.  Which, I feel, is ultimately what makes it fun and impactful. It's not fooling around, you know?  You want to go for ride?  Let's really go for a ride!  It touches on a lot of emotions, I hope, but none of them are the ones that make you laugh. 

When you write do you have a particular routine you follow, and what do you find the most difficult part of writing a book?  

Most of the heavy lifting is done in the morning.  The most difficult part is outlining the story all the way through before you really start writing. Well, you're supposed to.  I try to.  The problem with outlining is that the characters come alive and start arguing with their fate.  Many times I come to a part in my outline where it becomes... "nope, only an idiot would have arrived at this spot and not realized that it was a trap."  Or something like that. So you constantly adjust your stories in favor of your character's free will. The good part is, when your characters are that real, your stories are usually that much better for it...  I've had heroes actually become really interesting villains that way, love affairs begin and end that way... 

If this isn't too much like asking a parent which of their children they like best, which of your characters is your favourite?
 
In King's X?  I'd love to say that this isn't an easy question because I really am fond of all of them, but It's Captain Shahin.  The Moorish pirate with no thirst for blood and an addiction to the company of women. I've always loved Han Solo, and he's the Han Solo of  this story. Cynicism hiding a good heart.  He's a terrific foil for the heroic ass-kicking Broussard, and a strong temptation in the romantic triangle. Plus, he's coming back really strong in the next installment of King's X.  The historical setting moves from the Crusades to the Elizabethan era, when skills as a pirate on the high seas will come in rather handy.  It will be mostly his story this time around.

What do you like to read?

I do a lot of research for everything I write, so I read a ton of non-fiction.  My favorite writers are John Steinbeck, James Joyce (although I'm not smart enough to read "Finnegan's Wake"), Joseph Heller and probably John Kennedy Toole.  The last good book I read was "Dune" by Frank Herbert.

Finally, what are you working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Corsair.  It's part of the King's X mythos, but different.  Almost done.  And really, I can't wait for its release.  Soon.  

The other thing right now is a feature screenplay based King's X.  It's been a very interesting process.  Unfortunately I can't really talk very specifically about either of those things right now. It's a "hurry-up and wait" situation.  But I'd love to talk a lot more about either or both with you in the near-future if you'd like.

Sounds like a very busy time for Steve, so thanks for taking the time to join me and take part in the Q&A.

Thanks very much for doing this, TC.  It's been a lot of fun. 

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real-World Lord Of The Rings January 31, 2011
By Brian W
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
King's X is a great thriller, which operates on a number of levels. First and foremost, the characters are interesting, complex, and well developed, and the pace of the action is fast, and the twists and turns are surprising and unpredictable. Underneath this big romantic action packed story, it is really like a modern, real-world twist on the J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. It takes the previous ages of the earth notion of Lord of the Rings, cuts away all the fantasy stuff and very convincingly brings the ring into our world. To Los Angeles, in fact. There have been many famous "magic rings" in myths and legends of the world. Who's to say that King Solomon's legendary ring, supposedly given to him by God himself, didn't come from a lost time, or have power that seemed magic? Harper's story tracks the ownership of just such a magic ring through history, with vivid descriptions of what life was like in the near and distant past. If you're a student of history, or want to have fun learning a little bit of history, I highly recommend reading King's X.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing; leaves you wanting more! December 22, 2010
By SB
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I bought this for my son who asked for series books. He had read some with time travel to historical settings, so I thought this might interest him. I started reading it myself and actually stayed up till 2 am to finish the first one, then bought the second. It says it is addicting, and I agree. You definitely want to continue the story.

Here is what I like about it. First, the characters are pretty interesting. Sometimes when you read a thriller, the characters seem more of a tool to service the storyline instead of the other way around. If the characters are one-dimentional, the story will not be as compelling. I was impressed that this book has both interesting characters and compelling story. You do want to see where the characters go, but the story itself is enough to keep you reading. Having both elements makes it a real pleasure to read. When I read "paranormal" in the description, I wasn't sure what to expect. I like good writing and I read a lot of different kinds of books. The writing is what draws me. Normally I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I do like good thrillers. I think this is a really unique idea for a story and I can see where it really could go on forever. The possibilities for follow-on stories seem almost endless. It is easy to picture it as a tv series. There is a back story, and then the characters all have their stories that tie into the back story. I think the writing is quite good, and I would be interested in reading more. At 99 cents a pop, it's pretty cheap entertainment. That means for 4 bucks you are getting a full length novel.

The story itself moves between time periods and events in history, but it is really pretty seamless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Noir-Esque Read March 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This novella starts out mid-action and doesn't seem to slow down even when the author is describing delicate women in quiet moments with the men they care for. Which, definitely are not the key elements of the plot of this noir-esque story. There is a lot to absorb on the few pages of this first part. It's a giant feat to be able to fit so much character introduction and unveil at least enough of the wide-ranging plot to keep the reader wanting to log onto Barnes & Noble to read the next episode and Mr. Harper accomplishes it well.

The characters are developed well enough with the simplest of clues and statements that I quickly fell into the world being created. I especially enjoyed the historical segments as I have a fascination with the Crusades and Knights Templar. I felt the characters and description of settings was much richer and more colorful in these sections than in the more modern sections. I found myself more interested in what would happen with Sebastien and Khali than with Book, Molly, and Sara.

All in all, this was a nicely gritty, fun read. I'm impressed with the fortitude it must have taken to weave together something so complicated as I can already feel this story is going to be. Pick up King's X. You won't be sorry.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best page turner since DaVinci Code! January 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have not read a book as intense of a page turner since I read the Da Vinci code. I couldn't put KING'S X down. When I did put down the kindle to go to a dinner- I thought about it the entire meal. The characters come to life and following the detective in the late 1960's Los Angeles is as exciting as the story that takes place in 1291. I was cheering for the Detective in the streets of LA to the point I couldn't read it fast enough. It has the momentum of a great action film and just when you think they get away and can't run any further, another twist takes you down another vivid sequence. The characters are well thought out and I cared what happened to them. I have read 3 parts and I will be making time to read the next installment. I read all kinds of books but never thought I would be such a fan of this genre and the writer's work here. Absolute thrill ride that I have recommended to male and female friends. Please keep writing more KING'S X- I don't want the story to end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense! March 13, 2011
By Tishia
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very well thought-out book with lots of suspense, twists, and history. I give it 5 stars. This is a 4 episode series, each novella length. Through strong characterization, you become involved in the character's thoughts and actions. Knowing that the story is about reincarnation, makes it that much more intriguing. With the rapid introduction of new characters,it does leave you feeling confused in the beginning. The story takes time to set up, with so much going on. Stephen Harper has definitely done his research,and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I actually like the book, but it is a bit confusing because it jumps around a lot from the past to the present. It has very interesting people and a lot of mystery. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of time
Not worth one star actually. Two totally convoluted stories with no apparent ties. Complete dead end finishes no unlike a 4 part tv series that wants you to come back for more,... Read more
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I received this book in a giveaway by the author. I enjoy reading new authors and trying out new titles. This book went above and beyond my expectations! Read more
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This book was gifted to me by the author, and I really wanted to like it. I had a hard time with this one. Read more
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Stephen T. Harper lives with his beautiful wife by the merely-pretty-in-comparison water in Marina Del Rey, California.





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