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Red Leaves and the Living Token [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin David Burrell , Marlene Moss
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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NEW EDITION: New Cover, New Glossary, and New World Map
Book 1 - Omnibus (Part 1, 2, and 3)

-Recipient of the indieB.R.A.G. Medallion.
-Awesome Indies Honoree

Reviews for Red Leaves and the Living Token

"The characters were well thought out, realistic, and touching to get to know.
...Overall this was a surprisingly good book ...Really, just beautifully worded, bravo to Burrell."
Darian Wilk
-Amazon Reviewer

"This is a wonderful story, a wonderful adventure, filled with hope and struggle and about family
learning to trust and believe in something bigger than themselves."
Flora Bateman
-Amazon Reviewer

"Burrell has a talent for creating lively characters that his readers will grow to care for and love.
...The ending left me hungry for more."
Christine Rice
-Amazon Reviewer

"There is a lot of originality in this dark tale. Burrell writes very well, and with a great deal of invention."
Richard Bunning
-Amazon Reviewer


Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won't survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and
Emret for the inevitable, he's confronted by Moslin, his son's nurse, who's been filling Emret's head
with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all
he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse's stories, and he'll live.

In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret.
He returns hours later to find them both missing.

He searches the fairytales for clues to where they may have gone and stumbles upon stories that, strangely,
he already knows. He saw them in a vision just before his son disappeared.

More 4 and 5 Star Reviews

"...a delightfully honest and refreshing tale..."
-Amazon Reviewer

"...superbly written...full of life and personality..."
-Amazon Reviewer

"...a gripping fantasy tale that always seems to twist just when you think you know where it's headed."
-Amazon Reviewer

"A really cool read from an author that I'll be following in the future."
-Amazon Reviewer

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About the Author

Benjamin Burrell graduated from film school a little over a decade ago and has been writing scripts ever since. He produced and directed of few of his stories into short films and won a handful of awards in film festivals across the country. He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his beautiful wife and three perfectly behaved children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615618529
  • Publisher: Red Earth Press; 2 edition (June 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KFGS36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Leaves is a GREAT adventure! March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a delightfully honest and refreshing tale of a determined and bright boy, "Emret", who wants nothing more than to live and experience life as he ought. I was charmed,entranced by his exploits to find a cure for himself. And I really enjoyed the adventures of his desperate father, Raj, the lessons he was inevitably taught on his journey to find his son. This story has excellent humor, brilliant suspense and wonderful characters that grip the reader and beg that each page be read.

I read this book right after reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins and I was amazed at the clever way the author, Ben Burrell, hooked me into the story. And the action/adventure that follows was as engrossing as The Hunger Games saga. I (the reader) felt compelled by the (honest) emotions of the characters and their stories. I could hardly set the book down and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

This is a fantastic book for young teenagers struggling with their own sense of themselves and the world about them. It shows the world in a different light and tells a universal story of the desire for acceptance, the desire for life. It is absolutely an amazing read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Leaves March 30, 2012
By berto
Format:Kindle Edition
Red Leaves is an amazing tale of a young boy (Emret) full of determination and charisma. The story is superbly written by Author Ben Burell, as it carefully takes you on an exciting journey full of struggle, conflict and enlightenment. Mr. Burell's characters are full of life and personality, which resonates brilliantly throughout the story. The epic journey of Emret carefully unfolds page by page, leaving you amazed and entertained. A must read for young adults and the young at heart.
Roberto Ramirez
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The tale of a dying boy's quest for survival July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
One quick note before I get into the meat of my review, I received an early edition of this book before it had been seen by a professional editor (I have since received an edited copy but don't have time to reread the book in it's entirety). As such I will be reviewing on characters, story, etc, ignoring any of the editing issues I saw within.

Red Leaves was originally written as a screenplay with the goal of a CG production in mind. The cover shows off the skill that the characters can be rendered in and if it ever happens I will be eager to see it. The story follows the journey of a young man, who is terminally ill, seeking a cure for his condition. When his nurse takes him to find the mythical Red for a cure without his father's permission a journey with far reaching consequences is begun.

The characters were interesting, but an index would have been helpful at the beginning. I had trouble keeping the races straight at first, having to flip to the beginning to keep things straight. Honestly that is not an uncommon experience for me when starting a new series with original species. I really liked the young boy's father and his dedication to finding his son, the abilities he develops are also fantastic.

The whole story following the Token and the temple that can be reached using it has a ton of potential. The only issue is the sudden stop at the end of this book. There is obviously more to come, but there was very little resolution for the book. I really am not a fan of cliffhanger endings so that was a bit of a negative for me, but not something that deducts from the story overall. I believe the second book should be out soon and hopefully it will continue to keep the strength of the story going.

Review copy received from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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(Since I reviewed this book it has been updated. I am in the process of re-evaluation. This book is now in two formats. In one format it is split into three parts. I will only be considering the complete work. My initial impression is of worthwhile improvement).
There is a lot of originality in this dark tale. Burrell writes very well, and with a great deal of invention. I can only find any significant fault in the concentration demanded of the reader. A little more description of each character on first appearance, or an index of characters profiles and key locations, would have helped me. My poor memory, alongside my tendency to skim read, are certainly much of my problem and so I really don't wish to labour the point.
This nice mix of quirky new and well-worn fantasy elements gives plenty of scope to build for ourselves onto the scenery of Burrell's adventure. In my mind, the story emerged as a sort of future-time "scripture" story written in contemporary style. Indeed we have distant absent "gods" or, even if not, certainly their disciples. The "Reds", or rather their legends, are clear reflections of higher power. There are big evil spirits, we never quite know, casting "devil" shadows over the remaining influences of the arborescent Reds. Might the evil be human?
Much of the story suggests that we are reading an epic from a dystopian age, a time of decay from former more civilised times. Some of this strange world's locations seem almost medieval in design, evocative of a new dark age. The token, the sought object of the quest, is in my mind a mystical artefact left over from a more advanced past. I guess a sequel will answer more questions. I will be disappointed if it isn't soon forthcoming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Wonderful Adventure Story
Rieth is a land filled with three creatures: Zo, Bota, and Petra. The Zo are furry, mammal like creatures, bota are plant like creatures, and the Petra are similar to rocks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars good story line, needs a good editor
Too many grammar and punctuation errors; this book reads like a rough draft. I enjoyed the story line, but probably will not read another because of distractions from so many... Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Kelley
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I assume the final edition had much better editing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pat1360
5.0 out of 5 stars i just started it..........
I just started reading this and was curious as to what others thought about it. So far I just have this to offer for those who will be reading it or are now and are having... Read more
Published on May 2, 2013 by k.trawick
3.0 out of 5 stars Partial story
This is part of a fantasy story for children which ends with a lot of unanswered questions for the next part. Read more
Published on January 30, 2013 by Teritree001971
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid new fantasy read
I won this in a First Reads Giveaway.

Recommend: For those fantasy lovers looking for something different

Pros: Original character races; action and suspense;... Read more
Published on January 5, 2013 by Brooke B.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging First Novel
Emret, thirteen, is terminally ill. Confined to a wheelchair and in the hospital for what will be his final care, he is hardly the archetype of a superhero. Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by Sandra Kirkland
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Different from the Fantasy Norm
I used to be an avid reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction but have moved away from the genre in more recent decades. Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by Linda Parkinson-Hardman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy takes over
Red Leaves and The Living Token it may be just another fantasy book but it has some things on its favor. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Ruty@ReadingDreaming
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fantasy World
Burrell creates a wonderful fantasy world in Red Leaves and The Living Token. There are three distinct races and interesting characters within each race. Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by Elizabeth Guizzetti
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More About the Author

Benjamin Burrell graduated from film school a little over a decade ago and has been writing scripts ever since. He produced and directed of few of his stories into short films and won a handful of awards in film festivals across the country. He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his beautiful wife and three perfectly behaved children.

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