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Product Details

  • Series: The Gnostic Chronicles
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Jarod D. Crews (March 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615793355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615793351
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jarod D. Crews lives in Richmond, Va., where he spends time lost in his writing, nose deep in his favorite literature, and doting over his two neurotic cats. He studied Creative Writing and is finally putting it to good use. "Liberation at 50 Paces," is the introductory novella to the upcoming series The Gnostic Chronicles. Keep an eye out for him on Twitter: Jarod_D_Crews; and on Facebook.

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I look forward to the next book of the series.
Blaine Coleman
So, Liberation at 50 Paces, a western steampunk short story, was set perfectly to make me a very happy reader.
Keryl Raist
I was immediately drawn into the story by the vividly descriptive writing style of Crews.
David

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Val on September 2, 2012
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The author has an imagative way of painting a colorful scene in this innovative western novel that keeps the reader gasping at every turn leaving them wanting more a must read cant wait for the next book of this series
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJHarvey on September 3, 2012
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Being new to Steampunk, this was a great way to get started. Fast paced with interesting, colorful characters and a storyline that made me want to read more. Look forward to the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Coleman on September 2, 2012
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This story a fascinating mixture of the Steampunk and Western genres. The writing is clean and easy to read, and the author excels at unusual, and pleasing, descriptive imagery. The plot is creative and tightly written, a joy to read and it has surprising twists that leave the reader wanting more. I look forward to the next book of the series. I give this novelette five stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happimomma on March 6, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and am compelled to share some kudos: (1) The story pulls you in fast and the detail in the writing makes you feel like you are actually there - I could see the scenery unfold before me as I read about it, down to the dust and heat. (2) I was fascinated by the Steam-punk backdrop and detail and want to know more - it added a uniqueness to the story that you won't find anywhere else. (3) I really enjoyed the characters. I pegged the main character for older than he actually is, but as you read about him, you realize that his actions relate to his age. As I learned more about his background it became obvious that he has a gritty upbringing so he is beyond his years in some ways, but not others. I enjoyed this complexity in his character. In summary - this is a great read and a totally fresh idea. My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the next installment! I can't wait to pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Murphy on January 20, 2014
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Crews is a refreshing word smith who, with layered descriptions, weaves a remarkably engaging world and story. My only complaint is that I'm eager for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on April 16, 2013
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Liberation at 50 paces, by Jarod Crews, is one of those stories that immediately grabs a hold of you, like tentacles of a Verne sea creature and pulls you down to the depths of the ocean, completely at its mercy.
Crews does not waste time asking the reader to be patient while he builds the story. He immerses the reader instantly and I found myself an enthralled bystander voyeuristically watching this seedy tale unfold. I was immediately drawn into the story by the vividly descriptive writing style of Crews. He sets the scene and tone of the story with incredible eloquence and at times I would have sworn that I could smell and taste the dusty streets of Cedar.
I also love the fact that the main character is part Native American and struggles with his own identity being elevated to a place in society that would normally have been only visible from beneath the heel of a boot. He is compelled, for various reasons, to champion those most cruelly affected by the business of slavery. This is a fresh take on steampunk, digging up truths in our own past and showing it in a different, albeit fictitious light shrouded in vivid steampunk imagery.
I found myself emotionally attached to the protagonist and rooting for him while I kept having to remind myself, it's just a story!
The only quam I have with it is that it is the only volume of the story available. I hope Crews is busy writing volume two because I am anxiously awaiting more ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hank on October 27, 2012
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I love short stories since they are bite sized morsels of literature that I can fit into my busy schedule. This short story was a great read which managed to pack a lot of depth in without coming across as wordy or an exercise of sesquipedalian microscopic description of minutia while detracting from the larger story like so many tend to. While some of the transitions were a bit sudden, you really get drawn into the character. Without creating a spoiler I'll say that I was hoping that the story would have ended closer to Liberation, but I guess that means I'll just have to wait until the next installment of this series comes out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Schwartz on October 24, 2012
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It's harsh, but one star was deducted because of my personal reading quirk -- I'm not real fond of present tense. I know, Jarod Crews uses it well. It's part of a strong narrative voice, but I just can't get over it. So four stars.

But moving on. This is an intriguing start to a new steampunk series. The fictional additions to the harsh reality of the historical Wild West serve to emphasise the starkness of lives then (and now). There are complex relationships of loyalty, identity and survival. There is conflict in spades -- which promises well for the series.

A flawed hero and a well-structured plot. Without sharing spoilers, it surprised me. The character of the mother is especially interesting, and in her scenes, much is revealed of the social tensions in this world.
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