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Memory's Child [Kindle Edition]

Lynnette Spratley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Phoenix Nest: Guardians of the Future

Shelana is a genius with a lot to learn. A descendant of genetically enhanced humans known as Preservationists, Shelana roams a landscape devoid of civilization in a world that long ago managed to advance itself right back to the Stone Age.
Presers have only one lifetask: to pass on to their children the knowledge stored in their enhanced memories so that eventually, when mankind is ready to use it wisely, civilization may be restored.
The tragedy that leaves Shelana on her own too soon also sets her on a second path that threatens to end her life before her lifetask is complete. To make matters worse, she faces a constant battle against the powerful, bloodthirsty Myths. Their leader, Vernon, wants to eradicate Preservationists so he alone can control the redevelopment of civilization. Vernon has made one mistake that may ruin his plans, a mistake the Myth leader doesn't even remember. But Shelana does.
Winner of the Authorlink 2001 International New Author Awards Competition, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.
A sample of the sequel to Memory's Child, Phoenix Rising: The Battle Begins, is INCLUDED in Memory's Child if you buy the Kindle edition after June 4, 2013. If you have an earlier edition, you can get The Battle Begins for your Kindle on Amazon or borrow it if you're a PRIME member.

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About the Author

A voracious reader since the age of four, Lynnette Spratley eventually began constructing her own stories whenever she ran out of books to read, which was often. She enjoys exploring nature and human nature, and speculating on the future of both. Spratley is a longtime freelance writer and journalist. She lives in central Georgia with her husband and an ever-changing slate of rescued dogs and cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615654509
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gray Dove Books (February 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DQ4WHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In a stark future world wrought from man's inclination toward annihilation, two groups of people struggle to survive and shape the future of mankind. The group known as the Myths is led by bloodthirsty, power-hungry Vernon, whose primary goal is to shape the future of civilization the way he wants it, with him at the helm. And he has the power, determination, and lack of morals to achieve his goal at any cost. Working against him are the Preservationists, or Presers, a group of genetically enhanced humans whose lives are centered around a single goal: preserving the knowledge of the past so it may be used in the future when mankind is ready to rebuild a humane and wise civilization. At the heart of the Preser's effort is Shelana, a young woman determined to protect her daughter and pass on the information and knowledge that is her destiny. But that determination puts her at the bull's eye of Vernon's target as he attempts to wipe out the Presers once and for all, changing Shelana's destiny to one of mere survival and, after her family is murdered, one of vengeance. It's a fool's task except for one thing. Shelana possesses a powerful but deadly secret: knowledge of Vernon's one potentially fatal mistake. If she can survive long enough to use this knowledge, it will give Shelana hope for the vengeance she seeks, and all of mankind hope for the future. If she can survive....

I was one of a privileged few who read Memory's Child years ago when Spratley first wrote it and I'm ever so happy to see it finally out there for others to read. It's a definite page-turner, a cautionary tale set in a world that is bleak and depressing, but woven through with threads of hope for a brighter future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Sharon
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Picked this up as the post-apocolyptic scenario sounded different, which it was. Writing was a bit uneven, characters were fairly well developed although not always consistent but the storyline made it an entertaining read for me ... until I got to the cliffhanger ending. Ended just minutes before a big battle began between two of the major groups.

Major pet peeve for me and I've been running into this gimmick so often lately, I've lost every bit of patience I ever managed to develop for it.

Updated to add: Author has written a novella to continue this story and I have upgraded my 1-star rating which I gave due to the cliffhanger ending to a 3-star. Would probably have rated it even higher but I'm still personally annoyed at the initial cliffhanger ending.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! March 9, 2012
By Joanne
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A fast paced, well written sci fi novel with realistic characters & a plot that sucks you in. I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to see what happens next.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Gin
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I finished your book and OMG lady!!! It is such an awesome book! I hate that it ended. I can not wait to see what happens to Shelana, Race and Fellon. They have sooo much more to do and so much story left to be told. I have just fallen in love with them and when I got to the last page, I was sick that it had ended. When will the next book be out? I'm dying out here not having another book that continues on where this one left off. Congratulations Lynette! You definately have a winner on your hands. For anyone that has not yet read Lynettes' book by all means, get it now!!! SMemory's Child (Phoenix Nest: Guardians of the Future)tick with after you start reading it. It gets better and better the more you read. Very addictive! Hugs girl, you have made it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay June 15, 2012
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I liked the plot even though it was a little drawn out. I don't ordinarily read romances, and I got tired of Race's selfishness. I didn't see much to love about the man. Scattered throughout the story are commentaries about society and environmental issues, which are a little preachy. The ending was abrupt, leading into the sequel(s). For a free book, it was okay. I probably wouldn't buy the sequel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, sometimes engaging story, but... June 15, 2012
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I had real problems with the writing at times. At one point the hero's eyebrows get raised like caterpillars racing up a tree. Really? There were also some real inconsistencies with some of the characterizations. We are told repeatedly what a genius the heroine is, yet there is so much she doesn't notice or can't figure out even though she is also considered to be exceptionally curious. Perhaps she just has a really good memory, but we are told (never shown by any evidence in the story itself) that she has a super high IQ. I kept waiting for her to use it at least once or twice, even in a way that didn't matter much to the story, but I can't remember even one incident where she did. Sometimes, she was treated as humorously naive, and she shouldn't have been if she had the intelligence she was supposed to have had. I could never get passed this problem. Also, the character of Race is very inconsistent - cold one minute and overly solicitous the next. The time sequence is not very well laid out. I had to work to figure out how much time had passed.
********SPOILER ALERT (I guess.)********** Finally, the book ends just as we reach the climax. All that buildup, and then it drops off.

I like to give indie writers a break, especially on early efforts. But when they have received so many positive and very generous reviews, it does seem like a dose of reality is needed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many inconsistencies
I couldn't even finish this book. There are too many inconsistencies and plot holes in the first few chapters that they completely destroyed any enjoyment for this story I might... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kamal
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Very good read! It had me wanting to read more every day. I wish she would come out with a second book because the ending to the first one left me speechless.
Published 5 months ago by jason plattner
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read
I found it a very worthy read, unique storyline that builds to an attention keeping end. Eager to read the next instalment. A good author of a well thought out novel.
Published 10 months ago by Kiwiangel
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it.
Good premise and overall plot is very intriguing. The first few chapters were engaging, painting a picture of a post-apocalyptic world where tea-partiers and climate change... Read more
Published 17 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Mud, stone and superstition
Memory's Child
by Lynnette Spratley
4 1/2 Stars

This book was well-written. The writer obviously knows her craft, but more than that, she describes a future... Read more
Published 21 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good story, hope to see more from the author.
I enjoyed this one, very well written. If you have trouble letting fiction just be fiction you might find a few things to nit-pick in the storyline. Read more
Published on April 10, 2013 by TonyM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
Lynnette Spratley is a friend so naturally I HAD to read this book. She's a brilliant and creative lady and I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars New outlook on Future
This book was very interesting and kept you thinking throughout. Its a new twist on what could happen in the future. Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars great book.....waiting for book 2
good story, good characters. The first book didn't end very well (a lot of us didn't like the way we were just left hanging), a bunch of emails were sent to the author, she wrote... Read more
Published on March 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read couldnt put it down
Reminded me of hunger games. Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Lots of stitched together exciting adventures with some very interesting characters. Read more
Published on March 16, 2013 by Tall David
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