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New Beginnings (Vitalis Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 92 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From the Author

There seems to be a lot of vitriol in the reviews about the length of this and other Vitalis books. My intention with this series was to provide a fun and quick read, and I priced them accordingly at only $.99. Well now New Beginnings, the first one, is FREE and shall remain that way indefinitely.

I did this because I want people to sample it first and, if you like it, go and buy the 400+ page omnibus which includes all of the first 7 parts. I'm continuing the Vitalis series indefinitely with full length novels, the next following the Vitalis Omnibus will be Vitalis: Resurrection (coming soon)

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Humans have advanced to span multiple solar systems, diminish the effects of aging, and conquer the human genome, yet their cruelty towards their own kind binds them to the stone age. The rim worlds are the outer solar systems for human civilization. Men and women earn their living with their wits and talents, although treachery often nets a bonus.
 
The Rented Mule is a ship with a crew seeking to earn an honest living in a realm of dishonesty. No stranger to trouble, they know the unwritten rules of the trade and have avoided being claimed as "salvage" for many years.
 
On a routine transport mission the Mule has to struggle with not only the usual dangers of traveling through rim systems, but also a new navigator with a troubled past and a romantic interest in the ship's engineer.
 
Plagued by threats from without and within, the crew's only hope when the Mule suffers catastrophic damage may be an uncharted planet. The fate of the Rented Mule and crew is in the hands of the neophyte navigator.

Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing LLC (August 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KKEC8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Short version: Jason Halstead is a science fiction and fantasy author who spends his free time with his wife and two children, writing, and powerlifting.

Long version: Jason's always wanted to write, but making a living at it seemed unobtainable. So instead of writing fiction, he turned to writing code. That paid the rent and let him dabble in fiction.

The common theme shared by almost every great writer is perseverance. Refusing to accept denial by traditional publishing and agents, Jason was finally accepted at a publisher that was harnessing the cresting wave of ebooks. That ride, although bumpy, gave him the experience and knowledge necessary to strike out and improve his craft.

Jason now has multiple books out and regularly helps out other budding authors struggling to makes sense of the industry. He's a stickler on editing and professionalism, but also believes wholeheartedly that his readers aren't just customers, they're his friends. He wants to know them and encourages them to visit his website (http://www.booksbyjason.com), his blog (http://booksbyjason.wordpress.com), and even more to email him (jason@booksbyjason.com) so he can interact with them. His books come from his imagination and from his heart, and more than one of his friends has inspired him and shown up for at least a cameo appearance in one of his titles.

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There are some things to like about these books however . . .

I bought and read up through Evolution which is priced at 1.99 rather than .99 and what this means is I have now paid seven bucks for about a third of a normal length paperpack. You are welcome Jason Halstead. Your writing is passable, keep at it, it does seem to be improving, but yes, in my view the Amazon business model is being abused. Even were they as greedy, uncaring, and rapacious as they are sometimes reputed to be, real publishers wouldn't attempt to pass off a few chapters as a whole book.

Also, the characters, all hunks and hotties and ranging from very-good-looking to magnificent gods and godesses, seem to spend an awful lot of time naked, looking at each others privates, making mental comments about them, and thinking about them later. Perhaps the most egregious example of this is in the beginning of the first "book" of the series. Piling it on that early and that obviously is somewhat insulting to the reader; it seems to almost assume we are all voyeurs (and even if it were necessary from a story perspective it could have been a lot less, hmm, meatier). Forever afterwards we are forced to think of the protagonist's main squeeze as the-short-guy-who's-a-big-guy-where-it-counts. Newsflash, fourteen year old boys don't really need all this text sex and voyeurism anymore; they have the internet.

Also, an enormous amount of the writing seems to be blow by blow descriptions of every single physical motion that any character makes, plus grunts and bruises, detail is nice to a point but when you take it too far, it's just eating into story advancement.
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The Planetary Defense Command blog gave this story the lowest possible rating.

Chapter one was a description of a naked man in a locker room. Chapter two was a sex scene. Maybe there is a space pirate attack later in the book, but I quit reading after two chapters, so I can't say. To me, the description of the book doesn't match its content. If a book is full of naked locker room scenes and sex scenes, the author should let the readers know this in the description.
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for $.99 this is a great little book to read before bed...the key word is little. All the books in this series should be in one big book with different parts, not 6 different $.99 books at this point. I enjoyed these because I'm a girl and there is a kick butt female lead in the books Kira, and she is the reason I continue to read them.

So Mr. Halstead if you're reading your Amazon reviews, put these together as one book and don't charge more than $6.99 for it once you get part 7 finished because I'm sure you're about done with that!
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There are seven books in this series they are so incredibly short they should be described as seven parts or chapters. If you enjoy paying by the chapter then this is a good "book" (seven parts) to read. I feel ripped off to have to "pay by the chapter" and will not read this author again. Not a bad story and I wouldn't have minded paying $5 or $6 for the entire book but to have to buy chapters (he calls them books)at 99 cents each leaves me feeling ripped off and taken advantage of. Recommend you look for a different author...
Addendum - the author just replied that he has combined these seven "chapters" books into on compendium - based on that note I would recommend it to everyone!!!!
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Vitalis: New Beginnings

I was not sure how much I would like this: especially considering the rocky beginning. The narrative is okay though sometimes it feels like the writing could be more polished. It also is difficult to tell if the glitches in the dialogue are deliberate though sometimes it seems more that there is a greater need for editing.

This novella also takes a bit of a leap toward being somewhat erotic which would tend to have me put in mature young adult if I were to consider it for young adults so from age 18 up with mature added.

It took about a quarter of the story for me to warm up to this story. It feels like we get a lax view of a star-ship crew at the beginning that makes us wonder how they might survive anything and then the Main Character turns out to have a second personality that puts her close to a Deus ex Machina planted into the story. Perhaps some bit of nod to the FireFly Series in a small way.

What this does have going for it are some interesting characters in a rather fantastic story where they manage to survive a number of attempts to pirate their ship from under them. I'm not really clear on the plot of the story because it seems to heavily lean toward the main character Kira who is also apparently Emily trying to come to grips with who she is and the fact that she leads a more interesting life than she believes.

Kira is uncertain how she lucked into this crew of misfits, but apparently Captain Sharp has been keeping his own secret: he was paid a handsome sum to take her aboard. But I won't go much further into that because you have to read this.
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