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Nine-Tenths (English) [Kindle Edition]

Meira Pentermann
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Book Description

Leonard Tramer and his family live in Colorado, trapped behind the walls of a totalitarian state. Dedicated to one another and determined to find the free world, they plan an escape which defies the odds and deceives their tyrannical government.

Emerging at a time when personal liberties and Internet privacy are slowly eroding, NINE-TENTHS offers a window into a dysfunctional society, while celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit and the natural urge to resist oppression.

Editorial Reviews


Emerging at a time when personal liberties and Internet privacy are slowly eroding, NINE-TENTHS offers a window into a dysfunctional society, while celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit and the natural urge to resist oppression.

"I have read a lot of books about dystopian societies. They can really be hit or miss. This one was a hit." - Erin, The Ultimate Book Nook

"The book has themes coming from 1984, George Orwell, and Ayn Rand, but it's all done in a way that feels different and refreshing." - Jeffrey C. Meade

"Nine-Tenths is more than just a thriller. It's a sobering and all-too-real look at the end of a road we've already begun to travel, and I applaud the author for a job well done in presenting it. Easily one of the top five independent novels I've read, and highly recommended." - Stephen England

"If I were able to I'd give this book 6 stars - it could easily become an American classic!"- Jessica Buike

Product Details

  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Meira Pentermann; (English) edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MQNXG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,304 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about one family's need for freedom. November 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded Nine-Tenths last Saturday around 6:30 in the morning, and had it finished by noon. At 430 pages on my Kindle, this is not a short book, but I was so drawn into the story that I just had to keep reading straight through until it was finished.

Lately, I've been on a quest to find and promote self-published fiction that is truly good. I like the idea of people freely publishing their own work without depending on anyone other than themselves to decide whether they succeed or fail. But at the same time, I want that self-published fiction to be good. Professionally done. Edited. Free of misspellings. And most of all, I want fiction that causes an emotional reaction and makes me really care about the characters. Nine-Tenths is one of those books.

Nine-Tenths is both a time-travel story and a Dystopian future novel. While I'm always in when it comes to time travel, I tend to avoid most Dystopian society books on account of the fact that they depress the hell out of me. But I took a chance on Meira and Nine-Tenths, in the hopes that she could deliver a good story, and I'm glad I did.

Nine-Tenths is full of the kinds of tropes that you would expect of a book that explores a repressive society. Paranoia, fear, betrayal, a sense that the world is rotting from the inside, and that idea that is the most depressing of all; that Big Brother is watching every stinking move you make. And while there are those creepy, drama-filled scenes, the book doesn't descend into such a bleak place that you want to quit reading. There isn't a sense of hopelessness that can sometimes characterize this genre of fiction.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel! February 18, 2012
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I use my Kindle to hunt down fantasy and sci-fi themed books that cost .99 to 2.99 since I believe there is so much good out there missed by those looking for the next Game of Thrones. I personally have read so much that I have become tired of the same general theme to many fantasy/sci-fi novels, and even some of the deals through the Kindle are not that good. Then I came across Nine Tenths.

This book is definitely worth reading. It is really good and will keep you very interested up to the end. Yes, the book has themes coming from 1984, George Orwell, and Ayn Rand, but its all done in a way that feels different and refreshing. I was never bored and enjoyed all of the major characters. It left me asking myself how far down that road could we go in the real world.

I personally hope there is some kind of sequel where he tries to save his wife and take both his wife and daughter back to his world. I also would love to learn more about the dystopian world that they are living in. What is it like in other areas of the country? How does the rest of the world view the USA? Is the whole world like this? Why did Leonard's co-worker get so pissed off when he was talking about East Germany? What the hell happened in Europe? I want to learn more about the President and why hes such a lunatic. Maybe we could see Leonard become the leader of the rebels since he comes from a different world and knows what the twisted USA should look like. Can a man so uncaring about anything except himself in the beginning, with a lack of confidence in himself, become the savior of another world.

I could go on, but this book is just really good and leaves you wanting more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian with a difference November 17, 2011
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I'm not a guy who likes time travel stories or dystopian stories. Nine-tenths is both. I had to fight against that. It isn't the book's fault. It's my own hang up: I have a hard time suspending belief to get sucked into time travel tales and the dystopian stuff goes against my natural optimism for the future. I never understood the charms of the classics of this genre: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, Anthem, or A Clockwork Orange.

But I kept reading Nine-tenths because it had something different than those works. Those are about the individual raging against their particular machine. Nine-tenths is about a family doing so. None of those others (least that I can remember) deal with the issue of family and the sacrifices a family would make in a world oppressed. Why is that? I've no answer. The sex of the author? Maybe. (N.B. I've not read The Handmaid's Tale...yet.)

Another aspect I liked about Nine-tenths is a difference in world view from prior dystopian novels. Most seem to work on the Marxist assumption that history is a tidal wave of inevitable social and cultural forces overpowering and overturning people and institutions. It holds the assumption that a single man is powerless. I can't abide that. Maybe that's why I don't like most of dystopian literature. It assumes that on the path to totalitarianism no one is 'standing athwart history yelling Stop'.

Nine-tenths beginning seemed to keep this tradition alive. However, throughout the book it is slowly countered and a certain unexpected and surprising twist completely rejects it. That made me smile.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alternate reality adventure April 16, 2012
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I usually read reviews from other readers before purchasing a book, but this one I based solely on the Product Description. It sounded interesting, and the story did not disappoint! This is one of the best books I've read in awhile. I found myself actually needing to put it down from time to time because the situations the characters found themselves in were stiffling even to me, and I needed to step away to lose the "walls closing in" feeling.

The main character of the story accidentally killed a young child 30 years before, and spent every waking moment working on a machine to take him back so he could fix his error. When he finally gets the machine to work, he emerges into a world competely changed, and not for the better. He now has a family, and they are trapped in a world where Big Brother watches every move, and personal freedoms are lost to the government. He now must find a way to save himself and his family from this new (to him) nightmare scenario.

As another reviewer suggested, the ending leaves an opening for a sequal, and I hope the author gives us one! Highly recommended story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man from our own USA suddenly finds himself in a terrible...
An imperfect yet entertaining cautionary tale. A man from our own USA suddenly finds himself in a terrible totalitarian version of our nation. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Steve's World
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Action is little slow and you push yourself to keep reading.
Published 6 days ago by czarneoki
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I finished reading this jewel about a year ago and completely forgot to write a review however short.
Time travel, a dystopian society, butterfly effect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca of Troy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
But really, the ending was rather trite. It was "surprise!" ... Not. But until then it was a good story of a post-U.S. police state.
Published 2 months ago by Jana Boardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed my expectations
Nine-Tenths is part time-travel, part future-dystopia and full-time easy reading. Once started, I found the novel hard to put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail-biting political thriller
Meira Pentermann has done it again. I did not enjoy "Nine-Tenths" as much as Firefly Beach, because of the subject matter, but I rated the book five stars because the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peg Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book is very well written and is a great story. It doesn't get boring or have any dry spells. Definitely give it a go and don't read any reviews that gives too much of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by car i sa
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Narrative is clean and story is solid. There may be a slight issue with suspension of disbelief in the beginning, but don't give up on the story. It's entertaining and told well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin P. Kilburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a nice read (spoiler alert)
I was lucky enough to pick this book up for free. I'm glad that I did. Although time travel stories have been told many times, this one has a bit of a twist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you focused on the plot
Enough twists and turns that you want to keep reading and you want more at the end. Very good read.
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More About the Author

On slow, snowy days in her Colorado home, Meira Pentermann enjoys cozying up on the couch with a novel. Naturally, snow is not a requirement; neither is the couch. In fact, she sees no reason not to indulge in reading three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Apocalyptic science fiction, mysteries, and young adult titles top her Kindle list, but legal thrillers and chik-lit make an appearance now and then.

When not absorbed in writing or reading, Meira enjoys life's little moments with her family - the love and devotion of her black lab, the quiet wisdom of her artistic twenty-one-year-old, the trials and triumphs of her petite sixth grader, and the unlimited encouragement offered by her Dutch husband.

Meira strives to write stories that deliver the unexpected. She prefers down-to-earth characters that look and behave like regular folks. The prom queen and Adonis take a backseat to reclusive, soul-searching heroines and quirky, introverted gentlemen.

Meira's first novel, Firefly Beach, released on March 16, 2009 through Lyrical Press, is a paranormal cozy mystery set on the coast of Maine.

Her second novel, Nine-Tenths, is a dystopian science-fiction released in 2011.

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