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One Blood [Kindle Edition]

Qwantu Amaru , Stephanie Casher
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Horror/Suspense Lovers, Look No Further!

Get your copy of this Award-Winning Amazon bestseller with over 30,000 copies sold!

One Blood is a supernatural thriller that will leave you wanting more from this author. Rich themes of voodoo, family curses, political ambitions and a quest for power are dominant in this roller coaster ride set in Louisiana. Governor Randy Lafitte is popular and beloved after battling back from brain cancer, but his political success has come with a price. When his daughter is kidnapped Lafitte is confronted with a past he thought died a long time ago. However, what hasn't caught you, hasn't passed you. And what comes for Lafitte may way more than he or the forces behind him can handle as he fights the demons (literally demons) from his past.

˃˃˃ Accolades for One Blood

Kirkus Review's Best of 2012

Winner of two 2012 International Book Awards

Winner of a 2012 Global eBook Award

Winner of a 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Award

Winner of a 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award

Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2012 Reader's Favorite Book Awards Silver Medal

˃˃˃ Praise for One Blood:

"A novel of remarkable merit that blazes trails, plotted at breakneck speed that won't let up."

Kirkus Book Review

"This is one horror tale that is obviously the result of meticulous drafting and editing, as well as an awesome debut novel from a master of the craft."”�

Indie Reader.com

"ONE BLOOD is a richly detailed,intricately woven tale rendered in lush, evocative prose. This memorable debut heralds Qwantu Amaru as a talent well worth watching."

Brandon Massey, award-winning author of DARK CORNER and COVENANT

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"One Blood" is a very impressive first novel by Qwantu Amaru. It is epic in scope and the details in the book show that a lot of work and research went into crafting this tale."

LiteraryMayhem.com

"If you like novels that keep you on the edge of your seat, novels that keep you awake because you just have to know what happens next, and novels that are not a disappointment, then you will love this book."

Bella Online

"I highly recommend One Blood to those who enjoy dark, gritty, thought-provoking epics full of intrigue and aren't put off by characters who constantly get their hands dirty."

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By Kirkus Book Reviews:

"A governor and his sordid past are at the heart of a tale of retribution in Amaru's stunning debut novel. Amaru's greatest achievement is a nonlinear story that still manages to be clean-cut and precise. The plot bounces readers from one time period to another--flashbacks sometimes occur during other flashbacks, and dream sequences meld into memories and back into real time. Despite this narrative style, the story is, surprisingly, never perplexing. Amaru skillfully manages this feat by presenting uncertainty--such as Lincoln's relationship with a man named Amir--but immediately clarifying it with prior events, complete with a time stamp. Similarly, voodoo and many appearances of loa (spirits) are treated sincerely, not merely as wacky, otherworldly manifestations. The thorough examination of peoples' pasts allows for sharp, distinct characters. This heightens the tension between characters engaged in high-pressure situations, of which the author has ample supply. For deep-rooted characters immersed in violence, the novel's defining moment may be a wounded man reciting the Lord's Prayer aloud while dodging bullets in a blistering gun battle.

(One Blood) is a gutsy book that blazes trails, plotted at breakneck speed that won't let up."

From the Author

Hello Horror and Suspense Readers! Thanks for taking the time to check out my book. I began One Blood back in 2000 and my how the world has changed in the nearly 12 year's since I first put pen to paper. What hasn't changed is my love of great fiction and my commitment to keep bringing you exceptional story-telling. I sincerely hope you take a chance on this debut author and spend some of your hard-earned money on my novel. You won't be sorry you did!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1734 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: The Pantheon Collective (TPC Books) (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GDO844
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A debut novel that can hold it's own with the best. December 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Writing is re-writing. Here's proof.

Two months ago I gave Quantu Amaru's debut novel four out of five stars and thought I was being generous. I faulted the first few chapters for stylistic lapses. Then I tried to reassure people slumming through the literary sub-cellar of cheap reads that, in spite of its flaws, "One Blood" was worth a look.

Well, after some fine-tuning, "One Blood" is now, officially, a five star read. You know it from the first sentence. Don't believe me? Check out the Kirkus Book Review above. (Of course, we AMATURE reviewers were FIRST!)

I won't tell you that that "One Blood" reads like a Stephen King novel - because it doesn't. (We've read ENOUGH imitation Stephen King.) No. Quantu Amaru has AN ORIGINAL VOICE - one worth listening to. The prose is tight and vivid - enviably lean where it needs to be, reminding you of James Patterson on his best days but with more depth of character. The story ambitiously takes a cross section of Louisiana society: good cops, bad cops, politicians, prisoners, preachers, ghosts and demons and forges them into a complex but coherent tale of murder and political intrigue -- all rounded off by a good, old-fashioned, Voodoo blood curse.

You may think, like I did, that with so many characters and an unusual plot structure that jumps back and forth through time, that you'll have trouble keeping track of everything -- but Quantu's ear for dialogue is dead on. (The characters are pains-takingly drawn. His bigoted villain, who isn't the cardboard cut-out you were expecting, uses his racial slurs with casual, chilling conviction. Amaru's gang-banger swears like a gang-banger - and the rest of the characters don't.) You won't have any trouble following this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Blood December 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really struggled through this book and consequently I decided to mull it over for a few days before giving my review.

I think the reason I had difficulty following the story was that there were so many characters and the chapters jumped from one situation to another with little sense of transition. Having said that, however, the story itself was interesting and the writing style, grammar and sentence structure were far above average! The main problem I experienced was a lack of continuity.

I received a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written with Strong Prose. April 30, 2012
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One Blood is an excellent discourse of interwoven tales. The story is engaging and as it unfolded, each of the characters came to life in their own way. The cast was well written and none of them shone more brightly than any of the others. In a book with a huge cast of characters, you sometimes find that one or more of them are written with more depth, either by design or accident. In One Blood, each character plays an integral role and as a result, are all believable, and even more importantly, could exist in the society that we inhabit today.

The prose that Amaru uses throughout is fluid and quite lovely at times, while in others they hold the edge that they need to. It's a tool that helps the interwoven plot to move smoothly. If I were to offer a criticism, it would be this - as the interwoven story unfolds, there is a necessity for each story to be told at a certain pace. There were times, while reading, where all I wanted was the chance to read more than a snippet of certain stories. The brief glimpses are a necessary evil when creating tension and mystery, but there were times I found it distracting. I wanted to know so much more of a particular story that I found I had to slow down and read what was in front of me, otherwise I would miss something important. And that's not a bad thing in any way, since it only serves to keep the reader engaged and waiting for the next piece.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this book even about? May 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
I actually got a copy of this book to review from Authors Requesting Reviews program and I signed up for this book because it did sound really good! However I just can't finish it! 44% in and I just don't care what happens to anyone in the book, have no connection with anyone at all. I'm not even sure what the plot is even supposed to be!
If you go and read the description of this book I can't find anywhere what this book is even supposed to be truly about. I almost never just stop reading books but I can't waste more time reading this.
The story is hard to follow and jumps around a lot and not smoothly. The first half of the book seemed like the story, which was about a guy who's kids are cursed to die 3 days after there 18th birthday and his daughter is kidnapped, then the second half is more of the back story after you more or less find out what happened?
I hate to give books such a low review and if you liked the story great! Just for me makes no sense and has a total lack of a real plot.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow, jumpy- all over the place December 19, 2012
By jimmy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow- this book had really high reviews so my expectations were high-omg this book was hard to read for me. It started out interesting and I was getting into it, but about 10% in the book, it's like there were more than one author writing this book...and not all at the same time. It was confusing and frustrating to me to read...and honestly..the writing was really cheesy at times. Sorry! Its the truth...I really don't understand WHY it got such high reviews.....I finished the book only because I am the type to finish a novel..but it was really painful...so painful that I had to write a review to maybe warn others. If you like reading a mindless book..this is it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail bitter!
Ooh this was a good book. I finished it in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down. My daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting the author at an Expo in Oakland, CA. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book. Vindictive main character, violent content. ...
Awful book. Vindictive main character, violent content. I didn't finish it and I deleted it.
Published 2 months ago by kd
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical
Author did amazing job of leading through the back and forth of time to tell the supernatural story and tell how each of the characters fit with the story and each other.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars one bloo yuk
Too much trashy ebonis, low clas trash talk and not much of a story line. Truly disappointed. Will read no more of his/her (?) books.
Published 4 months ago by Lady J
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of my time, could have been reading something I enjoyed.
I thought it was too far out gor me. I finished it but not very enjoyable. No, I would not recommend it to anyone,unless you believe in dragons.
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Pomponio
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Creepy
One Blood is a roller-coaster of suspense, mystery, and in and out of the past, present, and future events of where the curse all started. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dream 4 More Book Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars just not my favorite kind of book
Too discriptive!
Too much detail and it's just not an interesting story to me
Story jumps around from one time to another
Published 6 months ago by JuRhodes
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Thriller
I usually appreciate books with strong political themes like this, and while it had good promise, it still falls somewhat flat and convoluted in the end.
Published 7 months ago by J. Gallen
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading
I enjoyed the story and the development of the characters but I was a little overwhelmed with some of the plot. It does show what money and power can do.
Published 7 months ago by JudyB
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More About the Author

Qwantu Amaru has been writing since the age of 11. An avid reader, he has always aspired to write suspenseful page turners and socially significant literature like those of his writing influences Richard Wright, Harper Lee, Walter Mosley, Tananarive Due, Anne Rice, Wilbur Smith, Michael Connelly, Dan Brown, Brandon Massey, and Stephen King.

​Qwantu draws his inspiration from his modest upbringing in small towns and cities across the US as well as experiences living abroad in Brazil and Turkey. In addition to his first novel, ONE BLOOD, Qwantu has published five volumes of poetry and produced one Spoken Word Album. Qwantu is an active member of the outstanding socially active poetry collective Black on Black Rhyme out of Tallahassee, FL. He is also part owner and one third of The Pantheon Collective, an independent publishing venture dedicated to bringing high quality independent books to the masses while empowering and inspiring other authors to follow their dreams. In November 2012, Qwantu launched AuthorDiscovery.com, a website and author services company with the aim of making it easier for good authors to get discovered by readers.

Qwantu currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey while researching his next thriller The Uneasy Sleep of Giants.

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