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One Blood [Kindle Edition]

Qwantu Amaru , Stephanie Casher
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Horror/Suspense Lovers, Look No Further! Get your copy of this Award-Winning Amazon bestseller with nearly 50,000 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 a 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award
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.""�

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."

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'll be glad you did! Please follow me on twitter (@onebloodbook) and on goodreads so we can interact further and I can answer any questions you may have.
Happy reading,
Qwantu (kwan-too)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1479 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this book even about? May 7, 2012
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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19 of 21 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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18 of 20 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
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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 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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16 of 18 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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3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not fantastic
Not a fan of books that go from present to past back and forth. If you read once a day for a few minutes like I do, it tends to be hard to keep up.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Kolscher
The first part of the book definately drew me in with great interest. I would like to give it a 4 1/2 rating, actually. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sylvia Banschbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read.
This was a horror/suspense story that I really enjoyed. One fact you should know - subsitute Isaac for Katrina. When you read, you'll understand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Capricorn
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Published 5 months ago by MS.C
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like it!!!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Pedro Ferreira
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
The overall subject matter was well written and interesting,but the characters, the flashbacks, and the body hopping was confusing to me.
Published 5 months ago by hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars One. blood
Bouncing back and forth between years so confusing at first but eventually it grabbed me . I could not stop reading.
Published 6 months ago by dblbogie
5.0 out of 5 stars It was page turning from start to finish. Looking ...
It was page turning from start to finish. Looking forward to reading more of his work. Well written. So much history & details.
Published 6 months ago by Jus1Ebo
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what your expecting
voodoo black magic politicians slavery, modern day bank robbery teenagers paying for their ancestors mistakes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read
THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS !!!! Could not put it down! Loved it !!!!! It has it all, h
Suspense,mystery,action,history,and drama.
Published 6 months ago by sue Collins
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More About the Author

Qwantu Amaru (kwan-too-a-mar-oo) is the bestselling award winning novelist of One Blood - a Kirkus Reviews Novel of Remarkable Merit.

10 Random Facts about Qwantu:

1. He is a novelist, poet, and spoken word artist (check out his free spoken word album Mic Check on reverbnation)
2. He also has an MBA in marketing and has spent 14 years working in the pharmaceutical industry in the US, Brazil, and the Middle East
3. He started writing One Blood when he was 23 and took 12 years to write, edit, and publish the award-winner under his independent publishing venture The Pantheon Collective
4. He gets very nervous before performing or speaking in public
5. He can play four instruments: oboe, bassoon, baritone sax, and clarinet
6. Some of his favorite authors are Stephen King, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, Tananarive Due, Anne Rice, Michael Connelly, Brandon Massey, and Wilbur Smith
7. He does his best writing at night between 8 and 10 pm
8. His aim is to write stories that will entertain, provoke thought, and spark discussion
9. So far he has lived in Pittsburgh, PA; Charleston, WV; Tallahassee, FL; Detroit, MI; Lake Charles, LA; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Philadelphia, PA; Jersey City, NJ; and Istanbul, Turkey and visited nearly 40 countries around the world
10. One Blood has won 10 Awards to date and been downloaded over 40,000 times on Amazon

Follow him on twitter @onebloodbook

Qwantu is currently hard at work on a new trilogy with book I coming in 2015.

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