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Product Details

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460949048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460949047
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a truly original story and fascinating characters, this book creates an amazing world that you won't want to leave as you finish it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Irving on July 24, 2011
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When a friend told me about this book, I made the mistake of "taking a quick look." Since I'm just getting back into flying this summer after a few years away, I've really been trying to focus on study for my flight review, but I kept getting sucked back into this book instead! I really couldn't put it down (and since I was reading it in the Kindle edition on my iPod Touch, it was always at hand).

I'm not usually a fantasy reader (I tend to go for "hard SF"), but this book is somehow in a strange zone that is not quite fantasy, not quite "hard" science fiction, but is "sciencey" enough to reward my suspension of disbelief (great storytelling and characters helped too). The last time this happened was with a book Amazon was giving away as a Kindle loss-leader, "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik. I was skeptical because dragon books are generally pure fantasy, but it was no risk to try. In that book, Novik re-imagines the Napoleonic wars with air power - flying, intelligent, talking dragons that crews of men ride into battle. The historical fiction is played straight (like a naval history novel), and the dragons are simply folded into that world (with great relationships between the dragons and their crews, especially their captains). That worked well enough to sell me six sequels! I think Carlton's "ant world" will be equally fertile (despite a similar disregard for physical scaling laws - dragons as described would be way too heavy to fly, and ant-size humans? I don't know, but it works in the book!).

Some other reviewers have mentioned The Lord of the Rings, and I have to agree that the scope, world-building, compelling characters, and action/battle scenes of this book are of that quality.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Louis Emgee on May 18, 2011
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Prophets of the Ghost ants:

As a VERY picky, lifelong fan of sci-fi & fantasy -- novels, movies and television, it gives me great joy to give a "stand up and shout" positive review of Prophets of the Ghost Ants. Where your typical sci-fi and fantasy novels tread all to familiar worlds filled with tired tropes and overtly named characters or are pulled from the worst of the Joseph Campbell school of heroes, Ghost Ants delivers not only in the fully realized world it pulls us into but also with characters that are yes, familiar, but also as fresh as the core concept itself.

Set in an inconceivably far-flung future where Human beings are literally reduced to the bottom of the planetary ecosystem, the human societies of Ghost Ants are original in all the right places but also remind us of the rich tapestries of Herbert's Dune, Laloux's Fantastic Planet and Burroughs; John Carter of Mars series.

In short, Ghost Ants is that rare gem of science-fiction -- as thought provoking and relevant as it is fantastical and entertaining. Poetic in tone, epically cinematic in scale, The heroic adventures of Annand, the simple "roach boy" who rises above his class to lead his people to freedom is just that...a revelation in well-wrought storytelling that screams for continued adventures. A sci-fi epic with a "Vedic" heart of anti-caste environmentalism, yet at its core, a rip-roaring action story filled with massive battles, "giant" monsters and the kind of castle intrigue and royal backstabbing akin to the classics, round out this rousing adventure tale.

We are sure to see more of Annand and his fantastic world, the question now is... how long must we wait. I highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. McCaffree on May 17, 2011
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First off, throw the idea of sci-fi and fantasy out the window. Yes, "Prophets of the Ghost Ants" inhabits a bizarre world of insects both terrifying and tamed, but as fantastical as they are (and they really, really are), they are just the beginning and the backdrop to an epic human tale. The unfolding of the story and the biology/behavior of insects dovetail one another nicely -- it's really a masterful work that can make a real story progress in a surreal setting and seem natural and engrossing at the same time. "Ghost Ants" does this and's an ambitious page-turner that ranks among the best things I've read (and not just among works of science fiction).

You'll be excited to find that this novel is full of splinters of information you already know, but which have now been arranged in ways that are completely surprising. Everything you've ever learned about insects in school or out (I am a Discovery Channel nerd) has been captured in this world where knowledge about such things is a matter of life or death. Among the tribes of miniscule humans who live among the ants, you'll meet a lowly servant boy (the lowest actually -- some of his jobs will repulse you, but read on) and the silly rulers of an empire on the brink of two wars. There are grand battles between species that rival anything imagined by other writers of sci-fi, fantasy or our own history. There are gut-wrenching reversals of fortune, noble deaths, ignoble friendships and did I mention gargantuan roaches, slick with oils and reeking of filth? Well, perhaps it's not best to dwell on everything the book offers. :)

As you'll come to expect, "Ghost Ants" offers deeper meanings than just the foibles at hand, but I'll leave you to discover those for yourself. I can't recommend this mind-blowing and imaginative book enough. I was really pleased to discover its "alien" world just underfoot...and a great new writer to boot.
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