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Red Rain: The Prequel to Crook Q (Unaccepted Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Aubrey Hansen , Shaun MacAlpine
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Read how it all began! The innocent mishap that reunited a family--and put a young outcast at the center of a war.

Government regulations said they had no choice. 17-year-old Philadelphia must stay on Earth in the care of complete strangers while her father is sent against his will to Mars. When a benevolent official allows her to accompany her father, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth. But when a search for her deceased brother's Bible leads her into a hallway that isn't supposed to exist, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn't want to answer--the choice between returning to Earth or destroying it.

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About the Author

20-something homeschool graduate from Wisconsin. Self-published author, produced screenwriter, fast food worker. YA, science fiction, drama. Christian. Chatty, enthusiastic, dastardly positive. Twitter nerd, Sharpie collector, snake owner. Aubrey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aubrey Hansen (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K21VU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read March 26, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Recommend for: All ages, mild sci-fi lovers, those looking for a short read, those wanting to support homeschool authors.

Can I be honest? I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi because I don't like most of it that is out there. I know, this is hard to believe coming from a science fiction writer, but it's true. Red Rain was a resounding exception.
One day, while working on Homeschool Authors, I found out about Aubrey Hanson. When I stumbled on her website, I saw that there was a free audio book. One day while I was busy mindlessly entering data into the computer at work, I put on my head phones and started listening to the book. I was hooked from the first few sentences. In fact, I stayed up late when I got home (even though I had to get up early the next morning) to finish the book.

A week or so later I bought the Kindle book and thrust the Kindle at my twelve-year-old sister, telling her she would love this book (my twelve-year-old sister is one of the few people in the family that will sit and watch corny old sci-fi movies with me). She brought the Kindle back to me the next day declaring that the book had been too short. "It was such a good book! Why didn't you make it longer?"

What I loved about it:
First off; Grace Pennington, the girl who read the book, has an amazing voice. If I ever had an audio book done of my books, she would be the one I would choose to do it.

The suspense was excellent and made me frustrated when the downloader didn't buffer fast enough to keep up. I loved the faith displayed in this book. Without giving anything away, in the end they make a decision that goes against what many Christians would have chosen. It is the hard, much less traveled road of doing what is right, even if sets you back personally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read October 28, 2011
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So, I found out about this book through the Christian fantasy website Holy Worlds, and bought it for my Kindle. I figured it was the least I could do to help out a new author! I started it, then set it aside for a while, then picked it back up and finished it very quickly.
This is a very good and enjoyable book, told in first person, past tense by the protagonist Philadelphia, a girl who is 16 years old, I believe. It is a futuristic dystopian sci-fi, set in the former United States and on Mars. The beginning was a little confusing at first, and I thought the part with a neighbor family was a little forced and unnecessary.
Philadelphia goes by two nicknames: Phil and Philli. I prefer the latter, and once or twice I kind of got confused because when someone would say, "Phil," I would automatically think they were talking to a boy (though there is no boy by that name in the book). Another minor complaint I have is the brevity of this book. I think it probably could have been a bit longer.
Now, for the good (which far outweighs the bad):
Philli lives alone with her father. Her brother was sent to Mars, and her mother is dead. She and her father have a very sweet relationship; I wish more father-daughter relationships in books and movies were portrayed this way. They are both Christians, and they struggle with not compromising their faith. Compromising would mean that they could get out of the oppressive concentration-like camps they are in.
I'm not going to spoil the story, but basically, Philli and her father are sent to Mars (her father is a scientist) to work in a research center that is there. Philli unintentionally stumbles onto some secrets while exploring, and also makes a friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moderated Fanaticism July 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Red Rain (n). 1. A first-person science-fiction novella by a Christan author beginning her career. 2. A deadly weapon the protagonist of the novel must choose to work to her advantage or in accordance to her faith.

If only it could have been longer...
is the chief of my few laments of this novella. I devoured it in two hours or so. I am one of Aubrey's biggest fans, and could rave about the book if I wanted, but I will force myself to consider its shortcomings.
A few of the characters lacked the development I would have liked to see...BUT the main character, the first-person narrator, is so deep and three-dimensional that it makes up for it.
Sometimes the plot feels rushed in awkward spots. The whole novella seems to pass by in about ten days of time, which doesn't sound like normal life at all. However, the events of the story are anything but normal, so that is understandable.
The best way to say it is that I would not have written this same story at all the same way. But taken as it's own work of fiction, Red Rain is much deserving of its cost and the time it would take to read it, and will leave you with a satisfied feeling... only wishing that Aubrey would have written it longer.
As part of my response to it's length, I have composed some fan fiction off of this same universe, so that should tell you how much I loved the overall novella!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful August 24, 2012
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Stars - 5

My Opinion -
With solid craft and poignant world building, Aubrey Hansen has outlined a future both horrifying and realistic. I appreciated Hansen's character building skills. Philadelphia, Phil for short, behaves like a typical teenager, sometimes acting without considering the consequences and other times behaving like a mature adult. Philadelphia's love of God is demonstrated more than spoken of in the realistic manner one would expect of a persecuted people. Her strong bond with her family members despite distance and time also speaks strongly of the bond frequently felt by those who have been separated from family.

The prose is gripping and subtly engaging. I found myself pondering the story, characters, and plot long after I finished and set the story aside. I am eager to read more of Aubrey Hansen's work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Rain
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I am starting to read more sic fi books, and I found this book to be both engaging and easy to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite!
Loved this book! Could read again and again. The writing is extremely gripping - I listened to the audio, and every time I took a break from a chapter, it was all I could think of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut
Great debut from a young up and coming author. Red Rain drew me in from the very first page. I enjoyed how the author tied in spiritual aspects in an otherwise dystopian novella. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C.J. Darlington
4.0 out of 5 stars A smartly written story
The story was well written and original. The characters are believable and the protagonist likeable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary M. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Rain
My sisters and I listened to Red Rain together, and enjoyed it from beginning to end. Christian science fiction is really hard to find, and Red Rain is exactly that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Morgan Huneke, Christian Children's Book Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I please have more rating stars?
I love it!!!! It was quite the page turner, and the technology and plot were so cool! Philadelphia was a really neat character, and the dilemma she was in was quite interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Book Crazy
1.0 out of 5 stars The protagonist is too foolish to stand
Throughout the entire novella the protagonist is simply too foolish to stand. For example, whenever she feels pressured her only reaction is to fall apart and simply pray. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Colin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I liked Red Rain. Good story line but I did give it 4 stars because I would have liked more of how they got to the places where Christians were in ghettos.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I actually found this on a Free Christian books facebook page and that is why I got it.Seems good. blah
Published 22 months ago by Gayle Lange
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Clean Sci-Fi
Philadelphia just wanted to stay with her father. Her mother and brother had both died, and now, her father was being sent to Mars-without her. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Grace Pennington
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20-something homeschool graduate from Wisconsin. Self-published author, produced screenwriter, fast food worker. YA, science fiction, drama. Christian. Chatty, enthusiastic, dastardly positive. Twitter nerd, Sharpie collector, snake owner. Aubrey.

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