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Resonance, Vol. I (Approaching the Dark Age Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Chivers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Some legends speak of the earth turning on us for all the wicked we wrought. Some say creatures, monstrous behemoths of the depths, rose and sought our utter annihilation. In others, humanity simply destroyed itself with its own sadistic ways.

When our world darkened, however, something special occurred. Something changed inside us; something shaped our world's fabric beyond our mere five senses. Old fools' tales and wild, exaggerated fear mongering speak of such things - the stuff of curses and magic, known as Resonance.

Our journey begins with Maledream, a young Tribal man who seeks relief from his dreary way of life in his camp. His life has been, so far, nothing but a meaningless and dangerous one. As with all paths in life, our destinations also change. When Maledream sets off to scavenge for scraps after an argument with his foster-father, he's alerted to the screams of a woman in distress. He answers the call, but what he encounters is a nightmare far beyond Tribal fables.

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Other books in the Approaching the Dark Age Series:

Available Now:

Orchestra, Vol. II
Echo, Vol. III
Distortion, Vol. IV

Future Releases:

Chorus, Vol. V (TBA*)
Melody, Vol. VI (TBA*)
Finalverse, Vol. VII (TBA*) - Series Finale.

*Date subject to change.


Editorial Reviews

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"I absolutely loved this book. I was blown away and pleasantly surprised. This is a storyline like no other I have encountered before."

"An excellent book, and a well-written draw for the series."

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The quest together is exciting and descriptive with scientific and magical elements."

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This is an excellent read, well plotted, well paced with engaging characters. A vividly imagined post apocalyptic world and a thrill of adventure."

"I really enjoyed the way this book was written, it had comedy in it as well as dark moments that really made you feel the characters feelings."

From the Author

First and foremost, thank you for downloading my novels. Second, I hope you enjoy my titles as much as I had great enjoyment writing them. I know I am not the world's greatest writer, but I keep trying my hardest to make them the best that they can be.

Kindest regards and best wishes,

Matthew.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3974 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Dream-State Drive Publications; 2014 Kindle edition (March 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S61SXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By To Be
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If you haven't got a copy yet, hurry up and get one. This was one action packed exciting post-apocalyptic journey! Matthew Chivers creates a great story with protagonists, Maledream and Angelite, demonstrating bravery and the use of awesome resonating powers. The two meet after Maledream discovers her in a ruined library facing a vicious monster, an Anunaki. The quest together is exciting and descriptive with scientific and magical elements. I can see this book in movie theaters. Check it out! A must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 19, 2012
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An excellent book, and a well-written draw for the series. Picked this book up and pretty much didn't bother putting it down until I'd finished it. A post-apocalyptic fantasy, it provides a highly interesting adventure to learn about the world they've lost while trying to protect it. Highly recommend reading this if you get the chance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story May 18, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. I was blown away and pleasantly surprised. This is a storyline like no other I have encountered before. I also HAD to go and read Vol II from smashwords. I was not disappointed! I can not wait to read what else is to come. It seems III is waiting to be rereleased and IV is coming soon. I am on pins and needles waiting. You will surely enjoy the characters as much as their journey! What are you waiting for? Get this book now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little windy in some spots February 20, 2015
By Rose
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Genre: Fantasy
Author: Matthew Chivers
Book: Resonance, Vol. 1
My Star Rating: 3

Will I read I read it again? Yes

Intro: No one knows how long it has been since the turn of the Dark Age, though accounts differ from one Tribal leader's story to another. Some legends speak of the earth turning on us for all the wicked we wrought. Some say creatures, monstrous behemoths of the depths, rose and sought our utter annihilation. In others, humanity simply destroyed itself with its own sadistic ways, be it with deceit or weapon.

When our world darkened, however, something special occurred. Something changed inside us; something shaped our world's fabric beyond our mere five senses. Old fools' tales and wild, exaggerated fear mongering speak of such things... the stuff of curses and magic -- known as Resonance.

Our journey begins with Maledream, a young Tribal man who seeks relief from his dreary way of life in his camp. His life has been, so far, a meaningless and dangerous one. As with all paths in life, our destinations also change. When Maledream sets off to scavenge for scraps after an argument with his foster-father, he's alerted to the screams of a woman in distress. He answers the call -- but what he encounters is a nightmare far beyond fables.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Will I read Vol. 2? Yes I will.
What I did like were the people that were introduced in Vol.1. I really liked Maledream (I can’t wait to see how he turns out in book 2- I also wonder if the sword will be good for him or will it turn evil like a few of them think it will???) I also liked that the book had action as well as fantasy animals and such. And I like Crazy John, Boris and the leader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good bedtime read November 11, 2013
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This is decently written. Not to much of filler of facts, as has a good flow about it. Mystical encounters and friends made along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent start to a new series May 1, 2014
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This is an excellent read, well plotted, well paced with engaging characters. A vividly imagined post apocalyptic world and a thrill of adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonance April 29, 2014
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This book kept my attention. I will continue buying the series. There is a very strong string of events with many different characters. I recommend to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light read January 28, 2014
By Steve
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H.G. Wells or Robert Heinlein it's not, but enjoyable fast paced sci-fi adventure deserved 4 star rating for the way it held my interest and got me turning pages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not engage me
This isn't my genre of focus, but I have enjoyed this type of story in the past. This story just couldn't get me interested. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Historical Fiction Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonance
It took a while to get into this book; not one of my usual choices. The further I read, the more I got into the book. Now I can't wait to get the rest of the series. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BGFinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read Volume II
Resonance is allot of fun to read. You can tell the author is young. But I love to world he has imagined.
Published 18 months ago by K. Dassis
3.0 out of 5 stars gritty,a little rough and could use a little polish
So far I have had to push myself to continue reading.it's not bad ,it's just not blowing my mind. I just got updated version and will resubmit if my view changes.
Published 19 months ago by Zort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed the way this book was written, it had comedy in it as well as dark moments that really made you feel the characters feelings. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cherie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for a first book
Plenty of action, nice background story that's built up as the book goes deeper. Needs a good editor, more like first draft of a manuscript rather than a polished product--various... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Terry Collins
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After the comments on my last review of this book, I agreed to read an updated version and write another review. Thankfully, it was much improved. Read more
Published 24 months ago by DebbieRushby
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I was born in Bath City, United Kingdom. From an early age, I have been hampered with disabilities with all forms of language, be it speaking, reading and writing, all of which has stemmed from my Autistic Spectrum Disorder (in my case, Childhood Autism; as opposed to high-functioning Aspergers).

On the outside, I look like a perfectly healthy young man. On the inside, I am highly confused and do not relate to reality as one normally should. In 1988, by the age of 3 years and 6 months, I had no capacity to speak (which any parent can tell you, is not normal for any child).

My mother took me to see many doctors and speech specialists to try to find out what the cause was. There was none, at least, in 1988. The Child Specialist, at the time, diagnosed me in his papers as showing signs of Dyslexia. He also diagnosed me with Aphasia, because I could not talk, and Mild-Retardation, because he was uncertain of some of the test results when my intelligence and cognitive abilities were called into question.

At that stage, my mother, who was told of her child's conditions, was obviously very upset. The Doctors had told her that I would never have the capacity to speak, and that learning language was more than likely incomprehensible as was shown in the tests.

I was always a strange little boy. I would often walk on my toes, arrange VHS tapes in orderly lines, and would always bang my head or cry when my routines were upset in the slightest manner. This often led to me taking out my rage on toys or bed furniture. My mother's friends or mid-wives would comment on the behavior, that it was odd and distressing, though due to the diagnosed condition they obviously never pursued it and would often leave my mother with kind comments.

It was by the age of four that I finally uttered my first word. My mother was overjoyed, so much so that I still remember a vague memory of where most of my relatives were in the living room listening to me speak a single word. To her, it was a miracle that I could speak. She thought I had proved the doctors wrong. However, though I could finally say several words by the age of five, I still required intensive speech therapy and special lessons at the primary school, Frogwell, in Chippenham, Wiltshire (and outside of the school environment also).

I remember my first day at primary school very well. My mother dropped me off to the classroom, which was no problem. The problem happened when she had to leave me. I was left all alone in an environment where I knew no one at all. This absolutely petrified me, and I was always frightened of the teachers and other children (they were lovely and harmless, of course).

I could only speak three words at a time, before pausing briefly, to carry on with the sentence - again, at three word stretches. If you were lucky. This made my life hell when trying to speak to other children in the class. I would always get upset or angry, yet at the same time, too frightened to say anything.

Instead, I would be picked up and taken home. Sometimes I relieved the stress by getting angry or upset at my parents or siblings. I was always deeply happy at home compared to school. I couldn't read or write, and this made me feel highly embarrassed and inferior compared to the children. We had small drawers in our classroom where we could store our work. I remember those grey little trays fondly. On the front of them, they had our names printed and stuck to them with sell-o-tape.

Could I read my own name? Not a chance. Quite often, I stashed my work in everyone's drawers but mine. Of course, this was quickly picked up by the teacher, who then told me, and then shown me, when that failed, of where my drawer was located. I never remembered my name, only the position of the drawer.

I never knew how to socialize with the other children. I always thought it strange, even after hitting secondary school. How boys and girls could be friends, never mind just making friends. Due to my incapacity to make any friends, boys or girls, (due to everything mentioned) my early years in school were very lonely.

My first years were spent following painted lines around the playground during break times. The other children played, of course, the playground would be filled with screams, laughs and utter chaos. I could never understand it, at the time. All I had was my lines. Eventually, when I turned seven years old, my life felt like it was changing for the better. I could now speak many words in a sentence - I couldn't read or write (or barely do math) still, but I could communicate with the other kids. My life was turning around, very slowly.

I enjoyed art, though. All the others kids sucked at it! Jest aside, I was always one to draw 3D pictures in the classroom, whereas all the other children could only draw 2D stickmen. Quite often, the teachers would be very surprised at my artistic ability. It was a shame that art was never a primary focus in our lessons. I could have done with more praise for something I could actually achieve in.

However, I needed to speed up when it came to literacy and language. It had taken me this long to speak, semi-fluently, but I could not read or write. My mother, when I turned eight, started taking me to Bath City, twice a week, and for an hour each time, to the Dyslexic Institute.

They specialize in teaching you in how to read and write. I attended this for 3 years. I always enjoyed Tuesdays and Thursdays. It would mean driving to Bath City for half the day - this meant I could avoid primary school. I was well happy.

In that time, I went from not being able to read or write, to being able to read books designed for age 3+. I remember the day well. It is one of my happiest moments. I could pick up a book and, as if a light bulb was switched on in my head, I could finally read a book by myself at the age of ten! I was so impressed with myself that I even read it out to my teacher (god knows what the book is now). She almost couldn't believe it. I finally got it. I could read.

My writing needed much improvement but, by the time I hit secondary school, I was all right. I could cope. I shan't trouble you with my secondary school life in such depth. Again, the attributes that plagued my social life also followed me into secondary school, such as heavy bullying - until the last couple of years, then it got a bit easier. It wasn't until I started college that my life really turned around, properly, for the first time.

Since then, I have had my fair share of relationships and breakups and have made or lost friends through either lack of contact or either party upsetting the other. Regrettably, I wish some of the people I lost were still my friends. As the old, unfortunate saying goes, "such is life." I find this saying bitter and twisted, but that's just me, perhaps?

I wasn't diagnosed with Autism in 1988 at a time when Autism was only thought to have been extremely rare. This could be why the Child Specialist, at the time, marked me down as Dyslexic, Aphasic and mildly-retarded.

It is only since the turn of the millennium that Autism has gained the name ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and is a more recognized diagnosis, which has broadened since 2000. I am one of the lucky few to have been diagnosed in my adulthood in 2014.

Individuals with Autism have little grasp for grammar, if any, which has always been a hurdle in my writing. However, this hasn't stopped my burning determination to write stories like anyone else. I will go above and beyond to write a good series.

Since 2005, I have been writing my story, which then developed into a series. It began with Resonance (the title switched names many times before I settled for Resonance), until I finally finished writing it up in 2007/8. Since then, I churned out Orchestra in 2011 - and then Echo in 2012.

I have drawn on much inspiration. This ranges from music, movies and anime (Japanese cartoons to us westerners - although far more awesome, especially on Blu-Ray with full HD). However, one massive inspiration is that of Final Fantasy VII. I played this game, religiously, when I was 14 - and still do today. Diablo II was also a massive source of inspiration - I would truant school to play it, and it served as a source of escapism. For years, I also attended the Chippenham Games Club, where I would often play tabletop games of Warhammer.

It was out of school, and many of the members were friendly adults that introduced myself and my younger brother to lots of different board games, card games and RPG's, such as Dungeons & Dragons (nothing beats second edition). These were self-esteem boosters, and I could always relate better with the older folks compared with others my own age. Another source of inspiration is my fascination with the paranormal or supernatural. This has been something that I have always been drawn to since a child.

I strongly believe that the earliest years in my life have played a large part in my utopian ideals, sourly mixed with those of occasional depression because of my Autism. Over the years, these inspirations have churned my intellect and aspirations of what I love to write. A science-fantasy to call my own.

Now, after my many hurdles, I believe I have achieved just that...

My own little universe.

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For more information on Dyslexia, Aphasia, and Autism, please visit these links, here:

Dyslexia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia

Aphasia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphasia

Autism - http://www.autism.org.uk/

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http://approachingdarkage.blogspot.co.uk/

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