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Rex Rising (Elei's Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chrystalla Thoma
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Book Description

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life -- until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren't inclined to sit down and talk, although that's not the end of Elei's troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won't be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret - a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known - or die trying.
Dystopian Science Fiction novel. 76 thousand words/approx. 300 pages

Winner of position #6 on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll in the category of Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels published in 2011.

Warning: Some profanity and violence.

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Editorial Reviews


"This book is absolutely a "run, buy it, read it" recommendation. Trust me, Rex Rising is worth the time."
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"Rex Rising is crazy science fiction done right."
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From the Back Cover

Blood seeped between Elei's fingers.
The small wound was above his left hipbone. He pressed down harder to staunch the bleeding and gritted his teeth. His pulse leaped under his palm as he sat shivering on a hard, cold bench. He rested his other hand on the grip of his holstered gun. In his blurry eyes, everything had a shimmering edge, suspended between reality and dream.
Then the world tilted.
Elei jerked and sharp pain erupted in his side. Hissing, he drew his gun and waited. His possessed eye throbbed; cronion, the strongest of his resident parasites, hated surprises. The world lit up in bright colors. Be ready. His heart pounded in his chest, sent bruising beats against his ribs. He swallowed past a dry throat and gripped his gun until his knuckles creaked.
Nothing moved. Oblong objects around him pulsed in cool hues of green and blue. Safe. Nothing living. He relaxed a little. For a while he simply sat, left hand pressing against the wound, the cold metal barrel of the gun held against his right thigh.
"Hey, you," a man's voice said from behind.
Clamping his jaw, Elei lifted the gun and turned to point in the general direction of the voice. Cold wind blew his jacket hood back, allowing him a wider view. The man appeared at the right periphery of Elei's tainted vision -- a splash of red. He went still when Elei cocked the hammer. The click rang too loud in the quiet.
"Calm down, will you," the man said, raising his hands. "Just checking on you. You're bleeding all over my boat."
The boatman. Elei let out a breath and lowered the gun, but didn't click the safety back on, just in case. The cold breeze ruffled his short hair and water splashed and murmured. The low hum of an engine set his teeth on edge. What was he doing in a boat out at sea? He prodded his memories, but came up blank.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2278 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475096852
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,589 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! This story is Fascinating!! February 2, 2012
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After reading Hera I knew I had to get into Rex Rising immediately. I loved Chrystalla Thoma's imagination and constant action and had to know what happened next. I was not disappointed and found myself stealing moments to finish Rex Rising. It was exciting from the first page and the idea of parasites fighting within the body was fascinating.

16 year old Elei had been shot and was fleeing to what he hoped, was safety. His boss and mother figure Pelia, has been assassinated in his arms and he too, had been shot. Before dying, Pelia gave him the address of Kalaes where Elei collapses 24 hours later. Kalaes and his girlfriend Maera nurse him back to health than end up escaping with him when the Gultur come hunting him. Hera, a Gultur that is empathetic to the humans and wants to see change, helps them escape the Gultur several times because their location keeps becoming compromised. The Gultur are the oppressing dictatorial government of the land who are all women and consider themselves to be goddesses.

This story looks like it is marketed for the YA demographic so I must warn those that care, that this story has profanity ( hells gd sht p-off) and a sexual encounter including the description of female body parts and female nudity. I, personally, would recommend it to an adult audience.

I am looking forward to the next book in this series called Rex Cresting!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Vision of the Future October 10, 2011
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The world created in Rex Rising is beautifully detailed and an interesting look at what could happen if mutant parasites changed humanity in some pretty amazing ways. The main character, Elei, shows that even in the darkest times, one person can make a difference. He manages to escape a ruthless enemy all while he battles forces attacking his body from within. There were questions left unanswered that begged for a sequel. If you enjoy character-driven peeks into a bizarre future, then Rex Rising may be just the read for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god August 9, 2013
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THE ABSOLUTE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. On my Kindle that is. Although it is definitely in my favorites. It was so long and so good and there were absolutely NO grammatical errors or punctuation errors. I WISH I COULD GIVE IT 10 STARS. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS WAS FREE. God sent Chrystalla Thoma to write e-books. I NEVER buy books on my Kindle, only get free ones. But I WILL get book 2 even if it was 20$ ! I LOVE THIS BOOK!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and imaginative July 22, 2013
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Chrystalla Thoma presents a vivid and detailed nightmarish vision of a poisoned future in which human destinies are decided by the parasites they carry. It's wonderfully inventive stuff in terms of setting, plot and language and it bowls along at a terrific pace. The tone is taut and sinewy, and the story is peopled with characters who are appealing, mysterious, sexy and ominous all at the same time. And then there's the intriguing science upon which it is based, as briefly discussed in a thought-provoking afterword - just enough to make the reader realise that Elei's world could be almost upon us... Highly recommended for anyone seeking an exciting and intelligent read in which the sci-fi element supports rather than swamps the adventure that unfolds. You'll want to read the next in the series!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional and Thought Provoking September 8, 2011
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An original and engaging read. A young man with the weight of the world inside him, struggling to understand and survive in a harsh, well-drawn world of cruelty and inhuman conditions, Elei will steal your heart, as will Kalaes, a guy who maintains his humanity just when you think things will never get better for Elei. The pace is relentless, the settings so fresh I know I'd stand in line to watch Rex Rising on a screen. I can't wait for book two to release, and I highly recommend this novel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable August 6, 2013
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Interesting biology combined with a great plot. Definitely worth a read. I think I'll get the next book in the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rex the King August 2, 2013
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I was very confused about the choice of the name of the book until the very last 5% of it, but I could not put it down. I loved the constant action and twists. The characters aren't the most round, but they are not like paper dolls. The author chooses any interesting way for parasites to interact with their host, but I was often confused which was which. For a Science Fiction, it fits the category nicely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Parasites and a master race make for an interesting twist to a sci-fi/fantasy. This story can stand on its own, but the story is in depth and has enough side information that a whole world and more stories can unfold. I enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars People infected with parasites? Oh yes and what a great world it...
Elei lives in a world where parasites infect and either kill you or change you. One parasite, Regina, has created a race of supreme females, the Gultur, that rule and control... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kyle G
5.0 out of 5 stars Rex Rising was awesome! It grabs you right from the beginning and ...
Rex Rising was awesome! It grabs you right from the beginning and holds on tight right through to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Horselover
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea for an Urban Fantasy Series.
I enjoyed this book, which is the first book in a series. The characters are fascinating, and the action was virtually non-stop. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jcat
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Published 3 months ago by Ashes
4.0 out of 5 stars A country/planet run by a cloned a army?
Sometimes it feels like all your doing is running from one army shelling to another and they don't care who they kill. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
1.0 out of 5 stars way to slow and really wasn't a good read. Too bad since the idea was...
I had to force myself to read this, way to slow and really wasn't a good read. Too bad since the idea was awesome.
Published 6 months ago by Marken1014
5.0 out of 5 stars Elei and friends and parasites oh my
Elei someone who has different parasites in his body one who can identify people who to not trust and others to trust the other is a protection against being hurt in certain... Read more
Published 10 months ago by stacey c. brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomesauce!
A skillfully told story with a unique dystopian world. There's a lot more I'd like to know about this place, but even as it was it felt strangely real. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kristina Vallaste
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I didn't read enough of it.
This book did not grab my attention in the first part. I got tired of some guy running & hiding from someone. I think he was running because he had something someone wanted? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lindy reads a lot
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Dystopian Book
Being an autistic reader, I really couldn't follow this novel or grasp it's events, although the glossary at the end clarifies some things.
Published 14 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
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Chrystalla likes writing about bratty, angsty boys and spunky girls in fantasy and science-fiction worlds. She writes mainly for a young adult public but not only (heed the warnings!)
She's currently preparing a non-fiction book about dragons, because the truth must out, and is juggling two series ("Elei's Chronicles" and "Boreal and John Grey").

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