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Rogue Powers [Kindle Edition]

Phil Stern
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A powerful young telepath defies an entire society to save the one he loves.

Within the Kingdom, individual paranormal power is a fact of life. Yet only the royal family can openly display their wondrous talents. Any commoners revealing unusual abilities face arrest and execution, often at the hands of the King's own empowered secret police.

Ever since birth, Anson's mother has drilled him in how to keep his power secret. Living in a distant village, he's managed to keep his head low and abilities to himself, even while other children foolishly reveal themselves to the wrong people.

However, when Anson is called to the capital city for his compulsory military service, he's forced to elude the King's powerful agents on their own turf. He also meets a curious young princess, who's both powerful and sensitive enough in her own right to discover Anson's secret.

Managing to remain one step ahead of the King's empowered operatives, Anson and Lydia make plans to escape the Kingdom entirely. But once the monarch announces Lydia is to marry another royal telepath against her will, the two young rebels must immediately battle for their own future, reshaping their entire society in the process.


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"An interesting read, combining the powers of the X-Men with the world of high fantasy." J.M., Writer and Kindle Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Stern (May 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NCISKC
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review by Stephanie Green ([...]) May 21, 2012
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This book is about a Kingdom which is made up of normal, "common" people and also the "empowered". These empowered possess a wide array of telepathic powers. The empowered here are only allowed to be of the noble blood, royal, and live within the Kingdom itself, free to showcase their abilities at will.
The "common" are believed to be powerless and, if one so happens to have these abilities, they must hide them from all others, or face arrest and death. One such young man is Anson, a very powerful boy living with his mother in the outlying town of Hylen.
When Anson is sent to the Kingdom to enlist in it's army, as apparently all common males do at a certain age, his mother is fearful of his discovery. Although he is very skilled at shielding his power from being detected, one royal is powerful enough to sense him; immediately, a connection is made between the two. The girl, Lydia, is a princess and is unwillingly betrothed to the heinous Prince Tenen.
We follow the two as they discover each other's love and eventually attempt to escape the Kingdom.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, actually. The abilities of the society were quite impressive and interesting. I felt like there was a bit of drama and action, but could have been more.
The only thing, though, that really disappointed me was the ending.. I would have liked just a few more pages, just to give us a bit more of an idea of how the lives of the main characters eventually panned out. There was a very brief bit about it, but not nearly enough. All in all, a very good book, though.
I give this book 3 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogue Powers November 3, 2012
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This is an enjoyable read! Plenty of exciting moments with characters who have awesome abilities. I would love to see a sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy with a much unexpected twist at the end. July 13, 2012
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In the kingdom of Bedlam, royalty is allowed freely to exhibit their powers but the few village people, known as commoners, who possess the abilities have to keep it a secret for fear of the dungeon or death. They are considered spawns of the Dark Master.

Anson is one of these few. At a very young age he knew he was different from the other children in school. Keeping to himself, with only his mother knowing about his gift, Anson was able to practice in secret, moving objects around his room in mid air, unbeknownst to the Demon-drudges. The Demon-drudges, a Network powerful enough to discern the abilities in other people, are hired by the King and his high ranking Demon to scour the kingdom for these spawns.

Lydia is a royal princess who has two unique powers. She can distinguish powers in other people and communicate with animals. When Lydia mentally connects with Anson after he is commissioned into the royal army, she is curious and determined to find out more about this common boy.

Their lives become endangered when Lydia's mother is accused of treason and Anson's powers are no longer a secret.

I enjoyed the characters in the story. The storyline is good but not knowing much about this Kingdom other than there is an Outland with trolls and what the time frame was; past or future, I felt it hard to thoroughly enjoy the book. The ending did throw me for a loop; much unexpected. And because I like Anson and Lydia, I want to read more. When I read a fantasy, I expect more color and fluff to draw me into the surroundings, and have my imagination entertained.

My rating 3.5 out of 5
Please note the Author gifted me an eBook book to provide a review during his book tour. My review is unbiased; I do not know the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, fun read. May 7, 2012
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Phil Stern writes an action packed, fantasy based, story in Rogue Powers. Not only do you get action, and fantasy though, you also get quite a bit of romance. This one seemed quite different than Witches to me, and perhaps more along the lines of something I would pick out at the bookstore.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the story for me was how Anson, and Lydia's story merged. We get much background information on them to build their paths, but you know these two will eventually cross paths, so you're reading for that moment.
There are also a lot of enjoyable actions moments, and you have the very easy to hate villain, Linen. Probably, the best part overall was the ending, but I won't say why, except that it was completely unexpected. All these moments work together to bring a quite consistently enjoyable novel.
If you're looking for a fun fiction, or you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, then this is probably a book you will want to look into.

Rating 4 of 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and enthralling read! May 4, 2012
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Rogue Powers was an absolutely interesting read. A great storyline, coupled with exoticism and charm, the book is definitely a must read. Basically, the whole concept of Rogue Powers is so different compared to so many other popular Science Fiction and Fantasy books. It somehow reminded me of movies. The experience of reading the book was like watching a movie. The length of the book was just about right; not too long,not too short. The story of Anson of Hylen and Princess Lydia, Rogue Powers is based on the notion of psychic communication or telepathy. The Anson- Lydia romance was also really nice and added a sort of an emotional touch to the story. The whole set- up or the environment portrayed was very much like a historical romance, it somehow took me back to the Victorian age.
What I really like about the book was the fact that it was very enchanting. Once you start, it is hard to stop. The beginning of the story was so pure and innocent and later, when facts are exposed and secrets revealed, it becomes so gripping and hard to put down. Somehow, everything just works right. All you have to do is just see through it.
With this whole olden day romance mixed with thought transference and fights between the elites and commoners and those between the betrothed and true love, I had made up an ending in my head, which actually seems pretty easy for anyone to predict. However, the ending- which was completely enthralling- was very much contrary to what I has initially anticipated. It was by far, one of the most interesting finish line.
Overall, a very interesting read and a great book and again,Phil Stern proves that something different and out of the way always works!
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Phil Stern is a former talk show host who now writes both Science Fiction and Modern Edge (The Bull Years). He splits his time between Florida and New York.

Please feel free to visit the Phil Stern Author Page on Facebook (goo.gl/YX7ED) or drop by www.philstern.com.

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