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Season of the Serpent: Book One [Kindle Edition]

David Nova
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Book Description

The Garden of Eden story is reimagined in this smart and satirical, contemporary fantasy ... The Wizard of Oz meets The Matrix ... a metaphysical thriller set in the last days of the Cold War.

The year is 1982. Paul Venturi is just an average, socially awkward college freshman hiding his extraterrestrial genesis in the closet, hoping to start a brand new life on campus. Unfortunately, his reemerging telepathy and the shadow of covert government surveillance make fitting in a daunting task. But when an enigmatic Serpent in the guise of a college stoner pressures him to smoke the forbidden weed, Paul is thrust into a mind-bending world of government cover-ups, Gnostic revelations, and dark conspiracies.

Catapulted over the rainbow, Paul lands in the Astral realm of Yin'Dru where competing factions of immortals are locked in a bitter cosmic stalemate waging their own secret Cold War over the destiny of the human race. A reluctant Paul is cast in the starring role of Adam - a higher sentient human groomed to become their celebrity-messiah. However, a sinister faction sees him as the perfect pawn to steer the United States and Soviet Union toward a nuclear Apocalypse.

Compelling and original, "Season of the Serpent" is a thought provoking, multi-layered mix of history, mythology, science fiction, and Synchronicity.
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"Overall, 'Secret of the Serpent' is incredibly entertaining, and the multiple layers of meaning it contains lend it that intellectual and literary gravitas you don't often find in a novel of this genre. Two thumbs up for this awesome book!"  --New York Book Pundit

About the Author

David Nova was born in Hawaii, went to school in Virginia, and has been an award winning freelance video editor in Washington DC for over 15 years. He has produced television programming and promotions for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Network. "Season of the Serpent" is David's first novel. For additional information about the book or the author, visit: www.davidnova.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985307315
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Advent Stream Publishing; 3rd edition (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080RDHVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced metaphysical adventure May 21, 2012
By eh
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This is a really great read. Its fast paced and thought provoking. I really liked the layers to both the storyline and the characters. The characters are three dimensional to the point where I remember cringing at the protagonist's college experience, which I can so identify with. Like any good mystery, the characters' intentions are complicated and shadowy which draws you in trying to calculate motives. It's a chess game, but you can't see the entire board or even all the pieces in play. I remember telling myself where is he going with this? It kept me guessing and its not predictable.

The storyline has a physical reality layer laced with U.S. history and a "metaphysical" plot layer superimposed over it which takes you on a journey into a strange new dimension.

I often have problems envisioning what I am reading, but the scenes are relayed to the reader with a very sophisticated level of description. This is a two book series, and the second book is at the top of my list when it's released.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and provocative: a truly engaging read August 5, 2012
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The story itself is compelling enough: college student Paul Venturi is just trying to maintain some semblance of an average life. It seems to be working - he's friendly, and bright, and happy-enough. He copes well enough with the isolating, off-kilter experience of being an introvert in an extrovert's world. But following a series of increasingly compelling coincidences and one memorable incident with a joint-seducing serpent, Paul's reality shifts to accomodate the astral dimensions of Yin'Dru, and we are helplessly sucked along for the ride. With an unforgettable cast of otherworld-characters, his twisting journey exposes answers to our most elusive questions. The complexities of Paul's childhood and his extraordinary sensitivity become retroactive clues as he rediscovers his true connection to a multiverse of galactic revelations and multidimensional power struggles.

Intelligently written and expertly paced, Season of the Serpent is a true multidisciplinary feat. Infused throughout are Nova's intimate understandings of history, psychology, physiology, and the energetic fields that compose our own Matrix. Pick your passion, and it's there: Yahweh and the Elohim; quantum physics and flying saucers; the fragile nature of a currency not backed by precious metals; the Freemasons and the mysteries of the Roswell UFO crash site. I could go on and on. He takes those subjects and phenomena that interest, confuse, and frighten us the most and presents us with a rearranged interconnectedness that shocks us because it inherently makes sense.

Author David Nova doesn't mince words; he doesn't spare readers the full-blown realism that keeps us tethered to Paul's experience. There's no safety net here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty much an acid trip November 5, 2013
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Season of the Serpent is pretty much an acid trip. It starts reasonably normal and quite slowly as the author builds up Paul's character. He's just an ordinary guy going off to college, meeting another guy called Eric who turns out to be the Serpent and who tempts him into drugs. The story takes place during the cold war and details Paul's transformation from naive freshman to someone with a vastly different view of the universe. The marijuana expands his perception and awakens latent abilities nurtured by forgotten extra-terrestrial visitations throughout his life. These otherworld beings have plans for him.

The story is written from the point of view of an omniscient narrator, and between the chapters of Paul's exploits the narrator explains the truth about flying saucers, the politics behind the cold war and outlays a vision of a multi-universe. These sections use expositional prose and though they are interesting if you're interested in the subject matter, if you aren't, they probably feel somewhat laborious and longwinded.
As the story progresses, we come to realise that in Paul's world - supposedly our own - there are far deeper layers of existence than what we perceive. About half way through, the setting flips and Paul finds himself in a decadent realm of extra-terrestrials where he discovers that the earth is merely a simulation, a kind of game for the alien/gods. They are engaged in their own war, one that mirrors the two sides of the Cold War, and ultimately the battle between order and chaos.

The metaphysics were thought-provoking and, when Paul travels into mental worlds, visually interesting, especially at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost afraid to read Book II October 30, 2013
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This book tackles just about the biggest subject possible, and does it with humor, excitement,complexity, engaging characters, fantastic, sensual descriptions of inner space,...

The set-up and development in Book I is fantastic - I couldn't put it down. Just finished the first book, and I'm just about to buy the second book. I'm anxious to see if the author lives up to the promise of this book, at the same time expecting that he won't. Not because he isn't good (the book is really well written, character development is great, the twists and turns of the plot are spell-binding,...) But because he can't. How do you take on the secret of life, the universe and everything without eventually having to cop out and say it's 42? On the other hand, maybe that's not a cop-out at all. Maybe the answer really is 42.

I'm about to plunk down $2.99 of my hard-earned cash to find out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read in Ages
Brilliant! If I could give this book 6 stars I would. I have read many spiritual novels and this one is in a league of it's own. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Will S
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a very clever take on As Above So Below. I'm on the second book now.
Published 6 months ago by Waking Up
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, metaphoric tale...
Season of the Serpent books One and Two are very insightful and in line with what we have discovered in not so mystical ways. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nathaniel G. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemingly Two Books - Disappointed
The first half of this book was a joy to read. Here the protagonist has a lot to overcome -- from family issues to peer pressure, all while balancing his mysterious past with the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Walk
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Book You May Ever Read
The elements and themes at play in this book are beyond any accurate verbal comparison. It's dark and enigmatic, and frankly, completely and totally wonderful in the most... Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. L. Valdado
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating metaphysical novel
I loved this book. I rarely read novels, but this one caught my attention. It is a delightful quick-read and its metaphysical underpinnings create an interesting foundation. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jacob123
4.0 out of 5 stars Great metaphysics
This is a great book for baby boomers, old hippies and anyone else who lived through the cold war and smoked dope or dropped acid. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tahlia Newland
2.0 out of 5 stars Locked Potential
What is ironic here is that every review about this book is absolutely correct. The five star reviews point out that this book is fast-paced, that the ideas are interesting and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brent J. Meske
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly written and pointless
I don't like giving other authors bad reviews, but rarely have I been so disappointed with a book. The prologue of this book should be struck silly with a hatchet. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E.L. Farris
4.0 out of 5 stars IABookReviews.com gave this a 8.0/10.0!
Rating: 8.0/10.0

Review: I really like how the author mixed up an ancient story, an old story, and a new story. The way the mesh together is quite good. Read more
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David Nova was born in Hawaii, went to school in Virginia, and has been an award winning freelance video editor in Washington DC for over 15 years. He has produced television programming and promotions for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Network. "Season of the Serpent" is David's first novel. For additional information about the book or the author, visit: www.davidnova.com.

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