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Seer of Mars (The Vallar Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"I found the protagonist to be a likable character and found myself eagerly waiting to see what would happen next. Overall, it is a good solid space opera." - Readers Favorite Review

"When humanity comes to Mars, corruption follows it through. "Vallar " is a science fiction tale set on Mars, following Ian Connors, a supernatural psychic who finds himself plunged into the intrigue of Marscorp." - Midwest Book Review. 5 Stars.

"You can't help but support him as he tries to exert his own independence against Marscorp. Overall, I loved the story and can't wait for Cindy Borgne to write the sequel which is surely coming." - Books and Things. 
"This book grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't help but to stick with it to the end." -Great Minds Think Aloud.
"The book is fully fleshed out in magnificent detail, the characters are believable thus quickly pulling the reader into the action, the physics of the book follow the known laws of physics, the description of Mars and the environment is accurate and the action scenes are just vivid enough to foster the readers imagination." - Library Thing Reviewer

About the Author

In 2006, Cindy Borgne won an honorable mention from Writer's Digest in short fiction.

In 2011, Vallar was a finalist in the Reader's Favorite contest.

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  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cindy Borgne writes speculative fiction. She claims to have an overactive imagination and the only way to unload is to start writing. Her dreams are very vivid and she remembers most of them. This is portrayed through one of her characters, a psychic, Ian Connors, who has visions about the present and future. Anything new in science and technology is always an interest to Ms. Borgne. She loves to keep learning and enjoys research. When it comes to reading, she is always looking for a unique premise and strives for the same thing in her books. Ms. Borgne has worked as freelance editor, web-designer, database programmer and computer instructor.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Oconnell on May 4, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of science fiction authors, Phillip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein because of the high end concepts that weave a very intricate plot. Simply put, they make me think. However, even great concepts often don't have the sense of character building I love in a book, and for a long time I gave up hope in having that in great science fiction and then I read Vallar, a highly conceptual book with a protagonist to love. Ian Connors is a psychic kid struggling with the teenage woes of love, the difficulty of growing up without parents, issues with trust, and finally the problem of taking down the powerful corporation Marscorp. Set in the future on Mars, this book creates a world that looks at every detail of a thrilling science fiction future. It is complete with Phantom ships, and the technology to create a new future without waiting on it. In the end you will have questioned the essence of humanity through the mind of a boy becoming a man, Ian Connors. Great science fiction with a character to love! I couldn't ask for more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wandering Soul on July 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Vallar, a story of a boy psychic who is being abused by the Marscorp, a big antagonizing organization situated on Mars. Borgne had a great idea about the story, a young abused boy, troubled by his visions, his grappling with his own conscience about which side to choose. It was an engaging story which hooks the reader from the first vision. However, the book does not live up to its potential. The writing itself needs improvement. The characterization in the book came across as superficial. The book read as a script for an action movie rather then an actual book with vivid descriptions, which would paint a picture of the scene in a readers mind. The Characters lacked depth, as there was not a lot of description about the characters thought process which would give insight to the readers about characters personality. The relationship between characters was also lacking the foundation which would make readers understand the deep attachments between them. For example, the relationship between Ian and Nate lacked the depth which would make us understand Ian's pain over loosing his best friend, or Ian's resentment when Nate was neglecting him in favor of his girlfriend Cappy. In Addition, the book requires a thorough proof reading as I came across a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes. Despite of all its shortcomings, the book was interesting as it explores the idea of human conquest of one of the most inhabitable planets. The book is also a treat for people who enjoy futuristic romances with high action packed scenes.

So overall, the book was fascinating and exciting despite all its imperfections as I finished it one sitting, once I got started. So if there is going to be a sequel I would read it, however I do expect improvement in the writing department.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on May 31, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A futuristic story about a young man, Ian Connors that has the power of a psychic, his visions come in dreams and he has been hired by Marscorp to report those visions in order to better their way of life. His loyalty has been to Marscorp for so long that when he begins to have visions that include a beautiful girl he sees as someday being his own, he begins to have doubts that he's on the right path. With his entire life in question he begins to try and find a way to save the girl he seeks out Vallar, a group of rebels that seek only to survive.

I enjoyed this story and usually I'm not one easily interested in Science Fiction or Futuristic novels. This book grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't help but to stick with it to the end. Cindy Borgne has a way of writing that is paced perfectly and doesn't dwell too much on endless descriptions that can become monotonous and yet she gives us enough to imagine vividly the world she's created. One of the best parts is the love story that flows so easily into the adventure side of this novel. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone that loves Science Fiction writing and even those that are holding back on starting the journey into this genre. Definitely a five star read!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ian Connors, whiny psychic extraordinaire, works for (read: is unknowingly enslaved by) the biggest company on Mars, which is using him to get back to Earth. Then he has a vision of a beautiful girl and blah, blah, blah.

Let's start with the dialogue.

"'And Connors, this isn't the last of your punishment,' he said low with a menacing tone."

I read that and CRINGED. Not because of the low, menacing tone, but because, gods above, that was possibly the cheesiest, most predictable thing he could've said. And c'mon, "low with a menacing tone"? Geez.

"'Thanks for being so kind. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but ever since I had the vision. [...] Ever since then I've loved you.'"

Okay, he's a sixteen-year-old in love. I get it. But does he really have to sound like the lyrics out of some horrible boy band song?

These two examples are typical of the dialogue in Vallar: clichéd, emotionless, and juvenile. These make the characters seem such.

Most of the characters are one-dimensional. You can't get to know them because, of course, they're the enemy. Oh wait, no, they're not, but let's just shove them in there anyway. There's no story to them because they're not real people; they're cardboard cutouts of Justin Bieber with mustaches drawn on his face so they look different. Or so I assume.

Even the protagonist didn't really have a story, and his story WAS the story. There was no character development, let alone any way for me to want to like him. A flashback or two is all we get.

I did like Sonny. He was pretty awesome. He had a story, he had emotions, he developed as the story progressed. He should've died.
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