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Shaman, Healer, Heretic: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Amazon.com Review

This is absolutely fantastic writing; very original and completely immersive. I would definitely pay money to read the rest of this; you've managed to explain things very well while still leaving a lot of room for mystery and reader interest. Overall Strength: 5-stars; exciting, well-written, immediate hook, very original. I love the characterization of all the characters so far. Hook: 5-stars; I wanted to read more from the first two pages, and the rest of the chapter just fed my interest more. Prose: 5-stars; extremely good pacing; good level of detail (not too little, not too much); vivid descriptions; and absolutely fantastic use of showing rather than telling (the hair, the shirt, the necklace are all described as part of the plot, not as an info-dump). Originality: 5-stars; I can't think of any other novel that starts off with a blue-sparking, flute-playing shaman before then segueing into a faith healer job trying to save a comatose woman from her estranged lover - it's almost like the literary equivalent of a really good-yet-trippy dream. Also, "Nacho" for an orange cat just tickled me so much. Bravo.

Overall I found this interesting. I would like to know more about Livy-- I gather that she is a special sort of Shaman and would like to know what makes her special. It is well written and an intriguing idea.

From Publishers Weekly

This book has you asking "What?" on every page — but in a good way. Livvy, a medical student turned techno shaman in L.A., has a supernatural being called a kachina haunting her apartment. SK, a dwarf who brokers assignments for shamans, sends her out on gigs that require a trance-inducing god helmet, goggles, fresh batteries — and a yoga mat. It turns out that Livvy is a once-in-a-generation shaman with a gift that allows her to harness lightning. Yet her social and business skills are so weak that she's been dumped by her boyfriend and is pawning family heirlooms to pay the rent. Livvy's situation becomes truly desperate when routine shamanic healings start to go wrong for her and for other L.A. shamans. A violent Sumerian god is appearing in their trances and causing their clients to die. As a result of the deaths, public opinion turns against shamans and the community threatens not just their livelihoods but their lives. Livvy stumbles upon a possible way for the shamans to fight back— but only if she can persuade them to break with shamanic tradition and work as a group. The book's supernatural battle scenes lag and its easy to get tired of Livvy (like so many contemporary female fantasy protagonists) blaming herself whenever something goes wrong but Livvy, SK, and the shaman culture are interesting. This book could easily open a fresh new world of urban fantasy.

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  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983292507
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Middleworld Productions (January 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAAUUG
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M. Terry Green is a full-time writer, former archaeologist, and budding minimalist. For more information, please visit mterrygreen.com.

The OLIVIA LAWSON TECHNO-SHAMAN series:

* Shaman, Healer, Heretic
* Shaman, Friend, Enemy
* Shaman, Sister, Sorceress
* Shaman, Priestess, Pawn
* Shaman, Lover, Warrior

Terry adores hearing from readers! You can reach her via terry (at) mterrygreen.com. She does all her own email stunts.

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A Kachina, Sumerian gods, spirit helpers, shamans, the multiverse, and an orange cat named Nacho. What is not to love about this book? The story focuses around a modern-day techno shaman named Olivia Lawson, Livvy for short, who is just trying to make ends meet while helping those in need. You see, Livvy has a gift, she is a techno shaman. She travels to the multiverse finding lost or trapped souls, and helping them find their way back. When a Kachina enters not only the real world, but her bedroom, Livvy soon learns something is very wrong in the multiverse, and she must find a way to make it right. This is a fast paced story that keeps you in suspense up until the end. The Author has created a rich and full of life set of characters that makes the story seem real.

I learned of this author through the endless sea of tweets drifting across the net. As a fan of Urban fantasy I purchased a copy and I am so glad I did.The plot is well thought out and it is full of twists and turns that will keep you second guessing through out. It's obvious from the start the author put a lot of care into the people, creatures and gods portrayed in the story. Her bio states she was a former archaeologist, it is probably this knowledge that makes the world she creates so real and accurate. My only complaint was that there were a lot of chapters 79 total, I would have prefered there be less chapters but longer in length, but that is just my personal preference. I highly recommend this book.
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Shaman, Healer, Heretic / B004TEYS3S

This is an incredibly original excerpt, and it hooked me almost immediately - the beginning is incredibly shocking and memorable. The image of waking up to find an ethereal spirit in your room playing music and setting off painful blue sparks is immediately burned on the reader's memory is a very visceral way - I'm fairly certain I've never read anything quite like this. Furthermore, I'm incredibly impressed with the pacing and how well details and backstory are doled out over the piece - a great job has been done trusting the reader and not succumbing to the temptation of a major "info-dump" at the beginning.

I really like how the segue from the spirit-in-the-bedroom to life on the daily-shaman-job is so well-done and doesn't feel forced. The shaman job details are at least as interesting as the spirit and it's very hard to pull that off - to move from the magical to the mundane without disappointing the reader by the switch. I love the overall characterization of all the characters, including the ancillary ones at the home of the stricken woman - really everything about this excerpt is extremely insightful and well-done.

I was so thrilled to see that your novel is available in self-published form - I went ahead and bought that now so that I can finish the story. Thank you!

~ Ana Mardoll
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A novel that springs to life right from the start, M. Terry Green's Shaman, Healer, Heretic introduces the idea of a techno-shaman using technology rather than drugs to access the mysterious worlds of Native American mythology. The author resists any urge to over-explain, bringing readers up to speed through the protagonist's very natural thoughts about her rather curious healing profession. A former medical student, Livvy uses her shamanic skills to rescue lost souls and care for those whose ailments can't be addressed by modern medicine. And she does it all very convincingly.

But a kachina appearing in her bedroom isn't meant to happen. Soon other things are invading the middleworld and breaking bonds in the underworld. Life on the edge seems almost ready to tip over the edge. And Livvy, led by the curious kachina, might just be a shaman's only hope.

Fast-paced, brightly up-to-date with nicely interwoven mythology and a genuine touch of modern medicine too, the story pulls readers into Livvy's heresy, brings fascinatingly different shamanic characters together on a common quest, and tells a pleasingly complete story in a world that's perfectly prepared to uphold a series.

I enjoyed the author's willingness not to tell everything--enough to keep the reader intrigued, to respect the reader's intelligence, and to leave scope for further tales. How did Livvy end up as a shaman? How did shamans end up using technology? How do different views of the otherworlds combine? Ah, there's so much still to learn and I know I shall enjoy reading more.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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I absolutely LOVED this book! It was such a different kind of mystery/thriller than I normally read. I just loved the shaman angle of the book. Livvy is a techno-shaman who relies on SK for clients, which isn't quite as many as she would like or that her checkbook would like. She doesn't get rich for what she does, but she does enjoy it and she is good at it. Livvy doesn't have a perfect life, but it isn't horrible either. Her life takes a change when a kachina visits her in the real world, they only are known to be in the spirit world. She tries to ignore him, but he keeps coming back to her. Well one day he saves her life while she is in the spirit world. A bad spirit is lose again in the spirit world and Livvy is trying to figure out how to banish her or kill her. Through the book Livvy seeks help from Min (a fellow shaman) and SK. Later she gets help from other shaman too. Livvy is willing to risk her life to make the spirit world safe again for the shaman to keep doing their work and for the deceased spirits to be able to go through. Can she find the answers soon enough? Will she die trying? Not only does Livvy have all these worries, but the "common" population where she lives is not so fond of the shaman kind anymore because of the weird things happening. This isn't just a simple case of hate either, some guys beat her up and try to kill her and then she goes home one night to a ransacked apartment and vandalized door/apartment. Even if she survives the spirit world demons can she survive the human villains that have it in for her because of what she is?
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