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Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
"Night Study" by Maria V. Snyder
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. Learn more

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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forum Publishing (September 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NIY5IM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in 1946, I like to think in terms of being a baby boomer, which I feel sounds so much better than "old age pensioner". Until around age fifty seven, I led a charmed life - fantastic wife, two kids who never gave me a moment's trouble, good general health, and apart from just one blip, which is fictionalised in "The Naked Emperor" I had a good and lucrative working life.

Then at around age fifty seven, I got ill. It came on quite slowly, and it took the NHS around two years to come up with a diagnosis of CFS/ME, for which they offered no constructive help. Four years on, I'd found ways to achieve dramatic health improvements and began to take an interest in life again.

Early in 2011, I re-read a novel that I'd had published in 2000, and which had done quite well, thanks to a very good press review. During this re-reading, it struck me that many of its aspects could be improved, so I decided to re-write it. While doing this, I had an idea based on the facts that I had a few other ideas for novels, and that it's now possible to publish at low cost on Amazon's Kindle platform.

''Broken Cats & Cowboy Hats''

This is the one an earlier version of which was published conventionally in 2000. It's a dark crime/thriller, which I hope conveys what I wanted to say. Judging by the comments on Amazon, it looks as though it might have done.

''The Naked Emperor''

I enjoyed writing this - totally fictional, but based on various stages of my own life. It's light and, I hope, funny.

''To Be A Man''

Romance tends to be very genre specific and must follow a particular pattern. That's what I was told but didn't want to accept. So this book breaks all the rules, but I think it works.

''The Association''

I wanted to write a traditional adventure story. This is the end result.

''Day Of Reckoning''

I wrote an earlier version of this around twenty years ago. It was dreadful. Now completely re-written as a prequel to 'The Naked Emperor', it's an hour by hour account of the day in which the hapless hero, Simon, decides that owning a motorcycle business has lost its appeal.

"The Cupboard Under The Stairs"

This is an extremely dark story, suitable only for those over eighteen with strong stomachs.

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This was an excellent book that kept you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the book, It is a scary glimpse of what could possible happen in the future and how the well off can have connections in every walk of life. The violence was a little off putting to me at first but without it the novel wouldn't work but at first I thought it was going to be a little too grim for me.

The timing of this book is perfect with the current economic climate and the way the lower classes are being treated by the government, it is a scary insight into how far people could possibly try and go to eradicate the impoverished and how selfish society has become.

The characters are strong and stand alone in their own right and I am sure separate novels could be written about the lives of each of them they are that interesting. The twist that was in the book about the main conspirator was great and unexpected, you think it is all obvious as to who is the ring leader but rest assured, Mr Knowles likes to ensure that nothing is too obvious.

All in all a thoroughly good read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good, well priced book and it is nice to think that part of the proceeds goes to helping people suffering from a chronic, misunderstood illness. great work for a great cause.
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Future fact? Future fiction? And is it even the future, as the time frame is not so far off (early to mid 2020s)?

Since others have already commented a bit on the story plot, so just let me say that I purchased this book for my Kindle yesterday, and except for having to get some sleep, couldn't put it down until I finished it. What a nice surprise this was.

Now I feel that I absolutely must read Roger's other offerings. If they are half as good as I found this book to be, Roger has a very good future in writing ahead of him indeed.

Try this book. For the price, you certainly can't go wrong. It's worth much more.
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It's really unusual for an author to be able to write so effortlessly in so many different genres. I do not read this kind of book normally, but having enjoyed Roger Knowles' previous books I gave it go, and was quickly drawn into the fast moving story line. It seems to me to be a kind of thriller with a science fiction twist to it, underpinned with a romance that helps to hold the whole story together. I would definitely recommend this book, and hope that many more people will read this and his other stories.
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I started reading this 48 hours ago. I literally couldn't put it down. I love thrillers and read a lot of James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and Ken McClure....The Association is up there with works of theirs. It was such a gripping read, I felt the tension and drama all the way through. Scarily, it made me think that this isn't too far off what some of the big players of society may well cook up, and highlights the complete immorality of it all.

Had The Association been my first venture into the works of Roger Knowles, it would most definitely been the hook to draw me in. As it is, I am already hooked on his work, this just confirmed my opinions on the level of genius emanating from his brain.

I'd recommend anyone and everyone to read The Association, particularly if you're a lover of thrillers, of never knowing quite what will come next.

The current pricing structure of Roger Knowles' books was an incentive to buy, and having read it and enjoyed it as I did, I can honestly say that it is great value for money.

Top job sir, top job.
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The premise of the book was interesting and the characters seemed well developed. Unfortunately, between the Leftist Propaganda and the grammatical/spelling errors, this turned into an annoying proposition to read.

The author seems to blame all the ills of the world on consumerism and affluence so forget about any philanthropy the "rich" may engage in, for the author all rich and powerful people but 2 characters (one of which meets an early demise) are evil, ruthless people would think nothing of eliminating 80% of the world's population and converting what remains of the population into mindless servants to fulfill their needs.

The ending was weak and predictable as if the author was in a rush to wrap it up, but all in all I give it a 3 star as it can be an entertaining beach read if one can get past the "let's hate the rich" drum beat.
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Although written some time ago this is such a contemporary work. Think Orwell's "1984", think "Da Vinci Code", think conspiracy theories, think the Illuminati, think about how the world we take for granted really operates. This novel is all that and more. Roger Knowles tackles an important subject in an uncomplicated, readable, friendly style. I say friendly because Roger's characters do become our friends, he has an amazing talent in creating that emotional connection between the person on the page and the reader. Once again we are introduced to real personalities, good or bad, they are always credible, and the dialogue we don't just read, we hear in their accents. Ordinary people in extraordinary situations. It's an effortless read with an important message. Everyone should read this at least once! It's a biggie!
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