- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Association Kindle Edition
"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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More About the Author
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot was riveting, the characters interesting, the premise a bit far-out. I was disappointed in the ending of the book, finding it rather unsatisfying. Still, worth reading.Published 8 months ago by Douglas Winslow Cooper
I'm trying to avoid spoilers so will keep this short. I enjoyed this book, the new spin on the concept was refreshing and a little shocking. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Avid Reader 637
This was a thought provoking story based on an interesting premise. It was a wonderful surprise because I wasn't expecting much. (The cover seems sort of dull and boring. Read morePublished 21 months ago by AvidReader
The book is a compelling read! I've read other works of the author and find him to be exciting, fast paced, fresh and unique. I highly recommend this book and his others. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by G. Stewart
In another change of styles Roger Knowles has in The Association, written a very enjoyable futuristic thriller. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Susan Keefe
This book had loads of promise. While the idea of a secret society taking over the world is not original, the author had a new spin on it that peaked my interest. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Mark Schneider
I would classify this as science fiction. The premise took a lot of imagination and it works because it's something I could see in our future. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by For What It's Worth...
Superficially a very entertaining read, full of intrigue and action. On a deeper level very thought provoking and an intriguing glimpse into the future.Published on February 28, 2012 by M. G. Mccaughey
Another thought provoking book from this talented author. Immense wealth is, for most of us a pipe dream, but what would we do with it. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by dg