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The Beautiful Land Paperback – June 4, 2013
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More About the Author
He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Sue, his dog Sam Perkins, and a whole lot of rain. You can find more of his random musings on Twitter at @frodomojo, or at www.alanaverill.com.
Top Customer Reviews
It's the story of two damaged friends who are trying to figure out how they can be together while keeping the world ... and reality itself ... from tearing itself apart. What makes this book work so well is not only the author's imagination and description but the depth of these characters. These aren't your standard sci-fi characters, who are just there to keep the plot moving. These are real people, people that make sense, that you like, that you can sympathize with, that you **want to survive**!
Just try the sample (Kindle); you'll want to read the rest of it **and you won't be disappointed**!
The first section's subtitle, `low-rent Suicide' is followed by protagonist Takahiro O'Leary's attempt to end his life because there are no boundaries left for him to push, no wildernesses left for him to measure his resourcefulness against, only to be interrupted (with ludicrous consequences) by a phone call and an offer to go right out of this world. Tak was hoping it was his one friend, Sam, calling instead, but this will do. Tak will spend the next 4 years charting alternate realities for the Axon Corporation. Meanwhile Sam, who thinks her friend committed seedy suicide, has been on 3 tours of duty in hot zones as an Army translator and is scheduled for a fourth. The scene with Samira talking to a VA psychiatrist? Spot on. Averill does a damn fine job of describing PTSD, and I wonder how he got to do that too.
After doing all the dangerous work for Axon Co., Tak proceeds to steal a mobile jumper device and sets out to find Sam before the scientist who invented the technology of alternate-world exploration destroys this one.
On page 28 I began snickering and chortling, and by page 33 I had to stop reading long enough to get my breath. On page 44 I was on the edge of tears.Read more ›
Of course while the action and never ending suspense are engrossing my personal belief is that The Beautiful Land's best quality is its writing. I've read reality and time jumping based books before and most of them fall short in the simplicity in the writing, instead trying to confuse, adding layer upon layer of complexity and needless characters and situations just because they can. Averill does add random other characters but he uses them in interesting ways to show the effect and check on the realities, not just as a literary style technique. Not only that but the simplicity in the writing feeds the suspense that the story itself builds allowing readers to get more engrossed in the story and thus enjoying it more.
This book isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy mind bending tales about mad scientists, survivalists reality stars, and reality jumping, then this will certainly be your cup of tea.
The story opens up with a bang, as our main character Tak, a big star thanks to a reality show where he'd get dropped off anywhere in the world and survive, is about to hang himself in a run-down motel room because he's "seen it all" (it turns out there's more underlying that death wish, but we don't get those revelations until later). Suddenly, a phone rings and the Axon Corporation is on the line offering him a heaping sum of cash and a promise of some place he's never seen before to explore (the voice on the line is also displaying a disturbingly accurate sense of exactly what he is doing at that moment). Quicker than you can say Takahiro O'Leary, he's jetting off to Australia to work for Charles Yates, maddest of mad scientists, and his not-so-mad-but-also-not-so-moral assistant Judith (the voice on the phone) exploring alternate realities thanks to the machine Yates has built, called, in a burst of creativity, The Machine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I happened upon this book at my library and picked it up because it sounded intriguing-- and I am glad I did. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Beh
Not like the Passage at all. I am glad I read this. Reminded me of the Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag just for the Bird.Published 10 months ago by JayTee
Alan Averill's THE BEAUTIFUL LAND was a real surprise for me. I picked it up on a bit of a whim; the premise was interesting and I knew it won the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert August aka August von Orth
If it wasn't for the way it ended, I probably would have given it five stars. I think if it were explained more about how the "pancake" timelines were supposed to exist, it... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greg W
I read some intriguing reviews for "The Beautiful Land" on Amazon, so I picked up a copy and read through about half of the book in four hours, and that's really saying... Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. ANZIULEWICZ
Ellen R. Rigby, author of Southern Fried Skeletons states that this book starts out with a bang, and you just have to have it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ellen R. Rigby
Grabbed this one as I was looking through some of the past CreateSpace contest winners and came away very pleased. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Koogler
I purchased this ebook for my kindle because I didn't have anything to read on a 10+ hours flight. I was in a hurry and this sounded remotely inspiring. Read morePublished 23 months ago by valdemar303
It was a really weird premise. The book is odd. A little silly. I couldn't put it down though. I look forward to the author's next book.Published on January 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer