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The God In The Clear Rock (The Ancients of Earth) [Kindle Edition]

Lucian Randolph
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Book Description

"Seriously one of the greatest things I've ever read." - - Wil Wheaton

In 50 hours, the world as we know it will end… Like a celestial alarm clock, the sun is about to enter a cycle of giant storms that will decimate life on Earth and destroy our modern civilization. It’s happened before, but it was long before humans even had writing. Now it will occur again in 50 hours. Amid this imminent catastrophe is the God in the Clear Rock, a mysterious presence influential throughout the history of ancient man on the American continents. And she has a secret.

Following stories from history, fast-paced scenes jump across centuries and millennia of time as the mystery of the God in the Clear Rock deepens. Coming together over years, unforgettable characters and epic events throughout the history of man unknowingly countdown in a race against the sun.

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THE GOD IN THE CLEAR ROCK has everything you could want in an epic sci-fi story; ancient civilizations, giant humans, advanced technology, military secrets, artificial intelligence, and a timeline that covers 78 millennia. Engaging, imaginative, and believable writing will drag you into the intrigue and drama as it begins to unfold across the planet.

First in a six-book series covering the 50 hour countdown, THE GOD IN THE CLEAR ROCK presents the initial eight-and-a-half hours. But 78,000 years of brutal history and adventure lead up to this first exciting book. The story blends the hour-by-hour style of the TV drama 24 and the intelligent storytelling of Asimov with the twisted plots of George R.R. Martin; the result is a page turner you can’t put down.

It’s filled with science, technology, history and adventure, plus a sci-fi twist on a cliff-hanger ending that will have fans jumping into the second book in the series, THE HOLE IN THE MAGIC SHIELD (available now).

Each of the six books is an installment in the 50-hour story.
Newly revised second edition.


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"Seriously one of the greatest things I've ever read." - Wil Wheaton, actor and author

About the Author

Lucian is hard to describe. We're pretty sure he escaped from some government lab when he was young. These days he's a practicing roboticist, biophysicist and biomechanical engineer. He's also a research fellow and senior strategic analyst for a private science think tank. His primary specialty is high-technology and bleeding-edge science, which really just means he likes cool toys. He has also been called a polymath and a futurist, but he says that just means he's hopeful. In addition to several companies founded on his technology, Lucian has also been independently contracted to invent and develop some of the most advanced robotic equipment on the planet. He has a thing for robots - preferably the female kind (because all complex machines are females - and vice versa). He says he's only met a few male robots, and they were all heavily armed and quite mean looking. He has consulted for projects under the direction of numerous government and private groups around the world. In addition to robotics, he has a portfolio of advanced technology he was directly responsible for developing or inventing. His designs and inventions cover a broad range of industries including biomedical, construction, telecommunications, military, and aerospace. Virtually all of his technology is Restricted or Classified (mostly as a result of who actually has enough money to build the things he thinks up). Outside his Entrepreneur and Science work, Lucian is a prolific writer. Professionally, he produces more than one million written words per year. He's also been producing multimedia for public internet distribution since the beginning of the broadband era. He's a recognized pioneer in the podcasting field and was the host of the Planet TV Show, which was one of the original non-commercial science and technology TV shows on the web and one of the first video podcasts in the world. The show was seen in 124 countries worldwide, and at the peak of its popularity, the videos were being downloaded millions of times each month. Lucian has authored numerous technical tomes that are not available to the public, in addition to this series of science fiction novels, The Ancients of Earth. He says he has to write fiction because he needs to get all the crazy things he's seen and been through in his professional life out of his head; otherwise he'd go insane. But he admits, that might only be a matter of semantics.

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  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098360911X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YF1D4E
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs professional help January 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The reader saw this book recommended and it was free if the sun-bronzed reader were to download it before the 31st, but the author would never know that... I can't do it. I was going to mimic the style as satire but you'd probably stop reading before you realized it was a joke.

The premise is interesting but the rest is every clichéd trite trope you can think of. Also redundant. This should have been a much shorter book.

One reviewer pointed out that the politics detracted from the story. He's right. And anyway calling your VP character Dick Haney of Hall Burton... Look, just call the guy by name or make up your own character. You're way down on his list of people to sue.

And the writing itself...

"She'd seen lots of things over her lifetime. Some were horrible things that she wished she'd never seen. And there were some that she wished she could un-see, or even forget." Suggested re-write: "She'd witnessed brutality before." See? Shorter.

"They died trying to climb up the ladder. But they never made it to the top." Unless this is suddenly a book about zombies that first sentence sufficed.

And the worst example I'm not even going to post. I wouldn't want some kid to read it.

Seriously, don't read this book. The character and stories (yes, plural) were interesting enough to hook me, but then it was a struggle. I won't post a review unless I've read the whole thing. At the halfway mark my review would have said, "Good effort. Please hire an editor for your next book." But by the end the book had devolved into something that looked like hormone-crazed ranting of a precocious but socially awkward kid attempting to overcome his feelings of impotence.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a little preface to the review I will say that I loved the show Lost. This book really reminds me of that show. Perhaps that gives me a little bias, but it also pays testament to the great job the writer did. To be compared to Lost is amazing in my book, so to speak.

The book had me hooked early on, the story line and character development just would not let me go. I had to know what was next. The book did a good job of opening up a heap of questions and not all where answered by books end, but that is okay.. it is a series after all. Ending with questions just made me want to read the next book right away.

I really loved the writing as well, it truly felt like I was reading from a seasoned author. Some of the analogies, as well as place descriptions, were just beautifully written. Now on the opposite burner of this the book to repeat itself a bit on some points. At first I was a little annoyed with this and it felt like filler, but I began to realize that it really needed to reinforce these facts through different time periods. (The book flashes from time period to time period often, but always lets you know before hand.)

I also really enjoyed the dialogue between characters. I have read a lot of books from unknown authors and self-published people and one of my WORST pet-peeves is dialogue and interactions that do not feel natural. All the conversations in the book seem real. The author captures the subtleties of things like sarcasm and playfulness perfectly. As a test you can read the dialogue out loud, it just all sounds natural.

Overall this was a great read. Although there are a few small problems with the book, the overwhelming good pushes them into obscurity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy meets Robert Ludlum and Michael Lewis? December 5, 2012
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It has it all - Suspense, Intrigue, Drama, Clandestine Ops, Love, Reality, Science, Fiction. Solar Flares and Karma are a blank (you know what). Brutal at times. The author's Google+ profile leads me to believe his persona is one of the characters in the book. Not the billionaire. That would be the force pulling the strings like the folks in Big Short. Get it? Loved it!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...could have been much better January 5, 2012
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I grabbed this book because the premise practically jumped out at me. I was not disappointed in that regard. The story itself is outstanding. The problem is too much commentary that has little to do with the premise of the book. Normally I don't mind when author's frame their political beliefs (or the antithesis of those beliefs)within the story. But generally I require something a little more subtle than changing an ex-Vice President's name by a few letters and the name of his comapny in the same way. Instead of a commentary in which we are expected to 'see the light' we are left with simple, direct jabs at a named politician. I don't even like the guy myself, but this tactic is crude and unimaginative.

Perhaps more unbelievable, this is the first book in which I've ever had to "skim" over a scene involving a hot woman getting naked. Why, you ask? Because it took 5 pages of description just for her top to come off. Either the author is really into breasts, or he was looking for filler material, and to me it seems the latter is what happened. There are other occasions like this in the book, although that's the most egregious.

That being said, these are things a professional editor could easily help fix. The 'foundation' of the story is solid and I will probably read the sequel to see where the author is trying to take us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Got too political, among other things
There is a viable premise here. There are some interesting characters, with good development.

I was enjoying this story... for a while. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Faust
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the ending?
If this is part of a trilogy, then fine, but end the damn thing in a credible way. Don't make me have to buy 3 "books" in order to read a complete story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by 74hodag
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
I read four or more books a week and only occasionally will I get pulled into the rest of the series but this one has done it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John H. Scarbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars The God in the Clear Rock
Fascinating action adventure thriller. How much of life is preordained? Who is really in charge? Just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes! Read more
Published 9 months ago by ItsWindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book. I would have given four stars but his political views were a real turn off for the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anastasia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent read. Very interesting story and interesting characters.
I just purchased the next book in the series. Cannot wait to continue the saga.
Published 12 months ago by Gabrielle Jackman
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, bad writing
The author, Lucian Randolph, has presented some interesting ideas, and I did like the episodic nature of the story-telling, moving between times and places, characters and events. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Athene Five
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not care for it.
Poorly written with a poor story line. Having to read a second (or more) book to get the story is not good.
Published 16 months ago by Albert R. Jarrett
2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch.
Not very good, like a low rate Clive Cussler novel with a sci-fi twist.
I'm pretty easy to please, and managed to fight my way through it, but man, it was not an easy or... Read more
Published 16 months ago by DaveOther
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth 4 iterations
A slightly entertaining read, but some of it seemed contrived or awkward. I especially disliked the forced sexuality and how the characters would laugh uproariously at something... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shain Adams
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More About the Author

Lucian is hard to describe. We're pretty sure he escaped from some government lab when he was young. These days he's a practicing roboticist, biophysicist and biomechanical engineer. He's also a research fellow and senior strategic analyst for a private science think tank. His primary specialty is high-technology and bleeding-edge science, which really just means he likes cool toys. He has also been called a polymath and a futurist, but he says that just means he's hopeful.

In addition to several companies founded on his technology, Lucian has also been independently contracted to invent and develop some of the most advanced robotic equipment on the planet. He has a thing for robots - preferably the female kind (because all complex machines are females - and vice versa). He says he's only met a few male robots and they were all heavily armed and quite mean looking. He has consulted for projects under the direction of numerous government and private groups around the world. In addition to robotics, he has a portfolio of advanced technology he was directly responsible for developing or inventing. His designs and inventions cover a broad range of industries including biomedical, construction, telecommunications, military, and aerospace. Virtually all of his technology is Restricted or Classified (mostly as a result of who actually has enough money to build the things he thinks up).

Outside his Entrepreneur and Science work, Lucian is a prolific writer. Professionally, he produces more than one million written words per year. He's also been producing multimedia for public internet distribution since the beginning of the broadband era. He's a recognized pioneer in the podcasting field and was the host of the Planet TV Show, which was one of the original non-commercial science and technology TV shows on the web and one of the first video podcasts in the world. The show was seen in 124 countries worldwide and at the peak of its popularity the videos were being downloaded millions of times each month. Lucian has authored numerous technical tomes that are not available to the public in addition to a series of science fiction novels published on Amazon. He says he has to write fiction because he needs to get all the crazy things he's seen and been through in his professional life out of his head, otherwise he'd go insane.

But he admits, that might only be a matter of semantics.

On a personal note, Lucian lives in Florida with his wife and two sons. He also lives with a pack of eight (yes eight) miniature dachshunds that he uses to hunt Garden Gnomes. An avid Gnome hunter since his days with the Fifth Special Gnome Expeditionary Forces based out of Fort Bragg, he has personally been responsible for the reduction in the pest population of the common Garden Gnome, Gnomiansis Gargenii.

Unfortunately, since he uses mini dachshunds to hunt them, he only has a few intact heads in his trophy room.

But if you're in Florida and run into him, he might show them to you.

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