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The Cloud Seeders [Kindle Edition]

James Zerndt
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Book Description

*Currently a Finalist in the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards*

Serve Your Country, Conserve Your Water, Observe Your Neighbor

This is the slogan of the Sustainability Unit and of a country gone eco-hysterical. After nearly twelve months without rain and the hinges of the world barely still oiled, Thomas and his younger brother, Dustin, set out across a drought-ridden landscape in search of answers. What they discover along the way will change their lives, and their country, forever.

The Cloud Seeders weaves humor and heartache, action and romance, as well as poetry and science, into a unique crossover novel that defies categorization.

*** Intended for adults. Contains some profanity and sexual content.***


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"Author James Zerndt has created an all too believable world that could well be ripped from the headlines just a couple of decades from now. Deftly crafting an engaging novel that will grip the readers attention from beginning to end, "The Cloud Seeders" is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and solidly entertaining. Highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Fiction collections." -Midwest Book Review
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"5 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable book." -ReadersFavorite.com (Kayti Nika Raet)
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"If you like science fiction with a decent love story, this book is definitely for you. Highly recommended."
 -THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW
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"For those who have had the privilege of reading Portland, Oregon writer James Zerndt's second novel THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY then the magic he weaves so successfully in his debut novel THE CLOUD SEEDERS will come as no surprise: it is every bit as satisfying a read as his other book." -Grady Harp, AMAZON TOP 50 REVIEWER/VINE VOICE/HALL OF FAME REVIEWER        
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"I won't beat around the bush, this is good work. The allure for this reader is the attention to detail used beyond description; with detail the writer creates mood and evokes feelings. Included is one of the best short erotic scenes I've read. The structure is so beautifully complex; I can see teachers of creative writing using it as a model." -AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL EXPERT REVIEW

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"Every once in a while I read a book I will never forget. James Zerndt's THE CLOUD SEEDERS, a post-apocalyptic saga set in a drought-plagued future, is one of those books." - kacunnin, AMAZON TOP 500 REVIEWER
               
           

From the Author

Water is good. Water is great...             

Product Details

  • File Size: 4647 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478209151
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GTIHS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,807 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A search for love, truth, and water... August 9, 2012
By Jeanne
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book.

The characters are well drawn and the storyline of a green-is-good/save the water world gone terribly awry, is very intriguing. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the brothers which I found true to life and funny even when the situation was tense. The underlying love story between Jerusha and Thomas, Thomas and Dustin, and the Boys and their parents was very rewarding as well, as each subtly grew in their own way as the story progressed.

I also found myself looking forward to reading the poetry between each chapter....very creative and well worth reading for the poetry itself. I could definitely see them making this book into a movie and it would be fun to see how they incorporate the poetry.

Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read with a slightly different storyline, great writing and great characters.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 25, 2012
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I can't remember the last book I flipped through the pages so quickly. I didn't want to put it down. Very creative story of love, family, politics and our intertwined relationship with nature. I love the author's style. This is a book anyone would enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Prose March 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit...enjoyed it enough that it kept me up until 1:00 am finishing it. And it was not just that the plot was interesting. The prose was also extremely sharp, gorgeous in a wonderfully stark way, and the descriptions were often unique and startling too...brand new ways of looking at things that made me think 'Of course!' after reading them. More than once, I caught myself re-reading paragraphs just for the beauty of the language.

I liked how the author built the atmosphere with its ever-present sense of thirst and drought. The parched descriptions were clear and pervasive, firmly placing the reader in the setting created. I could almost smell the dust as I turned the pages. It made me want to reach for my chapstick and a water bottle.

Additionally, I liked the political ambiguity in the story. Many post-apocalyptic or dystopian books smack you with a message...blare it from left or right. However, this one did not fall into stereotypes. It largely placed the characters beyond such things while not ignoring the politics in the background.

I also appreciated how well drawn the main character, Thomas, was. I really got a sense of him and how fiercely he loved the people who mattered to him. A bit of an underdog, he was an eighteen-year-old boy, forced by circumstance and the loss of his parents, to shoulder a huge amount of responsibility. He struggled thoughout the book to take care of his little brother and do right by the girl he loves, and I enjoyed getting to spend time in his head...along for the ride as he beat the odds.

I noted that some categorized this book as 'Young Adult'. While it might, at first glance, seem to fit into that category with it's young protagonist, it did not feel like a book written for teens.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cloud Seeders August 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
Wouldn't you enjoy reading a fabulous love story? Or perhaps reading a terrific coming-of-age story? Well, lucky for you, Jamie Zerndt gives you both in his debut novel, The Cloud Seeders. In this tender, poetic, beautifully written book, Zerndt will have you in tears and in stitches, in no time at all. Once you start it, you won't want to put this novel down! I didn't.

--Jonathan Harris, author of The Wave That Did Not Break.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Average November 20, 2012
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Very decent for a first book and a free price. The writing felt a bit juvenile but then again the narrator is very young. The avid reader in me picked up on a vibe that it was more lack of writing skill than purposeful feature. The story line was pretty predictable and there wasn't much character development, and a very odd sex scene that felt awkward and out of place.

But overall, a nice read.

Maybe I'm biased coming from having just read some amazing series written by extremely accomplished authors.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Thought-Provoking January 29, 2013
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I had to give this book three stars because I found a lot of the content unnecessary- a.k.a. the sex scene and language. Honestly though, it was an interesting book, all that aside. How can you not enjoy a book that makes you wonder: What if your world suddenly became one long drought? What if there was some more sinister plot behind it all? And what if there was something you could do about it but in the process possibly destroy the things you hold dear?
Overall, I'd probably recommend this as an YA novel.
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68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Future July 28, 2013
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Given the debate I seem to have stirred I've decided to examine this subject with less emphasis on the pedagogical, moral, and ethical and please understand I exaggerate for effect. If you grew up typing your college essays on a typewriter and called your friends on a rotary telephone you will find this a difficult read; if you spent your days in constant contact on a smartphone texting and got essay ideas on the internet then this may be for you. Whether or not you consider teenage sex before marriage healthy may play a factor in your decision as well. If you prefer the family values of Father Knows Best and Andy Griffith to that of The Simpsons then you probably won't like this text. I still find swearing puerile, especially if it involves children, stevedores and homeless street-people less jarring and I don't care what rating the book has. This is my opinion and it seems to be shared by many others. If you like this sort of thing that's your privilege. I have made my last entry on the matter.

Thomas and his little brother Dustin inhabit a dystopian Orwellian World in which malevolent forces control the weather and water is as scare as it was in Frank Herbert's Dune. Water cops enforce water conservation and issue fines or worse. Their parents, a scientist and a poet, the secret of whose death Thomas keeps from his brother, left behind the means of climate manipulation and a book of their mother's poetry one of which prefaces each chapter.

The writing style feels awkward and it takes considerable time to warm to the characters and get involved in the story. As a book for young readers it contains too much profanity and sexual innuendo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Rain Makers
This was an excellent book. I appreciated the futuristic and probable outcomes of some of our governments policies. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Grammar To Go
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
Loved the story. Sweet, bittersweet ending.
At first was not sure of prime characters genders. That made for an interesting read. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Theresa S Seech
5.0 out of 5 stars New ideas!!!
I love discovering books about things I haven't thought about before! I hope you have written sequels :) Great tale, thank you for sharing your story.
Published 11 days ago by E. Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed "The cloud seeders
I enjoyed "The cloud seeders." The story was well paced and the writing was intelligent. The characters were believable and the plot line, while possibly a little... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lee Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cloud Seeders
This is a beautiful, if somewhat disturbing story, and totally un-put-downable. Love it. 'The Korean Word for Butterfly' is also spectacular, but very different. Read them both!
Published 23 days ago by Geoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be a YA book, but I'm still hoping ...
Could be a YA book, but I'm still hoping to see more from this author as he matures. Decent plot (tied up a bit too neatly at the end) with fairly believable situations and very... Read more
Published 24 days ago by NJ Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't remember what I didn't like.
Couldn't get into the book. Don't remember what I didn't like.
Published 25 days ago by Mrs. Carolyn P. Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars great for class discussion.
James Zerndt's The Cloud Seeders is a wonderful exploration into what ifs. His characters are interesting,well developed, and leave room for the reader to wonder what might happen... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gail Woerner
5.0 out of 5 stars a good story. It was pretty believable
All in all, a good story. It was pretty believable, although I found the ending a bit unbelievable. I won't spoil it, but it seemed a rushed way to wrap up the book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Bob
2.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible, but not recommended
This was one of those books that started out with a lot of promise and then just fell flat. The background story was not developed well enough to explain some of the current... Read more
Published 29 days ago by just cathy
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More About the Author

James Zerndt is the author of THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY and THE CLOUD SEEDERS. His short fiction has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Revolver, and SWINK magazine. Amazon also recently selected his short story, THIS JERKWATER LIFE, as an Editor's Pick in the Kindle Singles Store.

His third novel, WHERE CUTE AND CRAZY MEET AT MIDNIGHT, is currently seeking a publisher.

He can be reached at j_zerndt (at) yahoo (dot) com if anybody wants to give him a hard time.

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