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The Cloud Seeders [Kindle Edition]

James Zerndt
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Book Description

*Currently a Finalist in the 2014 Reader's 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 novel that defies categorization.

*** Intended for adults ("a YA novel for adults.") Contains some profanity and sex.***

Editorial Reviews


"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
"5 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable book." (Kayti Nika Raet)
"If you like science fiction with a decent love story, this book is definitely for you. Highly recommended."
"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        
"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

"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

Before deciding to publish this on Amazon, The Cloud Seeders was represented by both a literary agency and Gotham Group Productions in Hollywood. After waiting around for nearly two years, nothing ever happened. So, finally deciding to publish this on Amazon came as a great relief to me. And, so far, the experience has been awesome.
Hopefully next year I'll be able to hang out with Thomas, Dustin, and Jerusha again.
Water is good. Water is great...

Product Details

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GTIHS4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 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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22 of 25 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cloud Seeders August 18, 2012
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Prose March 21, 2013
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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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17 of 20 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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50 of 64 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Zerndt Makes the Unbelievable Frighteningly Believable!
In this combination coming-of-age, science-hopefully-fiction, political-conspiracy story, two good brothers save the United States and the world at large from evil. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Squiggleroom
5.0 out of 5 stars another great one by Zerndt
I enjoyed Korean word for butterflies so much that I thought I would be disappointed in my second read by this author. But though it was completely different I loved it as well. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bridget Aureli
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, needed more details
Loved the idea of this book, but the plot could have been way more developed. It felt like the author rushed through the whole book.
Published 28 days ago by Laura A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian fantasy with a twist
This is an excellent dystopian fantasy with an ecological twist on a possible future. The characters are well-developed and show some evolution, and the pace is generally smooth,... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Christian McCallister
2.0 out of 5 stars For young readers only
I realize it is a young adult book but seemed to have a weak story line. Didn't really go anywhere.
Published 1 month ago by J. Brazell
4.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly love in a dystopian USA
I loved the interaction between the brothers in this book, and the poems at the beginning of each chapter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthropological Librarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, disappointing ending
Really liked the story line and concept. Became invested in the characters but the ending felt very abrupt and unfinished. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VickyC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book to pass the time. Nice plot but the end could have been done better. I was a little confused and needed just a bit more info to tie it all together.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hats off!
I really liked this book more than I expected to and consider that a success for Zerndt. Relatively tangible dystopias move me more than light sabers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by david farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really makes you stop and think
coming from an adult this was an excellent book. Really makes you thankful for what and who you have. Of course as a young adult book it would be great for older teens.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Weida
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More About the Author

Back in 2002, James Zerndt lived in South Korea where he worked as an English teacher. He now teaches ESL (and sometimes English) in Portland, Oregon, after receiving an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. His fiction has most recently appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Revolver, and SWINK magazine. His third novel, WHERE CUTE AND CRAZY MEET AT MIDNIGHT, is due out at the end of this year.

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

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