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The Colorado Sequence [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Cochran
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Physicist Dr. Amy Levine has discovered a mathematical sequence--the Colorado Sequence--that describes an underlying pattern and a guiding force within the very fabric of reality.

Now she's on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough, and the U.S. government wants to know how she has done it. How has Dr. Levine learned to accurately predict the future? And they're willing to kill her to find out.

Levine and a group of friends escape to Colorado to unravel the mystery of the sequence, but there they become snowbound. They must locate a secret treasure room, find a hidden key, and answer an ancient riddle before a devastating eruption destroys them all

...and the power of the Colorado Sequence is lost forever.

Editorial Reviews


"The strength of this book is the story and level of suspense. I didn't want to put this one down simply because of the suspense and wondering who would make it out alive."

"A unique blend of fantasy and suspense, The Colorado Sequence builds a strong female character in Amy Levine." --Julio Vazquez, author of Death at Disney

"I have sacks under my eyes because I have been up late the last few nights reading The Colorado Sequence. I finished it last night at 2:31 A.M. because I simply could not put it down. I so enjoyed this book!" --Ericka Jackson, author of A Mansion Mindset

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615146163
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Pennies June 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Amazon says this book has four hundred pages. I can't verify that because I downloaded it to my Kindle, but it seemed much, much longer to me.

The storyline is vague and confusing, full of broken plot threads. At times, I felt I was reading something patched together by a team of middle-school adventure-story fanboys. It begins with a scientist who has discovered a mathematical formula to predict the future and somehow ends with her restoring "balance" to Earth by traveling to another universe and re-hydrating a desert planet. Along the way, she visits the secret island hideaway of an evil organization (nod to Ian Fleming), is snowbound in a deserted Colorado hotel (nod to Stephen King), takes a ride in a mine cart (nod to Spielberg's Indiana Jones), and is menaced by evil, shadowy horsemen with glowing eyes (nod to J.R.R. Tolkien). I think I also caught references to Star Wars, The Matrix, and Alice in Wonderland, but perhaps I was merely delirious.

Cochran's writing is awkward and clumsy. He has occasional trouble maintaining the proper tense from the beginning of a sentence to its end: "And the feeling was exhilarating to her that they may be entering a deserted Rocky Mountain town that was covered in deep white snow." He tends to use the same words over and over. In one ten-line excerpt from the novel, the words "look" or "looked" are used eight times. That's a lot of looking. From his bio, I was shocked to discover the author teaches writing at a North Carolina university.

In short, this book is desperately seeking an editor. As it was self-published, I'm sure no professional editor came anywhere near it. Although this was a Kindle download and cost me only eighty cents, I was angered to think I could have saved the change and downloaded one of the classics absolutely free. In the future I will be wary of self-published "bargains."
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, Not so great presentation. July 9, 2009
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The idea is great, almost like something Michael Crichton would imagine. But the book is sorely needing an editor. Often through the book, Stacey repeats lines that he stated just a sentence or two before almost as if he thinks we weren't smart enough to get it the first time. By the time it had happened the fourth time I was about ready to put the book down and forget it. But, I did find myself wondering how the story would end, so I read through. He does get his tenses mixed and often switches between first and last names of the characters (again, an editor would catch this) but the story is enjoyable. I definitely think it's worth a read especially at this price and I think that Mr. Cochran should keep it up. His ideas are creative and definitely worth being told.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read -- Not great June 30, 2009
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Cochran spins a good solid story, the story line was great -- suspenseful with enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested and involved -- but it suffered a bit in the presentation. Basically this was a 4 1/2 star story hurt by a quirky presentation.

The author's propensity to constantly switch between first and last names was somewhat irritating -- for example, in the span of a couple of paragraphs he'd refer to them as Amy and Sara, Amy and McKenzie, Levine and McKenzie and finally Levine and Sara -- leaving the reader to constantly jump to follow the characters -- as a result it took away from ever really connecting with the characters. He also showed similar behavior with measurements -- switching between metric and imperial although not to as great an extent.

I read this on my Kindle and found it fairly well formatted with the only noticeable drawback being an occasional extra page between chapters.

I'll likely read Cochran again -- he tells a good story -- and I'm hoping his presentation will come up to the level of his stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Science Fiction Thrill Ride June 22, 2007
The Colorado Sequence, by Stacey Cochran, is a unique blend of hard science fiction, fantasy, and thriller.

Dr. Amy Levine has revealed a mathematical formula, dubbed the Colorado Sequence, which wields fantastic power. The sequence unravels the String Theory and explains the framework of reality. How can she prove this? Dr. Levine can predict the future. With the government and other dangerous forces on their trail, Dr. Levine and her friends travel to Colorado to complete her work on the sequence. But the storm of the century has hit Ouray, Colorado and the group becomes trapped in the snowbound town. With time running out for both their survival and an entire world that Amy discovers, the group must work together to find the key to unlocking the world's greatest secret.

I can't pretend to understand all of the scientific and philosophical terminology that is discussed in this novel. But enough is explained for a layman to get the basic idea. The strength of this book is the story and level of suspense. I didn't want to put this one down simply because of the suspense and wondering who would make it out alive. With strange creatures, harsh elements, and deadly tests, danger seems to lurk around every corner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deja vu June 26, 2009
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All in all I enjoyed most of the storyline but the writing itself was a bit quirky. Many times I had to stop because I thought I may have been reading the same paragraph or sentence over and over again even though I apparently was not. Also, the constant alternating between metric and imperial measurements kept causing me to pause but I'm going to assume it was editor error. The story flowed like a made for TV movie, which can be entertaining when bored, but at no point did I ever connect with any of the characters or imagine myself in the middle of the action. Lastly, Amber Page is a great name for a little girl but using the name Ben Tovar for a character was straight out of elementary school humor. I was seriously waiting for I.P. Freely, Willie Makeit and Betty Cant to appear somewhere, at which point it would have set my Kindle on fire and walked away.

I do see Stacey Cochran getting better, but he really needs to have other accomplished writers, not friends, going over the material before it goes out for publication.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding Saga
I found this book to be a metaphysical saga that could be shortened. The characters are well-developed but we find they can do things without much background. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by DaveReadsALot
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poorly Edited Combination of Numb3rs and National Treasure
There's a lot of suspense in this thriller, but it's a shame to see a great story idea ruined by bad editing. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like character-driven stories, this isn't for you (or me).
Note: I listened to the audio version of this book, so I'm only speaking to the story itself, not the quality of the print version. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Chesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Mind-Altering Tale
This was a great audio book! Had to have the print version. Enjoyed the print version just as much! Stacey Cochran is an excellent author.
Published on November 3, 2011 by BigBirdley
1.0 out of 5 stars The ending disappoints
The first half of this book started out kind of adventurous, exciting and a bit intriguing. But the second half just collapsed for me. Read more
Published on January 27, 2011 by P. L. Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book was great, fascinating,and made me go "hummm"....great imagination, story line, and characters. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by kt
3.0 out of 5 stars First 2/3's Is Great
First off, this is a long book by Kindle standards. It was 13K locations long where most of the Kindle books I've read were in the 4K-6K location range. Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad choice.
I'm glad I didn't spend much on this book. Overall, a nice idea for a story, but very poorly written. Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by Shannon
2.0 out of 5 stars weak
In dire need of editing. Silly plot line. I guess for 99 cents I don't feel ripped off but what a waste of time.
Published on February 24, 2010 by Mr. A.
1.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic Nightmare
The first chapter is fabulous. Stop there. The rest of the chapters are not worth the time to read. Strange multi-dimensional storyline that makes very little sense throughout.
Published on December 16, 2009 by Kathleen Trindade
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More About the Author

Stacey Cochran is the author of Eddie & Sunny, In Love with Eleanor Rigby, Claws, and The Loneliest. He was a finalist for the 1998 Dell Magazines Award and earned his graduate degree in Creative Writing in 2001. He currently teaches in the English Department at the University of Arizona.

In Love with Eleanor Rigby was the Rebel Literary Magazine First Prize Winner in 2000 and was originally published in CutBank in 2001. It became a bestselling Kindle novella in 2011 following several bestselling ebooks (Claws, The Colorado Sequence, and The Loneliest).

His novel Culpepper was a finalist for the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest in 2004. In 2011, an excerpt from his novel Eddie & Sunny was a finalist for the James Hurst Prize. Eddie & Sunny was among the first ten ebooks selected for publication through Amazon's Kindle Scout program and was published by Kindle Press in March 2015.

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