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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Telepoetics, Incorporated (November 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929507070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929507078
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,342,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Rita Gaines on October 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hannibal Tabu has taken the "head over heels in love" metaphor to new soaring heights with this superhuman-mortal romance and action tale. I really enjoyed taking in 8,000+ year old Tonya and 20-something James' love affair maybe because the fight scenes are so intertwined with how the story could end and Hannibal's characters are so intriguing. But maybe I really read the book to find out how Tonya still looks 22 after all is said and done. The Crown: Ascension is a great book. (...)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ritch Von on April 24, 2006
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I am a sucker for a story with a flying man in it

What does that have to do with The Crown: Ascension?

One thing,

There is a flying man in it

But I didnt know that when I purchased it

I purchased it from Amazon a while ago because I am a fan of Hannibal Tabu and his other Web Serial Faraway, availible at his site, the operative.net

I was enamored when it arrived. It took a few weeks before I could sit down and read it. I cracked it open in a diner while waiting for my eggs on a Sunday morning. I did not put it down for the rest of the day. I read until 3 am just to finish it.

I was thoroughly impressed.

The Plot: Theres this woman named Tonya who stopped aging at twenty. If you are lucky enough for her to fall in love with you then somehow her love passes super powers to you, and you can run super fast, lift heavy stuff, and best of all, you can FLY.

James is the lucky SOB who gets to fall in love with Tonya, and they unravel her past while kicking butt and taking names of forces that have plagues Tonya for years.

It is hard to discuss this book without gushing or telling you all the stuff to look out for. I will begin with the dialogue, it is solid, and the characters seem real. James is the everyman with a cool demeanor and a sense of humor. He wants to protect his woman despite her long lifespan and tendency to whip out magical spells and techno wizardry.

The situations are of course fantastic, in that, he keeps flying around the room sort of way which is why I love it so much. And they fight Yakuza for mystical objects, and there is a woman made of hair and I cant even get started on Damien Dare, who you will loathe, and love when you meet him.
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It is hard to believe that this is Tabu's debut novel. I bought this, and it took me a couple of months to get around to reading, but once I started, I almost couldn't stop! I read it over the course of 3 days, and that's just because I was working during the day. This is sort of a superhero/science-fiction/supernatural/action-packed romance novel. Tabu manages to throw in a lot of high-concepts in this story, but keeps it all easy for the reader to follow. I loved it.
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By Regina Jones on October 21, 2012
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The Crown: Ascension is a wonderful love story filled with suspense. I'm already looking forward to the next novel by Hannibal Tabu. I love science fiction and this is science fiction at it's best. It was hard to put it down from the beginning to the end. From the beginning I liked Tonya and her sharp tongue. James is a grown man who remembers his comic book characters and is still a little boy at heart but an responsible adult man at the same time. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys scifi and suspense.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chinedum R. Ofoegbu on March 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you've already read the book, then odds are you've seen the name on the foreword. Clearly I'm biased.

But rest assured, gentle reader, I come by it honestly.

Now, in a burst of <strike>inspired laziness</strike> inspiration, I will quote liberally from said foreword to <strike>coughfillercough</strike> enhance this review:

The Crown is your standard-issue love story. Boy meets girl. Girl and Boy fall in love. Boy begins to float like an F-16 and sting like a meteor strike.

Well, not so much "standard issue" as "OMGOMG I gots to read this, STAT!"

Unless, of course, you have no soul and cold plutonium beats within your chest.

... there are many ways to take this story: as societal metaphor; as Hannibal's treatise on gender dynamics, as a portrayal of competent intelligent African (Note: and African American) characters; as the infinitesimal peak of an iceberg that will smash the world of literature into new and exciting pieces within a couple of years (Oops. Did I say too much?); hell, you could just come out and say this is kick-ass comic-book style action and you'd _still_ be right. It's all in the exegesis, baby.

It's all true; this book kicks behind on many levels.

Well now, class, have any of you ever heard the saying `Behind every great man is a woman kicking his ass'? What? Isn't that how it goes? Ok, then `Behind every great man is a greater woman'. Still not right? Hmm, then let's try this: think of a society where power is wielded by men but is held by women. The most immediate result of this would be that men are important not for who they are but for who they marry. Kings would only become king by marrying a queen.

Feminists, take note.
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