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Product Details

  • Paperback: 626 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493535641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493535644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Spotson creates a wide variety of fiction, but what his works have in common is a sense of wonderment - about the relationships we value in our lives; about the world we live in. He has written "Life II," a time travel novel that follows a man's new path through life when, in the year 2013, he returns to 1987 as his 16-year-old self; "Bridge Through Time," which is the time travel sequel to "Life II," with a good dose of science fiction; "Seeking Dr. Magic," a novel that imagines what happens when a powerful wizard comes of age as a contemporary, charismatic young man and wreaks his havoc upon the world, which is yet unaware of his existence; "Delusional," in which a woman in love suddenly experiences hallucinations and resolve to track down her tormentor before it's too late; "The Four Kings," in which four arrogant wizards take over governing present-day North America; and "You Know You're Thin When...," a humour book using large single panel cartoons, for ages 12 and up.

For more information, see scottspotson.com. Also, check out his wizard middle-grade series, "My Wizard Buddy." The three titles are "My Wizard Buddy," "Wizard Planet," and "Target Earth."
Scott Spotson is also pleased to offer editing services to other authors, and has completed numerous ghost-writing contracts.  See "Editing Services" on scottspotson.com. 

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ABOUT SCOTT SPOTSON

For more, see www.scottspotson.com.

Scott Spotson is a novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story. He likes to invent "what if?" scenarios, for example, what if I could go back to my university days, and what would I do differently? What if I could switch bodies with friends I am jealous of, like the guy who sold his software for millions of dollars and does whatever he pleases? What if I had the power to create clones of myself to do my bidding? Scott then likes to mentally insert himself into these situations, then plot a way to "get out" back to reality. This is how "Life II" and "Seeking Dr. Magic" were born, within weeks of each other. He's still working on dreaming up a situation where he gets to smash a pie in the face of his boss, with no justification whatsoever - how to get out of that one?

Scott loves to travel and is partial to the idea of spending extended vacation at ski resorts up in the mountains. You know, the one like in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" where the view is breathtaking, there's an outdoors hot tub facing a pristine snow covered mountain, and one can warm up inside on a bear skin in front of a huge cobblestone fireplace, sitting on a circular wooden bench fitted with animal pelts and sipping at a mango and pineapple smoothie mixed with a touch of grenadine - okay, he's getting too carried away!

Scott has visited Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, France, Mexico, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, and Hong Kong.

Customer Reviews

Overall: A fun, engaging, unique read!
Great Summer Reads For Teens
The characters were strong very well defined and Scott managed to make the perfect wizards show their flaws mostly through their attitude of being right all the time.
Emanuel Grigoras
By mixing political drama and fantasy and making us suspend disbelief, he creates a very engaging world.
Russell R. Miller

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
"The Four Kings" by Scott Spotson is an unusual novel that brings an intriguing concept of some contemporary and modern world lead by wizards.

The author envisioned an unordinary story in which four young wizards named Demus, Regi, Justica and Indie announced that they are taking control over the world and will take care of all the nuclear weapons.
It was logical to expect that people will not like that idea, no matter how good intentions four of them have. Due to that the wizards will appoint a person to be a connection to the people in order to try to get closer to ordinary mortals, but this is only the beginning of this interesting story.

The reader and wizards will eventually realize how hard is to rule, because power corrupts, and the reader will turn the pages to the end in order to see how this exciting story ends...

If you are searching for some interesting title Spotson's novel could be recommended because it combines some magic motives while in same time introducing some economic and political ideas that make up this story seems almost realistic.
The only minor drawback of this novel is not really related to the novel, but with a covers that rejects a reader a bit due to its production that seems not so much professional, although within covers exciting material can be found.

With "The Four Kings" Scott Spotson made an original mix of modern and magic that resulted in an unusual, original and different story...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen C. Sprayberry on March 4, 2014
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An embattled president, leading a corrupt administration, finds himself and everything he fights to keep torn apart when wizards invade his office and take over. Soon, it becomes apparent this is happening worldwide, as wizards change how humanity exists.
Scott Spotson's novel of world domination by wizards first comes across as a fantasy, but it is soon apparent there are glaring problems. What is real in fact isn't, and what is fantasy limps along. Spotson ignores the first and most important rule of urban fantasy: Decide what is real and what is fantasy, and keep it separate. The glaring errors in the first twenty-five chapters make it apparent Mr. Spotson will write fantasy as he deems fit and ignore what doesn't fit his view of the world. Despite those issues, or perhaps because of them, I continued to read what was becoming a dreary omnipotent viewpoint where the author directed everything from above while the characters only took over to inform the reader of who could or couldn't see what was happening.
The idea of replacing aging politicians with those under thirty is an idea discussed on many a college campus, and has been for decades. One has to wonder at just how well this idea would work out. During my twenties, I was all for this, thinking that I knew it all. Oh, how life changes those impressions.
Amanda, the only non-wizard viewpoint character comes off as a wimp throughout much of the story. Her election to Supreme Leader wasn't for any kind of skill in that area, but rather her fawning use of quotes to impress the wizards "interviewing" her. She acquiesces to the wizards, blindly accepting their judgment as all-knowing and benevolent. The wizards themselves are unlikeable to a degree as to turn off a reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Prasad on April 29, 2014
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Spotson begins with the challenge of making a nuclear-free Utopia and bit-coin economy that turns out to be driven by a street rat and immature punks. Why would god bother? They happen to be wizards, who debate how to evolve the governance of earth, but there’s no vision or Enlightenment here. Too bad they didn’t read Plato, Socrates, Locke and Swift. Instead they settle for Anne Rand and Kierkegaard, like volunteering for a lobotomy. If you’re under thirty and never read history, you’ll like this book, especially if you think video games are science. I want my wizards to have a dash of insight, to be greater than humans, but not here. The chief bad wizard comes off like Ratso Rizzo.

Lots of imagination and work went into setting up the story, but the characters remain petulant. That’s the problem with a big idea book, all in your head and not in your heart. I require a story that teaches me. This book doesn’t except wizards operate with more sexual tension that most. You’d think all that power would evolve someone, with games and debates, but the wizards prove to be weaker than humans. Is this a comment on the jealous Gods of Greek mythology? The demi-god realm of the Tibetan wheel of life? Maybe, but that’s so last century.

Spotson is a good writer. Nice character profiles and action verbs with little fluff. The weakness is when his characters implement. They snap their fingers and make magic, but the unions gripe anyway. The reason Communism doesn’t work is it legislates out the greed that drives the entrepreneurs. The first twelve Star Treks were about utopias. I love utopias. I think we need more – planning for a thriving society evolving into the perfect. Spotson sticks us with jealous and trite wizards. Not a Harry Potter among them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on March 22, 2014
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The Four Kings is a fantasy of "what ifs?" In a politically corrupt world, four wizards step in to take over the government. Part satire, part fantasy, mostly a good time, The Four Kings is good escapist fare. While to me it read more like a YA graphic novel, I think for those who like the genre, it will satisfy their reading needs.
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