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Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

About the Author

Van resides in Duluth, Minnesota, where the local pastime is fighting frostbite, and idolizes his big brother, who currently serves in the U.S. Army.

He is straight (despite his love for chicklits) and a fun-loving, easy-going night-owl who loves meeting new people, and chatting and laughing it up long into the early-morning hours. 
When he's not reading or writing, he is either fighting crime, rescuing puppies, or solving world hunger know, the usual stuff.
On the lighter side of life, he loves playing pool, hunting, fishing, truck-mudding and bonfires.

To contact Van, you could e-mail him at or Facebook (, Tweet( him.
He'd love to hear from you.

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  • File Size: 2210 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Van Krishna (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DM8K354
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By day, I am nobody. But when the sun goes down and the city turns dark, and evil lurks on every corner... when the world needs a hero who will fight for truth, justice and freedom... that's when I become... ...tired. And go to bed.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelli on July 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The only reason I am posting this is because I was given the book in exchange for an honest review. I really hate giving negative reviews because I know how much time and effort an author puts into their books.
Now, this is the first novel I have read by Van Krishna so I'm basing this review solely on how The Last Strand was written.

I can normally ignore a few grammatical errors here and there, but there was a ridiculous amount in this book.

As for the story itself; I found it hard to follow at times and a lot of the situations seemed almost unrealistic. It flip flops between past and present so much I had to reread pages to figure out what was going on. The ending was horrible in my opinion. I don't even want to call it an ending, it just stopped, like it was unfinished.

Again, I really hate to give a negative review. If a few things were editted then it could have the potential to be a good read.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Llewella on July 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of The Last Strand in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the summary, I was intrigued. I wanted to know how Liz would be able to get through the pain of losing of her parents and if Nick would be the reason that she needed to try to get through it.

I loved that the author gave us alternating points of view from Nick and Liz, and the chemistry between Nick and Liz was steaming hot.

There were a few grammatical and word choice errors throughout the book (like prey when it should have been pray and whole when it should have been hole, just as a few examples.) but those little editing issues didn't distract from the story.

What did distract from the story was the way it flipflopped between the past and the present in the beginning. It went back to the present quickly, so I thought the story would develop enough that when the timeline caught up with the future, I thought everything would becoming clear, but it never did. There were major parts of the story that I just couldn't make a connection to, mostly the part that involved Nick's parents possible involvement in the death of Liz's parents. And why was there even a price put out for Liz when up until Thanksgiving when Lewis contacted her, she didn't even consider that the accident wasn't an accident. There really wasn't enough development in the connection to make it work for me and then as I was still shaking my head, the book just ended.

The premise of the story is a great one, so I'm sad that I'm only able to give it 2 stars. Had the book been longer and had more time to make a connection between the death of Liz's parents and a the possibility and motives of Nick's parents being involved and also more about Nick's 'adventures' in the Air Force, I may have been able to give it more stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Listful Booking on August 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
(2.5/5 stars)

"You teasing, sexy, hot... dart! You-you cookie thief!"

This story had a unique idea and I couldn't wait to read it. While there was still a great story aspect, the follow-through felt lacking. There were parts that were really good and then parts that were somewhat confusing. The characters seemed almost bi-polar and it was hard to follow the plot. For the most part it made sense, but there were random sections that seemed out of place.
Liz is a girl who experienced a family tragedy and decides to move away for college and start fresh. When the story was from her POV, she seemed almost naive and innocent. When the story was told from Nick's POV, she was kind of mean and definitely not so innocent. They both really like to yell randomly. Nick was a bit more together than Liz, but still seemed bi-polar. The guy we learn about from Liz's POV is kind of a dick and cocky, whereas from his own POV he's nice and actually protective. There was just a disconnect between the two POV's.
The story starts out with some chaos and it then jumps back a few months to when it all began. The beginning portion was a bit rushed and assumed you knew more than you did. Once it went back to the past it was a bit easier to follow. Time did move strangely to get back to the present in my opinion. It felt like it was going really slow, but then it seemed like it was going fast. It didn't move very smoothly and I had hoped for more. There were also certain people/events brought up that were never fully explained or brought up again (i.e. the boyfriend being gay).
Overall I loved the twist with the added suspense/thriller aspect. It was definitely different from the typical NA romance that you find available right now. I just wish the follow through had been better. I am interested to know if there's more in this story and also more by this author. He certainly has potential.for books in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I sort of had a love/hate relationship going on with this book at times. Nick was an excellent character with real development. However, I felt like Liz was less developed and more could have been done with her character. I did love Liz's friends and family for the most part though and thought they were a good addition to the story. I loved the story line, but I do think that it was rushed in parts. For example, I think more could have been done with the last half of the book to make it even better. The humor dropped throughout the book was a perfect addition for me because it made the story feel a little lighter and fun in places. Overall it was great, but I do think it had the potential for being one of my all time favorites with just a bit more development of Liz and the the second half of the story. I will say that for a first book, I was incredibly impressed because you can tell that a lot of heart went into creating the story and the characters. I will be on the lookout for future work by this author for sure. The last thing I will add is that it should probably have a bit more editing done as I noticed quite a few errors throughout. I didn't find it to be a terrible amount, but it was noticeable.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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