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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Fred\Rutledge (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981543871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981543871
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,179,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fred R. Rutledge, Jr. lives in Arizona with his wife Joann. He enjoys writing, hiking, singing & preforming music with his one man band(piano, sax, trombone, fiddle, harmonica, clarinet & guitar.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judi Maroney on September 12, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read over 80 books on my kindle in the past year. 95% of which I really enjoyed. I really tried with this book. I struggled with the "details to the point of boring" in the beginning, hoping it would get better. When the pilot finally landed on the planet, I thought o.k. here we go. The main problem for me was the dialog. It just did not ring true. I could not accept the characters as real and so I could not invest in the story.

Oh well, what do I know. It was on the N.Y. bestsellers list.
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Although Mr. Rutledge presents a very noble attempt at developing a wonderful story the main character is not a very believable or likeable human being. The character is supposed to be either an agnostic or an atheist and yet almost every word that comes out of his mouth is, "Jesus", "Oh Christ", or any phrase that has some religious connotation to it. Its just not believeable that someone would speak this way (even if they did believe in a god).
Secondly, this character lands on another planet and addresses the inhabitants as ,"Hey Chief". Its simply offensive. I know we are supposed to feel some empathy, sympathy, or some kind of connection to this character but it is extremely difficult do to the writing. I give it an E for effort but you take your chances if you purchase this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on November 29, 2009
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This has to be the worst purchase I've made from Amazon. The story is implausible, but if you can get beyond that, the characters are not fleshed out in a way you can relate to, the gore is beyond nightmarish, the author is pushing his belief in reincarnation and eastern mysticism in a very indulgent way, and the language is foul. The main character does not react in a believable way to what's going on around him, and personally, I think it's a sick mind that came up with this garbage. Don't waste your money, people. You WILL be disappointed.
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