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The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939843065
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Monica La Porta; 1 edition (February 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075XAFWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,980 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She is the author of The Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a sin. She also published two other series: the futuristic love story across the universe, Elios & Gaia, narrated in two books; and the paranormal romance/urban fantasy series The Immortals set in Rome. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson C. Eng on March 8, 2013
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Very much a nod to Shakespeare's tale of the Capulet family, this futuristic or alternative world take on the story has a massive amount of promise. Set within Ginecea, a highly oppressive matriarchal society and one ruled by a despotic presidential family, the men are subjugated as slaves whilst the women rule with a rod of iron. A quasi-religious establishment handles the issue of procreation, in a world where only women are allowed to marry and so beget children, obscuring the actual process behind a bogus belief system. Insemination is in fact achieved through the enforced donation of sperm by `semental' slaves, one of whom we are introduced to as the protagonist, Mauricio.

La Porta deals with the tricky subject matter with aplomb, and a great deal of objectivity, which is commendable. There's no sensationalising, tasteless innuendo or posturing, leaving the background to the story very much to the reader's own interpretation. She concentrates more on the central love theme, between Mauricio and (believe it or not) the president's unruly and wayward daughter, Rosie.

It's the unfolding of this central plot that begins to raise a number of problems with the book in general. Much of the story's arc demands just too many coincidences and a great deal of the suspension of disbelief. All stories must be internally consistent, be true to their own logic, but this one too often falls foul of this imperative. The president's daughter, Rosie, manages a frankly impossible ruse that puts her in Mauricio's imprisoning installation. It's not that she's depicted as being particularly clever, or the presidential organisation as notably lax, and so we're led to conclude that this is simply a failing of internal logic.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E.L.S. on February 28, 2013
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The Priest took me hostage for 24-hours. If I wasn't reading late into the night or stealing moments to read during the day, I was-- and still am-- thinking about this captivating tale.

Mauricio is a compassionate and intelligent young man who had been born a slave in a society ruled by women. His life is lonely and hopeless behind the walls of The Temple, the confines of which he hadn't been outside of his entire life. But he is resigned. He was born into slavery and would die in slavery-- unloved, insignificant, suppressed. Until, a Temple guard's mistake changes everything.

This is a story of forbidden love between a slave and a "pure breed" woman, who transcend prejudice and hatred to find a soul mate. It is brilliantly written, vivid, and elicits strong emotion. I was completely sucked into Mauricio's bleak existence, rooting for him, worried for him, wishing hell fire on his oppressors, drinking in his few moments of happiness, and concocting alternative storylines, all the while hanging onto the hope of a happy ending-- which I won't tell you if he had or not.

The other aspect I appreciate about this story is its innocence and the author's tact. The Priest is a true romance, and one I won't soon forget. Goes without saying, I look forward to reading Book 2 in The Ginecean Chronicles, Pax in the Land of Women. I fully anticipate sleep deprivation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dodester on May 12, 2013
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Monica La Porta is an author that I consider to be quite gutsy. In `The Priest,' she has cleverly crafted a story that is unique in its delivery of diverse points of view. Gender distinction in marriage has become an increasingly passionate topic in our world, especially in the U.S. where it has reached the Supreme Court level. The author takes on this hot topic and turns it upside down in story form.

Throughout my read, I found myself caught up in the intricacies of the storyline itself yet, concurrently, marveling at the psychological insight that Ms. La Porta displayed in developing her characters. Mauricio, Guen, The Priestess and other characters are compelling and powerful in their own right. Their encounters with each other are vividly scripted, entertaining and exciting. Throughout the story, there was a spirited undertone that engaged me, intellectually and emotionally. When Rosie showed up, however, the quality of the undertone became vibrant; the story became infused with heart.

There were times that I found myself wanting the author to write more intensity into the scenes that highlighted prejudice, hatred, betrayal and fear. However, after a discussion with another reader, I became respectful of Ms. La Porta's wise choice to write more objectively as relates to these themes; for, in reality, the debate over gender distinction in marriage is a fierce one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on December 3, 2014
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I came to this book having read Pamela Sargent's wonderful, disturbing and thought-provoking "The Shore of Women." I thought I would explore more in the feminine dystopia genre and see that other authors could offer.

What a disappointment. Compared to Sargent's book, which had compelling characters and a coherent narrative set in a dystopia built on inherent logic, this novel can only be called infantile. The characters are paper thin, the plot absurd but worst of all the treatment of the serious issue of slavery is cursory and disrespectful to the brutal reality of real life slavery, both historically and today. The "love" between the characters was more like a junior high crush. We are to believe that a man who has spent his entire life shackled indoors with no human contact can start mooning like an 8th grader with the President's daughter, who has been brought up to regard all men as scum and sub-human. "It sucks," he says at one point, describing his predicament.

I would recommend this book for 3rd graders because that is its intellectual level, but I'm sure there are many, many better books 3rd graders could and should read.
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