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The Realm Shift: Realm Shift Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: James Somers
  • Audible.com Release Date: November 20, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTI0BEM
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If you don't give a hoot about English, you might make it through these books. My comments refer to the first two books of the trilogy. Glad I only paid $1. for each. The author has an interesting story which is undermined by poor vocabulary and grammar. Examples: confusing reins with reigns, there with their, piqued with peaked, sleuth with sloop!! (yes, really!), using whom as a subject when "who" was called for (Ouch!) I could list more but I'd have to read the books again and that is not happening. Please, can't someone proofread these books and correct the errors?
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There have been many successful forays into Christian fantasy - CS Lewis being amongst the very best at producing entertaining yet spiritually insightful works.

Unfortunately, this work cannot be ranked among these successes.

The book follows the classic format of young farm boy discovers he has hidden talents which enable him to conquer evil and save the world. It's been done a million times and despite the repetition can be very enjoyable to read.

I think my main problem with this work is that it's too clearly separated into Good and Evil. The hero has set himself up as a force for Good, but despite his weaknesses never falters. For some reason he has an unshakable faith which allows him to work miracles. But why? He has every reason to question his faith, but never does. He has no apparent religious training. There's no church or other ritual practices that might support his faith. It's just there.

There's never any question about whether people he encounters are good or bad - there are no shades of grey. He's either making friends immediately or forging enemies. People who drink or do drugs are BAD and subject to demonic possession. People who are Good drink fruit juice.

Even though fairly early on it's clear demonic forces are influencing both sides, any questioning of the rightness of the forces of Good is attributed to demonic influence.

For some reason the naming of everything from the Bible or the Arthurian saga didn't bother me as much as naming the Azure sea. Really? That's the most your imagination came up with? Blue sea? And then of course the ignorant farm boy knew to compare the blue sea to sapphires, though where he would have seen sapphires is beyond me.
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This book is about a spiritual battle between good and the evil trying to take over, prophesies to be fulfilled and learning to have true faith. There are angels, demons, warrior priests, fallen angels and a young boy born with special powers to save the world. Ethan's confusion as he learns about himself and his unique abilities make you care for him. His alternating youthful over-confidence and insecurity as he is thrown into a world far beyond anything he is prepared for forces him to look beyond himself for help. As he grows spiritually, he learns that his strengths come from faith in a higher power.

From the moment you pick up the book, the author draws you right in with good character development, a great storyline, lots of sub-plots. Still, it flows quickly and smoothly, without getting bogged down in the details. There was no need for overly-graphic scenes, making the book appropriate for all readers! The ending was perfect to leave you wanting to read more, leading you into the next book in the trilogy! The worst thing I can say about the book was that it wasn't at LEAST 300 pages longer!

Great work, as are all of the books I have read by Mr. Somers!
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Good story. Needs a better editor. Seems written for middle school aged children. Glad it was free. Would have liked a more consistent dialog.
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I was new to this author and was curious about the story line so ordered it. I was not disappointed with the read, it was catching and fluid which kept me wanting to read it to find out how the hero and protagonist were going to combat each other. I had to get used to the idea of demons though, I did and actually enjoyed the read.
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I like paranormal stuff and Realm Shift mixes the usual epic fantasy quest with Demons as prime movers among the enemies Ethan must face. In fact, it is Ethan's special ability to "shift" from the physical world of men to the spiritual realm of demons and angels that makes him the focus of prophecy and everyone's attention. This power comes off in very interesting ways throughout the story as Ethan learns how to begin using his abilities, while on the run from soldiers and demons who want him dead before he can fulfill the prophecy. Demons can't see him in his physical form while men can't see him in his spiritual form...makes for some cool battles and fight/chase scenes...LOoking forward to reading the rest of this series!
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I read about half this book last evening and I am not sure I will take the time to finish it tonight. To it's credit, this story has everything - heroes, angels, demons, pirates, waifs, wraiths, giants, a Supreme Being that needs the help of a scruffy ragamuffin to save mankind from an all-consuming evil that the Supreme Being itself created, and, of course, scaliwags with hearts of gold. That being said, Realm Shift is poorly written, thinly disguised religious fiction.

I had high hopes for this story. It is a standard "poor unwitting peasant child is actually the world's best hope against implacable evil" yarn with a couple of interesting twists - the lead character can see demons that nobody else can perceive, yet demons can't see him, and he can shift into a spiritual realm and do battle with demons - you know, stuff like that.

While the story has great potential, the author is not up to the task. The prose is simplistic at best, often bordering on sophomoric. The author has chosen to use character and place names from other genres - the bad guy is named Mordred and he lives in the city of Emmanuel in the land of Nod, for example - which I first thought was relatively clever until I realized that it was just laziness on the author's part.

Anachronisms abound. The good guys all carry swords and cudgels while the bad guys have gunpowder, pistols and cannons. As Indiana Jones so aptly demonstrated, chemistry beats metallurgy every time.

The language and dialogue are inconsistent, with characters often spouting words and phrases that you would more likely hear emanating from the mouths of teenaged mallrats rather than the gob of a medieval peasant.
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