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The Saffron Falcon (Transition Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

J. E. Hopkins
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Book Description

CONTEMPORARY FANTASY-THRILLER!

The Saffron Falcon is the second volume in the Transition Magic series. The first volume, The Scarlet Crane, is also available on Amazon.

Transition. When all children have the power to perform magic for one month as they enter puberty. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be the child’s sincere desire and something never done before. Or they die.

The year is 2015. An archeologist working for the US Department of Transition Security unearths a second-century codex that eliminates Transition’s uniqueness requirement. Any child using the ancient verse would have unlimited power. The artifact is stolen, the theft concealed by a brutal bombing. DTS agent John Benoit is ordered to follow the meager clues and take any action necessary to protect the US from unrestrained magic.

Woven into The Saffron Falcon are the stories of three children in Transition:

—Marie, the daughter of a Parisian baker during the height of the Black Death;
—Dylan, a loving child who carries within him a devouring anger; and
—Lún, a boy of the Han dynasty who confronts castration and magic to protect his family.

John and his partner, Stony Hill—a fierce, pierced, purple-haired agent half his age--plunge into the case. Their quest is personal; a friend and leader was killed in the bomb blast.

Also ensnared in the ancient book's web is the son of a Kalash tribal elder, in Transition and abandoned in Islamabad, who stumbles onto the secret of the codex. He flees the ISI, seeking to return to his mountain home. Afraid, bedeviled at every step, he finds hope in the fleeting glimpse of falcons, burnished by the setting sun and ranging far from the high cliffs over his valley.

John and Stony's investigation leads them from the shattered quiet of Georgetown streets to the rugged foothills of the Himalayas, where evil and magic collide, the future of civilization at stake.


Editorial Reviews

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"The Saffron Falcon by J. E. Hopkins is one of those books that I might have passed up but I am glad this book was sent to me because I am truly a believer in Fantasy Fiction now. It is the perfect mix of suspense, real-world character development and humor."
--Rebecca Fortelka, Oakland Examiner, examiner.com

About The Scarlet Crane, Book 1 of Transition Magic:
 
"The Scarlet Crane is a thriller in every sense of the word, but it's also so much more. J. E. Hopkins tells a great story, delves into the humanity of strong and believable characters, and builds a world where transition, a brief and deadly time in every pubescent child's life when magic is possible, threatens not only to kill the young, but to overturn the world order itself. This is a terrific book and J. E. Hopkins is an exciting new writer."
 --Shelley Singer, author of "Blackjack" and the Jake Samson mystery series.

About the Author

J. E. Hopkins is the author of the fantasy thrillers The Scarlet Crane and The Saffron Falcon (Twitter: @jhopkinsbooks).

Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012. 

Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste--his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.

A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And...
Some might say that he's easily influenced.

It may have taken a few decades, but he's finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.

Product Details

  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Unseen Worlds Publishing; 1 edition (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEG3LSI
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average "Children-Magic" Read November 1, 2013
By D. Sod
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I was initially put off by the Transition Series description because it included the words "children" and "magic" in it - two things that I don't normally associate with a good read. The series was recommended to me by a good friend, however, so I decided to give it a chance. I am writing my first Amazon book review because I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Don't let those words trip you up...this isn't a kiddie series.

A sequel to "The Scarlet Crane," this book uses the same formula of weaving its tale through the lives of disparate adolescents facing transition and the exploits of protagonist John Benoit. With this iteration, however, the character development is deeper and the storyline and pacing more polished. Clearly, Hopkins is hitting his stride. I'm already looking forward to future installments of the Transition Series to add to my Kindle library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this. October 30, 2013
By mdisher
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I thoroughly enjoyed this.

I first read the The Scarlet Crane: (Transition), mostly out of obligation. A man I respect wrote it so I had to at least read it. I would say I read and enjoy some fiction; occasionally, maybe half a dozen books a year. I do like sci-fi and spy novels, but I have never been big on fantasy type stuff.

The Scarlet Crane was good, wasn't awesome, but it was good. It kept me entertained enough to finish it. I gave it 4 stars because that's how I honestly felt. It was a 4 star book, not 3 and not 5.

Then I heard Jim speak of a sequel, or at least part 2 of many. And then it happened; he shipped it. I grabbed it the day it was released because I'm cheap and it was like $2 bucks on launch day.

This book is heads above the first book, and builds nicely on the foundations and characters of that book.

I thought Mr. Hopkins let the cat out of the bag about 75% of the way through. I thought to myself; "Ah, I can see how this ends." I put the book down that night and wasn't sure I would finish it. I was sure I had it figured out, but I was wrong and am glad I did. While the ending was close to what I imagined, it was different enough to keep me entertained and flipping pages.

Everything was better with this book; better descriptions, better storytelling, better character development.

Bravo Jim, well done.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT STORY! April 21, 2014
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If possible, J.E. Hopkins’ The Saffron Falcon, is as good or better than the first in his series of fantasy thrillers, The Scarlet Crane. Again, I was amazed at the colorful detail as the author moves his characters back and forth between centuries from Kansas, to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Italy, France, the Han Empire, to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. spook agencies. The action is non-stop, written in wonderful descriptive prose that keeps the reader’s imagination firing from the first page to the last. Hopkins is more than deserving of a 5+ rating for this enthralling story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book in this series! April 3, 2014
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Loved the characters!
Loved the story line! It really has you pulling for the characters.
Very impressed with the knowlege and geographical references.
Also fun to see and recognize my home town in the story.
Actually a better read than Scarlet Crane, which I loved.
I can't wait for the next book in this series, to see where it takes the children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and Definitely Worth the Time March 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The internet has spawned so many new novelists over the past decade that I often find it difficult to weed through the selections to uncover a good read worth the time. When I stumbled on The Scarlet Crane some months ago, the clever writing of neophyte J.E. Hopkins pleasantly surprised me. It wasn’t a shattering or life-changing novel, but I found it thoroughly entertaining.

When I later discovered there was a sequel, I was a bit skeptical. The book’s concept could easily have fallen flat or lost momentum in the storyline. Many times, I’ve found that new writers wander into a realm of hyperbole that makes me want to poke my eyes out to avoid reading another written word. But that wasn’t the case with The Saffron Falcon.

I found Hopkins’ most recent novel excitingly brilliant. He skillfully continues a storyline that draws you in and keeps you engaged throughout. The writing in this fantasy-suspense novel is highly creative, and J.E. Hopkins is clearly paving his way to the top of the list using an inventive, intriguing approach to his storytelling. My only criticism — made because of the grammar stickler that I am — is that the book does have several typos that may make you fumble through a sentence or two.

Bottom line: The Saffron Falcon is a great read and definitely worth the time.
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By Rigby M
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Like the first book, the storyline is solid (no annoying inconsistencies), the plot is well constructed, and the pace is perfect. I was hooked in the first book by the premise - the whole notion of "transition", power etc. This book does a great job of adding twists and revealing complexity (makes you say oooh)
But for me the real mastery is in the development of the characters. In both books the characters felt real (although not all are people I would choose to spend time with!) I am not sure exactly when I bonded with the main characters, but that is what has me asking the author for "more, please"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I was glad that The Saffron Falcon was available by the time I read the first of this series, The Scarlet Crane, because I was anxious to continue with the characters and story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BobWhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting the next one!
Another stellar read by J.E. Hopkins. Where has this author been? Where did he come from? He (assuming it's a man) definitely does a great job of crosssing genres. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diane L. Noes
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suspenseful Tale of Magic
The Saffron Falcon is an epic thriller/fantasy story. It's the second in a series, though it <strong><em>can </em></strong>be read as a standalone novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Eddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Spies, magic, and adventure make for a great read!
The chain of events that unfolds from the discovery of the ancient codex is a chilling reminder that once a secret is shared, it's no longer a secret. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carol Scarr
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I read the Scarlet Crane, loved the concept of Transition magic, and enjoyed the colorful cast of characters, so I was excited when the Saffron Falcon came out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by italaphile
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch thriller
A really enjoyable read. Kept me interested and engrossed the whole way. The side stories from the past were great additions. Definitely worth picking up.
Published 10 months ago by Jeff Amfahr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
A great, short, fantasy thriller that once started is hard to put down, incorporating international intrigue, action and timelines. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David E. Timmons
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More About the Author

J. E. Hopkins is the author of the fantasy thrillers The Scarlet Crane, The Saffron Falcon, and The Ebony Finches (just released!).

Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012.

Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste--his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.

A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And...

Some might say that he's easily influenced.

It may have taken a few decades, but he's finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.

Twitter: @jhopkinsbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jhopkinsbooks
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jhopkinsbooks/

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