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The Sciontree (The Four Corners Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Duffield
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Book Description

The suspicious disappearance of a scientist, his son and two bodyguards in the vicinity of the forbidding Wormwood Mount triggers a police investigation in The Four Corners, a remote area of East Yorkshire where strange events are a common occurrence. At first, it appears that the scientist may have been kidnapped but the investigation takes a dramatic turn for the worse when the missing party are found on the mount. 'The Sciontree' follows the adventures of four young misfits living in the village of Bogglehole who decide to investigate the case while on their summer holiday. The teenagers quickly find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse between unknown adversaries in a mystery that deepens with every chilling discovery they make.

'The Sciontree' has a complex structure that mixes elements of fantasy and science fiction with mythology and classic detective literature. It is a novel suitable for teenagers but is equally apt for adults of all ages. The story pits magic and superstition against science and logic; but above all, its themes are friendship, loss and sacrifice, which are explored with pathos and humour. The Four Corners is a unique and original world that the four protagonists discover alongside the reader. The idyllic village of Bogglehole is the setting for 'The Sciontree' and the idiosyncratic portrayal of village life is the backdrop for the greater events taking place.
This book is also available in Spanish under the title "El Endriago" de G. Herrero Del Campo.


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About the Author

I was born in 1965 in January and was brought up in a village on the outskirts of Hull. I had a happy childhood and much of what is in this novel is a reflection of my life then. I was not a good student but eventually found myself at the University of Sheffield studying law. I even went to Bar school at the Inns of Court in London and, even more improbably, passed. It was a last desperate fling of the student life I was reluctant to leave behind. Later, I moved to Spain with the idea of spending a year teaching English. I never left and have spent more than twenty years living here, the last fifteen or so in Seville. I share my home with two cats: an evil, cross-eyed Siamese and jet black one that behaves like a dog. I work as the director of a large language school but in my free time I like working with my hands: cooking, carpentry, sewing, drawing and model making. I enjoy good food and red wine and whiling away the afternoon on a terraza yarning to my friends. Life, for the most part, is good. ‘The Sciontree’ is my first novel though I have three more planned based on the same characters. The second one, ‘Lost Within’ is set in winter in the village of Little Lostwit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1551 KB
  • Print Length: 510 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490364587
  • Publisher: Glenn Duffield; 1 edition (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXADJH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a film in the making! June 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book! The setting is great and the characters... well, we should all have such great friendships! I enjoyed it, but my 14-year-old nephew, who lacks enthusiasm for anything other than computer games, thought it was "really cool!" His mother, my sister-in-law, has been super effusive in her gratitude for getting her son to read an entire book! And I mustn't forget to mention the whole Sci-fi/Celtic thread in the plot. This writer has an amazing capacity to weave historical fact with fiction. Would I recommend it? Well, my X-box addicted nephew reading solidly for a weekend says it all!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story December 15, 2013
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Just finished reading this book last night. I like the overall premise and the author has done some nice character development, but the writing needs some work. So does the proofreading and editing. (In the early part of the book, a character is called "Livia." Later on, more than once, she's called "Lidia.") The author apparently enjoys long, run-on sentences and needs to learn how to use periods and commas correctly. He could build tension more effectively by breaking up his sentences. Even with those weaknesses, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended March 27, 2014
By Amy N
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The story draws you in from the very first lines and remains intriguing and entertaining throughout, thanks in part to its wonderful imagery, believable and endearing characters, and colourful language. The kindle edition which I read could use some editing, but it’s still an excellent read. Can’t wait to find out what happens next!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the next book September 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As a big fan of adventure novels I am delighted with The Scion Tree. I really enjoyed this reading despite not being English native. After a few pages you feel transported to The Four Corners and are caught by the charm of the world created by Mr Duffield. Even as an adult reader you will quickly identify with the story and characters, invoking our desires for adventure and discovery. The characters are solid, the environment is full of details, and the peculiarities of the inhabitants of Bogglehole continually make you smile. With a steady and streamlined tempo the story unfolds with twists and surprises that keep the interest until the end, including a masterful closing of the plot.
I highly recommend this reading, I hope the author publishes his next book soon to relive adventures in The Four Corners.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! June 9, 2013
By HelCol
Format:Kindle Edition
It is a really good feeling when you read a book by a new author and you can't put it down. That's what happened when I started reading this book! Each page is as gripping as the next and as the plot unfolds the reader is taken on a journey of discovery, adventure, humour and mystery. The only downside is waiting for the next one....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages January 4, 2015
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Very well written. An enjoyable read for all ages. Didn't want to put it down.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really wonderful book, highly recommended!! May 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel was recommended to me by a friend of mine and I'm going to have to thank her because I've had a great time reading it and was hooked from the first page. The plot is incredibly clever, full of intrigue, humour and surprises. In fact, I can't remember the last time I read a book that I found difficult to put down. Although the genre is fantasy/science fiction, all the action takes place in a small village in Yorkshire and I'd say this novel is not at all typical for the genre. Normally, I wouldn't dream of picking up something like this and the only other novel I could liken it to that I have read is 'Northern Lights', so adults and young people should enjoy the read equally. The authors writes with sensitivity and humour and spins a wonderful story. The descriptions are so vivid, almost cinematographic that I felt I was there in the story along with the characters. The protagonists are totally credible and there are some hilarious moments, alongside moments of terror, sadness and joy. A really wonderful book, highly recommended!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spellbinding! June 5, 2013
By Hels
Format:Kindle Edition
I was absolutely gripped by The Sciontree, so much so that I read it in a weekend. The author creates an endearing, believable little village-world in East Yorkshire for the setting of his first novel, populated by characters you almost feel you know.
The main characters are four slightly disenchanted teenagers who are thrown together to investigate a series of puzzling and increasingly sinister in their village. Their adventures become more and more dangerous, and the plot twists and turns dazzlingly, leaving the reader breathless and entirely hooked.
This is a combination of fantasy, sci-fi, mythology and science, beautifully woven together, with science definitely leading the way.
The finishing touch, for me, was the author's use of Yorkshirisms; not too many, nothing obscure, but they definitely add to the friendly, village feeling of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly delicious read!
Kept me entertained during a long wait that turned into a marathon "I MUST finish this book" session!
If you love the genre, dive right on in! You won't be sorry!
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
This was a very good read indeed!I could not put it down! Looking forward to the next book; "Little Lostwithin: The Second Corner"
Published 15 months ago by A. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly interesting story. Some good believable twists.
British author. They have a wonderful, but different writing style than American writers. There are some grammar issues, but the story holds together. More of a Y.A. story.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars real good read
Good read for the old and young. Keeps you entertained and excited to see what's next. Full of twists and turns and just a great read.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it NOW!!!
I've just finished this book and absolutely loved it. It's gripping, page turning story line had me hooked from the first page. Read more
Published 22 months ago by RuthAnna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read for teenagers - and their parents!
My 14 year-old daughter LOVED this book - buy it for your kids over the summer, then read it yourself! The Sciontree manages to mix the scientific with the magical. Read more
Published 23 months ago by EJ
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great read, I really enjoyed it
Fantastic read, I love it, I hope he has more books to follow. It is a real sci-fi adventure. Nice job Glen.
Published 23 months ago by Brian Keane
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More About the Author

I was born in 1965 in January and was brought up in a village on the outskirts of Hull. I had a happy childhood and much of what is in this novel is a reflection of my life then. I was not a good student but eventually found myself at the University of Sheffield studying law. I even went to Bar school at the Inns of Court in London and, even more improbably, passed. It was a last desperate fling of the student life I was reluctant to leave behind. Later, I moved to Spain with the idea of spending a year teaching English. I never left and have spent more than twenty years living here, the last fifteen or so in Seville. I share my home with two cats: an evil, cross-eyed Siamese and jet black one that behaves like a dog. I work as the director of a large language school but in my free time I like working with my hands: cooking, carpentry, sewing, drawing and model making. I enjoy good food and red wine and whiling away the afternoon on a terraza yarning to my friends. Life, for the most part, is good.

'The Sciontree' is my first novel though I have three more planned based on the same characters. The second one, 'Lost Within' is set in winter in the village of Little Lostwithin. Check out my blog at blogglehole.com for more information on me and my work.

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