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The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1): A Zombie Paranormal Origins Tale [Kindle Edition]

Cege Smith
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Book Description

Residents in a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm gave up their rights to freedom and free will long ago. Instead, they placed their faith in the Office of Souls to keep them safe after the human race was almost annihilated in the time known only as ‘Before’.

Procreation is tightly regulated because infants are born soulless – a painful reminder of the punishment for the misdeeds of ‘Before’. With their hideous appearance and unquenchable hunger, the Soulless Ones are kept out of sight until they are chosen to go to the Fountain of Souls to receive their soul.

But now there are some who no longer want to live under the watchful, restrictive eye of the Office of Souls. They know that the Office of Souls hides secrets that tell a much different story of what happened ‘Before’. They want revenge for what was done to them. They are willing to do anything, including unleash a soulless zombie legion on the unsuspecting residents of the territory, to get it.

Length: 25,000 words

The complete Twisted Souls series is available now:
The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)
Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2)
Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)
A Soul to Settle (Twisted Souls #4)

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About the Author

Cege Smith is a Minnesota based writer who is addicted to Starbucks lattes and B-rated horror films. She has been crafting spooky stories since she was twelve years old. She lives with her husband, two adorable stepsons, and miniature long-haired dashchund, Juliet, in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

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  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499605331
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QNWP2Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! April 24, 2012
By Jessica
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Just a few paragraphs into this book and I was hooked. This fast paced thriller took me about two hours to read and left me begging for more. A great series opener, The Soul Garden is well-written and highly imaginative. I look forward to the sequel, scheduled for summer 2012. It will definitely be on my watchlist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy tale September 30, 2013
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The Soul Ripper is a fantasy/post-apocalyptic novel that starts with an interesting premise. The world has fallen is some undermined time in the past and babies are now born without souls, as such they are in effect little monsters that grow up as such until they are granted a soul through a special ceremony.

The story concerns a group of parents who have been chosen to have souls granted to their offspring and the people involved in that particular day's ceremony. Unfortunately someone long forgotten also has a need for souls and has their own plans for that day.

I enjoyed reading the book, as I've said the basic premise is interesting and it weaves a believeable world and more importantly it provides a vision of people's lives in that world. The writing is solid and leads you happily through the plot right up until the moment it abruptly ends.

In fairness the end is a reasonable one and oes leave you anticipating the next book in the series, however it is a pet peeve of mine when a significant chunk of the book you are reading is taken up with a section of the next book. In this case I hit 85% (far from the worst offender I've encountered) and the book was over.

As I say that's a pet complaint of mine, other than that it is a fine read, well worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well delivered. I liked the premise. June 19, 2013
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Well written but in need of a bit of editing. This is a well flushed out story with an attention to detail that doesn't bog you down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great April 28, 2013
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This is a great story. It had me from the start. A world were souls are given out like in a lottery an souls are taken for breaking the law. Cege Smith has another great work here. I will be getting the next book in series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different - in a good way January 10, 2013
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I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

This book has a very interesting storyline. All babies are born soulless. Souls are generated at the soul fountain. They are given out in a kind of lottery form. If a person is lucky enough to receive a soul, they had better be a very good person and follow all the rules or it can be taken back. People without souls, for the most part are just downright ugly - grey skin, red eyes, etc.
Women are required to stop working after marriage. Pregnancy must be granted to couples with souls by permission only. The race is regulated because of the lack of souls.

See? It's a great concept! The book is very enjoyable. Similar to Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, I found myself wanting to find out what happens next and not wanting to put the book down even for breaks. The characters as well as the backstory or "rules" are very well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal, post apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi type books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to an Epic Journey! November 22, 2012
By Grampy
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"The Soul Garden" by Cege Smith begins "There was Before and then there was Now." "Now" is when the story takes place, and nobody talks about "Before." A strongly pseudo-religious hierarchy is in control Now, and rules are very definitely made to be obeyed. People do not simply "have children" whenever they want to. Anyone fortunate enough is selected to become parents, and the number of children permitted is based entirely on the needs of the community in which the parents reside. Jobs and/or careers are assigned, based on what the Head Master determines was most essential at that time and place.

Central to the story is the fact that children were born without a soul. The soulless were hideous creatures, with mottled gray skin, endless appetites, and emotionless dispositions. At some point during their early childhood -- if they were so fortunate -- the Office of Souls would select them to have a soul installed. This was a sacred, extremely regulated process, and missteps were not tolerated. A misplaced word could get your child expelled from the Garden, never to receive another chance at having a soul installed.

In the Soul Garden, routine had become so well established that error was unheard of. Or was it? Two adult soulless, a circumstance of great disgrace and quasi-permanent isolation, by great deceit and trickery managed to get their names on the list of approved soul recipients without being observed until it was too late to remedy the mistake. Quite literally, all hell broke loose. The Head Master and all his power was not sufficient to hold back the evil forces called forth by one of the adult soulless. The other adult soulless, who wanted only to have a soul, was bombarded with a multitude of evil souls, and became a tool of the greater evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Gem November 22, 2012
By Allie
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I received a copy of this book for review. Set in the distant future where children are born without souls, this story takes off from the first page. It is not my normal genre, but I loved it! It was a believable and intriquing read. Can't wait for the next book from her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. :)
Published 2 months ago by Chloe Ducos
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inventive!
Unique and imaginative, Cege creates likeable characters in very unique alternative worlds. I've read the Shadow series and will devour this one!
Published 7 months ago by D. Mcclure
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. I was intrigued enough to read through to ...
Not bad. I was intrigued enough to read through to the end, and the pace was quick and enjoyable. It was quite short, though, and I'm not sure if I'm hooked enough to buy other... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Larissa Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)
As the human race is on the brink of destruction Soul Implantation Day is upon them. Babies are born soulless creatures making their appearance different. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lauren Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awful...
Not much detail, seems like cheap rip off of harry potter only with a girl. Book one? I was hoping there was only one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by whoops
4.0 out of 5 stars What If Souls Were Given and Could Be Taken?
Set in the very distant future, The Soul Garden is the first in a new series by Cege Smith. We are only given a few details about this world and the rest is left pretty ambiguous. Read more
Published on November 17, 2012 by Georgia
4.0 out of 5 stars A great short read!!!
This was a great story. I am not much of an apocalypse or zombie genre fan, but this was a fun read that kept me guessing the whole way through. Read more
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More About the Author

Everyone loves a good origin tale. Bestselling Author Cege Smith's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.

Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.

Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.

The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.

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