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The Strand Prophecy Hardcover – January 23, 2007

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Book 1 of 2 in the Strand Series

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"A well-written and imaginative adventure novel about a dark superhero, whose past has obligated him to become the protector of the innocent. Fun and entertaining." --Paul Jenkins (Eisner Award Winning writer of Inhumans, Spider-Man, and The Incredible Hulk)

"A Superhero with no super powers, just technology and smarts. This could be real. I'm looking out my window for any T-Rex Crocs or Mariners. You are gonna love it!" --Scott Satin (Executive TV Producer of Who Wants to be a Superhero?)

"A fascinating and fun blend of energetic fiction and a study in change, stability and rebirth. Superb!" --Ray Wells (Former Director of Nasa Commercialization)

About the Author

J.B.B. Winner uses the experience from a thirty year career writing books, manuals, and award-winning software, to create the first of the five books in the Strand Prophecy Series. A collaborative effort with his eleven-year-old identical twin daughters, J.B.B. actually stands for Jeff, Brittany and Brianna. This unique writing team's foray into the story of a reluctant superhero started as a way of working together in the evenings to gain an appreciation for books and reading. They soon discovered their passion for action heroes and danger. A father's love for his daughters translated into an exciting and original adventure.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Missile Rider Publishing; 1st edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979054885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979054884
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,052,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Winner Twins Biography

Identical twin sisters Brittany and Brianna Winner, better known as The Winner Twins, are giving new meaning to the word "prodigies" with their work in science fiction, through their nonprofit, and their current expansion into TV and film.
The Winner Twins are national bestselling and multiple award-winning science fiction novelists. They have written a total of four science fiction novels, a writing book, and several comic books.
They wrote their first novel at 12 years old that went on to win eight prestigious awards and became a national best-seller by the time they turned 13. This earned them the title America`s Youngest Multiple Award Winning Novelists.
How the twins' journey started was just as epic as their novels. They were born 11 weeks premature which caused them to be in and out of hospitals and close to death through their younger years. During the hard time Brittany and Brianna developed a love of storytelling. The stories they created together let them escape the harsh reality of the illnesses they faced.
Their parents introduced the twins to science fiction and comic books and took them to many a comic book store and convention. They had them watch Star Trek and Babylon 5, read Isaac Asimov and absorb every classic science fiction novels, movies, TV shows, and comics. This fueled their young imaginations and influenced and intensified their love of storytelling. The worlds they created were filled with advanced technology, epic adventure, robots, cyborgs, mystery, and danger.
In elementary school, the twins faced the harsh reality of dyslexia and other learning disabilities that began to take a toll on their self confidence and self-esteem. Their father recognized their storytelling abilities despite their struggle with reading and writing. He stepped in and told them that if they focused on their strengths and their passion for storytelling, they could do the impossible and write a novel.
With his support and encouragement over a period of nine months, they completed their first novel and fell in love with writing science fiction. The twins decided to pursue it as a profession and went forth with a manuscript and a dream, clueless of what to do next.
Eventually they decided to send their novel The Strand Prophecy in for awards and it ended up winning eight. The Strand Prophecy became a national bestseller by the time the turned thirteen and could be found in every Barnes and Noble store. This earned them the title America`s Youngest Multiple Award Winning Novelists.
When they got their first check in, they decided to help other kids and teens facing learning disabilities and other obstacles. The twins started a tour through schools, telling their story of overcoming their learning disabilities and other challenges to write their novels. Over time they began to teach their writing method and to donate technology to the schools. They opened their 501c3 nonprofit, Motivate 2 Learn, at fifteen. That same year they were officially recognized as prodigies by The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
They have continued to teach and it earned them the prestigious "Pinnacle Award" from the international educational organization the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Brittany and Brianna have spoken and taught their creative writing method live in front of over 150,000 students, teachers, professionals, and convention goers so far.

At fourteen they were given their first booth and panel at Comic Con International and have been there every year since. So far they have worked over 50 conventions and book festivals including the USC Book Festival, Wonder Con, Stan Lee's Comikaze, the Virginia Book Festival, and the New York Comic Con.
Brittany and Brianna released their second novel in the Strand series, Extinction's Embrace, and are completing the trilogy next year with the release of Red Moon Rising. The first book in their new Trilogy, PCT: Perfect Compatibility Test, will launch summer of 2014. The twins' novels are on the Accelerated Reader program in over 65,000 schools across America. Brittany and Brianna have contributed to "Now Write!" Speculative Genres, a collection of writing exercises published by Penguin.
Brittany and Brianna frequently contribute and are interviewed by many publications and media. They have been interviewed for print and digital media such as the Wall Street Journal and AOL, and have been guests for TV networks such as CNN, G4, and ABC. They have been featured on 1337 Lounge Live, Geek Nation, the Young Icons on the CW, Making it in America on HLN, and many others. Recently they presented at The Geekie Awards alongside legend Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica in Hollywood.
They had the honor to be in Ray Bradbury's final documentary and were one the last the interview him before his passing.
The twins are excited about their expansion into TV and Film, with many projects currently in the works. They have discovered a passion for screen writing and are excited to tell stories in this new medium.
One thing is very certain, The Winner Twins' story has just begun.

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Format: Hardcover
First, let me just come right out and say I freakin' loved The Strand Prophecy. Any fan of science fiction and/or superheroes in general cannot help but stand up and applaud the debut of Strand, who is "just a man - and something more." Possessing no supernatural abilities of his own as the human Steve Cutter, Strand is the self-made product of cutting-edge technology. His fervent desire to protect the innocent can be traced back to the guilt he feels for a terrible personal tragedy and his determination to protect his niece Anna, the only family he has left in the world. Now she - and every other person on the planet - is in danger, and only he knows it. That makes him the perfect - albeit reluctant - man for the job of getting the word out and helping mankind prepare for a future no one else sees coming. Evolution, Strand has discovered, comes in sudden jolts rather than proceeding gradually over millions of years, and a new age is about to smack Earth right across the chops, causing amazing and unpredictable physical changes in human beings and potentially creating animal monsters that could threaten man's dominance if not his very existence on the planet. If no one in a position of power will take his warnings seriously, Strand is more than prepared - thanks to his life-long commitment to research and technological development - to defend the innocent all by himself.

So how cool is Strand? With the strand technology he has developed, he is able to essentially rewire his own brain, raising cognitive functions to unheard of levels and unleashing the unprecedented power of the human mind.
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Although I am not a fan of this genre, for some reason I found the blurb interesting - and am I glad I did! The creativity combined with the suspense makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting. The characters are so real and so is the emotion. I think the character development is one of the high points of the story as you really feel for these people as they go from one trying circumstance to another. I highly recommend this for a fun read!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a good, tight story that made even this 40-something want to stay up and read it under the covers with a flashlight. The pacing and character development are excellent and you'll be wanting more at the end! The only disappointments were various places where the science could have been a tad more realistic. All in all, as they would say in the book's parlance, this is a fun read and something more...
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Format: Paperback
Steve Cutter's scientific research enables him to become "Strand" - only a man yet something more - and realizes that the world is in serious danger because of accelerated evolution that is creating predatory creatures. He needs to convince the President of the United States and the rest of the world of the danger but he is fighting an uphill battle. He tries hard but can't do it alone and soon the people closest to him are in real danger.

"The Strand Prophecy" is a page turning superhero science fiction graphic novel (the first of five in the series). I initially had some doubts about the book because it seemed a bit gimmicky to me - author JBB Winner is actually a father and his two young daughters - but they quickly overcame my doubts. The novel is full of action and great characters. Strand is a great hero, very powerful but still a man underneath his costume and full of doubts even as he is trying to save the world. The supporting characters are all good, although I wish some them, like E, had been better developed (I know it's a well-worn plot device but a hint of romance between Strand and E would have been welcome). I loved the character of Anna, Strand's teenage niece - she is a strong role model for teenage girls and I wish she hadn't been absent for large chunks of the book.

"The Strand Prophecy" is full of action and written in a way so that I could picture what was happening as I read it. It would, I think, make a very good movie. (There is a wonderful catchphrase throughout the book). The illustrations are wonderfully done and I kept flipping to the back of the book to check out various characters as I was reading the book to see if the illustrations matched how I pictured them (they usually did).
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Format: Hardcover
Strand stands outside the White House as a strange cloaked figure, who the Secret Service and other security tell to move on. He ignores their requests until he informs them he has a message for POTUS. The agents assume this is a threat scenario, but he ignores the myriad of men and women jumping on him as he just stands erect and still. They assume he wears armor while he knows it is an exoskeleton. As the world watches via the news one hundred agents with weapons pointed at him, Strand explains he is a reluctant Harbinger. He claims evolution is not a slow process, but rapid leaps and that we are entering an "accelerated evolutionary cycle" that means the end of humanity as we are; Strand leaves behind a research paper and leaps onto the White House and beyond as a thousand bullets are fired at him.

To his beloved sixteen years old nice Anna, Strand is Uncle Steve Cutter, a Darwinist researcher turned technologist. He fears evolution is coming with a big bang that will leave Homo sapiens no longer on top of the food chain. Scientists scoff at his assertions; the military covets his super soldier technology; the religious hierarchy disclaims him as a devil; and the president wants to keep his power at all costs. As Strand's proof surfaces with radical change occurring in newborn animals, he is accused of dangerous biogenetic reengineering; the president gives orders stop Strand.

THE STRAND PROPHECY hooks readers from the moment normal human Steve Cutter as the superhero Strand takes his stand in front of the White House before leaping off into the night like the Hulk. The story line is action-packed and fast-paced yet Strand especially as Steve comes across as a caring nurturing person who clearly loves Anna.
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