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Dark Tidings (Ancient magic meets the Internet Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ken Magee
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon.

In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.

Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

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"What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is sure, modern life will never be the same again." Now that's certainly an eye catching tag-line. It caught my eye again and again, so then I just had to read it. And, boy, is it a damn fine read. ... Try it - you may very well like it. - Kindle Users Forum

Ken Magee has written a cracker of a tale. Humorous and as sharp as flint, timely in its content and outcome? I enjoyed this book and you will too. Perceptive of the workings of our modern world and blessed with great story telling. Dark Tidings begs to be made into a film. Harvey Weinstein on fast dial please! - Extract from euVue.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3606 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Cover Publishing; 1 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064TN0KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tidings February 22, 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
"What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is sure, modern life will never be the same again." Now that's certainly an eye catching tag-line. It caught my eye again and again, so then I just had to read it. And, boy, is it a damn fine read.

The two stories run seperately for the early portion of the book. You know their paths will meet at some point, but it's not like you are waiting for this to happen before the story can get going. The separate stories are enjoyable in themselves.

I thought this story was quite original, it had that fresh feel to it. Try it - you may very well like it.

* I bought this from Amazon's UK site which is why it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and funny book! February 15, 2012
I read Dark Tidings based on a friend's recommendation and I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's an exciting fantasy adventure with plenty of laugh out loud moments. The main plot is about an ancient spell which has time travelled to the present day. There are lots of sub plots including one which exposes a banking conspiracy - it explains why the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Definitely worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Internet, incantations and insanity! November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dark Tidings is an entertaining blend of genres, guaranteed to appeal to readers who enjoy 'mash-up' fiction.

For the first half, it flips between what almost feel like two different books: the sword-and-sorcery medieval fantasy that wizard Madrick and thief Tung are having misadventures in, and the modern cyber-thriller where super-hacker Michael plans to bring down the most powerful secret organisation in history.

It's when the two worlds combine that the story really kicks off. There's plenty of humour in the surreal scenes of spell-casting in the 21st Century, and also some chillingly believable observations on just how the rich and powerful manipulate everything from behind the scenes.

The book covers a lot of ground, but concludes with more than one 'open door' through which events could continue. Ken Magee has created a warm, amusing but also unsettling world, and I'm keen to find out what happens next in The Black Conspiracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Both Worlds April 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Note, this review includes some Act 1 highlights.

I just finished reading this book, and what a treat it was. I’ve rarely if ever seen sci-fi and fantasy blended so seamlessly. But this is as much fast paced action adventure and thriller as it is the other two genres, so I hope you can survive the genre-bending. Done any less artfully and the mix might not have worked, but as it was, it was simply delicious. To say that I can’t wait to see this as a movie is an understatement; I can’t stop the movie from playing inside my head. The images were that vivid and captured not just my imagination but a piece of my soul along the way.

On the fantasy side, an accomplished wizard must suffer the unbearable fate of seeing the most powerful of all spells fall into the hands of his bumbling sidekick, who he must then keep a vigilant eye on to see he doesn’t wreak havoc on the two of them, to say nothing of the world. Just when the wizard’s fate doesn’t seem like it could get any worse, he comes to find out that he’s got the biggest, baddest sorcerers then living looking for him, out to reclaim that spell for themselves, with no small desire to see these two suffer the fates of the damned.

Why need our heroes worry, you say, if they’ve got the most powerful of all spells in their hands? Well, as it turns out, they can’t control it. And they have no idea what they’re going to conjure next until they conjure it and if it’s going to help them or not. When finally they get the spell to cooperate they land in the future, a thousand years into the future to be precise. One would think that gives them some distance at last on their pursuers. One would be wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise is both original and ridiculous and personally I loved it!

The opening is great, creating a sense of despair which acts as an effective hook. The attention to detail is impressive, the imagery is clear and the plot easy to follow. The narrative style switches from dramatic to humorous to basic and the effect is brilliant at times, but occasionally a little clumsy. The issues were never significant enough to hamper the reading experience in any major way and I feel a good editor could help tweak and rebalance things. When the story is good it is very good, but the dreaded info-dumping creeps in at times. Although all of us authors are guilty of such crimes, I grow tired of pointing it out on every review I write!

I must emphasise this really is a unique reading experience, which makes the minor missteps all the more forgiveable. Definitely recommended and I was tempted to give a 5 star rating. Nearly, but not quite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a funny and exciting tale August 13, 2014
If you're looking for a funny and exciting tale, look no further. Ken Magee asks you to ponder what would happen if ancient magic were to encounter modern day technology. He answers this in rousing fashion as we follow the adventures of Tung and Madrick, two hapless inhabitants of Ye Olden Days who happen upon a powerful magical scroll and must flee for their lives from some of the most powerful bad guys of their era. They are magically transported to the future where they encounter Michael, who is coming into conflict with the most powerful bad guys of his own time. Together they form an unusual, but very effective team.

This story is part fantasy, part comedy, and part high tech thriller. Ken Magee expertly blends these different elements in a unique and highly entertaining fashion. Get ready for a fun and wild ride!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of wit and repartee!
Ken Magee's tongue in cheek humor and fast pace are an absolute winner.

From the first page you can tell you have found something different and fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enticing Read
Must read! As the story progresses, one finds themselves engrossed in a story that captures the imagination, and tantalize the mind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chimera Transport
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic. Out of place and time.
Title: Dark Tidings
Author: Ken Magee
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Ragged Cover Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-908090-2-25
In paperback and e-book

"Dark... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Backyard Horse Tales
4.0 out of 5 stars Original story: more than honorable debut story
To be honest at first I wasn't sure what to think of it. I really liked the summary and the global idea but the beginning of the book wasn't to my liking. Read more
Published 22 months ago by miki
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tidings of Joy!
Tung is in the king's dungeon waiting for his punishment, but then Madrick, the King's disgraced wizard, is thrown into his cell. Thus begins Dark Tidings. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Simie
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty funny read
The premise of this book made it look like the kind of story I could enjoy--magic and technology mixed with a hefty dose of humour--and enjoy it I did. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Yzabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted comic fantasy
A friend of mine knows the author and recommended that I read this book, knowing that I was a fan of sci-fi and fantasy/comic fantasy books in general and I must say, I wasn't... Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by tanGee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for Fant/Scifi Fans
If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll enjoy this new author and the first book in what is sure to shape up as a delightful series. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly plotted, whimsical time travel tale that sports a bizarrely...
The book's first quarter of chapters is a curious alternating mix of two very different narratives. One is a quirky fantasy tale about a wizard and a thief set a thousand years... Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by TheyCallMe MrGlass
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More About the Author

Most folk believe that technology rules their lives. They're wrong. Dark conspiracies and ancient magic actually dominate this planet. My one mission in life is to open people's eyes to that fact.

My name is Ken Magee and I tell people I write contemporary fantasies which blend adventure and humour with technology and magic. My books live under the tagline 'ancient magic meets the Internet'. I pretend that they're works of fiction, because I'm afraid of the powerful people behind the conspiracies... I'm hoping a 'fiction' writer will slip under their radars.

Up until the point when I discovered about the frightening plot which deliberately caused the recent global financial meltdown, I'd led a fairly normal life. I'd worked for many years in the computer industry in roles ranging from programming through to sales. In the middle of it all, I served in the Naval Reserve... which was hard work, but fun. Then in 2010, I decided to make time to finish Dark Tidings, the book I'd started many years earlier (writing not reading). I would have finished it sooner, but life got in the way. It's finished now (the book, not life).

Dark Tidings is book one of the series. The Black Conspiracy and A Darker Shade of Black complete the 'ancient magic meets the Internet' trilogy.


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