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Traitor: Dystopian Science Fiction Adventure (The Turner Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Eller
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Book Description

Last Chance

On the edge of a far frontier rests a place of gentle manners and common civility--Last Chance. Threats of war change all of that.
A hero is needed. A Savior. Meet Aaron Turner, the small unassuming man who runs the Last Chance General Store. He may not be all that they hoped for.

The Turner Chronicles

- Traitor
- Betrayed
- Pawn
- Crusade

Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    This is definitely a science fiction series to be explored, and one that women in particular might enjoy. - Examiner

    I should complain to the author, though. I read the book until 4 in the morning on two consecutive nights, wiping me out for work at 9. I just could not put it down. - Sci/fi & Fantasy Reviews

    Eller shows that no matter how torn we are between what life offers and what we want, that is no excuse not to do our best. - Conversations Book Club

    From the Back Cover

    The Turner Chronicles, a slipstream sci/fi adventure series

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2993 KB
    • Print Length: 352 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: White Wolf Press, LLC (November 25, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006EP8EYE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars will not be buying the next two April 7, 2012
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    In all fairness, the premise is interesting. The main protagonist is a little too much of an anti-hero, a Thomas Covenant with a slightly better attitude. The writing is good, the characters are fairly well developed. but...i will not be reading the next two books because:

    Spoilers follow. ************************************************* spoilers

    1. The character of Cathy. Abruptly, and completely out of character, marries an abusive man and has a sudden change in personality with a very poor explanation by the "author" of why she made a move that was too stupid to be done by a very intelligent and, until that point, quite together woman. the move was too out of character to be believable with no obvious reason why the author would have her do it. it does appear that the main purpose of most of the book is to continue time after time to clobber the character of Aaron so that by the end of the book he has had more agony and heartbreak then a hundred people. the only reason i can see for the author to take a super intelligent, responsible, mature young woman and have her marry a brute is because the main character, Aaron is in love with Cathy. oh, wait, he's not allowed any lasting happiness so let's just have this woman do something that even women of much less qualities wouldn't do. it was like hilary clinton marrying newt gingrich. it did not work.

    2. Killing off a wonderful character who was in it from almost page one killed any interest i had in reading the next books. for me, once i've invested a certain amount of time in a highly sympathetic character, follow the character almost the entire way through the book and then have her killed off i just don't want to bother reading anymore.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Aaron Turner? August 13, 2009
    Aaron Turner is everyman. Well, that is if everyman has the power and talent to transfer to another world. So far he is one of two people who have that power and it seem they both are working for a man who wants to take over the other world. The world they live in now is polluted and corrupt. As Aaron learns to live in the small town in the otherworld, he finds that he is a nice man who really can come to like himself and fall in love.

    He has a problem, however, he goes back to his first world to get supplies and make reports to the General. In the old world he is a crippled man who is made fun of and hates coming back. So he lies about what is happening in the new world.

    The lies grow bigger as the tension builds between Aaron, his general, and the Federal government. Aaron does not want to work for this world anymore and figures out how to do that. But then he finds he has an arch-enemy in the new world. Life there is not as good as he thought it would be, it is always presenting challenges.

    Mark Eller has made his characters believable and likeable. His scenarios are well described and I can imagine myself in them. I laugh and cry with Aaron as he finds his way in his new world and really look forward to the next Turner Chronicles adventure. Bravo, Mark.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, definitely written by a guy November 16, 2012
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    It was a good read I had a hard time putting down. The characters are good and develop some. The story is pretty good. One thing I laughed at every time is how it seemed the author wrote some scenes and situations based on his fantasy. By fantasy I mean harem novel where it seems that every important woman is a strong, hot, sex ready Amazon. Don't take this the wrong way, it is good and actually ties into the story. BTW I am a guy, which is why I recognized some of my own fantasy with women moments in it. For a free read, I recommend it.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    There were a lot of things I wouldn't care for normally in this book, but the author does a fantastic job of putting all those mediocre bits together to weave an amazing tale. The lazy main character that does nothing to prevent future situations from arising. His high morals that absolutely forbids him from doing anything untword. His constant inner monologue of self pity. I think you get the point; but mister Eller does a fine job of making those things palletable.

    A good author should be able to pass his emotion to you and really make you feel and oh boy does mister Elmer do that. The antagonists are incredibly evil and malevolent; they are some of the most cruel people you can possibly imagine. The scenes with the fightining are intensely vivid, gorey, gritty. In my opinion one of the highlights of the entire book.

    Throughout reading the book I actually felt disconcerted and felt a sense of wrongness. Its something hard to explain but mister Elmer really gave the book atmosphere and character. Well done I'll surely be reading the next few books, and looking forward to reading the upcoming Helmet plot line.
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    8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Can write, just needs to focus on what. December 9, 2013
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    This review is more for the author if he reads them. Im sorry but I could not even get to half way through the book. You write well, editing is done well, there is even a good plot if you spent the time developing it instead some utopia for the local town folk which you would go into deep discussion about, Im thinking you were trying to build a reasoning for why he was to make future decisions, pages and pages of it is too much. I found myself turning page after page that did not concern plot or story unread as I dont find any interest in a cabbies jewelry description, excreta. At one third of the way through the book you began to delve into totally unnecessary character development of people already developed, many pages turned here until I could read no more.

    Upon reading some of the reviews for this book it makes me wonder who wrote them? I am an avid reader and I dont see where all these 5 star reviews came from, I could almost guess that the author and his friends wrote most.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance
    I listened to this book in podcast form. It took me a few tries to get engaged by the story. That could have been just getting used to the author's cadence. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Ann M Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Creative Alternate World
    The author, Mark Eller, creates characters, situations, and locations that resonate with the reader or listener in his alternate world environment. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Richard
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start
    Interesting hero and interesting subject matter. Can't wait to see how it plays out.
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars great read
    I picked up Traitor on a whim. I had not heard of Mark Eller before I read this book. Being a small press author I expected the story to be obvious. Boy was I wrog. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Ken
    5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
    Great story, I wanted more. The author has a way of keeping your interest. Good choice.
    Published 5 months ago by Dave
    5.0 out of 5 stars The ending was not as good as the rest of the series but the story ...
    The ending was not as good as the rest of the series but the story kept my interest the whole way through.
    Published 7 months ago by Walt
    3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading.
    Actually, I would say about 3.5 stars; the book has an interesting premise, and you come to care about many of the characters. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Charles Weiner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise
    the story line kept my interest although I got a bit confused in the beginning when the author switched from one scene to another. looking forward to the next book.
    Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What does one say about one who has a special talent and is used for their purpose? This GREAT read will wrap your mind in exploring the how's AND whys of what may and does. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Robert T. Locastro
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    quick and easy
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    More About the Author

    Mark Eller spent twenty years happily writing stories and then throwing them away. Then he met his future wife. She got mad about him throwing things away so he then happily began writing books, publishing his shorts, and creating audiofiction podcasts, including The Hell Hole Tavern, Mercy Bend, and Traitor book one of the Turner Chronicles. He can be found most days sitting in his man cave with his fingers busy typing because new stories are constantly running through his head.

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