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Venture Untamed (The Venture Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

R.H. Russell
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Book Description

Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream.

Venture Book One. Ages 13 and up.

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About the Author

R.H. Russell has been on the mat with talented young fighters since 1993. Their ambitions, struggles, and triumphs inspired her to write the Venture books. She hopes to share the fascinating world of fighters with readers in a unique way-a way anyone can identify with, because she truly believes there's a fighter in all of us. She's having a great time letting Venture and his friends loose to play on the page, writing about brawls and big dreams, betrayal and camaraderie, and of course, Venture and Jade's forbidden love. She also writes the Unicorns of the Mist series as R.R. Russell. Wonder Light, the first of these novels for young readers, is now available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Morning Gate Press (January 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PA95S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars venture untamed, by r h Russell March 12, 2014
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I disliked the sense that I had a stand alone novel and then come to find out, it was only a preview to get you to purchase the next volume. Sorry, I didn't like the pretense.

This preview was 300 pages and free at amazon for kindle. It sets the stage for the next volume and introduces characters only. You will be disappointed. For all of this,the author could have cut out 200 of the 300 pages to make it move along better.

I recommend this for anyone willing to commit up front to all 3 volumes...
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 26, 2011
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I ordered this book for my Kindle and finished it the same day, which I rarely do. I couldn't put it down! I would describe it as heartbreaking at times (I literally cried) and it was inspiring other times. Heartbreaking to read about this poor young boy that has been dealt a pretty rough hand at life and at times appears to have little self worth or sense of belonging. But then inspiring as he starts to realize his potential and finds his calling in life and where he belongs. The author's ability to accuratlely desribe the fighting scenes leads to an authenticity to the book that the MMA enthusiast will appreciate. And the forbidden love between the main character and his master's daughter appeals to the romantic in all of us. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not just about fighting it's about spirit October 7, 2011
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Written so well that even though I know nothing about martial arts I was sucked into the life and struggles of Venture right away. I'm ready for more!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I realize I'm not the target audience for this's meant for teen and pre-teen boys. But there are just too many disconnects. Set in a pre-industrial world ruled by a feudal system yet has a representative democracy, placard-bearing "peace-nik" protesters, and coffee. Plus, Venture is just not all that sympathetic as a protagonist. Books in a series are fine, as long as they are able to stand alone, so the cliffhanger ending which requires the next book to resolve the questions is also offputting.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's So Epic, I Couldn't Put It Down January 25, 2013
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I absolutely loved this novel! It surprised me because when I first read the synopsis, I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. Boy, did I change my mind. It was a wonderful story about a boy determined to rise from his situation and become what he always dreamed of.

Although it started slow for me, I can't deny that I was drawn in by the story and it's characters. The world was incredibly well built, I honestly believed that I was there even though I don't know everything about it, the author brought it to life. The characters, even the lesser ones, are so relate able and you can't help but fall in love their stories and their struggles.

The fighting was epic! I can't even tell you how captivated I was by each move and how the author described it. Honestly, I have never been one to read books about fighting but this has completely changed my mind and my opinion.

If you think that the fighting isn't something you're into, trust me, the story is bigger than that. The love story between Jade and Venture is wonderful, the relationship between Venture and his elder brother is sadly captivating, and his relationship with fighting is different than I would've thought.

I recommend that everyone read this wonderful book! It's captivating and I loved it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read October 10, 2011
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Enjoyed this book very much, I thought I would read it through before I pass it to my child and it turned out that I enjoyed it just as much. The details of Ventures experiences only show the author's knowlege of the sport, and makes this book so authentic. Hope a 2nd book comes soon!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. January 11, 2012
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When I saw this book I thought I should give it a try. Good thing I did, because I absolutely loved it. This book had a bit of everything (action, adventure, and my favorite, romance ). Get this book, I read it in one sitting. Now I have to buy the next book, so excited.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly well written! A story worth reading! January 10, 2014
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NOTE: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks!

After I finished reading this book, I sat down at the computer and contacted the author. Here's what I said:

I know it's been awhile since you've published the books about Venture Delving, but I just finished reading the first one (got it via Netgalley) and I found it quite impossible to put down. If I had to compare it to any other series, I'd gladly say Harry Potter and I won't be kidding.

You'd probably think I was exaggerating, but gosh, I was not! Venture Untamed has every single trait that a book lover wants to read about. It's got adventure, it's got romance, it's got action. It's got passion, hatred, anger. It's got devotion, uncertainty and humiliation. I'm telling you, this is a book (and author) of many talents.

So, the world of Venture Untamed is kind of like ours, only several centuries back when there were carriages and people rode horses to get from one place to another. When there were bonded servants. It's a fantasy world though, not a historical time from our world. It doesn't have magic in the convenient meaning we've all adopted or anything paranormal at all.

Yet, I could almost taste the 'magic' of life in the air. The 'magic' of the value of one's existence. The 'magic' of love and friendship and free-given bondage. I don't even know how to describe it but it grabbed me, you know? It was like a magnet pulling me in.

If you're wondering, Venture is the main male character. He starts off as an angsty boy who can't help but get in trouble. All the time. Worse though is that he's a bonded servant in a world where those like him are treated like scum. As if their life didn't matter.
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