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Whatever Gods May Be [Kindle Edition]

George P. Saunders
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Book Description

Rzzdik Zolan is a time traveler from a planet 1,000 light years from Earth. He had been assigned to Earth as an evolutionary observer, and his travels have taken him to every era of human history – from the day Christ died on the cross – to the 21st Century, where World War III strikes out of the blue.

Earth in 1 million years, A.D. is a burned out hell-hole populated by mutated bloodsuckers called Redeyes, and led by a mysterious all-powerful being known as The Resistor. Humans have reverted to prehistoric primitives, and are slowly dying out as a species.

Due to the World War, several unwitting parties, including Rizzdik Zolan, have been thrust into the future. Colonels John and Cathy Phillips, on a rare shuttle mission to the space station, are also catapulted into this decaying future, along with Thalick – an intergalactic traveler that resembles an enormous scorpion. Earth is a dying cinder, and yet one hope remains for it: the young daughter of John and Cathy Phillips – Valry Phillips - who may hold the secret to Earth’s salvation – or it’s inevitable destruction and ownership by the Resistor. It will be up to Zolan, Thalick and young Valry to do battle against the most powerful evil Earth has ever known.

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  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, terrible editing May 30, 2012
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I found this book a fun read due to the highly imaginative plot, but I have to say that it left me unsatisfied at the end. There were too many loose ends left hanging and plot points that were introduced and then forgotten. But my biggest complaint was that this manuscript must not have been edited at all. Nearly every paragraph had a major typo. Please, authors, spend a few bucks and hire yourself a good proofreader before you put your book out for general consumption.

Overall, it was a good read, if for no other reason that it was different than anything else I've read, but it isn't a book I'll be raving about to my friends.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not publish ready July 30, 2012
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I will start by saying I didn't read much of this book but for good reason. I made it through the Prolouge, first chapter and half of the second. There were numerous spelling and grammar errors that led me to start looking for them. This took away from my job of being an entertained reader and turned me into an editor. Taking this and adding in that the author was going out of his way to use the largest words possible instead of simply performing the task of writing something entertaining, I couldn't go on. There is a difference between using intelligent languange and stringing together the longest words found in a thesaurus. Finally, I had trouble getting past the structure of what I read and the overly discriptive telling of facts rather than having anything occur. There should be something in the first chapter of a story that hooks the reader, urging them to continue reading. This book just contained too many issues to keep me interested.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but muddled June 11, 2012
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I got the Kindle edition of this book for free on a daily deal. One of my biggest problems with the book was the editing - I do not know if this applies only to the Kindle editions. There were many, many instances of the word "it's" being used when "its" was correct. The word "precedence" was used when "precedent" was correct. The word "distance" was used when "distant" was correct. This is a science fiction book involving alien creatures. Sometimes a specific creature was referred to as "it" and then later as "she" and then again as "it" - which is it? These kinds of errors are very annoying.

Getting away from textual issues, the book itself was rather muddled. The story jumped around in time to events that happened earlier, later, and so on. This can be OK, but it was not always handled well. The main part of the book was told as a story, which is a nice device, and possibly can be used to explain away some of the chronological issues. However, the story's narrator had no way of knowing about some of the events he narrated, so his point of view was also mixed up with a more omniscient narrator point of view. Also, it seemed like a lot of story information was repeated: we would receive the information from the point of view of one character, and then switch to another character and receive similar information.

There were some science mistakes, but nothing huge. Most of the book was fantasy, frankly, with devices, events, beings, and circumstances that you just had to suspend your disbelief of and go with.

What I liked about the book was its grand scale: it covered some big time spans, dealt with things like the fate of humanity, and humanity's evolution. It reminded me a bit of Olaf Stapledon's "Last and First Men".
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark March 26, 2012
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Whatever Gods May Be is not so much a sci-fi novel, as an epic that takes us on a million year journey to hell and back. I read on Mr. Saunders' blog that he wrote this when he was 23 - I recommend anyone who wants to be inspired to write at any age - to check out this book. Imagination can begin and flower at any age. I'm going to take a shot and try to write a book myself, based on this read. If a 23 year old kid could write stuff this good, a mature guy like me could at least be motivated to finish his own story. May I offer Five stars for this new novel by George P. Saunders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book, really needs an editor March 13, 2013
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I loved this book. The story was very interesting, well laid out, and exciting. The characters were believable and all were given great voices. I'd already recommended this book before I was even finished. I couldn't even take off a star for the poor editing - it was that good.
There is a serious need for an editor. There are words missing, extra words, missing periods or commas, a severe lack of apostrophes and a few instances of misspellings & misused words.

Don't let that keep you from reading this!!! This story was entirely too good to pass up! I know reading books that aren't well-edited is annoying (I complain about it a lot, too), but I promise you, this one is worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting. September 9, 2012
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I got this from Saunders after reading another of his books my kids had bought. I am a tech science fiction reader, as well as having a soft spot for time travel, and this book appealed to me on both counts. The character development was well done, and the story plot made sense. There is not as much action as some of the others I have enjoyed, but in this book, it made sense. I read it in a weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed an Editor February 19, 2013
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This was a great idea for a story. The mythology was complex, and the characters complexly intertwined. However, the ending seemed forced, like the author just didn't know how to stop, but had used up the word allowance..

But my main complaint was all the simple typing and spelling and punctuation errors that could have been avoided if the story hd been carefully proofread.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Kept me interested and could not put it down. Unusual story, highly recommend it. Will check out more books from this author.
Published 2 days ago by Alisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. Bought book by mistake
Terrible. Bought book by mistake. Thought it was a different George Saunders. Beware.
Published 2 months ago by Regis
5.0 out of 5 stars half way through
I am only half way through this book, and I have to say....AWESOME!!!!
I read an average of 4 books a week and this is one of the BEST Sci-Fi books i have read since I got my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by joe jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that made me think!
If you are a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, you may really enjoy this book. I couldn't stop reading it! Thanks Mr. Saunders for an enjoyable read!
Published 14 months ago by Ann Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique storyline - good read!
The storyline of this book was unique and refreshing. In addition it was well written and easy to sink into - characters and locations are well developed, and the pace is good. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Karen McGarrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Little slow
I was hoping for a little more fantasy, but the jumping back and forth in books has always seem to make it a difficult read for me. Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by C. Trombley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Unique
Very original story. Not the kind of book I would normally read, but so glad I did. I can't think of another book to compare it with. I enjoyed the ride
Published on February 21, 2013 by KennyT
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and thought provoking...
This is a very well written sci fi book - clearly this author has experience writing other genres but he adapts well and offers a unique perspective. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely spiritual..
The spiritual theme woven through out the narrative of this book is deeply disturbing ...on several levels. Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by Nurse Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, thoughtful book
The book is an intelligent, fast paced read. Thoughtful portrayal of a post world war three world in which evil is unleashed.
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More About the Author

George P. Saunders occupies his time on Planet Earth in the lovely town of Beverly Hills, California. He is the author of the celebrated crime thriller Gray Area, along with ten other novels in the science fiction, young adult and horror genres, as well as non-fiction humor and satire. He has over 25 films either produced, directed or written and more than a dozen more which he has co-starred in with such notable celebrities as Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in Hunt For Red October (as George Winston), Joey Travolta, Richard Lynch, C. Thomas Howell and Mickey Rooney. Saunders was the head writer on the reality series for Military Films during the Gulf War, wherein he worked with the Navy Seals and other combined elements of the United States Armed Forces. While not writing, acting or doing other entertainment related 'stuff', Saunders is known to enjoy a fine tequila on occasion, followed by a dry Cabernet.

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