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The Caldarian Conflict Paperback – August 28, 2011
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"...new and refreshing. The action and adventure keeps the story moving...and keeps up the pace till the very end." -- Writers Digest, judges commentary from the 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards
"Brilliant!" - Novel Opinion
"A Pirate Novel and So Much More. Literally up all night...couldn't stop reading." - Maxine McLister
"Nonstop tension." - Lynn Kelley
"Nothing about this novel is predictable." - Kate Monroe
About the Author
Mike Kalmbach grew up in a forest near Lake Michigan. Spending his summers chasing wizards and fighting battles with evil ogres, Mike has always had a creative mind. He'll often share stories from his past, and some of them are even true.
After time dragged him from childhood, Mike moved into freelance editing, helping other authors improve dozens of stories. During the daylight hours, he writes software to help with genetics research. He leads the Rochester MN Writing group and often speaks on topics from writing and editing to engineering and robotics.
Luckily, Mike now has two sons, so he has plenty of excuses to set down the pen and play. He lives in Minnesota where he, his family, and a band of pirates can still be found battling ogres, dust bunnies, and even the occasional dragon.
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Q: Pirates and Monks... Huh?!?
A: I didn't know what to think when I read about this book. I hadn't seen anything like it before. Well fear not - this isn't a 'pirate' story, and it isn't a 'monk' story. It is a fantasy story with pirates and monks. (Disclaimer: No clue what a 'pirate' or 'monk' story would be, but this is definitely better)
Q: I don't know, The last pirate book I saw must have been written while out at sea... it was sloppy.
A: Do not worry - The book was well edited. Care was taken when making sure that this was ready for readers - I don't think I saw one error.
Q: Ok... But still... Pirates and Monks? Is that just eye patches and shaved heads? booooring....
A: I don't think you get it. Swarthy Pirates, flaming explosions, deception on the high seas(and back at port)! How is that boring?
Q: Gotcha - exciting fantasy... so that is like wizards and stuff right?
A: No... C'mon. Pirates and Monks. Pay attention.
Q: So, no magic?
A: No... I didn't say that. The magic in Caldaria is subtle and really well done. It feels like it is really part of the world, not slapped on top. The monk's who have favor from their chosen god seem to be able to do some real cool things. I'm excited to see this expanded upon once Caldaria is revisited.
Q: You are starting to convince me... Hey, let me ask you this - What was your favorite part?
A: There was a lot of cool stuff that stands out. The one that tickles my fancy the most though involves the representations of some of the 12 gods come to life before our eyes and even argue amongst themselves.
Q: Alright, so you would recommend I read it?
A: I thought I asked you to pay attention? Yes I would recommend it. This is something that is new but familiar. Exciting and accessible. Priced as it is, the book is a steal.
-Pace. Kalambach painted a beautiful story without getting bogged down in details. If you're looking for Robert Jordan level details, probably look to a different book.
-World. The world was believable and interesting - I especially liked the interplay of the 12 gods. Also, the world never got in the way of the story. I lose patience for authors who spend a lot of time of world building and not very much on driving the plot. Kalambach definitely gave us what we needed to know and left out the things we didn't.
-Philosophy. Like other good fantasy authors, Kalambach provided some interesting philosophical debates throughout the story.
-Mystery. This book is hard to put down. In addition to the pace, Kalambach always had me interested in what was going to happen next. As importantly, the next thing was always believable without being predictable.
-Ending. There was a great ending. I don't want to give anything away but there was a good mix of events that make you happy for the good guys and events that make you fearful of the bad guys -- I am quite excited to see what happens in the next book.
-Dialog. One of the reasons I enjoyed Rothfuss is his dialog is clever and it flows naturally. The dialog in The Caldarian Conflict was not as strong. I thought that Kalambach laid out everything very explicitly instead of trusting the reader to understand what was going on through clues about inflection and facial expressions or body posture.
-Early character development. This is a tricky area and I think that is why you see "character development" listed as a common complaint in many stories.
--Susan Klauber, author of Sound of the Sacred BeadsSound of the Sacred Beads: A Poet's Journey into India]
At its heart the story was a good thoughtful tale about the morality of rooting out criminals. I enjoyed the interactions of Mendell with the various deities. The setting was effortlessly and believably painted at 13th to 15th century (at least to me) England.
I enjoyed the swashbuckling and sword play. Great tension and fun twists throughout that kept me turning the pages.
Great job! I want more.