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The Covert Academy (Volume 1) Paperback – February 2, 2013
"This utterly unique book had me riveted to my chair for a read-in-one-go session! A fast-paced story with absolutely never a dull moment and so much realism it is scary." -Ellen Fritz, Reviewer at BooksTomorrow.blogspot.com
"It was two or three o'clock in the morning and I needed to read more to see what happened." -Pat Ritter, Author/Self-Publisher
"Exciting futuristic adventure. YA and adults as well will enjoy this read." -Sheri A. Wilkinson, Reviewer at JuniperGrove.net
"Action packed read. The characters are interesting, the plot is intriguing." -Yvonne Boag, Reviewer at TwistedSciFi.com
About the Author
Author Peter Laurent was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He studied 3D animation in Auckland, then worked full-time in Mount Maunganui. Peter then formed his own company, Indiana Games Limited, and has been freelancing art and animation back in Auckland ever since. “The Covert Academy” is his first novel, borne of a passion for creative storytelling.
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I admit to not normally reading these genres. However, I must say when I read a novel I try and place myself in the author's seat. To admit I was in for a fast ride with this novel was an understatement. As the author described each scene, I rode along with the story.
In fact, I needed to be careful not to read too much because I lacked sleep. Instead I'd close my kindle and within a couple of hours glaring at the clock to see it was two or three o'clock in the morning I needed to read more to see what happened. I'm happy to share I completed the final page at four o'clock this morning.
Personally I must congratulate the author on his first book. The author has a bright future as an author and storyteller and I look forward to reading the next book in this on-going adventure.
Peter, you did a great job in a genre I'm not familiar with and I encourage you to keep writing. You have an imagination for a writer which is one of the basic tools needed to portray your story to the reader. You've done that. I was with you through each battle, particularly the one at the end of the story (that's why I didn't stop reading it until four o'clock this morning).
Again congratulations and a job well done. Keep up the good work and I wish you all of the success with your next book.
This was done as a personal exercise and is only put forth as opinion, and as we all should remember: The only qualification for giving an opinion is having one.
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Just bought: `The Covert Academy' by Peter Laurent via @amazonkindle @petes117 @scifi_authors http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B95YRQ8/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ask_kbtRF.07T7FY9 ...
Covert Academy by @petes117 1st Chptr: #scifi told from a villain's perspective, leaving the reader the right amount of confused/intrigued.
The second chapter is infinitely better than the first to the point of wondering if it is by two different writers. In retrospect, chapter one is a bit tacked on and superfluous. I'd like to give the writer the benefit of the doubt and think the stark change in stylistic choice was purposeful. Whatever the reason, I had to fight to get through the first half of chapter one, while I breezed through chapter 2 and openly laughed enough to make a table of people at Starbucks look at me quizzically.
All the information and setup given is parsed out slower over the next three chapters in a much more satisfying way. I'd ask the writer not to worry about giving me anything too quickly. If it's good I'll stay in it without too much spoon feeding. As long as you aren't being terribly obtuse or difficult for the sake of it, I'll do the legwork.
@petes117 I noticed, also noticed you are a Spiderman fan or should say Spidergirl. The 1st chptr was good but the 2nd-5th KEPT ME READING.
Its good definitely readable, but why did the writer just radically and wack-ily condense the plot by flooding me with exposition? Where are you going with this? The setup of a basically super powered high school on a tropical island with a grizzled but lovable principle -> I watched that 80's cartoon. Don't give me 6 months later, give me this story and make it a YA novel, Hell make it a YA series. Two popular boys: the broad shouldered, muscled handsome one, the scrappy intelligent boy from the streets with a heart of gold; the strong female lead who is smarter and faster than both of them with a wicked streak....It would get eaten up and churned and optioned into preproduction void instantly. I want to read that story.
I like these characters, I'd like to spend more time with them and I'm really afraid the writer is going to push them towards another "Uncle Ben moment" before I get a chance with them.
That aside, the story logic is not betrayed, the writer is taking me on the story he wants to tell. I'll go on his ride I trust him. I'm driving trucks through mouse holes.
A bit too much telling me the story instead of showing me the story and letting it unfold. There are some really great passages, great promise for future works from a burgeoning writer.
The massacre --- Wow, this would make a fantastic and terrifying film sequence. I can imagine the storyboards. The dichotomy of dystopian despair of the people below, the utopian monochromatic minimalism and hermetic beauty of the broadcast screens and shark-bots. Throw in some genre appropriate propaganda posters and hacked and cobbled dirty tech and this is some delicious classic Sci-Fi.
The fight for the Nicky - The action sequence just didn't work for me. It was too quick too clinical. I couldn't see it.
Just finished The Covert Academy by @petes117 Quick Review: Decent read. Fun, kitchen sink-style #scifi, some pacing issues but overall good.
It seems to be the start of a YA series. The good guys are all 15-20 years old. Although for most people in the real world, this time of life is one of change, the author did not spend any pages on character development. The stock characters in chapter one are still with us at the end of the book. The backstory, for those few characters with any history, likewise shows us no character development.
However, the book is action-packed and the shoot-em-up scenes are well-written. If you are looking for a quasi-Samurai, futuristic teen action story, then this is the book for you.