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Escape To Challenge (The Moondark Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Terrific, the kind of exciting, involving tale that keeps you up nights." -Terry Brooks, New York Times Best Selling Author
From award-winning author Don McQuinn comes the epic classic, The Moondark Saga, where action and adventure meets sci-fi and fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world.
In the grand landscape of the Pacific Northwest, two great kingdoms battle to rule the inlet sea, and the nomadic Dog People have been caught in the crossfire. Gan Moondark, son of the War Chief, is expected to one day rule the Dog People, but war and prophesy have a different fate in store for him. Even as he tries to find his place on the battle lines, the balance of power in the region is about to dramatically shift. A centuries old cryogenic crèche is slowly awakening, bringing to life military leaders from a long forgotten war, with weapons and technology unlike anything this world has ever seen. Will these strangers help Gan Moondark start a new era of peace and prosperity, or will they drive the three kingdoms further into brutality and war?
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Escape To Challenge is the first book in The Moondark Saga, available digitally for the first time since it's original publication. The series is now available as nine serial novels, and in it's original three book set: Warrior, Wander and Witch.
- ASIN : B0079BV1X8
- Publisher : Raven's Call Press; 2nd edition (November 26, 2013)
- Publication date : November 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1475 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 277 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,304,327 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am on my 8th, or maybe 9th reading of this series. I read it when it was first published and gave the books away. Later, I was unable to purchase a new set of these books bought them as used books online. Those books are now somewhere in storage, extremely well worn and well loved. I am delighted to have them now on Kindle.
In response to the first review here, this series used to be 3 books before it was broken up into kindle books. Kindle books 1 - 3 together are the original WARRIOR book, which was the first of the trilogy. If you are going to refuse to purchase the next book because of the "cliff hanger in this book", you will be missing out on one of the most underrated Sci Fi fantasy books ever written. Alternatively, instead of trying out this free first portion of the book, you can purchase the entire book all together for your kindle. They are listed as Moondark Saga books 1 - 3.
Several unique elements send this series beyond your usual apocalyptic/dystopian fantasy:
The writing is superb on several levels: very tight management of tension with suspenseful scenes driving the story; deep character development (more on this in a minute); physical and sensory details; and exploration of technology in the context of social life.
The deep character development occurs on a couple of levels: creation of compelling, realistic characters in an imagined subsistence society, and evocative psychological development of personalities awaking from our time into a strange and alien world. A special element comes in McQuinn’s deft description and development of the nature of leadership— individuals in two different worlds watch and learn how people become leaders and how small societies organize themselves in the face of adversity.
I’m returning to re-read in Kindle, after having read the print version when it was first published. The story is as alive and fresh as I remember from my original reading. Do not miss this exciting exploration of human society — even if you think you don’t like “science fiction,” you’ll find something very different and compelling.
This book sets a number of different plot threads into motion, but does not attempt to wrap them all up by the end. Indeed, this is but the opening of what can only be called an epic tale of a dystopian future. McQuinn's military background and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest are well utilized in the care and attention he has taken in writing this book, especially when a plot turn involving the forgotten residents of a hidden cave is introduced to the reader.
This book sets the stage for what I think will be a thrilling and thoughtful journey for the characters and the reader alike. Book two, here I come....
A girl-child is snatched from a simple village during burning, rape, and pillage.
Next we are with the night-watch boy and his dogs outside a home encampment not unlike a native American village. Many adjectives describe the cold ground, the dogs behavior, the stranger riding in and the enemies secretly following the stranger and the fight with the lone night-watch boy and his dogs. So far good for young adult readers. The action switches to talk about religion, conflict, healers, spying, war and leadership. A scene with unknown thing lurking in a cave with much rustling and heavy breathing suggesting a devil or dark creature without resolving. Muddled plot with side trips which don't advance the plot. I don't know what happens to the snatched girl child after 8 chapters, connections lost. Enter a space ship, with modern metals...wait a minute...how did we get there?..Must read on...maybe it isn t so bad after all
I think the writing was strong enough that I would have purchased the next book if the cliffhanger hadn't been thrown in. As it is, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this, but I did think the writing was strong enough to end the book on what was already there, even if no conclusions were reached, without having to throw in more to hook readers.
If the next books end in a different style, please leave a comment and let me know. My dislike of this one plot device is really the only reason for a review of only three stars, and my decision not to purchase the next book in the series.
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Don't know if I'll ever finish it.