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Of Eternal Life (Operation: Middle of the Garden Book 1) by [Persell, Micah]
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Winner of the 2013 Virginia HOLT Award of Merit in the paranormal category.

Second place in Lyrical Press's first annual "How Lyrical Is Your Romance" contest.

"If you enjoy military suspense and a strong romance try this book. Of Eternal Life is a good page turner to the end." --Night Owl Reviews

"In Of Eternal Life Micah Persell introduces her hero by exploring the very practical downside of not being able to stay dead. The description of Eli's imprisonment and torture is deliciously gruesome with a sadistic edge that rivals some of the best horror stories and thrillers. Despite opening in a very modern government facility, Eli's immortality is steeped in some of our oldest mythology giving their relationship an element of fate. Eli and Abilene's passionate attraction is instant and overwhelming. Getting their emotions to agree with their bodies makes for some interesting twists and turns. Be sure to check out this new twist on the immortality theme!" --Irene Preston, author of Infamous

"From the moment the hero, Eli Johnson, opens his eyes in the new paranormal romance Of Eternal Life by Micah Persell, the action never stops. Just when you think you've figured out the players, the game changes, making this an exciting read that you won't want to put down." --Diane Jewkes, author of The Heart You Own

"Filled with taut action and primal suspense, Of Eternal Life will leave you gasping for breath!" --Kristina Knight, author of What a Texas Girl Wants

"Of Eternal Life captivates from the get-go. Persell has a great future, and I look forward to seeing more from her." --Shelley K. Wall, author of Numbers Never Lie

About the Author

Micah Persell holds a bachelor's degree in English and a double master's degree in literature and English pedagogy. She is an avid reader of all types of literature, but has a soft spot for romance. She currently teaches high school language arts classes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2535 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (June 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008195FAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ct on January 11, 2013
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I'm glad I got this as a Kindle Daily Deal because it was honestly kind of lame.

I felt no chemistry between the main characters, the plot was non-existent, the external conflict was kind of flaccid, and the heroine was a moron, for all she was supposed to be a doctor.

I wish I could have liked it. The sex was smokin' for all that the consent was shadier than a regency at times, and I usually love government conspiracies with supernatural elements.

I just didn't buy into any of it. Nothing was explained adequately; for instance, to spoil an early part of the story, how does a man being poisoned to death have more strength than a man in full blush of health, which, as is explained later, is /better/ than normal human males? Yeah, no. Really? And everything about his backstory and the setting (why he's immortal, for instance,) gets less and less believable from there. I'd honestly have rather had an "He's immortal just because!!!" hand-wave than the reason they gave us, which had me utterly flabbergasted.

And then the heroine-- I don't care how compassionate you are: in a modern romance, I expect the woman to have at least some genre-savvy when it comes to not letting the people trying to kill you figure out where you are.

The number of times I wanted to put this book down was embarrassing, but I'd paid my dollar, I wanted my money's worth. I, in the end, didn't really get even that. So I'm doing my best to warn future readers away without spoiling the book so they can be spared their own disappointment.
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Downloaded this after reading a sample.

The plot was what mainly interested me because it was different than the usual crimson romance.

I liked the first half of it but after the same things kept happening in the plot, I found myself bored with it.
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This book was a quick read, but an excellent way to spend a free afternoon. It gets a little dark at times, but I count that as a positive, and it seems to balance out the sweet/fluffy scenes perfectly. The leading lady, Abilene, is funny and relatable; she comes off as insecure, but not at all weak.

If anything, I'd say the book could have been longer. There were a few things in the characters' pasts (Abilene's insecurity and Eli's trust issues) that are hinted at, but not explored. They're skimmed over just quickly enough that you catch that there must be more to these characters, but aren't sure exactly what. Eli is all soldier: intense and driven. Yet at times you glimpse through that and see that sweet southern boy, underneath.

Anyway, I think more backgrounds on the characters might have been helpful, but that didn't take away from the adventure. The story was entertaining and nail-biting and hints at a sequel, which I hope Ms Persell will be able to explore in the future. I'd definitely read it.
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I was not sure about this book at first. The religious subtext is very subtle and well drawn. The heroine will take awhile to warm up to but keep reading. The drama is very hard hitting at first with the 14 deaths but quickly turns almost comic bookish.
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In Of Eternal Life Micah Persell introduces her hero by exploring the very practical downside of not being able to stay dead. The description of Eli's imprisonment and torture is deliciously gruesome with a sadistic edge that rivals some of the best horror stories and thrillers. Despite opening in a very modern government facility, Eli's immortality is steeped in some of our oldest mythology giving their relationship an element of fate. Eli and Abilene's passionate attraction is instant and overwhelming. Getting their emotions to agree with their bodies makes for some interesting twists and turns. Be sure to check out this new twist on the immortality theme!
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Want an original, creative romance that will keep you on your toes and reading through the night? This book will do it. Of Eternal Life captivates from the get-go.

Abilene Miller is a highly intelligent, recently graduated med-school student that took a research position on a military base in California, straight out of college. Well-liked by her boss and eager to do something more exciting than the rudimentary projects assigned to her, she stumbles onto a naked and near-death man in a supply closet, and wrestles him back to life. She had no idea that this wasn't the first time he'd been revived. Or actually died. She is immediately drawn to her fit and un-dead patient, wanting not only to keep him healthy but also keep him safe. Or at least, she tells herself that.

Eli Johnson is tired of dying. Over and over again. Simply to fulfill some sicko's enjoyment in the name of research. He's angry and tired. When one of the new experiments chosen to perform on him leaves an opening to escape, he takes it. When the pretty young doctor "saves" him, his escape looks even better as he takes her captive to ensure his successful departure. He wants them all to pay, even her, for what they've done to him in the name of science. An unexpected, big problem arises in that he can't seem to shake the feeling that this woman belongs with him. Really belongs with him.

Of Eternal Life throws the reader straight into the action and keeps you there to the finish. An exciting and very sensual read. It has a unique story plot that I found refreshing. The way the relationship develops and then endures is quite creative. Persell has a great future and I look forward to seeing more from her.
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