- File Size: 3689 KB
- Print Length: 372 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017SH94ZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#27,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #210 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Mystery & Suspense
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- #589 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal
The Knowing: Book One Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Some books you kind of ease into. You crack the cover (or in this case, turn on your tablet), look at the title page and turn to the first chapter and begin. Usually the first 10/20/30 pages introduce you to the "cast", set the scene and give you a little background on the adventure you're about to begin. Other books (VERY few in number!) grab you by the scruff of the neck in the first few lines and don't let go. You sit down and think I'll just read a chapter or two just to find out what the story is about and the next thing you know it's 3 hours later and you're half way through the book wihout even taking a sip of the coffee you poured just before you sat down...and now it's ice cold! But not the story...it's burning up the pages!
From the very start I was so entwined in the lives of Daniel, Jack, and the rest of the "cast" of this drama the I absolutely could not stop reading. I would tell myself, "OK, just one more chapter..." and that would soon be forgotten when I got to the end of that chapter and I had to...just HAD to...find out what came next!
The book itself is kind of a cross between King's "It" and his "The Stand" but with Ninie's special touch. She has a way of drawing the reader into her world, making them a part of the story. She makes you feel as though you really know the people she creates. They come alive on the page for me with a reality that few authors can match...and yes, I'm including the "Main-Stream/New York Times Best Seller Author List"!
I'm not going to give a scene by scene description of "The Knowing" (plenty of her fans will be doing that here) but I guarantee that if you pick up this book and read only the first few pages (notice that I didn't say the first few chapters!) you'll be totally, 100% hooked!
This is her 8th book (to date) and I've read all of them with gusto! Reading her novels reminds me of the thrill I used to get back in the early 70's when Stephen King was golden! (Why do I keep mentioning King and Ninie together in this "review"?...because in this old man's humble opinion they are of the same caliber!) That's how I feel about her books and believe me, VERY FEW authors working today would get that kind of review from me!
Okay, I've said this before but just for the record I want to underline the fact that I may be Ninie Hammon's biggest fan. I absolutely devour every word she writes and want more...more...more! And, it looks like in her current offering (The Knowing) I'm going to get my wish. Not only did she out-do herself with this novel but there's 2 more to follow!
I can hardly wait!!!
This is not like most urban paranormal books and I am grateful that it does not follow the trap of quite a few. There were no zombies, or vampires, not even a shape changer. Nor is there the ease of jumping into the realms of hell and back out again either. I love the rules she is following as they seem to follow right along with what is truth for what we know in the realm of possibility. Nothing feels forced like trying to make a square peg fit in a round hole. For me, it feels like it would if this sort of thing did happen. (If that makes sense.)
As to the characters in this story, once again there is no force to them either. They have this feeling about them as if you are a part of their neighborhood. A casual closeness that you would know if something happened to them and would offer to help in any way you could. They are not best friend close but more than acquaintances.
I believe this is one of the reasons I enjoy Ninie's writing so much. You are a part of the story, not just a sideliner. At some point, you become a part of the story and didn't realize it.
I have read Ninie's books, I have them all, and this is quite a bit different than her other books. She "sets the pages on fire", no matter what she writes as she is so good about making you feel like you are "right there" in the middle of whatever she is writing about. I have only been reading her since this past April. I was hesitant about getting this first book, I just don't do "Scary" books and she said it was going to be about the war between good and evil. It is and very graphic, but, from the first chapter, she had me. Like all of her books, once you open it, you are hooked. I have bought several so I can give them away to all my friends. Cannot wait for Book 2 and then Book 3 also.
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Now on to the next book in the series.