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Ratarra: The Legend of Damian (Volume 1) Paperback – October 7, 2013
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Michael Schwartz spent his youth involved with karate training and dragon slaying in the woods of New Hampshire. He was fond of role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, and even created his own written adventures and modifications. At the young age of eighteen he fell in love with and married his neighbor and high school sweetheart, Kimberly. Shortly thereafter he earned his black belt in martial arts. After graduating high school he embarked on a short term of service in the United States Marine Corps, during which his two sons were born. He returned to the simple working life at the grocery store, adding a daughter to the household, raising a family of three children with his wife. Their children are grown and Michael and Kimberly have been married happily for twenty-two years. They are now kept company by a small host of furry animals. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had a profound effect on Michael’s outlook of life, God, and His purpose for mankind. He was moved to study theology and philosophy, in particular religiously inspired warfare. Trying to discover the answer to divinely justified murder, and man’s eager claim to it, he wrote this book series. Daily he penned his ideas on slips of cardboard cut from boxes at work or on the backs of receipts from purchases, many of which he has saved as treasures to this day.
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On the world of Vidia, an idealist clan of warlords called the Kunn are bringing civilization to ruin. Citystates are being eroded by greedy tyrants and rotted from within. Once just realms are plunged into despotism and violence. The Kunn are followers of the Mari, an ancient religion that provides its true followers with supernatural powers. Guided by their harsh code, the Kunn are displacing their competitors and becoming a leading in the land.
Damian is a farm boy from Tirien who was enslaved by the Kunn. They give him the name Ratarra. After toiling in their mines for years, he escapes with his best friend Cam with a stolen horse. They are near death in the desert when a divine being empowers them to confront the Ahga, the leader of the Kunn. They align themselves with the mechanical genius Riman to resist the Kunn. However, the Kunn aren’t without supernatural help of their own. A super adapt to the Mari named Tog challenges Damian, physically and philosophically.
Damian and his allies must navigate webs of intrigue and lethal enemies on their search for justice. All the while Damian and Cam must discovering what they have become, and what the Kunn are after.
The Rise of the Offspring is an epic fantasy novel that draws on the elements of history, fantasy, and current events to weave and intriguing story. Ratarra is the name given by the Kunn to Damian. He takes the name as his own to ram it down the Kunn’s throats. The Kunn are religious fanatics. They are well disciplined warriors who spread terror in their wake, enslaving any who are not of their belief system. Once good rulers who stood up to them are eliminated, replaced by despots who allow the Kunn free reign in their lands.
The parallels between Vidia and the modern world make the story fascinating. The novel is told in an episodic fashion. Each episode takes the reader deeper into the mystery. However, the author makes more use of long exposition which slows the pace of the story down somewhat. There were a number of typos so the editing needs to improving. Nevertheless, it is an intriguing story with more to follow. I’m looking forward to book two.
To prepare for the perils and victories that are awaiting you, go back in time to the 80's, to your days of NES gaming and retrieve the music from "The Legend of Zelda", let it be a musical backdrop as you read of the epic tale about the fearless and noble Damian, whom you'll begin to know as "Ratarra", meaning 'Rider', his out of this world sidekick Cam, and Bish, their devoted steed. Many friends will join them on their way!
During the first third of the novel, you're presented with much information about the history and lay of the Land, and the meaning behind it all. It will seem overwhelming at first, and a bit dry, but don't give up! The author weaves a fine-tuned tapestry of the story in front of you with details that foreshadow upcoming events as you delve deeper within! After you get past this point, it REALLY TAKES OFF!!! You'll be surprised and gasping for more at the end of each chapter, making this novel impossible to put down.
So, get ready for a series that's different from the rest... get yourself a bowl of popcorn, a hot beverage, and dig in to the ultimate battle of Justice & Good vs. Evil!
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