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The Saffron Falcon: A Supernatural Thriller—The Desperate Magic Series, Book Two Kindle Edition
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About The Scarlet Crane, Book 1 of Transition Magic:
About the Author
Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012.
Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste--his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.
A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And...
Some might say that he's easily influenced.
It may have taken a few decades, but he's finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.
- File size : 2120 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- ASIN : B00FEG3LSI
- Publisher : Unseen Worlds Publishing; 2nd edition (January 13, 2014)
- Publication date : January 13, 2014
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,621 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I first read the The Scarlet Crane: (Transition) , mostly out of obligation. A man I respect wrote it so I had to at least read it. I would say I read and enjoy some fiction; occasionally, maybe half a dozen books a year. I do like sci-fi and spy novels, but I have never been big on fantasy type stuff.
The Scarlet Crane was good, wasn't awesome, but it was good. It kept me entertained enough to finish it. I gave it 4 stars because that's how I honestly felt. It was a 4 star book, not 3 and not 5.
Then I heard Jim speak of a sequel, or at least part 2 of many. And then it happened; he shipped it. I grabbed it the day it was released because I'm cheap and it was like $2 bucks on launch day.
This book is heads above the first book, and builds nicely on the foundations and characters of that book.
I thought Mr. Hopkins let the cat out of the bag about 75% of the way through. I thought to myself; "Ah, I can see how this ends." I put the book down that night and wasn't sure I would finish it. I was sure I had it figured out, but I was wrong and am glad I did. While the ending was close to what I imagined, it was different enough to keep me entertained and flipping pages.
Everything was better with this book; better descriptions, better storytelling, better character development.
Bravo Jim, well done.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
A sequel to "The Scarlet Crane," this book uses the same formula of weaving its tale through the lives of disparate adolescents facing transition and the exploits of protagonist John Benoit. With this iteration, however, the character development is deeper and the storyline and pacing more polished. Clearly, Hopkins is hitting his stride. I'm already looking forward to future installments of the Transition Series to add to my Kindle library.
The writing is clear and the descriptions create vivid pictures of foreign lands and interesting people. I would like to have a better idea of who John Benoit is, though, rather than simply be entertained by what he does and says. Same with Stony Hill. This book comes close to 5-star territory, but it's not quite there.
But for me the real mastery is in the development of the characters. In both books the characters felt real (although not all are people I would choose to spend time with!) I am not sure exactly when I bonded with the main characters, but that is what has me asking the author for "more, please"