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Season of the Serpent: Book One by [Nova, David]
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"Overall, 'Season of the Serpent' is incredibly entertaining, and the multiple layers of meaning it contains lend it that intellectual and literary gravitas you don't often find in a novel of this genre. Two thumbs up for this awesome book!"  --New York Book Pundit

About the Author

David Nova was born in Hawaii, went to school in Virginia, and has been an award winning freelance video editor in Washington DC for over 15 years. He has produced television programming and promotions for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Network. "Season of the Serpent" is David's first novel. For additional information about the book or the author, visit: www.davidnova.com.

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  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985307315
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Advent Stream Publishing; 3rd edition (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080RDHVO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really great read. Its fast paced and thought provoking. I really liked the layers to both the storyline and the characters. The characters are three dimensional to the point where I remember cringing at the protagonist's college experience, which I can so identify with. Like any good mystery, the characters' intentions are complicated and shadowy which draws you in trying to calculate motives. It's a chess game, but you can't see the entire board or even all the pieces in play. I remember telling myself where is he going with this? It kept me guessing and its not predictable.

The storyline has a physical reality layer laced with U.S. history and a "metaphysical" plot layer superimposed over it which takes you on a journey into a strange new dimension.

I often have problems envisioning what I am reading, but the scenes are relayed to the reader with a very sophisticated level of description. This is a two book series, and the second book is at the top of my list when it's released.
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The story itself is compelling enough: college student Paul Venturi is just trying to maintain some semblance of an average life. It seems to be working - he's friendly, and bright, and happy-enough. He copes well enough with the isolating, off-kilter experience of being an introvert in an extrovert's world. But following a series of increasingly compelling coincidences and one memorable incident with a joint-seducing serpent, Paul's reality shifts to accomodate the astral dimensions of Yin'Dru, and we are helplessly sucked along for the ride. With an unforgettable cast of otherworld-characters, his twisting journey exposes answers to our most elusive questions. The complexities of Paul's childhood and his extraordinary sensitivity become retroactive clues as he rediscovers his true connection to a multiverse of galactic revelations and multidimensional power struggles.

Intelligently written and expertly paced, Season of the Serpent is a true multidisciplinary feat. Infused throughout are Nova's intimate understandings of history, psychology, physiology, and the energetic fields that compose our own Matrix. Pick your passion, and it's there: Yahweh and the Elohim; quantum physics and flying saucers; the fragile nature of a currency not backed by precious metals; the Freemasons and the mysteries of the Roswell UFO crash site. I could go on and on. He takes those subjects and phenomena that interest, confuse, and frighten us the most and presents us with a rearranged interconnectedness that shocks us because it inherently makes sense.

Author David Nova doesn't mince words; he doesn't spare readers the full-blown realism that keeps us tethered to Paul's experience. There's no safety net here.
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Season of the Serpent is pretty much an acid trip. It starts reasonably normal and quite slowly as the author builds up Paul's character. He's just an ordinary guy going off to college, meeting another guy called Eric who turns out to be the Serpent and who tempts him into drugs. The story takes place during the cold war and details Paul's transformation from naive freshman to someone with a vastly different view of the universe. The marijuana expands his perception and awakens latent abilities nurtured by forgotten extra-terrestrial visitations throughout his life. These otherworld beings have plans for him.

The story is written from the point of view of an omniscient narrator, and between the chapters of Paul's exploits the narrator explains the truth about flying saucers, the politics behind the cold war and outlays a vision of a multi-universe. These sections use expositional prose and though they are interesting if you're interested in the subject matter, if you aren't, they probably feel somewhat laborious and longwinded.
As the story progresses, we come to realise that in Paul's world - supposedly our own - there are far deeper layers of existence than what we perceive. About half way through, the setting flips and Paul finds himself in a decadent realm of extra-terrestrials where he discovers that the earth is merely a simulation, a kind of game for the alien/gods. They are engaged in their own war, one that mirrors the two sides of the Cold War, and ultimately the battle between order and chaos.

The metaphysics were thought-provoking and, when Paul travels into mental worlds, visually interesting, especially at the end.
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This is a really fun read. It's one of those stories that starts calmly, almost cooly, laying the ground work in both character and situation. Then, BAM! A pivot point happens and the main character must choose between his red pill or blue. No time to think. No time to figure it all out. Just enough time to act.

The characters are both compelling and believable (and unlike a lot of writing out there) the reader cares what happens to them. And I must admit to more than a little unease by the end; a little uncertainty that what I take as day to day reality is little more than a veneer on top of something else, something much bigger. It was hard to put down!

My only complaint came at the end, where the meaning of "Book One" became clear. It's a cliff hanger!
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