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Treachery & Triumph (The Genesis Saga) Paperback – October 10, 2015
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About the Author
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008. Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class (Data Based Directions, 2002), along with an international version of the same title. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching (Iceberg Publishing, 2007, 2008, 2010) (Fiora Books 2014) is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field. The Genesis Saga is set within Kenneth Tam's Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he's having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life! At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-two years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John's books. After four decades of marriage, they decided to become business partners as well. You can follow John on Twitter @FioraBooks and @JohnJFioravanti. Both partners are on Facebook with a Fiora Books company page as well. Check out the Fiora Books website (www.fiorabooks.com) for his weekly MY INSPIRATION posts.
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Let me begin by saying that the author is a great story teller. I was intrigued about his story telling skills, and was more in awe about how he could possibly invent and remember all those names in the book. I for one, found those names in the way of the story. I could not always follow them or remember who did or said what. I was sometimes totally lost, especially when the names were abbreviated. At times, I simply ignored the names and focused on the story, a very interesting and exciting story indeed.
Although, I was reading about other worlds, which I know did not exist, the author painted such a vivid picture of this world, that I started to see it as real, and all the characters as real. I loved the idea that couples, in this imaginary world had such loving and endearing relationships. All the couples were so much in love, unlike here on Earth. The antagonists were relentless until the very end, and the end, though satisfying, left the reader wanting for more. It was an extraordinary, and beautiful read. I just wished those many names were not in the way of the story.
At the same time, Genesis is receiving visits from the ‘Earthers,’ which are mammal species from the humans’ former home planet. The Earthers have hyper-evolved into a more advanced race. Their interactions with the human government, not surprisingly, sparks waves of xenophobia throughout the planet.
Trying my best to not spoil anything: I especially liked the last bit of action in the book. But I was a little disappointed by the very end of the book, because there was obviously so much more story to tell!
The author has done an amazing job creating SO many different characters and giving them all their unique, consistent personalities. His descriptions make it easy for you to visualize the scenery and the action taking place. I loved the action scenes as much as I enjoyed the negotiation scenes. I even got teary-eyed in certain parts, which just shows that the author did a great job in allowing me to lose myself in the story.
If you love sci-fi, you will love these books, but definitely start with book one (Passion & Struggle). Otherwise, you will miss out on the depth of the characters and their issues.