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Advancement of the Species [Kindle Edition]

Ian Quin
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Book Description

"For you see, the problem is about the way things are. The solution is about the way things should be. It is about the way things could be if we follow the >eileder."

Rodney Neilman's life is meaningless. He is held back by his health issues and tormented by his abusive mother. He thinks there is no way out of his dull, dead end life until he stumbles upon a mysterious book called The Veileder. Soon, he is led on an adventure to a place completely cut off from the outside world. Vennskap Valley is filled with highly advanced technology and is populated by people who are much like Rodney. Unbeknownst to him, however, is that his journey is being watched over by a pair of extraterrestrial observers. They study him as his experience not only has major implications for him, but the entire human species as well.

Advancement of the Species is a fast paced science fiction adventure story filled with action, emotion, wonder and mystery.

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Born in 1983, Ian Quin is a disabled American who lives in the Louisville metropolitan area. He is a graduate of Indiana University and is currently self-employed.

As a long-time fan of science fiction and horror stories, Ian tries to create the types of stories that he, himself, would like to read. The end result is always something very personal and meaningful to him, but hopefully also something that others can appreciate as well.

For more information about Ian Quin and his books go to his website: http://www.ianquin.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but packed full of suspense. 30 Aug. 2013
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SPOILERS: You've been warned.

The book begins with the Overseers, an unidentified being I can only assume is of godlike proportions to monitor and take interest in a seemingly uninteresting individual and central character of the story, Rodney. Rodney who, like the author, suffers from numerous disabilities, is a lost soul in a hectic world who is a social outcast and relies upon his emotionally abusive mother for everything. He lacks from motivation or will to do anything with his life, that is until his mothers unforeseen death due to her alcoholism. With no father or family to turn too, he is lost and lonely - Until he comes across a book he purchased unknowingly: The Veileder, a philosophical guide for every aspect of life... And death.

The Veileders author, Dr. Krokulf contacts Rodney out of the blue requesting Rodney to make the lengthy journey in order to meet him. With his blood flowing and a new found determination, Rodney makes the six hour journey only to be involved in an accidental car crash off the road just short of reaching his objective. Awaking the next morning, he continues with his quest on foot through Vennskap Valley, when he stumbles across the true reason he is there; contacted again by Dr. Krokulf he is pointed in the direction of his objective when he comes across a beautiful young woman, Amber. Amber leads him into a hidden Utopian-like society living in the valley under the protection of a dome constructed by Dr. Krokulf, an engineer and technical prodigy of savant-like proportion.

We are then greeted with Dr. Krokfulf's story of why the society was founded, for those outcast in society to create a better society, away from the society that seemingly loathes them, a society tainted by selfishness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast read with a twist in the tail 13 May 2013
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Earth's inhabitants are being monitored by the Overseers. One of these all-powerful beings identifies Rodney as a person who may finally break the human race from its cycle of fighting and destruction.

Rodney is certainly an unlikely candidate to pick as the savior of Earth. He's thirty-something, overweight, unemployed, and mentally challenged with ADD and Tourette syndrome. His father died a few months after Rodney's eighteenth birthday, leaving Rodney in the care of his alcoholic mother.
Rodney's dead-end life changes when he happens on a book of philosophy mysteriously placed on the shelf of the local grocery store.

The author of the book, Doctor Krokulf, telephones Rodney and invites him to meet at a designated place six hours drive from Rodney's home. Rodney has never heard of the doctor, nor has he ever travelled that far from home, but he feels driven to follow through.

When he arrives at Vennskap Valley, he finds a secret society whose citizens live a seemingly Utopian lifestyle with advanced technology and a focus on human betterment through education. All of the citizens of the Valley are outcasts from society due to physical or mental handicaps. The story tells how Rodney copes with, and finally understands his role in this new society.

This is a fun, fast read. The writing style is simplistic and direct, which fits well with Rodney's character. There's no time to fill in details about how things can exist as they are portrayed, and really, there's no need.

The Overseers pop in and out of the story with anecdotal references relating Rodney's actions to other members of the animal kingdom.
And the story does have a twist in the tail.

Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different and quite enjoyable 8 Aug. 2013
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I found this story to be a good read. The detail is spot on, not to detrimental to the story nor to vague. It was just right. Instead of having an all knowing MacGyver type hero, the protagonist was an emotional wreck which provided a more unique take on events.

In some ways it reminded me of the film This Island Earth, where everything is so seemingly perfect, masking a seedy underbelly in the community. The protagonist however, is no Rex Reason and this is why its a different kind of story, something worth a read.

The length is just write and the ending leaves open endless possibilities. Thumbs up!

David Whelan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing debut 26 Nov. 2012
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Advancement of the Species is the story of Rodney Neilman, an overweight, depressed young man with a host of mental health issues. He lives with his alcoholic mother, who barely notices him on the good days and who's downright hostile to him on the bad days. A more unlikely hero would be hard to imagine - as would a more unlikely start to a science fiction story. He comes across a mysterious book on a shelf at the local supermarket - a book that possibly offers a way to a better life. The fast pace and lean writing kept me turning the pages, and the plot twists kept me guessing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story with a twist in the tail. 4 Jun. 2013
By Pete Barber (Author) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Earth's inhabitants are being monitored by the Overseers. One of these all-powerful beings identifies Rodney as a person who may finally break the human race from its cycle of fighting and destruction.

Rodney is certainly an unlikely candidate to pick as the savior of Earth. He's twenty-something, overweight, unemployed, and mentally challenged with ADD and Tourette syndrome. His father died a few months after Rodney's eighteenth birthday, leaving Rodney in the care of an alcoholic mother.

Rodney's dead-end life changes when he happens on a book of philosophy mysteriously placed on the shelf of the local grocery store.

The author of the book, Doctor Krokulf, telephones Rodney and invites him to meet at a designated place six hours drive from Rodney's home. Rodney has never heard of the doctor, nor has he ever travelled that far from home, but he feels compelled to follow through.

When he arrives at Vennskap Valley, he finds a secret society whose citizens live a seemingly Utopian lifestyle with advanced technology and a focus on human betterment through education. All of the citizens of the Valley are outcasts from society due to physical or mental handicaps. The story tells how Rodney copes with, and finally understands his role in this new society.

This is a fun, fast read. The writing style is simplistic and direct, which fits well with Rodney's character. There's no time to fill in details about how things can exist as they are portrayed, and really, there's no need.

The Overseers pop in and out of the story with anecdotal references relating Rodney's actions to other members of the animal kingdom.

And the story does have a twist in the tail.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 24 April 2013
By Kelia - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr Quinn has a way with mystery and this novella was a very satisfying read. I really enjoyed the narrative sections that were scattered throughout and thought that was a clever way to inform and prepare the reader for things to come. Overall, very entertaining from begining to end. I'm looking forward to his next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos! 10 Feb. 2013
By Tracie Puckett - Published on Amazon.com
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Now, this isn't the kind of story I would typically read, but I thought I'd give it a go. And I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. From the very beginning to the surprising end, Quin holds the reader's attention with a gripping plot that deepens with each turn of the page. I vividly recall saying "only the first two chapters and then back to doing housework." Well, the second chapter ended on such a cliffhanger that I was compelled to read on. And that was a consistent pattern through the rest of this story.

Did I pay for it? Yes.
Would I read it again? Probably not, but I rarely read anything twice.
Would I recommend it? Yes, to readers who enjoy a story with a bit of a dark side (mixed with an element of hope).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creative writing project 9 Jan. 2013
By Laura Benedict - Published on Amazon.com
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This story reads like a short story written for a "creative writing" course in college. Nothing wrong with that, just not a full story. I must admit, though, that I was surprised by the ending. I enjoyed the story
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Writer - Worth Following! 7 Nov. 2012
By Diogenes Vindex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As I began reading this singularly remarkable tale, I had a sneaking suspicion {judging by the books synopsis} as to where it was headed; I was incorrect.
The author capably paints an extremely poignant canvas of the lead character. He then conjures a rather unpredictable plot around him, which is laid out tidily and then sewn up quite well within the confines of the work's classification. It's the kind of book that shows the quality of its penner. In this novella, which is his debut effort, Mr. Quin exhibits the ability to convey depth and substance generally found in full length novels.
I'll not indicate exactly what the story is about, as this would spoil the first hand experience of discovery, which, in this case, I consider to be one of the best attributes of the work. I'll suffice to say that "Advancement of the Species" fits well someplace between H. G. Wells and The Twilight Zone. There is a distinct caliginous mystery that looms throughout the story; and it is this element that sets it above the plethora of science fiction out there. It's a read that will stay with you - for better or worse! For me it is definitely the former; well done Mr. Quin, I'll be waiting and watching for any future new releases!
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