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Clown [Kindle Edition]

Paul Montgomery
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Book Description

Fantasy, adventure, heroes, legends, dragons, and a man named Clown.

Clown never felt like he belonged. Even in the circus, where he was abandoned as a child, he never felt fully at home. Every day he woke to find his face wearing a different pattern, denying him the chance to ever see his true self. On a mountain, which no one else could see, he made a deal to save the life of a phoenix, and sparked an adventure which led him from our world to the world that once was. A world filled with old heroes and legends, gods and demons, ghosts and monsters.

From the depths of the earth, to the haven which once hosted gods, and on to the very moon, Clown’s path will lead him through triumph and sacrifice, discovering what it is to be a hero, and how the world can be shaped. And in doing so, he will learn why some deals are more dangerous than others, some souls are worth saving, who the mysterious Gabriel is, and maybe, just maybe, bring him face to face with a dragon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UFS45Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Originally from Liverpool, Paul lives in Kent, the fabled Garden of England, where he lives with his partner and three sons, and commutes daily to the Big Smoke of London.

A self-confessed geek, Paul's passions include (in no particular order, and by no means limited to) the board games Talisman, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, and Gloom; books by Jonathan Maberry, F Paul Wilson, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and the obligatory HP Lovecraft; Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, Haven, A Town Called Eureka, Warehouse 13, and The Walking Dead; more films than he can possibly begin to count (but a particular fondness for the Evil Dead trilogy, the Friday 13th series, and the original Star Wars trilogy); Batman, Spiderman, the Justice League, Deadpool, Hellblazer, Sandman, Locke and Key, and The Stuff of Legend; and, of course, his family.

Paul's debut novel, Clown, was a testament to his life-long passion for fantasy. He has recently been involved in the creation of H.B. Peculiar's First Cause, a collection of eight sci-fi short stories from independent authors - the first in a planned series of genre collections, and followed this with a collection of his own short stories, entitled In The Mourning and Other Dark Tales.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising author 29 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a first book from this author I wasn't sure what to expect and the title didn't really give anything away but I dove in. The book leads you on a journey of ups, downs, fast paced action and slower descriptive scenes.

The main protagonist is a likeable character as you follow his life and the entire creative highly immersive world that the author has created can throw at him. Friends are found and lost but not forgotten.

Although at points the description lasted too long, the ending is a hit that leaves you thinking back over all you have read as you realise how its all interconnecting and nearly everything that you thought may have been being described for no reason does have an important part in creating the story as a whole.

Excited by this author's ideas and world and look forward to hearing more from him as this is a promising start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Fantasy 22 Nov. 2013
By Angela
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I initially downloaded this from Amazon after just seeing the title. I thought it would be a horror book and as clowns scare I wanted to read a book about them (masochistic I know but it takes a lot to really freak me out, it's the same reason why I read 'Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon 1)' by China Mieville - moths scare me more than clowns).

I soon realised after a few pages that this is not a horror and that I really need to start reading the synopsis of a book before I download it. Thankfully this is a fantasy, a genre I love so I've not been disappointed at all.

Montgomery has some fascinating ideas running through this book and I adored the character of Clown. His journey (literal, symbolic and metaphorical) sets him on a road of self-discovery, where he encounters trials and dangerous obstacles and meets many interesting characters. Montgomery has woven a rich (and slightly complicated) web of myths and legends interlaced with tales of Clown's upbringing and life in the circus.

There is a lack of focus in what Clown is aiming to achieve in his wandering, and we never really find out what happened to his parents, or about the face paint and why the pattern changes everyday <spoiler>nor do we find out what happened on the moon with the Perigold Araghum, a character I adored - I was really looking forward to reading this and it never arrived! Similarly, what exactly happened with the dragon?!</spoiler>. There were also a number of errors I noticed throughout the book, such as 'where' instead of 'were'; 'and' instead of 'had'; dissolute' instead of 'desolate', amongst others, but these were few and far between really so they stood out more.

Despite the few errors and the (slightly) unfocussed storytelling at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it to a few people I know who enjoy this genre and would appreciate Montgomery's writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange captivating fantasy at it's best 1 July 2012
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I'm barely halfway through this book but it has become a mainstay on my Kindle and fascinates me on my commute to/from work, seems to tap interesting Sci-fi/fantasy/thriller tropes but never uses them how I am expecting.

Written stylishly yet not overly flowery, which is refreshing!

I want to heartily recommend this to everyone but wonder if will end up being such a good thriller it's not suitable to those with a weak heart! :P

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going back for the next chapter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest books that I have ever read 6 April 2013
By J. Ryan
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It can be a tad displaced at points but the author has done well to create an individual, immersive environment for Clown's journey. It is enjoys a Paulo Coelho temperament and whilst it was hard going at some points I was always looking forward to picking it up again. Top marks for a truly unique piece of work.
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