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DeathQuest (The VIKINGS! Trilogy Book 1)

DeathQuest (The VIKINGS! Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jay Palmer

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Racial rivalries, religious hatreds, and a stolen treasury force Eric Bjornson to risk the lives of his beloved companions as a savage Viking horde of his own kinsmen, led by his best friend, chases him across England to settle a drunken blood-feud. Although surviving only by lies and trickery, Eric's Christian companions turn against his heathen beliefs and betrayal of innocents, but a powerful Druid Seer forces them to reunite and fight together as the future of three universes are gambled upon the doom of one viking warrior.

About the Author

When not writing, Jay Palmer is often seen waltzing or doing the hustle upon dance floors all around Seattle. Born extreme ADHD at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jay grew up on military base, moving to a new city every two years. Jay Palmer has always sought the novel and the obscure, and joined numerous fringe groups as a teenager, including Wicca in 1972, the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia in 1974, Puget Sound Star Trekkers and the Society for Creative Anachronism in 1979 (where he fought his way to become a knight, herald, seneschal, and autocrat), and working ConCom for Norwescons 2-6. Today Jay Palmer rides a Kawasaki Vulcan and leads a quiet life working as a Technical Writer for major software firms, including Microsoft, Attachmate, and the Walt Disney Internet Group. Jay is always looking for the next party, interesting people to meet, and new places to dance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4160 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991112709
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good First Draft 23 July 2014
By Andrea - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a cautionary tale about the dangers of self-publishing. There are some quality raw materials here, chief among them being the story itself. There is plenty of adventure and the religious tension is an interesting facet. The core group of characters have some characteristics and backstories that could make them engaging, with a rich set of relationships.

Unfortunately, none of these raw materials are realized. There is no flow. The action lurches clunkily from one set piece to another rather than situations developing organically or feeling authentic as surprises. There is so little connective tissue that you can actually see the author's story outline between the paragraphs. The characters have no depth, and a complete lack of chemistry. They have no shared qualities, values, history or experience binding them together. Yet, for no reason, the characters immediately begin risking their lives for one another and expressing undying love.

These are rookie mistakes that a strong editor might be able to coach the author through correcting. An editor could certainly clean up the awkward, stilted word choices and atrocious punctuation. (Was there a sale on semicolons?) I would not have been bothered by that, had I been more engaged in the story. Unfortunately, the poor quality of the writing made me painfully aware of the author grunting and straining the whole time, which kept me from ever getting fully into it.

The good news is, I'm reading the second book. The story is good. The characters are still laughably unformed and I cannot care about them, but I'm interested enough to be reading on (although, to be honest, it's because I already had the second book. I can't say I would have purchased it after reading this one). My advice to Jay Palmer is to make the effort to seek out a publisher, who will insist on the serious overhaul the story deserves. Friends cannot be honest enough to tell you the hard truths an editor will.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 9 May 2014
By Ken Shipman - Published on
Once I got started I had to read the entire trilogy straight through! Jay has done a fantastic job of weaving together myriad details into an action story with a very human element.

These books are good on so many different levels. You want a fun action read? You got it! You want a good story line with good plot twists that you didn't see coming? You got it! You like your characters with real life human qualities and quirks? You got it!
Are you interested in ancient myths and legends? Jay has tied more of these together into one story than I can count! You want books that make you think and wonder about deeper subjects like religion and prejudices? You got it! You can read these books at any of these levels and enjoy them.

Now to be fair, by the time I started the 3rd book I felt like I had been on a long roller coaster ride and was ready to get off and rest. I love my roller coasters but sometimes enough is enough. The plot twist at the end was worth every rollicking page.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning adventures! 24 April 2014
By Gia N Gavino - Published on
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Great beginning of the series where we meet Eric and the Saxons who join him on his quest for Valhalla. As they ride together they get to know themselves better and learn about their companions. Jay reveals the various emotions, thoughts and describes all of their reactions to the crises they find themselves thrown into. As each character evolves, they begin to meld together into a tight group of Companions.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, 27 Mar 2014
By Edward L. Lund - Published on
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A great read, I could not put it down until I had finished it, can't want to start the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars A daring juxtaposition 27 Mar 2014
By Leith McCombs - Published on
It’s been my privilege to proofread several of Jay’s books, and a couple of themes stand out. His stories are first and foremost about *ideas*, and then a well-crafted plot to execute the idea. The ideas may be embodied in the characters, but each character has a distinct personality. The settings vary from Viking age, to modern, to completely fantastical, and the story may be a heart-crushing tragedy or a light-hearted romp, or anything in between.
On that spectrum, I think of Vikings! as a Grand Adventure, with enough darkness to excite but not to depress; a fast-moving read. The characters each come with their own perspectives on mythology and religion, and then they get to experience those mythologies directly.
There’s only one spoiler I will reveal about the ending (and Jay, feel free to edit this out.) It will definitely get you thinking differently about death.
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