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Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1: A humorous science fiction adventure series, with action and fantasy elements. (The K'Barthan Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

M. T. McGuire
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Book Description

The Pan of Hamgee isn't paranoid. There must be some people in K'Barth who aren't out to get him. Unfortunately, right now, he's not sure where they are.

His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive –getaway driving. As if being on the run isn't bad enough, he finds a magic thimble. He decides to keep it, which can only mean trouble. Sure enough, it does. He unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K'Barth's despot ruler.

The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs. It's a challenge, since previously he had no beliefs he was aware of. Faced with a stark moral dilemma, he realises his new found integrity may even stick ... if he can stop running.

Written in British English with some light swearing: Suggested cinema rating, PG: first novel in a complete humorous science fiction fantasy series of four books.

Few Are Chosen is a young adult bestseller book: top 20 and top 100 fantasy in several Amazon categories.
Runner up in 2011 Wishing Shelf Awards
Awarded Awesome Indies Seal of Approval
Awarded IndiePENdents seal of approval.

This novel has a cliff hanger ending, but rest assured the series is complete, all 4 books are available and the plot is resolved at the end of the last one.

Q - What kind of reader would like this series?
A - This funny free book is the first book in a humorous science fiction adventure series. It has many ya and teen fiction elements but appeals all ages - the oldest fan is in his 90s and the youngest 10.

If you want a good fantasy series, a good science fiction series or a ya action adventure series give it a try; it has elements of all those. Readers looking for clean teen romance will like the series; not to mention lovers of young adult scifi and fantasy who enjoy a coming of age action novel.

Few Are Chosen is the first novel in a complete humorous science fiction fantasy series of four and it sits firmly within the tradition of British humour or humor and satire fantasy books. It has been compared with Pratchett, Adams, Fforde, Rankin and Holt - to the author’s dismay because that’s a lot to live up to.

Q - What is unique about this humorous science fiction adventure series?
A - It’s an epic genre mash up and there are a lot of 1960s TV and film influences. As an alternate reality K’Barth can be populated by alien species who live side by side with humans, making if a fun read for fans of sci fi adventure with aliens. The story sits in the cross over zone between sci fi and fantasy: set in a unique fantasy world but with modern soft scifi elements like flying cars and static powered mobile phones.

Like any good science fiction series, or good fantasy series - this story is more than simple laugh out loud comedy. It explores deeper themes cloaking them in humour so they can be examined with a light touch. These include growing up and coming of age, romance and relationships, stereotyping, cultural diversity, bullying, the difference between right and wrong or good and evil - especially when it goes beyond sides in a conflict - and standing by your beliefs. When we meet the reluctant hero of this tale he is a bumbling coward, albeit a charming one, and the female lead, who makes her first, brief, appearances in this part is a strong heroine. As they embark on their quest both characters have to grow up and learn fast to survive in a harsh world.

Q – Should this series of books be read in order?
A – Yes. The character development, the coming of age action theme, some of the technology and the clean romance aspects in later books will make the most sense if it is. Although the prequel can be read any time. Here’s the advised reading:

Unlucky Dip: Prequel
Few Are Chosen, K’Barthan Series: Part 1 - free
The Wrong Stuff, K’Barthan Series: Part 2
One Man: No Plan, K’Barthan Series: Part 3
Looking For Trouble, K’Barthan Series: Part 4


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Review

Packed with humour and action, and held my attention throughout...
--Between The Pages

I found I was turning pages as fast as I could... there wasn't a single character that didn't engage me. --Motherlode - Grace Krispy blogspot

I really began to appreciate The Pan's self-depreciating humour and sharp wit. --Nigethan Sathiyalingam on The Bookbag Review Site

Packed with humour and action, and held my attention throughout
--BCF Reviews/between the pages

From the Publisher

Few Are Chosen is M T McGuire's debut novel and is the first book in a series of four, the K'Barthan Series.

Few Are Chosen was awarded a silver medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, 2011 by a panel of teenagers from schools in London.

Few Are Chosen has also been awarded Awarded two endorsements from sites aiming to promote well written and edited books from independent publishers:

Awesome Indies Seal of Approval.
IndiePENdents seal of approval.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hamgee University Press; 13 edition (29 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOS6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,530 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the K'Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with a McOther a McSon and a McCat.

If you've read any of her stuff, she'd like to say, 'thank you' and hopes you enjoyed it.

Her blog is at http://www.mtmcguire.co.uk and she's MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and thoroughly entertaining 21 Mar. 2013
By I Readalot VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As someone who is generally wary of self-published novels I have to admit that I really enjoyed 'Few Are Chosen'. It is light, fun and thoroughly entertaining. The intriguing plot has been well constructed and the unbelievable fantasy characters are, well, believable. It did take me a little while to really get into it, but once the action got underway it became quite hard to put down, especially when I got to the last few chapters. Overall a very inventive and imaginative story and impressive debut. And yes, I will be reading the next instalment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Adventure with a touch of Magic! 4 Oct. 2010
Format:Paperback
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book and all I can say is if you like the idea of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials with a little bit of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy thrown in - you'll be hooked on this new fantasy adventure trilogy! I guess it's aimed at anyone from the age of 10 years and up (I'm 34 and loved it and my 13 year old stepson was equally impressed!) M T Maguire has created a really rich alternative universe with great attention to detail and a fantastic set of characters, including a brilliant anti-hero who is on the run from the authorities and has only survived for so long because he has eyes in the back of his head... literally!
This book is fast, fun and fantastical - a great buy for tweenagers looking to fill the gap left behind by the end of the Potter series! Our house can't wait for the second book to come out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem and an absolute must-read. 3 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Pan of Hamgee ekes out his existence in a world parallel to our own. Working as a third-tier criminal is the only ambition he can attain, because his continued existence is illegal. Capture by the despotic Grongolian rulers means execution for The Pan. Does the dictator, Lord Vernon, have it in for him personally? The dotty and fanatical Resistance is probably an equally bad (or maybe even worse) option for The Pan.

When The Pan discovers a magic thimble, he hasn't a clue that it will be the key to his world's liberation. He didn't want to be a hero, dangit! He was happy with his accidental promotion to getaway driver. It fit perfectly with his natural yellow streak and talent for saving his own skin. He didn't want to save the world. But to his chagrin he finds that somewhere in deep inside, he has a conscience, and the blasted thing won't let him ignore the cause of Underground or the mysterious girl he sees through the magic thimble.

I found myself smiling like a goof through most of the book. MT's delightful humor and silly names were like a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top of a delicious cupcake. The book's ending had me laughing and annoying my husband by reading him snippets.

MT weaves an endearing tale of cowardice paired with surprising bravery. The true growth and maturing of a dopey young man tugged my heartstrings and tickled my funny bone. Little about this story is typical. I loved the delightful dialects and fantastic, complex political and racial balance. The swearing in the book is priceless, not displaying a lack of imagination, but adding a creative exclamation fitting for the setting. Arnold's Y Fronts!

I couldn't wait to read the next page of this book, and am delighted to recommend it for Awesome Indies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky, scifi and a trilogy in four books 11 Dec. 2014
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The Pan of Hamgee is useless at most things, and what’s more he’s been on the Blacklist and therefore wanted by both the Grongolians and the Resistance, for five years now. That is a record, but it’s largely because his major skill is… running away. This makes him the ideal person to become the getaway driver for Big Merv’s illicit activities, mainly concerned with robbing banks. Arnold’s Y-fronts! Who would have the nerve to rob the Grongolian Central Bank? Surely nobody in their right mind … ok, you’ve guessed it!

This is a brilliantly inventive romp through a seriously repressed society who are rather used to the status quo, so nobody really minds any more, and anyway the Resistance is probably working for the Grongolian dictators. The author belongs firmly in the theatre of the absurd school of writing and I adore it. There is a tendency (unsurprisingly) to include some in-jokes about London, or English, politics and lifestyles (which I find refreshing in the ebook world, since we Brits are a minority group), but the general tenor of the jokes will amuse all early teens and adults who enjoy Pythonesque humour (or Goons, or Goodies, or HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy). It may even appeal to Pratchett fans.

It also pulls through to early Sword & Sorcery works like Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, another series I loved, or John Brunner’s Traveller in Black. And it deals with alternative universes, which ticks another of my boxes, and the underlying theme is one that will provide lovers of deeper meaning plenty to get their teeth into. And the snurd (the getaway car) will appeal to another set of people – it’s really cool!

It’s pacey, original, intriguing, off the wall, and I love it. Thank goodness there are three more books in the trilogy to look forward to!

I awarded this book Best Read of 2014 out of over 60 books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 17 Nov. 2010
By ks
Format:Paperback
I love this book. It's a cross between Harry Potter, the Discworld novels and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I've read book one of the trilogy, could hardly put it down, and I want the next one NOW! This book is fast paced and I think M.T. McGuire is a talent waiting to be discovered.
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