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The Gift of Fury (The Count Albritton Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Jackson

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Enter the world of Count Albritton. It is a world where magic and the supernatural are very real. Creatures of legend, sorcerers and other powers walk among us. As a paranormal investigator, Count helps people with supernatural problems the authorities are either unwilling or unable to deal with. It's dangerous work. Luckily he has Kara, a beautiful guardian angel to help him.

Over the years, magic has grown weaker as mankind has made more and more technological advances. Many things that were possible in the past are no longer possible or easier to accomplish using technology. One man seeks to change all of that. He plans to bring back the golden age of magic. To do so, means sacrificing the technology that mankind depends upon and unleashing horrors best left forgotten.

Count isn't about to let that happen. Even with the help of his friends, it’s a fight he isn’t sure he can win.

This edition was released on June 26, 2011 to fix a number of errors found within the book. It includes a bonus short story called The Path Taken.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YK44YW
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Richard Jackson was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. He has been writing off and on since high school. Over the years, he has held a variety of jobs and worked in a wide range of fields. It's given him a very diverse skill set which has come in handy on numerous occasions. His interests include the martial arts, costuming, travel, gaming and just having fun. He enjoys meeting and talking to people with similar interests.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been - but failed to be - excellent. 11 Nov 2010
By Joel Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like the early Anita Blake books, you might enjoy this short novel. It stars a kick-ass protagonist dealing with the good and the bad of various paranormal players, and taking the lead in trying to stop a super-powerful evil adversary who threatens both the paranormal and mundane worlds. Unfortunately, the editing was horrid. The story abounds with misspelled words, missing words, duplicated words, missing or incorrect punctuation, gramatical errors, and so on, to the point that the story was often difficult to follow. Consequently, neither did the plot move forward as smoothly, nor were the characters developed as fully, as the author no doubt intended. The book ends with umresolved issues which will presumably be addressed in other volumes, and I will probably read them at some point, but it's a shame, because I suspect that if the editing had been better, this author might have been on my must read list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minus 1 star for editing errors... but it's a great story. 15 Nov 2010
By B. Tackitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The prologue and first chapter hooked me, I wanted to know what happened, but the half-book flashback covering the events of the prior week in the story, threw me. By the time I reached the point where the flashback caught up with reality, I had forgotten I was in a flashback and a part of the story definitely felt disjointed. The smaller flashbacks (a page or less at a time) did not have that problem. I think the story might have been a bit easier to follow if those 2 chapters had been moved to just before the end of the first "act".

The continuing battle of minds, bodies, and wills between Count & Meredith kept the story fast paced and engaging.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and how the author kept things from being too easy for Count by making half of his support-base of friendships inaccessible right when he would need them the most.

There are some problems that need to be addressed as far as editing goes, but the story as a whole more than makes up for that fact. I like the way the "magic" of the world is patently "there" but still un-believed in by most "normal" people. I really enjoyed the story and I sympathized with Count having to deal with major situations and not being at 100% capacity himself after getting out of the hospital.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been great... 2 Dec 2010
By JOA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 3.3 out of 5

Every once in a while, I run across a book that I can't help but think, "If there had been just this much more work put into it (or perhaps a little more), it could have been special."

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Gift of Fury by Richard Jackson.

The setup of the book is as follows - Count Albritton (that's his name, not his title...weird, I know, but it works) is a paranormal investigator working out of New York City. He and his friends (a pair of wizards, a vampire of some sort, and an immortal warrior) run up against a man named Jack Meredith, a wealthy entrepreneur who desires more than simply predicting how to work the stock market in his favor.

It seems that Mr. Meredith has gone to great lengths to awaken the Seven, a powerful group of beings harkening from the "Old Days" of magic. And it turns out that our beloved Count, who holds a special relationship with a magical ring called the Bloodstone, is the only one who can stop him.

I so, so wanted to love this book. The author has a fantastic voice, telling the tale from Count's viewpoint. He goes in-depth about the workings of the magical world that exists just beneath our own "real" world, explaining things such as the Witching Hour, different types of vampires, and the differentiations of various forms of magical practices. It was honestly quite entertaining to read. Jackson paints a vision of New York that is mysterious as well as mundane, and he takes some well-known (and not so well-known) locations and makes them shine anew. Great job there.

The characters who surround the fabulously sarcastic Count, also have their own distinct voices. Highest on this list is Hagan, the eternal warrior. He's gruff and strangely carefree, the type of braggart that can't wait to let everyone around him know of his exploits, whether he should or not. Also intriguing was Scott Dorward, one of the two sorcerers Count associates with. He is wonderfully quirky and straightforward. The few scenes he appears in are some of the best in the whole book.

As for the plot...it's simple but it works. When it all gets boiled down, this is an adventure story. Its aim is to present a new world and entertain you. The only real theme I could find would be find yourself, young man, as Count doesn't understand the power he possesses and must constantly work to harness. As I said, it's simple but enjoyable.

And then we have the problems, which are many. I usually don't make a huge deal of the editing in books - a few typos don't bother me - but this one is rife with so many errors it became distracting. Also, it is told in first-person present tense - which is a difficult style to pull off effectively - and even the flashbacks are presented in this way. It completely interrupts the flow of the story. Every time this happened, I had to scroll back to see if what I was reading happened now or then. Change the tense, man!

On the subject of those flashbacks, there were at least two too many. We could've done without discovering how Count found the Bloodstone or first met Hagan. These facts could have easily been disclosed organically through conversation or informative snippets, without exposition.

These aspects of the novel came close to ruining it for me. Close, but not quite. I still had a good time with it, and I thought the world author Jackson created seemed fresh and new. It's too bad there are so many irritants, because were those facets not there, this could've been something special.

As presently constructed, it's a fun rough draft, not a final product.

Which is a shame.

Plot - 7
Characters - 9
Voice - 8
Execution - 3
Personal Enjoyment - 6

Overall - 33/50 (3.3/5)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 8 Dec 2009
By drew williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a bad first piece of work.
He has good character development and it keeps you interested in the story.
Count Albritton is the reluctant hero who does his best to get into trouble despite his dislike of it!
Good sci/fi fantasy ties it has magic mythical beasts vampires all tossed in a good modern background!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of magic and suspense 14 Nov 2010
By Gulf Coast Cowgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this to be a relly excellent book and will eagerly await the rest of the series. The gardian angel Kara was an interesting twist and there was plenty of suspense and adventure. I found myself wanting to read more and learn more about the characters in this book. It was a very enjoyable read.
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