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Into the Eclipse

Into the Eclipse [Kindle Edition]

Spence Kennedy
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Product Description

The solar eclipse.
For many it was a natural spectacle, a beautiful quirk of astronomy.
For Ella, it was one last chance to save her daughter.

When Kate leaves home to go to university, she is recruited by a secretive organisation and severs all links to her family. Ella, her mother, tries desperately to win her back. Eventually she turns to Noah, an anti-cult campaigner. Together they face up to an organisation prepared to do anything to protect itself, as it moves inexorably towards one final, cataclysmic event.

An exploration of faith and redemption, Into the Eclipse follows the paths of several very different lives as they intersect during a solar eclipse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Author; 1 edition (29 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spence Kennedy worked in many different jobs before studying English & Drama as a mature student at Exeter University. After graduating he worked for a time in Theatre in Education, then trained as an English Teacher at secondary level. He joined the ambulance service in 2004. Frank's Last Call is his first book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh New Voice in Fiction 27 Dec 2012
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Alone and uncertain of herself in her first few weeks at university, Kate is easily drawn into a religous cult, the Tethon Collective, and within months has been persuaded to break all links with her mother Ella. Her mother, meanwhile, practical and determined, sets out to challenge the Collective and win her daughter back. As a solar eclipse approaches, it becomes clear that time is not on her side.

With Spence Kennedy's usual acute observational eye, some great characters, and a driving plot, this is a very enjoyable read. It begins with one of the best descriptions of the loneliness and uncertainty of starting out in adult life that I have read. Kate's early experiences of the cult and the way that they break down her initial resistance are fascinating. The ear has a fine ear for speech, including the convincing platitudes of the Collective, which gradually morph into the crazy ramblings of the leader. I could not put the book down as it reached the last quarter and the plot gradually neared its climax.

I have a few small quibbles - readers should beware of these but not be put off. There are occasional wobbles on the timeline: Kate has spent three years in the cult, but as the eclipse approaches it is still apparently only a year since she heard the initial talk that inducted her, Ella joined the ambulance service after Kate was born but although Kate is still only in her early twenties, Ella has managed to accumulate thirty years service. But as these small mistakes get ironed out, I have no doubt that Spence Kennedy has more great stories to tell.
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Spence's novel draws you in from the start, a totally relatable and normal family life is turned upside down, the characters are drawn so well that you care deeply for them. It is a page turner but the sensitivity of his descriptions of places and characters is poetic and quite magical. It offers a new perspecive and reality to a mysterious world. Really lovely and on to the next ....On Calder Hill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a delightful read. 14 Jan 2013
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I've been reading Spence's blog about life as a paramedic for a while.Always a delight to read because of Spence's beautiful turn of phrase,so I was intrigued to see how he'd get on with a full novel.Well I wasn't disappointed.Beautifully written with a well thought out story.Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hated it 12 Jan 2014
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This is the most difficult book I have TIRED to read. The story idea is a
good one, but the structure of the story is so bad. I struggled til about
16% and almost ended there, but I re-read the summary and started
over again. At 51% I quit; to read a book should not be such a struggle.
A couple of problems for me were: the transitions between time, between
charactors and between scenes was not smooth or clear. They are very confusing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story 11 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed this story a lot. I have been a reader of the author's blog "Siren Voices" for quite some time and could tell from the posts there that he is a very descriptive writer. This book certainly drew on those skills.

I am a fast reader and rely on good descriptive skills in an author's writing to build up a picture of the story in my mind. Kennedy's writing style makes this very easy to do. I read the story over the course of a few days, with interruptions, and was always eager to get back to the story and find out what was going to happen next.

It was a little difficult to keep track of all the different characters as they were introduced in the first half of the book, and at first I didn't see the connection between some of them. But the various threads were drawn together cleverly and naturally and it was an interesting view of how this sort of thing can work in real life - sometimes it's all about networking and who you know when you need to get something done!

When the book ended I was momentarily disappointed. I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I was left wanting more! I'll be keeping an eye out for future work by this author. Recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Into the Eclipse" 6 Jan 2013
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I liked the book, found the story compelling, and was particularly fond of Ella, the mother of the main character. The book opens a bit shockingly (at least for me) with a cult related scenario and then jumps forward in time to focus on young woman from a later generation getting sucked into a cult herself. It is her mother, Ella, that risks her job, personal life and ultimately, her physical safety in an attempt to help her daughter break free of the cult. The author, Spence Kennedy, does his usual outstanding job of setting scenes and describing people - his attention to detail really makes the scenes real to the reader. The book builds towards an exciting finish - I really didn't know how it was all going to turn out until I finished the book.

I not only recommend this book, but also his previous book, "Frank's Last Call", based on his own experiences in the ambulance service in the UK.
4.0 out of 5 stars the eclipse 26 Dec 2012
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this story is about a young lady who gets convinced to join a cult, and the trouble her mother goes through to get her out of the cult. The book was a good read from start to finish.
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