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  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463524102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463524104
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Greg Curtis was born in New Zealand, land of the long white cloud and small flightless birds, in the city of Wellington, renown for its high winds and the almost magical ability of rain and sleet to be lifted off the street and blasted into one's face. After eighteen years of suffering the cold and wet, he was finally blown away in a particularly bad storm to settle far away as a student, for more years then most would ever admit to, and then more latterly, an overqualified and underpaid worker in the health sector, (aren't we all).

He has lived in the city of Rotorua, one of the very few places in the world where people have actually chosen to reside beside active geysers and breath air that reeks of sulphur, for the past fifteen years, working by day for his daily bread, and toiling away by night on his books. When not engaged in his great passions of reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, drinking strong black coffee (some call it tar), and consuming copious amounts of chocolate (dark naturally), he lives a quiet life of contemplation as the high priest to his two cats, worshipping them with regular gifts of food, occasional grooming and by providing them with a warm dry place to sleep. They in turn look down upon him with typical feline disdain, but occasionally deign to bring him gifts of headless vermin, - as a warning.

In a desperate bid to understand the meaning of his life, he has recently started studying philosophy, particularly metaphysics, and finally concluded that God is a cat!

Cheers and be good or don't get caught.

Greg.

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Greg Curtis was born in New Zealand, land of the long white cloud and small flightless birds. He grew up in the city of Wellington, renown for its high winds and the almost magical ability of rain and sleet to be lifted off the street and blasted into one's face. After eighteen years of suffering the cold and wet, he was finally blown away in a particularly bad storm to settle far away as a student. He stayed there for more years than most would ever admit to, quitting the life only when his student allowances ran out. More latterly he became an overqualified and underpaid worker in the health sector, (aren't we all) And spends his days talking to people about their various maladies. He spends his nights talking to his cats! He has lived in the city of Rotorua, one of the very few places in the world where people have actually chosen to reside beside active geysers and breath air that reeks of sulphur, for the past fifteen years, and has finally got used to the smell of sulfur! When not engaged in his great passions of reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, he drinks strong black coffee (some call it tar), and consumes copious amounts of chocolate (dark naturally). He lives a quiet life of contemplation as the high priest to his two cats, worshipping them with regular gifts of food, occasional grooming and by providing them with a warm dry place to sleep. They in turn look down upon him with typical feline disdain, but occasionally deign to bring him gifts of headless vermin, - as a warning. In a desperate bid to understand the meaning of his life, he has recently started studying philosophy, particularly metaphysics, and finally concluded that God is a cat! As he always says, cheers and be good or don't get caught.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYM on 17 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
First off I stayed up way too late last night finishing this book, so if my review is a little shaky, it's because I'm tired today.

Maverick, by Greg Curtis, follows the life of an outcast wizard. 10 years after being banished from the Guild, war comes to Marjan's home. Having lived alone in the woods for the past decade, Marjan is drawn into the battles when a child from his hometown shows up on his doorstep pursued by evil beasts. The story then follows Marjan as he is pulled deeper and deeper into the battle and lives of those he saved.

Greg Curtis has a natural gift in his ability to create a scene. His attention to detail is wonderful and I felt like I was standing right there with the characters. I also really enjoyed the spells, magic and creatures used throughout the novel. His character development for Marjan was superb, though I would have liked him to flesh out some of the other characters a little more, not necessarily because they were weak, but because I really wanted to know more.

That said, some readers may be distracted by occasional editing problems. They were infrequent enough that it didn't bother me, but I tend to be forgiving when the story really grabs me.

Well worth the read in my opinion and I'd love to see a prequel to Maverick. He's created some wonderful characters and I'd love to read more about them.

Overall, I give Maverick a 3.75 star, but I'll round it to 4 as we can't do partials here.

Thanks for the story Mr. Curtis!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Curtis on 9 May 2011
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This was a really enjoyable read. We meet Marjan, our flawed hero, 10 years after he has been exiled from the Wizards Guild as a result of his having killed another in a wizard's dual. As usual with these things there are some extenuating circumstances but Marjan impresses most as having the guts to accept that what he has done was wrong, even though others might seek to excuse what happened.

The story kicks off with a child running towards his house in the woods pursued by a number of dire wolves. So he rescues the child - finds out that she is seeking help for a further 6 young students and injured teacher who are trapped up in a cave. He then rescues them and they set off for a safer destination to get away from the hordes of beasts that have been infected by some sort of supernatural evil entities who are killing everything in their wake without apparent rhyme or reason. The group journey to Evensong (an elven forest town). AFter that I had expected it to be a sort of war epic as Marjan and some other mighty heros trek off to find some great artifact to save them in the war etc in the usual Fantasy tradition. However instead this story concentrates away from the centre of the war - if indeed there is one - and focuses on Marjan and his development into a Mage defender. REgardless there are oodles of battles with various beasts, each larger and more imaginative then the previous. I particularly enjoyed the spells he casts on his arrows (as well as a wizard he has lived as a woodsman remember) to give them more power - the novel has clearly been influenced by a large number of role playing computer games, however in a very good way.
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By Mogie on 18 Dec. 2014
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Excellent fantasy book good story-- evolving love twist- ongoing good tale- a proper ending-- best of Mr Curtis's books Read this!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Easharani on 1 Jun. 2012
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Nice to read a new author who takes care with crafting the language. The story revolves around the making of a battle mage, who is convincingly heroic despite, or perhaps because of, his unintentional killing of a hated bully when he was young.Unfortunately the descriptions of house renovation are unbearably tedious, as is the constant repetition of ideas and information. This could have been rather an enchanting story, had the pace not been so stiflingly slow.I gave up reading it about half-way through the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent read!! 25 July 2011
By J. Parkes - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not yet halfway through this book and i can tell you a few very important facts...first~buy this book.
So far the book is masterful in concept and depth, almost epic, i have not read such an entertaining book since Jordans epic fantasy 'Eye of the World'...now that's high praise that some will scoff at being only halfway through the book, but i tell you honestly how i feel...
If at some time in your life you were or are a fan of fantasy fiction i enthusiastically recommend you begin reading this book today!!

Allow me to add that for only $2.99 US. the book is well worth that and three times more...
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Good Yarn 3 May 2011
By L. G. Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a really enjoyable read. We meet Marjan, our flawed hero, 10 years after he has been exiled from the Wizards Guild as a result of his having killed another in a wizard's dual. As usual with these things there are some extenuating circumstances but Marjan impresses most as having the guts to accept that what he has done was wrong, even though others might seek to excuse what happened.

The story kicks off with a child running towards his house in the woods pursued by a number of dire wolves. So he rescues the child - finds out that she is seeking help for a further 6 young students and injured teacher who are trapped up in a cave. He then rescues them and they set off for a safer destination to get away from the hordes of beasts that have been infected by some sort of supernatural evil entities who are killing everything in their wake without apparent rhyme or reason. The group journey to Evensong (an elven forest town). AFter that I had expected it to be a sort of war epic as Marjan and some other mighty heros trek off to find some great artifact to save them in the war etc in the usual Fantasy tradition. However instead this story concentrates away from the centre of the war - if indeed there is one - and focuses on Marjan and his development into a Mage defender. REgardless there are oodles of battles with various beasts, each larger and more imaginative then the previous. I particularly enjoyed the spells he casts on his arrows (as well as a wizard he has lived as a woodsman remember) to give them more power - the novel has clearly been influenced by a large number of role playing computer games, however in a very good way. The novel does come to a satisfactory conclusion with the end of the battle and overall I really enjoyed the story although I think it could have been edited down a bit.

The language at times suffers from a few too long sentences - some of which seem to lose their way half way through, but this only happens occassionally and is not a major distraction. I would have liked to see greater character development, not only with the lead female, but also the Master Wizard Silas and perhaps a bit more rounding out of the children. A bit more dialogue would also help. Marjan too seems a bit socially awkward given his age (28) but I guess this is explained by the fact that he has lived as a recluse for the last 10 years. Still I look forward to reading the next book.
I would definitely recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice read 3 Mar. 2013
By Forster - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been a fan of a good fantasy novel. I read this book sometime last year and did not leave reviews on books during that time. I have been checking for a sequel every once and a while. Can't wait for the next one Greg, and thank you for sharing this one :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was a fun book. 1 April 2014
By SF Addict - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book and it kept my attention. The main character did some amazing things, that should have induced more awe from the other characters. It was great that he was humble but he needed more unofficial recognition from the other characters in my opinion to improve the dynamics of the book. I would like the author to return to this book in maybe a year and give it a slight rewrite. I think he could make it truly epic. But a solid four stars, worth the coin and it did make my reread collection (books fun enough to be reread).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous read! 17 Feb. 2014
By Faith Elarionoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Adventure,heart pounding action, intricate relationships, wonderful interplay between so many different cultures. This is a book worth losing sleep over; impossible to put down!
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