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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Lundarien Press (16 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992830613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992830618
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,039,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1988, I was twelve. A man from my village church read a story I'd written at school and told me I should pursue writing as a career. I ignored his advice, as I had already decided to be a vet.

I am not a vet.

There are times I'm not even sure I'm a writer.

My first job, if you ignore the paper round (£2.65 for three hours' work, spent immediately in the shop) and the failed attempts at working in a supermarket, was as a secretary. That's the kind of thing you end up doing when you have a degree in music. Since then I've been an Operations Manager for a language school, run a pub in the Cotswolds, and been a troubleshooter sent around Europe to placate angry clients. I've been a youth worker, a piano teacher (that's the music degree paying for itself, right there!), an ice cream man, a church pastor, an AV technician and probably some other things I've forgotten.

At present, I am none of those things. I don't have a job as such, but do 'bits and pieces' to pay the bills and make sure my wife and four children have clothes, food and a roof over their heads... attached to the rest of our house.

The rest of the time, I write.

And, although I ignored that guy's advice back when I was twelve, I did have a few stabs at writing before I got into it seriously.

Like many teenagers, I wrote some poetry. Awful poetry, of course.

At university, I tried my hand at writing a science fiction novel about a planet which was shrouded in a mist, causing people's dreams to come true. But, being a student, I gave up after about sixty pages and spent my evenings playing snooker instead. Badly.

My job as a youth worker involved a fair amount of writing - mostly panto-style dramas and school assemblies, but by 2007 I was also preaching fairly regularly. Crafting sermons was intense. It was hard work that often took me late into the night. And it wasn't just the content that took the time, but the style as well, and most Saturday evenings would find me preaching through a sermon to an empty room in an effort to get just the right inflections and turns of phrase.

Eventually this lead to the Christian publishing company, CWR, asking me to write a couple of Bible study books, shortly followed by a four-part series on spiritual discipline, called VITAL.

When I left church work in 2012 and was wondering what I was going to do next, writing seemed the obvious choice. At first I settled for ghostwriting other people's books, both fiction and the other sort. Then, in July 2013, I decided to write a novel in my own name. The result was Montgomery's Trouble in the Underworld - a novel aimed at 9-12 year olds, though to date it is mostly adults who have actually read it!

The whole process of distilling an idea into a book fascinates me, as does the slightly less ethereal process of self-publishing, which has been a whole journey in itself, and I intend going through both as many times as I can. Why? As far as I can tell, there are two reasons.

The first is the need to create. It's a visceral desire that I have no way of controlling except by giving in to it. If I'm not creating something, I wither.

The second is escape. It's not that my life is bad, in fact, most of the times it's quite the opposite, but I love losing myself in other people's books and in the worlds I create in my own head. That's what I want to offer in my novels - another world in which people can escape for a little while.

And if the books happen to pay any bills or even buy me a meal out with my wife, I'm unlikely to complain much.

All this goes to show that it's worth listening to old guys in church, because sometimes they just might know what they're talking about.

Phin lives in Hampshire, UK, with his wife, Marie, and their children David, Jonathan, Josiah and Elisha. Their home on a residential housing estate also doubles up as a microholding, which is basically a shrunk down version of a smallholding. Sometimes there are pigs on the driveway!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on 17 Jun. 2014
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This isn’t the sort of story I would generally chose to read but I am very glad that I did! The world that Montgomery discovers is quite unlike any other and the characters that live there are even more unusual. One of my favourite quirks about Lundarien is the names for cats and dogs (you’ll have to read it to find out!). The only negative about this book is that the first few chapters were a little slow but once you get into the story it is impossible to put down! If you are a fan of Percy Jackson or Harry Potter; Montgomery Vane may well be your new favourite book character. I can’t wait to read more of Montgomery’s adventures and find out what happens next in Lundarien…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barby on 8 May 2014
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I didnt know what to expect in this book and was pleasantly surprised. It is very well written and I couldnt put it down. The adventures with Montgomery are intriguing and the magic and queer animals very interesting. I loved the names of the characters and how the plot gently unfolds. I really look forward to the next book in the Omnifex Chronicles!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 April 2014
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I'm always a bit wary when I find self-published ebooks on Amazon. Let's be honest, there is an awful lot of bad writing that has made its way into the marketplace. Happily, this isn't the case here. The book is well written and is a really enjoyable read. If you liked the power of five series by Anthony Horowitz, or the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, then you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M Bentley on 5 Feb. 2014
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I really enjoyed exploring and discovering the oddities of the Underworld with Montgomery. The world is magical and bizarre and yet still filled with believable detail - except for the upside-down carrots.

The story romps along and I particularly enjoyed the banter between the Montgomery and his new friends, and the humour with which the tale is narrated. There is plenty of intrigue as you try and piece together the clues along with Montgomery - the strange behaviour of his mother and the vivid dreams he has.

I want to spend more time with Montgomery and his friends in the Underworld and can't wait for the next installments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 21 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book, I liked the characters with their somewhat unusual names and the wonderfully inventive different kinds of magic, I liked the mystery surrounding Montgomery and the adventures he goes on, all held together with humour and the feelings that most young people would feel when plunged into moving house away from friends and all that is familiar. A very good read for those who enjoy magical adventure.
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A brilliant book to lose yourself in. I'm a bit older than the target audience, but couldn't stop turning the pages, eager to see where the next chapter took Montgomery. I loved the contrast between Montgomery's unimaginative dad, with his 'dad' jokes, and the exciting adventures of the underworld. Throughout the book there was a lure of prediction, making me eager to read about what I thought would happen, only to find an exciting twist. The book is filled with imaginative names and plots, quirky characters and funny anecdotes and I often found a big smile on my face whilst reading this. I agree with previous reviews, it's a well written book, making it fun to read for anyone of any age. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Ellis on 30 May 2014
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A very gripping read.
Highly recommended for those that enjoy a book to take them away from everyday life into a world of magic and adventure. You'll be begging for the next installment by the end...
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Montgomery's Trouble in the Underworld is a very readable story and Montgomery is a very likeable character. The story starts off with his family of Mum and Dad and sister moving from the country to London. Montgomery's adventures start from there. As someone who is in to family history it was good to see Montgomery learning about his in this book. I gather that this is the first in a series of stories about Montgomery's adventures. I hope we learn more about his family - mothers and fathers side - in future books. I will also look forward to seeing how Montgomery's new friends and discoveries affects him as he starts at his new school in London.
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