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Outcasts and Gods (Wine of the Gods Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Pam Uphoff
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Book Description

*First book* of the Wine of the Gods

Wolfgang was a nice kid--until they decided he wasn't even human.

Genetic engineering.
First they cured the genetic diseases.
Then they selected for the best natural traits.
Then they made completely artificial genes.
As the test children reached puberty, abilities that had always been lost in the random background noise were suddenly obvious. Telepathy, telekinesis.
At first their creators sought to strengthen these traits. Then they began to fear them.
They called them gods, and made them slaves.

Wolfgang Oldham was sixteen when the company laid claim to him.
He escaped, and stayed free for three years.
When he was arrested, identified and returned to the company, they trained him to be useful.
They didn't realize that they were training him to be dangerous

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Iron Ax Press; 1 edition (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VFXN3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts and Gods 28 Sept. 2013
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This story follows the lives of genetic engineered children. One day all the kids with completely artificial genes are rounded up by the company that created them and are told they are no longer people but property of the Company.
They find they have powers and and are trained to discover more about them. The company has plans for them.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The multiple worlds were done in a way that made sense.
The political feeling of the government were explored, and made the world seem more real, and scary.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, can't wait to find out what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story 2 April 2014
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This book is brilliant, and in some ways disturbing as it is easy to imagine the world that is described coming to pass. I've read quite a few books tackling the issue of genetically improved people and the backlash from the general populace, but the slant this story puts on it (those who have been enhanced being classed as property rather than people) isn't one I remember seeing before and it has all sorts of unpleasant consequences. The writing is superb and I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Sci-fi 24 Aug. 2012
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Very good sci-fi story about genetic engineering and traveling through portals to parallel worlds. Very interesting reading which I can recommend. Negative of this book is lot of typos and missing words, the editing could be done much better. Otherwise it's worth reading and I hope next books will follow soon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What happens to a great story when it suffers from poor editing? 6 May 2013
By mannis - Published on
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I will start out by saying I got this book for free on my Kindle.

I very much enjoyed the storyline. Props to the author for coming up with it. I have never read another book anything like it, which nowadays can be very challenging. My problem with the book, was how it written. I found it very hard to get through, normally a book of this length would take me two days at the most; however, several parts were hard to understand who was speaking and who different people were. There were also many grammatical errors. Most of the time I can overlook minor errors. Several times there were big ones that just didn't make sense. Maybe it just needed to be proofed one more time.

For a free book it was very good. The story was excellent, just the proofing needs work. If it wasn't so confusing it would have gotten five stars.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts and Gods (wine of the gods) 1 Jan. 2012
By Everitt Mickey - Published on
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Wine of the Gods.
(OutCasts and Gods, The Black Goats, and Explorers)

A Science Fiction/Fantasy Series by Pam Uphoff.

This is a very interesting series. It turned out to be much more involved that one would think at first glance.

To begin with there are the evil corporations. Then again...are they evil? The corporations discover and develop the technology of genetic engineering to the extent that they can and do eliminate genetic defects. Many horrible genetically predisposed illnesses and diseases are cured and prevented. A boon to mankind one would think....much like Big Pharma of today.

But apparently corporations have an inherent evil core that can't satisfied. They actually want to increase their profit. In search of same they discover "what man is not ment to know"(tm)... and this drives the Luddites and Evangelicals to distraction.

Godlike powers are thus bestowed on certain children.

Which is a real bummer to the poor pimple faced teenage boy who just wants a date, or the young "goddess" with whom males can't even make eye contact with because of her effects on said males. Imagine a girl TRYING to look plain in order to improve her social life.

Then again having god like powers is a plus for a young soldier in a warzone, it tends to improve life expectancy.

Did I mention trans dimensional exploration? Hugh Everett's "many world's " hypothesis is irreverently explored.

Right off hand I'd say buy them all..except that this one, the first in the series, is FREE....

.....then send pleading letters to Pam begging her to complete the next in the series.

Inquiring minds want to KNOW!!.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very Interesting idea with some fixable pitfalls 25 April 2014
By Allan J. Ashinoff - Published on
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I have a habit of downloading many free books to my kindle and then reading as time permits. Oftentimes days or weeks go by before I isolate a book to read. More times than not I have no recollection what it was that compelled me to download it. That said, this novel, mainly because of its title, is one I really wanted to enjoy.

1. The timeline of the story could be more pronounced. More than once I had to go back to see just how much time had passed between chapters. It should have been obvious to the reader.

2. The author lost my interest in the story the moment she decided to bounce between characters.

3. Additional editing and more careful formatting could have been used. Conversion to ebook format could be the cause for many of these potholes.

4. The dialogue came off "canned" the further I read into the book.

The book had a host of great and compelling ideas. Unfortunately by the 32% mark enough interest was lost to compel this reader to skim.

I hope this honest review of my experience with her book helps this author. I think she has a great "eye" for what could be really fascinating sci-fi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now I have to buy the rest of them... 23 Jun. 2014
By Julie A. Pascal - Published on
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I've had this for a while and just got around to reading it. I was pulled right into the story and the world. I loved the characters. A very fun ride, all told. While I was reading it I suddenly shouted out to my husband, "Oh no! He just rescued the Rats from NIMH!"

This book had a great Golden Age Sci-Fi feel to it.

Either the editing issues were taken care of or I have no idea what some of the other reviews were talking about. The prose is efficient and clean. I noticed a single typo in the last chapter. My only complaint is that the ending is a little bit abrupt and could have used a couple paragraphs of something like "two months later he sat on his porch watching the sun set" simply to allow the readers a moment to exhale.

I will certainly be reading more of the Wine of the Gods and Pam Uphoff.
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