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The Anathema (The Central Series Book 2)

The Anathema (The Central Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

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It sounds like a Spring Break out of a dream – a lush island, perfect beaches, and the company of a beautiful girl. But for Alex Warner, things are never that simple. After all, his host for spring break is no other than the tyrannical future head of the Black Sun, Anastasia Martynova. And while Emily Muir is indeed beguiling, she could end up costing him both his freedom and his budding relationship with the Changeling, Eerie.

From the depths of the Ether, The Anathema, exiled from Central for a half a century, put an elaborate plan in motion to return to Central by force, stalking the depleted Auditors with a combined force of heretic Operators, Weir and Witches. During their long stay in the Outer Dark, The Anathema have developed a host of terrible new protocols and abilities that Central is completely unprepared for. Even worse, the Auditors face a betrayal from one of their own that will rock the very foundations of the Academy.

Meanwhile, Alex is reluctantly forced to make a number of choices, knowing that whatever he leaves behind will come back to haunt him. No longer able to cling to his apathetic neutrality, Alex must choose sides in both love and war, and quickly, before the decision is made for him.

It will take the mustered forces of the Auditors, the Black Sun, the Hegemony, the student body, and even poor Alex Warner, to contend with the violent return of The Anathema. And by the time the dust has settled, the conflict will have lasting – even fatal – consequences for the staff and students of the Academy.

The Anathema is the second volume of The Central Series.

NOTE: New version published 11-4-2013 – Includes professional edit and proofing!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: ROUS Industries; Second edition (31 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073ZLKMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worse 16 April 2012
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This story basically revolves around Alex, who was rescued in the first book, at which point it was discovered he has a unique power that he cannot control.

He is sent to an academy to learn to use this power and in the process finds himself at the centre of various political groups vying to sign him up to join them.

The story in general is a mixture between Xmen, Deus ex and a parody of the Godfather.

The sub plots are great, but the main plot is hopeless, it is 60% into the second book before Alex starts using some basic adaptations of his power, by the end of the second book he has not explored his power much nor has the main plot developed much beyond the first book.

I enjoyed the sub plots and the manoevering between the different houses/cartels, the support characters and the romance between Alex and one of the girls.

As in the first book, there are all sort of grammatical errors, incomplete sentences, missing words, duplication, incorrect adjectives, prepositions etc.

At first I found the fight sequences exciting and fast paced, and then eventually just got bored with the repetition, started skipping pages.

All in all my feeling is that this book is somewhere between a 2 and a 3 star book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost or setting up 9 July 2012
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I agree with the only other review here at present. Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars so mine brings the current average to 2.5. The story is quite readable which is unusual for one following so many disparate characters. My main gripe in the end was the lack of redeeming features for any of the competing groups. Our hero is being trained to kill to keep his faction in power. Even he alludes to the fact that they're all parasites in one way or another. I'll probably read the next in the hope that this book is a set up for the next and someone will show signs of a conscience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 4 Mar 2013
By Niall
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this and i cant wait for far shores.To me this is definitely a page turner.This series is a must for Cherub fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and long read 3 Feb 2012
By Clinton Eldrick Lewis - Published on
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So the first book I had some issues with and this book goes a way to correcting those errors. We find Alex still between two women and trying to come to terms with the Program. Much of the books is filled with cut scenes with others so although Alex is still the main character "I think" you get a lot of face time with the tough one "Alice, Mitzi, Margot, etc". All of the book has to do with them battling an unknown army of exiled operators Anathema. Given that much of the book is battles which I liked, not a lot of them involve Alex which is somewhat sucky.

- Alex is still the least likable character even with him starting to use his powers and actually have a voice. This may be deliberate as I really think his current personality is not his own. But even given that I struggle not to skim when he is in the scene as I find his character lacking well everything power, competence, intelligence, initiative or the common sense of a rock. He also is bullied or used by just about everyone including his kind of friends.
- I talked made mention of this above but it deserves it's own point. Everyone tries to use everyone in this book except for Alex who is probably to dumb to do it. I especially found Vivek, Rachel and Ana all to be the worse cases and was not a fan. I understand it is part of the world but really can anybody have a friend in this who does not use them or betray their trust.

- Given the fact that I dislike how the main character is portrayed the story is great and the other characters are engaging and fun to read.
- People are fully fleshed out and delight to get to know. No cookie cutter people here at least as far as I can see.
- Writing itself is well done with only a few spelling errors nothing that the casual reader will care about.
- World is built well and you feel as if you are their. I sometimes feel that a person has a good plot but the world is hard to imagine. Not so here the places are described well and you can envision them.
- Long book way longer than what you would expect.
- Price in a day when it seems every person is trying to go higher on the price for indie books he is staying at 99. I like that and admire it.

Good sequel better than the first book some issues remain for me as regards to Alex but I have hope that he will become someone I can enjoy reading about versus a person I have to grit my teeth on. If you have read the first one I would strongly encourage you to read this one. If you have not read the first one it is a good book and I would say that the series is worth reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the series but.... 24 Feb 2012
By Mark A Hunt - Published on
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I'm really enjoying the series so far, however I really think the books need a bit better editing. There have been many times in both books where words were out of order, or the wrong word was just plainly used. It's not enough to get me to not read the books, but it definitely messes up my reading flow because I notice all of the little mistakes as I'm reading it...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars needs a good editor 2 April 2012
By PJSpeck - Published on
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I picked up this book and its prequel before a trip as they sounded like they'd be very interesting to read. There is definitely something there but the frequent typos and editing problems made it hard to see it at times. I also had some problems with the narrative as the author would set up a scene (a battle perhaps) and then jump past it to the aftermath. Several characters had "unusual" protocols but the author decides to keep the reader in suspense as to what they are--fair enough--but the payoff isn't always there.

I'm not sure I'll pick up the last 3 volumes in the series when they're published unless the author gets some better editing under his belt.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, I'm off the fence 19 Sep 2013
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The only reason I finished this book is because of the characters I mentioned in the first book's review. Jessica, Anastasia, Eerie and Emily make this worth the time and effort. Well, add Katya to that group.

Alex is no longer the turd in the tea cup. The author took away the tea cup. There is no growth to this guy in book 2. If anything, he regressed. Surlier and dumber. Biology exists to erase morons like this guy. Having to read about this guy a 2nd time, and see him slide further away from maturity made this a very painful read.

The editing in this book is far worse than book 1. Made me want to find a red pen and scratch the hell out of my Kindle.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First One Good Second Book Wanting 1 April 2012
By M. Davis - Published on
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The First book was good. However, the second book leaves much to be desired. There are no complicated plots or twists. It lacks emotional depth. To be fair, the first book hinted at emotional depth.
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