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The Chronicles of Soone: Heir to the King [Paperback]

James Somers
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1 Oct 2006
SPIRITUAL DARKNESS A devastating interplanetary war has been raging for decades. The fallen ones have instigated mankind's downfall, waging a sinister campaign leading towards a singular goal, universal domination. A WARRIOR RACE Long the ordained guardians of peace, the Barudii, have been reduced to a scattered remnant struggling to survive. All but wiped out by the Vorn clan, they have little hope of stopping the genocide that threatens mankind's survival. THE LAST HEIR Young Tiet soone, the only remaining heir to the Barudii throne, returns from exile to avenge his fallen people. He is the final hope for restoration, and the only one that can mediate a peace between the warring clans before its too late...before the dark forces opposing his every effort succeed in enslaving humanity. To claim victory he will do what Barudii warriors do best-fight-to the death if need be.

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978655125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978655129
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a risk. Found a Gem. 7 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a science fiction story, clearly on an epic scale, yet rooted in strong characters. The action is absolutely dizzying and rarely ends where you'd expect it to go, which keeps the story lively and always entertaining. Something else that struck me about the book is that no one is safe. Often in novels I can pick out which characters will make it to the end of the book in one piece and which will meet untimely demises. Not so with the Chronicles of Soone. I was caught off guard more than once, and this served to keep me guessing as to what might happen next. In this way I found it completely unpredictable.

My only complaint is that, like all good books, I was left wanting more in the end. Seems a likely candidate for a sequel, so there is hope. At any rate, a great read, especially for those who enjoy science fiction and non-stop action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Fiction Adventure! 23 Oct 2006
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I'm a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and Dune. All are great series with depth, character and epic storylines. Well, now I have a new series to add to my list of favorites. The Chronicles of Soone is a space epic with a spiritual twist. Strange creatures abound, noble warriors fight to the death and sinister forces wreak havoc throughout. If you are a fan of Matthew Reailly's non-stop action thrillers, you'll find the same kind of action here, but with infinitely more heart. This a great story for adults and for the kids.

After reading this novel I imagined what the outcome of one of these Baruddi warriors facing off against a Jedi Knight would be. The answer came quick. While the Jedi was still exchanging whitty quips the Barudii would have already lopped off the Jedi's hands with his Barudii blade. These good guys know how to fight! A brilliant read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Chronicles of Soone is brand new and epic in its scope. The story is very much like Star Wars or other great sci-fi tales and the fast pacing never gives you time to get bored. A real page turner, cover to cover.

I highly recommend this new title from Breakneck books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont do it 7 July 2008
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having read the other reviews i thought i would give this book a go and all i can say is those reviewers must be friends, family or on the pay roll as its nothing like star wars at all and the heavy religous tones are some hard work so it came as no surprise when at the end of the book you find out the author is a preacher when hes not turning out surmons thinly disguised as sci-fi
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, action-packed and inspiring... 14 Dec 2006
By K. L. Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
James Somers did an excellent job keeping you on the edge of your easy chair with this exciting sci-fi story. Not unlike many other science fiction novels, James presents the reader with a variety of characters and races which include the Barudii (a noble race of warriors with kinetic abilities), the Vorn (a dark, evil race), and the Horva (a cloned race created by the Vorn). In addition, the reader is presented with a fantastic new reality involving space ships and travel between universes as the Barudii discover previously unknown effects on their kinetic abilities whilst they align themselves with the common races in an attempt to save the universe from evil rule.

The novel also took on a quiet, Christian-based theme which remained subtle until the end of the novel at which point I did feel a bit uncomfortable at the first-mention/last-ditch display to "print" the name of God. I am a Christian myself, but I just didn't feel like it was natural in light of the idea being very apparent, yet subdued throughout the rest of the book.

Also, although I was very impressed with the story, I must agree with a previous comment regarding the grammatical quality of the novel. Editing mistakes often interrupted the flow of the book, but although distracting, definitely not a deal-breaker. As mentioned, the novel may have been released too soon, or possibly there was simply a lack of editorial expertise. This is the biggest reason that I would give the book a 3.5/5.0 .

In short, I found this book to be a quick, yet inspiring read. All of the elements you'd want in a great science fiction novel.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Roller-Coaster Ride 9 Dec 2006
By Brian Tubbs - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an exciting page-turner. I too was skeptical when starting it. A first-time author, a little-known publisher. Hmmmm. But, I was pleasantly surprised. The story moves at a brisk pace. Somers doesn't waste time describing rocks and trees in multiple literary ways. He keeps the story moving. No one should get bored with this!!!! My only real criticism - and it's what has kept me from giving this five stars -- is that the publisher rushed this to print w/ several typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. They were a little distracting. But...don't let that stop you from buying and enjoying this book. It is WORTH it!!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fast paced, great story line 25 Jan 2007
By M. T. Somers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The action never stops in this story of futuristic war pitting races of humans with various super powers and mass produced war clones. I became wrapped up in the families involved in their struggle of survival in this centuries old war. James tells a story as only the best authors can. You will not be disappointed when you read this book.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The NEXT Star Wars? How about, this is Star Wars! 24 Nov 2006
By Booker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can admire any writer who has the courage to create characters/places, imagine a plotline, slave for countless hours over a computer, edit, shop the thing around, and so on (hence the two stars). However, in this particular case, why go through all that "exercise" and not at least try and create something unique? It's not like there isn't limitless possibility within the imagination, especially when dealing with science-fiction/fantasy. Granted, George Lucas mined an aweful lot of mythologic structure in order to tell what amounted to a 6 episode story in which only 2 really deserve any real praise, 2 more have moments of pure entertainment, and the final 2 are barely worth mentioning... in other words, I am not a Star Wars apologist and I completely realize that most of Lucas' ideas are ripoffs themselves, but nonetheless, Lucas and his Star Wars franchise are now the benchmark (where that benchmark sits is highly debatable) for science-fantasy in it's most pulp sense (Dune could be considered science-fantasy but it represents a wholly unique experience which is something that Star Wars cannot claim - just read Lucas' initial drafts of Star Wars and you can see how heavily he borrowed from Dune).

I don't know about others who have read this book but I was instantly struck by not only the similarities, but the direct references to Star Wars, as if lifted from those pages and planted in this story with only slight alteration of their name/setting/plotline.

1) Barudii = Jedi: At least Jedi is an actual word (Hindi), and draws direct allusion to the characters that call themselves such in the Star Wars Universe. These Barudii have hyper-kinetic powers; sounds like Jedi powers to me (the ability to jump/leap great distances as well as move quickly). Within the first 5 pages a Barudii warrior levitates people (children)... I mean, come one.

2) The Barudii's "sword": This thing, although explained as a "molecular destabilizer", reads exactly like a light-sabre.

3) Clones: of course clones and cloned armies have been used before Lucas put them in his Star Wars stories, but to blatently use them again, although these clones are more feral in their appearance and attack methods, is just one more example of this author's lack of imagination.

There are numerous other examples (an evil empire, rebellion...) of the similarities of these two stories but if you really want to read this novel I'll leave these up to you to discover.

The other thing I don't appreciate is the blatant attempt to couch this as Christian Science Fantasy. Somer's is allowed to believe whatever he wants, write about whatever he wants, but this feels like an exercise in marketing rather than a genuine attempt at creating such a genre. The reason I say this is because of the forced way in which this concept is introduced, as if an afterthought or marketing gimmick - the very first line of the first chapter is "Not so long ago, in another creation of God", and I'm not going to go into detail about the direct ripoff job of "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away"...

I'm sure that some people may get a kick out of this novel, and perhaps I'll even read the second and third novels from this series when they come out simply to see just what the author does (will he continue to ripoff and blatently copy? or will he stretch his imagination and write something a little more original?). However, I cannot recommend this novel to those that are searching for a great or even good science-fantasy read. The author does pack an aweful lot of action in his story which seems to stem from the Lucasian tenent of "all an audience really wants is a rollercoaster". At least Somer's has achieved this in spades. Just remember, there are great and even good rollercoasters, and there are "barely made me yawn rollercoasters", this is one of those.

I would very much love to read a truely unique Christian-based piece of science-fantasy. I am not Christian myself, but I used to be, and I've read the works of Stephen R. Lawhead, John White, Frank Peretti... and I still enjoy a good story no matter what the subject matter is or the inspiration behind the piece.

*This review is not an attack against the author's personal character or spiritual/religious beliefs*
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Space Epic 28 Nov 2006
By R.W. Ridley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing, action-packed thrill ride of a story. The hopes of the The Barudii, a race of fierce warriors almost completely wiped out by the Vorn Clan, rest in the skilled hands of Tiet Soone, an heir to Barudii throne, and a small band of noble fighters. They are outnumbered and outgunned, but right is on their side. It's a classic struggle of good versus evil wrapped in a breakneck style of writing that really packs a punch. At the same time, Somers has crafted a spiritual adventure that adds depth to the narrative. George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, and now James Somers use grand space epics to explore the basic tenets of religion and God without force-feeding it to the audience. Count me as a Chronicles of Soone fan. I'm eagerly awaiting Book Two.
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