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The Rice Filter [Kindle Edition]

Kenton Samuels
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At last, the perfect society is a reality. But this isn’t it.

After seven years waiting and hoping, civil servant Nicholas Machida is finally on the list of Harvestees: one thousand lucky citizens hoping to qualify for addition to the great city of Euchaea. At last, he will be reunited with the fiancé he was separated from seven years ago in the previous Harvest. At last, he can stop merely existing and look forward to actually living again. Unfortunately, his dream of becoming a member of this perfect society is suddenly shattered when a chance mugging forces him to kill a man, nullifying his potential admission.

Plunged into a nightmarish spiral of fear and depression, Nicholas’ world begins to crumble around him as everything he thought he knew about right and wrong, justice and injustice, rapidly falls apart. In addition to this, he soon also finds himself on the run from an uncannily efficient judicial system which itself appears to be perfect in every way.

With just four days remaining until his Harvest, Nicholas is forced to place his trust and, potentially, his life in the hands of a select few friends and acquaintances, each of whom take a starkly different view of the Harvest and what it means. But which of them is right?

In Nicholas Machida’s final four days, he must do the impossible: first he must overcome his own debilitating guilty conscience, and second, he must find a way to escape the mysterious all-knowing systems running the city otherwise face the flip-side to the perfect society: the perfect punishment.

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About the Author

Kenton Samuels is a former civil servant and missionary. Having spent four and a half years working in central Japan, initially as a teacher and also as an administrator, he now lives in the UK. Born and raised in the West Midlands to Jamaican parents, Kenton has always been fascinated by culture and perception, a trait reflected in his passion for writing poetry, fiction, horror, and all of the mysterious things in between. The Rice Filter is his first published novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Kenton Samuels (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARVSI0Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kenton Samuels is a former civil servant and missionary. Having spent four and a half years working in central Japan, initially as a teacher and also as an administrator, he now lives in the UK. Born and raised in the West Midlands to Jamaican parents, Kenton has always been fascinated by culture and perception, a trait reflected in his passion for writing poetry, science fiction, horror, and all of the mysterious things in between. The Rice Filter is his first published novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit odd.. 14 April 2014
By Malink
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was free, I can't complain. And, it kept my interest long enough to finish it. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, can I say that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Tale 22 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a refreshing thing it is to read a writer's first novel and love it!

Set in a recognisable-but-vastly-different place, this intriguing story of destiny, choice, action and repercussions is vast in its scope, wonderful in its characterisations, and completely involving.

A hard book to put down; this reader was pulled along by a fast paced-story that kept delivering elegant plot twists whilst challenging with some of the deep questions of life.

It's the Matrix without Neo. Actually no, scrap that, it's not. It's far less ponderous whilst handling philosophical issues of depth and delivers people we can believe in because we see their inner lives, and they look like us. No bullet-dodging superheroes here, but nuanced characters who are faced with the outcomes of their choices, whilst at the same time facing more and more choices.

It's a smart piece of work, it bodes very well for the future, and I look forward to the next book from Mr Samuels!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea which fizzled out 12 May 2013
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I did enjoy the book but felt that the story ran out of steam in the second half. There were quite a few chapters where not a lot happened, and the main character became increasingly annoying. The ending was also a bit disappointing.
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