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The Tower (Psionic Pentalogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Howell
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Book Description

A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A psionic war.

After a very shaky beginning as a wild-born telekinetic, Adrian is elated to discover that his new home is at the center of the world's largest psionic city. It should have been a dream come true, but something here is just not right. It's not just that his sister is still missing, or that he is being forced into a rigorous combat training program that is slowly turning him into a killer. Something rotten is hiding... inside him. Adrian must discover the truth behind his recurring, shadowy nightmares, and face the possibility that the greatest evil threatening everything he holds dear might, in fact, be himself.

The Tower is the second book of Adrian Howell's Psionic Pentalogy: a supernatural adventure series with psychic children, teens and adults, telekinesis, telepathy, and many twists and turns in a harsh urban fantasy world.

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
(Recommended for readers aged 13 to 3013.)

Read all five books of Adrian Howell's Psionic Pentalogy in order:

Book One: Wild-born
Book Two: The Tower
Book Three: Lesser Gods
Book Four: The Quest
Book Five: Guardian Angel

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2238 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born of a Japanese mother and American father, Adrian Howell (pen name) was raised for a time in California and currently lives a quiet life in Japan where he teaches English to small groups of children and adults. Aside from reading and writing fiction, his hobbies include recumbent cycling, skiing, medium-distance trekking, sketching and oversleeping.

To learn more about the author and his novels, visit

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Laura
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The second book in the Psionic Pentalogy. Adrian Howell returns, fresh from his ordeal at the hand of the Wolves and thinks he has found a safe place to live. His new-found powers seem to attract danger wherever he goes and the highly secure Guardian Tower is no different. An Angel spy is released from captivity during the welcoming ceremony sparking a man hunt for the inside who helped him. Adrian is plagued by his own inner-demons preventing him from getting a decent nights sleep and making him doubt his innocence.

The characters from the first book undergo considerable character development, not just due to plot but also to their interaction with each other. Well worth, if you haven't already, reading the first book to see where the characters came from. Alia and Adrian have a close bond due to their time together with the Wolves and Adrian's support has allowed Alia to put her own demons to bed and behave more like the child she should be.

Again the pace is fast moving with plenty of attention to detail. Well edited and a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Oct. 2013
By jet
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really good book. not the sort of book I normally read but once I started I had to get the rest of the series and finished them all quite quickly,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
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great wee story..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Feb. 2015
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Love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent again 2 Mar. 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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This series is similar in some ways to the Harry Potter series. Classical Good Vs. Evil. Enough plot twist to keep interest up. Not just for adolescents either, I'm 70 and am enjoying it. Just like the Harry Potter series which I've read 3 times. Would be nice to see a movie series about Adrian, Alia, Terry and Cindy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing bogged down by slow plot 13 April 2013
By Sean P. Endress - Published on
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Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions below are entirely my own.

"The Tower" picks up where "Wild-born" left off, meaning that those reading through the series in succession will be relieved by the lack of rehashing, but those trying to jump into the middle will feel quite left out. Effort is made to catch them up, but the finer points and subtleties are lost without reading the first book. Therefore, I highly recommend that you read that one first - doubly because from this point on, spoilers for the first book may appear. There will be very vague plot references to the second, but nothing that will be very "spoiler-y". If you'd rather skip it (or my ridiculously long reviewing style!) head on down to the last full paragraph, my "bottom line".

After being rescued from the Psionic Research Center in "Wild-born", protagonist Adrian Howell and his adoptive family seek new shelter. They find themselves a safe haven, certainly, but with the exception of a few rough encounters, this new home is almost too safe for my tastes, in the sense that much of the story feels like a training montage - the plot does not really pick up until the climax of the book, creating a sudden and jarring shift from comparative peace and almost slow-motion pace to the snappy, engrossing, page-turning style of the first book.

That is not to say that the first three quarters are not worth reading - the author is able to put the urban fantasy's style of world-building to work, clearly constructing an environment populated with interesting and diverse characters, including a few additions to the main cast in whom I am genuinely interested. Even the side characters have their charms.

Additionally, the author's writing style remains solid - he is able to operate through the eyes of a newly-minted teenager, in a way that is at once convincing and yet effectively descriptive. Adrian will need to go through a lot of growth and self-reflection, and it is handled well.

The downfall of "The Tower" is that it suffers from a bit too much introspection and not enough plot movement. I don't just refer to "action" in a traditional sense, but rather advancement. Watching Adrian train wore thin well before the training actually got anywhere, for example.

As to the editing and layout of the book, I received a .pdf for review, so I can't speak to layout of the Kindle Edition in practice, but it certainly looked good in theory. I noted no significant errors missed by editing, so I applaud the editor(s) mechanically - again, I just wish they'd made more cuts.

The bottom line is that "The Tower" is a fair continuation of the series, but its lagging plot keep it from the high quality of "Wild-born". The author's writing style remains solid, however, and the strong cast and interesting setting give me high hopes for the next book. I absolutely recommend reading book one first.

If anything needs clarifying, please feel free to use the comment box below, or contact me at
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tower 24 Jun. 2014
By Jan Phelan - Published on
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Excellent READ. Once you read this one you will probably be like me. I can hardly wait for the next in this series. Good, believable characters that quickly come to life and acquire a life beyond the page. The action is fast paced and seldom lags which makes you eager to READ on until done. Enjoyable experience. I definitely will READ more by Adrian Howell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing page turner 2 Nov. 2013
By Kristine - Published on
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I had previously read book one, so I knew what to expect. Despite having read the first book (I read a few books between the first and second) my memory was foggy of the first one. After reading the first few pages, Adrian explains that he won't recap. But he does recap just enough for you to remember where you left off. This amazing book is rated as FIVE stars and it earned every one of them.
It starts off with the narrator, which this being a first person is none other than Adrian Howell. They have escaped the research center and are headed to their new home... With the Guardians! Yes, that is right, Adrian's new family chose a psionic faction to side with and things are going to change for Adrian. They arrive quickly at NH-1, or New Haven One, their new home. And while there are quite a bit of luxury here, there is also a lot of work to be done...For Adrian.
Adrian Howell is a destroyer, his psionics make him the perfect soldier. But Adrian doesn't want that, he wants to live in peace. Nevertheless, he is trained by Terry who "was raised by wolves". He is also taxed with homeschooling, and teaching Alia (his younger `sister') to mouth speak. I was slightly saddened at the burdens placed on Adrian. He seems to be, at 13 years of age, more a father to Alia than a brother. Teaching her to swim, ride a bike, talk, and basically tied to her side 99% of the time. It is the only downside, or problem, that I had with this novel.
"Then perhaps it would surprise you to know that we got an anonymous call that gave us not only your exact location, but also informed us that a team of Seraphim were hunting ou, and would probably have arrived before sunrise."
As alsways, there was enough conflict and excitement to keep the pages turning. I, for one, read the book within a week. Picking it up every chance I could find to read and devouring it quickly. I found that the ending tied in to the book so well with all of the smaller details within the novel and it left me wondering what book three will have in store for me.
"Luck will only get you so far before it gets you killed."
Adrian is one lucky boy, barely getting out of book two alive, leaping for book three we shall see what is in store for us but I bet that it will be another amazing story with awesome conflicts and page turning excitement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no sophomore slump here 24 May 2014
By NS - Published on
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I love how Adrian "creates" a family for his characters, reminding us that in many families, this is the norm: we find people who need us, who complement us, and who live is, and we share our lives with them. His characters are very real, heart warming and at times heart rending. Very enjoyable read.
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