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The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jon Rosenberg
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Someone has summoned a Unicorn to a field south of Stratford-upon-Avon causing David Ash's day to go straight to hell. Now he has to confront shotgun wielding drug dealers, murderous strangers and psychotic fairies and all to find out who stole one of Oberon's personal pets. He better do it soon, or it will mean an all out conflict between The Fairy Court and The Hidden Academy. Worse, as back up all Ash can muster is a soap opera loving Welsh elf and an American Summoner who doesn't trust him one inch. This would be bad enough, but, as the mystery unravels, Ash forms a nagging suspicion that the heart of this problem lies in his own worst nightmare, the one he's been trying to forget for over a decade.

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Born in London, too late to be a flower child but too early to take Gordon Gecko as a inspiration, I stumbled across three continents without ever discerning a guiding philosophy. As a child my parents seemed to think that anywhere that was synonymous with backwater, inbred, hill-billy jokes sounded just about right, so as a family we discovered the wild splendours of West Virginia, the Llyn Peninsula and the far north of the Scottish Highlands. Even though a succession of teachers had suggested that I was not particularly academically inclined (and some considered me not merely profoundly dyslexic but a visible drag to the potential of the whole human race) I studied Electrical Engineering, English Literature and American Studies, Shakespeare Studies and Law, in locales diverse as Edinburgh, Hull, Stratford and Singapore.

In a final attempt to escape any form of actual work I took up writing. Only to discover that it was far more demanding than any job I'd ever had and more addictive than morphine. Clumsy, to the point of tripping over single blades of grass, I took up Tai Chi in an effort to discover outer balance and it worked, these days there need to be at least three blades within a square inch before I land face first in the dirt.

I live in a tiny village somewhere in Shropshire, usually with one or more insane cats. All of whom considered my writing as a treasonous waste of time that should, by all rights, be spent seeing to their needs. I've long since been obsessed by narrative forms, be it novels, films, plays, or, for that matter, comic books. So, despite the incessant nagging of the cats, I'm happiest sat at my computer banging out sentences, considering character and plot details and discovering what happens next. I'm the author of the Hidden Academy series which so far comprises the three novels: The Unicorn Crisis; The Digital Wolf and Pantheon of the Dead. I hope to keep adding to this list at regular intervals. Currently I'm working on a fourth book in the series with the working title: Mithraic Mystery, which has Ash confronting the most ruthlessly ambitious forces of the Roman Empire.


The idea for the first novel (Unicorn) came to me as a joke, a joke which became a skit and then a short story. By the time I had written the novel I found that the joke no longer suited the book which Unicorn had become. I hope one day to finish the original joke as a short story set in the world of The Hidden Academy. It's likely that I'll find the room within the overall narrative structure as The Hidden Academy, as a project is likely to be extended to ten novels.



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fantasy 19 Nov. 2013
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Ash is a Summoner. That is, if he can imagine something with enough intent, it will physically become present.
Not the most convenient of talents. Especially when as an inexperienced teenager it causes the death of 17 people. Since then he's been on his best behaviour, learning how to use his talent safely.
Then he is nearly skewered by a very angry unicorn. And blamed for un-authorised summoning. Adding run-ins with Oberon and his malicious side-kick Puck, and of course a lustful Titania, then problems with a new Summoner unaware of their powers. Couldn't get worse?
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Total escapism, very well written, a joy to read.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun... 24 May 2011
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I really enjoyed this: imaginative, clever, funny, violent and occasionally philosophical. The characters were lively, well written and interesting.

It was only let down by the poor proof reading - missing words here and there and the weird use of commas, which jarred and distracted.

However, I'm looking forward to the next one, which can't arrive soon enough for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, poor proof reading. 24 Sept. 2012
By M. D. Saunderson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The story is very good. A mix of modern and magic, and it works well.
You just have to ignore@ the random inclusion of" the odd; bit of punctua'tion. ""
This is not much of a criticism, as I have bought main stream mass market bestsellers with spelling errors, and in one case a book that, while it had all the pages, did not have the pages in the correct order.
I even bought a DVD that was a different title to that printed on the disk/the-box (from Tesco, not a pirate copy!)

I have since bought the next two. I can live with the odd! misplaced: charact'ers when the actual story is as good as this was.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 5 Jun. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, particularly at the bargain price. Like some other reviewers I did think that it was a bit like a Harry Dresden character, but with a distinctly British twist - and that's not a bad thing! The Unicorn Crisis is well written with a full rounded mythology and some characters I am definitely looking forward to getting to know. It is refreshing to read this type of fantasy set in a British context and I will be (im)patiently waiting for the next installment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proofreaders exist for a reason. 26 May 2012
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I enjoyed the concept behind the story but my enjoyment was marred by the appalling lack of editing and proofreading. Missing words; flagrant abuse of apostrophes; oddly-placed commas and other random punctuation. It's not as if there were one or two isolated incidents, the book is strewn with errors. That aside, it's intrigued me enough to purchase the next in the series as a bit of light-hearted reading for a long train journey. I probably won't bother with the third if there are as many errors in the second as the first; I won't have any teeth left to grind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy read 10 Dec. 2013
By Clare
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I love finding new series', this one is no exception. It has an appealing hero with a dark past, amusing side kicks, interaction with a pantheon of Gods and a great plot. I originally bought it having read some of the reviews comparing it with Bill Dresden. While I agree, there are similarities, the Dresden files are in a league of thier own. Having said that, there is clearly potential for this to grow. It was hard to put down and once I had finished I bought the next one.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unicorn Crisis 28 Feb. 2011
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I loved this book despite fantasy not being to my usual taste. Whilst it is clear that Jon Rosenberg has a thorough knowledge of Shakespeare and the Classics, he never lets this erudition get in the way of what is essentially a funny, clever and exciting adventure. David Ash, his hero, is a normal sort of guy except for the fact that he is a Summoner and able to access beings from other worlds and other imaginations. His problems begin with rogue Unicorn and multiply and become more complicated as the story continues. I loved his descriptions and found at times the lyricism of his writing quite enchanting. In this modern fantasy the writer sheds a different light on previously accepted norms, i.e. Unicorns bad, Titania, a sexy slut, Oberon, a power hungry meglomaniac, elves, soap opera afficianados, etc, etc.
This novel is set in the Midlands and the locations will be well known to people from that area but I'm it will appeal to anyone who wants a funny, fantasical, and rollicking adventure. I'm really looking forward to the next in what is obviously going to be a series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really rather good. 16 July 2011
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I don't think that there's a huge amount I can say that hasn't already been mentioned by other reviewers; the book truly is one of the finest I've kindled this year. I should perhaps mention that the typos and proofreading mishaps mentioned by other reviewers seem to have been sorted out by and large. i found no more than 4 or 5 minor ones in the whole text. Now I'm in to the next book and just hoping that Mr Rosenberg continues with this writing malarky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
great book and series would recommend
Published 25 days ago by rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the pace was fast and kept my interest all the way through. I'm a huge fan of Ben Aaronovitch and this book had a similar feel to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LC
4.0 out of 5 stars I was recommended this as I'd read the PS Grant books which ...
I was recommended this as I'd read the PS Grant books which are great. These are pretty good. Just getting into the series, not quite hooked as with the PC Grant ones, but still a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, stilted dialogue
As a previous review said, you get thrown into the middle of this story, with the normal device of a newcomer needing an explanation not being used until the middle of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. A. Truman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good beginning, author knows some parts of Stratford well. Confusing towards end.
Published 2 months ago by Simon R
2.0 out of 5 stars No background
This book is described as Book 1 but from the lack of any explanation about the main character and what he was about I was at a loss from page 1 and kept getting the feeling that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Grigg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and original
I bought this on a whim and really enjoyed it. The concept is good and the characters believable. Whoever QA'd the digital transcript deserves a kick up the bum though! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shmeester
4.0 out of 5 stars The Unicorn Crisis
Really well written, imaginative book a really good find. A few issues with editing but hey you cannot have everything in a first book.
The book is funn, clever and creative. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fantasy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun caper
Really enjoyable, fun book - looking forward to the next in the series. Fresh writing style. If the first chapter doesn't capture you, nothing in the rest of the book will.
Published 3 months ago by WrenPat
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I'm definitely going to read more of Rosenberg's books. great characters with lots of scope.
Only downside was the terrible editing, so shoddy that it became difficult to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by KAB
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