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The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree (The Outlaw King Book 1)

The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree (The Outlaw King Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. A. Hunt
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After coming home from a stint in Afghanistan, veteran Ross Brigham learns that his father has passed away. Dearly departed Dad was a famous fantasy novelist, and the 300 fans that show up for the funeral demand that Ross finish E. R. Brigham's long-running magnum opus.

Ross and two of the author's devotees investigate his untimely death and discover that he might have been murdered...and the time-bending gunslingers of Dad's steampunk novels might be real.

As they try to acclimate to the arid deserts of the author's fantasy world, the three damaged heroes become pawns in a war for humanity's survival. The Muses have grown tired of immortality and now incite atrocities on Earth, trying to lure down a leviathan from the stars.

Can Ross and his new friends stop the scheming satyrs before both worlds are eaten?

Inspired by such old-school fantasy classics as Stephen King's The Dark Tower, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

About the Author

S. A. Hunt has been writing and making art for almost twenty years. He is a "Mentor of Poetry, Prose, Art, and Performance" with the National Creative Society; he is also a US Army Veteran. He lives in Summerville, GA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2568 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Madman Press; 2 edition (22 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,104 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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HELLO. MY NAME IS SAM. I'VE been writing and making art for about twenty years (thirty if you count my childhood).

I was born and raised in one of the many middles of nowhere, the backwoods of Georgia. I was a crap math student in school but blew everything else out of the water; toward the end of high school I was named a "Mentor of Poetry, Prose, and Performance" by the National Creative Society (it's not a huge distinction but it certainly sounds like one, which is why I enjoy it so much).

I'm also a US Army veteran, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Camp Arena (Herat), Afghanistan, where I served as a 88N/31B (Logistics - Primary / Military Police - Secondary). There I received a promotion to Specialist and a Joint Services Achievement Medal for my outstanding performance and my contributions during the spring floods.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Masterpiece 7 Jan 2014
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This book feels as though you are reading someone's diary. At the start it seems slow moving, and yet the characters seem real. The emotions they express and the things they do make they seem the sort of people you meet in real life.
This meant by the story really kicked in I had to keep reminding myself that it was only a story. I could feel myself starting to worry what was going to happen to them and wanting to keep them safe.
There is nothing about this book that I disliked. It is well crafted and the plot is brilliant. The way the father's words are interwoven with the story is pure genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 15 Jun 2014
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Daring prose, thrilling plotlines, juicy characters. Made me pine for gunslingers in a way I haven't done since The Dark Tower. Bravo!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not spectacular 27 Mar 2014
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I have to agree with a previous reviewer and say I won't be reading the later books in the series, because I just don't care about what happens next. One of the characters in the book says at one point, 'I'm just not sure what we're doing here' (I paraphrase, that's not a direct quote!) and to be honest, I agree with him. it's a book that's just ambling along with no direction or overarching story and it left me with a feeling of 'meh'.

Grammar, spelling, all that sort of thing is good. I regularly read fantasy of all sorts, so the other worlds things isn't throwing me, but the upshot is, I just didn't give a damn about what was happening, what was going to happen or what had happened in the past. Even the Big Reveal thing didn't interest me. I didn't see it coming, but only because I couldn't be bothered looking.

Like the previous reviewer, this book was free to me as well, so I'm not too put out and it obviously appeals to some readers, but not to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 25 Feb 2014
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First off, I'm a massive Stephen King fan. Huge. Except for his gunslinger stories. Don't ask me why, because I honestly don't know but I've never been able to get past the first 50 pages of the first in the sequence. Why is that important? Because S.A.Hunt's work shares many points of reference with Kings Dark Tower. Gunslingers, fantasy setting, heroic figures. Unlike Kings work however, I managed to finish this one. More than that, I enjoyed it.
King has a style that is easy to read, pleasant on the inner ear and provides great skull cinema. Hunt, well, he's not quite there. That being said, how many are? Hunt's work reads fluidly, is entirely internally consistent and has some good ideas buried within it. Not great ideas though, but good ones, decently written well edited and professionally packaged. It was also free. Gratis. No charge. I would have picked this up in a charity shop and risked a few quid on it, which says far more about me than the writer I assure you, and wouldn't have begrudged spending the money. Will I be reading the others in the sequence? No. It didn't grab hold and demand I find out what happens, which, being honest once again, says far more about me and my ambivalence towards the genre. High fantasy and guns just don't work for me. If they work for you then read this book. If you enjoyed the Dark Tower, then read this book. And if you like to pick something up and be surprised by how good self-publishing has the potential to be, then get this book. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
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