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Initiate (GNA Book 1) by [Steele, Rob]
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3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Length: 343 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

As a former DoD computer guy, I now use my award-winning journalism skills to write books. . . in between freelancing IT and web design jobs. And producing award winning podcasts. And taking care of my three kids. And the house. www.steele42.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5120 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: truRob Publishing (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZM9QHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #988,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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for some inexplicable reason this is currently the top free book in the science fiction category. I can only presume it's being downloaded more than read, because the writing is sloppy and hasty, without editorial review or revision and reads like the author's stream of consciousness - complete with unnecessary, pointless and annoying repetition, grammatical errors, affectations and replete with the inevitable lack of foresight, planning, plot/character development that would imply. it reads, in fact, much like that last sentence, without the charm. the author has not put in the time to develop his craft and displays little respect for the reader. the original £24.95 price tag can only be an error surely? Likewise the 3 previous identical 5 star reviews which do not read like a review to my mind, and certainly not of this book, because ground-breaking, genre-redefining, or even slightly good it is not. cliched, rehashed, unimaginative, uninspiring and unable to hold my attention beyond the middle of the third chapter, it is.
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Some very interesting ideas behind this story, but the writing style felt a little....uneven

Will keep an eye out for later works, as I liked the idea behind it
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Reasonable book - not what I'd normally read but enjoyed it anyway. Good plot, characters and a few nice twiests
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Childish... 27 Feb. 2013
By sard0nicpan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Basically what you would expect if you gave your second grader the opportunity to write a novel sort of based on X-Men. I could picture this having been written in crayon & then Daddy or Mommy typed it into Word with spell & grammar check turned off.

If your mental age is above 10 you are not likely to enjoy this. It might have made a mediocre graphic novel if it had really good illustrations to prop it up, but even for free I could not hack this drivel. You would have had to pay me at least $40 / hour to finish this dreck. I only lasted about 30 pages until I deleted this 'work' from my Kindle.

Do not be deceived by the 5 Star reviews: they were all by the same person 'B. Reed.' I have flagged those reviews as inappropriate as they are just a cut and paste job.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well-written! 9 Mar. 2013
By R. Lee Vowell Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not a normal reader of tech fiction, but this was outstanding and I would recommend it highly. Definitely worth buying.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre: Re-defined 10 May 2011
By B. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As a consumer of sci-fi, fantasy, graphic comics, cyber-punk, and other kindred genres of novels, I can say that this is a new excursion into the realm of comic graphic novel, if I had to place it in a specific genre, that is. As opposed to spending a lot of time with background in the beginning, the author sends you right into the fray of action. Some may find it a bit disorienting at first, but will soon realize that the characters are more than interesting enough, along with the story-lines they are involved in, to capture the imagination and send you right into the fray of their respective situations. I, personally, am a fan of jumping into the action and having the story come together the further I read.

The idea of human evolution achieving the next level of development is not a new concept, but the author takes the direction of what many in our current society be believed to not only be possible, but inevitable, such as Government entities using genome experimentation to allow the standard homosapien to progress to the next level. This has been theorized and fictionalized in many different ways, whether by comics, conspiracy theories, fictional novels, or an underground belief by some within the general public to be actually in process.

Where this differs from other interpretations of genome evolution is not only the method of progression, but in the mystery as to how the individuals were initiated. GNA: Initiate introduces you to characters that may seem similar to traditional comic book heroes and heroines in some ways, but the abilities they possess is where the similarities stop. It's almost impossible to imagine a super-human with abilities that haven't already been used by a character from comics or movies, but where the author deviates from the norm is how they are not only introduced to their latent abilities, but how they deal with them, as well as how the characters are connected to each other and how they are developed into the usage of their abilities.

It's easy to imagine a person with some sort of "mutant" abilities, but it takes so much more to make a reader identify with both significant and trivial parts of human existence that the character experiences. This book takes the reader on a journey to discover these things, yet also allows the yearning for "what's next?"

Rest assured that you will get some answers the further you read, yet you'll also be itching for the next entry, once you're done with this entry that will hopefully be the first of many.

Join the journey into the realm of GNA. Read your current fringe news stories and you might just find that the author may not be writing fiction, as much as he is writing the possible future...
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-think the comic graphic novel 27 July 2012
By B. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a consumer of sci-fi, fantasy, graphic comics, cyber-punk, and other kindred genres of novels, I can say that this is a new excursion into the realm of comic graphic novel, if I had to place it in a specific genre, that is. As opposed to spending a lot of time with background in the beginning, the author sends you right into the fray of action. Some may find it a bit disorienting at first, but will soon realize that the characters are more than interesting enough, along with the story-lines they are involved in, to capture the imagination and send you right into the fray of their respective situations. I, personally, am a fan of jumping into the action and having the story come together the further I read.

The idea of human evolution achieving the next level of development is not a new concept, but the author takes the direction of what many in our current society be believed to not only be possible, but inevitable, such as Government entities using genome experimentation to allow the standard homosapien to progress to the next level. This has been theorized and fictionalized in many different ways, whether by comics, conspiracy theories, fictional novels, or an underground belief by some within the general public to be actually in process.

Where this differs from other interpretations of genome evolution is not only the method of progression, but in the mystery as to how the individuals were initiated. GNA: Initiate introduces you to characters that may seem similar to traditional comic book heroes and heroines in some ways, but the abilities they possess is where the similarities stop. It's almost impossible to imagine a super-human with abilities that haven't already been used by a character from comics or movies, but where the author deviates from the norm is how they are not only introduced to their latent abilities, but how they deal with them, as well as how the characters are connected to each other and how they are developed into the usage of their abilities.

It's easy to imagine a person with some sort of "mutant" abilities, but it takes so much more to make a reader identify with both significant and trivial parts of human existence that the character experiences. This book takes the reader on a journey to discover these things, yet also allows the yearning for "what's next?"

Rest assured that you will get some answers the further you read, yet you'll also be itching for the next entry, once you're done with this entry that will hopefully be the first of many.

Join the journey into the realm of GNA. Read your current fringe news stories and you might just find that the author may not be writing fiction, as much as he is writing the possible future...
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So great 4 Mar. 2013
By Tyler Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I definitely give it a five star rating. I loved reading this! I don't usually read something like this, as I mainly read sports book, but this was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. The author did a great job developing the characters, and helping you really feel like you know them.
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