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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956373348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956373342
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,070,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a cracking adventure story set on Mars with the hero tackling the very gods themselves. It's a real page-turner - full of action and bloodshed. It's violent and gritty, but also has more than a couple of twists along the way to keep you guessing.
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Part sorcerer, part demon, but most of all, loving father, Rhone of Iylan dares to battle a god bent on the domination of both mortals and immortals alike. Rhone is an ex-soldier turned fisherman, who wants nothing more than a good catch and to raise his young daughter in peace. Falling victim to the manipulative demi-god Ducain, Rhone believes his daughter is dead. In mind-numbing grief, he plays into Ducain's hands and vows to travel to the literal ends of the planet to save her soul and return her to the land of the living.

Rhone by John A. Karr is an action-packed tale that moves rapidly from one adventure to the next. Using a strong mythological background and an intriguing setting, Karr weaves an intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing, while at the same time, sympathizing with a father grieving for the daughter he's lost. Be warned, this novel is not for the faint of heart. Rhone's journey is filled with gore and graphic violence, but in the end, Karr leaves the reader wanting to share more adventure with the half-Demon hero who defied a god.

-- ML Hamilton
Author of Emerald
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e99e234) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x8e9b93c0) out of 5 stars A good read! 24 April 2010
By Joshua Able - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ok,
I'm not a polished reviewer by any stretch of the imagination so bear with me.

The original review, along with comments from John A. Karr can be found on on my personal site.

I found Rhone to be a very enjoyable book, that's not to say I didn't have any issues with it, and those I'm going to start with.

Rhone was published by a small UK based publisher Wild Wolf and if John is any indication of Wild Wolfs talent selection then I suspect they may have a stable of pretty good authors. However, the biggest issue I have is based on editing. I'm not the pickiest reader out there and I've read reviews by some very good reviewers who have had fits over books that I didn't notice any errors in. With Rhone there were several cases of editing that stood out and I really hope Wolf takes a little longer on Johns next book so I don't have to mention this again. By no means do I think you should not buy this book due to the issues, just be aware of them and not think your too crazy when some things show up.

The main character is of course Rhone, a human/demon cross bred. The story revolves around a Demi-Gods desire to cast down his betters and rule the Heavens and Mars for his own amusement. To do this Rhone plays a very important part in the plan, and because of certain actions taken by the Demi-God, Rhone is pissed off enough to do what needs to be done. Rhone is a good character, John took some time to develop him and show some depth. Rhone also is a total bad ass who grows in power slowly through his trials and tribulations.

The world building is pretty standard, even though it is Mars, for the most part one can consider it just a fancified earth. The author doesn't try to toss too many crazy ideas at the reader, just enough so you know that you sure aren't in Kansas anymore. One complaint I have was the mention of a 6 legged deer. It felt like a new author trying to toss something out there that somebody could sort of relate to. As a reader I didn't need to hear about a 6 legged deer, just call it a deer or make up a name and describe it a little so the reader knows what it "is".

Magic tends to play an import, yet fairly small role. With any story that has Gods and Demons running amok there has to be some, but for the most part it doesn't try to take over the story. At times, and towards the end there is a bit more, but again, it isn't overwhelming.

So far for the books I've read in the last 6 months I have to put Rhone near the top, and unless something changes John A. Karr will be on my Top 10 list for the end of the year. If it wasn't for the editing I feel John could be easily in the top 5.

I haven't been this into a new author since I picked up The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. I really feel that if you like the Abercrombies and Gemmells of the world you should really give Rhone a shot.
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HASH(0x8e9b9414) out of 5 stars Dark heroic fantasy 8 Jun. 2010
By M. Wanchoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was intrigued by the book description which is featured as a dark heroic fantasy set on Mars and among his literary idols, the author counts upon Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, Karl Edward Wagner and Edgar Rice Burroughs whose works inspired this book. The blurb details made it sound very inviting and so I started it with high anticipation.

The tale begins with Rhone who is now a fisherman living in the small town of Iylan, he spends most of his time fishing and making himself inconsequential. The thing he loves the most is his daughter Enna and he makes sure that she gets all of his attention. What he does not know that because of his soldier past and his demon genes. He has been targeted by Ducain, a demigod amongst the Marsii God pantheon, a vital cog in Ducain's plan to kill Acteon the God King and usurp the mantle of Godking. Oblivious to all of this Rhone carries on with his life and meets with his comrade Satho who is passing by his town and they reminisce about their battles. Ducain on the other hand has plans to murder Rhone's daughter to push him to the brink of his sanity and then nudge him over to become his godslaying pawn. What Ducain doesn't count upon is that someone else who has their own plans with Rhone's lineage.

The tale starts off with Enna's murder by an assassin under Ducain's patronage. Rhone wildly escalates in to a raving weapon which is exactly where Ducain wants him. He then introduces himself as a immortal who can help him retrieve Enna's soul from purgatory if Rhone can travel there and retrieve another object from Purgatory. This object being a weapon shaped from a meteorite which can kill even a god. Rhone acquiesces as he sees no alternative but Ducain puts him into a coma before having him begin his journey to avoid suspicion about his plots, thus begins the journey which will make Rhone a legend upon the Marsii Continent.

John A. Karr has written a straight forward heroic fantasy which has enough twists and turns in to be enjoyable. His writing is smooth and the prose is far from being soporific. The tale though a revenge story becomes much more than what the blurb hints at. The author has mixed some SF bits and set this tale on Mars and time period is around when the dinosaurs were wiped out from the face of the Earth. The story is very fast paced and makes the reader follow through entirely. The downside to Rhone is that there are some editing typos which might put off people however I didn't think it detracted anything from the tale. Also, the ending which comes naturally to this tale tries to encompass a bit of what happened afterwards and that seemed a bit too much in too little space that is devoted to it.

Rhone was a very enjoyable heroic fantasy book and the only complaint I had was that the climax ended in a way that makes you want to read the next book at the earliest possible convenience. Give Rhone a try if you have like dark sword and sorcery tales or heroic fantasy, as for me this was another highly enjoyable book and John A. Karr becomes another addition to my list of authors to look out for.
HASH(0x8f8e8894) out of 5 stars Better than my rating indicates 31 May 2010
By Ed Gosney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wanted to give this a 2 and a half star rating, but wasn't able to do that.

Rhone was a decent, enjoyable read that could have been even better with a good editor. The constant use of description of clothing drove me batty at times, and the first third of the book, when the gods were involved, suffered from flowery language that reminded me of a cheap romance novel. Sometimes there were missing words (you could figure out what they were supposed to be easily enough), and in some places the grammar suffered.

And perhaps Karr doesn't want us being too critical of his work, based on a statement by Rhone himself on page 226: "I prefer not to critique the works of others. The writer created something from nothing, and deserves credit for such." This made me chuckle.

But despite the inherent problems here, I did find myself entertained, pushing on to the finish. Some parts dragged out, while other parts seemed not to be fully enough explored. A good book lies somewhere underneath all of this. As I said, a good editor could have helped shape this into so much more than what we get here. Yet if he produces another Rhone book, I would buy it, because after going through all the trials and hardships with the big guy, I know that I'll sort of miss him now that our reading relationship is finished.

For those of you who want to know just what this book is about, Rhone is a former soldier who has mixed blood, a quarter of which is demon. A demigod, who wants to usurp his father, the god king, knows of a weapon that could do such. But he needs someone to do certain tasks for him, because if Ducain, the demigod, does them himself, his father will be able to detect it. He tricks Rhone into believing that his daughter has been murdered, but that Rhone can yet free her soul. It is on this premise that Rhone is willing to travel to the land of the dead and free a titan there who once tried himself to kill the god king. This titan, once Rhone frees him, should be able to recover the powerful weapon.

Along the way we see Rhone as a soldier, fisherman, and father. There is a lot of action and bloodshed, and some interesting background on some of the characters.

Karr, you do have some talent, but it can be honed into so much more. Stephen King has some things to say about cutting out adverbs (and possibly some adjectives, but I no longer remember) in his instructional book "On Writing." You may want to check this out, because I believe it could help make you a better writer.
HASH(0x8e9b969c) out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 7 Jan. 2011
By Strapped-4-Cache - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is only the second item about which I have taken the time to post a review on Amazon, so please bear with me as I stumble through this because I am not practiced in doing so.

Rhone was an enjoyable story to read. Other reviews have noted some issues with editing, but if you can overlook those small details the story itself is well thought out. The author took pains at the beginning of the book to help the reader get a good understanding of the world he has built through descriptions of the flora and fauna, and he also took time to reinforce the differences from terrestrial plant and animal life. Some descriptions are extensive, while others leave much to the imagination. Personally, I would have liked to "see" more of the animals through the author's eyes because the descriptions provided for some of the more common animals were somewhat sparse, leaving me with an incomplete idea of how they should truly look.

Aside from that small criticism, the rest of the story was fun to read and I quite enjoyed it. The author found a way to successfully develop the main character throughout the story so that the reader will share in his victories and his losses as the story progresses.

The way the story ended makes me believe that the author plans to develop this world further and I look forward to reading the next installment.
HASH(0x8e9b963c) out of 5 stars Action Packed Thriller with Mythological Overtones 14 Feb. 2011
By ML Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Part sorcerer, part demon, but most of all, loving father, Rhone of Iylan dares to battle a god bent on the domination of both mortals and immortals alike. Rhone is an ex-soldier turned fisherman, who wants nothing more than a good catch and to raise his young daughter in peace. Falling victim to the manipulative demi-god Ducain, Rhone believes his daughter is dead. In mind-numbing grief, he plays into Ducain's hands and vows to travel to the literal ends of the planet to save her soul and return her to the land of the living.

Rhone by John A. Karr is an action-packed tale that moves rapidly from one adventure to the next. Using a strong mythological background and an intriguing setting, Karr weaves an intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing, while at the same time, sympathizing with a father grieving for the daughter he's lost. Be warned, this novel is not for the faint of heart. Rhone's journey is filled with gore and graphic violence, but in the end, Karr leaves the reader wanting to share more adventure with the half-Demon hero who defied a god.

-- ML Hamilton
Author of Emerald
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