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A Question of Will (The Aliomenti Saga - Book 1) (English Edition) eBook Kindle

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[Book 1 of 8]
They murdered his wife and son. They burned down his house. They beat him within an inch of his life. And then they realized they had the wrong man.

They should have killed him when they had the chance.

Will Stark is a self-made multi-billionaire, happily married and a proud father. He arrives home to find his house destroyed and his family murdered, and is himself rescued from certain death by a mysterious trio.

His rescuers are part of a splinter faction of a centuries-old secret society that has developed incredible technological advances, and unlocked the method to release humanity's innate potential, and skills long thought the realm of magic. Will was mistakenly believed to be a key dissident and fugitive, on the run from the primary group, known as the Aliomenti.

Society believes him dead, and Will elects to work from the shadows to learn the secrets of the Aliomenti, secrets that can help him seek his own form of vengeance.

Or, perhaps, become the man they'd sought all along.

Sobre o Autor

Alex Albrinck is the author of the bestselling Aliomenti Saga, along with the apocalyptic thriller series the Ravagers. His work has appeared twice in the acclaimed Future Chronicles short story anthologies, with stories in The A.I. Chronicles and The Dragon Chronicles. Alex lives in Ohio. Visit him at alexalbrinck.com.

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos, narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel, and films.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1601 KB
  • Número de páginas: 288 páginas
  • Quantidade de dispositivos em que é possível ler este eBook ao mesmo tempo: Ilimitado
  • Editora: Fabinarium Publications, LLC (15 de janeiro de 2014)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B009F19JFM
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Leitor de tela: Compatível
  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 4.1 de 5 estrelas 441 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 140 de 148 pessoa(s):
2.0 de 5 estrelas Needs serious editing 27 de abril de 2013
Por Robert601 - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I've so far read the first two books in this series.
I like the ideas behind it.
However, the books both need serious editing. The author says the same thing over and over and the dialogue is atrocious. The characters need a lot of work and the plot and the way the character act are not consistent or believable at all.

As I said, I liked the ideas behind these books and am debating getting the third book to see what happens but the need for editing dramatically takes away from my enjoyment of this series.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 11 de 11 pessoa(s):
1.0 de 5 estrelas then skimmed the rest of the book to see if it would get better, or maybe tie some ideas together 18 de agosto de 2014
Por Rhenda - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I pushed through about four and a half chapters, then skimmed the rest of the book to see if it would get better, or maybe tie some ideas together, or something, but it just never got anywhere. I didn't read enough to be totally objective about what seemed to be a lethargic story line, but I did read enough to realize the author may have had an idea for a story, but he is likely not a writer. Other comments suggest that editing might help, but honestly, it would take a total rewriting to fix all the problems. It was hard to get through paragraphs and sentences to the idea he was trying to convey, whatever it was. It was almost impossible to read, let alone take seriously. I guess I appreciate anyone's effort to produce, but I can't read this guy. I just can't. Maybe he could get a co-writer? I hate to cut him off at the knees, but it doesn't seem like his forte'.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 5 de 5 pessoa(s):
2.0 de 5 estrelas Good ideas, flawed execution 4 de outubro de 2014
Por Jessica - Publicada na Amazon.com
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The story in this book is a sort of thriller with heavy science fiction and fantasy elements. There is a nefarious organization of people with special powers, plus a rebel group that broke away from the others and works in the best interests of the plain old humans. A man and his family get unsuspectingly tangled up in all that business. A dash of time travel spices things up.

The author has some good ideas and a degree of talent with the written word (although he is rather fond of some cliche phrases), but has yet to learn how to string it all together into a cohesive novel in a way that works.

The book would tell the same piece of information over and over again as we read from different character points of view. I understand that one person is just learning of it, but since the reader already knows, you have to find a better way than just repeating the same things to us. And then again. And again. This was especially tiresome when the entire first scene was repeated from different perspectives at least 4 times. I struggled to keep reading at that point.

(I am just now noticing that the author's long-winded blurb about the book does the EXACT same thing. Will is attacked, his family killed, his house burned, only to find out his attackers went after the wrong man. Insert some description of Will, and then tell us AGAIN that his was attacked, his family killed, his house burned, only to find out once again that he is still the wrong man. Oy!)

I developed no connection to any of the characters, and found some of the characterization laughable.

As I said, though, the author has some good ideas, he just needs some more experience on how to piece the story together in a more compelling way.
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2.0 de 5 estrelas slush pile reject 10 de agosto de 2014
Por Wildwily - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Shadowy super powered organizations battling it out with unbelievable incompetence.

Bizarre caricatures for assailants.

Terrible police and emergency services procedures.

Huge internal monologues by secondary characters who are then killed. Monologues that involve people some how having information they really shouldn't be capable of putting together.

The POV jumps around aimlessly and to little effect other than to BORE ME.

I did not notice problems with grammar or writing other than a lack of depth and imagination.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 31 de 34 pessoa(s):
2.0 de 5 estrelas There is very little accurate science in this piece of fiction. It has interesting concepts but with flawed execution and dialog 11 de agosto de 2014
Por Grossly Irrelevant - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is science fiction written without the benefit of a good understanding of basic science. Or perhaps the author *does* have a good grasp of current science, but either cannot trust himself to communicate it effectively to a lay reader base, or simply cannot believe that his audience is capable of comprehending it? This 1st book was free for download, and I only barely managed to convince myself to read the whole book after the 1st several chapters because I'd already purchased the rest of the trilogy, anticipating I would like the novel based upon the Amazon description and an intriguing cover. Rarely has the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover" been more appropriate a warning, even though this 1st title was free.

I *did* read the 1st 4 books, 3 of them as Nook books. That earns them at least 2 stars from me, since I am reserving my 1 star reviews for titles I couldn't force myself to finish. Books 1 and 4 are the most poorly-executed of the 4. I simply don't understand all the wonderful 4 and 5 star reviews of works so light on science and so heavy on fiction and fantasy, and burdened with such large flaws of fact and voice. But I'll guess that the creative ideas behind the work and perhaps a poor understanding of basic scientific concepts allowed them to ignore things which stopped me cold, popping me right out of the story as efficiently as might my hearing Sister Mary Francis cover a gangsta rap track.

On the topic of free, I truly do appreciate authors like this one, having a large catalog of works making their early titles available for free so one may try them without risk. But in all honesty, a review is a review and it would defeat the purpose to allow the price to defeat the purpose of an honest review. So, plain and simple, thanks, but this author could have done far, far better. If he has a word processor and computer, or even access to a public library, he could very easily have fact-checked any of this science which he has so completely ignored. He isn't meeting the reader half-way to even barely-plausibility along the way to the reader's requirement to suspend his disbelief as he takes up the story.

If you remember a few of the most essential and basic science lessons from your early school days, e.g. the following laws: 1) the law of conservation of energy, 2) Newtonian Mechanics, 3) Boyle's Gas Laws, 4) the Second Law of Thermodynamics, 5) "Nature Abhors a Vacuum". 6) and basic economic theory, you will constantly be jarred out of this story and plot line by blatant disregard for basic physics and economic theory regarding critical points of the storyline. Granted, all readers are expected to meet the authors mid-way with a voluntary suspension of disbelief. But this author either simply doesn't understand what he's writing or asking, or he simply doesn't care to try to earn the right to list this title as science fiction instead of in the more proper pure fantasy category wherein this work and its subsequent titles belong.

For the author's benefit, I'll share that:

1) There is going to be a great deal of waste heat generated by the storage or the discharge of electrical energy, sufficient to vaporize his envisioned nanobots, should they even begin to attempt 0.001% of the feats he expects them to perform routinely as major plot points. Likewise, only in fantasy could a human body store or liberate such energies without generating immense and unmanageable/ unsurvivable heat.

2) A nano machine is not impervious to mechanical or thermal energies. So a microscopic layer, for example, couldn't prevent a papercut, much less a sword stroke, a bullet's impact, or an explosive shockwave overpressure event. They would be converted from nanomachines to either an aerosol dust of nanoparticles, or a cloud of silicon vapor, or both, coating the wounds they failed to prevent.

3.) Ordinary submarines, even modern ones, cannot operate at miles beneath the ocean. Each 32 feet of depth adds 14.7 psi (an atmosphere) of pressure. WW2 boats routinely had a crush depth under 1000 feet and even modern nuclear subs cannot survive more than a 1/2 mile deep. Experimental vehicles like the Woods Hole's 'Alvin' can reach and maintain 2 miles depth, for only several hours before being required to surface. But each 1,000 feet of depth adds another 30 atmospheres of pressure, so at 2 miles depth, there will be 300 atmospheres of pressure on all surfaces, over 3000 psi, enough to squeeze a liter of air into 3ml of space, and there could simply *never* be a vacuum-filled chamber having any outlet to the sea. And no passenger capsule using metallurgy prior to the 1960s could survive such depths.

Likewise, a 21st century American couldn't even *begin* to effectively communicate with an Englishman from circa 1000 AD, and certainly would not be able to converse using his habitual cliches, metaphors, mannerisms, etc. Since such time travel is a main plot feature, it is remarkable that all the characters in each era still speak with precisely the English of the modern era to our protagonist... a massive convenience for both he and the author, doubtless. But the convention truly hampers the character's dialog, often jarringly so when a person of an archaic age uses a modern phrase or euphemism.

And while we're speaking of dialog, ouch! Seriously, the 1st 5 chapters or so is filled with the most ridiculously over-the-top dialogue from the most ridiculous comic book styled cardboard cut-out villains, who act more hapless than Keystone Cops.
Blessedly, this tapers off somewhat as we moved into the story, which is what allowed me to finish the works, but, painfully, there is a tendency for this comic-book voice and author intrusion to pop up jarringly and repeatedly around major plot points. And then there's what I could never shake from the moment that I read the title. I mean each time I read the word 'Aliomenti', I couldn't help but to recognize that the fictional (Bavarian) 'Illuminati' also contains 5 syllables, many of the same or similar phonemes, and that it is difficult to imagine that the similarity was accidental.

And to top it all off, at some point, the narration begins to read like an accountant delivering a childrens' Sunday school lesson as if reading it from an antiquated telephone residential listings book. At some point, the character Will's internal dialog becomes indistinguishable from his spoken dialog, and even from the author's routine intrusions. It really makes it hard to remain 'inside' the story as you read it, able to experience the storyline through the character's eyes instead of having it narrated to you as if by Ferris Beuller's teachers droning on and on. I'd really like to have had the chartacters tell the story more often, using their own unique voices, rather than to have the author narrate it to me in his own voice, using the characters more like finger puppets than actors on a stage contained between two covers.

I can't honestly recommend this title to anyone, and so I won't. But it is free, and more entertaining that watching late night infomercials, if you've little else to do. And Books 2 and 3 earn 3 stars, albeit sharing many of the flaws already shared. So far, I'm out $3 and about 24 hours, and I can live with that, for now. And I believe this author deserves the chance to hone his craft using such donations.
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