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Black as Snow [Kindle Edition]

Nick Nolan
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Sebastian Black is a god amongst men: he’s devastatingly handsome and charismatic—and telepathic. So when his scheming mother, prophetess Kitty Black, announces that her son is the “next species of man,” the world begins taking notice. Together, Kitty and Sebastian forge a spiritual movement that celebrates “divine evolution” while warning of a mass extinction. But just as their fame and wealth are building, a tragedy befalls one of Sebastian’s disciples, and threats from Christian militants become too real to ignore.

Sebastian flees Los Angeles—and his mother—in search of peace and freedom. One by one he encounters “common” people who astonish him with their uncomplicated stories of love and compassion: an aging lesbian couple; a Mexican handyman; a shy, anorexic woman; a recovering meth addict; a gay teenager; and an unthinking college jock. Surprisingly, each has a profound effect upon this arrogant young “messiah.”

As Sebastian drifts further away from Kitty, she becomes more determined to preserve their celebrity status and glittering lifestyle. She sets out to reel Sebastian back to her—even if it means conspiring with his enemies, in particular a dashing young Spaniard who darkly mirrors Sebastian’s supernatural talents and good looks. But not even the telepathic Sebastian can foresee what happens next.

From the sleek penthouses of Century City to the savage coastline of Big Sur, Black as Snow twists the beloved fairy tale of Snow White into a suspense-filled story of intrigue, spirituality, and greed…and the unstoppable power of everyday love.

About the Author

Budding novelist Nick Nolan wrote his first mystery in 5th grade and kept angst-ridden journals (featuring lots of sad poetry) during his teen years, but then had to surrender his dream of becoming a writer to fund college. While building a happy life with his partner Jaime, Nick earned two degrees, worked extensively with homeless youth, rescued dogs, restored two homes, traveled extensively through Mexico, and owned scores of unusual cars -- including a Dodge Challenger once used in the Mod Squad television series.

Nick originally self-published his modern fairy tales (and Book of the Year winners) Strings Attached and Double Bound, and after signing with AmazonEncore in 2009 began writing Black as Snow, based upon Snow White.

Today Nick, Jaime, and their two beloved retrievers divide their time between their home in the San Fernando Valley and a mountaintop cabin. Novel #4 is currently under construction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612180051
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546IDXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Fun Feb. 1 2013
By MB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nick Nolan creates another great page-turner that is powerful, multi-layered and thoroughly satisfying.

Continuing the loosely threaded faery tale re-work, Nolan's characters in this modern day re-telling of "Snow White" are well developed and believable. Sebastian Black, the `Snow White' protagonist, makes a captivating transition from self-indulgent neophyte evangelist to humanitarian while Kitty Black, Sebastian's mother and the `Evil Queen' is deliciously unrestrained by scruples. This story moves at a swift pace with an engaging narrative that took me on a plot-twisting journey along the California coast.

Parts of 'Black as Snow' are very provocative and some religious people will probably not enjoy or even tolerate this book. But if you've got an open mind and you take a moment to consider what the author is saying between the lines, you'll probably find the story thought-provoking, emotional, and fun to read.

This is the third novel I've read from Nick Nolan, and I have to say, it's probably the best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too cliché Jan. 29 2013
By schniev
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book was too cliché and the characters were cardboard cutter. It lacked depth. Sorry. I wanted to like it.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, there's a whole world out here... Aug. 12 2011
By L. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Being protected and adored can be fun.

The fun stops, though, when you try to help someone and, instead, you cause incredible damage.

This is the situation that Sebastian finds himself in. Suddenly his safe world starts to feel like a prison. Sebastian leaves and discovers that the world outside his sanctuary is different from what he expects--in both good and bad ways. His journey is complicated by a possessive mother who warns him about people wanting to harm him and people who really do want to harm him.

Sebastian's discovery is like a lot of classic stories: The protected child runs away and is amazed/shocked at what they find in the world. They are transformed, because their basic humanity and decency have a chance to grow.

Nolan's storyline is a unique invention for this classic storyline. The characters and action are interesting. Unfortunately, some of the characters are a little too stereotypical: It would have been nice to learn what makes them special. Sebastian feels fully developed (for a person his age) and held my interest as I read about his adventure.

Nolan's writing is clear and interesting, but there are times that he seems to be giving us a condensed version. In many ways, the writing seems to be directed at the young adult level (ages 18-25).

Overall, an interesting book, but a little too lightweight. As an early novel, it is OK, but it leaves me looking forward to later, more developed novels that this author will write.
31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topical and engaging Aug. 7 2011
By Gone2lunch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
For those who haven't read it, "The God Virus" is a seminarian's take on what makes religion so addictive. The author is particularly persuasive about the spiral of dependency where religion imposes taboos and requirements around basic human needs like food, sex and emotion which everyone inevitably breaks and for which absolution can only be obtained from the very organization that labeled these things bad in the first place.

This book reads, in part, like a practical and very topical morality play in which these elements are allowed to have free play. The venal cynicism of the mother who decides to exploit her son's gifts to create a new religion sound a bit like the late L R(edacted-because-they'd-probably-sue-me). The "bad guy" is completely believable as he exploits his adherents' weaknesses. (The hyper-Christian conspirator and her "demon-possessed" gay husband aren't a million miles away from a prominent political figure, either). Yet none of these reads like a parody; the characters are distinct, fully formed, and enmeshed in a plot that moves with the elegance and inevitability of a Greek tragedy. None of the human elements is in the slightest bit implausible, and each reaction proceeds from a perfectly logical action or decision. A clever operator can use our weaknesses to make us do "God's work," which different people have come to see as anything from adopting a stray dog to joining a militia in defence of the faith. "Black as Snow" is a chillingly low-key, well-plotted exploration of the way that can happen.

While comparisons can be drawn to everything from Snow White to Dan Brown's blockbusters, it never feels deeply derivative. On its own terms, it's a satisfying, well-plotted suspense novel. The publisher's writeup makes this sound like a feel-good spiritual journey a la Eat-Pray-Love; it doesn't do the book justice. This is tautly plotted and beautifully structured, with our sympathy for the main character growing alongside our apprehension.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nick Nolan's Concept is Good; Execution Needs Work Jan. 31 2012
By Barb Caffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
BLACK AS SNOW is Nick Nolan's re-imagining of the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" fairy tale. The concept is intriguing; Sebastian Black (Snow's analogue) is handsome, charismatic, and is the leader of a new "green" religion that's swept the Earth. (Shades of Robert A. Heinlein's Valentine Michael Smith from STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND thus far.) Black's mother, Kitty, has done her best to guide his career because her son Sebastian has a strange wild talent: he's a telepath.

However, he gets disillusioned with his mother's guidance, and decides to "drop out" for a while. He meets real people -- the analogues of the dwarves -- who have various problems, and Sebastian tries to help them. Because of this, he realizes that we all want and need similar things -- enough money to meet our needs; enough love to fill our souls; a safe and inviting environment; and, of course, world peace. (A religion that doesn't try to make you what you aren't would help nicely, too.)

Sebastian, you see, is gay. And his mother didn't really want people to focus on this. But he _is_ gay, and he must be who he is -- and, of course, his mother would really rather Sebastian did _not_ fall in love with a man. So what's to do? (If you know the classic story of "Snow White," you know what's coming, but I refuse to spoil the surprise if you don't.)

The concept here was excellent, and I enjoyed the contemporary re-imagining that Nolan came up with. However, I really didn't bond with Sebastian as a character; he seemed more like an archetype than someone I could really root for, and while archetypes are often used by novelists and there's nothing wrong with it, that tends to distance the reader from what could've otherwise been a visceral reading experience.

That's why I couldn't give this novel above three stars. It's very interesting and worth reading, but I saw it as more of an intellectual experience than a visceral one. But if you're in the mood for a story that may not move you emotionally -- or one that you have to think about first before you're moved emotionally (as is closer to the truth here) -- and you like fast-moving novels, you will enjoy Nolan's latest novel.

Three stars.

Barb Caffrey
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wise tale - and a fun read! Aug. 16 2011
By John P. Plummer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Nick Nolan once again combines a fast-paced adventure with insight into human life and love. Despite Sebastian Black's fame, beauty, and spiritual gifts, he has much to learn. Journeying past slick appearances and comfortable platitudes into grief, loss, and risk, Sebastian finds a new beginning and a more genuine life. Like all fairy tales (including Snow White, the underlying basis for this story), Nolan's novel has a moral. However, it is delivered gently, and in the midst of a well-crafted and thoroughly entertaining story.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor Sept. 20 2011
By RNT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am very sorry I bought this book. Even if it had been free, I would have wanted my money back. I wish that books with a religious agenda were marked as such. It frustrates me to start what I think will be an interesting story, only to find I have been duped again into spending my money and time on something I have no interest in supporting.

Of course, I could read the reviews more thoroughly, but I don't like to know so much about a story that there is no surprise to it. Instead of "spoiler alert," there should be a "religious alert!"
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