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Red Smoke Rising [Paperback]

Rick Anthony
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Smoke Rising is a rush! Oct. 27 2010
Format:Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but from page 1 I was hooked. The story takes off like a house on fire and doesn't stop until the end. Non-stop action - really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced and very descriptive Nov. 23 2010
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be fast paced and a great read. I surprised myself at how much I enjoyed this book, as I don't usually read this genre of book. I loved it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at it's finest! July 13 2011
Format:Paperback
A terrific fantasy read. Anthony brings to life an amazing set of characters whose struggle for freedom becomes your own. This novel begins by dropping you into the middle of the action, with the main character Mia. The pace of the novel keeps up throughout, but the you are never left confused as Anthony is quite adept at keeping the reader informed without adding in unnecessary fluff. Red Smoke Rising was a fun read that kept this reader engaged until the very end. A great book from a first time author. I can't wait to see more of his work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High action, adventure - zombies and minotaurs and shapeshifters oh my July 31 2011
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
One hundred years ago, the Nor invaded Muoro, taking over the Muorokin and using them as slaves. It was all so they could have unlimited access to a drug that is only available in the sea around Muoro called ku, which can - after processing - be smoked or changed into a liquid derivative and taken on the tongue. This drug enhances the abilities of the person taking it - the Nor use it to create Myrmidons, super-humanly strong warriors, whose brutality is infamous. Mia has disguised herself as Nor and taken advantage of the university training to advance her skills in controlling auras and has become a Master - she can change into a tiger or a horse, and also use the power to manipulate others' auras. She is a member of the Underground, rebels who are trying to drive the Nor out of the Muorokin lands.

This book is very fast-paced and action-oriented - it is a quick read and should appeal strongly to those who like near-constant action in their books. The only complaint I had is that there isn't much character development or explanation about the history of people or things - we're just sort of thrown into the middle of all of it and have to try to keep up. Fortunately, the pacing is smooth and the plot is engrossing to the point where you just decide to go with it - and what a ride it is! A stunning debut novel - pick it up and be on the lookout for more books from this highly talented writer!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced action-packed book! Feb. 1 2011
By Terry Hurley - Published on Amazon.com
If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy books like I do, then "Red Smoke Rising" by Rick Anthony will not disappoint you. The action starts right from the very beginning and continues throughout the entire book! I found myself not wanting to put it down as I read of the adventures of Mia and the battle for the possession of Ku, the powerful and magical drug that gives its users super human powers including shape shifting. Take this fantastic journey with Mia as she transforms into a dragon and fights with the Underground against the Myrmidons. A real page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced sci fi fantasy adventure Feb. 1 2011
By Benj - Published on Amazon.com
Rick Anthony's "Red Smoke Rising" was more than I had even imagined. The author brought a world to life that I would visit again. A beautiful blend of fantasy and science fiction, the author skillfully filled each chapter with excitement and adventure. I have always loved the idea of shape shifting and Anthony uses it masterfully in this book, especially with the character Mia. The incredible drug, Ku, with its powerful side effects is at the heart of the invasion of Muoro. I heartily recommend "Red Smoke Rising" to anyone that wants a sci fi fantasy adventure that really delivers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, entertaining book Sept. 21 2011
By shajilge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast paced fantasy novel that has a cast of characters that includes shapeshifters, ogres, soldiers, golems and even a minotaur. The action starts about 10 pages in and keeps going right until the end. This is a quickly read novel and the storyline keeps you engaged.
There are a few things that keep the novel from being rated higher but none of them are enough to keep one from enjoying this book. A backstory that was more developed and more in depth character portrayal would really add to this story. As it stands, the reader knows that the land is ruled by an evil empire and they are given a few glimpses of their brutality but we aren't ever given more details about why Mia, Kale and the others are fighting. It is easy to root for the underdogs, but having characters that were fleshed out a bit more would make the story more engrossing.
I would also have liked a more refined writing style. The book is easy to read but there are sections that seem to be edited hastily. There are also a few spots that use overly simplistic sentences "Kale's face turned red. His eyes bulged." These tend to stick out mainly because they appear in the middle of text that is written well.
The last point that bothered me- and I know this might seem trivial- is the cussing that seems like it was thrown in on a whim. It's not that I mind the swear words, but the words felt like they were added to make it seem edgy. Instead, I was reminded of hearing teenagers swearing to impress their friends.
To summarize. . . very entertaining book, not a literary classic but I look forward to more from Rick Anthony.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Science Fiction Fans Feb. 4 2011
By Jennifer S - Published on Amazon.com
"Red Smoke Rising" by Rick Anthony is everything science fiction should be. You will pick up this book and not want to stop until the very last page. Anthony draws you in with his intense main character Mia, what an amazing woman she is and you will immediately love reading about her adventures. Anthony is very talented when it comes to character development and there so many characters you will enjoy. Anthony also captures your attention with the usual science fiction elements. Pick up this book and plan on spending the rest of the evening reading.
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