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The Scarlet Crane (Transition Magic Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J. E. Hopkins
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Transition. The one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique or the child dies. Only a desperate few take the risk. Almost all who do, perish.

Rumors have surfaced of a rogue Chinese program that circumvents Transition's deadly restrictions. The Chinese are seeking to exploit magic for geopolitical domination, using kidnapped children as disposable pawns. An agent for the US Department of Transition Security investigating the reports has been found murdered in his Hanoi hotel room.

Dr. John Benoit and and Stony Hill, his pierced and scarlet-haired young partner, race to pick up the bloody trail, following it to Bangkok, Zurich, Shenyang, and ultimately to a confrontation on the snow-swept plains of North Korea.

The Scarlet Crane is the first volume in the Transition Magic series.

About the Author

J. E. Hopkins is a retired business executive living in the Cincinnati area, experienced in the science of business communication, softer toilet paper, medical software systems, and bumblebee energetics. All of which have been strangely helpful in the writing of speculative fiction.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147830829X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Unseen Worlds Publishing; 2 edition (Jan. 9 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QOCHSA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sue_McG
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say this is one of the best espionage-suspense books I have ever read. I've never been so enthralled by a book in this genre. As you probably noticed, I love fantasy books, but this one, this book has a bunch of stories that intertwine with each other showing you several sides of the same cube.
I felt like I was living the story with Dish and Stony. The imagery used through the descriptions, is so vivid that you can see everything, even the scenes I'd rather not be able to imagine. I could feel even the temperature of the different places.
This author obviously has had their share of travel or has studied and research each place in the book, since there were a few I've been to and could see them in my mind as if I was there again.
The minds of each character were complex and full of knowledge and mystery. Every situation could possibly be seen as a reality, except maybe, for the main thread which includes magic, though I do believe there is magic in this world.
I will be re-reading this book soon, since I'm sure I have yet some juicy details to uncover that slipped my eye in this first read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet crane Jan. 8 2013
By mary
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the story and the way it was written. There was a little mystery and a little suspense too.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enoyable... March 14 2013
By Maureen G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was an enjoyable read albiet a bit choppy in style. The chapters jump between characters, countries and plots that eventually collide. I enjoyed the protaganist and his female side kick. Oddly I never felt character build up for the victims to care about their fate all that much. I normally do not read books about magic so I was skeptical and not drawn in at all about that topic.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry May 5 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting concept, but did not enjoy the read. It's not a bad read, just could have been more fleshed out. The characters are one dimensional with very little background. I was unable to connect with them. And really a seventy something man rushing everywhere and fighting? I don't think so. Too many "bookisms" and stilted dialogue and i thought too many jumps from one group to another. Who's Akina, what's her background? Do any of the characters have family?
Like I said this is not a bad book but there was no depth to it. Don't think I'll finish it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spy this book, and fall into the magic of transition April 24 2013
By Sue_McG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to say this is one of the best espionage-suspense books I have ever read. I've never been so enthralled by a book in this genre. As you probably noticed, I love fantasy books, but this one, this book has a bunch of stories that intertwine with each other showing you several sides of the same cube.
I felt like I was living the story with Dish and Stony. The imagery used through the descriptions, is so vivid that you can see everything, even the scenes I'd rather not be able to imagine. I could feel even the temperature of the different places.
This author obviously has had their share of travel or has studied and research each place in the book, since there were a few I've been to and could see them in my mind as if I was there again.
The minds of each character were complex and full of knowledge and mystery. Every situation could possibly be seen as a reality, except maybe, for the main thread which includes magic, though I do believe there is magic in this world.
I will be re-reading this book soon, since I'm sure I have yet some juicy details to uncover that slipped my eye in this first read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genre blender That Works. Excellent First Novel. March 25 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
(Full disclosure: this writer and I exchanged novels and reviews. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't have reviewed it, as I don't have time for stuff that I don't like.)

This novel took me by surprise for two reasons. First, I'm not a fan of magic and fantasy. Second, I expected less from a first novel.

Jim Hopkins blended thriller and fantasy, with thriller taking the lead. The elements of magic were very matter-of-fact. It was as believable as reading a thriller in which a new kind of weapon or virus were central to the plot. So, the magic portion was believable because he didn't overwrite it, and because this is a thriller at heart, first and foremost.

Hopkins is a damned good writer, and displays an enviable mastery of scene and detail. I'm hoping that there's a sequel soon, so that a couple of characters can be fleshed out a bit more.

I don't regret a minute I spent on "The Scarlet Crane". It was a novel that I had to make an effort to set down, as Hopkins carries the reader from chapter to chapter.

Check it out!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Enthralling April 13 2013
By Carrie Bedford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Scarlet Crane is a unique blend of thriller and fantasy that really works. A fast-paced plot, replete with international smuggling rings, secret government agencies, and heroic agents in the field, is interlaced with touching stories of children facing the dangers of Transition. J.E. Hopkins has created a cast of memorable characters, led by John Benoit, a powerful force for good in the face of corruption, and Stony Hill, his surprising and unconventional sidekick.

The compelling stories of the children transport the reader to exotic locations around the world, from Africa and Australia to Moscow and Moorea. I found myself thinking about those children long after I'd finished the book. The Scarlet Crane is enthralling. Once you start to read it, you won't want to put it down.
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