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The Awakening (Rebirth, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Pierce

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A "riveting, disturbing" novel about angels, reality and the end of the world as we know it. First in a trilogy, this novel will leave you breathless and wanting more!

"... You will never look at world events or simple changes in your life the same way after reading this novel."

About the Author

Jeffrey Pierce is a study in contradictions. He's a pacifist who fully embraces his warrior nature, a traditionally trained shaman who studied for the clergy, and as at home with a backpack and days of trail behind him as he is with a controller and his Xbox. Living in his native Oregon with his wife, children, and their cat from another planet, he stays in shape by pushing the family minivan around their neighborhood and doing daily combat drills with a full-size sledgehammer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Jeffrey Pierce; 1 edition (April 22 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005064190
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two strong thumbs up May 29 2011
By Paul Lappen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of a trilogy, this is a dark suspense/horror novel about the end of the world.

Drew is your average 21st century computer geek. He runs into Alicia at a local club, and recognizes her from his dreams. She is one of the Old Ones, an ancient, immortal race of beings who come from somewhere else. The reason that Drew recognizes Alicia is that, as he learns later, he is of the bloodline; he has some of the blood of the Old Ones in him. They move in together, and fall in love. Evil forces, led by a being named Lotomas, are coming after them, so they head for an isolated spot in eastern Montana to decide on their next move.

A disparate group of people, from all walks of life, join them in Montana. The only thing they have in common is that they have all had the same kind of strange dreams; they are all of the bloodline. Things end very badly for the group; Lotomas and his minions don't just kill them; their souls are also stolen. Alicia "saves" Drew by placing her hands on his chest, stopping his heart, and sending his soul to the afterlife. Alicia finds herself in a place called Ahnnchalla, a dark and dismal place with corpses as far as the eye can see.

Meantime, an angel named Nathaniel, woken after a 200-year sleep, and Jenny, a teenage girl who is also of the bloodline, arrive in Montana just after the slaughter. Being questioned by the police would be very bad, so they take off and hole up in a motel room, where Nathaniel has Jenny do some Internet searching. The intention of Lotomas is to make Earth part of Ahnnchalla. If the contemporary societal threads that will lead to such a thing can be found ahead of time, perhaps they can be pulled the right way to prevent it from happening. Humans are good at seeing the threads after a thing has happened, but have a tough time at putting things together ahead of time. Jenny finds plenty of possibilities on the Internet: war, poverty, racism, etc. When people talk about the "end of the world," it doesn't necessarily mean the destruction of Earth. Something like the world's climate going haywire, or some sort of bio-war will radically change the world for those who survive.

Do Drew and Alicia get back together, in any form? Can Jenny find the right societal threads to pull to prevent the end of the world? The writing in this book borders on amazing. It will give the reader plenty to consider, about theology and society in general. There's also a really good story here. I am not much of a horror reader, so I was glad that the horror parts were not overwhelming. This gets two strong thumbs up.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, riveting read! May 15 2011
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The quest for knowledge isn't about answering questions for the world at large. It's about stilling your own inner hunger, about uncovering the knowledge that will complete you in places only you know are lacking. The search for knowledge is not a group effort, even if someone accompanies you; it's a personal quest for answers that are most meaningful only to you." Matthias, The Awakening

Riveting, disturbing second novel by Jeffrey Pierce. A beautifully-written self-contained story that leaves you satisfied and yet wanting more. You will never look at world events or simple changes in your life the same way after reading this novel. Be grateful there is a break between the first book and the second. You'll need it to catch your breath and calm your pounding heart.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 13 2011
By Tiffani Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Warning: If you read this book, you're going to get hooked. This author is a great storyteller with an amazing writing style. Great plot, a really interesting take on our modern world with dose of the mysterious. Highly recommended!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Awakening put me to sleep Dec 2 2012
By James Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry. I really wanted to like this. The author's blurb that I read sounded great. Fallen angels, immortals, half-human-half angelic offspring etc. But of everything I have ever read with this premise, "The Awakening" was by far the least interesting and well written. The characters all act with no obvious motivation or rationale. Immortal Alicia, about whose personality we know nothing other than she once was in love with another immortal named Nathaniel, falls instantly in love and vice versa with a human, Drew, about whose personality we know nothing at al when they meet in a bathroom stall as Alicia is encouraging the vampiric murder of some other human by yet another character. Say what? Oh yeah, turns out that Drew had been having dreams because he is "of the bloodline" meaning that somewhere in his family tree was another of the immortal angels, called (annoyingly and repeatedly) "Old ones".

There is no basis for their mutual "to death and beyond" love since neither has any sort of personality described. Do they like the same books, movies, favorite color, music, Chinese food - who knows? fWe are given absolutely no insight into who they really are. The "rules" of the angels, their own origins, their relation to God or god or gods is never clearly spelled out, and their mission, other than disobeying God or god or gods is blurry ("everything is metaphor" is about as deep as things get). Heaven and Hell (Anchalla) are unclearly drawn (who goes where and why, and when etc.) and the whole thing is a muddled mess.

The writing is simple and the structure linear. The vocabulary is very, very basic. The writing isn't bad - there's much worse out there in the world of indie publishing- but it wasn't notably good either. There is nothing particularly scary about the horror scenes or erotic about the love scenes. The novel, was, unfortunately, boring and I couldn't wait to get to the end. I rarely stop reading something after I have completed 20% or so, but this time I was sorely tempted.

I cannot help comparing "The Awakening" to "Angelology" by Danielle Trussoni. Angelology has some problems of its own, but is a far superior piece of writing, plotting and pacing, and way more interesting, scary and romantic/erotic than is "The Awakening". Sorry, but I cannot find anything here to recommend, and 2 stars is probably one more than this novel really deserves.

J.M. Tepper
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome read! Sept. 20 2011
By Athena Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First I have to say, this book is through and through intriguing! The characters, their development, the world, and its rules....it leaves your head spinning and craving more! I can't wait for the second book to be released! Rebirth paints a world where there is no black or white, no absolute right or wrong, but many shades of grey. Where sacrifice of the few is needed in order to save the many...and it is never pretty. And the smallest choices could from even one person could save or destroy humanity. You meet so many characters, each holding a piece of the thread that is slowly being revealed. The build up is slow but well worth the patience, trust me it just draws you in! The character development reminds me a lot of Stephen King's "The Stand" where every person you meet even if its for the briefest moment will have a great impact on the plot line even if it is not right then. It takes everything people think about angels and throw's it right out the window! Every page will leave you guessing what will happen next! I would not recommend this book for young adults due to its graphic nature and detail, however to everyone 18 and older...I loved it and would completely recommend it! It's one of a kind!

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