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

J. E. Hopkins
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"The Scarlet Crane is a thriller in every sense of the word, but it’s also so much more. J. E. Hopkins tells a great story, delves into the humanity of strong and believable characters, and builds a world where transition, a brief and deadly time in every pubescent child’s life when magic is possible, threatens not only to kill the young, but to overturn the world order itself. This is a terrific book and J. E. Hopkins is an exciting new writer."

–Shelley Singer, author of "Blackjack" and the Jake Samson mystery series.

The Scarlet Crane is the first volume in the Transition Magic series. The second volume, The Saffron Falcon, is also available on Amazon.

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 and flow from the true desire of the child, and no one else, or the child dies. Few take the risk. Almost all who do, perish.

Rumors have surfaced of a rogue Chinese program that circumvents Transition's deadly restrictions. The year is 2014 and 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 is ordered to take any action necessary to protect the US from magical threats. John 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.

Against this global pursuit, the seductive terror of Transition is brought to vivid life by glimpses into the lives of five children:

--Thanna, sold to the Chinese, wants to use magic to free Crane's children.
--Anya believes Transition can save her from the winter streets of Moscow.
--Isa confronts Transition as part of an ancient African puberty ritual.
--Sarah, terrified of magic, feels compelled to use it to stop her friend's sexual abuse.
--Jonah is convinced he's found a unique way to cure his sister's cancer.

An American nuclear aircraft carrier is destroyed by Transition magic; hundreds of lives are lost. Civilization teeters on the edge of an immutable metamorphosis as John races to find Crane and shut it down.

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,878 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
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I enjoyed the story and the way it was written. There was a little mystery and a little suspense too.
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3 of 3 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
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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 2 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
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun, unique read March 26 2013
By larrytx - Published on Amazon.com
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Hopkins has a writing style that makes the reader feel more like a collaborator than a passive participant. Full of intrigue,twists, and turns.
2 of 2 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
(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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading April 15 2013
By Patg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is sort of a spy novel & sort of a sci-fi/fantasy novel. The writing is very good, although a little professional editing could be used. At one point a character is referred to by name and a paragraph or two later, the same character was given the wrong name. The CIA & other national security agencies are a popular topic now but this is well-done. The agents are believable and well-developed & the plot new & well thought out. I am hoping there is another book in the series because I would like to find out what happens with all the characters.

This is a fast moving book & I had a hard time putting it down before I was finished.
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