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The Scarlet Crane: Transition Magic Book One [Kindle Edition]

J. E. Hopkins
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THE TEMPTATION AND TERROR OF TRANSITION


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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2408 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • 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: #695,786 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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7 of 8 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.
10 of 12 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 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great job for a first novel - looking forward to more! Dec 10 2013
By Carol Scarr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, this was a page-turner! Hopkins does a great job setting up interesting situations, putting his characters in unusual locations, and keeping the action moving. I've never been anywhere in Asia, but the descriptions in the scenes that took place in Hanoi, North Korea, and China rang true and matched my impressions from seeing things in the news or in movies, etc. The characters came across as distinct, well-described physically, and internally consistent.

While the characters were well drawn, though, I felt that more could have been done with character development in general and John Benoit in particular. He's the same guy at the end of the novel as he was at the beginning. This is common with series characters such as those found in mystery series, so all by itself that's not bad. But John doesn't appear to have any particular flaws or any hardship to overcome or anything concrete he's really striving for. In this regard, he's similar to James Bond as portrayed in all but the most recent films. So that's not a bad thing, but if you really like getting into the main character's head, John Benoit doesn't give much away in this first outing.

The main way I judge how good a book is these days is how willing I'd be to pay money to read another book by the same author. By that standard, this was a great read, because the day after I'd finished reading it, I bought the sequel and read that in one day. Keeping in mind that this is the author's first novel, it's understandable that there are a few things to work out. The second book was even better, and I'm looking forward to the third.
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
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series starter with a fresh concept May 11 2015
By Kenneth Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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At first i found Scarlet Crane a bit hard to get into. Nothing really wrong with it, just seemed like i was plowing through. Maybe part of it was because the Transition Effect wasn't really fleshed out. After a couple of the interludes with the kids though, you got a much better feel for what the Author is conceptualizing and then the book picks up speed quite quickly.
Some points seemed a bit like the Author was checking boxes, but on the other hand, it ended up coming together quite nicely and i felt like it had a good wrap up leaving room for future growth in the series. Given that one of the main characters "Dish" is referenced at 70 but seems quite spry, I have a feeling the Author is setting us up for a use of magic sometime in the past we aren't expecting. Just a feeling mind you.
Already picked up the second book in the series and even though only about a 1/3 of the way through, i can see where the Author has grown both his own writing style, and the development of the characters.

Good job Mr. Hopkins! Keep going and I for one will keep reading!
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