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Unbound, Book One: Earth by [McKay, Robert]
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Unbound is a complex, epic novel of mystery, sensuality, speculation, horror and transcendence; an allegorical urban fantasy set in modern-day San Francisco that examines the nature of Being in various forms, and seeks out the reflections of Love in all its facets: light and dark, whole and broken, here and gone, everywhere.

Crime and Punishment, Love and Forgiveness, Damnation and Salvation are interwoven though this mobius strip of a story, rich with characters to care about, love, loathe and fear. The cast is very real and believable, even when they're not.

Please remember that this is just a Story :-)

And, that in it, no-one is safe...

In Unbound, Book One: Earth:

Lily Godwin has her hands (and head) full. Preoccupied with raising her sister's son William, she fails to perceive not only his increasing longing for her but her own unhealthy harbingers of disaster: mood swings, migraines and blackouts. Visited by heated dreams and idle thoughts, she is becoming more keenly aware of her own desires, which she curiously hadn't given any thought to prior. Things seem to be awakening in her, and elsewhere...

Not only is this Lily's story, but also a coming-of-age story involving Will, and his relationship with his junkie parents, out of prison and ready to take him back from Lily's guardianship. A large colorful supporting cast fills in the canvas to allow for a kaleidoscope-like story that'll keep you off-balance until the end.

In Part One, "Migration", we meet Lily and Will while on vacation near Pismo Beach, and encounter with them a mysterious monkish hitchhiker on Hwy 1 while attempting to get home to San Francisco. Oddly enough, he's going where they are. And he throws a mean Tarot...

In Part Two, "Bound", the rest of the cast is met, the tables set, circumstances set up; tables turned. The consequences of failures rain like fists on a sinner's face.

The novel spans four volumes; this one is followed by Air, Water, and Fire, with an attendant increase in suspense, despair, camaraderie, mystery, tragedy, and transcendence. Yet through it all, Invisibly, Love runs through it, and I hope that somehow you will feel it despite the rough patches, of which there are a few. Be strong; have faith; it'll be worth it; we hope.

With elements from metaphysics and the occult mixing it up with various traditional and apocryphal religious concepts, the Reader will likely soon find themselves on an unexpected Journey that will take them where they least expect but probably should, depending on their perspective, their belief, their philosophy, their expectation. This is a story unlike any that you have read. "No Expectations" is a good rule of thumb going in.

"It's a love story like no other," one First Reader remarked. But it's not a romance. The horror, when it happens, is pitched, but it isn't a horror story. Dense with suspense, it takes its breaks, breaking it. Detective Mulligan wrestles with an unbelievable murder case, yet it isn't exactly a mystery. Nonetheless, it's thick with just these things. Mysteries abound in Unbound.

Can you believe it?

We're happy to let you decide what it is, and that's as it should be. In the end, it's all up to You, anyway :-)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Scott McKay; 1 edition (Dec 23 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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HASH(0xb759c4ec) out of 5 stars An original entertaining urban fantasy April 4 2013
By D. Grandkowski - Published on
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Rob McKay's debut novel, Unbound, an urban fantasy introduces readers to Lily Godwin and her seventeen-year-old charge, William. Seven years earlier Lily discovered Will, then a ten-year old, living in deplorable conditions in the basement belonging to his parents. Lily rescued Will and took him in to care for the boy. The two have been together ever since. But now that Will has reached his teens, he has an unrequited obsession with the beautiful Lily.

As the book begins, Lily and Will have taken a road trip down to Pismo Beach from their home in San Francisco. Their plan is to get away from the stress Will is feeling because he's about to be reunited with his abusive family. Will, however, is none too keen on moving back in with his parents who have a long history of drug addiction and neglecting their child. On the return trip from the beach, Lily and Will stop to pick up an ancient-looking hitchhiker, named brother Al. Here's where the story takes off and begins to layer with an assortment of colorful characters.

Unbound is a story about love, but it isn't a romance. It has elements of horror and suspense, with the metaphysical thrown in. Unbound is a warped blend of the Wings of Desire, Memento, The Sixth Sense, and maybe Night of the Hunter, rolled together in a fascinating coming of age tale. Unbound is an original, entertaining urban fantasy you won't want to miss.
HASH(0xa762d03c) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
By Wynette Baker - Published on
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So far, I am loving the story and looking forward to the next 3 parts.