Broken Crescent

Broken Crescent

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by S. Andrew Swann
     
 

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College student Nate Black is a top-notch computer hacker. But he's long since stopped the kind of hacking that could put him behind bars. Under the guise of his user i.d., Azrael, he has never been discovered. That is, until Nate gets an anonymous email, after which nothing will ever be the same. He's abducted to an alien world, where magic is the rule, the gods are

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College student Nate Black is a top-notch computer hacker. But he's long since stopped the kind of hacking that could put him behind bars. Under the guise of his user i.d., Azrael, he has never been discovered. That is, until Nate gets an anonymous email, after which nothing will ever be the same. He's abducted to an alien world, where magic is the rule, the gods are all too real, and a twist of fate makes him the most valuable pawn in a terrifying game of power.

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"A provocative world of deadly enchantment in which the dirty game of politics remains the biggest threat of all."—Locus

"A good energetic mystery, with a complicated plot and lots of chasing-down-the-leads fun."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Nate Black is a reformed hacker who thought his high school antics were well erased. However, he starts getting emails from @, who threatens to uncover his criminal past as Azrael. When Nate tries to escape his stalkers, he finds himself in a parallel universe where computers are nonexistent—but his captors still want his knowledge. Nate finds himself a prisoner, beaten up, with no one to understand him. The monk-like powers consider him to be an animal, little better than the silent ghadi slaves. Nate slowly learns about the struggle between evil Ghad and his brother Mankin, and finds that his captors consider him an Angel of Death—but for whom—and how? The journey that Nate takes to learn about this land and its languages should intrigue computer programmer wannabees. Fantasy lovers will enjoy the mythological underpinnings of the twisting plot. Linguists will enjoy the word play. Sometimes the details get a bit murky, but the overall story is an enjoyable read. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Penguin, DAW, 377p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756402143
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
05/04/2004
Series:
Book Collectors Series, #1293
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.45(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"A provocative world of deadly enchantment in which the dirty game of politics remains the biggest threat of all."—Locus

"A good energetic mystery, with a complicated plot and lots of chasing-down-the-leads fun."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Meet the Author

S. Andrew Swann lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has a background in mechanical engineering. He has published twenty-three novels over the past eighteen years, which include science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His latest series is his epic space opera, the Apotheosis trilogy. He can be found at sandrewswann.com.

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Broken Crescent (DAW Book Collectors Series, #1293) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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At one time Nate Black was one of the best hackers in the world, getting into systems that if caught could get him life in prison. Now he is a college student majoring in computer programming when he gets a series of emails from a totally anonymous person referring to him by his hacker name Azrael. He tries to ignore the notes until the day he is pulled into a portal that transports him into a medieval like world where the race of man treats the Ghadi like animals to be used, discarded and slaughtered.................................. Once the Ghadi were intelligent until the College of Man learned the magical words that transferred them into little more than dumb animals that can be trained. In this world the College of Man rules the kingdom in everything but name as they are effectively a church that has the power to decide what can be taught to the masses. The King and a scholar in the college are planning a coup, not caring that it will mean mass slaughter of both man and Ghadi. Nate, who has learned that the Ghadi are not what they seem, uses his computer programming spells to construct a spell that will hopefully level the playing field...................................... S. Andrew Swarm has created an imaginative work of speculative fiction. The protagonist is an adaptable person who refuses to be enslaved by the College of Man, the king or the gods who manipulate them all like puppets. Readers will root for the Ghadi to overthrow the chains of their oppressors with the help of Nate who they believe is their messiah. BROKEN CRESCENT is a superlative reading experience and this reviewer would like to see more books written about this true hero and this imaginative world................................ Harriet Klausner