Duck Blood Soup (Book 1 - The Caldarium War) [NOOK Book]

Overview

When Eizenfeng's leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically. Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a longtime ally. Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.

Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality. Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed teen ...

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Duck Blood Soup (Book 1 - The Caldarium War)

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Overview

When Eizenfeng's leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically. Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a longtime ally. Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.

Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality. Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed teen wizards embark on a quest to save the girl's father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044566576
  • Publisher: Brothers Hofer
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 465 KB

Meet the Author

James Hofer lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his amazing wife that he still can’t believe he tricked into marrying him, three wonderful children who regularly argue about who the favorite is, and their various pets. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Food Engineering. James has very nearly been to lots of wonderful and exciting places, including Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, but for one reason or another never seems to leave North America. James has written a number of technical documents that no one should ever be forced to read as well as countless blog posts that no one ever has. Duck Blood Soup is his first attempt to write something that relatively normal people may enjoy consuming.Frank Hofer lives in Silicon Valley with his wonderful wife, three dogs, and three cats. He used his BS in Computer Science to land a job flying over a dozen one-of-a-kind science satellites. Career highlights over the past ten years include a failed attempt to get the call sign “Gilligan” assigned to his ops team for the joint U.S./Soviet satellite mission known as “Skipper”, and labeling spacecraft anomaly data “The Big Battery Bake-off”, which oddly enough was not well received. Despite his antics, Frank has managed to survive in an industry known for volatile staffing levels. His current job is testing spacecraft flight software. Frank is considered an amateur Iron Chef and enjoys trying new cuisine. He spends his vacations visiting National Parks and lately has taken an interest in archaeological sites in the American southwest, especially those with Native American petroglyphs.
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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    In Duck Blood Soup, the brothers Hofer begin the story of the Ca

    In Duck Blood Soup, the brothers Hofer begin the story of the Caldarium War as three teenagers are swept up in events way beyond their abilities as wizards.

    Why to buy this book: The premise of the book is interesting and well executed. A mystery antagonist is intent on starting a war, and everyone else is trying to stop it. The obstacles, the prejudices and perspectives, are plausible and presented clearly. Once you get past the opening and the authors focus on several key characters, the book becomes, at times, interesting. By the end, I cared somewhat about what happened to the protagonists.

    Why not to buy the book: While I admit that I’m more persnickety than most readers, I thought the quality of writing in this book to be not quite where I’d like it to be. It wasn’t tight, and the dialogue in particular was quite painful at times. The end result was that the book, at times, was tedious to read. To be clear, it’s not horrible, just not where I’d like a book that I paid money for to be. The other issue is that I found it difficult to get into the story. It’s my contention that a writer needs to grab my attention with a relatable character and an interesting situation. The authors of this book jumped from character and situation to character and situation rapidly at the start. Before I had any chance to care about one person, I’m reading about another one. Then, before I have a chance to care about that one, I’m jumping to yet another.

    Bottom Line: If you read a lot of indie stuff and technique issues don’t bother you all that much, this book is worth at least investigating. If you’re looking for professional quality, you should skip it. 3 Stars.

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