Harken

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Michael Asher is a prodigy for hire, born with the unexplainable ability to read a glimpse of someone's thoughts through their eyes. Truth-seekers venture from all over the country to his small hometown in California, desperate to know the truth about spouses and business partners, willing to pay the highest price for his gift.

But the same whispers that made Michael an underground celebrity reach the ears of someone who has been hunting for him. What should have been just ...

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Overview

Michael Asher is a prodigy for hire, born with the unexplainable ability to read a glimpse of someone's thoughts through their eyes. Truth-seekers venture from all over the country to his small hometown in California, desperate to know the truth about spouses and business partners, willing to pay the highest price for his gift.

But the same whispers that made Michael an underground celebrity reach the ears of someone who has been hunting for him. What should have been just another work night sends Michael running for his life from a madman assassin-a killer who isn't human.

Following clues left by his attacker, Michael uncovers a secret society operating higher than any earthly power, one whose orders are obeyed even by the world's most powerful leaders. Anyone asking the wrong questions has already been silenced. But Michael thinks there's another who survived, a name his assassin kept: Callista. She might have the answers... or she might already be dead.

Dodging the crosshairs of the world's largest conspiracy, Michael must uncover the truth that humanity is not being told before the hunters find him again.

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Editorial Reviews

Lauren DeStefano
"Whip-smart, charming, and irresistible. The idea of Michael Asher and his abilities existing in real life makes me smile while simultaneously being afraid to look at anyone ever again."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615799292
  • Publisher: KM LLC
  • Publication date: 1/13/2013
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 455,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaleb Nation is a blogger and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post and more.

Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for young adults.

He can be found online at www.KalebNation.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I like this

    The book reminds me of slitereens from doctor who also beacuse it is by Mr. Kaleb Nation (i had to read it cause i'm a nationeer)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

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    Harken had one of those summaries that I thought was interesting

    Harken had one of those summaries that I thought was interesting, but at the same time I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it as much as I hoped to. First of all, it was told from a guy’s point of view. This is always difficult for me, because I feel like I can’t really relate. Though I always struggle to begin these books with the worry that I won’t “get” the character, I usually end up loving them, so my worries are completely unwarranted. As usual, though I was a little hesitant to begin, I loved Harken. I loved that it was told from Michael’s point of view and I wouldn’t have liked it any other way.




    The story begins with a great opening scene. Very quickly I learned who Michael was, his job, and most importantly, his special talent. When I first read about what he was able to do, I was so excited! I thought that it was pretty remarkable. Never had I heard of something like this and that was great, because there is so much potential in something that you never expected.




    Kaleb Nation went above and beyond in making the characters in Harken really stand out. They were so real and their problems became my problems. I was completely engrossed in the story and I wanted to know more. I can’t say that I loved any character over another. I found them all to be special in their own ways. The fact that Michael, Thad, and Callista depended on each other was a really nice touch. After they had lost so much, they were able to form their own little family and it made them that much stronger as characters.




    What I liked the most about Harken was that the story was definitely one-of-a-kind. There was nothing in this book that was similar to any other book I’ve read and the plot, the “creatures”, and everything that was happening was completely unique to just this book. The plot was amazing, it moved at a great pace and it kept me guessing the whole time. I can’t say that I was ever expecting what was going on.




    Harken turned out to be an amazing book and I absolutely loved it. From beginning to end, this book kept me intrigued and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Overall, it was pretty awesome and I can’t wait to read the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Harken by Kaleb Nation, a supernatural conspiracy thriller. How

    Harken by Kaleb Nation, a supernatural conspiracy thriller. How many books have you heard of that are like that? Exactly! Harken is a unique book that has been in the works for a long while now. Kaleb keeps you on your toes the whole time with a roller coaster of emotions. This book is a well developed and definitely not a disappointment. The characters are life-like and well rounded. You won't be able to finish the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    There was SO much hype surrounding this book that I just really

    There was SO much hype surrounding this book that I just really felt like shying away from this book and really felt very critical of it while reading. As soon as I put all of those things aside, reading this book was a BLAST!
    Now, if you’re looking for a quirky middle grade book about a wizard, this isn’t your book. If you’re looking for a Sci-Fi/Conspiracy/Supernatural story about a kid who once thought he just had an uncanny gift of reading people’s eyes, this just might be your book.
    Seriously, this book caught me by the back of my neck and flung me into the sky without even a second thought. I was thrown into Arleta, into Michael’s world. Kaleb has a way of describing the surroundings of a somewhat fictional place to make you feel like you’re following Michael around his hometown, his safe haven. Okay, I know Arleta is a real town, but it’s described very well.
    Another thing I love about the writing in this book is the pacing. It’s so carefully planned. It’s fairly quick throughout, but slows down a bit for conversations about planning their next move. There were times when I was reading and thought “WHOA WAIT WHAT JUST HAPPENED” because I may have accidentally skimmed over something very important.

    The characters are amazing and well fleshed out. I love love loved Alli and even when she wasn’t in a scene, I was hoping and begging that she’d stay alive. Michael is a great protagonist. He’s a kid who doesn’t necessarily have everything figured out, so when he gets thrust into a hero-like position, he’s still fumbling. He’s still human.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. The action, pacing, the great one-liners and so on. I will definitely be following Michael and his friends on more adventures!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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     Harken was like X-men meets National Treasure. Very creative. I

     Harken was like X-men meets National Treasure. Very creative. I liked the suspenseful plot with a supernatural twist. The writing had a nice voice to it. It was funny and witty. I really enjoyed the quest that Michael goes on for the truth. The way Michael had to figure out and follow obscure clues all over the place is what reminded me of National Treasure and I thought it was a lot of fun. And the conflict was great. The author was not afraid to suggest the worst that could happen…and then make it happen. I liked how the conspiracy theory was unique and kind of epic.
    I thought all the characters had great, fleshed-out personalities but my favorite was Michael’s little sister Alli. Oh Alli, you are the cutest fake princess-eating zombie ever. Michael has a great relationship with her that was adorable to read.




    My only complaint about this book was that I felt like I was walking knee-deep through a lot of details and words that didn’t need to be there. For as much action and plot as this book had in it, I was surprised at how I felt bogged down while I was reading it sometimes. It got to the point that I dreaded going into a new room because that is when the author tended to info-dump the most. Does it really matter how many skylights there are in the big airplane hanger with 5 silver cars?




    Overall, I thought it had a really creative plot and wonderful characters, but it got slowed down by being over-detailed sometimes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    I agree with the negative reviews that criticize Kaleb's writing

    I agree with the negative reviews that criticize Kaleb's writing style. It is rather awkward at times, and I found it distracting how Michael's speech and his narrative seemed completely different. When he speaks, he seems like a real teenager. When we switch to the narrative first person, he seems like a pretentious English major. It caused me to roll my eyes and put the book down a few times. There wasn't much consistency between the two.

    Despite the years Kaleb spent on this book, I still found quite a few typos: friends' (instead of friends), the constant use of "alright" instead of the more proper "all right," "through gate" instead of "through the gate" and "tries finish." These are just nitpicks, but I hoped for a more polished book from a published author.

    The book has good action, but I hope in the future Kaleb quits showing off his vocabulary and just tells a story. If you're going to have the main character be a teenager and choose to tell the story in first-person, make sure dialogue and narrative feel like they're coming from the same person. And quit assuming we don't know which character is talking. So many authors make the mistake of telling us which character said what after EVERY line of dialogue.

    Here's an example:

    "Blah blah blah," I said.
    "Blah blah," Spud said.
    "Blah blah blah blah," I said.
    "Blah blah blah," Spud said.

    I'm not sure if I'll continue this series, but if I do, I'm going to wait until all the books are done first. It's clear Kaleb likes to tell stories, and I'm happy for his success. My name is in the acknowledgements (Levi isn't my real name), but that doesn't guarantee a five-star review. Like the negative reviews, I'm trying to be as honest as I can. Cut back on the showy wordplay, Kaleb. It's okay to keep it simple.

    Edit:
    When I wrote the above review, I hadn't actually finished the book. I was just trying to be nice. Now I'm halfway through and I don't think I can finish. If there is a good story here, it's ruined by Kaleb's over-descriptive prose and over-use of similes and metaphors. At one point he says Michael landed on the roof of a house like a bug. And he called a sign a "chiron." Just call it a sign! It feels like Kaleb had a thesaurus on his lap the whole time he wrote this book. Michael is supposed to be sixteen, but I can honestly say I've never met a teenager who talks this pretentiously. And I hope I never do.

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    Posted March 1, 2013

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    Posted February 28, 2013

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