Isle of Man: Book Two of the Park Service Trilogy

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The journey continues...

Book Two: After discovering the horrific truth behind the Park Service, Aubrey Van Houten has overthrown its leader, Dr. Radcliffe, with the help of his best friend Jimmy and Dr. Radcliffe's own daughter, Hannah. But their victory has left all three parentless and alone in a world where mindless drones still hunt humans. And while Dr. Radcliffe might be dead, he's far from gone. Now, Aubrey's quest to free his people ...

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Overview

The journey continues...

Book Two: After discovering the horrific truth behind the Park Service, Aubrey Van Houten has overthrown its leader, Dr. Radcliffe, with the help of his best friend Jimmy and Dr. Radcliffe's own daughter, Hannah. But their victory has left all three parentless and alone in a world where mindless drones still hunt humans. And while Dr. Radcliffe might be dead, he's far from gone. Now, Aubrey's quest to free his people will lead him even farther into a world where nothing is what it seems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988348233
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 38-year-old writer living in Seattle. If your book club would like me to attend your next get together, either in person or via Skype, please don't hesitate to ask. I respond personally to all reader messages and you can get in touch with me at www.ryanwinfield.com.

I've been asked why I write. I write because I remember.

I remember waking up to snow. Great buckets of it poured from the gray skies and blanketing everything in quiet white. I remember racing to dress, struggling with my boots. "Here, don't forget your mittens." I remember the soft thump of that first footstep in the cold and virgin powder, the tracks looking back, foghorns blowing on the mist-covered bay. I feel the canvas paper bag cutting into my shoulders, the weight of Sunday's headlines heavy on my mind. I see the trees bowed with armloads of white, as if to curtsey my passing. I remember rubber bands and ink stained hands. A car spun sideways in a ditch. Always a car. Then barking dogs, a distant chainsaw. Freckles throwing fastballs that hurt for the cold of them on my neck. I remember snowmen, and igloos, and icy trails through the white and wondrous woods. And I remember sweet Mrs. Johnson waiting at her door. The smell of Avon powder, her thin smile, an envelope pressed into my palm--ten dollars and a peppermint candy cane thank you. Evening now. I remember running downtown--Salvation Army bells, white lights strung in sidewalk trees, bundled shoppers bent against the wind. I remember the heavy door, the warmth, the wood. The bookstore! Smells of paper and leather and ink. Walls of worlds bound and waiting for me to read.

Nothing has affected me as much as reading has. Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me. And while I've walked through my own hell, made my own mistakes, and found my own redemption, always there have been books. Books to help me escape, books to teach me when to stay and fight, books to help me see where I've been wrong and where I've been right.

I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.
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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Adventure, new friends, loss, and betrayal - it's all in there.

    Adventure, new friends, loss, and betrayal - it's all in there. Aubrey and Jimmy continue maturing on their adventure to the Isle of Man. Isle of Man is Book #2 in The Park Service trilogy, be sure to read book #1 (The Park Service) first if you haven't yet! Ryan's book is another hit, I could hardly put it down! And now a little bit of the story...

    After waking up to the results of the flood Aubrey, Jimmy, Hannah, and Junior's first mission is to find shelter. When it starts snowing they decide to venture down to the Foundation. They find one survivor and work with the professor to stop the drones. Only to discover the flood has locked out control of the drones. To free those in Holocene II they must first disarm the drones. It seems the key is solving a riddle "Where man rises from the sea, in the right hand of David you shall find your key". The riddle takes them to the Isle of Man - they not only have an adventure, but also learn more about loss and betrayal. The end was very shocking to me, you won't want to miss it! I can't wait to see what happens in book #3!

    Funny passage: "You're reading it wrong," I say. "You have to sound it out: ik-stink-shun."
    "Ex-stink-shun," he drawls. "Like something used to stink and now it doesn't."
    I can't help but laugh.
    "Something like that."

    State of Nature (The Park Service, book #3) coming October 15, 2013.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Isle Of Man

    Well just to say nervier thought I would enjoy Sci fi but Ryan Winfield makes this so enjoyable series betrayal young love and taking you to other places must read for all 3 books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended if you have a good imagination

    I never thought I'd enjoy reading sci-fi but this series has really caught my imagination. I found myself wanting more and now I have to wait for the next book!! Mr. Winfield, you're quite an imaginative writer. I'm enjoying your style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    Excellent continuation of the series. this book picks up exacly

    Excellent continuation of the series. this book picks up exacly where The Park Service ended. Aubrey, Jimmie and Hannah are now homeless and alone. Their need for shelter sends them back down to see what is left of the Foundation. And herein starts their new adventure. Aubrey wants to free his people but before doing that they must disable the drones that are killing all humans they find on the earth's surface. The need to get the encryption key which will allow them top take control of the drones to disable them. To get that key, thye must go on a harrowing journey to the Isle of Man. As they story contiunues, Aubrey finds that things are just not what he thought they were.
    Can not wait to see how this all comes out in Book 3.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    As with the first in this Trilogy, I'm amazed. The story picks u

    As with the first in this Trilogy, I'm amazed. The story picks up exactly where you were left in the first one. Continuing this harrowing ordeal, Aubrey, Jimmy, Hannah and Junior now embark on a different journey. I don't want to give away too many details or spoil it. The author writes in such a way that you feel you're there. The way things are described, the feelings, the environment in which they are. You can see it all in your mind. The story just flows together.




    Though it would seem the books are meant for YA, due to the age of the characters, this doesn't mean that everyone can't enjoy. The books are captivating enough that 12-99 can read this and fall in love with the characters. They are so well developed, that each story makes them more a part of you. You can feel their heartache and triumph. As the story ended, I sat there wondering where the heck is the next one? I can not wait for the story to continue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    Emotional and AWESOME READ! I read the Isle of Man in one, long,

    Emotional and AWESOME READ! I read the Isle of Man in one, long, very intense sitting! Book two takes Jimmy, Aubrey, and Junior on a most amazing, thrilling, scary, and surprising journey to try to stop the Park Service. Over land and sea, I was constantly surprised with what happened next. The way the scenery was described, I felt like I could see, smell, and hear everything as it happened. I loved how the relationship between the boys grew deeper and it not only made me realize in my own life what a true best friend should be, but the book's overall themes and showing humans from both good and bad sides made me question if sometimes I could see the Park Service's side of the coin more than I'd like to admit. There are so many layers of the writing and underlying subjects that make you question how you think and feel about life, about people, about religion. The end of this book was shocking and left me crying and angry and feeling like I wanted revenge for the characters! I cannot wait to see how the series ends and just hoping the final book will have another early release date so I can see what they do next! I absolutely LOVED it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Second verse - good as the first

    Ryan Winfield once again treats his readers to a fast paced voyage filled with love, loss, adventure and intrigue as he continues the tale of Aubrey and company. Written in a style that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the last page is turned this book is the perfect escape for an afternoon or two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Sorry

    Ok I have gotten just a glimpse here from reviews that Hannah is a rotten person which I figured was going to happen. But worse something happens to Junior. So I NEVER read books that have an animal hurt in them. Over for me.

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