Nomad [NOOK Book]

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They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to ...
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Nomad

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Overview

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148584803
  • Publisher: JLBryanbooks.com
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 486,121
  • File size: 575 KB

Meet the Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series. His website is jlbryanbooks.com and his Twitter ID is @jlbryanbooks.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved raven she was a strong heroine. It made me sad though knowing all her victories she ended up alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    This is the first time I¿m reading from J.L. Bryan. He didn¿





    This is the first time I’m reading from J.L. Bryan. He didn’t waste any time and told action-packed scenes right from the start of this time-travel dystopian world he created. It was refreshing to think about time travel very deeply. In Nomad, every decision corresponds with a great consequence. Reading about characters talk about the events when interfering with the past makes my head go fuzzy –in a good way. I enjoyed reading about Raven’s struggle to find out what is really her mission, her attempts on seducing Logan (impeccably entertaining, I might add) and advanced technology/weapons she uses that adds to her bad-ass character. The flow of the story was smooth, at the same time, gripping. I would like to read more about Eliad’s story. Hell, I would love to read more about Eliad and Raven’s story or if I’m luck, their love story.
    A vastly enjoyable read that dystopian and non-dystopian fans will adore (Back to the Future meets Looper meets The Time Traveler’s Wife) If you want to see a different point of view regarding changing the past or just want to try out on reading a diverse story, then this is for you! 

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    Sometimes I read books that are soo good, that I wonder why didn

    Sometimes I read books that are soo good, that I wonder why didn’t I pick up the book sooner? Why??? Now, when it comes to reading time travel, I’m very picky with it. Mainly because if the plot does not flow right, the plot can become confusing with a bunch of details with the story going absolutely no where. In Nomad, that is not the case. This story carries the plot right, and time travel is of essence.

    Plot: Time Travel. Who does not like time travel? I adore this plot. Moving fast and intriguing, Nomad is freaking awesome. The gist of the plot is this: there is a girl sent back in time to kill a horrible dictator that will take over the world and all of humanity. Of course with author JL Bryan, you know that this plot is much more complicated that that. Believe me when I say, that you will fall for it.

    Love: This love is so unexpected and completely took me over. Seriously, best plot twist ever!!! Just sayin’.

    Ending: I have to admit that this ending is pretty amazing. JL Bryan fits all the pieces nicely into a ending that is complete and explained. If anything, I enjoyed the book so much, I wanted more. It completely blew me away. Pure genius.

    If you can’t tell, I’m in love with this story. It’s fast and fierce, blowing everything you knew about time travel away. Nomad races across the pages, coming to life right before the reader eyes. Harmonizing a fantastic plot and explosive characters, Nomad is stupendous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    XY

    Whoa- Your writing is advanced, descriptive, and superb! Well-written! Please continue. I love MLP, and this is exceptional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Broken

    Do continue! Though it could be longer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    City of Wonder-Prologue

    Long ago, before the exsitence of Ponyville, there were the three seperated races of ponies: Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi. Around the time when the three "tribes" began to bicker, and the great winter was biting down hard upon the land (I hope you know THAT story), ponies from every race decided that they had had enough of their leaders bickering, squabbling, and selfishness. They decided to coexist together far away, to search the land for a new, warmer place to live. These ponies were known as the Nomads by the commonpony, and Deserters by the royalty and leadership (at least at that time). The Nomads went off on their own, trekking over mountains, rivers, chasms, and vast miles of untouched wilderness

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    Being a big fan of J.L. Bryan Jenny Pox series, I was so excited

    Being a big fan of J.L. Bryan Jenny Pox series, I was so excited to read his newest novel, Nomad. Bryan is such a talented writer and he has a way of keeping me completely invested in the story and Nomad was no exception.




    I love time travel books but they usually leave me more confused then when I started, but with Nomad I did not feel that confusion that I usually feel. Everything was explained in ways that made it so easy to understand and made it very easy to follow along. The story starts off with a young women named Raven who finds herself in the year 2013. She has no idea who she is or why she is here. I loved learning about who she is and what happened to her right along with her. She quickly learns that she time traveled into the past from fifty years into the future and she has to kill a young man before he turns into the dictator that basically destroys the world.  




    From the minute I met Raven I connected with her. She is so easily relatable. She's smart and tough, but also kind and sensitive. I loved watching her make friends and be able to experience things that she was never able to experience in the cold and dark place that the future ends up being. 




    I thought the plot was so interesting! I enjoyed seeing how small past events ending up having huge consequences in the future. I really had no clue how this story was going to turn out. I ended up really caring for each and every character and I was just hoping for a happy ending for all of them. And wow that ending. Those last few pages I was literally reading the book at the edge of my couch!




    Nomad is a stand alone novel, but I would love to see other stories set in this world. Either way, I am so excited to see what Bryan will come up with next! 

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed

    Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed and mind-blowing book I've read all year! J.L. Bryan has cleverly constructed a novel that is so descriptive and engaging that throughout the book he literally had me cheering, laughing, and yelling in a rather loud fashion. He writes in such a way that it's like a piece of you merges with the characters and you can't help but be completely swept up in their emotions. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book!

    Another reason to fall head-over-heels for this novel is the fact that its premise is so unique. It's a time-travel dystopian that features a kick-ass chick named Raven, who is a "Nomad". The entire concept and explanation of what a Nomad is will probably leave you feeling brain-banged, but in an awesome way, if that even makes sense! Just be prepared for the mind explosion. Raven's Nomad status definitely adds to the allure of her character.

    Raven is amazing: she's a highly intelligent young woman who has seen and been through so much. She's from the future where an evil dictator, named Logan Carraway, reins over the U.S. and he's turned the states into a terrifying, heinous place. Raven has been tasked with the duty of traveling back in time, to the year 2013, to assassinate this awful man when he is young and hasn't done any damage yet. But things get incredibly complicated in more ways than one when she crosses paths with this man!

    When Raven makes contact with her target, Logan, some very unexpected things happen. I had a lot of confusing and conflicting emotions towards Logan. I know, and Raven knows, that he will evolve into a tyrant that is largely responsible for the fall of the U.S. and the deaths of many. Yet when Raven meets him, he's just a regular college guy. He's annoyingly cocky, but still, he's just a regular, charming and vivacious fellow. He hasn't done terrible things yet. Raven's entire plan and thought process changes when she meets him, and so does mine. The things that transpire between these two feels warped and kind of dirty, but I still liked it. This is what J.L. Bryan does: he extracts emotions from you that you never expected to feel, which leaves you stunned and surprised!

    There's excitement at every turn in this book, and the ending was no exception. Raven sacrifices a lot to save the future of the country, and the magnitude of her actions are palpable. I was simultaneously shocked and pleased by the last events of the story, and everything felt very bittersweet.

    There is SO MUCH going on in this book, it's insane, but in a good way. I was completely consumed by all of the action, information, terror and romance being thrown my way throughout Raven's journey. It's safe to say that her character and this book will not be easily forgotten by me.

    *Special thanks to J.L. Bryan for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    wow! really good book!

    {I actually rated this book 4.5 stars but I always round to the next highest star for sites like Goodreads, Amazon, etc...}

    Raven has been thrust back into the past and for a short time she cannot remember why. Slowly, bits and pieces of her memories are remembered and she understands that she came back for one reason and one reason only. Raven is to kill the brutal dictator that has wreaked havoc on her world for far too long, before he can ever take reign. But a guest appearance from a friend leads her to believe that killing the dictator will not help her world or the future her people deserve. So she has to come up Plan B: keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    I so enjoyed this story. Even though it is classified as a Dystopian story, 99% of the book takes place in 2013. So, technically it is not really Dystopian per se, as it is a Sci-fi read. But still, it was excellent. You are probably wondering why I would rate it 4.5 stars if I thought it was excellent, right? Well, here is the thing...it was the Sci-fi'ish vibe and there was some parts that had me totally lost. There is a scene that her 'friend' was explaining as to why she was there and the 'talk' absolutely had me spinning. I had no idea which way is up and what the flip he was saying. Here's the deal...I don't do Sci-fi books well.I guess you could say I am Sci-fi intolerant. I don't get them and it is hard for me to relate. I am just not a Sci-fi kind of girl. Once the 'talk' was over I enjoyed the book and just took his word that it would all come together for me in the end. And yes, yes it did.

    Raven was a fantastic character that I loved from the start. Even though she just met one of the characters at the very beginning, you could tell she had a real good heart when something happened to him. It concerned her and that made me like her even more. As for Logan, I liked him, but I wasn't crazy about him. I didn't get that connection for the two of them. But that very well could have been the author's intent all along. When you read and finish the story you will see why I am thinking this. Not the typical ending I like for my books to take, but a great one none the less. I was very happy with it and the whole book overall.

    Enjoy books that give off the Sci-fi vibe? Love time travel reads? Well then this is the book for you. NOMAD is a definite must read!

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    When you're dealing with time travel, I like to say "Go big

    When you're dealing with time travel, I like to say "Go big or go home." Raven, here, she's going to go big. AND WHY SHOULDN'T SHE? Her life in the future is craptastic. She's a soldier that's fighting a losing war and her fellow rebels are dying all around her. Going back in time to stop this badness before it happens seems like the thing to do.

    Except... events don't always play out the way we expect them to. And this is VERY true in Raven's case. Every scenario she imagines has permutations and twists that she can't control.

    So what does she end up doing? BADASS stuff with plasma guns and time travel and OTHER THINGS THAT SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS!

    I'm not going to lie, the whole paradox thing scrambled my brains. I honestly love how the universe deals with that here. Knowing that if she succeeds she'll become a Nomad, Raven's willingness to continue with her mission rocks. Bonus, I completely understand how she'd want a better life for herself, even it if wasn't the herself that was traveling through time.

    I know. I had a fun time wrapping my head around that, too. Trust me, though, it works.

    Things aren't always pretty in Raven's world, but the fun never stops! You know, if by "fun", I mean plasma charges that can burn a hole through you and potentially screwing up the world as she knows it. *thumbs up*

    -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    **DISCLAIMER** I received this book free in exchange for a revie

    **DISCLAIMER** I received this book free in exchange for a review.

    I absolutely loved this book. I really wanted to be critical and find something wrong with it so I didn't sound like some kind of paid actor type of reviewer, but I just can't. I enjoyed it from start to finish and read it in about one day, which doesn't happen very much anymore. First of all, it's about a dystopian future, which I love, but the majority of the action takes place in the current time, so it was easy for me to relate to and picture the surroundings as I was reading. Second, it's about time travel and the inherent paradoxes that go along with time travel, which I have always found just fascinating. Third, I loved ethical quandaries in the plot. If you could go back in time and kill someone you consider evil before they can commit any heinous acts, would you? How would it affect the future? Would it be better....or worse? How would it change you as a person?

    On one hand, I kind of hope this book is the first in a series. I really love the concepts behind the plot. On the other hand, I kind of feel that Raven's story has been told and sufficiently completed, so I could definitely see this as a stand alone book. Only time will tell!

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    I received Nomad in exchange for a fair and honest review  The a

    I received Nomad in exchange for a fair and honest review 
    The actual rating for this book is 4.5 Stars.
    Nomad was nothing like I expected it to be. I’ve come to realize that that is the norm for any book written by J.L.Bryan. For the record, I love the unexpected. 
    This was a book that required every bit of your attention. Not only the world building, but the entire concept was complex. Raven was not only from the future, it was a very dark future. It was a future that she wanted to change, but first she had to put the pieces of her past back together.
    I really liked this character. She was strong, determined, smart and sincere. She was also witty and resourceful. As female leads go, Raven pretty much nailed it.
    The author took two very complex themes (time travel and dystopian) and melded them together into an amazing story. There was also plenty of action, humor, romance and heartbreak. Yeah, I really didn’t expect that….
    There’s also a lot I can’t say because I don’t want to give anything away, so I apologize in advance for being vague. You’ll thank me later, honest. Just know that this journey through time is well worth the trip and it has everything you’ve come to expect from this author and more. And if by chance this will be your first experience with a J.L. Bryan book, it’s a very good place to start.

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