On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality #1) [NOOK Book]

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When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan's plot. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, ...
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On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality #1)

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Overview

When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan's plot. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved...unless he could discover the only way out....
The first novel of the INCARNATIONS OF IMMORATLITY series.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307815651
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Series: Incarnations of Immortality Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 30,334
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    A Book To Make You Think

    This book is compeling and will grip you right from the first page...and won't let go till the very last. It makes you stop and think about the concept of Death and just who has the right to die. Plus, who can resist a mix of magic and technology with Satan there to gum up the works! I loved this book from begenning to end and just couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in fantasy and, above all, the ideas behind death.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2009

    better than i thought

    I actually bought this book cause work was pretty slow at the time and I needed something to do, and I liked it so much I ended up reading the entire series. So, I strongly recommend this book and the rest of the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    So unbelievably good!!

    A friend recommended his books to me. This was the first of his that I read but it definitely won't be the last.
    I have read a few others and each is refreshingly unpredictable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Sucks you in

    Though it can be a little strange at times, and almost to the point of cheesiness, I found myself coming back for more. What you would call a "page turner". Character development is good and it's a very easy read, without being easy to the point of simplicity. If you can get past the cheesiness (magic stones and flying carpets) it's a very good book. I went on the buy the next 3 in the series, which have all been just as interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Read them all

    I'm a huge piers anthony fan. This series has always been my favorite because of how easily his stories flow and the ability to imagine the characters as he describes them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2008

    An amazing look on every natural controversy in human nature

    Piers Anthony¿s On a Pale Horse, put bluntly, is one of the greatest books I¿ve read in a long, long time. It was above and beyond any expectations I¿d had for it originally. The very setting and implied back story engulfed me, before any conflict was presented. I¿ve always loved alternate Earths, with mythical creatures and magic, but this author takes it to a whole new level, even making the very structure of society change to accommodate magic throughout world history. Just this could have made me read the book twice, but with the added actual story, it became absolutely amazing. An amazing fantasy work looking at death, religion, morality, romance, and some ¿mature¿ topics, On a Pale Horse pulls on the every interest and natural controversy in the human mind.<BR/> I enjoyed the book enough to even ignore some obligations to read more. It pulled me in, and wouldn¿t let me go. The characters, just about all of them, were amazingly well developed and easily real. None of them sat ¿Larger than Life¿ except those who realistically should, and every one had a deep history and personality. The main character was a simple brooding, unfortunate type, but as Anthony added the sad history and dilemmas he had to face, the true nature slowly revealed itself to be very original and very much another hook to continue reading the novel. I¿ve prided myself on an ability to find flaws in a book as I read, and even my absolute favorites have faced my criticism, but I couldn¿t find anything remotely bad with this. I am definitely reading through this series, and even other books by Piers Anthony.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    ethics and ethos...

    On a Pale Horse is like no other book I've read. It is mostly open dialogue. Most books have have a balance of sorts between open dialogue, internal dialogue like thoughts and feelings, and descriptives of people and places. On a Pale Horse is mostly the former. It gets where it wants to go through conversations and discussions.<BR/><BR/>This novel is all about death and what it means to die. After Zane kills the Grim Reaper, he must replace him as the incarnation of Death. Now Zane's job is to go around the world on his pale horse Mortis, taking the souls of dying people who are balanced between good and evil. He then has to read the soul to figure out if it's good enough for Heaven or if it is too corrupt and must suffer eternity in Hell. If you are an atheist and don't believe in an afterlife (like the author Piers Anthony) then upon death you just cease to exist. Along the way, Zane meets with all kinds of dying people in all kinds of circumstances. Through discussions between Zane and his "clients", some pretty profound subject matter is considered. Take for instance Zane's discussion with the atheist. Zane asked the atheist if he is afraid of dying knowing that he will cease to exist. Here is the atheist's response: "I have no terror of the nonexistence before I was conceived; why should I fear the nonexistence after I die?" Other issues Zane has to weigh are incest, human euthanasia, suicide and more. Zane learns that to die is not something to be feared. It can be a beautiful end of pain and suffering. Throughout the novel, Death meets the other Incarnations: Time, Fate, War and Nature. He also meets Satan and takes an interesting tour of Hell. On a Pale Horse is not always deep conversation, it has it's funny moments too. The (sometimes) beautiful Luna brings romance to the story as well.<BR/><BR/>For a book concerning itself with the afterlife, On a Pale Horse does not concern itself with religion of any kind. It deals solely with morality and mortality. If you are interested in ethics and ethos then I highly recommend On a Pale Horse. It's the first Piers Anthony book I've read but I guarantee it won't be the last!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    One one the best!!!

    This is one the best best books I have read. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Love this concept! *Book source ~ My home library. Zane is a m

    Love this concept!

    *Book source ~ My home library.

    Zane is a mediocre man that has led a less than stellar life. After purchasing a worthless Wealthstone from a magic shop he decides he’d be better off dead. Having acquired a gun by chance he decides to aerate his head. However, right before he pulls the trigger Death walks through the door startling Zane. Zane turns the gun on Death and kills him instead. The door opens again and Fate walks in to tell him that since he killed Death he must now fill the office. Zane’s life is about to get weird.

    Back in 1997 a friend gave me a copy of this book. I had no idea what it was about or that I would devour it and all subsequent sequels with a veracity little seen. I was fascinated with the idea that Death is an office held by a living person. Not just Death, but Time, Fate, War and Green Mother as well as God and Satan though their offices were a tad different than the others. Also, the setting is interesting, where science and magic live side-by-side. How cool would that world be?

    It was interesting watching Zane struggle to fulfill his office to the best of his ability. He may have been a loser in life, but he wanted to do a good job as Death. There were times he wanted to give up (not possible while his soul was in balance) and times when the rules frustrated him. So he changed some of them to suit his purpose hoping that when his trial time was up he would get a good report.

    Among all the things Zane has to learn about the job there is a much larger plot going on behind the scenes and it has to do with a woman he meets through a powerful magician client. Her name is Luna and he falls in love with her. But Satan has other plans for her and it becomes a battle between Satan and Death, a battle Zane is determined to win.

    The subject matter got a little weighty at times, but it really didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book. Since 1997, I have read this book several times and have enjoyed it each and every time. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Classic

    Love the book greatest gift my uncle gave me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    GREAT READ

    This is my favorite series by Piers Anthony! READ THEM ALL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    So good

    I read these books in the 90's. I was checking to see if on nook so happy to see they do going to order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Must read!

    I highly recommend this whole story line!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Good

    Is good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Interesting concept

    I do not tend to read alot of books as most do not hold my attention or seem to be a drawn out plot/story, however, i had a hard time putting this one down

    I have read through this set/novel and am doing it again as certain characters play signgicant role(s) in the other books in the series

    The incarnations of immortality are my favorite read and i see myself revisting the series/novels again in the future a few more times Maybe Chronos has something to do with it lol

    I would recommend giving this book a try and read through the first three chapters before putting it down

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Recommended for those looking for a new way to think about Death.

    If you enjoy any of Piers Anthony, this book will not disappoint. On A Pale Horse offers a different view of an abstract idea. It argues the point that death is something to be valued, and a fundamental gift to those of the living. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it, and have since nearly finished the second book in the series with the same interest. I recommend it if you like easy reads with both a superficial message and deeper contexts to make the reader think!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Breathtaking book

    A friend gave me this book many years ago way before I became a advete reader,but I picked it up one day and it changed my reading habits indefinitely. This book will capture you form the very first page and keep till the very end.I really love how Pier's blends fantasy with a spiritual quality. I highly recommend this book and the series of "THE INCARNATION OF IMMORTALITY"

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  • Posted October 23, 2008

    Out of this world

    This book was actually given to me by a friend who didn¿t want to read it. I thought taking it off of his hands and reading it was a mistake but within seconds of opening the book, I was mesmerized. Vivid pictures were painted in my head as if a movie was being played. The wide range of vocabulary used throughout the book was a little bit out of my league but I managed, a terrific book if you are looking to widen your vocabulary arsenal a little bit. The characters chosen fit perfectly, I absolutely loved all of the characters encountered by Zane, the protagonist of the book. Mr. Anthony made the characters interact with each other in a way I may relate to. He moulded it so the situations presented were so realistic you might even encounter something similar sometime throughout your own life. Once you pick this book up, you won¿t want to put it down, even after you finish it. This was a magnificent book and thank you Mr. Anthony for conjuring such a wonderful creation which I will remember for many years to come.

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