The Shifters of 2040

The Shifters of 2040

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This is Book #3 in the Shifter Evolutions series.
1-The Invasion of 2020
2-The SCM of 2030
3-The Shifters of 2040
4-The Hybrids of 2050
5-The Hunted of 2060
6-The Revolution of 2060

This series begins in the middle (Shifters of 2040, Hybrids of 2050)

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-A Different Kind of Heartbeat!-

Now an indie film coming 2014!


This is Book #3 in the Shifter Evolutions series.
1-The Invasion of 2020
2-The SCM of 2030
3-The Shifters of 2040
4-The Hybrids of 2050
5-The Hunted of 2060
6-The Revolution of 2060

This series begins in the middle (Shifters of 2040, Hybrids of 2050) and then the reader decides to read the past (Invasion of 2020, SCM of 2030) or the future (Hunted of 2060, Revolution of 2060).

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America 2040. Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still try- ing to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.


"I'm extremely impressed with the quality of your writing and the range of your storytelling. Feel free to send script when you're done."-John McLaughlin (One of the screen writers for Black Swan, and Great Gasby)

"I found this to be a compelling read. The story line is exciting and contains many elements to make it believable. You can tell that the author has done her research well. She writes her characters well... I highly recommend this series. It is very interesting." -Alaska Book Cafe

"This is the story of choices, consequences, desire, fear, hatred, power, control, passion, love, and sacrifice. The emotional intensity of the characters as they deal with their lives is amazing. The theme that children are the future is paramount in this story.

This was my first Ami Blackwelder shifter read and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! My only question now is: Do I start with the past and read 2020 or do I look to the future and read 2060? Don't miss the rest of The Shifter Evolutions series!" - Beverly @goodreads

"When faced by another species that is fully sapient, the definition of humanity comes into question. "The Shifters of 2040" is another entry in a continuing series from Ami Blackwelder as she focuses on prejudice and racism in the bigger picture, as an alien species comes to earth for help and hybrids of humans and the alien species begin to appear. With a riveting debate blended into science fiction, "The Shifters of 2040" is an excellent read that shouldn't be overlooked by science fiction fans." -Micah @MidWest Book Reviews

" 'Shape shifters' have never been a priority of mine. And yet, despite my hesitations, and my hang-ups, author Ami Blackwelder has exceeded whatever expectations I had from this book....I'd say that this book is DEFINITELY worth a read, because its an intelligent commentary to current events, and yet, an incredibly interesting paranormal romance."-Hira @Goodreads

"To be honest this is not the usual type of book I go for but once I got around to reading it I couldn't stop!" -Jodie @Goodreads

"Not having read books one and two of the series, I wasn't lost...I was quickly drawn in and broke out in tears a couple of times, which shows that the characters are so believable...Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. This is not what paranormal romance or urban fantasy fans are used to but I think they could enjoy the book. " -Bitten By Paranormal Romance

Other Books by Ami Blackwelder:
The Mers
She Speaks to Angels
The Day the Flowers Died

The Invasion of 2020
The SCM of 2030
The Shifters of 2040
The Hybrids of 2050
The Hunted of 2060
The Revolution of 2060

The Gate of Lake forest
Prisoners of Pride

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011890307
Publisher:
Eloquent Enraptures
Publication date:
10/29/2010
Series:
The Hunted of 2060 Saga , #2
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
240 KB

Meet the Author

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

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Shifters of 2040 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
writerjack More than 1 year ago
* * * * * Nov. 6, 2010 By Jack Sorenson Jack R. Sorenson's review The Shifters of 2040 by author Ami Blackwelder Summary: Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original anc ...more America 2040. Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth. Summary: Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal.... More >. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging. ...more The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder (Goodreads Author) Summary: Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original anc ...more America 2040. Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth. Summary: Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging. With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages. (less) Paperback, 315 pages Published October 29th 2010 by Eloquent Enraptures The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder With a fantastic twist throughout the whole novel at a huge page count of 315 pages, at the end that I admit to never anticipating, Ami Blackwelder deftly wraps up a gripping plot while leaving the reader fervently hoping for a continuation of this exciting universe with future stories. The Shifters of 2040 is a must-read for any reader who enjoys a red-hot interstellar romance! From the author: Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging. It's a easy read .I found my self staying with it through the whole night to wanted to finish it by morning to set back and dream of her second book to this may be like. Author Jack R. Sorenson
IR More than 1 year ago
This book is the prequel to The Hunted of 2060 which followed the coming of age of nineteen-year-old Alaskan student April into her shifter characteristics, her reunion with her sister (whom she was separated from since early childhood), and the start of a romance between April and the mysterious Arken. This prequel takes us back 20 years to the time when April was conceived. It fleshes out those early times and we learn more about her human mother and her shifter father, and details of the separation from her twin sister. We are taken into a dark time reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, where the authorities can do whatever they want. Ami Blackwelder entertains us by talking us back into the past to explore the beginnings of the hybrids. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the prequel which I believe will take us back further, to the time when the shifters arrived on earth and thus to the very start of this dystopian paranormal fantasy.
musicangirl More than 1 year ago
Just going to state this straight up: If you haven't read The Hunted of 2060, you can still read this before you read that one. Because hint hint it's a prequel! But this review is going to have really bad spoilers to 2060. The Shifters of 2040 is a really great prequel to The Hunted of 2060 by Ami Blackwelder! It brings you more background into the original book in the series, and helps you understand more about the reasons Melissa gave up April and Arquet and who Bruce really is, which wasn't really stated that in depth in the first book. Melissa Mauren, is a scientist for the SCM, and a good one at that. Together with Bruce during the course of the book develops a new "product" that will change the course of history forever, especially for national security. But what she doesn't know is that the man she brought home from Kinko Bar one night wasn't actually a man but a shifter. The alien species that invaded Earth on 2020, but were harmless till 2025 when they were found out. That man, gave her the one thing she never thought she would never have: a family, but in the end a deadly secret. Bruce her lab partner, and a man that wants to be more than just friends, is there every step of the way for Melissa through out the book. And is actually quiet a brave man at that compared to some others. Also there's Melissa's father, and about a ton of other generals, and soldiers involved in the story and taking down of the shifters race. But also there are a few other characters that also appear in 2040, like Unseen, Diamond and some of the other hybrids (but at this point their mostly under 5). So check out Ami's book, The Shifter of 2040. It's a great book, and after reading The Hunted of 2060, gave me more information about this world that Ami has created. Ami is planning to next release The Hybrids of 2050, in this series, and I'm wondering who it will focus on this time (I'm hoping Arquet!).
ToniWI More than 1 year ago
Shifters 2040 is a fresh new spin on an old story. In the 3rd book of the Shifter Saga we see Humans and shifters 15 years into a war. We discovered the alien race we named the shifters. Ruled by fear of the unknown, we waged war against the alien species that invaded our planet. In a desire to defeat our enemies, we sought to learn all we could about the shifters. We experimented to learn their secrets. But with all things fueled by fear, the experimentation went too far. Leading to the question can humanity be humane? I don't know the answer, but I enjoyed Shifters 2040 spin on the age old question. Filled with characters that were very likeable and very un-likeable. Yes, there were a lot of characters but each had their own personality so they could be easily identified. Ami Blackwelder sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. The story was evenly paced, with enough description that I became involved with the story. This book was definitely worth the read.
mbreakfield More than 1 year ago
SHIFTERS OF 2040 Ami Blackwelder Melissa Marn, a scientist for the SCM (Shifters Counterinsurgency Military), is overworked and having second thoughts about some of her research. After a one night stand with a man, who turns out to be a shifter, Melissa discovers that she is pregnant. Melissa, now, has some very tough decisions to face. Because she works for the organization that is trying to exterminate the shifters, an alien race, Melissa is in greater danger than an ordinary person of being discovered. Meanwhile, the shifters and their hybrid children struggle to survive in a harsh, dangerous world. SHIFTERS OF 2040 is an enjoyable paranormal story with action-packed scenes, great world-building, and a lot of romance. The characters are multi-dimensional and the plot is unique. While I enjoyed the book, greatly, the character of Melissa annoyed me at times, but I can understand her struggles. Since Melissa sought her father's approval and was almost brain washed into a military mind-set, her actions are understandable. I grew to care for the shifters and the hybrids and to root for them to overcome and survive. However, I'm hesitant to read the next book in the series, for fear that many of them won't survive.
xjodieleex More than 1 year ago
The Shifters Of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder is a sci-fi with a paranormal element to it. It is set in America in 2040 and tells the story of the fight between humans and the shifters that invaded the planet around 20 years earlier. The book tells the story from both sides and there's even a romance side to the storyline which I liked. To be honest this is not the usual type of book I go for but once I got around to reading it I couldn't stop! Seriously I was hooked from the first paragraph onwards, which is completely amazing as I thought I would struggle with it as I usually hate this kind of book with a passion! It really is a great book, well written and has a plot that will keep you interested right to the end, and for 86p on Kindle it is well worth the money. So if you are looking for a new book to read and have stumbled across this one then I would say definitely give it a go. If your anything like me you will love it. I for one am going to recommend it to my friends and family who enjoy reading!
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TContois28 More than 1 year ago
The Shifters of 2040 is a thrilling and suspense filled read.Author Ami Blackwelder is truly a talented writer.Shifters tells the story of a group of Shifters who live in Alaska in the year 2040 and their fight to survive while being hunted by the military and used as specimens for scientific experiments.The story shifts back and forth from the Shifters story to the story of a scientist named Melissa Marn and how she deals with a huge change in her life.Shifters was a captivating story and I hope I have the chance to read more of her work.I recommend that everyone read this book.It was fantastic and one of the most exciting books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
While I read several reviews that referred to this series as paranormal, it is definitely more sci-fi than PR. Luckily, I enjoy both. Paranormal to me is vampires, werewolves and other types of shifters, basically characters that I don't believe exist. Now aliens from other planets, I'm more open to the possibility of them, so why couldn't they be shape shifters? I do admit to being a bit overwhelmed with all the information presented at the beginning of the story. I think the glossary would have been a better fit at the back of the book rather than in the beginning. The massive list of alien characters was a bit overwhelming too but it always takes me a bit to settle into the first book of a series anyway. While the first book was not exactly an easy read, it was a fast paced exciting read and once I got about a 100 pages into it was unable to put it down. At this point, the book really took off for me. One thing that bothered me was the level of total distrust and bias against the aliens. As this takes place a mere 25+ years in the future, I didn't quite buy the pretty much government control of individuals and their loss of rights. I expect the prequels to this book will satisfy some of those questions though. While I'm one who HAS TO read a series in chronological order as I don't want to learn a single detail till the timing is right, I love that this series is written Circular in time and after beginning with The Shifters of 2040, you can chose to read the past or the future. Awesome concept! Blackwelder's aliens were remarkable. They were fascinating and quickly grabbed your attention and horror to their hardships and persecution by the human population. This takes place in Alaska and the descriptions of the areas had me picturing the forests and wilderness with no problem at all. If you are in the mood for a great sci-fi read don't hesitate to pick up this series. It will entertain you for hours and best of all there are already 3 books out with the rest to follow shortly. Nothing than I love better than to find a great series that I don't have to wait a year between books for. If you are a Goodreads follower be sure and check out these great giveaways or purchase a copy on Amazon. Though I won my copies from Ami on a BittenByBooks giveaway, I still purchased a Kindle copy as they were a steal at $.99.
BackBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Ami Blackwelder has written the first five books in the 'Shifter Evolutions' series with book 6 expected in 2012. The series is about an alien race of shifters that invades Earth in 2020 and their journey on Earth. The SCN are against the shifters and want to rid the Earth of them. The Shifters of 2040 is the 3rd book in the series. Under Blackwelder's recommendation I took this book as a standalone book and it totally worked. There was enough information to help us understand who everyone was and what their motives were. The main focus of this story was on hybrids and was very nail biting at points. Please read more at: backofthebookreviews [dot] com
TicTocLW More than 1 year ago
In The Shifters of 2040, Ami Rebecca Blackwelder has brought us a new species of alien and given us a remarkable wilderness in which to place them. In Ami's rendition, we find the aliens to be a very non confrontational and peaceful group, and yet they are pursued and persecuted for science. While there have been some incidents where humans were killed, in every incident it appeared as though the killing happened in self-defense. Yet Colonel Raul has twisted the facts to keep hysteria high, and to be able to continue into his own nefarious schemes. The hybridization however really is happening, the Shifters are looking for a way to survive the hostility, and find that if they can alter their DNA they will have a better chance to live. Mating with human women seems to be one of the most likely possibilities. Bclackwelder has built a race of aliens that tug at you and capture your imagination. They are interesting and yet just different enough to cause a bit of caution. As usual when differences of the nature that are described in her story, the human race react with either welcome or in this case with caution, fear, and hostility. The few that take the time to know them are enthralled, but it is such a small faction as to be nonexistent. In Melissa, Ami has given us a protagonist that certainly creates feeling. I at times liked her but many times did not. She has excuses for every nefarious thing she does that is requested, and does not stand up for what she actually believes to be right. She refuses to change the status quo, although she does not agree with the experimentation and basic murder of a species. The perfect foil for her own demons is Bruce Wilder. Bruce finds himself in love with Melissa. He is working hard at separating her from the job that is creating such a burden. He does not understand how she can continue what is asked of her in good conscious, and continuously works at her to understand the wrongness of the orders. Children of the Shifters are not immune to the treatment, they are also poked and prodded, looking for more answers, and when Melissa finds an answer to some of the questions of DNA, she finally reacts in a more human way. What has she found that she is now hiding? Will she be able to separate herself from the military faction, or will she continue and damage her own psyche with the experimentation that continues? If you love science fiction, you will enjoy this book. It is the second of a series and yet written to stand on its own. The series looks interesting and I am looking forward to what comes next with this small group of Shifters, the few left that are struggling for life. This is a thought provoking book and makes you think about differences and how others are often treated based off fear and lack of understanding. The Shifters of 2040 is a fast-paced read, full of action and characters you can care about. Blackwelder has done a great job on her characters and world.
splatpunk More than 1 year ago
What stands out to me with Ms. Blackwelder's work is her passion for nature/the environment. This is very clear from the rendering of the themes and setting/descriptions in the book. There's something very real and genuine which comes across to the reader, which I have always appreciated (nothing worse than something gimmicky/fake!!). The author's style of PNR (paranormal romance) features several twists throughout the plot too (don't want to mention too many spoilers), and I like how the concept of DNA was handled, lol. It's something I can "wonder" about from time to time, when reading paranormal fiction, so I certainly appreciate it when an author includes these elements in their work, instead of taking the easy way out and totally avoiding and/or skipping around the issue. The attention to these concepts is also carried through to the end of the story, which adds to the overall cohesion of the book. Nicely done!
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
Cover-The cover lets you know that the "shifters" are, apparently, human-like creatures. With the face in blue on the cover, it makes you wonder if that's the color of the shifter's skin or is it night at this moment in time ... ???-Plot-It was set in a futuristic Alaska, but it wasn't overdone. You could actually imagine that this will be what our future will turn into. Believability, when writing anything futuristic, is an important factor. Yes, there are fantasy novels that delve into worlds that we know will never exist, but I like the element of futuristic fantasy that seems attainable.-Characters-Melissa is very dedicated to the military and her job as a scientist. However, she allows that to stop her from living her life for herself. From what I can tell, this would be one boring chick to try and get to know in real life. What she does outside of work and home (besides the occasional trip to a bar once in a blue moon) is beyond me.-Bruce seems to have a balance between work and play. As a matter of fact, he has tried to draw Melissa out of her work shell once or twice, but she wouldn't allow herself to be drawn out. Bruce seems to be the patient type ... almost to the point of exasperation ... Love can be a many splendor thing, but it's also blind as a fruit bat!-Brendan is Melissa's babies daddy, to put it simply. The man has an animal magnetism that Melissa felt herself drawn to the one and only time I read about her getting out and going somewhere! He is a shifter and is very protective over those he's drawn to and loves. He would do anything, even risk his life, for the people he cares for.-Overall-This was a well written story with a lot of wonder and charm. The interactions between the characters were realistic and extremely believable. The entire plot was cohesive from beginning to end and left plenty of room for prequels and sequels. I would recommend this series to those who enjoy a little sci-fi with a little fantasy thrown in with some military while adding a dash of romanticism.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This is not a light read. While fantasy, the subject matter is all too real and often dark. An alien species called the Shifters have invaded earth. Rather than taking the time to get to know these foreign beings, all governments want them destroyed. I couldn't help but make comparisons to current immigration issues here in the U.S. Blackwelder holds a mirror up to society and gives us a look at our reflection. Prejudice and intolerance stare back at us. While the issues in this book might make some uncomfortable, I thought Blackwelder handled them with ease. She makes no judgments and no accusations. She shows both sides without forcing us to lean in either direction. The only problem I had was keeping all the characters and their species straight. There are many and, in the beginning, it was a little overwhelming. This book requires a slow stroll, rather than a quick jog through the pages. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a powerful tale.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Wow!! An other other awesome book!! I started reading it this last night. If it weren't that I was so sick I would have stayed up late reading this book. I picked it up again this morning and I just couldn't stop reading this book.Now I want to read all the other books in this series. I highly suggest this book if you are in paranormal romance novel. I must warn you, you will not want to put this book down and will want to read more
Angelfirewithwings More than 1 year ago
The Shifters of 2040 By Ami Blackwelder I was not familiar with the work of Ami Blackwelder until I read this book. Although my main genre of read is paranormal, my interest is mainly with vampires/werewolves. I have not read much about shape shifters but was open to it. I found I was a bit lost in the beginning but of no fault of Ami's because when I read a book that is not in my realm of interest, it takes me a bit to get off the ground with the book. I was greatly impressed by Ami's imagination and creativity in The Shifters of 2040 and due to this, the book not only held my interest but became a 'can't hardly wait', page turner. I tried to put myself into the story and ask the question, " could something like this really come to pass?" Well, logic tells us no, but for me, I like to look beyond the 'norm' and 'logic' life has to offer and push the envelope. In doing so, I find life to be a lot more interesting. Melissa, wanting to take a break from the lab where she worked as a scientist, running tests on the aliens who invaded earth over 20 ago, goes to a bar for a drink. She meets a man and decides to take him home with her, insisting they not know each others names. To her horror she discovers after having had the most memorable sex ever, the man starts flickering and losing his human form. She takes out a gun and chases him out of her home. She doesn't realize it, but her whole life is about to change forever due to that one night of passion. Her worst nightmare is about to come true. The species that comes from a human and alien is called a hybrid and that is what the aliens are striving for in order to keep their kind alive. But Melissa has to hide her pregnancy from SCM and her father most of all. What would he do to her and/or her babies if he knew? I would recommend this book and give it five stars. I once again want to give Ami Blackwelder a lot of praise and credit for her imagination, creativity, and realism in The Shifters of 2040. I will be looking forward to more from her.
ShawnWeaver More than 1 year ago
Ami has found a new voice in this novel, giving her characters a life that grasps the reader, bringing them into a troubled Alaska of the future. A future that is not welcoming to the aliens that have secretly intergraded themselves into the Alaskan population, and in the years that they have lived here, they have produced a new breed of man. A cross between alien and human, making a new breed of man with powers beyond belief. Once you start this novel you will not want to put it down, and when you finish you will certainly want more. Shawn Weaver - Author Dragon's Chest