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The Art Of The Houdini Scientist, And The Other Soulless Zombies Who Were Never Here. . .
     

The Art Of The Houdini Scientist, And The Other Soulless Zombies Who Were Never Here. . .

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by TR Nowry
 

Houdini Scientist: Noun.

1) A young inventor that hides the secrets to her science behind elaborate misdirection and an illusion of incomprehensible complexity, like a magician would.

2) Just another soulless zombie trapped in a secret base that officially doesn't exist.

3) A girl that will save the world, if she can save herself first.

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Overview

Houdini Scientist: Noun.

1) A young inventor that hides the secrets to her science behind elaborate misdirection and an illusion of incomprehensible complexity, like a magician would.

2) Just another soulless zombie trapped in a secret base that officially doesn't exist.

3) A girl that will save the world, if she can save herself first.

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"Some savants can play concert-level piano at the age of five, without ever taking a lesson. Others can do advanced math in their heads,
draw a Picasso with crayons, or recite every word they've ever read or heard. Her piano was a lathe, a plasma cutter, and an automated mill. And the songs she played shook the world."

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In the control room of a secret mountain base, a dozen engineers crowded around a wall of monitors as the girl on the screens connected the final pieces of a month long, multimillion-dollar project.
"They can't seriously be thinking about turning that thing on, can they?" the new engineer said.
"Believe it."
"She's what, thirteen?"
Stepping closer to the screen, the lead engineer just shook his head, "I've seen her like this before. Almost a trance the—"
"Have you looked closely at that thing?" He pointed to the array of ducts, pipes, and tubes that fed an enormous ring bolted to the ceiling, dripping with frost. "Staring up, it almost looks like a—"
"A Stargate, right out of the TV sho—"
"And they're prepared to let a teenage girl not only build one, but turn it on? Are you crazy?"
Right then she hesitated, held out her hand as if conducting an orchestra, and pointed to the camera.
"God help us," the lead engineer said, sending more power than the entire US grid surging through the alien-looking device.
Booooommmmmm!!!
They plunged into darkness as a muffled explosion rumbled through the base. "Richter 3.9!" someone announced, lights flickering on.
"Get me eyes in that chamber!" the XO said. "I want to see what kind of rabbit she just pulled from our hat."

A much calmer eleven years earlier...

The newly transferred major showed his badge at the gate...

The Art of the Houdini Scientist is a prequel to The Hummingbird Series (Patent Mine, Hell from a Well, The Heredity of Hummingbirds, and Mourning After Dawn) and Daughters of Immortality

Prequel, in this case, literally means it was written years after "Patent Mine" but takes place (within the storyline) before "Patent Mine". Because of this it naturally, and unavoidably ends where the other begins. The books in this series can best be thought of like seasons on TV shows, with "The Art of the Houdini scientist..." as season one.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011160820
Publisher:
TR Nowry
Publication date:
12/24/2010
Series:
Hummingbird , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
585,761
File size:
994 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

I'm an Indie author living in Bumpass (yes, there really is a place called Bumpass). Indie, in my case, means no cover artist, no editors, and no marketing of any kind. For good or bad, it's just me, a taped together laptop bought in '03, and some horrendous credit card debt for over a decade of typing. The Hummingbird Series was written with each book more like a season on a TV series than what some may expect from a 'traditional' or 'mainstream' series from those Publishing House factories. It starts with The Art of the Houdini Scientist, then continues with Patent Mine, Hell from a Well, The Heredity of Hummingbirds, Mourning after Dawn, Daughters of Immortality, and Waffen, with others on the way. Questions or comments? They're always welcome at my Xanga blog or Facebook (TR Nowry). I'll be sure to answer... on those months I can afford to pay my phone bill. Found some typos and have a hankering to help an indie author instead of hurling stones? Both sites work well for that too. Please continue to support your favorite Indie authors by recommending them to your friends and writing thoughtful reviews, it's the only marketing most of us will ever get!

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The Art of the Houdini Scientist, and the other soulless zombies who were never here. . . 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!! Loved the characters, plot and setting. Bought everything else by this author that I could find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are well developed and vivid. The story moves at a good pace. Worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is passionate in feelings and conveys that passion very well in the plot, story line and the protagonist character, Shadona. The only other characters with good development are those sympathetic to Shadona, while the 'evil' characters are limited stereotypes. Good reading, but it would be much better with some editing.
memeLA More than 1 year ago
This book made me sad, exicited, angry, confused. I was mad at the end, cause it continues and I really WANT to know what happened! Some characters were kind of stereotypical, like the XO. But Shadona was fully developed. The story drew me in, to the point I felt I knew her, and cared about what happened to her. Very Good Read and am going to buy the next in the series right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, except the ending. To me it just stopped short. Over1100 pages a full book well written.
Eileen Landis More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this and it was free. Would read another.
wizdoc More than 1 year ago
captured my attention and a delightful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book for the price (free), thanks TR Nowry! Great story, well worth the time. Not appropriate for young readers.
JamesR72 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, well worth the 1000+ pages. The author could have explained a little bit more on the human side of things, but overall a book that questions humanity and ethics.
haleysname More than 1 year ago
Neat story and a well written book in my opinion. I felt a little underwhelmed by the ending, but enjoyed it immensely throughout!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me glued the entire time!! I can't wait to read the rest!!! Though i must admit, on some parts i wished it could've been dumbed down a little or just explained some of the technical stuff. Haha! But was still a hellova read!!!
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This book caputredand kept my attention. At the end, i read it again. Curiosity about shadona's life kept me wanting more. Im a nowry groupie. Anyway i try to condense and explain this book just doesnt do it justice. It really is a great read. Its free and a gajibillion pages long. Enjoy
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