The Coteriei-Declaration

The Coteriei-Declaration

by Richard C. McClain

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Arrested for hacking, socially awkward and speech-impaired sixteen-year-old Dakarai Holt is sentenced to two years at Sheffield Academy, an exclusive juvenile rehabilitation facility. Within the first two hours, Dak is subjected to mandatory brainwashing. The academy's enforcers, the R.A.T. SQUADS, patrol Sheffield to ensure each student's full compliance. Gacheru, Dak's roommate, pressures him to drink a tonic that conspicuously counteracts Sheffield's indoctrination. This places Dak in the middle of many adversarial and explosive situations. Additionally, Dak becomes knotted in a clandestine plot involving the Secretary of State and a mysterious group who goes by the name, The Coterie. While at Sheffield, Dak must find a way to survive the R.A.T. SQUADS' terror, the annexation of a remote island, and battle his own inner demons.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157499945
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication date: 02/18/2017
Series: The Coterie , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 565 KB

About the Author

Richard C. McClain II, "The Storyteller"—an advocate of imagination and a deliverer of truth through creative writing. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard is one of five children who was taught to dream and believe that anything is possible. This thought premise inspired Richard to pursue the creative arts, through music, theatre and writing. Richard later became a pastor where from the pulpit he used his story telling abilities to bring the word to life in the hearts of the congregation. Richard is the husband of Sharon, and father of Nicholas, Nicola, Nathan, Natalie, and Nadia. He has had the privilege of honing his storytelling craft and understands the balance between imagination, fantasy, and real life.

"Consider this, before the story is ever heard, it is active, pulsating, and full of passion. It needs but the storyteller to tell it."

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Browncoat_Ninja More than 1 year ago
The Coterie: Declaration Richard C. McClain Rating: 4 stars Review by Shane L. Coffey Dakarai Holt is a sixteen-year-old hacker with anthropophobia and an attitude. Despite a long string of successful hacks, he finds himself set up and nabbed by the FBI. Threatened with being tried as an adult and knowing he could not survive prison, Dakarai accepts a deal to serve time at Sheffield Academy, a reform school for the children of the wealthy and powerful. The minute Holt arrives, it’s clear that Sheffield is more than it seems. Brainwashed students, plans for a secret operation, and violent security guards surround him. As the conspiracies tangle, Dakarai finds unexpected allies but enemies around every corner, and he can’t always be sure which is which. Just when it seems the situation can’t get any worse, the secret operation Sheffield has been planning is launched, sequestering the entire student body on a re-tasked cruise ship. As the long voyage around South America progresses, the surveillance grows tighter and Dakarai is drawn ever closer to his foes as he fights to unravel the secrets and stop Sheffield Academy’s schemes. The Coterie: Declaration features a unique and well-developed protagonist in an intriguing tale. The story is told in the first-person present tense. At first I was unsure of the choice, but as the book progressed I found it served the story very well. The one exception is in exposition, especially in the middle of the book, when much of the story is following Dakarai through his internal monologue as he pulls at threads of the conspiracy; these sections read as forced and analytical. The twists were interesting, though, with escalations that kept me reading. The book is the first in a series, and I’m looking forward to the second.
T888 More than 1 year ago
Tamara White From the first page Richard McClain’s novel The Coterie Declaration the reader is thrust into Dakarai’s high anxiety speechless world. Darkarai’s complicated reality over flows with suspense, action, and danger. The entire novel moves at a thrilling neck breaking speed. When Dakarai’s magnanimous actions plunge him into a plea deal where he quickly finds out he is going to lose more than his freedom. Dakarai is a complex character that is fighting to not only survive the Sheffield Academy but also his every present anxiety. Sheffield Academy is a place where the rules on paper are not the rules that are followed. As the reader is drawn further and further into Dakarai’s world the characters that surround him become more shady and much more corrupt. While Dakarai does not speak with words McClain does a great job of creating intense scenes that allow Dakarai’s actions to speak for him. Allowing the reader to explore Dakarai’s thoughts also gives the reader get a deeper understanding of the mute teenager. Even when The Coterie Declaration ends the reader know it’s not over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Coterie is the first novel in a series set in present day America. The central character, the teenaged Dakarai Holt, is an awkward genius, unable to speak and yet able to hack into any bank account he chooses. Dakarai is arrested for hacking and sent to the Sheffield Academy, a rehabilitation centre for juvenile offenders. There he must learn to live with others, survive attempts at brainwashing and confront his own issues. Dakarai is a character who grew upon me and it is unclear how reliable a narrator he is until the story gets underway. However this adds to the tale’s slightly paranoid atmosphere and engages the reader. I felt as though I had gotten under the skin of an interesting, albeit not always likeable, character. What he does next should make interesting reading.