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My love of reading began in 5th grade, when I was required to check a book out from the school library. I chose The White Panther, by Theodore Waldeck. The story, about an orphaned albino panther, pulled me into a wonderful new world. From that point on I was hooked, and reading has been one of the great pleasures of my life.
The sense of wonder I felt from reading The White Panther still intrigues me today. When I decided to write my own novel, my goal was to capture that same feeling of immersion and adventure.
I live in Wisconsin with my wife, daughter and my wife's cat. I've been known to write songs, root for the Packers, and eat copious quantities of peanut butter.
on Feb. 14, 2013 :
What I really about this series so far is that these are intelligent YA books that don’t treat the reader like kids.
Another of my favorite things is that the protagonists don’t seem to be perfect – Danny is seen to struggle with doubts concerning his girlfriend and realizes that if he cheats on her, he will be responsible for the consequences.
Breyona,on the other hand, is learning that good intentions aren’t enough to make wise decisions when it comes to power.
Shiv realizes that while acquisition of knowledge is a good thing, the path chosen to acquire it is very important.
The books are about teenagers who must find their own path while dealing with issues much bigger than them.
However, this book won’t be as effective, if read without reading the first one.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2013 :
I really love the cover art for these books. They compliment the stories and are just incredible.
All of my favorite characters are back, human and hairy. And of course, since there’s a second book, you know our hero’s will be seeing their alien friends and enemies again.
It’s been more than six months since they returned from the mountain, bringing something away with them that’s changed them forever.
Now they are having a reunion of sorts. All meeting up again at Danny’s grandma’s house.
I can’t wait for you to meet Grandma. She is amazing and I just love her. So much character in such a tiny, frail looking body. You’ll see what I mean.
Everyone is there except for Breyona. She’s running late. Then the doorbell rings.
Danny froze as a surge of excitement filled him. The doorbell rang again, followed by two sharp knocks.
“Are you going to stand there like a lump or are you going to open the door?” Grandma asked.
Danny smiled. It had to be Breyona. He turned the knob.
The door smashed into his face and sent him stumbling backward. He tripped and fell over the porcelain frog and landed hard on his back.
A man wearing a black track suit and gas mask barged in. “Okay, nobody move.”
Another man in a gas mask rushed in and pointed a spray can at Danny.
Grandma stepped forward and kneed Track Suit in the groin. He bent double, swearing in a high-pitched rasp.
“Sit on him, Bronson,” Grandma said.
Didn’t I tell you. You can’t help but want to hug her. She is such a tough old bird. But not tough enough. They all succumb to the gas.
Breyona is four hours late when she finally pulls up to Grandma’s house. Once everyone is awakened, they discover that Danny and Wa are missing.
The whole thing was caught on security cameras and they watched it play out on Grandmas computer. The men came there looking for something Danny had. Something they needed badly. And they got it. They take the unconscious Danny and bring Wa along for leverage.
It looks like the enemy isn’t done with them and it’s time to go back under the mountain.
This time they may not be so lucky.
Eric is at it again. Filling the pages with excitement, danger, intrigue and plenty of humor. This series is so addicting. And it just keeps getting better. He builds this incredible secret society, fills it with amazing creatures, and opens you up to a whole new world. I swear I can hear the sounds of this city and see all the wonders with my own eyes.
It’s a fast read from beginning to end, pulling you along with it. You won’t want to stop until you reach the conclusion, and maybe not even then.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 05, 2012 :
I read Afterlife, the 2nd book in the Undermountain Series by Eric Edstrom in one day, and I must say I did so because I could not put it down. Suffice to say I was not at all disappointed. Our group of heroes must now confront the forces of evil they thought were left behind when they made it off the mountain in Book 1. Their journey takes them back to Undermountain and other unexpected places where extreme danger awaits. The evolution of Danny as the disinclined savior of mankind as well as the race of Bigfoots is an impressive one. Danny's loyalty, love and devotion to his friends and especially Breyona drive him to assume a leadership role and become that reluctant hero even as he struggles throughout the book with that decision. The book ends with Danny bearing many a battle scar but still fighting on because he know an even greater battle awaits. I'm highly anticipating Book 3 to see where our story concludes. I'll know I'll miss these characters when all is said and done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2012 :
The second book in The Undermountain Saga was just as captivating as the first. Afterlife continues the story of all of our favorite characters from Undermountain, beginning about six months after the first book, as well as the return of our favorite bigfeet. The story begins with a bang and continues with fast-paced adventure throughout.
I can't give enough praise to the author's descriptive writing style. He really knows how to manipulate words to bring the story to life and bring emotion and personality to the story. The characters are fun and unique. Even the villains in the story are so alive that you want to read more about them.
I absolutely love the world these books are set in. The creativeness and complexity of the society is so much fun to read about, and the myths and legends are blended in nicely. I am very much looking forward to the next book in Undermountain series to see where the characters are taken.
(reviewed long after purchase)