Harmonics: Rise of the Magician

Rated 3.80/5 based on 6 reviews
Samantha Montgomery of Academy City 676 always dreamed of life outside of school. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. A rogue weapons manufacturer, a ruthless killer, and a schoolgirl converge as a weapon so advanced it defies the laws of physics is a mere breath away from being unleashed on the world. Now it’s up to Sam and some unexpected allies to keep it out of the wrong hands. More
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Review by: T Hillman on Dec. 28, 2012 :
A thinly veiled attempt to forward a decidedly leftist agenda. May as well go watch MSNBC, it's just as entertaining fiction from the left.
(review of free book)

Review by: Joey Jones on Aug. 03, 2011 :
It was an ok read. I'd check out a follow up book to find out whats going on here. Lots of un-answered questions.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Liam Grove on July 26, 2011 :
I finished the book in a day; found it difficult to put the book down and stop reading. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres and they really nailed a great mid point. The story line was very engaging and the world they've envisioned, including the political and demographic groups made for a great setting. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and found them fairly fleshed out. I was surprised at several points but it never felt like the authors just tossed in a random twists or hadn't fully planned out the story.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because a few character story lines didn't really make it into the larger story but I am confident they'll fit into the series well and my questions will be answered.

This book is totally part of something bigger, like the story was cut in weird places. The story follows the traditional arc of story telling, but it didn't give me the clean ending I was looking for. The author explains this in his podcast about Audio manga and all that. Overall, its a totally fun story. I enjoyed it alot and joined this site just to leave a review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nick Taylor on May 16, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it is based in the future, but I could still connect with that world. This text is well thought-out, character driven and has a good balance of comic relief and fun action. I liked the interactions with the characters, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Additionally, it has a YA feel to it. The story is set in high school, and the author did a great job of connecting the reader with that type of environment. I look forward to seeing what happens in the rest of the books in this series. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, clean story with a lot of action.The only thing that this book left me wanting was more. I would have loved for the story to keep going and I will definitely read the next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jason Earl on April 15, 2011 :
There is no sense in lying. I originally read this book because Collin Earl is my cousin. To be honest, before I started reading this book, I was not entirely sure Collin could *read*, much less write.

It just goes to show that truth truly is stranger than fiction. Not only can my cousin write, but he writes exceptionally well. The setting is interesting and believable, the characters are engaging, and the fight at the end was very well done.

The story begins with the miraculous theft of some technology from a top secret government lab, and then spends the rest of the book linking this theft to an unassuming high school girl and her friends. The only downside to this book is that I am curious to know what happens next. I tend to prefer books that wrap things up a bit by the end of a book, even if it is part of a series. This book ends in what appears to be the middle of an harrowing escape, and it leaves the reader with more questions than answers. You would think that Collin would give his family members a break and share some spoilers, but apparently I have to wait for the next book like the rest of you.

On the bright side, he assures me that the next book is in editing right now. So that's something.

I would say more, but it is possible that you do not appreciate spoilers like I do. Let's just say that I am proud of my cousin, and I expect you'll be hearing more about him soon.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gavin Chester on Jan. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
Originally posted on avidreader15.wordpress.com:

This is the first work I have ever read by Collin Earl, and I must say, he has left me wanting more! This story seems to me as more of a "Prequel" to the storyline he is working. Most of the book doesn't seem to make any sense for the first two or three chapters, until the "camera" per-say settles on the main storyline, that of Samantha Montgomery of Academy City 676's life. It was her last year of high school, and her life gets flipped upside down. Her school was attacked by 3 different groups all at once. One, a Research Lab who from my take on the story, has created a human of supernatural talents that, I am not positive but I believe, has the ability to split compounds into their elements, and recombine the elements into whatever they want. This is what it seems the element Earl has coined "Harmonicum" can do, from the various little tidbits given about MESA Lab's involvement with it at least, and the"Experiment" escaped from MESA Labs. Although this book has left a few open strings in anticipation for the next book, all in all I would say it tells a fascinating intro to a whole new world of Earl's which we will all come to love as the story progresses. Only time will tell, Until then we must wait for the release of his Next book in the series.

I don't know about other readers, but I for one can not wait to get my hands on the next book Collin Earl publishes in this story.

-Gavin Chester
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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