The Elister Chronicles: The United National Council of Elister

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Matthew Hartsbain is jolted awake on the morning of the 11th of September by the sound of his mother screaming in the living room as she watches the World Trade Center Towers come crashing down. He and his friend Tom are yanked backward in time to the land of Elister where only they can correct the mistakes of our prehistoric ancestors and prevent further tragedies such as September 11, 2001. More

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About Bahhaj J. Hockley

I am 22 and a senior in college attempting to get my Bachelor's Degree in aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I started writing at a fairly young age and have continued to do so on and off throughout adolescence. As my writing has improved over the years, I have decided to take on more and more ambitious projects, culminating in the trilogy I am currently working on called The Elister Chronicles. I finished the first book several months ago and have been thinking of ideas for the sequel simply because I enjoy the story line and feel there is room for it to continue. I am hoping to hone my skills with this novel and others to come. I genuinely enjoy the craft which I have taken as a hobby and invite you to follow my progress as a writer and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

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Review by: Larry Kidd on Jan. 02, 2012 :
I helped the author review the book as a sort of beta tester and I know him personally. Great guy and a great author. He has really come a long way since he first had the idea for this book and I look forward to reading others by him. Really worth a look guys.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Watson on Jan. 02, 2012 :
Pros: Great story line and unique premise, fluid writing, likable characters, meaningful underlying themes that make you think

Cons: A little slow in the beginning

Definitely a wonderful read in my opinion. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and I really liked how this one blended fantasy with historical fiction. The book draws you in once you get into it, although as I stated before, there are a few slow points in the first couple chapters. However, the quality of the writing is superb and the themes of human nature and the premise behind the tragedies in human history like the attacks of 9-11 are truly a unique and fresh outlook on society today. While the deeper, philosophical implications in this novel are clearly present, it still reads like a captivating adventure you wouldn't want to put down.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a new fantasy novel to pick up. I look forward to seeing a continuation of The Elister Chronicles at some point, as the ending was certainly poised for a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: James Watson on Jan. 02, 2012 :
Pros: Great story line and unique premise, fluid writing, likable characters, meaningful underlying themes that make you think

Cons: A little slow in the beginning

Definitely a wonderful read in my opinion. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and I really liked how this one blended fantasy with historical fiction. The book draws you in once you get into it, although as I stated before, there are a few slow points in the first couple chapters. However, the quality of the writing is superb and the themes of human nature and the premise behind the tragedies in human history like the attacks of 9-11 are truly a unique and fresh outlook on society today. While the deeper, philosophical implications in this novel are clearly present, it still reads like a captivating adventure you wouldn't want to put down.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a new fantasy novel to pick up. I look forward to seeing a continuation of The Elister Chronicles at some point, as the ending was certainly poised for a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Patricia Rainsford on Aug. 23, 2011 :
The Ellister Chronicles is detailed, imaginative and thoughtful - it combines the classic elements of the hero quest with the concerns and mindset of twenty-first century life. As it introduces us to a whole world - a 'prequel' to the world as we know it - it engages our sympathies with Matt - the protagonist - and we travel with him on his own personal journey just as much as his quest.
This is a well-written adventure by a young and talented writer.
A book to enjoy and a writer to watch.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: pattymayo on July 31, 2011 :
I am not a very active reader to begin with, but I was hooked after the first few chapters. The book is beyond captivating with it's balance between reality and fantasy. This is a must read story hands down, unless you refuse to indulge in its awesomeness! (two toes/thumbs up!) :D
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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