Bruce Arrington wrote the first two installments of the teen Josh Anvil Series, and the first of the Fallen Powers Series. He also wrote The Seventh Birthday Wish and The Eighth Birthday Wish, for young children. His most recent work, "The Legend of Skaluni", is a short fantasy fiction story. Currently Bruce lives in Paisley, Oregon, with his family and several spoiled pets.
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The Legend of Skaluni
On the day of Skaluni’s birth, the seven moons aligned. On his twelfth birthday, a fireball hit their world. Skaluni is used to being the village outcast, the unfriended Boy Who Did Not Believe. But when the lives of the villagers are threatened, they are forced to turn to him for their future.
Trial By Fear
Fallen Powers Series Book One
A defeated kingdom. A forgotten prince. A powerful resurrection.
Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door
Juvenile: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Josh Anvil's fate turned on a dime. A city in flames, with no relief in sight. Aliens on a mysterious mission. You have arrived in Josh's world.
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Smashwords book reviews by Bruce Arrington
- Pink Water
on May 28, 2013
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, nonreciprocal review.
The book “Pink Water,” by James Field, is an adventurous science fiction story. It is the second in a series, continuing with the adventures of the Cloud brothers, and others, finding our world in peril. The insects have laid a snare and the Cloud brothers find themselves having fallen right into it. The story continues with other various characters introduced, along with their own personal demons.
I have not read the first book, so I lacked any background on the previous story or its characters. That being said, I feel that this book truly can stand alone. Enough (but not too much) backstory was inserted so I gained a good handle for what had taken place, and how those earlier things affected the second book.
I appreciated how the characters were more the center of the story than the actual outcome. Their charming idiosyncrasies and faults painted them well as three-dimensional characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, particularly by Russell (my favorite character), helping the story to be a fun read.
And it was a fun read. Not bogged down in things I did not understand, but humorous, fast-paced and well developed. I also appreciated how most of the characters had to come face-to-face with their personal pasts and were given the opportunities to deal with them appropriately.
There are three things, which, I think can make for a better story. The first is where Fred talks about his dream. I had interpreted this as a foreshadowing and felt somewhat cheated when it didn’t turn out that way. It would be an easy fix to forecast events more according to what actually came about (more or less). The second thing would be to add more female characters, since all but one of the characters is male. This presents a lopsided story since it is so character driven. And last of all, the story needs a good proofreading by a professional. There were enough typos to pull me out of the story at times, and really get my attention.
However, the author provided a fun read I could understand without having to read the first book. I recommend this for all you sci-fi lovers out there who like fast-paced, humorous tales.
- The Reaper's Opus
on Oct. 10, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I give it a five star rating.
The Reader's Opus is one of those books that has stories you can tell around a campfire. Do you remember growing up and wishing you knew a good ghost story to tell? This book has a few that would put a few chills down the spines of your listeners.
Each story is short, but long enough to give you sensory detail that you feel like you are there. They are well written, well thought-out stories intended to entertain, but not offend with gratuitous detail. It lacks the excessive gore found in many stories today, but instead is written on a higher level, and left me with stories that are memorable.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.