C.C.Cole is the author of the "Gastar" series, with the first of four novellas, "Act of Redemption" published in 2009, and the second, "Children of Discord," upcoming in a few weeks. The series follows teen assassin Shevata as she travels through the history of the city of Gastar to seek redemption for her past actions and to re-gain her soul. The author resides in the suburbs with her family. Interests include dark fantasy reading/writing, 20th century history, martial arts, and adopted greyhounds. She also promotes an anti-domestic violence awareness campaign.
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The First Book of the "Gastar" series, four novellas when complete follow teen assassin Shevata as she travels through the history of the city of Gastar to seek redemption for her past actions and to re-gain her soul.
In "Act of Redemption" the city has fallen after centuries of war. Shevata, a slave-assassin defeated the enemy but left a vacuum for a demon lord to arrive and destroy the remnants of the city to make an extension of hell.
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Smashwords book reviews by C.C. Cole
- Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon
on April 13, 2011
Mr. Gustafson creates an interesting story of a horrific event through a child's eyes that follow him into young adulthood as a recurring paranormal experience. As the main character Liam matures, he seeks resolution by traveling back to the place of tragedy he witnessed many years prior. The story gives a superb illustration of how the past stays with us all and how imagination often has a source stemming from disturbing real-life issues that plaque society. Well done!!
- Let's Pretend!
on April 13, 2011
\In “Let’s Pretend,” Mr. Gustafson re-creates the real world through the eyes of a child. Johnny is an ordinary boy doing what we adults recall in our everyday lives of childhood by playing war, admiring Star Wars posters, and watching favorite cartoons. As Johnny becomes more fascinated with his make-believe world, it incorporates into his own reality separate of his parents’ as he merges into the entertaining but violent world of television. As the story reaches its end, Johnny successfully separates from reality, leaving a disturbing but valid point, as part of maturity is the ability to recognize fantasy in the world of reality. Four stars for Mr. Gustafson!
- Apprentice, The Darkwater Adventurers Guild, Vol 1
on May 30, 2011
My Review of “The Apprentice” by author K.I.Coones
Author K.I. Coones provided me with a nicely written medieval fantasy adventure piece that is suited for young pre-teen and young teenage readers. The central character is Ralik, a boy that enters a Guild for training of weaponry and magical skills. The story falls well along with what young boys experience, making friends, sneaking around and finding adventures, and his first love at first sight of an attractive girl. The story is generally light and is a nice, smooth read, and gives some danger without much graphic detail, which to me makes this story appropriate for pre-teens. My critique is that the story line comes a bit close to Harry Potter, and the challenge the author has is to bring this story up to stand on its on, as J.K. Rowling’s mega-buster is a tough act to follow, whether one likes Harry Potter or not. My subjective opinion is that it needs to move faster into action to keep the manuscript fresh. I hope Coones has upcoming sequels to this story; as some questions about the Ralik’s parents, a pair of identical magical items that he and a girl both possess, and to see Ralik’s growth as he continues to face the challenges inside the Guild which he trains. I hope this author lets us know when a sequel is available, because I’d like to read it. Overall, 3 stars
- Learning To Fly
on June 06, 2011
I devoured this very interesting, compelling written work within three hours (I reference my article on book-eating). Penn tells a series of unrelated stories with a single fascinating, but horrifying theme: death. I tend to back away from a detailed synopsis on book to avoid spoilers, but this book draws the reader into many ways people experience death; from knowing it’s coming soon by another’s hand, by accident, and from the standpoint of another witnessing the death of another.
Anyone that likes a short, deep, compelling read should definitely check this work out. It’s not comedy, and isn’t meant to be. What it does is expose the inner fears we all carry about the end of our lives, and the affect the loss of life has on others. Congratulations, five out of five stars!
- The First Ten Steps
on July 03, 2011
Ace author Michael Robb Mathias reaches out to new authors in this short, concise, how-to book about promotion tactics for new authors. It’s a fast simple read that makes sense, without the “how to get published and become a millionaire” instructions I’ve seen in many other books. He does not under-emphasize how much time and dedication promotion takes, and also acknowledges the importance of having a good story to start with. For simple promotional tips and realistic expectations, I highly recommend this book to new authors. Congratulations, five stars!
- Divine Wine
on July 04, 2011
“Divine Wine” by Diana Trees is a fun story for readers that can handle the anti-hero concept with violence taken so far it becomes comical. The lead character seeks out violent criminals and places them in a nightmarish situation with every bit of inhumanity, brutality, and beyond what they gave to their victims. This “Evil meets Evil-er” story, not for the faint of heart, gets the reader laughing as the outrageous creatures have their own agenda outside of human society and are more than happy to bring in new criminals to satisfy their need for entertainment. Congratulations, four stars!
- Citizen Zero
on Aug. 01, 2011
“Citizen Zero” by Mark Cantrell is a complex story about an unemployed man who enters JobNet, a complex totalitarian realm where the real and un-real overlap in this “Orwellian” like story, but with many more characters with diverse experiences. Overall, this is a well-written, highly developed novel that gives a vivid, and sometimes-horrifying picture of a dystopian world. My critique is that the story could be simplified for a more concise message, but to me it’s not a discouragement to potential readers. Four stars!
- A Majority of One
on Nov. 18, 2011
“A Majority of One” is a story set in small town Georgia addressing the controversial issue of separation of church and state in the U.S. A non-religious teacher plans to teach the work of Mark Twain, and faces disagreement with the rest of the community, leading to legal and later tragic results. I believe the message the author seeks to convey is that extremism exists in religious and non-religious parts of society. The story is well written, but for me, I think a different example than the one used would have been more compelling for this issue. However, I recommend readers to decide for themselves, and for those interested in this topic, consider this novel. Three stars!