Dawn of the Knight: The Lance Rock Chronicles Volume 1.

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Having been raised and trained for the past 12 years by the United States government’s former top operative has made Canadian high school senior Lance Rock the most dangerous teenager on the planet. He is forced into using his skills to protect an American woman and her two teenage daughters from the woman's ex-husband-a crime lord who has been terrorizing the family for over a decade! More
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About Robert L. Beck

I’m a huge fan of cool, operative/secret agent type characters having grown up watching James Bond, Derek Flint, The Wild, Wild West, The Avengers, The Man from Uncle, and more recently, Jason Bourne and Alex Rider. When I was younger, I had read a 1960’s young adult teen spy series titled, “Chris Cool/Teen Agent,” by Jack Lancer, and I loved it. That series only lasted six books and I decided that if I would ever write a book/series it would involve an “operative” type teenage character. Since I’m originally from Canada, I made the protagonist Canadian as well. Being a romantic at heart, I also knew I wanted the book to contain a romantic element as a major part of the story-line. Finally, I didn't want my protagonist working for a government agency. I thought; what would happen if you put a teenage boy with operative type skills in a high school setting? The result is this series.

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Review by: Theresa Hamelin on Aug. 02, 2014 :
I loved this book! Action packed, great characters, twists and turns. Couldn't put it down! This is a must-read.
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Review by: Des Bellante on Sep. 23, 2013 : (no rating)
This was recommended by a friend and I enjoyed in very much, wanted a better ending but really enjoyed reading it, waiting for his next book.
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Review by: Elizabeth Winn on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Lance Rock, a Canadian teen, has been home-schooled since he was a child--but the education he has received is far from ordinary. Scott, his mentor of 12 years, is a former CIA operative. He has trained his young pupil in a broad range of subjects, such as multiple languages, computer hacking, and martial arts. But at 18, Lance is tired of his "training" and eager to live a "normal" life like his public school friends. He breaks off his training­­­--and his relationship with his mentor--to travel to a high school in California as a foreign exchange student. Here, he meets his host family, Stacy Muller, a single mother, and her two teenaged daughters, Shannon and A.J. There's also an assortment of new classmates, including Reina, a sultry female exchange student from Japan. Once lodged with the Mullers, however, he quickly comes to realize that this semester will be far from the "fun" he was seeking. His new school happens to be crawling with bullies (most of them from the football team). He also discovers that his host family is being terrorized by a group of mystery men--and Stacy, his host-mother, wants to keep their predicament under wraps! How will Lance, former homeschooled student, face up to the social protocol of public high school? And who is the gang tormenting his beloved host family? Beck's novel traces Lance's high school experience, from taking on the high school goons, to defending his host family's household from sadistic strangers.

To be honest, I really wasn't quite sure what to think about the story. I wasn't sure if the author was poking fun at the martial arts genre, or writing a serious story. Some of Lance's good-guy gestures are so grandiose as to be borderline satirical. After he frees the student body from the tyranny of the football team, the rejoicing he describes that follows is equal only to "Moses free[ing] the Hebrew slaves from Egyptian bondage..." (164). Then there's Reina, Lance's classmate, who also specializes in martial arts and affectionately refers to him as "Lance-san" and "Samurai-san." However, these complaints aside, I actually found the novel to be rather fun in a mindless, corny sort of way. So, my verdict? An entertaining read, but far from serious literature. Recommended for Ages 16-18.
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Review by: miguel parisi on June 28, 2013 :
Epic Story. Really worth reading.
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Review by: David Simpson on June 12, 2013 :
Everyone has to start somewhere. It's difficult to reach a standard of writing that gives the reader an easy read, but an intriguing one. That keeps their attention, but also doesn't rattle their brain to the point of exhaustion. That delivers characters you love, characters you hate, that keep you glued to the story. "Dawn of the Knight" does not do that. I gave this every possible chance, focusing on characters, plot and story development and it doesn't reach the right standard. I hate Lance Rock as a character, and every character involved in his story, simply because they are not likeable. I felt the interactions between characters were forced, and lacking natural development. Being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, it's difficult to be excited about Rock's language abilities due to the impossibility of being an expert of all that he is. Therefore lacking credibility, I do not give this book a high review.
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Review by: Katey Gay on June 03, 2013 :
"Dawn of the Knight" is an exciting ride! Full of interesting characters, action, thrills, and romance, this book has it all. The story is well written and you can tell that Mr.Beck put a great amount of time and research into this novel. If you want a fun, interesting read, choose this book.
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Review by: Sharon on June 01, 2013 :
I am an avid reader, but rarely of fiction. I am definitely, though, looking forward to reading a sequel to this novel. Robert Beck presents a satisfying balance of action, suspense, and teen social conflict/romance. One thought kept coming to mind throughout my reading of "Dawn of the Knight" -- I would LOVE to see this made into a movie. During numerous chapters, I felt as though I was watching a "Die Hard" movie; the description of action events is second-to-none. Anyone who enjoys action/adventure/crime movies, like "The Expendables," "Taken," "Red," the Jason Bourne series, etc., will find this read to be a great ride!
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Review by: Lou on May 07, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the book. It was not what I expected. The cliff hangers at the end of each chapter kept me wanting to keep reading. Great action, romance, and suspense throughout.
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Review by: Linda on April 27, 2013 :
This book was awesome. I loved it! Everyone should read it!
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Review by: Gary S., Jr on April 27, 2013 :
Reading this book is like watching a movie. The amount of detail is amazing. Actually, it deserves to be made into a movie or at least a printed version!
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Review by: Dan T. on April 21, 2013 :
I'm a big fan of James Bond, Jason Bourne and Alex Rider.The cover for this book caught my eye and the description appeared intriguing so I decided to take a chance, despite the "romance" aspect in the description. Boy was I impressed! This is an incredible "page turner" from beginning to end! The action scenes are detailed and well-written, the suspense makes you want to keep reading, and even the romance aspect of the book was well done! Lance's battle with his "hormones" is actually quite humorous at times and the story contains two of the most beautiful girls in literary history. I would love to meet a "real-life" Shannon!
I highly recommend this book! Another "side note" is that the author has avoided both graphic sex and profanity, although I will caution that there is adult thematic material here.
The story definitely lends itself to a sequel, and an entire series for that matter! Lance Rock is a true "knight" and his skills are on par with the best of literary action heroes! Well done, Robert L. Beck!
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Review by: Katie Jones on April 16, 2013 :
As someone who usually reads non-fiction, I was impressed to find a story line that kept my attention throughout. There was enough suspense, action and relational content to not only hold my focus, but make me want to continue reading. An impressive first novel from a budding author. Great things to come, I'm sure! Highly recommended.
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Review by: Brian on April 13, 2013 :
Interesting read. For a first novel I thought it was a great story. I read a lot if action fiction and this was a good story. I would have enjoyed more breaks and multiple story lines but it held me until the end. I could not transfer this to my kindle and had to read it entirely on my phone and I still kept with it. Good job Robert.
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Review by: Matthew on April 11, 2013 :
Mr. Robert Beck has written what I consider to be an excellent story. I am a big Fiction fan, and this book kept me as completely enthralled as any R. A. Salvatore or Stephen King novel has. What I consider to be the best part of the book is that while the story itself is fictional, just about everything used by the main character Lance is in fact real (at least the dozen or so things I looked up). The story just doesn't slow down, and even when you think nothing else could possibly top the last chapter, Mr. Beck finds a way to do it! I cannot more highly recommend this book, and sincerely hope that I will see Lance Rock return in a sequel that answers some of the question I am left with!
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Review by: Bree Bianchi on April 10, 2013 :
I am so thoroughly impressed with this book! I could not put it down! I am not a fan of this genre' in particular, though I liked it so much I will probably read it again. Definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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Review by: Shazia B on April 08, 2013 :
Great great book. I read the first couple of chapters to see what this book was about, and I got so hooked that I stopped reading the book I was in the middle of! Finished it in four nights. This is a great novel that is filled with action, romance, suspense and the amount of knowledge that Robert L. Beck has packed into it is amazing. Never a dull moment when reading this book, and I strongly recommend and encourage others to read it. If I had to say something negative.. it would be that my eyes hurt from reading it for 3-4 hours at a time!
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Review by: Ben Millard on April 06, 2013 :
One of my personal favorites. Not too often do I read Fiction books, but Dawn of the Knight has totally changed my perspective and interest. The way the author, Robert L. Beck, was able to portray the character Lance Rock in incredible. The detail and meticulous nature of his writing is extremely enchanting, and will suck you in to the story so much, that when you do reach the end you feel as if a part of your life has been ripped away. For anyone who is reading this review that hasn't read this book, I strongly suggest you hit that download button.
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Review by: Samantha P on April 04, 2013 :
Great Read! I would recommend this book to everyone!
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Review by: Aubree on April 04, 2013 :
Amazing book. I started it at 6pm and finished it in under 3 hours! I couldn't put it down. Coming from somebody who HATES to read books I was shocked to actually find a book that kept my attention for so long. Great action scenes adorable romance and all around a wonderful read. I would recommend this book to adults and kids(trust me I already have) Once you start you wont want to put it down! I'm excited to see if a second book will be coming out!
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Review by: Courtney S. on April 03, 2013 :
This is a great book! I normally take a long time to read books, but this one really kept my attention. Very suspenseful and entertaining. Get it while it's free!
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