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I'm Rustin Petrae, a graphic designer out of Ohio. I was actually born in San Antonio, Texas but spent nearly half my life overseas. I grew up on Misawa Air Force Base, Japan and then went on to Seoul, South Korea and then onto Osan Air Force Base, South Korea where I graduated from Osan American High School. I loved that life. I loved living in a country where I was able to absorb different cultures and traditions. I learned a lot from that and I use a lot of what I learned in my writing.
I started very early on. In fact, I can remember one of my elementary school teachers asking us all what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was that I wanted to either be a cartoonist or an author. Well, I didn't end up being a cartoonist (although I still draw and create my own characters). I went on to pursue the graphic design route, but I never did give up on writing. I think I really started to pursue it again when I was a senior in high school. That's when I tried to get a little more serious about it and also when I completed one of my first short stories. Ever since then, I have written several stories, flash fictions, a couple of novellas, and two novels.
I've always enjoyed the creative process. I love taking things and seeing them through until they are something real. Something you can actually grab onto. For me, the creative spark really began in Misawa, Japan. All of my friends, myself included, would make up characters, cartoons and the worlds they would go in. Shortly after that I started drawing and spent a long time creating even more characters. It wasn't until a couple of class projects where we had to write and make our own books that I realized I could write about the characters that I drew.
Everything just sort of spun off from that and I've spent nearly my whole life creating these characters and sharpening them and their worlds until I have stories that I like.
I hope that everyone else likes them too.
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on April 20, 2015 :
A continuation of the Purga series: following the climax of Dragon, Roc describes the gradual fall of the world's two apex cultures through the series's pre-established pacing and characters.
As the drama increases the underlying secrets of the world are gradually uncovered, revealing compelling truths that were apparently present from the start
expanding upon the stories and themes established within the first novel, Roc tells a deeper story that explores the roots of the world and those that fight over it, crafting a new and original take upon the world depicted in the first novel.
Both Dragon and Roc provide an interesting world seen from two different perspectives. taken together they describe an overarching and highly interesting plot that surpasses that of most sci-fi/fantasy authors; they depict a story of war and love, and a world of technology and magic,
as well as the forces behind them.
just like the first one, this is a worthwhile read, one that will leave you waiting for the follow up.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on March 01, 2014 :
One more part of a legend. One more part of adventures, battles and becoming heroes. One more part of amazing story. It hold me pretty soon again. It brought even more intensive action, dangers, secrets and surprises. It's darker than the first one, more desperate, and brought further into the world encountering the threat of destruction and people figting against it.
I loved to read about the characters I've grown fond of, to get to know some new ones and to know better some old ones. I was excited to see how some of them meet each other and anxious to see some of them part. I enjoyed to read how they get in to the complicated situations and how they deal with it, how they deal with their inner battles and the battles on the outside world. I felt sadness, hope, joy, excitment, anxiety, anger and a lot more along with them.
This book was very emotional for me. Sometimes it was so intense that I was afraid to read further and had to stop. But I couldn't stay away for a long time not knowing what happens next so pretty soon I would start reading and eagerly turning pages again.
Awesome story. I'm excited to see what surprises and events would bring the book three.
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review (David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! group and the author).
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Feb. 01, 2014 :
Fantastic continuation of the Histories of Purga series.
Book Two picks up some time after Keiara's transformation at the end of Book One. Rone, along with Asher and Fowler, are working their way up the side of a mountain and fighting a losing battle against the elements. But something tells Rone that he'll find Keiara at the top, so he pushes them to keep moving.
Meanwhile, Wilhelm's army of Blak soldiers has tracked down Rone's father, the king of Roanoke. Rone's friends, Darvian and Fiona, fight for him on the Island of Edaeri, and like Rone, they face the very real possibility that they won't make it out alive.
Fantasy and science fiction flow together naturally in Purga, complementing and contrasting in interesting ways, one of the characteristics I most enjoy about this series. The Rooks' nanobots can be formed into pretty much anything mechanical and can even be used to mend wounds, but they can't stand up to the insidious force called Blak. The Terraquois people can transform into animals and some can even control the forces of nature, but they too are helpless against the wave of evil that has been gathered against them. But there is hope. A long kept secret passed down through generations of Callers holds the key for destroying Blak and saving Purga from its clutches.
This story is jam packed with action, tension, and danger. The characters and the story flow naturally from where Book One: Dragon leaves off and set up for Book Three: Basilisk without leaving you hanging too badly. As in the previous book, the battlefields, the exotic locations, and the people are described with an attention to detail that brings them to life without overdoing it.
As or the quality of this book, I say it's excellent. The writing is smooth and well edited. The plot is well-developed and gripping. And the story comes to life in a very satisfying way.
I love this book and can't wait for Book Three: Basilisk. Although I usually avoid reading the "next book" excerpts at the end of stories, I found I could not resist reading the one at the end of this one. Looks just as exciting.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book and the series in general to fans of sci fi with a touch of fantasy mixed in (or vice versa).
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)