Xenolith

Rated 4.16/5 based on 25 reviews
Lassoed, knocked down, face planted in the dirt -- best thing to happen to Frank Bowen in years. When wife Liz went missing in the wilds of Belize, the constables of San Ignacio could find no trace. Years later, on a pilgrimage to her remote 'grave,' Frank is abducted and whisked away to a place he can't identify, by people whose motives and origins baffle him. Could this be what happened to Liz? More
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About A. Sparrow

I'm terribly unprofessional and self-loathing. I can't imagine why anyone here would want to know anything about me. I write mainly for my own entertainment. It's fun to chase stories. Anyone else who finds enjoyment from it is a plus.

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Reviews

Colleen Plemmons reviewed on on May 29, 2013

I found the premise of this story intriguing, other worlds that used Earth as a waystop and learing laboratory, who chose not to pursue our technology, but engaged in war using medieval weapons. I got caught up in the characters and their stories, so I was very disappointed in the way it ended. It was like the author decided to just quit, and I felt abandoned on the side of the road with no answers about what happened to my fellow travelers. The writing was well done till then, the author did a great job in creating a culture and describing it and the environment. I would not discourage someone from reading this story, just know you might be upset in how it ends.
(review of free book)
simon green reviewed on on Jan. 22, 2013

This is an interesting book that was obviously a joy to write for the author. There were quite a few typos but that's ok - people give indie authors a hard time over this but they're writers after all, their passion isn't in the editing, they're storytellers first and formost.
Keep it up, this is a good book.
(review of free book)
ray storey reviewed on on Oct. 31, 2011

An extremely well written book that explores the experiences and emotions of those transformed into a separate existance. One which is primative but has some knowledge of our existance. The interplay between worlds is explored and exposed with logic and feasible circumstances.
(review of free book)
Geoffrey Thomas reviewed on on Oct. 7, 2010

Most reviews focus on Frank Bowen and his wife Liz, her disappearance and his frustration with being unable to find her. Oh, did I mention this happened in the jungles of Belize?
But I think the real story is the one running in parrallel. The one about the young somewhat primitive warriors from a (parallel?) universe. That enter our world, and others, through the Xenoliths. They are intriguing characters. And A.Sparrow's description of their adventures in our world has a nice "feel" to it.
I give the book a high rating because it is a first book and because of the "feel".
Read the book and experience it.
Then go on to Peregrin and read more.
Just sayin......
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
expataussie reviewed on on July 24, 2010
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I liked it! Took a little bit to get into, but once I did, I enjoyed the story. Kepp writing!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Sembazuru reviewed on on June 9, 2010

Quite an enjoyable read. Some of the character development at the beginning felt a little slow, but necessary. Once Frank started on his journey the pace picked up to an enjoyable romp.

I "purchased" this book for $0 mainly to check out this service. I now plan on purchasing the dead-tree version to support the author.

My only problem with this book is the format. I downloaded the Epub version to read on my phone (using Aldiko), and the book was presented as a single, monolithic chapter. This made for long load times and difficult navigation.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Laurens Leurs reviewed on on May 27, 2010

A fun read, even though the number of simultaneous storylines can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
TJ reviewed on on April 30, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did have a bit of trouble with remembering the sexes of the warriors based on their names, but by the end had it figured out.

As others have stated, there were a fair number of typos/words transposed, etc., but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

I'm really looking forward to the sequel and hope it will be available soon.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Peg Dudek reviewed on on April 13, 2010

Well written with interesting characters. Characters you want to read about and care for. Great story!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Vicki Tyley reviewed on on April 6, 2010

Tight writing (especially at the start) and a particularly strong sense of place drew me into this story. Frank’s strength of character, despite his heart problems, carried me through to the end. (4.5/5)

Multiple plotlines and points of view keep the interest high, moving the story forward at all times. (4.5/5)

I only have one quibble and it’s minor. Because I was most vested in Frank’s storyline and finding out what happened to his wife, the ending was left a bit too much up in the air for me. I wanted to know more! With a sequel in the wings, I realise this was probably intentional. :)

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
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