The Keeper

Rated 4.75/5 based on 12 reviews
The portal to the center of time and space secretly exists in a circle of trees in the Madawaska Highlands. The Keeper has promised to protect the secret of the portal at all costs. He has been given a diamond arrowhead with special powers to help him protect the secret. Travel through time and space with The Keeper as a series of loves threaten his promise, and challenge him at every turn. More

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About Jt Kalnay

JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping his wife chase after seven nieces and nephews.

JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were very early influences and appear frequently in his work.

Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton,and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, and law. Many of his stories are set on college campuses.

JT is a rock climbing guide and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, California, Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing.

JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere. Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing.


The Keeper In Joshua Tree
Here's a thirty second video about the book, shot on locationin Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert!

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A little promo video shot on Figures on a Landscape on the North Astrodome in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Review by: Scott Skipper on March 26, 2012 :
The Keeper is a haunting tale of Indian mysticism, impossible love, dark secrets and transcendence on the rock face. Written in a telegraphic style it pulls one across a wide terrain of emotional landscapes. When an author knows the reader well enough to make him squirm he has truly found his voice. John Kalnay tells a very potent story.
(review of free book)
Review by: jtbookclub1 on Oct. 26, 2011 :
The writer came to our book club and read from this book and then gave us all codes to download the book for free. I was skeptical about the quality, because none of us had ever heard of him, and he was kinda pushy about coming to our book club. But, we loved the book. Go figure.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: vegaslovesjt on Oct. 22, 2011 :
Like joshuatree104 I also met JT at Crossroads Cafe when he was at Joshua Tree for writing and climbing. I also got a free (and autographed) copy of the paperback and the code for a free eBook. I figured they would be crap b/c they were free. But, after I read the short little book (it's kinda short), I found out I really liked it. He's an odd guy, but friendly, and he gives away free books. I liked The Keeper, and am going to try The Pattern next.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: joshuatree104 on Oct. 22, 2011 :
I live in Joshua Tree and was very delighted to meet the author at Crossroads Cafe. We sat and talked for half an hour about the scenes written in the desert. I like people who write books about places they have actually been. I hope he writes more books about the desert. He gave anyone who wanted a free book a coupon for this website. I thought that was very generous. I went up in the desert and read his book and liked it very much.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: alan bradley on Oct. 22, 2011 :
This is a collective review from our book club.
The Keeper is a short read that follows four threads in one man's life, starting when he is a teenager, and moving forwards and backwards to the formative points in his life. While the book is filled with trauma and sadness, we think it is a hopeful book. We have never seen PTSD dealt with in this fashion. The author has a distinct style that takes some getting used to, but once you are used to it, it the style allows the story to unfold at a pace suitable to the subject matter. We have only given out five stars once, and that was to Pride and Prejudice, so please consider our four stars as an excellent review. Thank you for coming to our book club and for providing us with the Smashwords coupon to your book.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: parsonsg on Oct. 15, 2011 :
A challenging read on many levels. I won't spoil it, but not everyone who you think is alive is alive in this book. Wow.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: smashgirl35 on Oct. 12, 2011 :
The second of JT Kalnay's books I've read. It was short, but I really liked it. It makes me want to go to the desert.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: steve hunter on Oct. 4, 2011 :
A fun but thought provoking short little read. I read it once and it was just a boy meets girl book. But then after talking to the author (he came to our reading group) I read it again from the point of view of dealing with PTSD. Then it was a completely different story. So, it's a lot more complicated than you think on first look.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: fred denton on Oct. 1, 2011 :
The author came to our reading group and did a reading and gave us codes so we went ahead and read his book. We were shocked that an unknown author like this could put out such a spell-binding tale. We are going to read another one of his books soon, and we hope we like it as much. He won't be unknown for long!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: sw1 on Sep. 18, 2011 :
I had to read this book twice to figure out all the time travel. It was really fun to try to figure out who was who and when was when. I think you'll like this book too!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: doodaa on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Amazing read! I really enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading more from this writer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Lyle Casselman on Sep. 10, 2011 :
This is a great story. All of J.T.'s books are worth the read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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