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Charles D. Blanchard

Charles D. Blanchard

16 June at 14:27

Hello. My name is Charles Blanchard. I would like to introduce my latest novel, Kingdom's End, for your pleasure.

Kingdom’s End is an adventure story where the main characters are rodents. The setting is an abandoned motion picture palace from the 1920s that has been closed for thirty years and is set for demolition. It is here where the characters make their massive colony and fight to protect it.

The story deals with their struggle to survive in a dark urban landscape and the threats posed against them from both man and beast. It is exciting and complex and an easy read with strong characters and narrative that makes you feel their plight.

There are many conflicts. Among them, a plot within the colony to overthrow the aged blind leader by an ambitious ruthless soldier and a good deal of the story involves how he goes about it. Later, the plot is discovered as forces work against the perpetrator.

The rodent characters have names. The human characters interspersed in the story are nameless.

There is considerable adventure outside the colony as characters are introduced that play important roles such as the derelict rats that specialize in the placement of poison and even a fortune teller. The interaction with humans and other animals has an emotional pull that infuses the story to its conclusion as the blind leader of the entrapped colony facing the exterminators tells his subjects they must make their decision on life or death.

I have dedicated the novel to Richard Adams, whose animal themed work has been an inspiration.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingdoms-End-Charles-D-Blanchard-ebook/dp/B01FRCC1CK
http://www.kingdomsendnovel.com/

Justin Bienvenue

Justin Bienvenue

9 December at 21:35

A lot of excellent looking covers on this theme! Great job!

WritingOnACloud

WritingOnACloud

27 June at 11:25

'Wood, Talc and Mr. J' - "Unmissable, if you love all things British"

S. Nathan

S. Nathan

1 October at 15:02

Reviewer's words: "The book is steeped in culture, and none of it the usual staid medieval European kind. Here, you will encounter the exotic in all manner of settings; and it is recounted in scrupulous detail."

E.J. Nottingwood

E.J. Nottingwood

11 July at 02:53

"Zenith" by E.J. Nottingwood takes you to your average high school with your average female protagonist. Only, this female protagonist is in love with an abusive bully, who just so happens to be a female as well. http://www.amazon.com/Zenith-E-J-Nottingwood-ebook/dp/B00LKV83ES/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405043249&sr=1-6&keywords=zenith

Joe Hnida

Joe Hnida

19 June at 21:22

The Taste of Metal: A Novel - Welcome to Denver, Colorado. A lot of crazy things can happen when marijuana is legal and you're living a mile above sea level. Check it out! http://www.amazon.com/The-Taste-Metal-Joe-Hnida/dp/1495397815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403210956&sr=8-1&keywords=the+taste+of+metal

Sue Batton Leonard

Sue Batton Leonard

2 June at 20:06

As an author who has recently published a memoir called Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected, I look forward to connecting with readers and other authors who like read about growing up in the 1950s and 1960s south of the Mason-Dixon line. My publication has a strong sense of growing up in Baltimore, when life was simple and themes of those times in history prevail. Baby boomers will relate to the story.

Philippa Rees

Philippa Rees

6 February at 16:48

Sue Batton Leonard. You may like A Shadow in Yucatan entirely evoking the optimism and innocence of the 60s in Florida. It is listed on iABooks but cant find a way to link!

R.A. McCandless

R.A. McCandless

29 May at 20:34

People think they want to meet an angel, but they really don’t. The awful truth is that meeting an angel is the scariest, most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. Angels have always had their voices raised in songs of praise and their wings dipped in rivers of blood. When the Throne needs a mortal slain, or an army felled, an angel is sent. When a city or nation needs to be leveled, and the ground sown with salt for a thousand years, an angel is the destroyer.

http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Heaven-RA-McCandless-ebook/dp/B00H4IBDSE/

Rolando Calzada

Rolando Calzada

23 November at 17:34

I do agree as a matter of fact, my latest book, not yet published, We Survive is a depiction of the final conflict...I'll quote...
After Saul and the rest of the culmination of man’s evolve flapped quintessential wings, spun of golden thread, I envisioned time it-self slowed. Wings dispersed the still, which allowed a blanket of dust, against a backdrop kissed of light to dance, as if possessed by a flutter’s rhythmic tempo.

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