Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Seventh Mountain (Chronicles of a Magi Book 1) ~Free on Amazon~

"The Seventh Mountain by Gene Curtis is pure delight. Curtis wields a tremendous imagination and uses it to transport the reader to another world, where sword wielding Magi fight for good, evil lurks just out of sight and a young hero searches for his destiny. Sure to be compared to Harry Potter, but undeniably more compelling." - Jeremy Robinson
Book Description:

Faith Based Fantasy
A dream, surreal and frightening, begins the path of Mark Young's future; a path set long before he was even born. Fortunately, it's not a path he's doomed to walk alone. His course leads to true friends, fortune and a place where he learns to wield great power. This place is The Seventh Mountain, the place where Magi train. The Seventh Mountain conceals the direst legend known to man. Mark's fate lies within.

A Smattering of Reviews from other Editions:

...love the world you have created here in the 7th mountain (on Ep 13). Oddly enough the Christian component of the book added to the story for me as I went to a Church of England School (although I now follow a different path) this provides an additional link between me and the characters, now if only my school had Flags matches (way better than Quidditch BTW)." –James

"A Lot of books make you laugh and fewer still make you cry, but it takes a truly masterful writer to make you furious at the enemies of the characters and despair when they are in trouble. Gene Curtis is one of these writers. There were elements here and there that were similar to another adolescent magic user you may have heard of, but the world in whole is truly original and imaginative. I can't praise "The Seventh Mountain" high enough, and I can't wait for the new books arrival." –Dan

"Phenomenal!!! An excellent story, well told. Thank you for giving us an alternative (Superior Alterative) to the HP books. And thank you for creating a story that is safe for our kids to read. Can’t wait for more from you." –Tillman

"Gene Curtis show's a lot of promise for a new writer. Read his Bio and you can see he's used to hearing stories, and telling them too. The book start's a little slow but builds as the foundation is laid. This is going to be a series of books so the foundation takes longer than a single book would but it's worth it. By the time the Festival of Tents comes around you know the characters and identify with them. This allows you to really get into the story. The only negative thing is you want to read the next installment but it's not out yet." –David

"As a young person’s book I give this an ‘A’. I’m sure Gene Curtis has heard a few dozen comparisons between this work and the Harry Potter books, and I’m afraid that the comparisons are unavoidable. Having said that, let me add a large HOWEVER…While there are lots of similarities, there exist many delightful differences, as well. I find it easier to relate to the American ‘flavor’ of the characters a lot easier than to the British ‘flavor’ found in the HP books. Additionally, I think Curtis deals with technology/magic interactions better than Rowling." --Bear

"It intrigued me from the first and I have to say, it's a darned good story. I believe some people will say that it's a Christian Harry Potter knock off but I can't say I agree. True, at first I wondered if it was indeed a re-telling of a Harry Potter type tale with a Christian twist but as I got deeper into the book I found it was something quite different." --C.
About the Author
Until I was 18, I spent every summer except one (That one exception being spent on a shrimp trawler. That's something I'll never do again.) going back to my great grandparent's farm in North Carolina. I worked the fields for area farmers to gain a little extra money. Until I was 8 years old I did things like pick cucumbers and strawberries and was paid by the pound. I wasn't actually forced to do this, I just did what everyone else was doing and the adults thought it was cute. After that I learned to drive the tractors and was paid by the hour. My great grandfather was known as the best liar in four counties and I always loved to listen to his stories. I guess that's where I got the knack for story telling.

When I turned 22 I joined the police force and got married. Those were two of the best decisions I ever made. I retired as a police sergeant and moved to the country. I was pretty much fed-up with city life and moving to the gentle rolling countryside of western Virginia was something I had wanted to do for a long time. I missed the country life of my youth and in the city I couldn't have a campfire in my backyard. One needs a campfire in order to tell good stories.

During the long lonely nights on the police force I had tried to start several novels (in my mind), but they were absolutely atrocious. It wasn't until I moved to the country, where I could have a campfire, that I started studying how to write a really good story. Six years and many campfires later I succeeded in producing my first original full length novel. I called it The Seventh Mountain.
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