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A World Away: The Quest of Dan Clay: Book One [Paperback]

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 14, 2007
Publisher   Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN  1602473250  
EAN  9781602473256  

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To avert a potential underworld mutiny of horrific proportions, these fifty insurrectionists were relocated through a portal from the pit of hell to the dark Eldritch Forest of another world, parallel to our own. Upon their banishment, the condemned were transformed into half-man and half-serpent creatures. Thirteen years ago, William Clay-then a mere child-disappeared from a nearby forest, never to be seen again. Only recently, his younger brother, Dan, acquired information on the forest fables from a questionable source. After analyzing fact and legend, Dan suspects that his brother may have fallen through the portal into the parallel world and is being held captive by the fifty fiends. Join Dan and three friends as they embark on an out-of-this-world journey where they are hunted by savage beasts along the footpath to a demonic castle. Smith's pages within are your passport to A World Away, where the unimaginable becomes reality, the unnatural becomes the norm, and the uninvited become fitting prey.

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Perfect Book For Home Schoolers and Christian Novel Enthusiasts  Sep 16, 2008
If you love the 'Chronicles of Narnia,' you'll love 'A World Away, the Quest of Dan Clay.' Steeped in adventure, with a unique story line, this Christian adventure is destined to be a hit with Christian parents and home schooling parents, who want to offer their children wholesome literature with no inappropriate scenes or language. The story will also captivate adults, who are searching for a 'white-knuckle' suspense and adventure novel. Definitely 5 stars!

A World Away  Sep 1, 2008
A World Away: The Quest of Dan Clay: Book One Choosing Christmas gifts for my 13 year old grandson and 16 year old Godson has become more challenging. Both young men enjoy fantasy video games as well as reading, but I had no idea how to go about finding the most entertaining and constructive fiction for this age group. When I first heard Mr. Smith discuss his book on Catholic radio, I had a feeling it would fill the bill for both boys. I bought 3 copies as I too wanted to read the book. I was extremely impressed with the elements of suspense which caused me to read much later into the night than usual. It sparked my imagination by using vivid characters and an unusual story line. Not only did I greatly enjoy the book, but both teenagers, who received the book from me for Christmas, enjoyed it so much that they said they are now anxiously awaiting the publication of Mr. Smith's next book. It is my hope that Book Two is available before Christmas 2008. It would save me a lot of shopping time!!
Not Quite Enough...  Jun 25, 2008
I had high hopes for this book, so desperately wanting to support good, authentic Christian fantasy writers. However, I found the dialogue unrealistic and the writing style too primitive and simplistic. Perhaps with more experience, Smith's writing will improve. (I hope!) We need more good christian fantasy writers...
Couldn't put it down  Dec 21, 2007
I bought this book for my son. He would stay up 'til the wee hours reading. "Loved" the end. We're waiting for the next book to come out.
Original, but could do better  Dec 17, 2007
I really enjoyed the original story line and the way Catholicism was presented. Where the Catholic references might puzzle a non-Catholic, I think they do a great job in affirming our young Catholics out there. In my own adolescence, I remember feeling quite alone since nothing of what I saw in books, TV or movies was Catholic (not in a positive, or even accurate sense, anyway). And being devout was, well weird--even amongst fellow Catholics.

Now, about the book: it was a great idea, but I was somewhat disappointed in the execution. I'm not sure if this is because I am reading from a 37 year old mother's perspective (as opposed to the target age group--which is much younger)?

The book starts off nicely with Dan's accidental entry into a parallel world through a portal in the mysterious woods that lies outside the town's outskirts. The first third of the book is centered on his determination to find out more from the local library and the town's "crazy old guy" that supposedly entered into this world many years ago. He's convinced that this is linked to his brother's disappearance thirteen years ago. As Dan puzzles everything together, the reader is both excited and apprehensive about learning more.

When the expedition begins, the cracks begin to show. In a nutshell, there needed to be more detail. E.g., more description about the character's surroundings--other than what just the eyes see. The author could've appealed to the reader's other senses (smells, sounds, textures--and not by simply saying, "it smelled horrible" or "it felt squishy"). All of this helps the reader lose him or herself in the author's world. Has Mr. Smith spent much time in the woods?

Also, we scarcely know what our characters look like, much less what they are like--other than Jimmy is a dumb jock. Sam is a father figure. Cindy is a pretty, tough version of a guy (puh-leeze)--I say this because the author makes no distinction between the quirkiness of women and men--especially when teenagers. And Dan is a geek. Sufficient character development is necessary to allow the reader identify and sympathize with his/her heroes. What are their thoughts besides their current quest?

Some of it, and understandably so, because it is fantasy, was completely unrealistic. The chapter about the "Female Warrior" was a little too Hollywood for my taste. I don't claim to be an expert in fighting or combat, but I thought that the more successful persons who are engaged in this sort of thing have to put their emotions aside in order to focus. Cindy, in a rage, fought every one off by herself (yeah, like in a Rambo movie). I don't mean to trivialize war, but I think of it like sports, or a parent tending to a child in an emergency; if a person is enraged (as is the case here) or panicked, his or her judgment can become clouded. Cool heads prevail in these situations.

The adventure part of the book is not terrible, even if just play-by-play. Much of the deeper part of the story is revealed up front, which is another shortcoming. I think giving too much away too soon keeps the reader from wanting more. Plus the author doesn't let the reader know much more afterwards. So there is little suspense other than what creature is to be encountered next. The chapters begin and end without much suspense.

The reader isn't let in on the parts where the characters "talk late into the night," or "discuss (something) at length." I was really disappointed in not knowing what they thought about what happened when the holy water spilled. All of this gives the books a superficial feel.

Maybe I would've felt the same way if I had read this as a teen...? I found myself forcing myself to finish the book (although the end picks up and gets interesting).

I will probably get this for my kids since it is a wonderfully novel plot. It is wholesome, without the base language or behavior that other books resort to to attract readers. It is a good message.

Finally, I do want to support the author in his effort to combat the allure of novels with occultism or atheistic themes that are appealing to our young. My hope is that the author will work on his weaknesses for the next one. Hang in there, Mr. Smith!

P.S. I know this is terribly secular, and this author is not trying to be another Tolkien, or Lewis, or whomever, but I read a Robert Jordan series (Wheel of Time) many years ago. I never finished (got to book six or seven and was tired of the author's seemingly determination to not want to finish--plus I didn't like where it was heading), but one thing that appealed to me was the way the Jordan seemed to understand the gender differences in communication, miscommunication, etc. Perhaps Smith wouldn't mind checking out just one of his books?


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