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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting book on the the final battle between good and evil, January 13, 2013
By Micki Peluso (New York, USA)
This review is from: Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

TECHNOMAGE
FROM EARTH TO EDEN II
By Clayton Clifford Bye
Chase Enterprises June 1, 2012

Richard awakens knowing he died on another hideous world, and finds himself facing a despicable creature who fully intends for the "magicker" to get up. And so he might if he could feel or move any part of his body other than his eyes and a mouth that rasps like a voice synthesizer. His liege, the Old One, tells Richard he's been resurrected in keeping with the Old One's word -- and Eden will soon be his and perhaps much more.

Sometime later Jack Lightfoot enjoys a cup of morning coffee after weeks of capturing ghoulish creatures which the seer, Richard had let loose in his town." Edenites consider them hell-spawn, from the time of Lucifer and man's final fall from grace." But Jack's work is far from over. He's about to face a new enemy. One that uses magic but is robotic like the "Terminator" and just as difficult to destroy. And so begins the extraordinary tale spun by author Clayton Clifford Bye, wild with horror and bloodshed, and fast-paced action, which rivets the reader to his pages. He portrays a terrible fight between Heaven and Hell, leaving readers holding their breaths in fear that in this final battle Satan will surely win. This well-written novella ponders the age-old question--can good and evil ever become friends?

TECHNOMAGE is the sequel to author Bye's amazing dark fantasy, FROM EARTH TO EDEN.

Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang.

 

July 27, 2012

Technomage, From Earth to Eden II

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REVIEW: Technomage, From Earth to Eden II,

Clayton Clifford Bye, Chase Enterprises

Rating: 4 stars


TECHNOMAGE is the sequel to Jack Lightfoot’s first story >From Earth to Eden. While Jack and Katy enjoy a rare moment of privacy in their own home, a metal monster comes to visit. Jack grabs Katy and ‘jumps’ to his parents’ house. Alas, Satan, The Old One kills Jack’s family and wife and takes Jack captive. From then on, it is war. War on Earth; war on Eden. The battles rage strong and ever stronger, until it looks as though all life will be destroyed. Jack Lightfoot is faced with finding an answer despite the fact that he, as the blurb says, “is forced to give up all that is human…in an effort…to stop the destruction” The Devil is bringing upon Earth and Eden.

My opinion—If I describe any of the events, the story would be told. Suffice it to say, that, as in all great stories, the battles start large and grow ever larger, more menacing, more tension filled. TECHNOMAGE is a fitting sequel to Book I, but the last battle is too brief. A stab, a slash, a lunge of the sword to the chest—and it’s over. I would have liked to see the last battle be a bit more difficult to fight.

 

July 17, 2012

 

Clayton Bye. Technomage. After years in a desert, like an oasis rising up out of the sands, the pulp fiction of Technomage appears. Pulp fiction. Dime novels. Penny Dreadfuls. Open the front cover and you've mounted a stallion that knows nothing but running through to the back cover. Pulp fiction. The adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, both Tarzan and John Carter on Mars. The detective stories of Dashiell Hammett. Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Stories that you can't put down and must read--and then want to read more, like people reading serialized stories in newspapers anxious to get the next edition to see what happens. Pulp fiction is not long-winded or intricate; pulp fiction is straightforward, holding its own against the incessant need to detail 'til there is nothing left for the imagination and the narrative arguments that are bilious in the modern thriller of 400 pages. Technomage is 98 pages. There is no moment of pause.

  

Technomage flies along as the protagonists attempt to stop the total destruction of the world by The Old One, also known as Lucifer or the human Satan. The Old One cannot gain his ends without agents and, so, turns to technology. The evil Richard X, now a great roboticized being after resurrection by Satan, takes the lead with devilish powers only to run up against Jack Lightfoot who manages to combine magick--as it is spelled on Eden--with technology, developed by the child genius Victoria Ralston to defeat Richard's offensive.

 

   The secret knowledge to defeat is found through old Indian practices but no one can figure out just what it is until Jack miraculously appears out of thin air and gives them the answer: the Godhead, The One God, is inside you. This is the essence of all religious teachings. It is the power of life from the very beginnings of recorded history. It is paramount in the story, in the defeat of The Old One and his evil. Without this power, our heroes--people--would not survive, despite their magick.

 

   Jack sends himself up to the angels asking for help. But the angels are conservative and rather skeptical. So, Jack jumps inside one of the angels and takes her down to Eden to see the Hell that is raging. The angel is set free to report to the Angel Council and the Angel Michael is sought for.

  

With Jack holding The Power Within and Michael and the other Angels at his side, Satan is defeated in off-hand manner, for there is no possible way for him to withstand such power. And the door is left open for more in this legend.

 

   Technomage is a legend. It is not a religious creed despite the religious references. As with the parable spinners and seers of old--where have they gone?--the story can only be told in the language and metaphor of the listener, in this case the reader. This speaking in the language of the addressed people is considered the height of wise teaching. And it is well worth reading. It is that instant gratification from childhood that we have lost. Don't let mommy and daddy tell you you must wait for 300 pages before you can gain enjoyment. Do it now!--with Technomage.

--James Secor

 

Lyle Kirchner | 5 out of 5 Stars! 09/07/2012

Hello Clayton!

I had the opportunity to read your latest book. I don't normally spend a significant amount of time buried in pages but I have to admit, I couldn't put the sequel down! I read it over the course of two sittings! Your new book a page turner and doesn't disappoint. The plot is fast moving and full of twists and turns.

Great stuff!  - Lyle Kirchner

 

Advance Critiques | 5 out of 5 Stars! 06/07/2012

This is tight work. Economical and precise. Very clear imagery. Great flow. Didn't get snagged once or forced into a re-read. Spot on.  - Shaun

Your usage of dialogue is effective. Narrative is good and the plot is compelling. I also like the pacing.  - Janvier

Economical writing at its best. Straight to the point, absolutely nothing surplus, and boy when you plant those hooks into your reader they go deep and don't let go.  - Poppet

The book promises to be hot.  - Lizzi

 

Quick Review - Technomage by Clayton Bye

Technomage
by Clayton Bye
Kindle Edition
4 Stars out of 5 * * * *
Mixing technology and magic to good effect.



I read the previous book, Sorcerer's Key, and enjoyed it a lot. So when I found the sequel, I jumped right on it.

As stated in the book's description, it is an epic story, and I think it deserves to be epic length (well, maybe not that long, but I wouldn't mind 90K-100K). Anybody who's read my reviews will notice that my complaint is almost invariably: too many words. This is one of the rare instances where I want more, not less.

Jack Lightfoot is a mage like no other. He can easily bridge the gap between Earth and Eden, the former a technological world, and the latter a world of magic. The mage who can combine the best of both is fairly unbeatable, however, Satan has been unbeatable for a long, long time, so Jack is not equipped for the initial assault that kills his entire family and destroys his human body.

He becomes the "ghost in the machine" by escaping into the Google global network. He hangs out for some years hiding from Satan and his technomage minions and trying to find somebody out in the world who can help him defeat the devil. A very tall order, indeed. The assistance comes in the form of two characters. Victoria, a child genius, grows up to provide all the technical assistance Jack needs to fight the devil. Brim, a preacher/shaman, is the spiritual powerhouse Jack requires.

With the help of these two, Jack can fight the very devil and, if not destroy him, can at least stop Satan's play to control both Earth and Eden. Any more would be a spoiler, so I'll leave that to the reader to discover.

I would love to see a novel starring Victoria, the only person who understands Jack in his form as an electronic ghost. He's legend within the geek community, but the rest of the world pretty much ignores him. Victoria is the one who gives Jack the body he needs. Reverend Brim is his spiritual force. So, I'd also like more on Brim's background. How does a Native American minister of the gospel combine the One God with the gods of his culture to help Jack defeat the devil?

Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. There's a hint of another book in the From Earth to Eden series. I hope Mr. Bye is working on it. He's got a fan out here waiting for more.
 
--Marva Dasef
 

 

Amazon Reviews:

 5.0 out of 5 stars

Riveting book on the the final battle between good and evil,

January 13, 2013 By
Micki Peluso (New York, USA)
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

TECHNOMAGE
FROM EARTH TO EDEN II
By Clayton Clifford Bye
Chase Enterprises June 1, 2012

Richard awakens knowing he died on another hideous world, and finds himself facing a despicable creature who fully intends for the "magicker" to get up. And so he might if he could feel or move any part of his body other than his eyes and a mouth that rasps like a voice synthesizer. His liege, the Old One, tells Richard he's been resurrected in keeping with the Old One's word -- and Eden will soon be his and perhaps much more.

Sometime later Jack Lightfoot enjoys a cup of morning coffee after weeks of capturing ghoulish creatures which the seer, Richard had let loose in his town." Edenites consider them hell-spawn, from the time of Lucifer and man's final fall from grace." But Jack's work is far from over. He's about to face a new enemy. One that uses magic but is robotic like the "Terminator" and just as difficult to destroy. And so begins the extraordinary tale spun by author Clayton Clifford Bye, wild with horror and bloodshed, and fast-paced action, which rivets the reader to his pages. He portrays a terrible fight between Heaven and Hell, leaving readers holding their breaths in fear that in this final battle Satan will surely win. This well-written novella ponders the age-old question--can good and evil ever become friends?

TECHNOMAGE is the sequel to author Bye's amazing dark fantasy, FROM EARTH TO EDEN.

Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang.


4.0 out of 5 stars

Nice sequel, I want more,

July 13, 2012 By Marva Dasef
"YA Fantasy Author" (Eugene, OR)

This review is from:
Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

I read the previous book, Sorcerer's Key, and enjoyed it a lot. So when I found the sequel, I jumped right on it.

As stated in the book's description, it is an epic story, and I think it deserves to be epic length (well, maybe not that long, but I wouldn't mind 90K-100K). Anybody who's read my reviews will notice that my complaint is almost invariably: too many words. This is one of the rare instances where I want more, not less.

Jack Lightfoot is a mage like no other. He can easily bridge the gap between Earth and Eden, the former a technological world, and the latter a world of magic. The mage who can combine the best of both is fairly unbeatable, however, Satan has been unbeatable for a long, long time, so Jack is not equipped for the initial assault that kills his entire family and destroys his human body.

He becomes the "ghost in the machine" by escaping into the Google global network. He hangs out for some years hiding from Satan and his technomage minions and trying to find somebody out in the world who can help him defeat the devil. A very tall order, indeed. The assistance comes in the form of two characters. Victoria, a child genius, grows up to provide all the technical assistance Jack needs to fight the devil. Brim, a preacher/shaman, is the spiritual powerhouse Jack requires.

With the help of these two, Jack can fight the very devil and, if not destroy him, can at least stop Satan's play to control both Earth and Eden. Any more would be a spoiler, so I'll leave that to the reader to discover.

I would love to see a novel starring Victoria, the only person who understands Jack in his form as an electronic ghost. He's legend within the geek community, but the rest of the world pretty much ignores him. Victoria is the one who gives Jack the body he needs. Reverend Brim is his spiritual force. So, I'd also like more on Brim's background. How does a Native American minister of the gospel combine the One God with the gods of his culture to help Jack defeat the devil?

Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. There's a hint of another book in the From Earth to Eden series. I hope Mr. Bye is working on it. He's got a fan out here waiting for more.


4.0 out of 5 stars

The Best of Both Worlds,

February 15, 2013 By Brian Benson (Alexandria, VA)  
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from:
Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

Sci-fi techno thrillers are a totally different genre than the crime and mystery novels I usually read. Clayton Bye has obviously pondered the age old question of good vs' evil, and presents us with a unique take on the subject through the characters of his novella Technomage (From Earth To Eden. The stories hero Jack Lightfoot and the young heroine Victoria Ralston team with some of Jack's old friends mystics, magicians, and shamans,to fight against the forces of Satan. I felt Bye's story was a kind of fictional parable designed for the modern reader. Whether hiding in a Google super computer or inside one of Victoria Ralston's inventions, Bye keeps the pace moving until the books final confrontation, replete with a little twist of thought at the end. Well done Mr. Bye.


4.0 out of 5 stars

Warfare Mixture of Sci-Fi and Fantasy battling Lucifer against God and Man,

January 22, 2013 By Patricia A. Guthrie "anniecollie" (Mid West USA)
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

this is the sequel to Clayton Bye's first novel "From Earth to Eden."

Jack Lightfood loses his family and his human-form self when his nemesis Richard, now in league with the devil, comes down to destroy him. Not only are they planning
on his destruction, but the annialation of the human race on two planets, Earth and Eden. We find ourselves in the midst of technology and magic machinery and warfare
with robotic enemies scorching the earth and its inhabitants and new and old diseases unleashed among the population. It's up to Jack Lightfoot and his group of
friends to use their magical and intellectual powers to destroy the evil. But, can they? And, in time?

This was an interesting and unique story with a mixture of genres: fantasy and science fiction. The book was short and good, great descriptions and interesting ideas. It could have been great if given a chance to develop a more epic style. The ending was abrupt. We could have had more of a conclusion. Perhaps a combining of the first book, this book and maybe a third (?) would be an idea the author might like to try.

Patricia A. Guthrie
In the Arms of the Enemy
Waterlilies Over My Grave


5.0 out of 5 stars

Technomage by Clayton Bye,

January 17, 2013 By Ford Man
This review is from: Technomage (FROM EARTH TO EDEN) (Kindle Edition)

Clayton Bye offers his readers four worlds to live in following the main character Jack Lightfoot as he travels almost in time as he moves from one world to another better than anyone else can move. When Satan found himself to be defeated he moved on to Eden to destroy it and to kill Jack. He sent in Richard who is a cyborg to kill Jack but here is where the story takes a few twist that will keep you on the edge.

Mr. Bye has created the perfect cyber ghost we on occasion find ourselves joking live in our computers but are very real in Technomage. It all get down to Satans desire to destroy Earth and Eden and Jack's drive to stop him at all cost. My. Bye uses his characters to create a battle between them and the other worlds.

Can Jack stop Satan's plans of destruction?
This is for you to discover and take advantage of a great price for a read that will not disappoint the most discriminate reader.

Douglas and Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

 



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