Try to outrun the past in this mystery adventure where things are not always as they appear. Zane, a young man with the ability to change his physical appearance, is starting his first job at Penthes Pharmaceuticals. However, it's not what he expects. Soon he is drawn into a world of corporate secrets and dangerous knowledge.
The deceptions are only beginning. A sales trip to the South Pacific leaves Zane dealing with an unsolved murder, an unsavory boot camp manager, and new friends with abilities as surprising as his own. Can he use his unique talents to unravel the mysteries he's been presented with? More importantly, can he find out who framed his friend for murder before it's too late? This novel is part of a collection of interrelated stand-alone novels. The first version of this book was published as y1. Read more Read less. Ascending Book 2. Product description Product Description Try to outrun the past in this mystery adventure where things are not always as they appear.
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About the novel Shape of Secrets. About joy, shape-shifting and the South Pacific.
Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This story starts out a bit slow. Don't let that stop you! The rewards for perseverance are great: wonderful characters, a tight plot, lots of conflict, intrigue and spy-stuff, an utterly nasty sociopathic bastard, and a rich old man rediscovering his life's dream in his final days.
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Plus shape-changing, gender-bending, improbable romance, and some fine times sailing among the Pacific islands. This is a kind-of sequel Sherrie calls it a "companion novel" which is more accurate to X0, which was a story about telepathy and the unity of all consciousness. X0 is a mathematical expression read as "X to the power of zero," which of course is always 1 for any real-number value of X.
So while z2 will soon cease to exist, it will give birth to a new and better novel. Why am I reviewing a young adult mystery here? How could I not want to read this??
This is my second recent review here and I hope to do more. See the end of this post for details about my review policy. My Review Summary: This is a fun read that will keep you turning pages and have you googling Shakespeare and ancient Greek history. As a YA novel, I give it a solid 4. My full review appears later in this post.
Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery. With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. About the author: Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences.
Learn more about this author at his website , on Amazon , and on his Facebook page TeenThiefCatchers. Learn more and register to win. In spite of these minor issues, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those of all ages who like tales of hidden codes, ancient relics and resurfaced mysteries from the past. Purchase this book at Amazon. The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin. Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing.
Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe? Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic. She gave the opening talk at assembly. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. My grandparents? She was determined to not be the weakest link in the group.
This review is part of a book review tour sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions. I am interested reading science fiction of all sorts, particularly anything involving the nature of time. It has been one hell of an adult education program. It would be a fine question. Then I will spend hours on it. I had to laugh, not only because it was apt, but because she had described one of the chief joys of writing.
You get to pick something you care about, anything that interests you, and then go learn enough to begin to weave a story. The very act of producing books has forced me to to become more acquainted with software, graphics, and photo licensing. I do, now. Writing has also forced me to stay more current with idioms and kept me more politically correct. It is better to call a mentally challenged child cognitively impaired?
Glad I know. Others have been kind enough to seek out information for me in their own fields, leaving friends and relatives familiar with Mayan numbers and civil war battles. Yes, my husband really did attend a re-enactment to help me with a book. There is a lady in Denmark who shared her vacation photos from Iceland with me, to make d4 more realistic.
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Four wonderful women from India helped me with information and cultural sensitivity as I wrote c3. One went a step further, working with me to create a Sanskrit word needed for the story. I had taken a stab at it, using internet translation, and she laughed at my result. As I work to overcome the inertia and start a new series of books, the thrill of learning draws me forward. Soon after I began writing my third novel, I realized that it was going to center around the theme of hope. I was trying to talk about refusing to let go of fears and animosity from the past, and refusing to give others a chance based on old experiences.
And I was talking about the belief that humans cannot change, that they cannot learn to be, or choose to be, better. Having already written two stories that took place on opposite sides of the globe, I decided to place this third tale more or less halfway in between. It also to took me to my own home in Houston. By now, I knew I was doing a rainbow with my books.
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This was fueled by my love of physics and my fascination with light or more correctly the electromagnetic spectrum and I was already planning to give light waves a starring role in this third story. The fact that rainbows had been used over the years to symbolize racial harmony, and LGBT acceptance, was an added plus.
The rainbow thing meant that this book had to be yellow, which was perfect. Yellow is for bright sunshine breaking through on a cloudy day.
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Yellow is for the first flowers poking through the winter snow. My book was bright yellow for a word that means. I violate one of the basic rules of storytelling. I do it often, I do it on purpose, and I like doing it. The rule is to pick a point of view and stick to it, at least for a full chapter. I tried again. For no discernable reason, Shape Lock 3 crashed and burned with impressions, 1 click and no sales.
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Any ideas? Curious, I tried almost the same ad again. Shape Lock 4 did almost what I wanted it to do.
Except, only did it once. I almost made a profit! If I could get that up to two books, and then do it a hundred times ….. None-the-less, it made me smile this morning when two reviewers of Shape of Secrets happened to get my style and like what I am trying to do. The human chameleon Zane can look like anyone, but when I first wrote Shape of Secrets called y1 at the time I was obsessed with how Zane really looked.
My first cover included Zane as a child, and that guided my vision. When I decided to rename my books, I needed new covers. Current fashion is to show the characters, so it looked like I had to find someone who could show the world what the adult Zane really looked like.
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I found a group called Deranged Doctor Design. The first head DDD proposed for Zane was great, but he had too much facial hair. My realistic shape shifter is unable to alter the dead hair cells on his head and on his face. I could tell. When it came time to create the last cover, we needed Zane to make a second appearance, but not with an identical face. I guess this is what he really looks like. I came home from a month long trip last fall, on fire. I knew what I was going to spend the next eight months doing. I wanted better titles, more marketable covers, less typos, more action and more sensitivity.
Chapters had to be shorter, dialog snappier, and everything more pithy. Less Michener. More poet. Where to start? I do like to make color-coded spreadsheets, so I let myself go wild. I can do this. It has a review tour going which I should be putting more energy into, and I just printed out a large-type copy for my narrator who has finished a chapter of my first ever audio book and is ready for more.
The sound guy will have that chapter back to us for review this week.