Friday, October 3, 2014

The Prophecy Chronicles by Ron Hartman - Book Review and Giveaway

This review is in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ron will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

An accident made him a savior. Now Daniel Marten struggles to find himself and a way home while the armies of Naphthali battle to control him.

These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of EnialĂ© at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free…Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance…

My Review:

This is the first book of what promises to be a superb series.  Daniel Martin is not your traditional action/SF/Fantasy hero.  He's married, out of shape, worried about his family and business--in fact, at the beginning of the book he is very much "Everyman" in his life experiences.  On his way home after work, he has an accident and, somehow, awakes from it in an completely different world--and he has little knowledge of who he is or where he came from. Oh, it's he comes to right in the middle of a battle.

Ron Hartman writes a good rousing adventure tale and quickly draws the reader into the story and Daniel's dilemma.  The images and descriptions are so well drawn you can almost see the action unfolding as you read along.  And, you get to care about Daniel and his family and the struggles he faces as he wants to go home but also feels obligated to help these people who think he may be the prophecied "Stranger" who will help them.

I'm looking forward to reading the second installment of the series.

Daniel Marten crossed the Burning Sea and convinced himself that he is the Prophesied One. But what does that mean? In this second installment of the Prophecy Chronicles trilogy, Daniel forges new alliances in his bid to save Naphthali from the Emperor. He meets the Tene’breon, a magical race that has evolved to use the Weave as effortlessly as he breathes air. The leaders of this race recognize him for what he is…but they also see something more.

Naphthali has been dramatically altered by the rule of a new governor, a man whose power is tied to Daniel in a horrifying way. How far will Daniel go to save Naphthali? And what is the secret that binds his destiny with his new allies? Only time will tell in The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Revealed.

About the Author:
Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the written word and is an avid reader. The Prophecy Chronicles are his first written works. The first in the series, Prophecy Foretold, was released in October of 2012. Prophecy Revealed is the second in the trilogy. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with his wife and three children. Buy the book at Rogue Phoenix Press.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me! I'd love to hear any questions about The Prophecy Chronicles. They were fun to write, and I think fun to read, too!

  2. Enjoyed reading your review. This is a new-to-me author so I will be following the tour to learn more about him and his work.

    1. Welcome, Karen! I hope you like what you hear, and if you get a chance, I hope you check out The Prophecy Chronicles!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, Carole! If you like the excerpt, there's more where that came from! If you get a chance, check out The Prophecy Chronicles. I think you'd like them!

  4. Great review!
    Thanks for the chance to win!


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