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Foundation for the Lost (Ryoku, the Game of Power #1)

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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This urban magic fantasy starts like a hard-boiled detective novel and continues with non-stop action. Aaron Walker has devoted the last hundred years of his life to his Foundation, a charity that helps widows, orphans, and the stranger in the land. It doesn't get much stranger than the Lost: male witches who don't have parents to train them in the arts. When someone tries ...more
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published July 10th 2011 (first published 2011)
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The premise of Foundation Of the Lost immediately interested me when I was approached to review the book but wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was a little intimidated by the length (424pgs) for a self published novel but decided to give it a chance and I am glad I did. Foundation for the Lost is an entertaining and inventive urban fantasy that has it all, magic, action, romance, political intrigue, religion, comedy and adventure. Aaron Walker has dedicated his life to saving The Lost, thos ...more
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I think one of the more interesting things about fantasy books in general is they explore a lot of ideas that a lot of novels do not. In particular I always find it interesting when a novel decides to take on the subject of religion. Religion always has the ability to be a hot button topic, and when you put it in an urban fantasy setting, I think it has the ability to be even more of a hot button topic. But that being said
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Beverly
First things first, because I have to state this, I won a copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads. I also want to say that I had planned to get this book and read it even if I hadn't won a copy(believe me or don't if you wish).

That done, this book was amazing. Scott Rhinehas manged to spin a story with lovable characters and has managed to some how magically weave magic and science in an interesting and believable co-existence. The plot flowed smoothly and kept me engaged and made it hard t
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David King
"Foundation for the Lost" is the second Scott Rhine book I have read and whilst I enjoyed the other novel entitled "The Scarab" I think this one trumps it in every possible way. It is an urban fantasy novel that embraces a little romance but still manages to avoid morphing into a paranormal romance. I quite simply loved the novel from start to finish and it is a brilliant advertisement for the quality that is out there in regards to self published authors.

The story follows Aaron Walker, a form
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Kat Lebo
Foundation for the Lost (Ryoku: The Game of Power Book 1)
by Scott Rhine

I make no secret of the fact that most of the books on my Kindle were gotten for a reduced price or free. This one was one of the free ones. So, maybe you're expecting me to say something like 'you get what you pay for.' Nope -- I got so, so much more than I paid for! This book was a gem and I am very glad to have found it.

This book hit the spot for me in many ways. First and foremost, no grammar, proofing or editing flaws t
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Melinda
What a book! Between the breadth of occult and arcane knowledge, the action and the magic, this was a non-stop ride from cover to cover. What a kick. When you combine a multidimensional universe with witches, warlocks, global conspiracies, demons, dragons, software magnates, iron moguls, rock stars, grandmothers and Indians, you get one helluva story. I highly recommend it.
Stephine Yoshikawa
So much more than the intro promises. Wish this world was real. Or maybe it is??
Katy
May 06, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, adventure fantasy, gaming
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult (PG-rated according to the author)

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book for myself, so am under no particular obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: No good deed goes unpunished. A Kabbalah magician, Aaron Walker has devoted the last hundred years of his life to his Foundation, a charity that helps widows, orphans, and the stranger in the land. It doesn't get much stranger than the Lost: male witches who don't ha
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Weston Kincade
For all those Harry Potter and Dresden Files fans, there is a new book on the block with a similar take on alternate wizarding worlds. However, it is much more involved, integrating manipulative king-making politics like you find in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books. Up and coming author Scott Rhine spins politics, religion, demons, and witty comedy in a new and unique way in his new release Foundation for the Lost. I got the cha ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I don't know when I've had more fun with a book. Foundation for the Lost is original, it's action-packed, it's thoughtful, and best of all it's funny. There's almost no sexual activity depicted, and what there is is essential to the plot and is dealt with with delicacy and restraint. And there are no vampires! Really what's not to like? I very much look forward to reading more of this author's work.

Scott Rhine
Jul 12, 2011 Scott Rhine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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The favorite of all the books I've written so far (about 6). It gives the reader the feel of the comraderie and excitement of belonging to a fantasy gaming group, and then leaving it to grow up
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publi ...more
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