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Harken (Harken #1)

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Michael Asher is a prodigy for hire, born with the unexplainable ability to read someone’s thoughts through their eyes. Truth-seekers venture from all over the world to his small California hometown, desperate to know the truth about spouses and business partners, willing to pay the highest price for his gift.

But the same whispers that made Michael an underground celebrit
Paperback, 1, 300 pages
Published January 9th 2013 by Volt Books
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Nov 24, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Kaleb Nation is phenomenal at self-promotion. He's amassed an enviable number of fans and I consider myself one of them. I follow him on Twitter and I've been watching his videos for a couple of years now. I write books myself, and I honestly consider him hugely inspirational, but not just because we're around the same age. Doing what Kaleb's done is impressive at any stage of life, and I'm sure he's sick of people equating his success to the number of birthdays he's had.

But unlike most of his f
Nov 24, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
SEQUEL!!! I NEED SEQUEL!! Kaleb... you are a genius!! That ending... wow!! I don't even have time to process the thoughts and words I just read.


At first, I didn't really know what to expect reading this only that its a Conspiracy / Supernatural story about a teenage boy named Michael who survived an assassination attempt. I don't know about you but, that sounds freaking awesome what?! So I'm just on my Kindle and reading Harken and I went about 20-30 pages in and I was hooked immediately.

We sta
Nov 24, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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There was SO much hype surrounding this book that I just really felt like shying away from this book and really felt very critical of it while reading. As soon as I put all of those things aside, reading this book was a BLAST!

Now, if you’re looking for a quirky middle grade book about a wizard, this isn’t your book. If you’re looking for a Sci-Fi/Conspiracy/Supernatural story about a kid who once thought he just had an uncanny gift of reading people’s eyes,
Jan 14, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks-read
%40 of the book is acknowledgements? Well, then good. Because I'm tired of reading this book! The writing is pretty awful. Not the worst ever, but definitely not good. It seemed pretty forced, like he was trying too hard to have good and moving writing. Or rather, not trying hard enough. It could use a LOT of editing, a lot of refinement. There are way too many similes that don't quite make sense or accurately describe what's going on, or are completely unnecessary. The point of similes is to ma ...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.75 STARS*****

I really, really loved this book. Like, I really, really did. I've been somewhat lucky in my reading lately, which is awesome, and this book cemented that streak for me. The characters were memorable and it used a fairly unique concept. It was unputdownable and held my attention amazingly well, which, while not exactly an accomplishment unique to this book, is still fantastic considering I have a book I started back in July still sitting half-read on m
twelvejan [Alexandria]
2 disappointing stars for Harken.

Harken opens with a really strong chapter. Fast-paced and gripping. Something huge happened in the first chapter and I was immediately sucked in. Harken had an interesting premise - about a teenage boy who had the ability to pick up on someone's emotions just by catching their glimpses. Things were great: he had the sweetest family (mom and sister), a hacker for a best friend (only friend), and an extraordinary ability that brings in good money (damn, he was driv
Izzat Zainal
Dec 09, 2012 Izzat Zainal marked it as to-read

Okay, so. Since I heard about the word 'conspiracy theory' in being the theme of Kaleb's upcoming book, I was having thoughts that maybe he was inspired by theories and ideologies of Hollywood in using mind control techniques and celebrities-as-puppets/Illuminati to write this book. As an enthusiastic researcher of this speculative theory for years myself, I am so excited for the book! Plus, if this ideology's fictionalized, it would be more awesome. Authors sometimes need to lend
Nov 25, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I can not wait another second for this book. Have been following Kaleb's posts and video's about it while it was still called #SecretKalebBook and now that we know the first chapter and title I can barely contain myself. Lets all hope that for some miracle it's release date is moved ahead.
Nov 24, 2012 Saniya marked it as to-read
Not that my name is gonna be in this book and that I totally adore Kaleb Nation or that this book contains awesome cars...
OMGG! literally excited! <3
Feb 18, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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Wow, what an adventure this book was! It was full of nonstop action, suspense, loss, sorrow, joy, anger, family, cars and maybe a beginning of a romance?

This book will appeal to guys and girls alike. There were really nice cars that guys would be drooling over. As for me, a car is a car. Michael would have my head if he were real. He was really into them. “That was the terrible truth about nice cars: you might pay a fortune, but you still drive the same dirty roads as
Rachel Patrick
Nov 24, 2012 Rachel Patrick rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either. It bordered on the line of both, teetering more on the side of greatness. The first chapter pulled me in and had me asking questions: who is the narrator, what is he doing, and what on earth is going on? These questions brought me through the next few chapters, which I liked. Then I hit a roadblock and started noticing what I didn't like.

Kaleb pays a lot of attention to detail, describing just about everything, from how this looks to how that ch
Dec 20, 2012 Yael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
For more information about Harken, read my entire review @

Recently I have been feeling like I was in some kind of a reading rut. All the books I read the past few months have been kind of similar- either dystopian, angel-related or just plain old fantasy, all sort of repeating themselves and/or each other. Going into reading Harken, I didn’t have the biggest expectations; I expected it to be good, even great- but not as excellent as it actually ended up being.

Tiffany Thordal
Sep 05, 2013 Tiffany Thordal rated it it was amazing
So to start out this review, I will say this. I read through a few other reviews of this book and the verdict was either, it was absolutely hated, or absolutely loved. There was no ground in between the two, just an abysmal drop to the core of the earth. I have always been on fan of Kaleb Nation. There is just something about his writing I find refreshing. However, I like fantasy books, not much sci-fy so this was a weird leap for me.

The people that did not connect with this book, I do not unde
Nov 27, 2012 Jessmc rated it liked it
I love Kaleb Nation. I really do.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book while I was reading it as well. But can't give it 5 stars.

There are several places in the story (most within the first 25% of the book) where the editing didn't catch a miss-type though -they were glaring enough to break into the story & make me stop to figure out what he was trying to say. I found it really affected the way I read and enjoyed the story.

The other issue I had was the extreme amount of detailing everything that
Ellen Lundström
Dec 15, 2012 Ellen Lundström rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, 2013, ya
I didn't like this book at all. The writing style was clumsy and I couldn't take to the main character(s), and along with all that, I didn't particularly find the story that interesting either.

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Anthony Giancola
Nov 27, 2012 Anthony Giancola rated it it was amazing
After reading this I feel empty. I feel as though I saw the last of a good friend. Kaleb Nation has gone from the Twilightguy to being an author who I think has achieved everything an author should with his new book. I highly recommend it.
Feb 02, 2013 Asheley rated it it was amazing
This following is an excerpt taken from my full Three-Things Review, which you can find here:

Harken by Kaleb Nation is one of the most action-packed, thrilling, edge-of-my-seat stories I've ever read. I couldn't take my eyes off of the pages long enough to do anything. At all. The whole time I was reading. In fact, when this book arrived, I got wide-eyed and squeally, and I acted ridiculous. I tend to be a very melodramatic person by nature, but it was an
Jan 19, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
I really have mixed feelings about Harken; in many ways it reminds me of Christopher Paolini and the Inheritance Cycle, for reasons that have nothing to do with specific plot. On one hand, it's a good story written by a talented young man. On the other, bits of the story feel cliche, predictable, and too wordy overall.

Descriptions and inner monologues are great, but they shouldn't slow the story down. At one point, Nation launches into a large explanatory paragraph detailing the scene at hand,
Feb 16, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
I saw a lot about this book online before it's release, hints, trails, youtube videos, sneak peaks - it was all very intriguing. I signed up to the newsletter and read the news about it but didn't really get too involved. The release came and sort of passed me by. Then my favourite youtube reviewer 'CassJayTuck' did a review of it and she was raving about it.
I tend to have similar tastes to her and after seeing her excitement I knew I wanted to try and get a copy. Well something in the universe
Nov 24, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
There was an insane amount of hype surrounding this book, which made me incredibly nervous. I mean, not nervous enough that I didn't buy it at midnight along with the rest of Kaleb's army of devoted fans, but still a little bit unsure about whether or not I would like it.

Luckily, I discovered early on that yes, the hype was totally justified. Harken is filled with awesome. The plot is intense and action-packed, and it had me constantly flipping the pages (er, pressing the button on my kindle) to
Michele(mluker) Luker
Feb 08, 2013 Michele(mluker) Luker rated it it was amazing
Michael is the “Eye Guy.” He can read people by their eyes. Michael is a loner at school except for one best friend, Spud. Spud is a master at hacking computers. Everyone else pretty much stays away from him because of his special ability. He has made a business for himself, hiring out his services to find out if his clients have cheating spouses, bad business partners, etc.

Michael sneaks out one night to meet a client, Mr. Sharpe. However, this meeting turns into a nightmare when Mr. Sharpe att
Deena Edwards
Nov 24, 2012 Deena Edwards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I've been following the news of Harken back since it was still '#SecretKalebBook," so it's safe to say that I have been waiting a very, very long time to read this, not only because my name and my best friend's name got in the acknowledgements (uh, how cool is that?) but also because of how interesting it sounded. It was the intrigue and mystery surrounding the whole story that really made me want to read it. However, I was a little bit unhappy that it wasn't coming out as a physical copy just y
A Glimpse of a great series

Feels like it's been forever since this book was recommended to me and remained on my reading list. Now I finally decided to start reading it and I was not disappointed! Here's why:


Michael Asher has a mysterious ability. He can read people's emotions through their eyes when they offer him a Glimpse. A solid source of income. One day however he meets a freak of a customer with long, silver Claws who is obviously after him. Michael manage to survive the encount
Nov 26, 2012 Jaclyn rated it it was ok
Kaleb Nation is an amazing person. A great speaker, Youtuber, really funny guy, and a fantastic marketer. However, he really isn't a great writer. His book has gotten so much hype, and being a Nationeer, I read it when it first came out. The books concept was fantastic and it definitely had some good spots. So I'll start with the pro's

(1) Great concept. The plot and premise for the book is awesome. I love science fiction and conspiracy theories, making this story sound amazing.
(2) I loved Alli!
Traci (The Reading Geek)
Aug 15, 2013 Traci (The Reading Geek) rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Harken and read this book in one sitting. It was a really interesting concept that was fast paced. This book also turned out to be not what I entirely expected, but in a good way.

Michael has this really cool ability where he can read a person's emotions through their eyes. He survives an assassination attempt from a supernatural organization and discovers a conspiracy. I thought Michael was developed fairly well. I admit he drove me a bit crazy some times though. However, he di
Jan 17, 2013 Scarlet rated it liked it
I think the premise of the story is interesting and a refreshing change from the latest YA book trend of dystopian and paranormal. However, the execution is somewhat lacking.

Character wise, my favorites are Alli and Thad. I really love Alli's spunk, intelligence, and loyalty. At times, she seems more insightful than her older brother. I often wish she was the main protagonist of the book. I hope we see her character more in the sequels. As for Thad, I love his maturity and calm demeanor. His ba
Jan 14, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
I was super excited for Harken to be released, and it was worth it! Michael was an excellent character. My only big flaw with him is his attitude. He made statements like, "I'm never wrong" and similar ones too. That's all well and good, but it made him sound full of himself. If he said, "I haven't been wrong yet" or something similar, then I would have liked him more. He wasn't my favorite character, but I liked him well enough. I have a three-way tie for my favorite. Alli, Thad, and Callista. ...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
Harken was like X-men meets National Treasure. Very creative. I liked the suspenseful plot with a supernatural twist. The writing had a nice voice to it. It was funny and witty. I really enjoyed the quest that Michael goes on for the truth. The way Michael had to figure out and follow obscure clues all over the place is what reminded me of National Treasure and I thought it was a lot of fun. And the conflict was great. The author was not afraid to suggest the worst that could happen…and then mak ...more
Denae Christine
There was a lot of action, but it somehow wasn't convincing. I didn't feel like the characters had to try really hard to get anywhere. The Guardians made a lot of mistakes, and so did the good guys. I like really competent characters better.
There were some grammar issues ("turned toward her and I" or "left him and I" bugged me in particular).
I was disappointed that this was only book one. The conflict didn't feel big enough or complex enough for a second book. I wanted it to be over. I didn't fi
Dec 18, 2012 Ledz rated it really liked it
Michael Asher could quite possibly be the most - if not THE most - idiotic hero I’ve ever come to read.

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KALEB NATION is a producer and Internet personality. With the help of an online army known as the Nationeers, his writing and videos have been seen over 50 million times. A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with a cantankerous chinchilla named Chilla.
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