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Wild-born (PSIONIC Pentalogy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  862 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
When young Adrian Howell discovers he possesses powerful telekinetic abilities, he is plunged into a sinister world of warring paranormal factions and terrifying government organizations. Adrian must discover what really happened to his missing sister. But to do this, he will first have to find his place among fugitives like himself, and protect the life of a deeply scarre ...more
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Published (first published February 12th 2013)
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Sean Endress
Apr 10, 2013 Sean Endress rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken from my review

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions below are entirely my own.

At first glance, "Wild-born" does not appear to be unique in its genre. Orphaned boy with magic powers? Check. Scary organizations trying to kill/capture/use said boy? Check. Mysterious old man, kindly mother figure? Check and check! So what exactly sets Wild-born, and the PSIONIC Pentalogy apart?

For starters, you've got a fairly uncommon fi
Wild Born is the 1st of a five book series and is free in ebook form so give It read, I wasn't sure what to expect but that's always good when you stumble in clueless and find yourself drawn in. It soon became obvious I would be reading the 2nd book "TheTower" and from there.. Well I just finished the fifth and final book "Guardian Angel" yesterday. Throughout there was only one time I felt let down when I thought the writer Adrian Howell (same name as the books main caricature) not sure what. T ...more
Caitlin Lynagh
Oct 19, 2015 Caitlin Lynagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Author, Wild-Born kidnapped my sleeping hours! I had to admit, rather sheepishly to a close friend, that I had been up until the early hours(3am), finishing this first book.

What a story! I did not expect much, because I read so many books and like to keep my expectations low, but Wild-Born exceeded all of my expectations ten-fold. Written in first person from the point of view of a young teenager, Adrian Howell (also the pen name for the actual author), Wild born was an intriguing read. It'
Dennis De
Apr 01, 2014 Dennis De rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dennis by: Dennis de Wit
Most self-publishing authors, especially in their first works, play things safe by clinging to more or less cliched subjects and characters. They start out with a little backstory on the hero, and then comes a shocking revelation of some kind followed by the introduction of the antagonist(s). After this, the hero suffers some form of defeat before slowly crawling back up and emerging victorious in the end. It’s an easy model to follow and has proven successful so often new authors seem to feel c ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Psionic series is a pentalogy revolving around a highly detailed world of humans and Psionics. Psionics refer to people who have acquired extra mental capacities such as telekinesis, mind control and a whole range of completely original abilities too.

The Pentalogy follows the story of Adrian Howell who coincidentally shares the name of the author. (Henceforth if I refer to Howell I mean the author and Adrian, the character.) Adrian is just about thirteen years old in Book One: Wild-Born alth
William Middleton
Aug 31, 2016 William Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book A LOT. This first book of the series is free, and the rest are inexpensive. Each new twist is better throughout the book.
The notes at the end say it is the first of a pentology.

Unlike the prior 9 book series I read (Courtlight Series ) this book was error free.

Not sure if I will read the rest as I have a lot of books Q'd up
May 20, 2016 Zora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-authors
Free @ Amazon as I write this review.

Along with Maude and The Martian, the best of indie books I've read. Maybe a 4.5 star young adult book. The male protagonist, 13, comes into his psi powers, and soon factions in the psionic wars and the government are after him. The first book has him running for his life, and it's an exciting read.

None of that is new, obviously, but it is done exceedingly well. There is plenty for the adult reader, too. Go read the opening chapter and see if you aren't intri
Rach Lawrence
Nov 25, 2015 Rach Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

At twelve years old, Adrian Howell discovers he has telekinetic powers. He can move things with his mind and blast holes in stuff. But what starts as a fun way to entertain himself and his younger sister turns into a curse when his family is attacked and warring psionic factions want Adrian and his powers for their own.

Not knowing who to trust, Adrian spends time on his own before being found by another wild-born psionic and taken into her family.
Mar 22, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I could have done without the introduction. I get that starting the story with the main character retelling it after having lived through it gives the story a sense of urgency, but I really don’t think it needed it. Also, the writing of the introduction was pretty bad and I almost gave up on the book before it even truly started.

That said, once Adrian’s powers began to manifest and the mythology began to unfold, I was hooked. The world Howell describes is vast, and gives you the s
Jan 27, 2015 Terisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian Howell always thought that it was normal for things to fall off shelves and walls, after all it had been happening around him his entire life. It had gotten to the point when he could pinpoint the moment that it was going to happen. It wasn’t until he was in a terrible accident that he discovered the real truth and that is that he was making it happen. He thought that discovery that he had telekinetic powers was really going to make school more interesting when it started back up, oh the ...more
Michael Andrews
Jan 25, 2015 Michael Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first in a five book series and if the remaining four are anything like it, then Mr Howell has an amazing series of books to his name.

I found the main character, 13 year old Adrian, to be a well written individual and the author has managed to achieve joining the anxieties that go with any adolescent boy coupled with the weird, growing powers that he possesses.

The book is split into three plots, all of which work well. The first part goes into his growing up and how he comes to
Patricia Walker
Mar 18, 2015 Patricia Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best young adult books I've read in a while. From the start there is action that demands attention as we follow the story of Adrian and the disaster his life seems to become. We follow him through some very tough growing up and some very tough decisions until he finally realises that not all is as it seems nor does it have to be a difficult road to travel. There is enough angst and attitude to keep any reader spellbound throughout the book - indeed I found it very hard to put ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Red rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I'd like this book from the description on Amazon...hate seeing the word 'war' in descriptions...but it was free, so I thought I'd try it. It was amazingly great! It wasn't really about war. It was about 2 kids trying to survive with the help of some adult friends. Of course, the situations were pretty fantastic (as in fantasy) but very entertaining. Its age rating is 13-3013 which I think is pretty fair. I'm closer to the 3013 than the 13...but it didn't have any problem holding ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Tabarak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Whovian
Oct 22, 2015 David Whovian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the disappointing The Elderine Stone: Dreams to Destiny by Alan Lawson, I was overjoyed to read this original, interesting, and engrossing novel.
The characters are well developed, and their choices and dialogue ring true.
The settings are varied and well described.
So far, no stupid plot holes or eyeroll-inducing dialogue or characters.
I just bought the other 4 books in the series; I think it will be worth it!
Shirley A Gray
Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy Book 1)

This was a very interesting book......with new and different characters who had new and exciting unknown powers. (To me)
I did have a hard time keeping track of ALL the characters though and that was frustrating for me. After all the books I have read, this should not be a problem for me.
I am not sure if I will read another book by this author.....we will see. :|
As for recommending this book...I am 50-50.
Read or not?
If you have other books to be all
Mar 25, 2015 phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No fairy tale

A young boy trying to learn about his telekinesis, only to be thrust into the fight for his life. Confused and uncertain about who is right bad who

A young boy trying to learn about his telekinesis, only to be thrust into a fight for life. Confused and uncertain about who is right and who is wrong, he struggles to find his way. A good book that not only moves along quickly, but is hard book to put down. It deserves the awards it has gotten.

Lee Schneider
Jan 18, 2015 Lee Schneider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a book about kindness. Main hero teen Adrian Howell is kind and smart person and also very brave. People hate anybody with such abilities and try to use them, but I am sure he will not allow it and everything will end successfully. It will be hard for teen, but he is not ordinary teen with his soul abilities too.
Glenn Roberts
Aug 14, 2016 Glenn Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning. This is not a standalone book. It is the part of a pentalogy. The author is self-published and TOOK.HIS.TIME. to write the collection over a period of five years and then released all five.

Young Adrian Howell a wild-born. That means he has a supernatural ability (his happens to be telekenetics), but was born and raised in a family that of non-Psionics. At first he is delighted by his newfound powers, but his delight is short-lived as as he quickly becomes the target of rival group
Janet L. Hage
Feb 02, 2015 Janet L. Hage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young adult talent

Twelve year old Adrian's world turns upside down when he learns how to overcome gravity. Well-written with well developed characterization. Guardians, Angels, and government scientists together make a very spellbinding novel and not one to miss. Ages twelve to adult.
Andy Dill
Dec 31, 2015 Andy Dill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I usually don't read much paranormal fiction, but Wild-born: PSIONIC Book One (Psionic Pentalogy 1) by Adrian Howell is definitely worth the time to read. I enjoyed every page of this book. Adrian Howell, the main character, is a totally believable character who finds he has powerful telekinetic abilities. Being only 12, he does things a 12 year old would do, but after a tragedy he is forced to go on the run and grow up fast. I was reluctant to put the book down to take care of other responsibil ...more
Haleigh Whitlock
Jan 24, 2015 Haleigh Whitlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline itself was intriguing and I enjoyed the progression of his powers and the diversity of relationships between characters aside from the usual romance. I read this in two sittings. It isn't long enough to be tedious, getting straight to the meat of most situations.

However, Having the narrator describe himself and foreshadow how terrible his life was going to became came off as a bit unprofessional and took away from the drama when these events actually occurred. Yes they were ugly,
Jul 17, 2015 Lbousson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you say to someone like Cynthia Gifford? Well, what do you say to someone like ... ?

This was a highly entertaining, well written and thought out piece of sci fi/fantasy. Wow is about all I can say. It can be read by any age/gender between pre-teen to adults. And that says something. It's not a long read; neither a short one. When I started reading this, I thought with twenty chapters, it felt like it would be a fast read. The fact is that the story and characters are so deeply deeply wri
May 12, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

Nearing his thirteenth birthday, Adrian discovers that he has special abilities; he's telekinetic. An attack on his family by an evil force sends his world spinning as he discovers who he is and how to survive. (I am beyond the age of thirteen, so I can't really review the book as such.)

Narration: First person – Adrian

Character Development: Adrian has a good heart and tries to do the right thing. He is still a kid after all and makes mistakes. He soon learns there are consequences for
Mar 23, 2013 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A supernatural adventure with giant hurdles to overcome, Adrian (the young main character) faces many emotions while trying to save his own way of life. This novel was very well written and was hard to put down. A FOUR STAR read for readers seeking an adventure through a world saturated with hidden supernaturals.

Adrian Howell is a 12 year old boy when his world is flipped upside down. He is captured and he loses his sister, after he witnesses the murder of his parents. His old games playing with
kim popejoy
Aug 16, 2015 kim popejoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want to avoid sleeping? Read this book!

I'm really too old to be reading young adult fiction. However, maybe the genre is what keeps me spry. Certainly this book is so well written as to cost me hours of sleep. With the twists and turns in the plot, the vulnerabilities and mistakes of the characters, the love and angst endured, I could not help but be engrossed from beginning to end. I look forward to reading book two, after some sleep, of course!
Dana Wood
Jan 11, 2015 Dana Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up enjoying this book even though I was beginning to think I would not. the author was quite up front with how much he did not like religion. especially jesus. his viewpoint on life is summed up in the firt chapter that there is no good or bad depending on what side one is on. anyway, once I got past the obvios disdain for religion, the story was actually complelling and interesting. the character likeable and you truley rooted.for.them.
May 02, 2016 Lene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although people with various supernatural powers are not a new theme in fantasy literature, the way author used its potential is extraordinary and slightly unusual. Young Adrian Howell, a psionic child uncovering his specialty alone without having psionic parents (therefore wild-born), lost his family and fell into a hunt for his power. Running and hiding, the story pictures his adventurous journey full of action and emotions.
Main hero together with his "new family" Cindy and Alia are complex, b
Amy Carter
An ok story but despite a good story base the dialogue felt forced. Almost like actors just saying their lines. It often did not feel natural with too much time stating the obvious or understood and having conversations written in such a way as to create a stilted rather than flowing interaction of characters. Still, I did enjoy the idea behind this series and will probably see it through to its conclusion ad some point.
Venessa Stephenson
I don't usually bother with writing reviews however I really enjoyed this series the author was very good at establishing an emotional connection with the characters. I also applaud that he finished writing the entire series at the time of its release as too often I get disinterested when the interval is too long between sequels. I read all 5 books in less than 2 weeks.
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Adrian Howell (pen name) is the author of the Psionic Pentalogy: five novels that follow the life of a telekinetic teenager through a dark world of warring paranormal factions, deadly religious cults and secret government organizations.

Born of a Japanese mother and American father, Adrian was raised for a time in California and currently lives a quiet life in Japan where he teaches English to smal
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Other Books in the Series

PSIONIC Pentalogy (5 books)
  • The Tower (Psionic Pentalogy, #2)
  • Lesser Gods (Psionic Pentalogy, #3)
  • The Quest (Psionic Pentalogy, #4)
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