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Season of the Serpent

(Season of the Serpent #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Garden of Eden story is reimagined in this smart and satirical, contemporary fantasy ... The Wizard of Oz meets The Matrix ... a metaphysical thriller set in the last days of the Cold War.

The year is 1982. Paul Venturi is just an average, socially awkward college freshman hiding his extraterrestrial genesis in the closet, hoping to start a brand new life on campus. Un
ebook, 2nd, 344 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Advent Stream Publishing (first published May 1st 2012)
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Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story itself is compelling enough: college student Paul Venturi is just trying to maintain some semblance of an average life. It seems to be working - he's friendly, and bright, and happy-enough. He copes well enough with the isolating, off-kilter experience of being an introvert in an extrovert's world. But following a series of increasingly compelling coincidences and one memorable incident with a joint-seducing serpent, Paul's reality shifts to accommodate the astral dimensions of Yin'Dru ...more
E.L. Farris
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't like giving other authors bad reviews, but rarely have I been so disappointed with a book. The prologue of this book should be struck silly with a hatchet. The entire thing should be trimmed, tightened, and then, just when it seems safe to breathe, someone should come in there with a blowtorch and just burn off the first ten pages. I can't come up with enough adjectives to truly hit on the sense of dismay I felt when I tried to get past this book's bulging, puffed-up, phony, silly, borin ...more
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Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Season of the Serpent is pretty much an acid trip. It starts reasonably normal and quite slowly as the author builds up Paul's character. He's just an ordinary guy going off to college, meeting another guy called Eric who turns out to be the Serpent and who tempts him into drugs. The story takes place during the cold war and details Paul's transformation from naive freshman to someone with a vastly different view of the universe. The marijuana expands his perception and awakens latent abilities ...more
Tahlia Newland
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for baby boomers, old hippies and anyone else who lived through the cold war and smoked dope or dropped acid. Those who have never heard Pink Floyd's dark Side of the Moon will probably not get past the prologue, or at least not without scratching their head and wondering what it's all about. If the prose had been a little more actively written, it would hold those without this back ground, but as it is, if the subject matter doesn't hold you, the writing probably won't. The ...more
Will Strachan
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mindbogglingly brilliant ! I had to review this as I could not believe anyone can give it less than 5 stars .It is worth five just for the authors imagination and ability to put over deep spiritual concepts in a novel.At one point he has synchronised several dimensions with a nexus point playing out in real time on the earth and featuring actual historical events Wow! Only a few could even conceive this let alone execute into a sharp , witty and exciting novel packed with adventure . ...more
James Groenestein
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
Wow!! This book is Matrix/drug induced tale set in real world events during the 1980's.

We follow Paul Venturi as he prepares to go to college hoping to blend in with crowd.
What he gets is a drug induced journey with a "serpent" that will bring him from 'reality' to the real world!

He is, infact, part of an elaborate plan to create the next messiah.
He is brought out of our world into the world beyond.

Director DarWinn is hoping that Paul (who is nicknamed Adam) will brings stop to the cold war...wh
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like football, this book is a game of two halves - the first fairly pedestrian and banal, the second (in complete contrast) a whirlwind of metaphysical theory. Whilst I trundled through the first part okay, I found the second to be a little to conceptually conflicted for easy reading. Without giving too much about the plot away, there's a hell of a lot of time-based references for actions occurring in a dimension beyond the constraints of time. Just weird. Having said that, there's only one ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.0/10.0

Review: I really like how the author mixed up an ancient story, an old story, and a new story. The way the mesh together is quite good. The ancient "Garden of Eden" story has a whole new updated spin on it. The book made me think ahead, or at least try, to figure out what was going to happen next, but I was always surprised. I'd recommend this book to any Sci-Fi fan for sure. P.S. I absolutely love the cover!

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Ray Briggs
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is an eye opener for me. I cannot say that it is a path to a true reality, but it is a path that could explain a reality. I enjoyed the read and highly recommend it for anyone who is not sure just what is going on with the world (both past and present.)
Clifford Smith
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Entertaining! A fun summer read with a lot of 70s and 80s music. Looking forward to Book 2.
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