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One Great Year

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  70 reviews
An epic, thought-provoking tale of reincarnation, love, and the struggle of good against evil

As the world descends from a Golden Age into darkness and brutality, Marcus has been reincarnated an exhausting number of times. Selected to become an Emissary, it is his duty to protect the ancient secrets. His adventure is heightened because he secretly consumes a serum that allo
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately I read this book at a time when I was super occupied with things and I didn't get a review up right away. So now I'm stuck with a somewhat vague review.

For me this book is unforgettable, but the intense emotions and feelings it gave me were largely because of some of my own experiences and beliefs. This is a fictional book but there's so much here about history and reincarnation that can really open our minds to some new beliefs, or just further anchor what we already believe. At t
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Chosen to be an Emissary, a carrier of ancient knowledge, Marcus has been reincarnated more times than he cares to remember. During each reincarnation, Marcus tries to impart the knowledge he has been entrusted with and conquer over evil while being on constant vigilance for his soulmate, Theron, and his archenemy, Helghul.

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Fiction flawlessly interwoven with ancient history.

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I didn’t completely believe the love story. While the longing Marcus demonstrates throughout th
Tammy Smith
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stunning first time novel encompassing love, intrigue, and the story of humanity and it's greatest contributors to our world history, interwoven in the fabric of reincarnation and the truth of what lies in the Great Beyond. Intricate in landscapes and detail, if your are a believer in the theory of reincarnation, your truth will be validated. If you are not, then you'll have much to re-evaluate after this delightful, conscious and addicting read. Enjoyable no matter what your beliefs. Couldn't p ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
One Great Year is so different for the stuff ive been reading, which is one of the reasons I took it on. The other was past lives and historical fiction. I always enjoy watching authors twist and turn a story to fit historical accuracies.

The story itself is magnificent. Constantly reuniting with your soul mate and arch nemesis I mean that’s good stuff right there. Marcus, Theron and Helghul were best friends growing up but as they got older the expected happens a love triangle. Marcus and Theron
Paula Robinson
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this tale written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. The opening scene made me think and wonder about things, and I wanted to learn more about what Marcus was talking about. I was very excited to turn the page and see that we were in the world before now, in a time when Marcus and Theron lived and breathed before taking on the role of Emissaries. It was a very intriguing world. The writing was fast paced and I enjoyed learning about the world of Atitala. I imagined visions of wh ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is."

One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio is the loving creation of two "author-artists" with a passion for writing and each other. The novel, described as an epic, spans centuries and universes in 400 pages. Marcus has been selected to become an Emissary, chosen by the Elders of his society to protects its ancient secrets. Theron
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because of the Camels is an inspiring story that gives you a previously unseen account to the incredible journey that brought the camels to rugged Texas in the 1800’s. This historical fiction is set during the time of the days just before the civil war; a great time of unrest and changes that help to create the America we know today. Skillfully weaved into more than just a depiction of history, it’s a story of many cultures and the upheaval that came with not only the war that changed our nation ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

I must unfortunately admit I had a very hard time finishing this book, and only did so because I was supposed to review it.

The ideas behind it are interesting, and could indeed have spanned for quite an epic over millenia. Besides, I've always been fascinated by the concept of reincarnation and those linked to it (such as that of the jati), and being able to also see the characters in some of their previous lives is something I te
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I myself did not enjoy this book but can recognize the significant achievement of authors Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio in this work --

A) It's a truly epic novel -- and well-structured. The plot is thoughtfully crafted.

B) One Great Year is a philosophical novel, but it's not too heavy -- at least not for that reason. The spiritual and philosophical ideas come up pretty organically, as far as these things go.

Reasons why I didn't like this book but you might, dear reader:

A) I personally prefer to
Jeff Huggins
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. I was captivated from start to finish- reminded of not only all of the beauty the infinite universe holds, but also of the delicate balance between good and evil that ties it all together. I found my mind opening up to the possibilities which I once believed were meant to be left for the imagination, comic books and fantasy novels, now drawing parallels between the book and the beautiful changes that are happening RIGHT NOW on this planet. I found myself relating to the c ...more
Sir Reads
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a game changer. It combines ancient knowledge with cutting edge scientific ideas and some how makes sense of the universe in doing so. The book is written in a manner that is extremely visual thrusting you into four ancient civilizations and then drops you back into present day. This book really has everything action/adventure, romance, history, fantasy and still manages to have you contemplate the profound questions about life. I found myself thinking about the characters weeks aft ...more
Imke Stevens
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

When I read the premise of the book I was instantly sold. Upon receiving the audiobook and starting to read at first I was worried about where the book was going to go and it did not seem to have a lot of steam in pushing forward the story to where it was supposed to go. This lack of steam is something that was kept throughout the story, though when the story moved to the point that the premise talks
Fascinating and filled with intense detail, One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and co-author Rene DeFazio is NOT light reading. Be prepared to concentrate, and realize how intriguing the concept of reincarnation can be. Marcus and Theron, young Lovers from a time long since past and a land long thought to have been a myth, have been selected to be “Emissaries” to the future, to retain knowledge, being reincarnated over and over without any memory of their previous lives. Spurned by Theron, Helghul ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked: One Great Year was a book that both entertained and surprised me. It's definitely not a light read, because if I lost concentration while still skimming over the words I could get lost in what was happening so easily. Nevertheless, this never deterred me and I found that the characters in this book were very real, and the trials that Marcus goes through in each life to try and banish the darkness that had taken over the world were something I wasn't expecting. As an Emissary of his ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Triggers: Rape, torture, and other violence is present in this book. Not to mention lots of other terrible things happening to Marcus and Theron, in particular. I would stay away if these are issues for you.

This was a hard book to rate for me. I liked it up to a certain point... And then I just really didn't. The ending was what killed the entire almost-400-page book for me. (view spoiler)
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As the world is moving from a Golden Age into darker times, a small group of people from Atitala (which is explained as later mistranslated into Atlantis) are selected as an Emissary to keep knowledge. They are to be reincarnated with no memory of their past lives. Marcus and Theron are two young people in love who are both chosen. One person, Helghul, stands in their way. As chaos descends and the Emissaries have to escape, Marcus finds Helghul committing himself to dark spirits and drinking a ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2013, reviewed
I’ll keep this short and simple it’s an okay book. I did well with it in small doses couple of chapters here and there. It is great written novel however it was very descriptive to the point of being boring in certain place. I would think yes we get the point move it along. What kept me coming back though and picking it up was the story of being reincarnated and the characters Marcus, Theron and Helghul. I need to know how their lives past and present intertwined together and how everything woul ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just want to say that I thought One Great Year was one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn't put your book down (except to eat, shower and sleep). I know you have really done your research, it is self evident. Your characters, story, and precision, talent, and intuition pervade and enrich every thought and page.I feel the world is transforming itself. Thank you for writing this.

Susan Lulgjuraj
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
interesting concept about reincarnation. some of the stories were interesting but at times seemed long-winded. the love story, however, just didn't seen plausible from the start. it seemed deeper as the story went on. I just didn't care for his it started.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was asked to review this book by the authors, so I will be posting a full video review soon!!
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review on BookTube :)
Malita Eck
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing love story. I loved this book. I could not put it down. Wonderful history, entwined with a love that will never die. Truly inspiring, made me want to become a better person.
Jo-Mary Crowchild-Fletcher
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing was great. A mixture of past and present weaving in and out of each other.

The only problem I had was sudden change in story pace. It was really abrupt and broke the flow of the story. Its not horrible but I believe it could have been done better, the transition I mean.

Its a great story. Makes you want to keep reading. I'm interested in reading the other stories in the series.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who we really are

This book is phenomenal and a really great read. You will learn who you are, or may be and why you are place here. Spiritually is wonderful and real. If you want to learn more abour it read this book. Love love loved this book. Can hardly wait for the next two .
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The idea of reincarnation and near death experiences has been a long time fascination for me. The concept that a soul is reborn over and over to learn new experiences is magical. I find comfort in the idea that those of us that have lost loved ones might meet them in the next lifetime. Too often people loose loved ones to childhood cancer, pulmonary hypertension, heart defects, etc. It is both tragic and heartbreaking to think that a soul ceases to exist if taken at a young age. This book suppor ...more
Viviane Crystal
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Marcus, Theron and Helghul are Emissaries who each handle the looming end of the Golden Age in Atlantis in different ways. Marcus and Helghul vie for Theron’s love, but Theron refuses to choose one over the other, seeing the good in each. Marcus inadvertently watches as Helghul enters a pact of Dark Magic that sets them as enemies for thirteen thousand years. For each of the three, as well as other Emissaries, will be reborn in that role, but only three (not Theron) will remember their past live ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like books that gives you a different perspective on life; epic story incorporating history
This book was beyond what its synopsis says. When I came upon this book on NetGalley I was expecting to read a book about finding your soulmate through each of your reincarnated love. What I actually got was a story about enlightenment, hope, love, and the journey to find that within yourself. This was all done in an epic scale that made you think and encourages you to see the world and yourself in a new light.

Initially when I started this book I really didn’t know where it was headed. I felt th
Kathy Cowie
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be the perfect title to start a new year, but I have mixed feelings about this book. At times, the characters moved me and pulled me through the story. At other times, I had to force myself to keep reading. In the summary I read on Goodreads, the plot sounded like an appealing mix of dystopian fantasy and historical fiction. I understood it was about reincarnation, but the summary did not lead me to believe it would so heavily involve chakras, souls, religion, etc. I thought ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars = not 3 not 4
I loved the concept promised in the book synopsis, so I was excited to be approved for this title. A grand scheme that involves eternal reincarnation to bring your knowledge of events forward, without remembering the lives lived, in order to bring mankind from Iron Age to Enlightenment. Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio created a complex plot, partially from a need to set up the last quarter of the story, where everything comes together to present some conclusions to hanging
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
One Great Year tells the story of lovers Marcus and Theron and spurned suitor Helghul who are from the lost world of Atitala (Atlantis). Marcus and Theron take on the role of Emissary, spiritual guide and leader to guide the world through One Great Year, the countless millennia while the world moves from a dark Iron Age to turn once again to a Golden Age. Helghul acts as the counterbalance to this goal.

After the initial setup, for a good three quarters of this book I became increasingly frustra
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