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A Time to Build (The Umea Bakearen, #1)

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Wayne Freed always suspected that he didn't quite fit in. His suspicions were confirmed when he learned that he was not from Earth at all. His adoptive father told him that he was Umea Bakearen, a child whose existence had kept Earth out of a war which would surely mean its destruction.
Now, as an adult, he has settled into the life of an ambassador to the greater galactic
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Rick Rossing (first published September 30th 2013)
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I will put a disclaimer that I do know the author as we did go to college together.

My review will not follow my normal stance of positive then negative, but the opposite.

For most Indie authors, I would have to say this was one of the better ones out there.
From a purely nitpicky aspect, I did notice 2 minor typos and the chapters did not start on a new page; however, this is so minor compared to practically all of the indie books that I have read.

There were parts of the book that hit so close to
Jen Ponce
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Take a look! I won this book. And now I'm giving you the lowdown.

What would you do if you found out you were an alien? Explore the question in this book, that takes you from Earth to outerspace with Wayne Freed, the main character of A Time To Build. There are a lot of little gems in this book, from the giant caterpillars to the geek-knowledge winks that the author slipped into the text for the more observant of readers. (I know I probably missed a few but the ones I caught, I enjoyed and snicke
Nikki Yager
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This story was very interesting and kept me wanting more. I enjoy the worlds, the politics (which suprised me actually), the fact that it all was around a convention of sorts, and the plots. The only thing I wish would have been expanded upon a bit more was the building of the relationships, or had a few more not so perfect ones. Perhaps it's because I never experienced love at first sight and am an overly catious person who can't trust let alone love that quickly, but it felt off to me with the ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
What I loved here were the pop culture references and the humorous moments. I also liked that this started as a NaNoWriMo project and it is clear that Rossing had a lot of fun writing this book. My main problem with it however was a lack of believability in the characters. I think I have grown cynical in my old age and the perfect nature of the characters relationships grated on me after a while. Still it was a decent first book with the potential to grow into something deeper in future installm ...more
M.A. Ray
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this. I won it in a random drawing, and I'd wanted to read it, so I was really happy. :) A great story, but I wish the author had gone a little deeper with some parts of it, especially the settings. Sort of a lovey-dovey Bujold aside from that. Looking forward to reading the next!
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Rick Rossing was born in Louisiana, on Earth. He has lived in California, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Connecticut, where he currently resides with his wife and teenage son.
He started writing stories in 2011 after accepting the NaNoWriMo challenge. He succeeded, and hasn't stopped writing since.
In addition to writing, Rick is a stay-at-home dad (not Mr. Mom--call him that
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