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Mankind is stricken. Brought to its knees by a devastating virus, the world is further crushed by the Dominion tyranny. Humanity struggles to survive this apocalyptic nightmare, and there's only one hope - the ancient promise of an annihilated people.

"By the Bearers brought into time, fulfillment shall come in a Mark, and hope in four children born. Evil will flee Earth before the four Marked."
- The Mark Prophecy of the Kota

Troy Kandoya remembers the world before all this came to pass. He saw the beginning of global war, genetic manipulation, and viral plague. Now called Trok, the immortal Kota Interceder, he must fulfill the prophecies he once rejected.

After 500 years, the four Marked saviors are born. However, nothing about these heroes is what Trok expected. Loree is a master assassin who can disappear without a trace. Zaak grew up exiled on an alien planet. Alex is a telepath traumatized by an inexplicable, missing year of her life. Ryu, the final Warrior, has incredible mutate-genes of strength.

With Trok's guidance, the Warriors join Earth's rebels and fight the Dominion - but this isn't going to be easy. Rebel politics are complicated, particularly for Loree. Zaak finds it difficult to navigate his home world. New questions arise for Alex as she helps civilians recover from a shared trauma. Ryu can't hide from his famous past. And always, the Dominion threatens with its unstoppable weapon -the dehumanizing DRK virus.

For centuries, no one's been able to end Earth's nightmare. Can four Warriors really make a difference?

556 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 1, 2004

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Sunshine Somerville

17 books114 followers
Sunshine Somerville is a Science Fantasy author who loves blending genres. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book at the ripe old age of nine.  She currently lives on the beachy side of Michigan with her husband, two fur babies, and two human daughters. 
The Kota Series is a Science Fantasy epic based on youthful obsessions with X-Men, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Dark Angel, and A Wrinkle in Time.
The Alt-World Chronicles is an Urban Fantasy series inspired by weird recurring dreams, a brainstorming session in the shower, and one ridiculously hot summer lived in Kansas City.
A Fairly Fairy Tale is Sunshine’s first Middle Grade Fantasy book. She got the idea from her family’s crest, which portrays a dragon shooting flames from both ends, and from a niece whose second favorite word is farts.


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604 reviews87 followers
February 17, 2014
I really got into this story, from the very first pages. Something about the writing just kept me going. Now, I go back and forth on this whole 1st Person Thing. For the most part, I just don't like it - it's uncomfortable to me - and I want to know more than what the character who is telling the story knows (and sometimes it's not done properly, where the story teller can't possibly know what they are sharing), but Sunshine did a good job with it. I actually felt like she was telling me a story in a letter, not like I was ease-dropping on someone's conversation or, worse, reading someone's private journals.

The plot, the adventure, the unexpected twists and the brothers - all things about this book that I liked and I've already purchased book #2 so I can finish the story.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Author 15 books503 followers
March 10, 2016
This book has all the best elements of a gripping dystopian sci-fi – interesting technology, super-powers, epic fights, tyrannical villains, apocalyptic desolation, genocide, genetic manipulation and even shifting dimensions and time travel. I can safely say that there is never a dull moment in the Kota!

The plot is excellent and I loved the way that the author built up the world, developing little details that really brought the book to life for me. I can still vividly see certain scenes and locations in my head due to the author’s descriptive ability.

There are four main characters – the ‘Kota’ warriors, all of whom are unique and interesting. My particular favourite was Rave and I felt I really associated with his character. It took me a while to warm to Bullseye, but even she won me over in the end!

This book was a bit longer than the books I usually like to read and due to that I was concerned about starting it, but actually the plot and characters were so gripping that I needn’t have worried – I was entertained throughout!
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Author 3 books36 followers
January 27, 2014
I really enjoyed this story. For those of you action-lovers, it will start off a little slow, but certainly doesn’t disappoint after the initial set-up of the history and characters.

This is a futuristic story of earth once it’s taken over by a cruel and ruthless leader. He controls the population with the use of a zombie-making drug (if you’re not a zombie person, don’t worry — this is not a zombie book. The zombie part is not the focus of the story). Holding both the drug and the cure, he demands others to follow him and crushes anyone who doesn’t. Of course there’s a rebel group, but as long as the leader is the only one that holds the cure, the rebels struggle to beat him.

The beginning of the story starts with a small group (the Kota) who believe salvation will come in the form of four warriors born to their members. After spending a small amount of time in the relatively near future, the story jumps 500 years ahead to the time in which the bulk of it takes place. The book then tells the tale of the Kota warriors and their efforts to destroy the leader.

The book is well-written and the characters well-developed. The narration style varies intentionally depending on whether you’re in the viewpoint of a particular character when he’s outside of normal time or whether you are in others’ viewpoints. At first this threw me, but once I realized the distinction, it was quite helpful.

I found I liked most of the characters, but there’s a pseudo god-like (sort of), special character that pops in and out of time that I can’t say is too endearing. He does help the warriors over time, so I suppose that redeems him a little. The warriors are fantastic — each has different experiences as a youth that develops him/her, which means as a group, they’re an interesting mix of personalities, skills, and background.

Society has changed significantly over time and I like that the author adjusted some of the language and manner in which the world works to reflect that future, yet she left some of the world and language the same. It’s a nice blend that allows you to enjoy the world without having to struggle with too many variations.

Early in the book, the history, timeline, and characters are developed. As noted above, that part of the book moves at a slightly slower pace, though I thoroughly enjoyed the background. Shortly before the four warriors find each other, though, the action kicks in and the pages fly by.

After further consideration and in comparison to other novels I've read (and the fact that I keep recommending this book to friends and famliy), I've changed my rating to 5 stars. The story is thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

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Author 17 books114 followers
November 13, 2015
Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite:

Wow! If you’re a reader who loves fantasy, loves an epic read, and loves to be surprised by what they are reading, then I have the perfect read for you! The Kota, Book One in the Kota series by author Sunshine Somerville fits the bill for all I mentioned above. A completely unique read in the fantasy genre, something that’s becoming a rarer and rarer thing to find for true fantasy fans, the story follows the Trok and the other children who are prophesied to be the Kota Warriors, the only ones able to save Earth from the deadly DRK virus. The virus, as well as ongoing warfare, threatens the very existence of all who remain, and the Kota Warriors, whether they are ready or not, seem to be the only hope.

I so, so enjoyed this book. The Kota is full of adventure, excitement and intrigue, and author Sunshine Somerville has done an absolutely amazing job in world crafting. Her unique and engaging style will truly have readers hooked from the very first page, all the way to the last. In fact, the best piece of advice I have for any reader is to be sure you have a decent chunk of time to read it once you start. You simply will not want to put it down! I highly recommend The Kota and am also thrilled to see that this is the first book of a series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment, and will certainly keep a lookout for any new offering by author Sunshine Somerville. With her unique voice and obvious talent, she is certainly an author worth watching!
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Author 1 book145 followers
August 8, 2015

I'm always suspicious of books over the length of say, 400 pages, so when I picked up The Kota and saw it was not only close to 600 pages, but had the daunting subtitle 'Expanded Edition', I really did have to take a deep breath before reading. I needn't have worried. I can only give my respect to a writer who can hold my attention over so many pages, while at no point did I think, Oh, here's an 'expanded' bit.

Four young characters - Bullseye, Rave, Whitewolf, and Tigris - must come together to defeat a great evil dictator, who, 500 years in the future holds the Earth's population to ransom with the only known (temporary) cure for the DRK virus, which causes those infected to suffer horrendous zombie-like symptoms. One of the things I really liked was how the book was structured: the first half follows the four heroes as they come together, under the guidance of Trok, who wants to see the Kota prophecies fulfilled; while the second half is about the missions they undertake as the Kota Warriors. There's plenty of action, but, more important to me, plenty of introspection as the heroes try to work out who they are and what it means to fulfil a destiny that could potentially leave little space for choice. One of my favourite characters is Tigris, who is on a journey of her own. She is more vulnerable than the other three, which for me, makes her the most relatable character, all of whom, however, are distinct and compelling.

Not only are the characters believable and sympathetic, the whole world they find themselves in is incredibly well-thought out and always consistent, and quite honestly, it's scary to imagine the amount of work the author must have put into this. All the Sci-Fi elements, including the DRK virus, genetic mutations, the cool technology, the portals and different dimensions (which to me sounded like string theory), were all brilliantly done, and I liked that the warrior's special powers - cloaking and telepathy, to name a couple - all have a basis in empiricism - genetics - rather than magic, which to me gives it more power.

Perhaps the only criticism I had about the book were a few moments of long bits of uninterrupted dialogue that almost - almost! - seemed a bit exposition-ey, but honestly, despite mentioning it, these moments helped me orientate myself into the story and they were seamlessly woven into the scene.

The Kota book 1 is a magnificent blend of Sci-Fi, dystopia, paranormal, adventure, YA and many other genres (you'd think that would be a weakness, but no, it's yet another strength) that not only had an entire world that awed me, but was created by an author who clearly cares about the details of the story and the world she's created, and who constantly made me think to myself, 'You simply could not do this.'

First published at http://jasongreensides.com
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4,156 reviews79 followers
April 3, 2014
Troy Kandoya (40’s, single), worked at the Capitol House in the Communications Department. He had a pet Wolfhound, Toto. Troy got the latest CDC’s test results on the DRK virus. Humans become zombie (mutate) like. Aaron another associate told Troy to look outside. The city was filled with a bright light & in total pandemonium. The female President of the company called Troy to her office. His brother Lee Kandoya (cult) was spreading the word about the DRK virus. The boys are related to the Kota (Far East) is a mixed ethnic group that plans on restoring earth back to normality. They hold the key to the pandemic called the Virus Prophecy. Lee was off to Tibet to visit with the Kota Council. All private/governmental entities are brought together to solve the DRK virus epidemic.

The Dominion elders are Malice (Northern Continent’s northern region); Abduction (Ab, Southern Continent’s central region); Crow (Mainland-Euro’s central region); Yanka (Mainland-Asian’s southern region) & Bullseye (Vedanleé daughter, Cruelthor ½ sister, female youth representative).

4 Warriors Zaak Kandoya, Loree, Alex (f, 19) & Ryu (m, Drake Anders, Whitewolf) Collins are out to overthrow the evil leader Cruelthor & his band of Dominion drone soldiers. Can they get this mission accomplished?

Can the foursome also defuse the deadly DRK virus & turn the world back into some sort of normality.

Awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well futuristic sci-fi or paranormal book. Lots of scripture references. Not always easy to read/follow. Lots of twists/turns. Never a dull moment from start/finish. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of unique scenarios, situations & a huge set of characters to keep track off. Would make a great teen sci-fi movie or TV series. Not something I normally read but no doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars for this book.
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Author 33 books42 followers
July 20, 2016
All I can say is wow. A massive 588 pages of nothing I expected and mostly not knowing where it was going- a good thing by the way.

I won't go into the story and therefore let the reader be surprised (as I was at every step along the way). The tale covers over 500 years and mixes several genres (Sci-fi, post apocalyptic, paranormal, New Age, YA, thriller, adventure) in a completely unexpected way. After I finished I still don't know quite what to make of it but I sure enjoyed the journey.

The style is a little strange and I found myself looking up the author Sunshine Somerville's bio because I thought maybe she was from some strange foreign land I never heard of - or maybe a time traveler from the Middle ages, but she's a just a mother from Grand Rapids Michigan... How she came up with this I'll never know.

The book has some minor flaws. Character's names tend to be a little 'quaint' : Bullseye, Cruelthor. And for some reason Somerville latched onto the word 'slay' and used it ad infinitum to the point I was cringing (there are other words: kill, murder, wipe out, exterminate, execute, terminate, and so on), but I will forgive that in exchange for taking me on the ride of my life. (I got the impression that Somerville writes in some sort of obsessed frenzy and probably didn't realize she was doing it.)

In these days of 200 page so-called 'books' of vanilla pabulum you will certainly get your money's worth and then some from the 'The Kota'.
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1,178 reviews27 followers
November 12, 2013
*I was given a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

The Dominion is in control, of everything. Even the deadly DRK virus that turns people into shells of themselves. They rule by fear; fear of the deadly virus being released on the population and eating them alive. But an ancient prophecy speaks of 4 children; a Leader, a Hunter, a Seer, and a Fighter that will over throw the Dominion.

Trok, a member of the Kota, was a non-believer and thought his brother, Lee was crazy, until he started to read and understand the writings of the Kota. The mysterious they wrote about and how they were coming to pass. Trok summons a time portal and is swept into the worm hole. He watches over his people and his brother, Lee. Then it is time, time for the brothers to meet again on the same plane.

Travel with Trok as he views the future and helps guide the past. Will the four overcome the Dominion? Will they survive?

What I loved about this book was that I felt like I was part of the book. That I wasn’t just a reader, I was a character in the book. The story carries you away and takes you along for a ride. Trok is the most interesting Character in the book, the others are a little flat for me. Does it take away from the story? Not really.
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Author 8 books19 followers
February 19, 2014
In ‘The Kota: Book I’, Sunshine Somerville has written a spell binding, science fiction novel with intense characters and a solid plot. The novel is set in a time of an apocalypse. There is a virus that cannot be cured, but can be held ‘at bay’ by receiving an injection that is controlled by one man. In this dystopian world, the man is out to rid the earth of the Kota people, especially the Kota Warriors.
This book held my attention from start to finish. Once Sunshine Somerville had set the history, timeline, and characters the action flowed with many unexpected turns and twists; that includes ‘Time Travel’, ‘Time Portals’, and ‘Prophesies’.
I loved this well-written book, and recommend it to anyone who loves Science Fiction novels.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Author 29 books35 followers
November 5, 2014
I'd don't generally read a lot of science fiction, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
The book starts out following the lives of two brothers who live during a time of great turmoil and change for mankind.
Earth is being ravaged by a monstrous disease that zombifies those it infects, while at the same time, strange portals have been appearing in the sky.
The brothers, far from being the centre of the story, pave the way for the Kota Warriors. A band of 4 prophesied young people, each with extraordinary talents, who are destined to save the human race.
Spanning more than 500 years, this story is incredibly well crafted and doesn't follow any cliché story arcs like some similar style books.
The series is set up to be a thrilling adventure, and I honestly can't wait to read the second instalment.
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Author 16 books109 followers
March 6, 2014
This author has an amazing command of plotting and pacing. She seems to know the story inside out, from start to finish. Her imagination is incredible. She's very comfortable at this. I can see a great future for this author, once she progresses from one new book to the next.

Now, for this story, it is an incredible one. The prophecies of the Four Warriors and the outcomes of these prophecies are compelling. How can then this story be better?

At 200,000 words, this story is a long one indeed. You heard of the Award for Best Film Editing at the Oscars? Let me play that role. All the scenes are fantastic, and vividly drawn, but maybe to prevent this story from feeling like an chronological history of an alternate sci-fi universe, let's see how we can tighten this up so there is more of a story arc.

When I read the beginning, the story focuses on pre-apocalypse Earth, upon the brothers Troy and Lee Kandoya. When I read their interesting story, I was intrigued, then I pretty much had to start over again to follow the births and the upbringings of the four Kota Warriors. Now that I've read the entire book, I now know that the focus on the story is on the Warriors. I think it would be good to start with these four Warriors, and skim along the back story of how the prophecies and the Kota came to be. It may sound tough, but it can be done well.

To prevent the book from feeling like a history of all the battles within the Dominion, perhaps one scene can be cut. I would cut the scene of the sea colony, since it didn't really add to the story. That scene was important for finding an informant, and was exciting unto itself, but I'm sure that informant can be placed elsewhere in another good scene in the book.

The four Warriors are very detailed and fascinating characters. Just two things I would comment on for the characters. Early on when Loree is introduced as a young adult, she is already established as a killing machine. True, she later explains she was brainwashed, and did not know of the alternatives, but it made it hard, at first, to connect with her. The scene where she has to assassinate the two parents within a young family in a household was particularly hard for me to accept. Why not have Loree as a trained operative working for the Dominion, but in the field of stealing espionage secrets, developing weapons, or training drones for battle, which would make it easier for me to accept her conversion to the "good side." I'm not an expert, but it seems that one hardened veteran thrown into battle again and again against his wishes and then captured by the other side (a more compassionate faction) would either 1) fall apart due to post-traumatic stress disorder, or 2) not convert to fight for the other side, since he enjoyed what he was doing after all.

The second thing is that I didn't think it was necessary to transition from the real names of the four Kota Warriors to their code names after their halfway point in their battles. We had to learn to remember one set of four names -- their birth names, and then a second set of four names -- their code names. It's fine to have both sets, but perhaps be consistent and use one set throughout the story. Personally, I liked the code names better as the names by which we could identify with them.

The story draws you in, especially when we finally get to the first Warrior -- Loree. From then on, the author sure knows how to spin a yarn. She's confident, she controls this story, and doesn't let go. Fabulous!

As for the ending, I know, I know, it's a long book, but the ending seemed a bit too abrupt. I was happy to get there, yes, but there were so many dangling questions, and I don't mean about the second instalment that seems to be coming up. It just seems that having invested so much time into writing the beginning, the author could balance out both ends, by shortening the beginning, and compressing up to the appearance of Loree, the oldest and the first Warrior, and then expanding more of the ending.
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468 reviews11 followers
July 25, 2014
Don't be daunted by the length of this book at 596 pages. The Kota is an engaging look at prophecies of 4 children who will become the eventual Warrior saviours of the earth. The book begins at a moderate pace as it explains how the prophecies were fulfilled and the four came to be together. After that, the action and pace of the book pick right up as the foursome begin to fulfill the remaining prophecies.

The Kota begins as a tale of two brothers - one brother deeply involved in politics and the other is a leader of the Kota, a race of people of mixed background that share the same culture and faith. This faith includes several prophecies, one of which was about a virus which affect men's minds.

The book covers several centuries of time and the world changes in many ways. Humans develop many abilities that are not present today. One of the diseases that develops is called the DRK virus, where "the infected do not die, but lose their sense of humanity and become a raving conscienceless" being - in other words, a zombie. This is the virus that the Kota claimed their Virus Prophecy predicted. I don't read many books with zombies in them, but this one seems to me to be a logical explanation of how a zombie could actually exist.

Genetic experimentation accounts for new mutations which give rise to new abilities in people such as telepathy, teleportation, enhanced hearing and hand-eye coordination, greater strength and so on. Some of these new abilities are not so mundane and therefore these individuals were later identified as MOB - Misfits of Breeding. They were often indoctrinated into the reigning government, the Dominion, who ruled by fear - they threatened "factoring" - infection with the DRK virus for crimes. "Good" citizens were inoculated with the DRK treatment which prevented infection from the virus.

The first half of the book explains how the 4 prophecies came to be until the 4 Warriors were identified. There are many plot twists and turns in this book, and lots of action for those who love fight scenes.

We learn a lot about each of the four warriors and get to know them pretty well. Each of them has their flaws that they work to overcome. They are believable human beings with pasts to overcome, and issues to work out. I like that they don't have it all together as it makes them more likeable, more realistic. more relateable.

The book ends at a good point, though by no means is the story complete. There are planned release dates for books 2, 3 and 4. While there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this book, at least it feels as though there is some closure as to what has been going on. I can't tell you what or that would be a spoiler!

If you enjoy Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic literature, science fiction or sagas, give The Kota a try. I quite enjoyed this novel and gave it 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogs...
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Author 3 books37 followers
February 16, 2014
There is a special place in my memories, where my brother and I would cross over the wood line adjacent to our home and enter into a realm we created. For this reason, I was drawn to this author, and reading the book was a delight, like a bag full of dark chocolate truffles and a cup of hot expresso.

In the beginning, we have a story unfolding, and as the foundation is set, I was ready to tag along. There is great care and attention to detail in this portion of the book. I found that Somerville has a knack for corralling emotions and presenting them in a way that is engrossing and adds to the realism of this story. This part of the book was educational and necessary, but not at all annoying or evoking boredom.

The Dominion—a plague in itself, using the virus as leverage to inflict control over everyone. This evil is menacing. It isn't trumped up or perforated. I genuinely hated the Dominion and its leader. I wanted to fight along side of the gang to endure their travels and hardships.

I found that my desire to be in the action was granted as Somerville's writing is exquisite, precise, and fulfilling. I never once questioned the characters motives or felt the plot was measured poorly, as this story moved along swimmingly and the characters propelled the momentum of it.

As for the characters, my favorite is Trok. I can relate to his feelings. He is a mentor and wise. I have a selfish desire for a strong male character in anything I read, and he fit the bill quite nicely. The most touching character aspect is their inner battles, which they share, adding to the genuine nature of this book. There is no polished action figurines. They are all marked up by the perils of war, and their consciences are detailed and illuminating. I am a veteran of war and am familiar with the inner battles that arise during conflict. These characters remind me of my soldiers (back in the day).

Overall, I think this author is extremely talented and presents in a manner that isn't agitating to a "rough around the edges" grunt like me. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is searching through the heap of crappy literature to find something unique and imaginatively striking. This author will take you there—to that realm—beyond what you know and into a world that is intriguing. Superpowers, time travel, genuine characters, an appealing writing style, and a thought provoking premise.

You need this one on your shelf.

Thank you Ms. Somerville for this wonderful tale.
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Author 19 books112 followers
December 14, 2016
This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: The Kota (Book 1)
Author: Sunshine Somerville
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 18
Editing: 9/10
Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 18 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
12 felt the blurb was enticing.
9 thought the well-developed characters were the best part of the book.
9 thought the plot was the most interesting aspect of the book.
2 suggested the middle part of the book lacked a little pace.

Readers’ Comments
‘Fascinating sci-fi. Very enjoyable at every level. Loved the characters too; particularly Alex.’ Male reader, aged 34
‘Books full of characters with superpowers often do nothing for me. But this, I’m delighted to say, is much, much better. The characters had depth and were interesting with or without the powers. Not only that, they were wrapped up in an enthralling plot and a stunningly interesting setting. Excellent stuff! I even liked the cover.’ Female reader, aged 42
It’s a long book and it’s a bit slow to get going. But when take-off happens, I quickly became thoroughly engrossed. I’m looking forward to reading the rest. Almost up there with the Hunger Games.’ Male reader, aged 18
‘Long but it needs to be. The world the author created is fascinating. Complex plot with plenty of X-men style battling. Sets up well for the next in the set.’ Male reader, aged 33
‘Complex, well-designed characters, a bit too long; an editor’s pen might help to cut it in parts. But it is good. It’s very good in fact.’ Female reader (publisher), aged 52

‘A fascinating, powerfully-written sci-fi classic. A finalist and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
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50 reviews9 followers
November 25, 2014
A dystopian world with big potential

The Kota, Book One, creates and explores an expansive, complex dystopian world, following a legacy of “warriors,” children fated to protect their population from the tyrannical rule of the Dominion. While we begin the story looking at brothers Lee and Trok, who’ve found themselves in different political sides, we end up at the centre of a climactic battle hundreds of years later waged by the brothers’ fated offspring.

The book’s prologue sets this dystopian scene in stark terms – the fascinating first lines: “Why does anything happen the way it does? Because a grand purpose works in everything,” lead a curious description of a polarized world, the “peak of prosperity” that the protagonist brothers are born into.

From this starting point, the novel explores hundreds of years in the life of this world, following Lee’s and Trok’s legacies (their children have been prophesied as warriors that will bring the universe back into order and democracy) and alternating between “real time,” “outside time,” and “past time,” as well as alternating between an external and Trok’s first person perspective. Using these variations, the author is able to paint a picture of multiple lives, threads, even realms and time zones, that are navigated by portals. At times, though this scope requires deft narrative movement, the sheer amount of exposition, detail and history is a little overwhelming, and causes the split narrator to become confusing; at times, it feels like we should be more grounded by one voice and one body...

Read the full review at Towerbabel here: http://www.towerbabel.com/library/128...
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Author 23 books131 followers
August 19, 2016
I was totally engrossed in this book. Sometimes, it felt like I was reading a comic book without the pictures, other times it was pure science-fiction at its best, and there were times I could see the fantasy influence. Whatever you might think, this is a solid and epic story for any sci-fi fan or super hero fan. The plot is well stated, the story progression is well-paced, and there is plenty of action, drama, character development and descriptive world building to enchant any reader.

This is a book for any age group, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from cover to cover. The author's character names reminded me of my comic book days, yet the science-fiction was evident all the way. The main characters are a bit like super heroes, in a world full of super villains, and the story of how these four Kota Warriors develop and come together is a lot of fun to read. But the story doesn't stop there, it moves on with plenty of action-packed scenes of the heroes in action, and has a wonderful conclusion that simply leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

The author excels at portraying characters you either love or hate, and I was drawn right into the story by by the fantastic descriptions that tell enough, leaving just the right amount for your own imagination to fill in. Wonderful writing, all around. Two huge thumbs up, and a highly recommended book for all.
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775 reviews26 followers
November 3, 2013
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Sunshine Somerville, author of The Kota for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

I really enjoyed the book a lot and liked the concept that the author introduced here. Though this concept is not new but there are many twists and turns that made the book unpredictable and interesting.

Here we meet Trok who is trying to overpower the evil tyranny – Dominion with the help of others as the Dominion has control over the deadly virus and it using it for evil purpose. Will they be able to stop them?

I liked the writing style of the author but it could have been a little more enriched according to me which could have made the reading experience an ecstatic one. The action scenes are good and I liked them a lot. The characterization is good but the side characters remained sketchy whereas I loved Trok’s character very much.

Over all a great read which has many unexpected turns here and there that are sure to shock and surprise you and I would recommend this read to ya all, go for it guys!
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Author 7 books8 followers
June 3, 2014
An original science fiction novel with a virus powerful enough to destroy the human race and a prophesy foretelling that four saviours will rise, to save mankind. The story builds slowly but it does build with increasing pace. First we meet two brothers in our time, members of a cult-like group who hold the prophesy, and the key to our salvation. Through this story, we get to travel through time to a distant future with one world leadership and one hell of a bad guy ruling a well controlled world. We see four warriors grow up, through the eyes of an uncle, preserved by time as he travels through it, until the time comes for them to fight for freedom of repression.

The characters are fairly well developed, some worth getting to know better in the series. The reader is taken on an interesting ride, at times full of action, at others, reflection. The story is a unique epic tale - not some copy. Although the book could benefit from some quick proofreading/editing, it's fairly well developed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review swap.
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Author 10 books33 followers
May 21, 2014
This is an interesting sci-fi book with lots of content. The Kota are an interesting people trying so save the world. It definitely bases the plot on man's destructive nature, and the theme of good verses evil.
Troy, one of the main characters doesn't believe in the Kota at all really. He has very mixed feelings about his brothers involvement. On the one hand, he lives his brother. But, his brother is also somewhat of a hazard to Troy's job. All of that changes however when certain events happen and Troy becomes more involved with the Kota. From there the story takes off and lots off different things are happening. The Kota not only have to hide, nut still try and save the world.

This is a long sci-fi read that should give sci-fi readers tons to get excited about. Nice job on book one.
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40 reviews2 followers
March 31, 2014
I can't do it, I just cannot finish this & you can't make me!!!

I'm loath to abandon a book & then have the gall to review it. But truly there would be no reward of any kind in my continuing, only suffering.

Such a disappointment! :(

I wanted so much for this to be an enthralling read. It is however patchy at best & flat as a pancake at worst. The characters lack depth & frankly they're really bloody annoying - especially Lee -what an asshat he is! But it's the writing style that is the main issue, it is so very childlike in itself... God, but I come across like a proper meanie here. I feel bad saying this about a persons first book. But I have to be honest, right? ...from my perspective the Kota should have perhaps stayed in the woods.
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Author 28 books67 followers
March 30, 2016
The Kota, by Sunshine Somerville, (yes, that is her real name) was a romp. You can classify it anyway you want, but in my opinion, the story is a wonderful adventure. The ancient Kota wrote prophesies of the future salvation of earth, and predict that four Kota Warriors will lead the people to an end to tyranny. Great characters who you want to root for, and wonder what obstacles they will face next. And then there's the little twists, of which I will say no more. But I assure you, you can't go wrong if you read it to find out. Here's the catch. It's the first book in a series. And you'll want to move on to see what happens next. I know I will.
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Author 17 books15 followers
July 29, 2016
A full on adventure for all.

With a sci fi setting, a pinch of dystopia and a measure of mysticism and prophecy, Sunshine Somerville creates an epic adventure. The story never lags and the society is grim and overbearing. The characters are well written,especially the two main female protagonists who wrestle with inner demons as they try to end the tyranny of the antagonist. My only criticism is that the tension never really seems to build up until the final few chapters. I think this is due to the level of technology that just seems to make things a little too easy. Having said that, I still enjoyed the concept and execution of this novel.
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Author 2 books55 followers
February 2, 2016
I don't read a lot of sci-fi, so I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The different places and realities that the author constructs are really amazing. At close to 600 pages, I was expecting a little drag here and there, but the story, and plenty of action, sucked me in and kept me turning pages. Glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone and picked up this incredible read.
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170 reviews14 followers
February 12, 2014
The Kota is one of the most well written books I have read in a long while. It is a long read but never feels stilted and the many sub plots that underpin the story are very well integrated so that the story never seems to lose its focus. I would describe it as SF with a dystopian flare and sitting across these genres it holds its own as a calibre offering.
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189 reviews10 followers
February 28, 2014
The Kota drew me in from the very first page. It is a big read with an intricately developed plot and setting. In fact some of the best world building I have come across in a book of this genre. To really enjoy it you need to close the door and just immerse yourself in it and you won't be disappointed. Very good.
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158 reviews
February 20, 2014
I can so see our world in the same plight The Kota reveals. That could be why I was into the book as hard as I was. I won the book on the Goodreads giveaway and I'm happy it wasn't just a loan from the library- because I can re-read it as soon as I want.
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147 reviews6 followers
February 14, 2014
For me this is what great Sf looks like. Constructed with an impeccable eye for detail, well written and thoroughly absorbing. There isn't much more I can add to this except SF fans will definitely not be disappointed!
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