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Jeff Browning has been haunted by terrifying dreams since the mysterious disappearance of his father (a renowned physicist). But when he finds a portal in his father’s office, he must overcome his fears in an attempt to find him. The portal takes him to another dimension – one populated by fantastic and dangerous creatures and also an advanced society of humans. As Jeff look Jeff Browning has been haunted by terrifying dreams since the mysterious disappearance of his father (a renowned physicist). But when he finds a portal in his father’s office, he must overcome his fears in an attempt to find him. The portal takes him to another dimension – one populated by fantastic and dangerous creatures and also an advanced society of humans. As Jeff looks for clues regarding what may have happened to his father, he is accused by some of being a spy while thought by others to be a prophesized figure . . . who may be the key to victory in a developing war.


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Jeff Browning has been haunted by terrifying dreams since the mysterious disappearance of his father (a renowned physicist). But when he finds a portal in his father’s office, he must overcome his fears in an attempt to find him. The portal takes him to another dimension – one populated by fantastic and dangerous creatures and also an advanced society of humans. As Jeff look Jeff Browning has been haunted by terrifying dreams since the mysterious disappearance of his father (a renowned physicist). But when he finds a portal in his father’s office, he must overcome his fears in an attempt to find him. The portal takes him to another dimension – one populated by fantastic and dangerous creatures and also an advanced society of humans. As Jeff looks for clues regarding what may have happened to his father, he is accused by some of being a spy while thought by others to be a prophesized figure . . . who may be the key to victory in a developing war.

30 review for Land of Nod, The Artifact

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Take one teen boy. Add recent tragedy in the form of absent super-scientist father. Mix with the requisite high school bully, strange dreams, and a curious machine. Then you’ll have the road into Gary Hoover’s Land of Nod: The Artifact. The Artifact is, of course, the first book in a series, and the ending, as expected, is just the beginning. But the mysterious world Jeff discovers is nicely imagined, with intriguing depths yet to be plumbed. The landscape is full of fun characters, curious crea Take one teen boy. Add recent tragedy in the form of absent super-scientist father. Mix with the requisite high school bully, strange dreams, and a curious machine. Then you’ll have the road into Gary Hoover’s Land of Nod: The Artifact. The Artifact is, of course, the first book in a series, and the ending, as expected, is just the beginning. But the mysterious world Jeff discovers is nicely imagined, with intriguing depths yet to be plumbed. The landscape is full of fun characters, curious creatures and strange circumstances, and everything’s told with meticulous attention to detail. For the most part, the world is viewed through Jeff’s eyes, and he’s a plausible teen narrator. Occasional switches to omniscient views, forays into political comment, or ubiquitous long-clause similes are a little distracting, though humorous, and might appeal to the intended younger audience. The story-line’s well-planned and exciting, and there’s a pleasing undertone of kindness even in battle that bodes well for the series; a longish, slowish, but fun teen adventure with the promise of more to follow. Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    The story kept my interest from cover to cover. I usually do enjoy stories with a science fiction edge, but this book deserves a noteworthy review. It will be an excellent read for my granddaughter. The continuous adventure throughout the entire story is captivating to the end. Can’t wait for the next good read ....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie Witt

    I really liked this book! I got it for free for a group read, but I would have gladly paid for it because I enjoyed it so much. The author makes The Land of Nod, an alternate, or parallel universe, seem like a very real place because of his spot on descriptions. The book moved along at a really good pace, and I found myself unable to put it down most of the time. If I had the option here I would have given this book a rating of 4.5 stars, -.5 only because I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. I I really liked this book! I got it for free for a group read, but I would have gladly paid for it because I enjoyed it so much. The author makes The Land of Nod, an alternate, or parallel universe, seem like a very real place because of his spot on descriptions. The book moved along at a really good pace, and I found myself unable to put it down most of the time. If I had the option here I would have given this book a rating of 4.5 stars, -.5 only because I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. I was enjoying the story very much, and I do highly recommend that you read it, but I would like to have seen the ending drawn out a bit more. It just seemed like I was reading along, enjoying the momentum, and then -- it ended. Happily, it did end in a way which made it quite clear that there is going to be a second book, and I cannot wait to read it! In summary: This book was an excellent story that could do with a bit more of a drawn out ending, but I highly recommend it, and I can't wait for the second book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    I enjoyed the plot of this story. The motivations of Jeff and the other characters worked well to propel the story forward. Through Jeff’s eyes the alternate world came to life, populated with creatures and people who added to the excitement. Yet, there were spots where the narrative came up short. Instances when I wanted more description to better see the world that Jeff was in. Also the ending seemed a little too easy for Jeff. There was a buildup of tension but no bang for me, more of a fizzle I enjoyed the plot of this story. The motivations of Jeff and the other characters worked well to propel the story forward. Through Jeff’s eyes the alternate world came to life, populated with creatures and people who added to the excitement. Yet, there were spots where the narrative came up short. Instances when I wanted more description to better see the world that Jeff was in. Also the ending seemed a little too easy for Jeff. There was a buildup of tension but no bang for me, more of a fizzle. Still Land of Nod, The Artifact was a good read. There were some minor technical mistakes in the writing but they did not interfere with the story and are easy to forgive. This is a story that will appeal to both teens and adults who are interested in reading tales of adventure and discovery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Land of Nod, The Artifact is the story of young Jeff Browning, son of a well renowned physicist who has gone missing and is presumed dead. Jeff deals with the complex emotions around the abandonment by his father and his passivity, when he encounters a teleporter that takes him to a different world. It is not a spoiler to tell you that the world is called "Nod". Once there, he childishly realizes that the rules of his home world not longer apply, but to also trust his psychic instincts about othe Land of Nod, The Artifact is the story of young Jeff Browning, son of a well renowned physicist who has gone missing and is presumed dead. Jeff deals with the complex emotions around the abandonment by his father and his passivity, when he encounters a teleporter that takes him to a different world. It is not a spoiler to tell you that the world is called "Nod". Once there, he childishly realizes that the rules of his home world not longer apply, but to also trust his psychic instincts about other people. This new world is one in which nightmares are real, and people from Earth have innate psychic advantages over the Nod natives. I am not sure how this book is being marketed, but it is unquestionably a children's novel, aimed right around the upper elementary/lower middle school split, and clearly aimed at males. That said, even though I am nowhere near this book's target audience, it kept me captivated from start to finish. I really enjoyed exploring the new world with Jeff. Author Gary Hoover has done an excellent job with world building and is clearly a master of showing, rather than telling, the necessary exposition. The descriptive attention to detail and simplified-yet-spot-on science explanations make me wonder if Mr. Hoover is a trained scientist, himself. If not, he certainly writes like one (a compliment). One of the other things I really liked about this novel is that it had a hint of kindness permeating everything. While Jeff was in real danger and there was real action and real suspense, all the other protagonist characters seemed to adopt Jeff as a member of their family and treat him with the love and respect such a position provides. It is rare to feel that you are getting a special hug from a beloved parent due to reading a book, but I enjoyed the feel-good added bonus that came with the story. Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    literary prophets

    With his father no longer with him Jeff was having a very hard time trying to get on with his normal life. No one knew what had happened to his father. Until Jeff started to snoop around in his fathers office. He never thought his father would of figured out how to make a simulation that looked this real,unless it wasn't a simulation, it was a portal. After falling from the sky into the world the portal lead to Jeff seen very different things then he normally wouldn't of ever dreamed of. Though With his father no longer with him Jeff was having a very hard time trying to get on with his normal life. No one knew what had happened to his father. Until Jeff started to snoop around in his fathers office. He never thought his father would of figured out how to make a simulation that looked this real,unless it wasn't a simulation, it was a portal. After falling from the sky into the world the portal lead to Jeff seen very different things then he normally wouldn't of ever dreamed of. Though he had dreamed of this world before a lot actually. What was going on here? After being told he was the one to help this world for the brink of war and saving many people Jeff thought these people were crazy. Till they showed him a picture of his father and the matching lockets they had. Where is his father? Did he teach them what they knew? Was Jeff the one to save the people of this world? Read and find out!! I won this book from goodreads! Thank you. I did really enjoy this book it has a lot of action and a great story behind it. With the lose of his father you are constantly wondering and it makes you want more. Can't wait to read the second one!! :) great job Gary keep up the great work

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    The Kindle seems to have encouraged me to read things I would normally overlook. The Land of Nod is one of them; it sits on the same bookshelf as a Harry Potter book. And that is why I thoroughly enjoyed it. A normal, intelligent boy, Jeff, leading a normal life, suddenly finds himself in another dimension; the author is superb at describing the fantastical elements of this dimension and I had no trouble at all imagining the strange effects, creatures, and, well, just about everything of this st The Kindle seems to have encouraged me to read things I would normally overlook. The Land of Nod is one of them; it sits on the same bookshelf as a Harry Potter book. And that is why I thoroughly enjoyed it. A normal, intelligent boy, Jeff, leading a normal life, suddenly finds himself in another dimension; the author is superb at describing the fantastical elements of this dimension and I had no trouble at all imagining the strange effects, creatures, and, well, just about everything of this strange land. The reader always has a firm foot on the ground, because, as Jeff is not one of the fantasy characters, he regularly compares features of the world in which he finds himself with planet earth – and that’s why I liked the book – it didn’t overreach my sci-fi boundaries of credibility. The book ends with some unanswered questions – which I won’t detail, or I would be giving things away – so I am hoping this means a sequel…………I would, without a shadow of a doubt, snap it up in a jiff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This book had potential; however it read like a kid with ADD. It never paused to take a breath or explain the details of what was happening, it just kept skimming the surface. To make matters worse it is intended to be part of a series, so it ended as abruptly as it began. Great for teenage boys. Not so much for everyone else.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Land of Nod, The Artifact is the first book of the Land of Nod Trilogy. Jeff Browning's father, a brilliant physicist, has disappeared, and Jeff isn't coping very well. While snooping around his father's office - the place he suspects his father to have been last - Jeff discovers a strange machine and is accidentally transported to another world. Jeff discovers allies and enemies in this new world - some in the least likely places. In a place filled with both advanced technology and wide swathes Land of Nod, The Artifact is the first book of the Land of Nod Trilogy. Jeff Browning's father, a brilliant physicist, has disappeared, and Jeff isn't coping very well. While snooping around his father's office - the place he suspects his father to have been last - Jeff discovers a strange machine and is accidentally transported to another world. Jeff discovers allies and enemies in this new world - some in the least likely places. In a place filled with both advanced technology and wide swathes of unexplored forests filled with dangerous creatures, Jeff finds he has unexpected abilities and intuition on this side of the portal. Land of Nod, The Artifact is action-packed and fast-paced. I enjoyed it and found it to be a very fast and well-written read. I would caution, however, that there is frequent use of mild language and sexual humor that I did not think was appropriate for the age level this book is primarily geared toward. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. Full review here: http://ennleesreadingcorner.wordpress...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ysgrublaidd

    Take The Chronicles of Narnia, Earthbound and Star Wars, mix it together and you might get something like Land of Nod. Land of Nod brings a boy (Jeff) with a baseball bat (Earthbound) with the help of a portal (Narnia) to another dimension. There he runs into strange and dangerous creature and also some humons who help him survive those beasts. Some of the people he encounters believe he's the persone from a given prophecy who may be the key to victory in a developing war (Star Wars). It isn't a t Take The Chronicles of Narnia, Earthbound and Star Wars, mix it together and you might get something like Land of Nod. Land of Nod brings a boy (Jeff) with a baseball bat (Earthbound) with the help of a portal (Narnia) to another dimension. There he runs into strange and dangerous creature and also some humons who help him survive those beasts. Some of the people he encounters believe he's the persone from a given prophecy who may be the key to victory in a developing war (Star Wars). It isn't a top-notch Fantasy/Science Fiction hybrid. But personally I really liked the story. Could it be done better? Yes. Could it be worse? Of cource. The story has a nice rhythm, with lots of action. It almost never gets dull. But there are times the story isn't believable. Such as the sexual comments. Generally the story feels like a Childrensbook, but the sexual comments throws it towars Adult/Young Adult. But all in all it's a fine book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.l. Sawyer

    Jeff is a young boy who lost his father a year ago. While looking through his father’s office, he is transported to a strange new and dangerous world. He soon discovers that though futuristic (flying cars and disappearing toilet seats), society is in trouble and war is coming, whether they like it or not. I really enjoyed this story. I'm a massive fan of quirky and this tends to slip into this young adult adventure to catch the reader pleasantly by surprise... you'll get what I'm talking about wh Jeff is a young boy who lost his father a year ago. While looking through his father’s office, he is transported to a strange new and dangerous world. He soon discovers that though futuristic (flying cars and disappearing toilet seats), society is in trouble and war is coming, whether they like it or not. I really enjoyed this story. I'm a massive fan of quirky and this tends to slip into this young adult adventure to catch the reader pleasantly by surprise... you'll get what I'm talking about when you read the comment about the purple giraffe. For me a few too many '...' and there were a few tiny errors that might be picked up with another edit done by someone else (I can't see the mistakes in my own work though and it did not detract from the story itself). Overall, a good read, highly recommended for young readers looking for an out there adventure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annarita Guarnieri

    I’ve just finished reading Land of Nod, and I must say it left me with the same feeling most good readings do… a sense of regret that here wasn’t more to read, and a wish for the sequel to come out soon. It’s been a long time since I read a sci-fi book that appealed so much to me… light enough on the scientific side not to get boring for somebody who, like me, doesn’t like techology and science very much, and yet really powerful on the adventure side and with a very good, enthralling plot. I only I’ve just finished reading Land of Nod, and I must say it left me with the same feeling most good readings do… a sense of regret that here wasn’t more to read, and a wish for the sequel to come out soon. It’s been a long time since I read a sci-fi book that appealed so much to me… light enough on the scientific side not to get boring for somebody who, like me, doesn’t like techology and science very much, and yet really powerful on the adventure side and with a very good, enthralling plot. I only wish the psychology of some character had been further explored, but since most of them are seen mostly through Jeff’s eyes, I realize that would have been rather difficult. All considered, The Land of Nod makes a very good and pleasant reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue Palmer

    I started this book with slight trepidation, it was my first sci-fi and i really didn’t know what to expect. However, this was short-lived; a couple of pages in and i was completely hooked. I felt as if i had stepped into a portal of my own, and then taken on an incredible journey. What a ride!.....I was introduced to a teenage super hero, strange creatures, advanced technology, a war between Continents (with a difference) and a whole lot of fast paced adventure! This is an amazing book that coul I started this book with slight trepidation, it was my first sci-fi and i really didn’t know what to expect. However, this was short-lived; a couple of pages in and i was completely hooked. I felt as if i had stepped into a portal of my own, and then taken on an incredible journey. What a ride!.....I was introduced to a teenage super hero, strange creatures, advanced technology, a war between Continents (with a difference) and a whole lot of fast paced adventure! This is an amazing book that could be read by people of all ages, covering genres of YA, Sci-Fi and Adventure. It is well written, very easy to follow and cleverly leaves the reader awaiting the sequel, which i hope isn’t too far away. Thank you for this, Mr Hoover, you have written a brilliant book and have got another fan.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is a fun, easy read. The pace is fast. The plot skims along happily and takes the reader with it on a crazy ride. I like books that take you to different worlds filled with imagined things – my fave books of childhood were all of that type – so I really enjoyed this one. I wanted more at the end, so the ‘to be continued’ note was good for me! I think readers of various ages are going to like this book. The main characters are likeable and well drawn. The plot is interesting. There’s suspens This is a fun, easy read. The pace is fast. The plot skims along happily and takes the reader with it on a crazy ride. I like books that take you to different worlds filled with imagined things – my fave books of childhood were all of that type – so I really enjoyed this one. I wanted more at the end, so the ‘to be continued’ note was good for me! I think readers of various ages are going to like this book. The main characters are likeable and well drawn. The plot is interesting. There’s suspense, thrills and comic bits too. This one is a page turner. I don’t want to give anything away, but my fave character is the biggest one... you’ll know when you read. Come on book 2!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    It was somewhat entertaining but it was, I feel, poorly written. I just didn't like the way some comments, mostly sexual were interjected and I am a prude or anything but they just didn't FIT and seem forced into the story so it left me saying, huh??? I did it's job of entertaining me but honestly felt like I wasted my time reading it. It was somewhat entertaining but it was, I feel, poorly written. I just didn't like the way some comments, mostly sexual were interjected and I am a prude or anything but they just didn't FIT and seem forced into the story so it left me saying, huh??? I did it's job of entertaining me but honestly felt like I wasted my time reading it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Fourteen year old Jeff Browning decides to look for clues to his missing father and finds a doorway into another dimension, one populated by fantastic creatures and an advanced society of humans. Jeff finds himself in difficult situations as he hunts for clues to finding his father. A great sci-fi adventure for all to be had.I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kalyan Panja

    The narrative take into custody your mind's eye and the characters are congenial. You are sucked into a aspect where all is weird and wonderful yet proverbial. You experience like it's a consign you can identify abode. This paperback is the opening volume in a trilogy but it has a good quality plot that stream and can be on your feet single-handedly. The narrative take into custody your mind's eye and the characters are congenial. You are sucked into a aspect where all is weird and wonderful yet proverbial. You experience like it's a consign you can identify abode. This paperback is the opening volume in a trilogy but it has a good quality plot that stream and can be on your feet single-handedly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Budo Von Stahl

    Well done YA adventure suited for adult consumption. It is difficult to pull off the dream/alternate reality hook, but Hoover does so brilliantly. Even if the opener isn't you cup, forget it: within a half-dozen pages you will be so caught up in the story you won't mind! Read it. Well done YA adventure suited for adult consumption. It is difficult to pull off the dream/alternate reality hook, but Hoover does so brilliantly. Even if the opener isn't you cup, forget it: within a half-dozen pages you will be so caught up in the story you won't mind! Read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kalpit

    Land Of Nod, The ArtiFact by Gary Hoover… The story starts out well, light and full of innocence, surrounding the experience of a 14 year old boy Jeff who has been haunted by terrifying dreams and facing sleepless nights ever since his father disappeared mystically. His father was a well renowned physicist , considered the smartest person on earth (as per Jeff browning), but not just because he was his dad, BUT because the society and people talked that way. Dr. Browning (Jeff’s father) is presum Land Of Nod, The ArtiFact by Gary Hoover… The story starts out well, light and full of innocence, surrounding the experience of a 14 year old boy Jeff who has been haunted by terrifying dreams and facing sleepless nights ever since his father disappeared mystically. His father was a well renowned physicist , considered the smartest person on earth (as per Jeff browning), but not just because he was his dad, BUT because the society and people talked that way. Dr. Browning (Jeff’s father) is presumed dead by the police ever since his mystical disappearance, but Jeff and his mother still live in a hope that, someday, sometime, Dr. Browning will walk over the carpet of their house, just as he did every day. The entire story of trilogy is about a fourteen years innocent child, living in a hope to find his father on any dimension of the universe... Followed by a short school incident with Jeff and his Classmates, which results into a fight and beating of Jeff, just to prove his resilience and delegacy. At the same time his ambiguity overcomes his Triumphs as he finds himself weak physically. Right from here the novel takes a smooth yet simultaneously sharp turn (if you know what I mean) to a fantasy edge. Locket, Portal, Dangerous Creatures, Advanced society humans, hovercrafts cars, fancy computers, energy beams guns, pheerions, and all that one could ask or dream for in a fantasy novel, BUT in a totally new and innocent way. Dr. Browning once gifted Jeff a locket, which is the key to unlocking the mystery of a war which is about to rise other dimension of the universe. Dealing with the complex emotions Jeff has been facing since over a year, he wanders and lands into his dad's office one day, where he finds a portal which takes him into another dimension apart from the world he's been living (Earth) and lands him into a dimension (called NOD )of dangerous creatures and advanced society humans. This is where the story actually kicks off to a new level of enjoyment and excitement. He soon realizes that the rules of the new dimension are considerably different from earth, hours are measured differently, nightmares are not just dreams but Real, The creatures he’s been seeing in dreams are real, and the hope for finding his father is still alive. What I really enjoyed about this novel is it’s Fast pace, easy to decipher language and the descriptions of the new society, creatures, vehicles, buildings, infrastructure, disappearing toilet seats. The fast pace thrills and actions with the creatures just feels so exciting and imaginable, at the same time well written and thrilling. How I picked up this book? I read the synopsis of the book, which just intrigued me to pick this novel and I must say I am NOT disappointed, rather I'm glad and happy that I went ahead and listed this book on my "To-Be-Read Shelf" It took me about three seating to finish the book from cover to cover but Once I finished reading this book, I was amazed to how well the COVER itself related to the entire story, specially the characters , (JEFF and The dangerous creatures). If in future, I wish to re-read the novel, I can just have a glance at the cover, and it'll itself speak out the entire story or recall it from my memory.. Well the book is aimed at teenagers, mostly mid age children and lower-mid teenage , but I still enjoyed it at my age and I highly recommend the novel to anyone who’s looking for a light read but a GREAT and exciting one at the same time. Cons:- I don't have any problems or complaints with the author, but a slight complain with the publisher. The fonts were just too thin, light and small. Could have used a better and larger fonts to have some mercy on eyes, as well, the print could have been a bit darker and the cover though WELL DESIGNED, was not as well printed. And I just mean about the resolution and the depth of colors. The spine could have been a big colorful too. Besides that, This novel is a great read and I'll proudly promote and recommend it to anyone who's looking for a great trilogy with a innocent, light and intriguing story. It's well paced and can be easily read in two to three seating. And they always say, Never judge a book by it's cover (OR SPINE)... Go Ahead, Buy a copy from amazon and enjoy the read. Thumbs UP!!! 4/5 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I really enjoyed this e-book! I assume it was self-published; it could use a little better editing at times. But the story itself is really creative, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I don't usually read books on the kindle or iPad or phone, but I think that's the only way this book is available, and I got it for $.99, which was a great idea, because now I'm willing to shell out the $2.99 for the sequel. SPOILER ALERT: There are shades of A Wrinkle in Time here, with a hero wh I really enjoyed this e-book! I assume it was self-published; it could use a little better editing at times. But the story itself is really creative, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I don't usually read books on the kindle or iPad or phone, but I think that's the only way this book is available, and I got it for $.99, which was a great idea, because now I'm willing to shell out the $2.99 for the sequel. SPOILER ALERT: There are shades of A Wrinkle in Time here, with a hero whose father, a scientist, has disappeared due to a glitch with one of his inventions; our hero ends up in the Land of Nod, trying to find his father, and getting involved in all sorts of interesting escapades in some alternate world / universe/ dimension (we don't really know yet, and may not find out). I suppose that's not much of a spoiler, since it's called Land of Nod, and I think one could safely assume that the main character would eventually interact with the Land of Nod somehow. I'm not sure quite how I got this -- it was some special offer, because I know that I usually ignore kindle stuff -- but I recommend it for anyone interested in young adult literature (although some of the language and references made me wonder who the heck the audience was supposed to be; I would have preferred a "cleaner" version without the sexual innuendo, humor, etc., but the main character is, after all, well into adolescence and I suppose it's more realistic the way it's written), especially books like A Wrinkle in Time or some of Orson Scott Card's young adult books. It's hard to categorize, for me, since it doesn't have the feel of fantasy, so I guess I'd stick with science fiction. Whatever genre it is, it was a really fun read for times when I had my phone and nothing to do -- although there came a point where I had to finish it and couldn't just wait for downtime.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I tend to like sci-fy/fantasy's if there's a whole lot of reality in them too. Gary did a wonderful job with this story mixing reality and sci fi/fantasy, letting us see it from a boy's view of things happening giving an innocence to the story you wouldn't get from a very sceptical adult's view (like me!). Which made it more believable. Once it went into the "other" world I felt like I had an animation or comic book in my head as Gary described the things Jeff came upon. The end is written nicel I tend to like sci-fy/fantasy's if there's a whole lot of reality in them too. Gary did a wonderful job with this story mixing reality and sci fi/fantasy, letting us see it from a boy's view of things happening giving an innocence to the story you wouldn't get from a very sceptical adult's view (like me!). Which made it more believable. Once it went into the "other" world I felt like I had an animation or comic book in my head as Gary described the things Jeff came upon. The end is written nicely enough to not leave you hanging so badly that it seemed abrupt, instead it leads you to believe there's another story/book coming bringing more adventure to find what he was looking for!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda Todd

    Amazing book a gift from the wonderful author Gary Hoover this is the first book in the series & I have the three books one down two more to go. This book has the thrills also on the edge of your seat page turner and more. A wonderful story the very colourful characters will enthral you all the way and with every page you read. This exquisite book I would be so delighted to recommend this wonderful book and the others in this series to all my friends my sincere thanks to the wonderful author Gar Amazing book a gift from the wonderful author Gary Hoover this is the first book in the series & I have the three books one down two more to go. This book has the thrills also on the edge of your seat page turner and more. A wonderful story the very colourful characters will enthral you all the way and with every page you read. This exquisite book I would be so delighted to recommend this wonderful book and the others in this series to all my friends my sincere thanks to the wonderful author Gary Hoover for the privilege and the fantastic pleasure of reading his wonderful books. So to all happy reading and enjoy these stories you will love them to.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Starr

    I liked the book, it was an adventure packed, fast paced tale geared for young adults. It had suspense, a little comedy, and the author created a sense of urgency to wanting to find out how it ends. I would read it to my young grandchildren, but would use caution with the nightmarish episodes Jeff experiences. And there would be a few sentences I would skip over if reading to a youngster, otherwise it's a good fairy tale, with monsters, heroes, a search, and relationships. He does a good job on I liked the book, it was an adventure packed, fast paced tale geared for young adults. It had suspense, a little comedy, and the author created a sense of urgency to wanting to find out how it ends. I would read it to my young grandchildren, but would use caution with the nightmarish episodes Jeff experiences. And there would be a few sentences I would skip over if reading to a youngster, otherwise it's a good fairy tale, with monsters, heroes, a search, and relationships. He does a good job on his characterization, creating good, bad, and questionable characters. I liked the way he dealt with the nightmarish monster Jeff constantly dreams of.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susanna Mahoney

    This was my first book I purchased from Smashwords.com. After finishing this entertaining story of a young son's journey to find his father in another dimension, I was hook. I been trying to find another as good as this but some are a close call, his is the master and I am not even a sci-fiction reader. It opened many other portals to me and I enjoy relating with this author and his creative works. This one is in my library and actually is helping me to improve my creativity too. Thank you Gary. This was my first book I purchased from Smashwords.com. After finishing this entertaining story of a young son's journey to find his father in another dimension, I was hook. I been trying to find another as good as this but some are a close call, his is the master and I am not even a sci-fiction reader. It opened many other portals to me and I enjoy relating with this author and his creative works. This one is in my library and actually is helping me to improve my creativity too. Thank you Gary.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Great young adult fantasy. The story captures your imagination and the characters are likable, of course I have my favorite one. You are sucked into a demension where all is strange yet familiar. You feel like it's a place you can call home, if you're not eaten by rodent sized T-Rex or jellyfish that fall from trees, first. This book is the first book in a trilogy but it doesn't leave the reader with too many unanswered questions. It has a good storyline that flows and can stand alone, but this Great young adult fantasy. The story captures your imagination and the characters are likable, of course I have my favorite one. You are sucked into a demension where all is strange yet familiar. You feel like it's a place you can call home, if you're not eaten by rodent sized T-Rex or jellyfish that fall from trees, first. This book is the first book in a trilogy but it doesn't leave the reader with too many unanswered questions. It has a good storyline that flows and can stand alone, but this reader can't wait for book two.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Geary

    What a great adventure! I received this gem directly from the author (thanks Gary!) and now I can't wait to read the next installation in what proves to be a fantastically unique and humor-laden series. The imaginative details are intriguing, giving the reader a crystal clear picture of an unparalleled landscape and unconventional characters (I would love to have a bathroom from this world, it's that cool). The injections of quirky humor alone are worth the trip! Cheers to you Gary, on your acco What a great adventure! I received this gem directly from the author (thanks Gary!) and now I can't wait to read the next installation in what proves to be a fantastically unique and humor-laden series. The imaginative details are intriguing, giving the reader a crystal clear picture of an unparalleled landscape and unconventional characters (I would love to have a bathroom from this world, it's that cool). The injections of quirky humor alone are worth the trip! Cheers to you Gary, on your accomplishment!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Garth

    I loved the down the rabbit hole aspect of this book. A portal opens up into another dimension Jeff Browning discovers another world where everything is the same, but slightly different. The plot moved quickly and kept me turning my electronic pages right up to the end. My only disappointment...the sequel isn't out yet. It felt like the stage was being set for a battle of epic proportions and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I loved the down the rabbit hole aspect of this book. A portal opens up into another dimension Jeff Browning discovers another world where everything is the same, but slightly different. The plot moved quickly and kept me turning my electronic pages right up to the end. My only disappointment...the sequel isn't out yet. It felt like the stage was being set for a battle of epic proportions and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    During the first couple chapters, I wasn't too impressed, and thought I might have mischosen. I kept on reading, and was glad I did. This is a different kind of story, rather like a coming of age, by alternate reality fire, about a boy, looking for his missing father. It's also kind of like a low grade super hero story, without the full blown supernatural abilities. Read it, and see what YOU think. I can't wait for the next book of this adventure. During the first couple chapters, I wasn't too impressed, and thought I might have mischosen. I kept on reading, and was glad I did. This is a different kind of story, rather like a coming of age, by alternate reality fire, about a boy, looking for his missing father. It's also kind of like a low grade super hero story, without the full blown supernatural abilities. Read it, and see what YOU think. I can't wait for the next book of this adventure.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Fun book, read it through on a cold blustery day, enjoying hot tea and fresh cookies. Had to start second book as soon as I gave myself some excersise. I like Jeff Browning and how he handles what is happening to him. He seems to lack confidence but grows in courage throuout the book. Highly recommend to those attempting to get their children to read. And the fact that it is a Trilogy makes it that much better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helmy Kusuma

    Can't wait to lay my hand on the sequel! Reading 'The Artifact' is like being ushered into a roller coaster ride! Good grab on teenage's psychological condition. Have expected one thing and got another! Good twist! Can't wait to lay my hand on the sequel! Reading 'The Artifact' is like being ushered into a roller coaster ride! Good grab on teenage's psychological condition. Have expected one thing and got another! Good twist!

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