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Twilight of the Past: A Rift in Time by Michael Parziale
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2006
Publisher Nightengale Media LLC Company
ISBN 1933449195 ISBN13 9781933449197
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Reviewed by Sarra Borne Jun 29, 2007
Twilight of the Past is the first in a science-fiction series by debut author Michael Parziale. In it he introduces the reader to the world of Aldurea, which is embroiled in an ongoing and epic battle between two major powers. The protagonist, Newl Rift, is the leader of the Guntra De who is at war with the Spero. The war has been going on long enough that new technologies have emerged, including fabulous communications and anti-missile systems.
With very little preparation Newl sets off on a quest to discover the truth about himself and the truth about the war. In a typical boy meets girl story, the second half of the book consists of Newl attempting to save his love interest from certain death at the hands of the Spero, all the while fighting off doubts about the trustworthiness of his lady love.
This book reads like a computer game. Newl sets off on random quests for no apparent reason; other than perhaps a mysterious stranger says that he should. He conveniently suffers from amnesia so there is no real explanation of his past. The narrative isn't very cohesive, the author jumps between present and past tense often in the same paragraph. The ending is left completely on a cliffhanger with only the promise of book two.
This book suffers from one of the latest trends in publishing - where an unfinished story is marketed as book one of a trilogy or series. It used to be that books were released as series' when they were simply too huge to be a single novel (i.e. Robert Jordan "The Wheel of Time", J.R.R Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings") now publishers are cutting stand-alone novels into parts and calling them trilogies. Twilight of the Past at only 224 pages is certainly not huge and it leaves the reader wondering just how many $15 episodes they are going to be forced to purchase to find out what happens next.
Fast moving adventure Apr 2, 2006
Review by William Phenn for Reader Views (3/06)
Mr. Parziale is a young man that is headed for greatness. His imaginative narration of Newl Rift (main character) and his adventure thru these mystical lands, will keep you glued to your seat. His experience with Role Play Games (RPG) has led to a very fast moving adventure.
Newl Rift is a very resourceful character. He does things that even fantasy characters would have trouble keeping up with. But then, he, too, is a fantasy character. He is also a man, one who likes his women and will do what ever it takes to aid a damsel (or in this case damsels) in distress. This dual attribute of his character puts him in some precarious positions, in particular, traveling with the likes of Mishell and Amate Luminata, the two beautiful sisters and rulers of Sactraz, a neighboring country.
Newl is a fighter, a leader for his people that many look up to. His adventures are a kin to Gulliver's Travels in many ways. He travels with a mixed bag of military, royalty, and friends on his quest to bring peace to his beloved Gutra De and the world (Aldure). The forces of evil invade his inner circle and he is faced with the reality of someone's trying to kill him. The irony of the intrigue is that the assassin is an unexpected individual, one Newl would never have suspected.
"Twilight of the Past" is fast paced, very complex and detailed to the point of exasperating. Mr. Parziale, in his efforts to be thorough, gets into such detail, that he goes so far as to explain how Newl's communicator is attached to his tailbone, a detail I didn't really need to know....The book would benefit from a key for all the varied and colorful characters, which would make it easier for the reader to remember them all.
I believe that "Twilight of the Past" would make a great RPG game. I wouldn't be surprised to see it in software stores soon. "Twilight of the Past" is a continuing saga and there is more to come from Mr. Parziale. I look forward to seeing what happens next to the adventurous Newl Rift. "Twilight of the Past" is an RPG game in book form, gamers will love it.