Lost in time and dimension, is an island known as Odium.
The name Odium came from a great giant who lived when the world was new. The island formed when Odium stepped from the sea. Mud from the bottom of the sea came up under his foot and remained upon the surface of the water. As he stepped away, a shell cut his foot leaving his blood mixing with the seawater, creating the essence of life, and causing the evolution of the many strange wonders on and around Odium.
An Ocean of Dreams surrounds Odium, keeping it cloaked from the ignorant and narrow-minded; an ocean that clouds perception and bends reality causing one to see what they want to see, but not always what is there. Many ships have gone into this ocean never to be seen or heard from again.
It is said that this land called Odium holds the keys to our existence, our past, and our future. To find the island and rediscover its secrets will bring about a time of great prosperity, wonderment, and peace upon the land.
However, through the millennia all of the charts and records of Odium have been lost. All that remains are the stories that elders tell to their young at bedtime. Hence, Odium was to remain forever a myth, a story told to children, or so we were led to believe...
This is the tale of two extraordinary best friends, who discover a great secret and become adventurers. Friends who never gave up, who dared to challenge reality and their own awareness in order to rediscover and explore ODIUM. For the good of the many, on the hopes of a few, they embarked on a journey of a lifetime.
ODIUM Book One
158 pages, cream interior paper 60 lb weight, black ink, full color heavy weight cover
Now Available in Hardback, Paperback and EBook Editions
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ODIUM went into SPACE
ODIUM and the Author's name Frank McManus, were on the test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft launched on December 4, 2014!
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they've ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
Orion's first flight test, designated Exploration Flight Test-1, launched December 4 on a two-orbit, four-hour flight that tested many of the systems most critical to safety. Orion launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. This test evaluated launch and high speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System.
Book Two Coming
Master of the Maze
Odium is a fantastic tale of two friends who undertake one of the greatest adventures of their young lives.
When an old woman begins recounting a story of a far off land, Bob becomes intrigued, but she soon passes before finishing the story. Bob knows her mysterious pendant is somehow link to the magical land of Odium, with his curiosity piqued, he takes the necklace in hopes of one day learning the truth. Now, with the pendant and map in hand and his best friend by his side, Bob sets out on the expedition of a lifetime. Will he discover the truth?
I found Odium to be a well written enjoyable read. The plot, which involves real and fantasy worlds, is appealing and easily captured my attention. Bob's journey from a lazy teen to a responsible young man who must overcome many challenges in order to protect all that is good makes him a well rounded and easily likable character.
I recommend picking up a copy of Odium. It is a quest worth undertaking! Available on Amazon. ★★★★ Star!
Great BFF story of two boys. Fantastic author imagination describing the details and how the boys get to Odium. Then, once they are on Odium, the author continues with his cleverness and ingenious approach to what they see and do. It is a very intriguing story line that brought me back to simpler days. The story ends with me wanting more, great ending too. This is a book for all ages, timeless. I will recommend it to everyone. ★★★★ Star! Lawrence K.
I truly enjoyed the book you sent. It was unpredictable and kept my interest. I found that reading before going to bed is not wise because of the surprises that occurred on their journey. I was truly amazed by a quote that just jumped off the page- it was on page 52 that truly gave the premise for the whole book:
"Those who search but don't believe will become lost, lose their minds and perish.
I recommend this book for ALL ages. Thank you. ★★★★ Star! D .H.
This is quite a difficult book to review. The part of the book set in the 'ordinary world,' is really good and reminded me of a Treasure Island type of adventure. It is well written and fun, the characters seem interesting. They make you want to go on an adventure with them. The fantasy part is also great and fun to read. Yet, somehow, I didn't feel the two went together well enough and at times I felt as though I was reading two books as one.
Overall though this is a good read and I would love to read more from this author. ★★★★ Star! Samantha Grayson
Odium was a great book. It was really an adventure book. Basically, it’s about two boys who will journey to Odium, an island far away and only certain people can find the it. You could only find it if you truly believe it exists. The book started with Bob, a fifteen-year-old boy, who works for an old lady who is his neighbor, Mrs. Openhimer. After a long day of working for Mrs. Openhimer, Bob got into a serious chit-chat with her. She talked about Odium and how amazing it is. During the chit-chat, Mrs. Openhimer suddenly died (yep, she died) and Bob immediately got worried so he called the medics to report the incident. Bob got a necklace from Mrs. Openhimer, that will help him and Frank get to the mysterious land called Odium.
I love the characters, Bob and Frank. They are both very amusing. I adored them both even though Frank could get annoying, at some point. Frank McManus did a very amazing job making up Bob and Frank, they are both genuine. They entertained me a lot while reading this book.
The adventure is there. The thrills and unexpected events is there. It was impressive! There were inconsistencies, yes, but I love this book so much so I’d still give a high and acceptable rating. I’ll clearly add this to my growing indie book favorites!
★★★★ ½ Stars!
IndieBooksBeSeen, Book Reviews by alyannafontalva