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Thomas Nelson Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1

Young warriors Brady, Kendo, and Niki have been sent to Earth on a miraculous journey to accomplish an impossible mission---save the world from the forces of darkness and the megalomaniac, mad scientist Baron Alrod. Armed only with faith for provisions and direction, will they have the strength to prevail against an unexpected, more powerful enemy? 288 pages, softcover from WestBow.
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Review 1 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:June 27, 2013
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Radiolady
Location:Toronto, Ontario
Age:45-54
Gender:female
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Initially, I thought I would be putting the book down within a few chapters, as it wasn't my genre. Then I thought the story was really bizarre. Once I was two chapters in, I was fascinated and hooked like a fish on a multi-worm line. Kathryn Mackel created this fantasy thriller with hideous creatures, evil sorcerers, wild adventures, and at the core is faith. A combination that makes you think of the world of the spirit, what lies behind our existence, and where our future lies...and with Whom.
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Review 2 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:December 16, 2006
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Gene Curtis
Youre going to be disappointed if you read the first 2 books in this series. You might notice that I gave both of these books 5 star ratings and wonder why Id say this. Well, WestBow Press, at the time I write this, has elected to not publish the 3rd and final book in this series. Youre going to be disappointed in the light that Outriders and Trackers are so good that youll feel a certain emptiness knowing that book 3 is unlikely (not impossible) to be forthcoming.I love the post apocalyptic sub-genre of mainstream science fiction as well as Christian science fiction in general and this series falls into both of those categories. It exceeded my expectations in terms of plot and character development to the extent that Ive actually caught myself daydreaming about the story. Off hand I can only recall a couple of stories that have had that effect on me, The Stand by Steven King, and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Outriders and Trackers are definitely well worth reading even knowing that the story may never be finished.
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Review 3 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:April 3, 2006
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Stuart Stockton
Outriders, by Kathryn Mackel, is one of those books that will grab your imagination and take it for a wild ride through a familiar, yet alien land. With full characters that make you care, and excitement that can get your pulse racing.Generations after warfare and pollution poisoned the planet and destroyed civilization, one group of survivors remembers their heritage, their birthright. From their sanctuary, the Ark, sunk deep below the arctic ice they train their young to be outriders who do the impossible. To return to the surface world and save the original creation and spread the forgotten Truth. But these young people face more than a poisoned world.So called sorcerers, wielding the last remnant of science that helped destroy mankind, create abominations by transmogrifying animals and humans to suit the whims of their warlord masters. Only by holding to the Truth that they know, can the outriders hope to overcome the mogs and the greater evil that festers in this poisoned world.Kathryn Mackel has created a tale full of biblical symbolism and imagery, one of haunting beauty and terrible destruction. All of her characters come through as full people, who each struggle with their own human natures (or fully give in to them) while seeking to fulfill their mission. You come to care for each of the main Characters as soon as you meet them, even when it is clear they are being hard headed and foolish.If you like strong action and adventure founded strongly in Christ, then this book won't let you down. Give it a chance and don't dismiss it simply because the setting seems so wild. And even if you don't like it, get it for a young man in your life, a son, nephew, grandson or just some kid in the youth group. They'll love it.
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Review 4 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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Date:March 29, 2006
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Mirtika Schultz
A Second Ark Makes For A First-Rate Read! How to I describe this tale:"Once upon a far, far future time, God led a group of true believers to build and dwell within the safety of a new ark, one that did not float on the waters, but hid underground, protected from the blight and toxicity of a post-apocalyptic Earth. At the right time, a vision from the Lord instructed the dwellers of the new Ark, the Birthrighters, to send out emissaries--young and smart, healthy and brave and well-trained godly ones--out above to the world that was left after the Endless Wars damaged the surface. Four were initially sent, the first-evers among the Outriders. Then more were sent in small groups to staff enclaves of Outriders upon the continent. Their mission was to seek flora and fauna to send back to the Ark for study and protection. The Outriders also spread truth and goodness through the harsh and brutal world populated by "naturals" and mutated and transmogrified plants, animals, and, yes, humans.But things do go wrong for the Outriders, because evil never rests, and lessons of the past are often forgotten...."I am strongly recommending OUTRIDERS by Kathryn Mackel This is a novel that I would classify as Christian Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction. If you're not a regular reader of science fiction or fantasy or science-fantasy, you need to allow yourself that rather thrilling (if sometimes irritating for some) sense of disorientation at the start. You are entering an unfamiliar world...but a spiritually uplifting and exciting one!
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Review 5 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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Date:January 10, 2006
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Peter Krausche
At first, submersing in Kathy Mackel's world is like being drenched with a pail of ice water. Normal men and women torn from their quiet villages and turned into hideous giants against their will; riders on giant hornets; bats and rodents the size of horses; all these monstrosities the products of so-called sorcerers unscrupulous enough to transmogrify innocent creatures to satisfy their stronghold lords' insatiable lust for power and influence.Only a small group of people, the Outriders of Horesh, attempts to stand against these evil lords. The Outriders come from the Ark, a mysterious sanctuary buried somewhere deep under the ice. Led by visions and prophecies, the population of the Ark sends out volunteers who build camps, collect specimens, and attempt to reclaim a corrupt world by teaching the truth to a suppressed and intimidated populace, helping them in their need as they are able.But even this brave group consists of mere human beings, each with their own troubles and weaknesses. Niki, for instance, has no idea why Brady sent her north to fetch a group of new rooks in transit from the Ark. She's a warrior, not a babysitter! Things don't get easier when she comes to believe he only sent her away so he can be alone with his love, and that doesn't seem to be Niki! Outriders is a beautifully and tensely written novel that asks us to take a good look at ourselves in the light of truth. Being the first volume of the Birthright Project series, it doesnt answer all the questions it raises, but does it ever draw us in! I loved reading this book, and I cant wait for the second one. Come on, Kathy, hurry it up!
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Review 6 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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Date:December 16, 2005
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Lisa
The Endless Wars have destroyed much of the earth, and all of the technology that man once enjoyed. Only genetic altering potions remain, and these have fallen into the hands of sorcerers that use them without conscience. The villagers, men, women, and children alike, are torn from their homes and taken to laboratories where they are mogged (altered) into horrific beings and forced to serve the evil lords that rule the land. Some are mogged into gargants, giants to be used in warfare, grotesque in their unnatural size. Others are given beauty-enhancing treatments and sent to the harems of noble men and women to be used for pleasure. Many are blended with animal genetic patterns to give them a feature or attribute that will be of use to the kingdom. The sorcerers also experiment with plants and animals, warping creation into frightening forms and beings.A remnant of originals (persons who have not been genetically altered) survived the Endless Wars by gathering what little knowledge and technology remained on the earth and fleeing to the North. Using their combined skills, they built an Ark and sunk it beneath the icecaps. There they flourished for generations until a prophecy came to them telling them it was time to gather specimens of original creation before the evil lords and their sorcerers mogged Gods creation out of existence.Four young people were chosen, three men and one woman, to leave in the first group. They were sent out of the Ark to establish a camp on earth. Their mission . . . to gather original specimens of plants and animals, to assist other groups in coming to the surface, and to spread the gospel of a kind and loving God who cherishes all of creation and offers hope in the next life. They adapt to life on the brutal surface, where every day holds dangerous challenges.
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Review 7 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:November 19, 2005
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Harriet Klausner
Due to the Endless Wars the darkest of dark ages has descended on the planet; truth, knowledge, and Gods Word have become victims of the atrocities. Baron Alrod rules the Traxx with a malevolence that has not walked the earth in centuries; his objective is to destroy all who feebly oppose him. The only viable opposition with hope comes from beneath the ice where the Ark, founded when an angel gave Josiah the lost ancient words of God, resides.<P>Now the next generation of late teens to early twenties from within the Ark of true believers has begun training. These Birthrighters plan to regain the Promised Land, segments of the surface. Founded by Brady they begin the battle against evil. Niki works with whales to deliver the rooks to their camp while her cohorts led by Brady skirmish with Alrods gargants, his latest use of the old technology by his sorcerers who modified common folk into these monstrous atrocities to spread his domination.<P>This is a great young adult post apocalypse thriller that grips readers once the audience (including ancient boomers) comprehends the vernacular; thus the plot starts slow, but the adjustment is relatively quick and worth learning the meanings as this enables the pandemic destruction with its two prime groups of survivors to seem genuine. The exciting escapades contain competitors from both camps who seem fully developed. For instance Niki struggles with hiding her feelings of what she assumes is her unrequited love for Brady. Faith in the ancient texts of God tests their mettle as much as the Alrods minions. This is a great genesis tale that will remind fans of the 1980s TV show The Ark, but with an underlying religious message deftly handled as part of the story line.<P>Harriet Klausner
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Review 8 for Outriders, Birthright Project Series #1
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 17, 2005
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Jessica M
Very good and intriguing. It had me at the edge of my seat. This kind of book should be made into a movie. I love Nikki and Brady the best! A wonderfully written fantasy. I very much recommend it.
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