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The Jade Owl
by Edward C. Patterson
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[size=12pt]In China they whisper about the Jade Owl and its awful power. This ancient stone, commissioned by the Empress Wu and crafted by a mineral charmer, long haunted the folk of the Middle Kingdom until it vanished into an enigma of legend and lore. Now the Jade Owl is found. It wakes to steal the day from day. Its power to enchant and distort rises again. Its horror is revealed to a band of five, who must return it to the Valley of the Dead before the laws of ch'i are set aside in favor of destruction's dance. Five China Hands, each drawn through time's thin fabric by the bird, discover enchantment on the secret garland. Five China Hands, and one holds the key to the world's fate. Five China Hands. Only one Jade Owl - but it's awake and in China, they whisper again.

Professor Rowden Gray has come to San Francisco following a new opportunity at the East Asian Arts and Culture Museum, only to find that the opportunity has evaporated. Desperate, he means to end his career in a muddle of pity and Scotch, but then things happen. He latches on to a fascinating young man who is pursuing a lost relic that Professor Gray has in fact been seeking. Be careful for what you seek - you may just find it. Thus begins a journey that takes the professor and his companions on a spirited adventure across three-thousand miles of Chinese culture and mystery - a quest to fulfill a warrant long set out to ignite the world in myth and legend. The Jade Owl is the beginning of a series - a legacy that fulfills a terrible truth; and in China, they whisper again.
580 pages

[size=12pt]Excitement raises its head when an out of work curator bumps into a San Francisco drifter in search of an elusive lost Chinese relic. Well, the curator starts a journey across three continents and 5 books. You won't want to miss put on this one. Readers have been enthusiastic, and if you need a good beach read - this is the one.

Book One of The Jade Owl Legacy
The Jade Owl
Part I: Stateside
Chapter One: Opportunities Lost
Chapter Two: The Powell Street Line
Chapter Three: Night Life
Chapter Four: Eden's Valley
Chapter Five: The Little Perch on the Hill
Chapter Six: Hunting
Chapter Seven: Os-da U-gu-ku
Chapter Eight: The Old Grandmother
Chapter Nine: Wewoka's Dream
Chapter Ten: A Plan and a Place
Chapter Eleven: Book, Box and Bird
Chapter Twelve: Out of the Bag
Chapter Thirteen: It's Always About the Money
Chapter Fourteen: Gather Rosebuds

Part II: Chinabound
Chapter One: Hong Kong
Chapter Two: The Policeman
Chapter Three: The Under Secretary
Chapter Four: The Road to Central
Chapter Five: The Song of Unending Sorrow
Chapter Six: Into the Free Zone
Chapter Seven: The Dragon Lady
Chapter Eight: Ch'en House
Chpater Nine: Lucky Day

Part III: The Bird Awakes
Chapter One: The Widow K'ao
Chapter Two: A Night at the Circus
Chapter Three: The Business of Business
Chapter Four: Temple and Garden
Chapter Five: Ch'en Hui-ni
Chapter Six: Bad Weather

Part IV: Mao Sheng's Bane
Chapter One: Ghosts in the Snow
Chapter Two: The Bell Echoer
Chapter Three: The Red Chamber
Chapter Four: The Ch'ang-an Rutter
Chapter Five: Vision Quest

Part V: The Cave of the Winds
Chapter One: Little Cricket
Chapter Two: The Xiao Homestead
Chapter Three: Xue Huai-ya
Chapter Four: Dalliance

Part VI: The First Warrant
Chapter One: Old Acquaintances
Chapter Two: The Path
Chapter Three: The Tomb
Chapter Four: The Tears of the Goddess

Epilog: Opportunities Found


This review is not on, but from Rainbow Reviews:

Sinologist Professor Rowden Gray receives the opportunity of his professional lifetime, a curator position at the fabled San Francisco East Asian Museum of East Asian Arts and Culture, which houses the collection of his late mentor, "Old China Hand" John Battle. Battle's great work had been discredited due to his insistence on the Jade Owl, a mysterious missing artifact commissioned by China's only Empress. When RG arrives, he immediately discovers the position has been rescinded, he encounters a strange young man who proves to be Battle's prodigal son, and learns the Jade Owl really exists. Plunging into a drama worthy of an Errol Flynn swashbuckler, the soon-boon companions and several others are off on a life-and-death chase through San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong as the portal into China.

The Jade Owl is a nonstop, don't miss page turner and only the first in a quintology, The Jade Owl Legacy series. Readers, run, do not walk to your nearest book outlet and grab this intriguing gay mystery with its fully realized characters, gay and straight and bi, roller-coaster plotting, and paranormal fantasy elements. The Jade Owl is a true winner.

Reviewed by PermaFrost

Here's a few pull-quotes from reviewers of The Jade Owl

"The Jade Owl, like Gary Val Tenuta's The Ezekiel Code, is riveting and unforgettable." - ellen george, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer.

"Brilliantly written fantasy for people who don't read fantasy." - Libby Cone

"The story is rich, complex, exciting, and thankfully, not over when you finish it!" - Blue_Goddess

"Readers, run, do not walk to your nearest book outlet and grab this intriguing gay mystery." PermaFrost from Rainbow Reviews

"I must admit that neither Mr. Patterson's characters nor style are like anything I've ever known before but they soon had me laughing out loud and thoroughly entertained." - Jeffry Hepple (Waco, Tx)

"In The Jade Owl, Edward C. Patterson does a masterful job at taking the reader deep into a journey of China's cultural treasures." Todd Fonseca -

"The Jade Owl is an extremely good read." - Aricia Gavrial on Aricia's Book Reviews (Australia)

"Edward C. Patterson's beautiful style of writing brought life to both his characters and his setting." - L.C. Evans

"The Jade Owl is wonderful read! It's full of myth and legend -fact and fantasy." - Wendy Potocki

"I sooo want to start the second novel in the series right now." - Susan in Va.

"I am richer for having read this story. " Don F. Nichols

"This is a helluva good yarn, the sort of read we're all hoping for every time we pick up a book, and all too rarely find." Victor Banis

"Numerous times as I read the book I found myself stopping for a while and letting my mind absorb Mr. Patterson's work." - Ricky Sides

"A tremendous gift for phrasing that makes his prose read like poetry." - Sharon Cathcart

"Poetic words and rhythm command the attention of all senses in this thrilling saga."- Catherine E. Johnson

I am pleased to invite everyone over to the Book Klub area for the start of a Read with the Author Book Klub for The Jade Owl starting today, July 7th and onward. Come one, come all.

Here's the link here on Kindleboards,46.0.html

Kindle readers have been flocking to my Quintology The Jade Owl Legacy Series (Five Books). The first three have been published

Come in and enjoy. I will not fail you
Edward C. Patterson

Ed -

I will soon be!!!!

Will be reading the Jade Owl this weekend and I really just can't wait!!!! I love big, juicy books and I peeked!!! Looks really, really good!!!

Keep 'em comin'!!!!!


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Sounds interesting! It will go on my to-read list. Here are the links with KB credit:


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Mr. Patterson's book continue to recieve the most amazing reviews. I can't wait to read them all!

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I am particularly proud of this review of The Jade Owl from down-under from Aricia Gavriel from her Review blog:

This Review is Not on

"Journey to China
Review by Aricia Gavriel, Australia

I was asked a while ago, will I review POD books ... and the answer to that is a resounding yes. I've said this several times before, and it's true: some of the best fiction being published today is coming out in POD form, where it's direct from the writer to the reader.

However, the first thing I need to do is make sure to qualify this statement! "Direct from writer to reader" does not mean the book hasn't been edited, proofread, labored over, illustrated, layout-designed and so on. The best POD books have had every bit as much work as a book issued from a traditional publishing house. Sometimes more.

I applaud when a really talented writer has the courage to go it alone, because it's going to mean work such as a non-writer can't imagine. (Mel Keegan states the case better than me in this post: POD Publishing: why do it? And why not?")

So I'm delighted to be reviewing The Jade Owl by Edward C. Patterson, which is available from Amazon. com as a paperback, and also in Kindle. It's also available from Smashwords in several formats. (I have the PDF for reading on my desktop because I haven't yet saved enough of my pennies to get an ebook gadeget. Soon. Very soon.)

The story falls into the same category as the "urban fantasy" novels of writers like Charles de Lint (Yarrow, Greenmantle and so on) and Jan Siegel (the Prospero's Children series). It takes place in the real world ... but one of the foundation stones of the book is, paranormal artifacts do exist, and the powers are real. (The same foundation stone is holding up everything from Indiana Jones to the Mummy movies. It's come to be a Hollywood staple.)

In this novel, the artifact is an ancient Chinese object, a six inch piece of Jade carved in the likeness of an owl -- and it's actually a key that opens a box known as the Joy of Finches. What's in the box? That would be telling! But everybody wants the key.

The first thing that impressed me about Jade Owl was how knowledgeable about Chinese antiquities the writer is, and about China itself. Shanghai and Beijing are described with the same amount of detail and enthusiasm as San Francisco -- and never having been to either China or the USA myself, I really appreciated the "local color." Many writers, when setting their plots in London, New York, what have you, seem to think that everyone's been there and knows intimately every secret of the city. Not true. So, the first level where Jade Owl succeeds is in "selling me" San Francisco, which is the setting for the first long segment of the book.

Then it's off to China, and in the second half of the novel the adventure really kicks in. The first half is more of an exploration of culture, personality, even history. There's not too much "action" in this part of the story, but I liked having the story built up properly from the ground up, so that all readers are on the same page when the knock-down-drag-out adventure begins.

The characters are, for the most part, excellently drawn, with only one or two of the lesser players falling back on "stock characterization." Edward C. Patterson's dialog is very believable, you can "hear" voices saying these lines. But it was the paranormal aspects of the story that hooked me ... I love this stuff anyway, and the Jade Owl does it well. I know a little bit about things Chinese, since I grew up with a huge crush on Bruce Lee and read/watched everything I could get my hands on over the space of about ten years! Jade Owl is a real treat.

It's a crying shame this book had to be self-published, and you have to ask yourself what the publishing world is coming to, when gifted writers everywhere are having to fly solo. Jade Owl is not just "competently" written -- it's only one thorough, ruthless edit away from being on a par with the top-notch writers who sell in the gajillions. (Trust me on this: I've been a pro "proofie" for decades and have seen the best and worst that professional writers can turn out ... and some long-time professional writers I could name churn out unpunctuated drivel that has to be bashed into shape by line-editors who get paid about $10 an hour!) There was a time, maybe 20 years ago, when a publisher would take in a manuscript from an inspired and gifted writer, and would assign an editor to do the final work, then the book would be jacketed and sent out there with posters and hype galore. (Doesn't happen now. A manuscript can be received that is absolutely gem-perfect, and it'll still get turned around and sent back unread ... sad to say, I've worked in the industry and seen what happens: it'd shock you).

But -- I digress! The Jade Owl is an extremely good read. It gets off to a slightly shaky start, but the style settles right down after a few pages and is very readable. You'll like the central characters of "Rowdy" Gray, Nick Battle and his partner, Simone. In fact, you ought to love Simone, who's a drag queen from the Castro, indomitable, very human, very "real." There's enough gay content to keep GLBTI readers reading -- and more than enough action of other kinds (sensual, paranormal, cultural, comedic) to keep straight readers reading.

It's also hellaciously good value for money, at $15.45 for the paperback, $3.19 in Kindle, and $3.99 from Smashwords ... and this is a major novel, over 200,000 words. And here is one of the great things about getting a book direct from the writer: because there's no publisher to accommodate, the price can afford to be much lower than you'd think.

Does the book have a downside? Well ... maybe, but it depends who you are, and what your "ear" is like! The writing style can be a little erratic at times, but many readers would also call this one of the book's charms. So there you are -- as with so many facets of so many books -- it's actually your call. I found the PDF ebook easy to read, but halfway through I longed for a "proper" ebook reader to get away from the PC -- not the author's fault! When I get myself an iLiad, or Bebook or something similar, I shall be reading Jade Owl a second time in the comfort of a hammock chair at the bottom of the garden.

I should also note that there are two more books following on from The Jade Owl , the first one of which is available now, the second, on its way. I still have to get to the second, so can't talk about it here.

Recommended on many levels. AG's rating: 4 out of five stars -- with a "gold star" added for incredibly good value for money."

Aricia Gavriel"
I love the sound of the "gajillion copies." One can dream, can't one.

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