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One Out of Ten by J. Anthony Ferlaine is a thought-provoking and captivating novel that delves deep into the human psyche, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and the fragile balance between hope and despair. Set in a dystopian future, the story follows a group of individuals known as the "Ten," who have been chosen to represent the remnants of humanity in a highly controlled society.

What sets this book apart is its innovative narrative structure. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the Ten, shedding light on their past, present, and the struggles they face within the confines of their society. This technique not only gives depth to the characters but also creates a rich tapestry of interconnected stories that seamlessly blend into a larger narrative.

Ferlaine's writing style is both poetic and evocative. The detailed descriptions effortlessly transport the reader into the dystopian world, making the setting come alive. The author's ability to capture the characters' emotions and internal conflicts brings an emotional depth that is truly immersive.

One Out of Ten is not simply a tale of survival; it is a profound exploration of the human condition. Through the experiences of the Ten, Ferlaine explores the universal desire for meaning and connection in a world plagued by isolation and detachment. The characters are relatable and well-developed, each grappling with their own personal demons, crafting a story that tugs on the heartstrings.

Additionally, the book brings up thought-provoking philosophical questions about the nature of power, control, and individuality. It prompts readers to contemplate the consequences of a society-dominated by a few, the loss of personal freedoms, and the potential fragility of civilization.

Though it can be a dark and bleak tale, One Out of Ten offers glimmers of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. The carefully woven plot keeps readers engrossed, as they eagerly turn the pages to uncover the characters' fates and the ultimate fate of humanity.

In its exploration of themes, its immersive world-building, and its complex characters, One Out of Ten is a compelling and impactful novel. Ferlaine's masterful storytelling makes for a gripping read that goes beyond the boundaries of its genre, leaving a lasting impression on the reader's mind. Whether one is a fan of dystopian fiction or seeks a thought-provoking narrative, this book is sure to captivate and resonate on multiple levels.

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Television quiz programs with an aspect of having just staged a raid on Fort Knox are very much in the news these days. Certainly the prizes to be won are astronomical and the contestants scarcely less so. Step right up, little lady and tell us why your eyes look so strange! What's that? You want us to read this astounding science fantasy documentary by J. Anthony Ferlaine first? Well perhaps we should play it safe while the flying saucer folk are watching us!

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by ... J. Anthony Ferlaine

There may be a town called Mars in Montana. But little Mrs. Freda Dunny didn't come from there!

I watched Don Phillips, the commercial announcer, out of the corner of my eye. The camera in front of me swung around and lined up on my set.

"... And now, on with the show," Phillips was saying. "And here, ready to test your wits, is your quizzing quiz master, Smiling Jim Parsons."

I smiled into the camera and waited while the audience applauded. The camera tally light went on and the stage manager brought his arm down and pointed at me.

"Good afternoon," I said into the camera, "here we go again with another half hour of fun and prizes on television's newest, most exciting, game, 'Parlor Quiz.' In a moment I'll introduce you to our first contestant... Continue reading book >>

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