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Nowhere Island University by t4nky


Nowhere Island University is the story of recent high school graduate Nathan Jacobs and his time at a very special university.

The stated purpose of Nowhere Island University is “to prepare the best and brightest scientists, parahumans, spies, businessmen and soldiers for a rapidly changing world.” However, the United Nation Investigations, Extranormal (UNIX,) is suspicious. Soldiers who have graduated are showing up in terrorist groups that threaten the stability of the world, graduates of their science academies have created multiple devices capable of massive destruction seemingly for fun, and their business graduates seem to mostly specialize in less-then-legal ventures. Even more disturbing is how their graduates are showing up everywhere, from governmental agencies to so-called “super-villains.”

That’s where Nathan comes in. Along with two other new agents, he has been sent to find out what the true motivation of Nowhere Island is.

Note: Nowhere Island University contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic violence.

A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Mar 24, 2015


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Ignore the Title

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of A Bad Idea

Jun 16, 2015: Film critic Brian Phillips once said that spy movies are, at their heart, fantasies about tourism. Both feature people travelling to exotic locales, but whereas the spy often seems at home in their exotic surroundings—a spy’s usually supposed to blend in, after all—real tourists find themselves constantly lost. They have to cut through bureaucracy, deal with languages they don’t know, etc.

If that’s true, I’d suggest that Nowhere Island University is a nightmare about boarding school. Though it took me two [more . . .]

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Great Characters; Too Much Exposition

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Mar 27, 2015: One of the hardest things I find about e-reading, whether it’s a Google Play app or a Kindle or a mobile site, is how difficult it is to do on a phone. Say what you want, but I am an avid on-my-phone reader. Unfortunately, that means huge slogs of text are next to impossible to keep track of. The really immersive worlds with pages of detail fall sadly flat. It’s impressive, then, that t4nky’s balanced immersion and brevity as well as he has.

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