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The Newstead Project

the giant.
Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.
the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay.
Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is
the newstead project.

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Author Melanie Schulz

I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life.  Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth. Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010. I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods. If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.

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Hey there, Paul here today. I am pleased to have been able to read this book and am more than happy to review it.

What I liked most: I am struggling a bit on exactly what to say here. Not however, because of the book, but because I don’t want to be a spoiler. Okay, here it is


I LOVED the topic of the Nephilim. I have only read one other book with this topic (shout out the Progeny by Shawn Hopkins) and I loved that book too. All I can say is brilliant! I loved it. The topic and story are so mysterious and scarey because it could be real. I feel into this story hard and couldn’t put it down. 

What missed a bit: The only miss for me is the fact that I did not get full closure since there is another book (due out in November 2013 and I have marked my calender). This miss is offset by the fact that I am thrilled to be able to reconnect with these great characters.

Overall: Brilliant! I loved it. It has it all action, mystery, great characters and character development, young love, action, you name it. I raced through the book. One thing I particularly enjoyed is the way the author peeled back the story like one would layers of an onion. We were given just enough information so we knew what was going on, but not enough to ever feel comfortable about what would happen next or the final outcome. Five stars all the way. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book today. I for one will be eagerly awaiting the next one.

   A quick reminder before you go to check out all the other great events happening around here right now. Check out Literary Loom: The Big Debate Book Blast and Giveaway (ends 5/8), the Newstead Project Book Blast (ends 5/19), the Alexander Drake Blog Tour (ends 5/15), the Alexander Drake Book Blast (ends 5/15), the Trail of Bones Blast (ends 5/24), and the Book Reviewers Blast (ends 5/31).  Be sure to leave me a comment  and let me know what Biblical based story you like the best.


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  1. Thank you Paul, for you review. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to share this story with people. Thank you for your part in helping that along.

  2. Hi Melanie,
    You’re welcome! I loved The Newstead Project, what a wonderful book. I’m more than happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to ask if I can ever do anything else for you. I can’t wait for the next one!


  3. A school where tomorrow’s leaders are trained sounds fascinating. I love that Melanie used the Art of War quote as the first line in her trailer. It’s all about deception and uncovering the truth, isn’t it? Congrats on the launch of The Newstead Project, Melanie, and thanks for bringing it across to us, Paul!

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