One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio


One Great Year

One Great Year (One Great Year #1)
Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio
Published: 22nd October, 2013
Greenleaf Book Group Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Age: Adult
From: CBB Book Promotions


An epic, thought-provoking tale of reincarnation, love, and the struggle of good against evil.

As the world descends from a Golden Age into darkness and brutality, Marcus has been reincarnated an exhausting number of times. Selected to become an Emissary, it is his duty to protect the ancient secrets. His adventure is heightened because he secretly consumes a serum that allows him to have memory from one lifetime to the next. In doing so, he sets himself up for thousands of years of torment, loneliness, and searching.

Desperate to never forget his soulmate, Theron, and never sure if he was truly meant to be an Emissary, Marcus struggles through lifetimes to overcome his cruel and powerful nemesis, Helghul.

Fusing the adventure of Indiana Jones with the introspection and wisdom of Eckhart Tolle, One Great Year takes readers on an epic journey through history, following characters who are born and reborn as they struggle to triumph over evil.

What I liked: One Great Year was a book that both entertained and surprised me. It’s definitely not a light read, because if I lost concentration while still skimming over the words I could get lost in what was happening so easily. Nevertheless, this never deterred me and I found that the characters in this book were very real, and the trials that Marcus goes through in each life to try and banish the darkness that had taken over the world were something I wasn’t expecting. As an Emissary of his people from an age long forgotten by all but few Marcus also struggled to find what his people had considered balance. Helghul was actually an amazing antagonist for Marcus, and I liked that rivalry thing they had going on. Knowing how Helghul saw Theron also made it more believable for his rivalry with Marcus. The way everything was so woven inside history was fantastic as well, I love history so it was great for me to see how the authors wove this story within different points in history. The aspect of reincarnation being woven inside this story was another cool point for this story and the more I read this story the deeper I got dragged into this story that spanned centuries and I really liked it!

What I didn’t like: Being an adult book I was more open to the fact that it would be different from my normal young adult reads but there were still a few parts that I struggled with even though I believe they were important to the story (the first of which happens in chapter five). I’m not referencing sex or drugs or anything like that, though those are in the book in places, but, as in the case of chapter five, there was what seemed like ritualistic sacrifice and that was, well, even with everything I read ritualistic sacrifice is still going to freak me out to a degree. Also, I just felt like the ending was a little anti-climatic for me, because of how it did end. It was a little…too neat for me in a sense, and I still don’t really like it even a few hours after having finished the book.

Overall Review: I liked this book overall. While a little heavier than what I normally read in many aspects I thought it was put together well and made for a great read. The characters in it were complex and from one life to the next it was intense to see how things were happening.

Recommend?: Sure, why not? It’s a good tale and if you’re okay with spirituality and a heavy-handed book I hope  you’ll like this one!

Goodreads: 3.6/5 Amazon: 4.4/5 Barnes&Noble: 3.2/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 4/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.4
Idea: 4.1
Story: 4.2
Characters: 4.5

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About the Authors

What happens when two passionate writer-artists fall in love and decide to make an uncommon life together? The award-winning novel One Great Year and its forthcoming sequels are just a few of the awesome possibilities!

Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Rene DeFazio is an actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit, as well as countless commercials and print ads. After spending many years backpacking and filming, Rene drew upon an abundance of unusual and exciting experiences to create One Great Year. His tireless research and firsthand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights and smells helped to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, artist and mother. She also grew up in the Vancouver area, and attended Simon Fraser University to study English and psychology. Tamara worked as a special education assistant for the Vancouver School Board, and later opened her own mural painting business.

One Great Year took three painstaking years to complete. Within months of its independent release, One Great Year was optioned to become a Hollywood blockbuster film trilogy. Rene and Tamara have also partnered with Greenleaf Book Group for their literary debut and U.S. release, in October 2013.

The authors are currently writing the second and third books in the One Great Year series, filming a documentary, embarking on a book tour, and offering free seminars called POD Parties (Plain ol’ Discussion about monumental topics), where they discuss the ancient history, modern science, and inspirations layered throughout One Great Year.


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4 responses to “One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio

  1. Thank-you so much Bri for reading and supporting One Great Year! Your review came out the day of our wedding and adding to the fun and excitement of our special day.
    With Gratitude, Tamara and Rene. (authors of One Great Year)


  2. Pingback: Blog Tour Page: One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene Defazio (March 9-20)

  3. Thank you for hosting a tour stop!


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