Nila ...

The Nila story was created out of my love for the ocean and my unending questions of why do I exist, and what is the purpose of life.

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After a winter storm, my wife and I walked the Coronado Island beach. The summer accumulation of sand had been stripped away by the aggressive waves and the sand dollars with it. Left behind was an exposed pile of rocks, which required work to traverse. Scattered about on these jagged stones were large pink and opalescent spiral shells. Surprisingly, many of them were only cracked and chipped, and the seagulls had yet to discover the awaiting treasure. Life still stirred within each intact shell as I touched the exposed flesh. As I sat rubbing the shell with my thumb and gazing out over the rough, gray water, I pondered the meaning of life and how it might be to live in the ocean. Playing with conjured up images in my head, while adding a few of my own potent life experiences—Nila entered into my life.

Nila: Water (Book One)

Nila Water 5 Star Readers' Review Nila Water by Author Daniel G Linsteadt

Nila Water, the first book in the series, emerges as a blend of the parallel realities that Seth lives in. Developing a debilitating illness with an excruciating skin condition, he has lived a life of isolation. He escapes to the bedtime stories told by his father, of a beneficent race of Nila, who live on earth and in the oceans. Suffering also the loss of his father, who abruptly disappears from his life, he becomes attracted to his beautiful, tantalizing caretaker, Kate, who shares the house entrusted to him by his father. They mutually agree he should undergo four risky treatments recommended by his doctor, Eshe, to curb his ailing condition.

The questionable intentions of Seth’s powerful father for humans and for Nila are revealed during the course of treatments. Are Seth’s real-life experiences during the treatments actually his new life in the ocean, or a result of the drug being administered? His companion in the journeys becomes a surrogate father as he trains Seth to transform between human and Nila, and to live as Nila under water. Seth’s physical health improves over the course of the treatments, convincing Seth that his experiences are real. However, his fantasies of a peaceful, free life as Nila are quickly shattered as his Nila companion reveals Seth’s destiny as a key participant in their freedom as they struggle to survive the devastation wrought upon the planet by humans, already fatal to Nila existence.

Please read the full Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review by Divine Zape
—This is a beautiful story with powerful lessons for humanity, filled with symbolism...Fans of the movie Avatar will love this narrative. Daniel G Linsteadt’s novel is beautifully written and the prose is exquisitely good, but it is the message that held me spellbound...
Please read the full Red Headed Book Lover 5-Star Review by Aimee Ann
Nila: Water is quite simply one of the most exciting, incredible, fantasy books I have ever read. Nila: Water has astounded me; I enjoyed every single moment of the book because it was by far a perfect read. The wonderful author of the novel, Daniel G. Linsteadt, is a true literary talent because the author managed to captivate and enthrall from the very beginning. To be honest, a part of me was always going to love this book because I love fantasy, but even if I did not, I would still love this book because it has emotional depth and fantastic writing that will keep the reader happy in bliss!
... Daniel G. Linsteadt, the author does an incredible job of piecing together fantasy and heart with exciting moments and seamlessly integrates themes into one book of intrigue. Linsteadt is a phenomenal writer because the author is dedicated to his work as well as passionate. Linsteadt’s passion for the written word shines off the page and into the reader’s mind. Linsteadt’s sometimes lengthy, beautiful descriptions will send the readers mind into visual overdrive, the reader will be able to perfectly imagine every detail the reader comes across and that in my opinion, is a sign of a talented author.
To conclude my thoughts on the brilliant piece of literature that is Nila: Water; I would say if you are looking for a fantasy read that is unlike anything you have read… a read that will keep you entertained for hours on end as well as enthrall you then this incredible book is for you! Nila: Water gets five stars from me!
"What a whirlwind of incredible storytelling that brought me back to my re-introduction to an all encompassing feeling of universal love when I first started freestyle swimming in the mama ocean. I immediately felt my inner child bursting with joy together with an overwhelming feeling of peace much like a warm shawl wrapped around me on a blustery winter evening. Reading Daniel's book, Nila: Water, brought me back to this place where suddenly I did not feel so small and worried. I am meant to be here now and to enjoy every experience. Thank you Daniel, for evoking these feelings once again through your beautiful story of such heart-centered characters. Although there was also a serious note to the threat of the Nila beings, I am optimistic that they will rise above and evolve. I truly believe in the Divine Love within All That Is that connects all beings across the universe. My feeling of faith and endearment for your Nila characters is one of resiliency and compassion as we are all in this together. I look forward to reading the other books in your Nila Series."
– Desiree, Auburn, CA

Nila: Air (Book Two)

Nila Air by Author Daniel G Linsteadt

Nila Air, in the second book, Seth discovers the perilous motives behind his father’s heartless actions that caused his debilitated health, isolation, and suffering. Now reborn on a new pristine world, Nila are determined to rebuild their community and face any new challenges.

Finally living as a true Nila, Seth must learn how to deal with the withdrawals of his former human life. Boredom and heartache force Seth to search within himself for his meaning and purpose while his relationship with Kate deteriorates with the presence of Raymond, who becomes the Red Crystal Bearer that Seth and his father previously held.

Seth’s connection with the mysterious Her—Nila’s spiritual leader—intensifies as he attempts to decipher new visions from Her. Straying from Nila protocol, Seth discovers a new threat—the current winged inhabitants. Boredom quickly turns into adventure and self-discovery that are fraught with danger and gut-wrenching decisions. Can Seth bring peace between his Nila family and the inhabitants, and does he have time?

Please read the full Red Headed Book Lover 5-Star Review by Aimee Ann
—A couple of months ago I read and reviewed a marvelous book called Nila: Water, which is written by the equally remarkable author Daniel G. Linsteadt. The story is a bewitching one full of breathtaking events that will have the readers mind full of wonder. The story was so radiant that upon finishing it, I immediately wanted to read book two Nila: Air and wow what a sequel book lovers!
... The story laced throughout Nila: Air is pure fantasy and will send fantasy fans wild because the fantasy laced throughout the book is mesmerizing. The journey the reader encounters in Nila: Air is just as brilliant, if not more brilliant than the journey in book one Nila: Water and I will explain why. I loved the story in Nila: Water, so much so that I awarded it five stars! But Nila: Water is the first book in the series so of course, it features heavily on plot and world development which I must add was dazzling! My point is that in Nila: Air the world is already established by the incredible author Daniel G. Linsteadt, so now Linsteadt has free reign, he can expand on the book even more and go crazy with plot ideas, characters and beings and that is why I feel that I loved Nila: Air just that bit more because the world is established and the journey thrilling!
Daniel G. Linsteadt is seriously an insanely good fantasy writer because he knows what to write to entertain and keep his readers thrilled until the very end. Linsteadt has many strong writing abilities, but his core talent has to be that of world development. The development of the story in Nila: Air is breathtaking because the world the reader encounters in the first book is expanded on even more. I admit I was shocked by this because I did not believe it could be because the world was so flawlessly and immaculately developed in book one, but Linsteadt surprised me and expanded on the story even more, and that deserves a round of applause.
As Nila: Air is a fascinating, mesmerizing and riveting story that should not be missed, I, of course, have to award the stellar read a magical five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below and check out the first book in the series; you won’t regret it!
"Thanks to Seth, the Nila have found a new home, but once they start exploring they realize their new world might not be the paradise they hope for. There is minimal plant life, very few aquatic animals, and fleas, Zerths, constantly nipping at them. To complicate matters, Seth learns the swimming Nila aren't they only Nila on the planet. On a nearby island, flying Nila prepare to migrate north to avoid an oncoming threat. When Seth learns that this threat will also affect his swimming family, he must convince them to leave the planet, while discovering his true purpose as Nila.
Nila: Air is the sequel to Nila: Water, and the second book in the Nila Trilogy. It is full of imaginative waterscapes and new creatures. Linsteadt has crafted another science fiction masterpiece. But the real brilliance behind it is the characters. The book is full of complicated characters with unique motivations, clouding their judgement. Some harbor grudges against Seth's dad, Sam, while other's want to protect their families at all cost. The combination makes for a spellbinding tale full of wonder. Highly recommended." —Ben Adams

Nila: Fire (Book Three)

Nila ~ Fire by Author Daniel G Linsteadt

Nila Fire, the third book, has Seth, a Nila Swimmer, and his adopted family of Nila flyers finding themselves back on their home planet, Earth. Assisted by two hikers, Vuna is nursed back to health after his attack by Zerths. Vuna and Zuri’s fast-growing daughter Seva connects them, as flyers, with humans, and they learn their reason for returning to Earth—to assist their own kind!

Jiva and Kava go on a mission given to them by Gian, where they obtain the clear crystal and a quest from Sam. Kava returns to the flyers with the clear crystal, while Jiva leaves the flock with a map, a riddle, and Britta—Sam’s housekeeper.

On his own mission, Seth is saved by Xcina from stormy waters. He learns his family of swimmers has also returned to Earth and safe from the Zerths. Taken to a lavender planet, Xcina passes the mantle of “She” onto him, but not before giving him instructions to find his father. With new visions of darkness, yellow eyes, and imminent danger, he reluctantly searches for his father. Hearing Sam’s version of events, beginning with his childhood, Seth sets out to reunite Sam with his Nila family of swimmers and Aiyana, Seth’s mother.

Seth and his family leave Earth to live in a paradise, which causes a rift for the swimmers. Tragedy strikes, which causes Seth to lose his way. Nila of a new form are coaxed into saving Seth, which rekindles past mistrust between Lara and Zuri, both She. What are Lara’s real motives behind assisting Seth?

 



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