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Publisher's Summary

There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone.
Built to contain the world's most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.
From inside this place, a garbled message proves Dorothy's father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place, 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.
She thought she had spent the past seven years preparing to overcome anything that got in the way of fulfilling her promise, but the situation she finds herself is harder and more intense than anything she has experienced before as she drops right into the middle of a power struggle for control over all of OZ. If she has any hope of surviving long enough to find her father, she will need her mother's guts, her father's brains and the unexpected help from those discarded and forgotten.
Everyone she meets tells her the same thing. The only person who can help her is the one prisoner who deserves to be in a place like this and refers to himself by the name, Wizard.
The Wizard always asks for something in exchange for his help. Can Dorothy afford the terrible price he will demand?
©2013 Steve DeWinter (P)2013 Steve DeWinter
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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna on 11-24-13

Great new version of "oz"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this was a great new version of The Wizard of Oz. This isn't your typical Dorothy and Toto lost on the yellow brick road. Dorothy is on the search for her father in the "outcast zone" the worlds largest prison. In this completely new adaptation of a classic land the characters and story are brought to life by a very talented enthusiastic narrator. It is a great listen and I would recommend it to all.

What did you like best about this story?

Personally all the twists and turns and how everything comes together in this story is the best part. The book keeps you guessing and leaves you wondering how and when Dorothy will cross characters paths, and when she does how it will turn out. The twists and turns and the emotional roller coaster ride this book takes you on is great. The character development is deep and wonderful and sucks you in.

Have you listened to any of Amanda C. Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first performance from Amanda I have listened to and it was wonderful. Can not wait to listen to more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have listened to this in one sitting I would have. It took me only three days to get through the book and it would have been a shorter time period if I had more free time!

Any additional comments?

This is a great book to listen to. You won't be disappointed. I could totally see this being a movie. It's great and I am going crazy waiting for the next one it's that good!

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4 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-03-14

Oz isn't some magical far of place

Now to the cover. I do like how I can see many of the familiar characters that I would expect in an imaginative retelling. Including what I would from a steampunk tale. I also see a gun, making me think that this will be much more adult and action packed. I really hope that this will be similar enough for my mind to comprehend Wizard of Oz storyline while being a great stand alone tale.

The first scene, even though I didn't understand why it was important, setup everything quite well. 10 year old Dorothy is a witness to her fathers kidnapping, and her mothers murder. 7 years later she get proof that her father is still alive and is in Oz and so the real adventure begins.

I really enjoyed the fact that Oz isn't some magical far of place that only a couple of people know about. Instead it is a prison, yea a giant jail, Australis Penal Colony, referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone (or Oz). I didn't even put together that this was Australia until about half way through.

Full of great action and intrigue. Even though Dorothy was really hard to like and understand, naive, and dense. I enjoyed the other characters and look forward to learning more about them in the future novels. I really enjoyed all of the similarities to the story of yesteryear. But S.D. Stuart did very well at reinventing almost every aspect of what I thought I knew.

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