The Printed Word is Dead
The Printed Word is Dead

Ink and paper is dead.  Long live the e-book.  This day has been dreaded by publishers and authors for a decade now.  Much like the passing of a cherished relative, denial is inevitable.  But the printed book’s death rattle is obvious for those who are paying attention.

New Website Design is Live

The new official website for Kent Lester is now live.  Based on Drupal & the Omega responsive theme, this site is "mobile-aware," reformatting itself for the resolution of the device, whether a tablet, computer, or smartphone.

Kindle Version of Contracting Now Available

The fourth edition of The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home now has a Kindle version.  Contracting's full color format takes advantage of the Kindle Fire and iPad, allowing builders to access their illustrations, checklists, and specifications while onsite.

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Whether you want to take on all the responsibility of contracting your home or simply want to intelligently communicate with your homebuilder, The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home can help you save 30% or more on the cost of home construction by teaching you the practical, day-to-day details of managing a construction project.

At three twenty AM, marine geologist Carl Jameson is thrown overboard from a Honduran cargo ship, before he can warn anyone of an earth-shattering discovery.  What is in the cargo that others want to keep secret?  Why are entire crews of fishermen mysteriously disappearing off the Central American coast?  What do the disappearances have to do with the extinction of the dinosaurs?

What They're Saying...

Douglas Preston:As for The Sixth Extinction, these chapters seriously piqued my interest. The characters are real, the science is convincing and disturbing, and the pacing is excellent. I really liked the ominous, looming sense of disaster.  Dan Clifford, the expert in scientific prediction, could be a great series character. I think you have a winner.  Please feel free to use my comments when your agent submits the book.

Robert J. Bruss, Chicago Tribune: "The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home is the ultimate guidebook for do-it-yourselfers. The outline style keeps it moving at a fast pace so it doesn’t get bogged down with boring details, yet the text is so complete it answers most of the reader’s questions. On my scale of 1 to 10, this rates a solid 10.

Jon Land:Kent Lester's The Sixth Extinction races from one climax to another with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.  Evoking the best of Michael Crichton, Lester has fashioned a cautionary, prescient yarn that challenges us with facts splendidly woven into a fictional landscape.  Simply stated, the best end-of-the-world thriller since Lucifer's Hammer and The Stand.

Bill Demo, Library Journal:A workbook in the fullest sense, The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home goes well beyond the crash courses in home building and words of encouragement of similar books.  An exhaustive work, recommended for public libraries serving knowledgeable amateur builders.