Even if like me you've never read an e-book ...

... might be time to start, with Dave's The Gamble of the Godless, book one of the series titled The Chronicles of Avin.
And if you're e-book savvy, why stop now?!

Dave began The Gamble 15 years ago, while we were living in Morocco. This interview will fill you in: http://indiebookblogger.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-david-maine-author-of.html

You can also check out his website, http://www.thechroniclesofavin.com/

And buy the book on amazon (or a bunch of other sites listed on his site): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FR0A26/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_ng0oob0DJPC4S

And I know I'm biased, but I read the first two books in the series back when Dave first began writing them, and though I don't know much about the genre, these were hugely enjoyable. I love the animals, I love the humor, and I love the spiritedness of the writer.

And, oh, I like the cover.