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Anthem's Fall [Kindle Edition]

S.L. Dunn
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Book Description

S.L. Dunn's riveting debut channels Michael Crichton style science fiction with high flying action that falls nowhere short of Marvel Comics.

A technology unleashes a genocide upon a race of gods.

Two lost warriors are willing to die for their divided beliefs.

And a lone young woman will decide the fate of two worlds.

Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city's rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.

Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem's Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.

The young emperor Vengelis Epsilon narrowly escapes the reckoning of his empire at the hands of strange machines known as Felixes. The Felixes are identical in every respect to the godlike men of Vengelis's world save for their mechanical blue eyes. Feared to be indestructible, the wanton holocaust of the Felix appears inescapable. His family murdered and his empire maimed under a shadow of destruction, Vengelis pursues the pained final words of his dying mentor, and sets course for a remote and unchartered world--our world.

The son of the man who created the Felixes, Gravitas Nerol has spent four years in lonely exile. His crime? When the Lord General of the Epsilon Army ordered the genocide of a vastly inferior race, Gravitas refused him. A warrior to his marrow, Gravitas has cast aside his former life and committed himself to the pursuit of knowledge.

Kristen Jordan is a young and talented graduate student working on a cutting edge research team. Their wildly inventive new biotechnology, the Vatruvian cell, is the celebrated milestone of modern science. Yet Kristen remains uneasy about the capabilities of the inexplicable Vatruvian cell, and as their project develops, it begins to ring oddly familiar to the perilous technology of Vengelis's home.

ANTHEM'S FALL is a thought-provoking technothriller and high-flying action adventure about genetic engineering, a world of gods who have superpowers, and the collision of two worlds. What begins as a mysterious technology and an android apocalypse will evolve into a battle of perspectives and ethical points of view played out across a dramatic new space opera and a recognizable New York City. Anthem's Fall draws on unique superhero themes, science fiction and grand fantasy. Its complex characters, moral themes and thundering action will keep you thinking long after you finish.

Editorial Reviews


"If you like superhero movies and reading, then this book is like a heaven-sent gift. Even if you're not a huge fan of superheroes, give this book a try because it's probably unlike anything you have read."

"The ending was just WOW and UGH and now I am left wanting mooooore!"

"This debut author has a lot of talent."

"Seriously, she [Kristen] reminded me of a modern-day Hermione Granger--young, independent, and brilliant."

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"If you like Brandon Sanderson, you'll love this author. I cannot believe this is his debut book. It is so well written, so polished, and engrossing. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy science fiction, urban fantasy, superhero stories, and action/adventure." - Amazon Reviewer

"All in all, this was one of the best debut books from an indie author I have ever read." - Amazon Reviewer

"Brilliant debut from a truly promising author." - Amazon Reviewer
"He may be new to the scene, but I truly look forward to more from S.L. Dunn." - Amazon Reviewer

"It made me think deeply about a range of topics -- from bioethics to anthropology to unification of differing viewpoints. S.L. Dunn skillfully presents a serious, nuanced discussion about the necessity of ethics and compassion amid the perpetual forward movement of science." - Amazon Reviewer

"5 stars for a great read. Fully recommended for any fan of sci-fi, space operas or superheros." - Amazon Reviewer

"Anthem's Fall covers a lot of ground. Aliens, synthetic genetics, genocide, the ethics of scientific discovery... Basically non-stop excitement from the very beginning. I look forward to the next installment." - Amazon Reviewer
"With loads of fight scenes and an interesting take on the dangers of genetic manipulation this book is a page turner you won't want to put down."- Amazon Reviewer
"Frankenstein, Superman, War of the Worlds, reckless scientists, a beautiful young genius, action, and suspense, all wrapped up in a covering of philosophical angst. This is a tall order to attempt to fill in a first novel, yet Dunn seems to have pulled it off." - Amazon Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 2971 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991622405
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prospect Hill Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M7NPD28
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and it's a pretty good debut July 29, 2014
Anthem's Fall is the debut novel from S.L. Dunn, and it's a pretty good debut. This isn't a straight sci-fi book. It's not set in the future and it's not about a technologically superior, space faring race. In fact, when I started reading it I forgot it was sci-fi at all.

The story starts in New York City with a young woman named Kristen Jordan, an incredibly brilliant geneticist and a student at Columbia. She's working on a new technology that allows us to create synthetic cells that are exact copies of biological templates. The science is a little over my head, but you don't really have to follow it and Dunn doesn't spend whole chapters hashing out the science behind it like some authors do.

The book then takes us to the planet Anthem, home to the Primus race. While they do have superior technology, that isn't really the thing this race focuses on. The Primus, you see, are vastly superior to us in strength. Dunn has created a race of people that don't need technological weapons, because none can hurt them. The only thing that can is their own prodigious strength, given to them by the Sejero genes they inherited 2000 years previously. This has led to the creation of a culture where might makes right. The strongest of their number advance the highest. Interestingly, the highest order of the Primus, the Royal blood lines, look just like humans. Humans with the strength to level cities.

I thought the story was good. I was interested and engaged the whole time. Dunn wrote good action scenes, and the fights between the Primus are visceral and super human. It's a little hard to visualize clashes between people that are stronger than tanks, but the fights are described very well to help with that visualization.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read July 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you know that feeling when you open a book and are immediately drawn into the story. I fell instantly and irrevocably in love with S.L. Dunn's book, Anthem's Fall.

Anthem is a distant world with monarchical politics and technological dexterity vastly superior to ours.

On Earth we find a brilliant student battling that ever-prevalent theme in the scientific community...maintain a moral center while harnessing the power of genetic discovery.
When Anthem's warrior king finds his way to Earth, he discovers that regardless of his superior strength, the person he needs to save his world is not among the suited, well-funded scientists but a young woman in jeans with a mighty intellect.

This summary does not do this story justice. I want to say more. To convince those who find this review to read this book. But there is so much I don't want to give away. The sequestered hero, the arrogant doctor, the spirited exotic dancer...

Disregard all the above and consider this. This manuscript is incredibly well-written, elegantly crafted science fiction fantasy that has all the elements for a great experience for the reader. With every word the reader can see the care and love this author put into each scene.
The narrative pace is perfection... a song.
The characterizations are crisp and well-defined but DO NOT cater to stereotypes for the genre.
The plot is balanced but exciting.
You don't have to be a fan of the science fiction and/or fantasy genres to read this book. If you are a fan of the craft of excellent writing-read this book.

An independent author gave months of his/her life to write us a marvelous story. My only concern is... how long do I have to wait for book two?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected delight August 7, 2014
By Kerrin
Format:Kindle Edition
My boyfriend couldn't put this book down and now I see why. Although it was outside of my normal reading spectrum, I gave it a shot and just finished it today. Kristen was my favorite, naturally, and I love the action that took place in New York City. The cover art is awesome, so go ahead and judge this book by its cover! Definitely recommending this book to my friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Retelling That is Worthy September 26, 2014
By HeroFan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This debut novel was INCREDIBLE!

I am a fan of Superman ever since I was 13 and now almost 3 decades later I am still astonished by the diversity of genre I personally call: “The Last Son Syndrome”. There are so many ways to retell the story of the alien adopted child who is sent to our planet and in time, that newly adopted child comes to love us for the great good we can accomplish, if only because we are reminded occasionally what it means to be good and great. This novel reminded me again, that it’s not whether it’s a DERIVATIVE or not, because all good ideas are, it’s HOW the story is told that makes it grander and worthy to be among the others.

Here we have a new author that I am glad to have chanced upon with the help of Kindle Unlimited. Thank you Kindle Unlimited!

I read the book and suddenly, by Chapter 8, I KNEW I had to buy this book. And I did. Why? Because after reading many months of Indie writers, see my review logs and you’ll confirm this, I just KNOW that this debut author was going to rank up there with my personal favorites: John Conroe of the “Demon Accords”, Marion G. Harmon of “Wearing the Cape”, Drew Hayes of “Super Powereds: Year 1” and finally Peter Clines of “Ex-Heroes”.
Some writers you read and realize their great ability to write and you want to nurture and support it in the hopes they will see their own value and be motivated to keep writing. Because you especially want to see their world and universe grow and expand and perhaps someday show the world.

I’ve read a few good indie authors and sadly they either won the lottery or they got a really good day job and just left their novels behind. I’m looking at you Mr. I became a REAL surgeon and can’t write any more, B. Justin Shier of "Zero Sight".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I love the book. I usually read books by Grisham, Freeman, and Baldacci, so this genre is new for me. This book is fast paced and intriguing. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Marianne Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I love when books surprise you. Anthem’s Fall did. I thought I signed up to read a SciFi book but found a story that was so much more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
I received an ARC of Anthem's Fall in exchange for an honest review.
Warning spoilers, well not really, sort of, read at your own risk. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Daniel Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic story, fascinating characters
A superhero story based on science instead of the supernatural, this epic story spans worlds. The story shares the understandable perspectives of both the heroes and the villains,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WON'T PUT IT DOWN!
Thought I would try someone/something new for a change and I am so glad that I did!
SL Dunn’s debut novel Anthem’s Fall is awesome! Not my normal read, but I loved it! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sista
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a pleasant surprise!
I was more than surprised by this book. I do not usually read science-fiction, though I have always enjoyed The Star Wars movies, Harry Potter etc. Read more
Published 28 days ago by janet goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read!!!
I received this book in a early giveaway on The Library Thing.
Reading a book by an author you have not read before is like going on vacation to somewhere you have not yet... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Conal O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthem's Fall covers a lot of ground. Aliens, ...
Anthem's Fall covers a lot of ground. Aliens, synthetic genetics, genocide, the ethics of scientific discovery... Basically non-stop excitement from the very beginning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Micah Payson-Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Debut
Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn is a fast-paced, high-action, quick read about the biological/genetic engineering of an artificial life form on Earth and an alien planet of super heroes... Read more
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S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem's Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem's Fall series.

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