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Anthem's Fall [Kindle Edition]

S.L. Dunn
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Book Description

Kristen Jordan never aspired to be anything.
And very soon the fates of two worlds will rest on her shoulders.

For the tide of a new scientific revolution is coming . . . and no revolution is without its casualties.

Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics will 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, Kristen Jordan will discover a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.

Anthem, in all of its unlimited might, may not be the only world to fall against the mysterious power of the Vatruvian cell.

In the infinitesimal will be found the infinite.

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**Amazon Kindle Top 100 Bestseller

"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: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prospect Hill Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M7NPD28
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 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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11 of 12 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Anthem's Fall" is a Very Solid Debut Effort. October 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent a copy of "Anthem's Fall" to review by the author and I admit to being pleasantly surprised by how well put together this book was as a debut novel. I read a lot of self-published works as well as first-time novels and it's clear that S.L. Dunn has put in the time and effort required to present himself well with his first book.

On the whole, "Anthem's Fall" is well-paced, energetic, well-developed, and thought-provoking. The main characters are sufficiently developed so that I could find them relatable and believable given the very intense situations they were presented with as part of the story. I was very impressed with S.L. Dunn's ability to write compelling dialogue and his ability to keep me turning pages.

As the book is a debut novel it does have a few rough spots here and there, but they are minor rough spots that will not distract or hinder readers in any way. I imagine that whenever the sequel is released those rough spots will no longer show themselves. S.L. Dunn has a lot of really good ideas rolling around within the plot of "Anthem's Fall" and I'm excited to read the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By TommyTx
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book I couldn't put down. I read it in a matter of days and I was disappointed (as I knew I would be) when I hit the last page. This is a part 1 of who knows how many - at least one more at this point. These are the kinds of books that I as a reader seek out - the kind that have you invested in characters, itching and wanting to see what happens next, pulling your hair out at decisions that the characters make, and wondering where the tale will go. The books grounds you in the real world with reference to actual historical events and figures. And then worlds collide - and the result is a gritty battle of ideals, ethics, and muscle harder than iron.

The infusion of ethical dilemmas and conflicting worldviews was very interesting food for thought, and the "world building" was pretty well done. In fact, the ethical discussions and implications between worlds and world views is really what sets this book apart and makes it special. The characters are not stereotypical - but rather multidimensional - and you find it tough to pigeonhole them into a category. None are without flaw.

There were also many cool, for lack of a better term, "super hero moments" that were just plain fun to read. I don't want to say anything to spoil the read - but there were definitely some cheer worthy moments for some characters in particular.

(Spoiler points ahead --- mainly for the author's consideration ---- Near the end I couldn't help but have a prevailing feeling of sadness. I understand that you want to leave us wanting more, but the feeling of hope the reader had in the middle of the book was, for me, severely diminished near the end.
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This book was a great read and I would recommend to all who enjoy suspense, action, and a great story craft.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story and the ending particularly
A little bit tough to read until you realize they have shifted "time settings" in the middle of the page. Loved the story and the ending particularly. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poor execution.
Needlessly long winded. The author needs to realize that sometimes less is more. Also not a huge fan of the character names. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BlueJeansAndRain
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I really did like Anthem's Fall. I found the story very engaging, and read it at a pro quick pace. I would definitely recommend it, and look forward to what may follow.
Published 1 month ago by Janice Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent writing
I wish I had read the 2 star reviews before I bought the book. The writing is overblown and badly in need of editing. Read more
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Highly recommend this page turning Sci Fi novel. No spoilers here but I was blown away to learn that this was self published by the author. Highly polished read. Read more
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S.L. Dunn is the bestselling 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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