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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.
Unfortunately for her, she is a genius.
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 infinite might, may not be the only world to fall against the mysterious power of the Vatruvian cell.

Editorial Reviews


**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: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991622405
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prospect Hill Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M7NPD28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,450 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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10 of 11 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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9 of 10 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.2-4.5 Quite Fun October 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Genetically advanced beings live in peace as they conquer other planets for valuable resources. One powerful, royal dissident is exiled for his ethical position. When a superior soldier is created, peace is shattered and three lone survivors flee to find a means to take revenge.

Overall this is an entertaining read. If the cover doesn't make you think about Superman, the story will. In fact, there are parallels between "Anthem's Fall" and Superman II (1980), where we find three Kryptonian criminals coming to Earth: Super speed and strength, flight, and near-indestructible beings; it does sound like the genetically-altered Primus race. Luckily, there was one good-natured alien (Superman) to stand up for Earth. So, foundationally, I already knew the story.

Moving beyond that, however, is an engaging, action-packed story that illustrates scientific advancement and ethical parameters in which one must dance within to avoid destruction and genocide. Would you build a weapon that could, in the short-term, provide safety for your race? Would you consider the long-term ramifications? Dunn introduces different perspectives. The Primus are not criminals and are `just' based on their singular goal. Their world has been destroyed and they believe Earth's science can give them the means of retribution.

This story also, hopefully, allows one to ponder concepts such as:

Revolutions that free the suppressed tend to make aggressors of those that claimed their freedom.

Survival, as a race, will trump ethics and fear of genocide.

The strong will always devour the weak.

Dunn's debut novel is well written and edited. In fact, it is one of the better SPAs I've encountered.

Read October 2014: Copy provided by author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger!
The novel started out strong, with the fall of Anthem, Ryan, and Kristen. They will engage you. They will strum the wires for tension. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Over weaning Societies and Genetics
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a melding of a "Superman" type of story, combined with one on the dangers of genetic cell modification, with a bit of romance thrown... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ozmatoo
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start for a new author
I almost stopped reading (and I will read almost anything) when the 2nd plot started, but I'm glad I did not: by the end of the novel, I immediately checked to see if/when the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Eleanor Latham
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthem`s Fall
This is a good read. The author made a great start to what could be an interesting series. All the characters are excellent, and the story is well written and presented.
Published 4 days ago by John Shearer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action adventure read from a talented author!
Anthem's Fall is a debut novel from S.L. Dunn which centers around two different worlds, that of the Primus and the Humans. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nathan Dowling
4.0 out of 5 stars Aliens, genetics and superheroes oh my.
So this is a different take on superheroes and alien invasion. It starts slow but once everything gets going it is a action packed novel.
Published 12 days ago by Ray Wodanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious novel!!!
Glorious novel!!! I've read literally tens of thousands of sci-fi and fantasy books and this book had me riveted from the first moment through the last page!!! Read more
Published 26 days ago by m raley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive first novel!
I just finished 'Anthem's Fall' and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait for book 2 to see if humans take the same steps as the Primus. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Rebecca S. Mullins
4.0 out of 5 stars Superheroes RUS
Although this book felt like it correlates with the superman movies, it had its own spin on the superhero aspect of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nadia F. Stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish the book
Based on the reviews, this book sounded like a good read. However, I could not get into it. It started as very preachy and wordy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Regan H. Thacker
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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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