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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2971 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prospect Hill Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M7NPD28
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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 dogs Lucy and Emma. He is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem's Fall series.

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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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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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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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