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Anvil of Change (The Edge of Destiny Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Dash
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Book Description

Living in the Eternal Forest, the Joon follow in the ways of peace and, seeing the future with ease, they avoid all pain and conflict and live a contented life. Until the Anvil of Change, the greatest of their visionaries, foresees a terrible danger that cannot be avoided – not without violating all the laws of the Great Mother. Not only must the Joon learn to kill, but they must destroy an entire world, a world inhabited by ten billion people who have done them no harm. And so begins a long and painful journey, where the Joon must learn the ways of war and take to the stars. Converting their moon and transplanting the Eternal Forest, they sojourn through the deeps of space to find and capture a cloud of monstrous comets. Implanting massive gravity generators, they send these icy harbingers of death to a neighbouring star, to the planet earth and the species called human. But the mission is not to destroy the humans – not quite. The Joon must manipulate the future of the humans in not one, but three separate timelines and force them to converge and bring forth the Forge of Time, the human who will bend the very fabric of time itself to his will. The one prophesied to save the people of three worlds from an implacable enemy and build an empire to rule a thousand stars.

Anvil of Change is the first book in the Edge of Destiny series.


Product Details

  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491272260
  • Publisher: Smashwords; Third edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00640Z50K
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written September 10, 2012
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Having reached book three of this series it's impossible for me to write a one book review. Rather I can give an overall impression of the series to this point, and that impression is good. The author has created an intricate and well thought out storyline involving multiple universes, timelines and history's, and managed to do it in a page turning, hard to put down manner as you race through the books eager to see what happens.

The people depicted however..... Well, the main characters are slightly disappointing as they are almost all unfailingly brilliant, rich, powerful natural leaders or in some way superior etc etc...

They are almost all pretty damn cold blooded as well, and don't have too much patience for anyone not similarly at the top of their game. In the high stakes struggle for species survival, they will unflinchingly lie and cheat to get what they want, and human life, especially the lives of those deemed undesirable are cheap, cheap, cheap.

It's kind of a believable but also quite brutal "me and mine" first sort of universe, and as the megadeaths add up, the most likeable characters are the aliens, who believe they have no choice but to kill us by the planetful, but at least feel bad about it! There is a lot of imagination and thought that runs through the book, but also an almost subconscious attitude about what makes a human life worthwhile that was mildly disturbing.

And apparently no politician of any sort is good for anything except as a foil to be outmanouvered repeatedly by our natural winner characters. Politicians come and go with startling abruptness after doing their job of advancing some character or others agenda. And they seem to exist mostly as levers of power to be used and discarded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars annoying really March 14, 2012
By gf
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I bought this book on a whim.

Read it, loved it, got into the characters, action .... then found out he hasn't written book 2 yet.

That's annoying, right there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Survival May 23, 2012
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At the time I write this, only the first book of the series is available; but, it is off to a very promising start. We encounter an alien species that looks into the future as easily as you and I remember the past. Just as some of us are better and worse at remembering things, the ability to look into the future varies as well.

SPOILER ALERT
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When they see their race becoming extinct, things are grim. Only one of their most skilled lookers is able to see a way that avoids it, and it currently exists in only one possible future timeline. What's more, it can only be achieved by violating major taboos their society has. But not just as a group. He'll have to do it personally.

Sound interesting? This is just the beginning. The book is an intricate mosaic that weaves stories that are happening in different timelines. How they differ from ours and how they interact is fascinating.

This is the author's first book. It's well written and edited, but the main reason I'm giving five stars is how the author was able to convey a complicated plotline.

I feel this book is strong enough to stand on its own without any further books. If you don't like waiting for a series to conclude, you may want to wait but I don't recommend it. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read (along with book 2) July 21, 2012
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Could not put down this first book in a series of a temporospatial war where the fates of multiple races including humanity are at stake.
I would like to note that book two is available although it does not show up when a search is done on the author's name. Shame on Amazon - the link is -
http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Fate-Edge-Destiny-ebook/dp/B008LDFPT4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342886709&sr=8-1&keywords=jack+dash+hammer+fate
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story...... BUT! March 16, 2012
By Ron B
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is well written but the story does end in a strange way that leaves much unanswered by the author. There is no book 2. I think in the future I will stick to authors that either tidy up the ending or at least continue them in a "next" book.
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Jack read his first science fiction book at the age of nine and has been hooked ever since. His heroes were Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Heinlein and, at the age of ten, he decided to emulate them and become a writer of science fiction. As is often the case, life got in the way of his ambition and he finished up working as a costermonger on York market, a fish salter on Grimsby docks and then a tobacconist in Scarborough, and all that before attending York University to become one of its first computer science graduates.

After university he went on to a long career in the computer industry, the last ten years of it running his own software company. He developed software for the newly emerging supermarket chains and came up with a concept that would allow people to do their weekly shop from home over the phone. He was all set to patent his 'Armchair Shopping' concept, but the supermarkets didn't believe the idea would catch on and he had to scrap the project. Jack now looks at the rise in the number of on-line transactions and dreams of the royalties that could so easily have been his.

Once they started making user friendly computers, Jack lost interest in them and sold his business. He became a teacher of computer science instead and taught at schools around the world, including Lake District and Hong Kong but his fondest memories as a teacher come from the four years he spent at the embassy school in Cairo. One day, Jack intends to publish a book about his time in Egypt but he says it will have to be written as a novel because no one will ever believe it really happened. Complications with his diabetes forced him to retire early, but this finally gave him time to follow his childhood dream and become a writer.

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