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The Anvil of the Craftsman (Jon's Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"The dialogue has an intensity that almost makes you catch your breath in apprehension of the final outcome." - Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews

About the Author

Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. The faith-based themes of his work are set in the real world, which can be violent. It features real-world language, which varies between personalities. Each character is realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says: "A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."

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  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Single Candle Press; 20150318 edition (December 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K9Q4W8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,306 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I live and write on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. The faith-based themes of my work are set in the real world, which can be violent. It features real-world language, which varies between personalities. Each character is realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth: not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us.

I believe that a novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By HMC on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anvil of the Craftsman has been one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in some time. The characters are multi-dimensional and passionate in their beliefs, even when it ensures conflict with others. The basic theme of the story - choosing how we conduct our lives, is thought-provoking as we watch a young man struggling with those very issues in a very intense setting. We observe other older characters that show struggle does not end with age or experience, but involves a conscious choice on a regular basis.
The action is intense, and the storyline steadily builds to a very satisfying conclusion. But this is not just an action novel by any means. It delves into culture, culpability, personal growth, sacrifices and living with passion and commitment to a higher cause. I recommend it highly to anybody who enjoys delving into psychological, philosophic journeys. I look forward to Amidei's next installment.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alice Hall on January 23, 2012
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I truly enjoyed reading this novel. It's not my typical genre, and to my surprise, I was very swept up in the suspense and characters. After the first few chapters, I could not put it down. I am happy that I went outside my "box" because it was well worth the ride! I am anxiously awaiting the sequel and see what Jon and Matt have in store for me! I am excited to add Mr. Amidei to my list of favorite authors. I have recommended AOTC to all my friends and family, and I hope anyone who reads this review would also take the time to read AOTC....you will not be disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ChinaShopBull on January 21, 2012
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Amidei is a thoughtful writer. Throughout Anvil, he provides excellent turns-of-phrase that cause the reader to forget this is his first book. His characters are likable and plausible. The plot moves forward at a pace that allows the reader to get to know them. The action sequences are well-choreographed and imaginative. Amidei has done his research. It is evident in his descriptions of technological devices, weapons, contrasting philosophies and current events. Because of this precision and the quality of the writing, Anvil moves into the nebulous realm where fact and fiction can overlap leaving the reader to iamgine that events described in The Anvil of the Craftsman could have come from the front pages of America's daily newspapers. Well worth a read and I will be looking for more by Dale Amidei.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janice Palko on January 1, 2013
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I don't often read this type of novel, but I have read a few from the Titans in this genre such as Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. And Anvil of the Craftsman is on par with their works. I particularly liked how we experience the story through the eyes of Jon Anthony. In addition I enjoyed how the author infused the story with philosophical and spiritual elements. It added another layer to the tale and made it that more deeply satisfying of a story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FiftysGirl2012 on July 21, 2013
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After failing to make an impression in his doctorate for theological studies Jon Anthony accepts a position in the U.S State Dept. Recruited by an old friend the two of set out a plan to try and change diplomatic relations in war torn Iraq.
Terrorism threatens, and they find themselves a protector, a special tactics operative whose real name can never be given freely.
Their diplomatic mission will reach a conclusion with explosive consequences for both sides shaping the future of two nations.
Theology plays a huge part in this story, it's a subject that has always intrigued me. Eagerly I threw myself into it.
A few chapters in I was thrown into war torn Baghdad and what seemed to be soldiers' story.
As a genre of books I only occasionally read I tried to take my time, with terminology I am unfamiliar with and a foreign language I wanted to understand as best as I could.
I must admit I was surprised that I began to enjoy it.
With strong characters, defined by their own surroundings. Although I wondered how a theologian and military personnel would work together the writing made it easy to see a way they could.
Although seeing Iraq in the news an awful lot the descriptive in this novel gave me a new environment to consider, imagining places we as civilians are not privy to see.
The scenes of war can feel horrifically real when reading and have a way of making the reader consider the true danger our military face daily.
The dialogue has an intensity that almost makes you catch your breath in apprehension of the final outcome.
I really did enjoy this book once I got stuck in and has become a genre that I don't intend to shy away from in future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on January 13, 2013
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This book is a thriller with deeply developed characters and much more; it carries a message. The book goes beyond entertaining the reader with the action and characters; it speaks weightily. Do religions share a commonality - or, rather, can people of different faiths find commonality with each other? What makes an effort during a time of war worth the cost? How much cost is too much? For a reader who lately has been drawn to lighter reads, this meaty book kept my mind engaged and my fingers turning the pages until the very end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Milano on August 23, 2013
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The author has a way with words that puts you on the ground in Iraq for the impossible task of nation rebuilding. A good read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beleafer on July 7, 2013
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I found this to be a fairly challenging read, but a good one. There are so many layers of religious and political philosophies behind why the characters in this book do what they do, that if you pause to consider them at all you will find a much richer experience. It is a pretty rough story dealing with the realities of hate, war, power struggles, etc. So if you are looking for an easy, feel-good read this isn't for you.
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