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

Dale Amidei
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** "Anvil" was honored at the 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards with recognition for Best Editing and was also named the Runner-up in both Best Action/Adventure and Best Villain.

"You have love, hate and indifference. Choose."

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the U.S. State Department for an initiative to the most troublesome province in 2006 Iraq. The many challenges of nation building expand the mission from diplomacy to a survival situation as local and international interests position themselves to oppose a State Department initiative: one vital to progress in an uncertain theater.

Terrorism and counter-terror operations threaten to keep the team from leaving the relative safety of Baghdad. Until, that is, a former USAF Special Tactics operative hunting the men who want to kill them draws duty as their protector. The simple questions posed during a tribal council threaten provincial and regional stability; the conclusions reached explode into a clash of faith, loyalty, schism and betrayal that will help shape the future of two nations.

The Anvil of the Craftsman, the debut novel by author Dale Amidei, will be appreciated by fans of a broad range of fiction; from aficionados of the haunting themes of Ernest Hemingway to readers of the tightly woven plots of Tom Clancy and popular titles of authors like Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, W.E.B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko.

The Anvil of the Craftsman is presented in its Kindle Edition with a fully functional Table of Contents and navigation controls (NCX). Approx. 93,000 words / 312pp. print length.

© 2011 Single Candle Press


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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."

Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984025111
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Single Candle Press (December 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K9Q4W8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,110 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical action novel February 6, 2012
By HMC
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed! January 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blend of action and philosophy January 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Anvil of the Craftsman January 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
With the positive reviews and the awards won, I expected a lot. I know I got this for free on Kindle, but shouldn't there have been something here to hold my interest? I kept laying it down, and picking it up - and it happened too many times. The story jumps from character to character and in the end it was difficult to follow. The main character goes by different names - which even confuses it more. This is no Tom Clancy novel. I finally gave up a third of the way through and decided I was not missing anything. I am unable to recommend this book - unless you are a die-hard fan of military fiction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You Are There 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Action Novel January 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking July 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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More About the Author

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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