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Black Storm Rising: The Orianus Creation Series, Book One Kindle Edition

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From the Author

Hi, I'm the author, D. Shane Burton.

This is my first Christian sci-fi/fantasy novel and is the first in The Orianus Creation Series. I am a Biblical Christian, and I try to follow the Bible, not "religion." I believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father, but by Him. I want to inject a Biblical perspective into these genres, as God is the Creator of the imagination. I want to write stories that consider God, while being imaginative at the same time. Please buy the book here and take the time to review it, if you enjoy it. My second novel in the series is titled When Worlds Rage, the third is titled Dark Tyrant's Ascension, and the fourth is titled Death's Stony Embrace.

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This is David Shane Burton. I have decided to re-publish all my books, as there may be some people out there who actually like my writing style and would enjoy my novels. They are Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy. If you are not a Christian, and you can take the Christian themes as part of the fantasy element, you still may enjoy the stories. Please read the preview text and decide for yourself.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steffen Laursen on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had heard really great things about this book, so I decided to check it out... I must say that I expected a lot! For the book and shipping all the way to Denmark cost almost 20$. I had great expectations.

And I must say, David Shane Burton really knows how to write an exellent story, and I did not feel dissapointet at all! Quite the opposite, actually.

The novel is filled with amazing charachters, technology and a faboulous writing skills. If you liked Lord Of The Rings... You're gonna like this.

From the very beginning you are (or at least I was) absolutely dragged into the story... even on the very first page, with a name as exciting as "Historical Background".

Usually I wouldn't think a "Historical background" could catch me, but this one did.

Shane has invented a whole new star system, with... maybe I shouldn't tell you!? You ought to read this novel, no doubt! You ought to find out yourself. An absolute must-read! The coolest novel I read - ever!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Beck on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't know how I will ever be able to go back to secular sci-fi after reading this book!

Black Storm Rising is one of the most imaginative and faith filled tales I have ever read. It is set in a unique solar system with characters from ancient, modern, primitive, and advanced cultures, all of which have been creatively brought together. I am very picky about villains, so I was very pleased to discover that the Villains in this book are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings quality or above!

But most importantly, Jesus is not left out. Prayer is a big part of the character's lives...the Christian characters, that is.

This is a wonderful book that is well worth it.

Jamie Beck
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2003
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It is glorious to see a good Chriatian science fiction story that doesn't water down its content with ecumenical babbling. The story is a wild mix of science fiction and fantasy elements that is far from boring or predictable. There is a multitude of diverse characters in the book as well as a host of creative worlds, devices, and ancient relics. If you are a fan of uncompromising Christian text, crazy plot twists, and imaginative scenarios, then this book is for you. I highly recommend it. Peace out & God bless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard Woods on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
It was about time for a book of this caliber to be offered.
I took great pleasure in reading a well written book by a Christian and actually understood how the story line developed and made since too me. I thank the author for having not only an outstanding imagination but also keeping with sound Christian believes in developing the story. It was refreshing to see no demonic charters were needed or some outrageous story line to capture your attention. I am looking forward to this author's next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Shafer on June 7, 2005
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I must admit I am new to sci-fi/fantasy but this was a great read for me. Shane Burton placed my mind in some way-out places and kept me begging for more. His characters are strong, his dialog is great and his descriptions put you right there. The underlying Christian messages of grace and redemption are found throughout and give a little snapshot of the author's obvious love for Christ. It would make a great movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Johnston on March 27, 2004
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Wow, I have never read a self published book before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was not at all disappointed! This book is beautifully creative, with worlds, lifeforms, humanoids, and other creatures in a sci-fi realm. It took me a little longer to read this book than others, but it was a gripping story with action and turns in every chapter.
I enjoyed the off-planet venue of this story. I like sci-fi and I like creativity, but the best thing about this book is definately the Chistian message. This author proves that you can have a well-developed story, with make-believe characters and places, and still ingrain a good Gospel message with it.
As I understand it, this book is the first of a Trilogy. I expected it to end on more of a cliff-hanger, but it did not. It was a finished and completed story, which left a few ends open for a sequal, but it did not leave me hanging. I was happy.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an imagination, both Christian and Non-Christian alike. I am looking VERY forward to the next one! Great job, Shane!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sirmax70 on August 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me and I gave it a try. I love it. It's well written and the characters are just wonderful. I love how Shane draws you into each person's life and makes them seem part of yours. The fantasy/sci fi is awesome. What an imagination!

It's a long book but well worth getting into and now I'm off to read the next book in the series...When Worlds Rage
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Central on January 23, 2006
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Far from Earth, yet linked by penumbral rifts, the Orianus solar system exists. From ages past; plants, animals, and humans from Earth have passed to other inhabital(and for the unfortunate, uninhabital) planets of the Orianus system. Even the message of the Gospels have made their way through the penumbral rifts. On the planet of Kaeldon, modern scientists have accidently unleashed an ancient enemy set on world domination. Only from the help of millenia old wizards and warriors, ancient technology of unknown origin, and more importantly, through the faith in God, might the citizens of Kaeldon have a chance at survival.

"Black Storm Rising" (BSR) is a thrilling ride. D. Shane Burton does a wonderful job of allowing his characters to tease the reader with suggestions of hidden knowledge they hold but cannot divulge. This keeps the reader's interest to ponder what truly is happening. Much of the time, the plot twists catch you off guard, even though you were expecting them to show up somewhere. BSR is one of my top suggestions to a Christian Science Fiction reader. As an added bonus, BSR is twice the length of most novels, yet is priced as a regular novel. It is an excellent buy for the money and excellent choice for libraries to add their catalogs.

CSFFC ratings:
Teen Friendly: A (With the detail of writing, the BSR would be considered an adult story, but with no cursing or sexual scenes, it is definitely teen friendly.)
Christian Message: A (D. Shane Burton focus's greatly on morals, prayer, and trusting in God. Well Done.)
Drug or Alcohol Content: A (none)
Crude or Profane Language: A (none)
Sexual Content: A (none)
Writing: A- (Writing style is clear and descriptive. Only a few minor editing mistakes.)

Leathel Grody
Author of "The Foundations of Hope Trilogy"
Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Central Reviewer
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