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Epic: Dawn of Destiny Paperback – November 14, 2006
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A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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"Not being of a religious nature myself, I found Scott's faith, which does not overwhelm the book but merely adds a dimension to his character, quite palatable and even believable. He is a normal guy, a regular recruit who will get his chance to shine through action, just as it happens in real life." - Kelly Jensen, SFCrowsnest
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The story is solid, it keeps the reader engaged and interested and never veers off far enough to loose your interest. The character depth is outstanding, being an avid King reader I have come to be very picky about connecting with the characters in a story. Lee Stephen does an excellent job at connecting the reader to each of the characters, you don't just read about them you feel for them, experience their ups and downs, and hope for their success.
The story itself is very believable, enough detail is given to make the story seem authentic without overselling it. The world he creates begins to take on a life of its own, with a bit of its history revealed but also with questions left unanswered. The unanswered questions leave you wanting more, you start wanting to understand and find the same answers the characters are searching for. There were times I found myself trying to understand something only to find on the next page a character asking the very same questions, as if we were in this world together. It is a world that I already desire to get back to and see what is going on and it is my hope that Mr. Stephen gains enough backing and support to continue this series.
If you haven't picked this up I highly recommend it. It is outside of my normal genre yet I found it terrific, hopefully all those who read it will too.
I found it quite refreshing that the book dealt with serious, hard subject matter in a manner that is appropriate for anyone to read. The author leads the reader into an introspective process to uncover and accurately portray the psyche of an individual. Profanity is not a fundamental element in literature; it adds no momentous embellishment. Therefore, I completely disagree with the reviewer that said that "the dialogues are way too sterile for this genré." The author did re-create slang words for the world the book takes place in, such as "veck" and "dregg hopper." This was quite creative, in my opinion, and I felt like the dialogue was very appropriate for the genré. The former reviewer must not have realized that the genré is science FICTION. I think he/she missed a key word there!
As for the mention of the unnecessary presence of Christianity in the book - there actually was no direct mention of Christianity whatsoever. The religion in the book is an unnamed religion. The words "Christ" and "Bible" don't even appear, as the book Scott reads is only referred to as "Scripture." It IS a "natural part" of a person's psyche to reflect upon their plan, what they will choose to do, and what is `right' from the standpoint of a `spiritual aspect.' That's normal and an inevitable component of the human experience.
Overall, I think this is an awesome book! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in intellectual entertainment, and I look forward to reading the second book in the series, Outlaw Trigger!
The book is a thrilling read, pushing the reader through a gamut of emotions: on the edge anticipation, terrifying alien encounters, and moments of fist pumping elation. At the climax of the story, the action brought the reviewer to head to toe chills. The characters are so well drawn, the dialogue so authentic, one instantly relates to the heroes of the story and finds a favorite to root for easily. The action in the story is equiavalent to watching a favorite sport, moments of victory feel like having your team score or seeing a knockout.
I received two novels from Amazon at the same time, one from CS Lewis and this one from the unknown Stephens. I couldn't put Stephens book down and can say I was more intrigued by Stephens' novel than Lewis'. So I can say this book was even better than CS Lewis!
After reading this book, I was prepared to give it an average review at best. There were several items that I thought could have been better in the story; these are outlined below. However, after taking an extra day to think about it, I decided I really couldn't give it anything less than five stars. This is a very, very entertaining story and the author does a good job of pulling you in and keeping the story rolling.
There were a few items that I thought could use some improvement:
- Scott Remington performs several difficult missions that no one else is able to pull off over the course of this book. However, the author makes these missions seem almost too easy for Remington. If they are so difficult, how can he complete them with the reletive ease that we see in the story?
- Some extra time could have been devoted to developing the other characters a little bit better. While the the author does a decent job on his character development, none of the characters other than Remington are that memorable.
- Finally, the subplot with Remington and Nicole almost seems like an afterthought to the story, added after the rest of the plot has been completed, wherever room can be found to add it. The resulting conversations are also fairly unrealistic.Read more ›
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Great reading. I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read one in quite a while that intrigued me as much as this one. Can't wait to read others.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
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