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Product Details

  • Series: Epic
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Aside Publishing, L.L.C. (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978850807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978850807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Stephen has written a dark and gritty military science-fiction book that is clean enough for my eight year-old to read; this is truly a feat in an industry filled with uber-violent books that contain graphically descriptive sex scenes and excessive violence." - Matthew Baker, Shattered Ravings

"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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Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind-his fiancée, his future, his life-he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.

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Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to any science fiction lover that appreciates a good reading.
Roberto Mattos
The novel is written well, with great character development and reader draw into the story.
R. Kwiat
The characters each have their own personalities so you feel like you connect with them.
Travis Orillion

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By John D. Olmstead on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this and I haven't enjoyed a book this much in awhile. I'm not much of an alien or sci-fi enthusiast, so I was a little hesitant in giving this a shot, but I was beyond pleasantly surprised.

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.
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110 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Kristina M. Orlando on January 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I recently read Dawn of Destiny by Lee Stephen, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was unaware of this author and his works until one of my students `introduced' me to the series. [I teach gifted English Language Arts at a middle school in Paradis, LA...] My student said that he thought it was great, and he thought I would enjoy reading it as well. Well, I did.

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!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Spuler on February 12, 2007
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Wow, talk about an excellent book! And I don't mean "Wow, this is good for a first novel..." Within the last year I've read three first novels that have blown me away. In no particular order (this is just the order I that I read them):

1) "Warp Speed" by Travis S. Taylor

2) "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi

3) "Epic: Dawn of Destiny"

I read a ton of sci-fi, and by a ton, I mean that I read on average one book per week. If it's a really good one that I can't put down, the time line is even less. For example, I got Dawn of Destiny in the mail Tuesday evening and finished it by Saturday around noon. Just couldn't put the book down -- it was that good.

Lee Stephen's Epic universe draws you in from the very beginning. I really got a sense of being immersed in the world Lee created. The character development is top-notch. I felt an immediate personal connection with all of the characters, not just the major characters. As a Texan, I can say that Jayden was portrayed without any of the typical "Texas" inaccuracies commonly seen in movies or books. Thanks for getting that right. Becan was a great character, he's a fighter with a great sense of humor. David is more of the "old man" but blends with the rest really well. Scott is a natural born leader without any of the air of superiority lots carry. He just does what needs to be done and does it well.

The combat scenes are incredible. Keep them coming!!! I hope to see more of the Necrilid - when they appeared in the book, they were used very well.

The ending reaches a natural finishing point and I expect the next book to pick up right where it left off.

Two words: "Battering ram!"
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hodges on January 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dawn of Destiny lies at the intersection of faith and science fiction. Science fiction may have characters who subcribe to a particular creed, but rarely in the genre is theme of faith so integral to plot or character development, but don't let that scare all of the secular humanists out there. Underneath this theme is a tightly plotted military science fiction book that provides a glimpse of a future Earth under the constant threat of attack by one of three extra-terrestrial groups. The characters are memorable, the world building maintains the right pace of mystery and revelation, and the writing is easily digestible. In fact, I would say that Lee Stephen and John Scalzi have a lot in common in terms of style, belonging to the group of the "New Comprenhensible" that Scalzi sometimes prattles about.

I won't go into too many details in order to avoid spoilers, but Stephen does provide a definitive answer about why men and women fight that may be as valid as the answers provided by Ambrose, Heinlein, or Haldeman. Let the unshakeable faith of his main character begin to catalyze your thoughts and you might be surprised at your destination.

If you're interested in more details, I'd encourage you to check out the Web site devoted to the universe that Lee Stephen has created. There's some really good information on there about the world and the author. (I'll leave the URL to some patient Googling; I don't want to have my review canned as spam for including a link.)
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