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Heroes of the Fallen [Kindle Edition]

David J. West
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Book Description

It is the last days of the great Nephite nation and their civilization teeters on the brink of devastating war. Their blood-enemies and rival nation, the Lamanites, have sworn their destruction. As the conflict unfolds upon this ancient American landscape, courageous heroes fight to defend their people against ruthless forces of evil.

Amaron and his Ten Scouts, Zelph the White Lamanite, and Anathoth the Lamanite general—all must face the Gadianton Master Akish-Antum, as he orchestrates the greatest terror the land has ever known.

In a world at war, who will rise to become the heroes of the fallen?

"It’s very nice when you find an original vision at work. I’ve found one of those in David J. West, whose HEROES OF THE FALLEN has imagination in spades. The world created by West is fully realized and backed up by both firm historical knowledge and a good feel for mythology. If imagination is the engine for Heroic Fantasy, fine prose is the fuel. Here, too, West achieves--" ~Charles Gramlich, author of Bitter Steel, Cold in the Light, and the Talera Cycle Trilogy

"It's a great read..." ~Wayne May, publisher, Ancient American magazine

"HEROES OF THE FALLEN inhabits some war-torn battlefield between historic fiction, swords and sorcery, and epic fantasy. At times it feels like sword and sorcery, particularly in the way West writes his characters. These are painted with pulp overtones and bright splashes of color. Amaron has shades of Robert E. Howard’s favorite Cimmerian about him." ~Brian Murphy, author, The Silver Key

"An epic tale of valor and degeneracy where heroes are beset on every side by wicked schemers whose schemes, like a flood, threaten to drown them all. Heroes of the Fallen is sure to please any reader who enjoys a multi-threaded plot full of both historical wonders and vicious intrigues." ~Daron D. Fraley, author, The Chronicles of Gan: The Thorn.


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HEROES OF THE FALLEN begins fast-paced and draws you in immediately. It draws upon fictional characters but real events. I have read the history portrayed in this book, but I have never felt of its true nature until I read this book. It helps you to understand how things were and how it could have been. It enwraps you into the story and you feel like you are there. It s not predictable. I got consumed by its words. The characters are well-developed and real. It shows the faithful and their unwavering ability to stand strong and the penetration of the Gadianton robbers into their most influential positions in their government. I found myself rooting for characters....You know you have a good book in your hands when you feel the emotions. --Timpanogos Times

David J. West has created a story line filled with excitement, archaeology, treasure and real history. This is a must-read not only for entertainment but also to open new doors and vistas of possibility for the mind. West has intertwined fiction and history in such a way that the reader comes away believing that it might be true. He has used actual archaeological evidence to weave into his story making it more real and exciting. As a novice author, West has done a wonderful job of keeping the reader between the covers of this book. --Bruce H. Porter, PHD., BYU professor

About the Author

David J. West, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, has lived throughout the United States and briefly in Mexico. He has been writing stories since he learned to read and is an avid collector of books and swords. He lives in Utah with his wife and three children, each with more unusual names than his own.

Product Details

  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (April 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XKNWD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan Meets Moroni April 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a swords and sorcery-style tale of savage adventure set in the last days of Nephite civilization. Akish-Antum and his Gadiantons plot the downfall of Zarahemla while Lamanite priests pluck hearts from their victims' bodies in search of good omens for their own grudge-driven schemes. Beginning at the massacre of Cumorah and the apparent moment of death of grizzled Lamanite-looking Nephite Amaron, we flash back to Amaron's youth as a guardsman in Zarahemla to watch the fall in its terrible grandeur. West incorporates lots of Book of Mormon detail (Amaron, the Sword of Laban, the Gadiantons, Teancum, and much more) and nineteenth-century extra-Book of Mormon folklore and speculation (Onandagus and Zelph are both prominent characters) into a story of long-thewed warriors, wily and beautiful maidens and dastardly villains with hearts black as pitch.

Like Robert E. Howard and the Book of Mormon? This book is their love child. If you like either of them, give Heroes of the Fallen a try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of October 5, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Heroic fantasy, the kind of tales that Robert E. Howard wrote, that Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote, that more recent writers such as David Gemmell wrote, is driven by the engine of sheer imagination more than any other genre, with the possible exception of SF. Good stories can be told in the field without venturing much beyond the seminal imagination of a Howard or a Burroughs, but it's very nice when you find an original vision at work. I've found one of those in David J. West ([...]), whose Heroes of the Fallen has imagination in spades. The world created by West is fully realized and backed up by both firm historical knowledge and a good feel for mythology.

The setting for Heroes is not the common pseudo-European one, either, but a dynamic "New World" one that provides all the same potentialities for storytelling without retracing the steps of earlier writers. West combines Mesoamerican history and myth with the stories and history found in The Book of Mormon to create a truly unique brand of heroic fantasy fiction. In places, the book reminds me of the fine 2006 movie Apocalypto, although I understand from the author of Heroes of the Fallen that the book was written before that movie came out. Both the book and the movie capture the essence of heroic literature while giving it a seldom seen Mesoamerican flavor.

If imagination is the engine for Heroic Fantasy, fine prose is the fuel. Here, too, West achieves. I'm a sucker for good poetical prose, for heightened language that draws you into the exotic worlds that the best Heroic Fantasy creates.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Gladiator in Text April 19, 2010
By M. Gray
Format:Hardcover
You know you have a good book on your hands when your jaw drops open for the prologue, you need to read it twice, and then once more. And when you've read the final page of the book, you're so ridiculously stoked that inside you're cheering like a crazed spectator at the Colosseum. That's what Heroes of the Fallen did to me... and that was just the beginning and end.

David J. West has a gift for metaphorical language. I would read a description of a character and then just shake my head to myself, "How did he come up with that? That is unreasonably original." Take this quote for example:

'"You were missed." It was the bone dry voice of Menares, the ugly old priest. His ratty gray hair and big nose stuck out from his face like the splayed branches of a dead diseased tree. The dirty maroon cloak he wore stunk of vile smoke, burned flesh and singed hair. Congealed gore had stained his hands a violent crimson, looking black in the darkness.'

Do we not see this man? And feel a sense of wonder at this poetic description?

When I first learned that someone was writing a book based on the last events of the Book of Mormon. I thought, "Good. It's good to read those types of books." No, no, no! It is not simply good! And good is the wrong word! It is intrigue, fascination. Power. Obsession.

West walks the fine line of intrigue amidst restraint. He lures his readers into the haunting culture of the Gadiantons without becoming graphic, and demonstrates spirituality without exhibiting the sacred.

His wicked characters make sense and his righteous characters have flaws. Amaron, a righteous character, has a peppering of arrogance that aids in his likeability. Conversely, Grand Master Akish-Antum's lies to Aaron almost have me convinced to join his vile band.

This is not a fluffy tale to pat ourselves on the back for considering reading. This is the real deal. See you in the Colosseum.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Standard "Mormon Fiction" August 13, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I don't normally read "Mormon fiction." I had some painful experiences early on with the genre, involving terrible dialogue and smack-my-head plots, and I've avoided it ever since. So it was with much trepidation that I approached Heroes of the Fallen.

If David West's book is any indication, the genre is finally, happily evolving into something readable! It preaches less and shows through example (positive and negative) more. It doesn't pretend religious people are perfect while their non-religious counterparts are evil. It faces real-world issues head on.

Best of all, it doesn't insist tragedy is uplifting. I have never felt inspired from reading about a character that is completely torn down by life and yet somehow is comforted with hollow platitudes. Instead, the characters in Heroes sometimes allow life to get to them. They make mistakes. They pull themselves back up by their fingernails.

I would have liked to see a more detailed map of place locations. I get turned around easily, and I had a hard time keeping track of where each group was in relation to the others. Also, I was a bit confused by all the characters at first, but their unique personalities soon help me set things straight in my mind. My favorite plotline was Bethia's. She reminded me a lot of myself as a teenager: naive, determined to see the world on her own terms, and resistant to the advice of her elders.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. It leaves the reader on a cliff-hanger, and I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
as advertised
Published 11 days ago by Claudia Kunz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed it, looks like the first of a long series.
Published 2 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The story started a little slow but developed very well.
Published 2 months ago by Mybooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it please publish 2nd book.
Published 3 months ago by JR
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many characters confuse the plot.
Based on Mormon mythology, the story would remind most readers of something akin to Conan the Barbarian. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. T. Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please
I'd like to read further in this story. I know, of course, that it doesn't end well, but I REALLY liked the way West pointed me to details of this time that I'd never really... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many people and names involved and way too much blood and gore!
Disliked trying to keep track of all the different groups and who was who. Which were the good kings and which were evil kings.
Published 9 months ago by Tom Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars A cast of thousands
Disjointed and crammed with characters and cultures that I never found enough interest to sort out. I tried the story about three times and was never able to fully grasp the story... Read more
Published 12 months ago by CHARLES SCOTT JOHNSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable
It was just OK. Wasn't my type of novel. Didn't keep my interest and I was unable to finish it.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I wanted to see how this story was handled. Read more
Published 13 months ago by rmt98
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David can't remember a time he wasn't writing. From the primordial splash of a drowning Atlantis to a pair of vigilantes' six-guns blasting raw justice in the old west. From obsidian tipped arrows raining down on Cumorah's slopes, to crusaders' broadswords sweeping over shadowy terrors, and on to the cold vacuum of space and the birth of a new star, David is there, recording it all for your edification and amusement.

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