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Known Afterlife (The Provider Trilogy, Volume One) [Kindle Edition]

Trey Copeland
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On the utopian world called the Provider, the Deagron Maker waits for destiny.

10,000 years ago, the deagrons reigned supreme. If left unchecked, the alien creatures’ insatiable hunger for the life giving Source was certain to obliterate the Provider. Forced to the brink of extinction, man discovered the power to shift the Source, spawning the first race, known then and now, as Guardians. Emergence of the Guardians turned the tide in the fight for survival, vanquishing the Deagron Maker and its spawn, ending thousands of years of unabated carnage. Or so it is believed, for it is recorded in the Deeds.

In the 6,000 years that followed, Citizens attained enlightenment, reincarnating as one of the four races- Guardian, Shifter, Healer or Mystic- and living the Certain Way as decreed by their beloved deity and planet: the Provider. As a present day Guardian, Steffor's role in society remains that of protector, defending Citizens from, while mundane in comparison to the deagrons, the inherent dangers associated with life in perpetual wilderness, coexisting with a myriad of lethal predators. When not serving as a resident hero, Steffor spends his time training for the Dive. Having finally qualified for this year's championship, manifesting his future fame is close at hand. That is, if it were not for the events, long in the coming, manifesting a different future for Steffor and his peaceful society. A future in direct lockstep with destiny.

On Antium, a world ruled by the ancient and merciless Church of Salvation, humankind has all but lost the will to grow, to dream, to aspire for a transcendent existence. Armed with the motive, the technology and the capital means, Stalling Alterian and his cadre of gifted conspirators lead a fertile insurrection against the global theocracy. Committed to saving their society, or die trying, the crucial and final phase of their clandestine mission only moments away from completion, Stalling discovers a fatal error in his calculations that threatens to destroy it all. Absent of any solution and the enemy rapidly closing in, can Stalling impose his technological miracle onto humanity before the noose pulls tight? 

Stalling and Steffor inhabit different worlds, yet they are connected. Together, but unbeknownst to one of them, they race towards an inevitable, if unimaginable collision.


KNOWN AFTERLIFE is a balanced blend of fantasy and sci-fi. The two adrenaline-fueled narratives form parallel tracks: one, a planet-sized tree of magic, mythical beasts and romance beset by world-changing events, the other, a futuristic world of nearly recognizable technology and timeless corruption.  The novel speculates on the subject of spiritual evolution, contemplating the moral obstacles we all face while in pursuit of enlightenment. Exploring the gray area between science and mysticism, Copeland's debut novel entertains with fast-paced action while moving the reader to ask "what if" explorations of their own beliefs. Inspired by Joseph Campbell's "17 Stages of the Hero's Journey”, Known Afterlife is the first book in the Provider Trilogy.



“...grow in spiritual faith while entering the strange and fascinating worlds he has paired, parried and opposed…a heady start and a book with more of a profound level of meaning than we read in other novels in this genre.” Grady Harp, Top 50 Reviewer, Vine Voice, Hall of Fame Reviewer

"...Copeland does an expert job of reminding us that reality is what we make it and our beliefs, allegiance and loyalty are ours alone to give." Jay Mittener, Top 500 Reviewer

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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and entertaining funfest! April 20, 2013
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What if your entire existence, every experience, every loss, every joy, every lesson learned would someday combine to make you the one person with the ability and knowledge to save your world?

What if every life you had ever lived combined to make you the one being able to fully and completely embody the life force that created and protected your world?

What if you existed simultaneously in two worlds, and the lessons learned in the one would be the salvation of another?

What if you did not know of this dual existence until it was time to become all that the lessons, loves and lives had made you?

Known Afterlife by Trey Copeland is an extremely well crafted story about two worlds, whose very existence are inextricably combined with one another. Each of the worlds is well developed, with its religion, its society, and the people living there. Each world is on the brink of change, one the natural change of evolutionary progress, the other a revolutionary change brought about by the works of the men and women that live there.

One man is instrumental to the change in both worlds, as he exists in both.

Mr. Copeland has graciously allowed that I, the reader, will have the intelligence to enter into the worlds he has created without becoming pedantic in his descriptions. He assumes that I have come to his book with imagination and the desire to enter a new creation, and he definitely delivers the goods.

Well, done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and exciting April 22, 2013
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Known Afterlife is more than just a fantasy-science fiction novel in the vein of Orson Scott Card, it's also a surprisingly deep exploration of the role of religion in society, and it's refreshing to see a take on this that isn't heavy-handed or evangelical, primarily because we get two very different takes on it, which keeps one viewpoint from dominating.

For most of the novel, we're following two separate stories, one about a Guardian fighting to protect his arboreal world known as "The Provider." This narrative feels like a fantasy along the lines of Avatar, with a lush world full of creatures and magic dominated by nature. The second storyline is about Stalling, a successful businessman on the planet Antium, where the overly rigid Church of Salvation is in control. Stalling uses his vast resources to break the planet free of the stifling control of the Church.

The genius of the novel is how it shows the two sides of the same coin. On The Provider, Copeland presents the positive aspects of spiritual exploration, while the Antium, he demonstrates the dangers of organized religion. The end result is an earnest look at how religion is neither intrinsically good or evil, but can be used for both purposes.

All that's fascinating, but I haven't even touched on the story yet, which is alternately exciting and engrossing. I sometimes wish the novel didn't bounce back and forth between both worlds because I would be enjoying the story I was reading, and suddenly we're in a (literally) completely different world, but that's a testament to how great a story Copeland weaves. (And sometimes it pays to leave the audience hanging a bit.) At times I was wondering if the two would even intersect. Rest assured they do, in a very satisfying way at the end.

Intelligent and thrilling, Trey Copeland's novel is definitely worth checking out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended For Lovers of the Genre December 26, 2011
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Some of the wording was noticeably repetitive in the many descriptions of "Known Afterlife", but for me that wasn't a bad point. I like the fact the author didn't oversimplify his work or streamline it with modern words and slang that wouldn't have fit the story and characters created, but sometimes the narrative read as unnecessary complex to convey an idea to me. I like what I call "immersive" fantasy like Known Afterlife, where I can easily visualize a world and dive in, so to speak, but word choice and sentence structure matching action and character movement could have helped the flow. More transitional phrases and occasionally shorter sentences at crucial points can help keep a story moving instead of slowing a reader down trying to understand intricate phrasing.

I had questioned whether I might take this review request at first, as it did reference a religious theme involving a "Church of Salvation", as I prefer not to speak on any such subjects online in general. Though at times it became borderline for me, in the spirit of Frank Herbert's Dune, I felt the author created a work in which beliefs and disbeliefs are important, but conversion, doctrine and dogma weren't always central points. Known Afterlife definitely has its good points and I think it was a great effort in the sci-fi fantasy genre by an author with a unique style.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Known Afterlife is the story of Stalling and Steffor. Stalling is a Guardian from the arboreal planet the Provider. His life is dedicated to protecting the denizens of the planet. Stalling comes from the a technocratic society ruled over by a ruthless theocratic government known as the Church of Salvation. He is part of a group of conspirators seeking to overthrow the Church of Salvation. These two characters from vastly different worlds are tied together by destiny as their lives intertwine.

Trey Copeland builds a fantasy world that’s deep and tremendously interesting. Unfortunately the plot fails to fill the reader in on many of the finer details of the universe Copeland has created. Terms and jargon consistently turn up without any explanation confusing the reader. This book would have benefited from a glossary giving background on many of the entities existing in the Known Afterlife universe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Compelling plot, but confusing and poorly edited
The author, Trey Copeland, has created two compelling worlds in this book, but the first third of the trilogy is confusing beyond belief. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Emoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling from an author with great promise.
I usually prefer mainstream sci-fi fantasy authors like David Eddings to Stephen Donaldson, but I am prone to try out new authors in case I find another gem. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Phiser
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic experience
Having been an avid and meticulous reader of science-fiction/fantasy related books for as long as I can remember, I feel that I can say that I've read more than my fair share of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane Lavuire
4.0 out of 5 stars A familiar read
The book begins by introducing our two protagonists. One comes from a lush and vibrant world filled with magic and wonder. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Known Afterlife was a random book selection for me and admittedly, I have mixed feelings on it. I read the novel digital cover to cover and I found it intriguing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LESLIE OBRIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and gripping – a great trilogy in the making
As a lover of science fiction, I was really attracted to this story. Trey Copeland writes with the conviction of an established best-seller novelist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Crystal Lanham
4.0 out of 5 stars Two World, One Theme
Trey Copeland's freshman offering, 'Known Afterlife', is a fascinating blend of science fiction and fantasy, and doesn't pull any punches in delivering two very richly imagined... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zachary Harshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Sci-Fi Novel!!
As others have said this is the first novel for Trey Copeland and I'm overly impressed! This style and intense writing I think would be challenging for any author much less a new... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kristina Reading
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy/Sci Fi Hybrid Novel
Trey Copeland has created an ambitious novel, which is the beginning of a trilogy. He thinks big, and is daring in creating this first novel with a double genre structure – half of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E A Fow
4.0 out of 5 stars A Challenge for any author: a beginning for Trey Copeland
This is a first novel by Trey Copeland, a man whose mind has been ignited with the world of fantasy since his youthful involvement with Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons et al who... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grady Harp
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Trey Copeland is the author of the Provider Trilogy: a speculative fiction trilogy that explores the "gray" area between science and mysticism, while contemplating the subject of spiritual evolution and the moral obstacles we all face while in pursuit of enlightenment. Inspired by Joseph Campbell's "17 Stages of the Hero's Journey", Trey's aim as an author is to entertain with fast-paced action and developed characters that move the reader to ask "what if" explorations of their own beliefs.

Born in Central Virginia, Trey currently resides in North Carolina with his loving, supportive and patient wife, where they both do their best to prioritize raising their three boys.

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