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Life Descending (The Cry of Havoc, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Hennessy
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Book Description

War, plague, and mad kings promise to rip the world of Leterra asunder. 

With the memories of a loyal Scout for the Northern Army, Tom Navo endures to wrap up one last brutal assignment, with dreams of living out a peaceful life with his family. As chaos threatens the continent, his imagined life becomes more of a fanciful illusion. A journey home soon becomes a fight for his life, a search for a mysterious and powerful relic only rumored to exist, and a firsthand account of how greed and delusion can make humans do the unspeakable. Surrounded by the most unlikely of friends, Tom faces challenges that he never could have conceived of even in his most twisted nightmares, not just for his own sake, but for the survival of an entire world, whose future teeters perilously on the brink of doom . . . before all life descends into shadow.
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Editorial Reviews


 2011 finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards--Fantasy Genre
"As good as Game of Thrones."--Stella Blackmore, Night Owl Reviews--4.25/5 stars
"John Hennessy truly writes a masterpiece on paper . . . This novel is well thought out, very creative, and contains all the adventure, creatures, legends, and lands that a person could dream of."--Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite--5/5 stars
"Life Descending is a book that made me wish I had part 2 . . . It has been a long time since I have been so affected by reading a story." Robert Medak, Allbooks Review Int.--5/5 stars
"[A] riveting read."--Midwest Book Review
"Hennessy succeeds with his ingenuity . . . endlessly imaginative."--Kirkus Reviews
"Interesting characters and lots of action built upon a really intriguing premise."--Tami Brady, TCM Reviews--5/5 stars

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470186462
  • Publisher: Innovation Today Publishing; 2nd edition (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JL4W9K
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read For a Fantasy Fan December 4, 2011
In this debut novel, John Hennessy presents a spellbinding story rich with descriptive language, colorful characters, and thought invoking themes. The story begins with the main character Tom Navo. Compelled by some outside force, Tom is on the brink of suicide. Through a series of twists and turns, Tom finds himself in a bright room. He is told that he is dead and the room is the threshold before the hereafter. From this room he comes into a strange world, complete with talking animals and powerful beings. For unknown reasons, Tom begins to forget his life on earth and soon only remembers a past residing on this new planet. During his travels he meets a mysterious woman named Shakara who is searching for an ancient and powerful suit of armor. Shakara and the suit of armor just might be the key to unlocking the secrets to his past. Tom faces much hardship and danger on the road to discover the truth but will he be able to find it?

As a Tolkien nerd, I found "The Cry of Havoc: Life Descending" deeply compelling. The premise is supremely original and the characters well developed. I really identified with the protagonist, who I found to be complex and sympathetic. Like many fantasy novels, the religious overtones are pervasive, although not in the positive light of some authors. The book takes, in my opinion, a much more critical stance on the subject. Some of the invented language could be a bit difficult to follow at times but gets easier as the book goes on. For those that really struggle there is a handy glossary in the back. I enjoyed reading this book very much and I would highly recommend this book to any fans of science fiction or fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut fantasy January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
John Hennessy has written a fantastic fantasy novel as his debut, he has not only created a whole new world but has made it one based on another planet based on our current time, there's also an impressive map to go with it on his website.

The basic premise is that people from our world along with others are being encouraged to kill themselves and are then brought back from the dead into another world. This world has one continent, Gillia, left after a devastating flood in the distant past and has been has been ravaged by incessant wars. The people are being used to re-populate the various nations on the continent.

Enter Tom Navo, he lives in San Francisco, has just killed his boss, doesn't know any of the above and is about to die. He ends up in Gillia and fairly shortly loses his memory of his old life and is sent on an errand and the story really blooms from there on.

I enjoyed wanting to get to the next section as bit by bit the story is unveiled gradually. Some insights into the storyline are unveiled by another character (Ian or Feeble) who is annotating a history for, The Saviour, the main baddie in this book. What more could you want, a huge continent to explore, more secrets to be unveiled, copious amounts of magic and dangerous creatures doing battle.

A note about the writing, whilst reading this the author used words I'd not come across before but luckily on my trusty Kindle they could be looked up without much bother and I always enjoy being introduced to new words. There is also a map of Gillia included in the kindle version but you'd be better off printing off the colour version from the author's own website either tiled onto 4 normal pages or A3 format if you can.

I'm looking forward to the second novel, bring it on!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Difficult Read December 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to reading this book. The things that are all mentioned in the blurb are all very interesting: the familiar idea of war in a different world, a man reborn into a new one, and a search for the unique sounding artifact known as the "Impermeable Suit." The blend of common and new aspects of the genre looked like the perfect read for a fantasy reader. I did however, have some problems with it - beginning with the fact that all the interesting things I was looking forward to finding out about were barely hinted at in the first half of the book.

This meant that the plot, for me, was slow moving for the first part of the book. It got better around the fifth chapter, although there a still a few little things that seemed wrong here and there. An example would be that when he first arrives in the other world he speaks to some vultures, then hears another creature speak. Yet he later learns that nearly no-one in the world speaks his language. But these are all quite minor things, and I found no major contradictions. I found the story quite engaging for the most part, as he encountered various peoples and traveled across the world.

Hennessy manages to make all of his characters unique. However, I did feel that the character of Shakara should have had more time in the book, given her inclusion in the book's blurb. She appeared a little too late in the book to really allow us to get to know her - whereas the characters of Bravis and Devoto were much more present, and I found myself quite liking them.

If I'd been reading the first few pages in a bookstore, then I probably wouldn't have bought this book. The first chapter doesn't feel like fantasy. It's about a man who has just killed his boss in San Francisco.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for more
The book is ok, I was just hoping for more. It's fairly disjointed, I am struggling to keep up with the plot.
Published 20 months ago by Linda Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Ebook
I purchased Kindles for my 13 and 14 year old boy. I got them this book, and others, free for them to get acquainted with their Kindles and to check out some new series. Read more
Published 22 months ago by DMK
4.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to book 2
very interesting read, enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to reading book 2. Would defiently give this book 4 stars.
Published 22 months ago by deb
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Start
Although the beginning was not very compelling for me, as it was very dark and violent, I must say the novel became more interesting in the following chapters. Read more
Published 24 months ago by madamediotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling fantasy.
I received a copy for review, but also picked this up on my kindle. If you are a fan of fantasy/sci-fi, then this is a great choice for you. Read more
Published on November 22, 2012 by Allie
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught by surprise!
This book was much better than I thought it would be from the description. It is interesting, suspenseful and the plot moves along quickly. Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by Memo
4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good!
Okay, this take on the usual sci-fi is a bit strange, but stick with it. It is a very good story and I already ordered the second book so I could continue reading. Read more
Published on October 25, 2012 by Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars Is there life after death?
After killing his boss, Tom Navo found himself on the roof. One voice told him to jump, the other said no, don't do it. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by Sherry Fundin
4.0 out of 5 stars Definite recommend.
John Hennessy had written a fantastic debut novel in The Cry of Havoc. Great fantasy book that will keep you interested. Definite recommend. Thank you for sharing.
Published on February 5, 2012 by Trish E
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More About the Author

Born in 1988, John Hennessy became entranced by the world of fantasy and sci-fi at a young age, playing video games and reading books for many long nights/early mornings. In February 2013, Permuted Press approached him with an offer to re-release At the End and publish the rest of the trilogy. A second edition of At the End (fully edited!) was published in October 2013.

John now lives in the Rose Lands of Portland, Oregon, with his wife Katherine, their furry feline Phoebe, and their two budgies Lola and Pablo. He is now at work finishing The Road to Extinction Trilogy. Visit his website at:


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