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Luck and Death at the Edge of the World (The Fallen World Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nas Hedron
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Book Description

“A great science fiction detective story.”
- Ian Watson, author of "The Universal Machine"

"Cutting edge speculative fiction."
- Ernest Hogan, author of "Cortez on Jupiter"

“Sharply erudite, with the vicious tang of cordite”
– Paul Morris, author of "Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker"

--- Don't miss the *free* soundtrack album. Stream or download it at ---

** Third edition! Scroll down to see what's new. **

Security specialist Gat Burroughs died once and he'll be damned if he lets it happen again. Unfortunately, somebody is determined to kill his client, a washed-up star named Max Prince, and isn't afraid to go through Gat to do it.

Is it Max's debauched granddaughter and heir? Is it the deadly Suerte y Muerte, a cult that kills to steal good luck? Is it Max's own lawyer and manager, James Jerome?

And how on earth did the would-be assassin get past Max Prince's top-grade AI, the one that's adopted the likeness of computer pioneer Alan Turing?

Gat will have to follow the clues through L.A.'s underworld, the slums of Mexico City, and his own guilty past to find the surprising answer.


What's new in the third edition? The story is the same, of course, but there's all-new bonus material, some within the book and even more at the new Luck and Death home page (

** In the book **

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the factual background to the story, including:

- the 1920s celebrity home that served as the model for Max’s mansion at Cloud City

- current work in robotics behind the Dogware, including nanorobotics, swarm robotics, and the military application of robots

- the scary reality behind the emerging infectious diseases that cause sudden quarantines in 23rd century Los Angeles

- the real science that may one day permit the uploading of a human consciousness into an artificial body

- the historic computer genius behind the fictional AI in Luck and Death, and

- the lowdown on why meditation is catching on with many atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and science-minded folks.

** On the Home Page: **

The Luck and Death home page ( is an ongoing project that includes more of the real life science behind the fiction, links and embedded videos, a PDF library, and more.

Visit now to find three different video trailers and the *free* soundtrack album.

** Don't Miss the Other Fallen World Books **

Felon and the Judas Kiss (Book 2, a novelette) -- available now!

Los Angeles Honey (Book 3, a novelette) - available now!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4218 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hipper Tiger Books; 3.00 edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086QGP7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Luck and Death at the Edge of the World is, above all else, refreshing. Hedron creates a believable -but still fantastic- world populated by memorable characters and locales. The plot is grounded in the best way possible. It is easy to relate to Gat, despite his place in such a foreign setting. If the plot fell flat the development of the main character would be reason enough to pick this up, but luckily the plot delivers as well. A satisfying futuristic noir detective story full of action and intrigue.

The Edge of the World is a sharp one. Hedron does not pull punches, the book went further than I expected in many ways and I'm confident that if you're a fan of sci-fi, noir, detective, or action fiction you will not be disappointed.

The book is a must read at any price, however for this one there is no excuse.

Looking forward to Gat Burroughs next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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(Disclaimer: The author is a friend and a partner in a business I operate. I have no financial interest in the success of this book, and in fact, any such success will probably just distract the author from the work we need him to do. So by all means, buy this book, recommend it to friends, and ruin me in the process.)

If you made a Venn diagram for the intersection of "page-turner" and "intelligent book", you'd have two circles barely touching at the edge. But zoom in on that edge (keep zooming, further) and you'd see the tiniest overlap... and in the middle of that overlap, you'd find Luck & Death.

This is one of those rare books that's willing to take you on a fun ride -- without assuming you're a dunce for *wanting* a fun ride in the first place. In practical terms, that means you'll get to read about nanite attack dogs, secret military drugs, "decanted" souls, luck-stealing cults, and spider gods living in abandoned malls. But you'll get to do it against the backdrop of a well-imagined world with depth and culture, and you'll get your fix delivered in the form of witty prose and sharp insights.

So, if you find that "serious" books take themselves too seriously, and "fun" books don't take themselves seriously enough, I recommend you try Luck & Death -- and get ready for some serious fun. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, inventive and exciting July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First I should state that the author gave me a pre-publication copy of Luck and Death to review - we'd not met then so I had no particular conflict of interest when I read the book. Anyone who likes noir detective thrillers and sci-fi will I think really enjoy this story. We're given just enough of Gat's back-story to understand what motivates him and like many noir heroes his tough exterior masks underlying problems. The dystopian world in which the story is set is both dangerous and exciting and very well described, with some great set-piece scenes. Although I didn't have to buy this book I would have been perfectly happy to do so, particularly at this price! Visit the book's website [...] where there are free sample chapters and a great audio chapter. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Luck and Death At The Edge Of The World by Nas Hedron is a first person sci-fi mystery about Gat Burroughs, a security specialist for hire who is employed by Max Prince, a paranoid, washed up superstar, to improve his security and find out who tried to kill him. The attack seems impossible with the high tech security system Max owns, and every clue Gat uncovers only leads to more questions. With people trying to murder Gat and no evidence pointing to a suspect, Gat must make choices that put his life in danger. Will he find his killer or will he end up on the slab with the other victims.

I'd like to start with my first impression of the book before reading anything other than the description. I liked the plug for the book; it made the book sound interesting. I'm not really into mystery books, but it was set in the future in an interesting sci-fi world, so I thought that might keep me interested. The cover didn't appeal to me. After reading the book, I can see how it relates to the story, but I still don't like it. It doesn't give me a professional impression and I worried that might reflect in the writing. There is a lot of advertising at the beginning of the book. I would have preferred it at the end. I don't care about this authors work yet. I haven't read anything by him yet. I just wanted to get to the story. By the end of the book, I would be interested in seeing all that because the author told a good story. I would take the time then to go through it, not at the beginning. I skipped through it to start reading. The author sent me a PDF so I downloaded the free sample to see how the kindle formatting was handled. It wasn't bad. My only gripe is that it's formatted for non-fiction not fiction.
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More About the Author

Nas Hedron ( is a writer, editor, and artist.

He is non-fiction editor at International Speculative Fiction and editor at, and he has published fiction and poetry in journals in the United States, Europe, and Oceania.

Praise for the Fallen World books:
"A Great science fiction detective story" - Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine
"Cutting edge speculative fiction" - Ernest Hogan, author of Cortez on Jupiter
"Sharply erudite, with the vicious tang of cordite" - Paul Morris, author of Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker

Nas works in a variety of media, and has created a free soundtrack album for his novel Luck and Death at the Edge of the World, which Minister Faust (author of The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad) calls "simply outstanding."

Links to all Nas's books, and to the album, can be found on his web site

eBook Catogories:
Because an ebook may be of any length, all of Nas Hedron's books are classified according to the categories below. (This classification scheme was created by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, but it's used here regardless of genre).

Novel: 40,000 words or more (160+ pages)
Novella: 17,500-39,999 words (70-159 pages)
Novelette: 7,500-17,499 words(30-69 pages)
Short story: under 7,500 words (up to 29 pages)

Note: page counts use the standard editing page length of 250 words -- the actual number of ebook pages is determined by your ebook reader.


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