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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440486077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440486074
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David J. Guyton is a fantasy novelist and artist living in the Eastern United States.

More About the Author

David J. Guyton is a fantasy author and artist living in the eastern United States. Although fantasy, his work is an allegory for the political struggles between Left and Right in modern America.

Other topics in Guyton's Legend of Reason Series include: Religious Extremism, Good vs. Evil, Capitalism vs. Socialism, Illegal Immigration, and even some Physics and Quantum Theory that any fan of Einstein or Schrodinger would enjoy.

Guyton is an accomplished artist and has a museum piece included in the permanent collection at The Ronald Reagan Library and Museum.

Customer Reviews

The characters are very well developed, and the story move along at a great pace.
Beth A
In some cases, I think dialogue was used where it shouldn't have been and that's part of what made it feel stiff and made the characters feel unrealistic.
Verbose
Very much enjoy this, and look forward to reading the next book, which I just purchased.
Benwah

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dale Skutt on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I came across this book purely by accident, yet I found myself intrigued by the samples posted on the author's myspace page. I may have purchased it as an impulse buy, but when I finished, my only regret was that book 2 was not yet available.

Guyton is an excellent writer whose style walks the fine line where elegance meets readability perfectly. His protagonists are complex and worth caring about, and I always appreciate a story in which the antagonists are given the opportunity to present their case for moral superiority, no matter how flawed, rather than simply being "the bad guys." And while the story is meant to present a philosophical argument, the author avoids Ayn Rand Syndrome, smoothly integrating his points into conversations that feel perfectly natural. Even readers that disagree fundamentally with the author should appreciate his well-presented case; if only the talking heads on tv could argue with the same finesse and cordiality.

The book is more sword than scorcery, with its focus on character building rather than world building. It is a must-have for fans of low-magic fantasy (such as Goodkind), but I would recommend it to anyone who simply wants to read a great novel. Even though my preferred Terry is Pratchett, I consider Mighty Hammer Down to be among my favorite novels and eagerly await the sequel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Gardner on January 2, 2012
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Anyone who spends this much time and pours this much effort into writing is surely determined. Kudos for that. The world and mechanism used to propel this story forward was solid; however, the character dialogue was not. The preaching and sermonizing was nearly intolerable and detracted from what otherwise might have been a decent novel. Beef up dialogue, cut down on the sermons and with a little work this can be an excellent novel. Get a good editor and listen to the advice given here !
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Meadows on April 14, 2009
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"Mighty Hammer Down" is a work like few others. It is a story about the struggles of one man in a world that mirrors ours in its social settings. The characters are developed nicely giving you a real sense for what drives them, and the imagery portrayed is fleshed out well without being overly done.

"Mighty Hammer Down" thrusts you into the story from the first page, and keeps you entrenched into its setting. Along the way you learn about some basic physics, capitalism, democracy, communism, and religious extremism. All of the afore mentioned subjects are handled in a very enjoyable way. Even if social discussion isn't your cup of tea, this novel is a very good read in it's own rights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayden Kemp on February 28, 2012
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Mighty Hammer down is a terrific book that follows war, philosophy, love and Mythology. I found this book very interesting and fun to read as the story line and plot was truly amazing. What I found most fascinating with this book was the ideas that the writer brought to the table. He would include a character talking about anything from the trials and challenges of war, as well as have the most interesting conversation about the Gods we call myths' as well as the world around us.

My favourite point was of how the moon stays in the sky because it is falling. Although that idea may not have been completely original, the way that the writer made the characters discuss and debate about it made it feel as though Mr. Guyton had had the discussion himself. What I also found most intriguing about the book and its story is how he had shaped his own Gods and religious views. The lore and information that was included with the Gods, as well as their creation and how they are sustained is truly amazing and it is quite possibly the most attention grabbing and detailed part of this book.

Of all the truly amazing characters presented in this book, I am forced to choose Rommus to be my favourite. His character is a truly amazing, intelligent person. Rommus is the main reason for the philosophy aspect of this book as it is his character that presents these well thought ideas. I also feel that I come to choose him as a favourite character because I became attached to his character through the compassion and care he shows to those who respect him, and also because of the truly horrific circumstances that we come to endure with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neo on January 8, 2012
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I found this book browsing the Kindle store, looking for free books for a new series after finishing the Sword of Truth. I did not have high hopes for the next series, but I wanted to at least be entertained. The idea of a man becoming a god intrigued me so I downloaded it. After finishing this book, I was pleasantly amazed. It's got a good story, good implementation of philosophy, and had me turning pages left and right. I love the fact that the characters actually think they way real people do, and not the way some of the childish, prude characters do in other books. From what I'm told, the author plans to at least have 5-7 books with no limit on how many exactly he plans to make. I can't wait for the next book when I finish one and I foresee great things to come. I know I will come to grow attached to Rommus and Alana the same way I am with Richard and Kahlan, and I know that the Legend of Reason will become just as amazing as the Sword of Truth as the books go on and events become more chaotic. It is definitely a must-read for any fantasy enthusiast, especially those that love Terry Goodkind's saga.
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