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Mighty Hammer Down (Legend of Reason Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David J. Guyton
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Book Description

A longstanding peace is about to be shattered by villains in the shadows of Medora. They conspire with distant nations to cripple the western Empire and spread their venom eastward. In their secretive attempt, they stumble across the power to slay Arius, the god of war, and replace him with a human puppet. That mission fails however, and they not only pave the path for the seven gods to walk the earth, but create a god of war who is bent on their destruction. He clumsily learns to use his powers and hones them into a powerful weapon to wield against the Mages and their twisted vision of society. In the chaos, a great war ignites and threatens all nations and cultures.

Rommus has no idea that he has become the new god of war. He also has no idea that his companion Alana is responsible for the assassination attempt on his father, the General of the Medoran army. While the Medoran Legions head east to aid the Vindyri in their battle against the oppressive Bhoors, Rommus follows the visions he sees in his dreams, pulling him north towards the Land of the Gods. Along the way they meet a strange man named Vohl who claims to be immortal, and the three of them end up before the golden throne of the great god Oderion. But Rommus refuses to be like the uncaring gods, and quickly makes six very powerful enemies.

In all of this mayhem, the small flames of the old magic roar to mighty infernos; burning some and lighting the way for others. Great beasts now walk the earth again, and the gods themselves have come down to influence the world of man once more. But the new god of war is not interested in their agenda, and instead joins the battle on the Vindyri planes. He fights with all his might for the freedom of mankind, struggling to bring light to the coming darkness.

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About the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440486077
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David J Guyton; 1 edition (November 29, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MIZOY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,840 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Good March 2, 2009
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Polish and Less Preaching Would Help 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
"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
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Hammer Down Review 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original. Very good. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by TwiztedKitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it and highly recommend this series.
I recommend this to anyone who loves a great book. If you like battles, magic, and gods even better. If you also like intrigue, romance, and fantasy, then this is the book for you! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ebrithil Sirrush
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
An amazing book! I found the reasoning and logic behind each argument compelling and well thought out.. the characters were well defined and finely interwoven.
Published 9 months ago by rod ganzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was very impressed now I have to find some more books by him. This definitely worth your money you will not be disappointed.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars philosophical page-turner
I enjoyed reading this Romanesque novel with magic, war, and religious conflict mixed in. While some of the character's philosophical debates could get tedious, at times, the flow... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick K. Weekley
1.0 out of 5 stars Too "preachy"
It's not terrible, but it's not something I'd recommend. The writing is not very good, not very sophisticated, and I don't mean I was looking for fancy words or anything, it's just... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bruin Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure!
I stumbled across this book after finishing Jim Butcher's Calderon series. And I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Greenlite350
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be the legend of no good reason series
I couldn't get past the first chapter which was very short thankfully. Way too much use of the pronoun "he". Which he did what? Who knows? Who cares? Very confusing.
Published 15 months ago by DA Heiser
5.0 out of 5 stars julie k.
I loved this book! loved the characters! the writing is excellent! as soon as I finished I went looking for the next book! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
I loved it! Hope to see more happiness in the Heroes life. I wonder what role Alana will play in the following book.
Published 17 months ago by S.j.hardy
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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.

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