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Murder of Crows (The Icarus Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Kevin Kauffmann was one of those kids that would make up stories every day, creating worlds and adventures for action figures, old Transformers and even lucky stuffed animals. Then the real world came knocking and he forgot he loved to tell stories. After grabbing a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he remembered just what he lost.

The Icarus Trilogy, a sci-fi tale about futuristic gladiatorial warfare, was Kauffmann's first professional project, but he has since gone on to tell stories in many different genres.  His Forsaken Comedy, a dark fantasy trilogy about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse attempting to save humanity, has been praised for its reimagination of popular mythology, even considering the sensitive nature of the topic.  His latest, Ouroboros, was released this last winter, and has already been receiving high praise for its representation of hallucinogen use and self-destructive behaviors.

While getting ready to release his next book, The 616 Diaries, Kauffmann is steadily releasing absurd fairy tales for his Misadventures of Rumplestiltskin III, which are available through social media.

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  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477478132
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZKGQX8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,954 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Kevin Kauffmann was one of those kids that would make up stories every day, creating worlds and adventures for action figures, old Transformers and even lucky stuffed animals. Then the real world came knocking and he forgot he loved to tell stories. After grabbing a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he remembered just what he lost.

The Icarus Trilogy, a sci-fi tale about futuristic gladiatorial warfare, was Kauffmann's first professional project, but he has since gone on to tell stories in many different genres. His Forsaken Comedy, a dark fantasy trilogy about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse attempting to save humanity, has been praised for its reimagination of popular mythology, even considering the sensitive nature of the topic. His latest, Ouroboros, was released this last winter, and has already been receiving high praise for its representation of hallucinogen use and self-destructive behaviors.

While getting ready to release his next book, The 616 Diaries, Kauffmann is steadily releasing absurd fairy tales for his Misadventures of Rumplestiltskin III, which are available through social media.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2012
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I downloaded this book because the author is a friend of a friend of a friend. The story is good and had me hooked to find out what poor Jenkins was going to experience next. I only gave 4 stars because the author tends to wander a little bit and it was hard sometimes to follow which character's point of view I was reading at any given point. One quirk that started to stand out and detract from the book were grammatical errors (conscious instead of conscience, for instance) and the author seemed to be stuck on the word 'towards'. It was used 158 times in a relatively short book, and started to stand out. I know, I know; I am a grammar Nazi. Don't flame me, I intend this as constructive criticism only. I do wish to read the rest of the trilogy, and only want to see the writing get even better over time. I think this author has bestseller potential and want to see him reach it.

P.S.- I can totally see this as a television series. Producers love scenarios where the characters can be killed over and over again ;)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rhubarb on August 16, 2012
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This review is based upon the revised edition which was released just recently.

The plot is basically a good one, but it needs to be crisper, more clearly delineated. The characters are well-drawn and probably the biggest strength of the book is that characters' actions derive naturally and in logical fashion from who they are. Though I must admit at least one over-the-top actor is mostly just a caricature and hard to integrate as a player. One character introduced in the last few pages should have been referenced by name earlier in the novel, so that the actions in which he are implicated seem an integral part of the overall plot.

The setting is excellent. You can almost smell the cordite, kick aside the shell fragments, duck inside the blasted remains of a building alongside the fighters.

The biggest criticism I have of the book is the language. It is stilted: subject, verb, object. Subject, verb, object. They came here. He went there. They blew up this other thing. (You get the idea.) The author needs to make more use of apposite phrases, dependent clauses, metaphors, and so forth. He doesn't need to know the grammar terms, but he needs to make more use of the richness of English language in description and action. "Fancy" words need to be used correctly in context.

One specific complaint: the author uses the word "young" followed most often by "Crow" 221 times. And it's confusing. One fighter is young in years but more experienced; the other is older, but a newcomer to the games. The whole system of referring to the main actors is both confusing and boring and repetitive.

The stuff used to fight wars is "ordnance" not "ordinance".

I believe this author has major talent and I look forward to future novels from him. This review was written in the spirit of helping him improve and polish his work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tyler K on May 26, 2012
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I've always been a big sci-fi fan, but what I appreciate about this book as much as anything else is that it is creative and complex. Kauffmann doesn't seem as preoccupied with catering to the fickleness of surface readers, instead exhibiting the conviction to explore a more intricately woven preface that evolves eloquently into Murder of Crows and the rest of the trilogy. Doesn't try too hard to stretch itself into the pages of more than one book, rather explores itself with the reader at a mature and invigorating pace. Just finished the first book, plan on reading the rest of the trilogy for sure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bzak88 on May 15, 2012
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I don't usually read a lot of sci-fi but I loved that this delves more into the characters and their psyches. I might call it "sci-fi light" as it has the advanced technology and space travel to qualify but deals much more with the human condition. Can't wait to read the next two books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on June 22, 2012
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Excellent book, very well written with an engaging story line and character development throughout. An interesting take on the commercialization of violence in a not so distant future and the ramifications of a violent culture. This book commands your attention and concentration, but rewards it with an engrossing character and story. Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben T. on December 6, 2012
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The characters and story develop in manners that one might not expect. This story explores the idea of war as entertainment but on a deeper level it delves into the characters as they adjust to their situation. I don't want to give much away, but the idea of dying today and coming back tomorrow is not as easy as it seems. This story also digs into how hopes and dreams can be manipulated to the point that you become a slave to the promises with no real way out. Jenkins is the core character but every character in the story becomes important and continue to slowly reveal bits and pieces about human nature as a whole. I highly recommend this book and the entire story arc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D Lynch on December 15, 2012
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This is an enjoyable read for any fans of sci-fi. It is full of excellent portrayals of futuristic battles. There is violence, but I don't feel it was over the top. I feel these books would make an excellent series on the sci-fi channel. It contained deeper issues of possible futuristic technologies, such as clones and consciousness recording. The characters were relatable and full of individual personality.
I received the 1st two books for free, I will gladly purchase the third.
Looking forward to more good work Mr. Kaufman. Thanks.
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