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Phoenix Rising (The Icarus Trilogy Book 2) 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.

In addition, Kauffmann has released an episodic Horror novel, The 616 Diaries, over Facebook and Twitter and periodically releases short stories that will eventually be collected into an absurdist Fantasy novel, The Misadventures of Rumplestiltskin III.

He is currently working on Abnormality, the first novel in his superhero saga.

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  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UD2MRI
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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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After reading the first book in the series, Murder of Crows (Book One of The Icarus Trilogy), I was expecting this to be a hard and difficult read. I was correct, but sometimes you have to go through a long night before the daylight shines. And shine it did.

Life on Eris is not fun. Life in the solar system is not fun. It is being run by a corporation which controls almost every aspect of people's lives. There is still a small hold out of humanity that wishes for something better. In "Murder", the author was able to portray the depression and desperation that the Crows and others felt. While I could appreciate the excellent writing. I can't say I was happy with the emotions it left me with.

After reading the first book and coming to like and appreciate some characters and despise others as the rumor of an insurrections travels. I wanted to see what happens, especially after the ending.

The first half of "Phoenix Rising", shows us how the insurrection is to begin. In painstakingly detail, we see each of the major characters reactions and choices as to whether they will join or not.

Then about the halfway mark, the insurrection happens and then it is one wild action filled read. The ending was a twist I did not see coming. At the end my heart was racing, my spirits were rising. I no longer am dreading the next book. I am eager to see where the heroes lead. Swan Song (Book Three of the Icarus Trilogy)

This first half of the book is full of character development and introspection. The common man rising to the occasion. If you can handle the fact that before they can rise, they have to start in the muck. Take a chance. The second half is the payoff.

I recommend this book.
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A lot of the amazon reviews I have read seem to be there for the inflation of a novels ratings, filling them with vague, blanket statements about how "amazing" the product is. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

There are only a few other authors aside from Mr. Kauffmann who, in my humble opinion, have produced a sequel that outshines the first (among them I would list R.A. Salvatore, Raymond E. Fiest, Steven Brust, Charles DeLint & L. E. Modesitt Jr. to name a few of my favorites). This is pretty heavy company... but I say what I think and damn the consequences. I hope Mr.Kauffmann doesnt make me eat my words in the future.

Ok, so I'm rambling... back to Phoenix Rising.

I became invested in the story and these characters, and in this sequel they became all the more real to me. I could relate to them because in the characters I could see people I have known in the past who remind me of what Mr. Kauffmann has created... I could see myself, parts of my own personality, in each of these soldiers as well. In some of the novels that I've read, I had come to love the characters so much that when one or more exit the storyline in one way or another, I'd be a little upset. Not so with this series. While it's science fiction, I can understand the reasoning behind the loss of a character... the logic of why they are gone... why they had to die. There is a realism here that I dont find in every novel that comes my way.

I've already started on the third book of the series, and with the first two as evidence, I'm sure it will be as enjoyable.
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At the time of this writing, I haven't yet posted a review of book 1 - but feel compelled to go ahead and share some thoughts about book 2. At this point I am totally hooked on the trilogy, and am eagerly awaiting book 3. I am not sure if I am just getting used to the style of writing, or whether it has become progressively more polished over the first two books, but no matter the reason the result is the same. By the end of Phoenix Rising I have found myself in that most wonderful of places - experiencing a compelling story as if it is happening in front of me (rather than having to be pulled from the printed words). The characters are interesting, believable, and multidimensional. The plot is also coming together nicely, and I am intrigued with how things will fall out in the end. If I could rate this book in halves I would give the first half 4 stars and the second half five. As it is, I will go with four stars, with the anticipation that book 3 will be even better.
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First let me say "Thank you, Mr Kaufman, for getting the Icarus Trilogy out close together." I tend to not purchase books until the series is complete and was ever so thankful that you made these available quickly so I could truly enjoy the series. I reveled in the idea that a "chosen few" were manipulated to fight our battles, while The Man sat safe and made bank. I feel that this is not so far in the future;that we are ramping up towards this mode already (scary thought). Your descriptions of the weapons and tactical aspects were engaging enough not to loose me and keep me interested for the battles that ensued. The characterizations were great in defining who/what the warriors were/are about. I highly recommend these books;even to the females who don't normally like UMF/WWF etc. motife.
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