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Predestination (and Other Games of Chance) (The Antithesis Progression Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J. Daniel Sawyer
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Book Description

A Man Walks Into A Bar...

One-time National Security Advisor Joss Kyle barely escaped Washington D.C. with his skin intact. When he jumps planet for Space Station Sidon, he walks into an ambush more dangerous than any he’s yet faced, in a game with the highest stakes in town: control of the entire solar system.
Chased by agents of a corrupt senator, a revolutionary leader, and an underworld boss known only as The Green Lady, he quickly discovers that in the looking-glass world above the gravity well, survival is just another hand of cards:
It isn’t whether you win or lose. It’s how you rig the game.

Editorial Reviews


"A sweeping tale of politics, corruption, intrigue, betrayal, and murder...a fast-paced ride through a world that's too plausible to be ignored." --Nathan Lowell, author of Quarter Share and other Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper

"...lovingly detailed, well-written thinking man's science fiction at its best...with more twists than Chubby Checker..." --View from Valhalla

"A lush, powerful story of hunter and prey, betrayal, rebellion, and poker. Sawyer delivers!"
--Brand Gamblin, author of Tumbler and The Hidden Institute

About the Author

J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive nutcase attempting to write his way out of the loony bin. He's the author of numerous novels including The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Down From Ten, and The Antithesis Progression (which earned him a spot as a 2009 Parsec Finalist). Lacking in personal qualities things that make for respectable character (such as the ability to sit still and shut up), he's forced to channel his lack of decorum into adventures in photography, a/v production, and an unhealthy obsession with machines that go very, very fast. When not getting into other mischief, he can be heard hosting the skeptical salon The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and as the host and narrator of an array of a variety of full-cast audiobooks, all available through

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146361344X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AWP Science Fiction (April 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XW312A
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Game of Thrones in space, kind of November 26, 2011
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Well! There is genre-bending, and there is genre-bending, and the bending author J. Daniel Sawyer has done in this political thriller/crime noir/space opera/tale of revolution/double-cross extravaganza would require a whole new, possibly Lovecraftian, geometry to trace out.

Which is to say this is one of the most downright complicated novels I've read since... hmm... Game of Thrones? Yeah. It's like that. Except for no dragons. Or swords. Or horses. Or kings (at least not in name).

But yeah, Game of Thrones in space? A little bit. Except there are a whole bunch of people on the Moon, Mars and various space stations who are sick of being treated like chattel-colonists and aren't going to take it anymore (one of my favorite scenes is near the end, when a Lunar city erupts in exactly the kind of colorful and seemingly purposeless disorder that characterizes the Occupy Wall Street movement, proving that the movement has been incohate in the air for quite a while now), the one element that I think is most sorely missing in GoT.

So much duplicity. And orbital mathematics. And cool space colonization history. And duplicity. And scotch. And poker. And did I mention duplicity?

So much J. Daniel Sawyer, all that is missing is someone singing to an acoustic guitar in a heart-melting clear tenor. But it appears there are two more novels in this Antithesis Progression, so I may yet get some of that.

If you like any (or all) of the above genres Sawyer has bent here, you really pretty much owe yourselves to pony up the five bucks for this here ebook. If you want a dead tree edition, I think one's in the works, but why wait?

And if you're really feeling poor, well, Sawyer is one of those generous Podiobooks authors who offers his books as free audiobooks before they even hit the Kindle/Epub world.

Eyeholes or earholes, you can't lose here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a promising series! September 13, 2011
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J Daniel Sawyer has done a great job creating a universe that is great to peek in to but in which I would never want to live. Great character development! Predestination hits it out of the park, a must read for sci-fi fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saga in space December 27, 2012
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Dan Sawyer takes us in a trip around the galaxy in a time where war, politics, conspirations and murder rule. Not much different from today, you'll say... but this story will take you inside the minds of the people living these events, where space is not the clean and safe environment we imagine. The author gave it the gritty ambiance of a western and the fast-pace rythm of an action movie. Great entertainment.
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More About the Author

While STAR WARS and STAR TREK seeded J. Daniel Sawyer's passion for the unknown, his childhood in academia gave him a deep love of history and an obsession with how the future emerges from the past.

This obsession led him through adventures in the film industry, the music industry, venture capital firms in the startup culture of Silicon Valley, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the worlds that assemble themselves in his head.

His travels with bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, and inventors led him eventually to a rural exile where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
For stories, contact info, podcasts, and more, visit his home page at


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