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Red Denver: A Science Fiction Short Story (The Hegemon Wars) [Kindle Edition]

D. L. Denham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Prelude to REHO: A Science Fiction Thriller (Book One of The Hegemon Wars)

Red Denver, one of several successful communities in Usona, post-Blast America, has thrived because of OldWorld machinery and a strong community government. With his past behind him, REHO has made a new life for himself in Red Denver. Until Soapy, a local crime boss, starts a chain of events that leads to a climatic final face-off between Reho and one of the genetically-modified warbeasts designed by the Hegemons--an alien race determined to see humankind go extinct.

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Editorial Reviews


"A bloody fun introduction to Reho, a character that sticks with you long after the story." Nicholas Sansbury Smith, best-selling author of the Orbs Series

"...[D.L. Denham] writes with conviction and infuses the words with the right tenor to make them credible in an incredible situation/fantasy. He is well worth watching."
Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer and TOP 50 Reviewer

"...Red Denver is a tantalizing glimpse into...The Hegemon Wars..." Cheryl Stout, TOP 1000 Reviewer

"...this book delivers a tale that wets ones appetite for more." The Lazy Book Reviewer

"...counting down the days until...The Hegemon Wars." Lisa Arrington, 

"Reho is a mix of superman-meets-everyman." Goodreads Reviewer

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: BlackHats Publishing; 2 edition (February 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic short story May 19, 2014
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The post-apocalyptic genre is probably my favorite type of books to read and this story based on Reho's adventures in Red Denver is a tantalizing glimpse into the full story of the Hegemon Wars that will be coming (hopefully) soon.

I am looking forward to reading the book and finding out more about Reho's backstory. I also want to find out more about this world of ours that author Denham has demolished and then re-created. I do wish there wasn't such a gap between when this story was published and when the full book is to come out (supposedly to be July 2014 at this time).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Being undefeated had made him enemies.' June 19, 2014
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Louisiana author D. L. Denham comes to his debut novel well prepared. He has degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University including a Masters Degree in History, he teaches and he writes. He is a talent developing and a talent to watch.

Denham opens his short story with extraordinary atmosphere. The year is 2083, the place is a prison holding cell where we meet Reho, our main character, who has been captured and accused of murder of one of the subordinates of Soapy, a crime boss and the chief of racing (Reho is not under Soapy's control and has been the consistent winner of races). Raging, Reho is pacified by an old man in the same cell who urges Reho to gain control of his anger management. In a few short pages we traverse the world of crime, heinous fights to the death, the introduction of beasts, a proposed fight for his new friend and mentor etc.

Denham's writing style is raw and cannot really be adequately judged on the basis of a short story. But he writes with conviction and infuses the words with the right tenor to make them credible in an incredible situation/fantasy. He is well worth watching. Grady Harp, June 14
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read. February 10, 2014
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I was reminded of the Fallout and Borderlands series. I'm not really into post-apocalyptic stuff, but I know what I like to read, and I enjoyed "Red Denver." It's a well-written short story that works well on its own as well as an introduction to a larger story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome setting for an awesome chracter May 19, 2014
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Post apocalyptic novels (with a focus on sci-fi) will always be a favorite of mine, because it allows both futuristic technology, but with a feel of horror and excitement that only comes when society is crumbling. The world building included in this short story delivers on both, so far, and I'm looking forward to what the first actual installment brings.

The second part of the short story that has me looking forward to the first novel is the protagonist. I am also a huge fan of characters that are highly capable, like Reho, from this story. I don't like the every-man protagonists popular in post apocalyptic settings, because the only reasons those types of characters stay alive are gimmicks or tropes like plot armor. On the other hand, it makes sense that a character like Reho would survive, because, frankly, he's bad ass.

I'm giving this story a four star rating because, while there were some great parts, certain things were a bit of a letdown. I wasn't exactly sure what Reho's former girlfriend's stance was on him fighting for his life and I thought the warbeast was pretty lame. I mean, I know Reho is super awesome, but the Hegemon should have just stuck with whatever conventional weaponry they use instead of creating genetically modified life. Because Reho just killed it with a knife. It sounds like it would die just as easily to normal guns as, say, a tiger or lion would. Anyway, I spent a disproportional amount of time on that complain. There were so many more good things than bad things in the short story.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of Reho and the post apocalyptic world outside of Red Denver. The story looks like it has a ton of potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Novel! July 12, 2014
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I love to read. I have red hundreds of novels and short stories. I must say writing short story is a creative art which is not everybody's cup of tea. Long stories and novels are usually interesting because they cover a bigger picture but to make short story interesting is not an easy task. You have to attract the reader within these few pages and you have to make sure that reader must not lose his interest till the end. Red Denver is a kind of story written about year 2083. It is scientific, interesting and beautifully written. I must say please read this novel. You will find it awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and a real page turner June 17, 2014
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As angst sweeps our society, many stories naturally find their home in post apocalyptic worlds. Red Denver : A Post Apocalyptic Short Story is essentially cast that way but it delivers entertainment at a deeper more fast paced and ultimately fulfilling level: the level of an individuals triumph in a chaotic system. Correctly accused of killing a man from Soapy Enterprises and Exchange, Reho stands trial and sentenced to fight to the death gladiator style with a genetically designed war beast. Reho battles are non-stop from the beginning to the end. This story is a thrill ride that keeps the reader turning pages. Reho is a vividly drawn character in radiation blasted world. Reho’s personality is so genuine you will be left holding your breath. Goons and demons pull you right into the story. Beautifully constructed short, which is richly satisfying and well imagined. Readers are going to want more from this author.
Joseph Cautilli
Co-Author Zombies vs Robots Series
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat
there is a lot of action and violence. just like I like it if you like science fiction set in the future then you will like this book.
Published 5 days ago by D. O'Dell
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent little "Road Warrior" tale
D.L. Denham's "Red Denver" doesn't break any new ground in the postapocalyptic genre - everything in it will be familiar to anyone who's watched the Mad Max movies - but... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ray Anselmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Atomic' s Batman!
D. L. Denham is off to a great start with this novella. I will buy the next book in the series just to see if his stories will continue to be as well written. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A gret introduction to an epic story
I tend to read quite alot, but it was a long time ago a story got me so excited as this one. I want to know everything about Rheo and this world we are introduced to in this short... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Plux Stahre
5.0 out of 5 stars great short story
Good short story. Sets up longer sequel very well and looking forward to reading sequel next.
Published 1 month ago by C W
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping short story and prelude toThe Hegemon Wars...I'm waiting for...
The author involves you immediately by opening with a description of Reho's life and the details of his post-apocalyptic world that are intriguing and well drawn. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara D.
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying short read
Overall, D.L. Denham's Red Denver is a fun little read which introduces us to Reho, a man with no last name who has been set up by Soapy, a local crime boss who wants Reho... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sean M Farren
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value post-apocalyptic adventure
I am a sucker for post apocalyptic sci-fi so the writer only needed to get the basics right for me to enjoy this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R.D. Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating sci-fi tale with an interesting hero
This is an interesting sci-fi tale, and like many good futuristic sci-fi tales, it is not only a good story, but it prompts readers to think about the present time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldworld Gasolines What Am I Talking About?
Red Denver by D.L. Denham

I liked this book. The whole time I was reading, I thought back on the Star Wars scene with the racing machines, and also a bit of Mad... Read more
Published 3 months ago by debb
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More About the Author

D. L. Denham is a native of Ascension Parish in Louisiana. A life longer learner and lover of education, history, science fiction, and writing, he pursues a career both as a Social Studies educator and Science Fiction author. He is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University and will finish his Master of Arts in History in Spring 2015.
When he is not teaching, he can usually be found at local coffee shops hammering away at his latest book or reading about kings and assassins from a bygone era. Reho is his first full-length novel and is the first of three in a planned series called The Hegemon Wars. Red Denver was his first published work and includes the protagonist REHO.

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