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Resurrection [Kindle Edition]

Arwen Elys Dayton
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Book Description

The Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to a small, distant planet—a primitive place called Earth. It’s mission was peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the Kinley crew found themselves stranded in ancient Egypt, participants in the pageant of life in the time of the Pharaohs. They buried remnants of their technology deep beneath the desert and sent a last desperate message home… Five thousand years later, the Kinley homeworld hovers on the brink of extinction. An enemy that nearly obliterated their race has risen again—now with the ability to destroy them for good. A lone Kinley soldier named Pruit is sent on a desperate mission: to follow the ancient beacon back to Earth and recover the secrets to faster than light travel. It is their last hope. Technology that once allowed them to cross vast reaches of space might allow them to outrun their enemies and find a safe world to call their own. But Pruit’s mission will be harder than she can imagine. Her quest will draw her enemies after her and will awaken ancient foes on Earth. As she gets closer to what she seeks, she will find each adversary willing to risk everything to stop her. Each hoping to steal the knowledge for themselves. The rivals will meet in modern-day Egypt and their struggle will alter the fate of worlds.

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Nearly 3,000 years ago, the humanlike Kinley sent a team to Earth in a ship powered by a probability drive that got it there in mere months. Landing in Egypt, they befriended the local people and kept a low profile. When their craft was destroyed by a tsunami, they awaited rescue in stasis tanks. Back home, the Kinley went to war with the Lucien, inhabitants of a nearby planet. Only a few Kinley survived, living in domed environments to prevent contamination by the radioactive wastes outside. Of the Lucien, only those in asteroid colonies remained. Both peoples are spiritual and intelligent, but reconciliation seems impossible, and fighting continues for hundreds of years. Then the Kinley decide to recover the technology on the Earth survey ship and dispatch two young pilots, who are deeply in love. Learning of the mission, the Lucien send a Lucien male and a human raised from infancy among them to compete fiercely in finding the old ship's engine. Dayton successfully blends suspense, cultural sf, and Chariots of the Gods-like speculation. —Roberta Johnson
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"Resurrection is a good, solid science-fiction adventure with crisp, cinematic writing - an imaginative blending of past, present, and future." —New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson

"Skillful, fast-paced, and engrossing. A great read." —Jerry Pournelle, bestselling author of The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, and The Burning City

Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J61EPA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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211 of 225 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought September 10, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I came down off my SciFi snob perch to read this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis on the back cover, and directed to it by the "Customers also bought..." section above.
This is not top shelf epic SF, but the characters are well-drawn and the pace is fast. And I like a book that uses a wide vocabulary.
There are details that will have SF purists shaking their heads, but if you can like Star Trek, you can like this book. Forget the details and let the story take you away. I did, and it was a great ride. Yes, "I couldn't put it down".
This is only Dayton's second book, but she shows promise. She can definitely write a story that keeps the reader's attention, which means I will be looking out for future works from her.
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153 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is better than the cover suggests August 7, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I looked at the cover of this book, saw pyramids and crystals and thought "von Daniken meets stargate". Despite this, I thought I'd give it a go, and it turned out to be a well written and well thought out story.
5000 years ago a survey team from another human world came to Earth and landed in Egypt. Their home world was for all intents and purposes destroyed in their absence and a string of unfortunate events left them stranded on earth.
5000 years later, the people left on their home planet desperatly need the technology that allowed the survey team to get to earth at faster than light speed. So they send their own team to retreive it....things get interesting on earth from that point onwards.
This is just a brief outline and does not do the story justice, you'd have to read it to see what I mean. But, if you enjoy stargate you may enjoy this new twist on ancient history.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection August 3, 2013
I was convinced after reading the first 35 or so pages of Resurrection, by Arwen Elys Dayton, that this sci-fi novel was written by a precocious teenager who had been raised on a steady diet of Star Trek reruns, Mountain Dew, over-reaching praise from his or her parents about the extent of his or her talent and really good intentions. The first pages of this novel are bogged down in pretty lifeless exposition. I mean, for goodness sake, the first sentence of the novel is, "The feeling was gray, like dawn, but harder to define."

Then I looked at the author's biography which reads: "Arwen Elys Dayton was born on the West Coast of the United States to a math professor father and a romantic mother, who named her after an elf in the Lord of the Rings."

For the sake of this review, though, instead of tossing the book aside and attending to what I thought would be the better writing of my high school freshmen's To Kill a Mockingbird essays, I stuck with Resurrection, and let me tell you, this decision made all the difference.

Once the expository details were established and put aside, Dayton began to show her real talents as a writer. From truthful character development to gripping action scenes, from a thought-provoking rewriting of history to expansive alien worlds, Dayton has created a fast-paced, fun to read 422 page science fiction epic that I ended up devouring in less than a day.

Through an intricate narrative structure that expertly builds drama through the manipulation of time, Dayton has built a engaging story in a completely realized world populated with believable and remarkable characters.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor writing and cliched plot. May 7, 2012
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Couldn't finish more than a few chapters. The writing was infantile. "He loved making love to her lovely body." Really? Next time try to use the same word four times in one sentence. The way the story unfolds was just unbelievable and defied reason. Not enough common sense applied during the story telling. It's OK if an author doesn't understand science...but if you don't have a good grasp on science don't try to go into a high level of scientific theory. I urge people to not waste your money.
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79 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish July 7, 2012
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I've had this on my Kindle for months, but just started to read it. I couldn't; gave up less than half way through.

Maybe it is me (of course it is), but I find the novels that bound about through time extremely annoying. Chapter 1 says "Four Years Ago," Chapter 2 is "Eighteen Years Ago," Chapter 4 is "One Year Ago," and Chapter 5 is "2607 BC." Chapter 6 is back to "One Year Ago," and then Chapter 7 is "Present Day." But exactly when is present day?

There are several separate stories from different time lines, and by the time I gave up at Chapter 15 ("2605 BC"), there were only two specific characters that had been fleshed out in any way, and only one of them seemed to have many redeeming qualities.

I am surprised at the number of positive reviews. I love good science fiction, but this didn't qualify for me.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revel in Resurrection June 25, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is a rare story that keeps one awake reading all night. Dayton lures us into a world that is so skillfully based on truth that it could easily be real, that moves so quickly and intelligently that it becomes vital to stay alert and, alas, hungrily turning the pages. With characters that you care about immediately and vivid action sequences, this is one of those books that draws you in and holds you there. One walks about wondering how Pruit is doing and what is happening with the Eschless Funnel... right here, in the real world... hey, it could happen! This book is all at once a grand escape as well as a peak into something much bigger than ourselves. Don't bother making any appointments. It's impossible to put down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book has the potential of being made into a great movie. The plots...
This book has the potential of being made into a great movie. The plots and subplots keep my interest and didn't let me down. Worth everyone reading.
Published 17 hours ago by Richard Raistrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. likeable charactrs. hope it continues.
Published 1 day ago by Donald Ortwein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention throughout. I enjoyed the authors depiction of two conflicting races and how they were able to overcome their differences while on... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mike Lorenz
5.0 out of 5 stars well thought out & kept me hungry
Sometimes when an author jumps from one time to another it feels awkward and sometimes as if the story is interrupted. Read more
Published 11 days ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Rresurrection
Good story line, many twists and turns. Excitement as the events unfold. The good guys win but they don't get there by the methods you think are likely. Need a good read. Read more
Published 13 days ago by HessSki
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
very boring
Published 13 days ago by Julie Casciano
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and well worth the read!
It is not often I give 5 Stars but this book is deserving!! A thoroughly developed plot, great characters, multi-layered. A page turner. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Temple Dance
4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection
The everlasting story of not only mankind as we conceive it but the real truth we are all one. Wanting love and peace in this world and others. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gary
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. Kept me interested from start to finish.
I'll admit it... I'm a pessimist and I always expect the worst when reading a book by an author for the first time. Read more
Published 18 days ago by J. Kehoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sci-fi novel
This book was very good at entwining the past, present and future together. Was cohesive and believable, and I would be interested in reading more books from this author.
Published 18 days ago by Pat G.
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More About the Author

Arwen Elys Dayton is hard at work on the SEEKER series, a grand YA story for Random House.

Arwen is also the author of Sovereign's Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.

She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at

She is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House.

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