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About the Author

Unlike most authors, Joshua did not immerse himself into the world of books as a child. After finishing graduate school, he quickly made up for lost time by buying and devouring countless graphic novels. Remembering his love of the original Conan movies, he moved on to the fantasy genre with the compilations of Robert E. Howard. He was hooked. Since then, he has moved on to other authors such as Glen Cook, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, Paul Kearney, Steven Brust, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and many more. Joshua was inspired to write and create his own fantasy world after reading Glen Cook’s Black Company series. Thanks to a vivid imagination, he soon found himself with more ideas than he knew what to do with. After some prompting by his wife, he took the plunge. When not writing, Joshua lives a life devoted to God and spends time with his beautiful family. He is employed as an accountant.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Joshua P. Simon (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984698825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984698820
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua P. Simon is a Christian, husband, father, CPA, fantasy author, and heavy metal junkie. He currently resides in North Texas and hopes that one day he can leave the life of a CPA behind and devote that time to writing more of the ideas bouncing around his ADD-addled brain.

Visit Joshua's blog at http://joshuapsimon.blogspot.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Rise and Fall: Book One of the Blood and Tears Trilogy" is the first book of the trilogy by author Joshua P. Simon. This Kindle e-book was a 724 Kb download (approx. 403 printed pages) and retailed for $2.99 at the time of this review.

Please Note: I was provided a free copy of this work by the author in exchange for an honest review.

<spoilers> General theme no specific details revealed.

This is the tale of two warriors (Jonrell and Tobin) residing in two different geographic locales, with the story told in an alternating format. Both men must adapt to the changes and upheavals that have occurred in their respective nations at this time. And although there is no contact between the two in this book, it would seem that both nations are destined to meet in the future books.

<end spoilers>

Some thoughts on "Rise and Fall: Book One"...

1.) a terrific opening sequence... tense, exciting and lots of action that sets the scene for what follows in the rest of the novel.

2.) well written with a style that might be described as somewhat laid back... and this attitude seemed to reflect the personality of both main figures, especially Jonrell.

3.a) I found the both Jonrell and Tobin easy to identify with and subsequently it was not hard to become wrapped up in their adventures.
3.b) in addition there were a host of other supporting characters, each with their own unique traits, skills, hang-ups and personality quirks, making for a wide variety of interesting characters.

4.) a mixture of clandestine plotting, betrayals, battles (both large and small) using a mix of medieval weaponry and sorcery.

5.) a book where the author found a good balance for the mix of action vs. drama.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Utenzi on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received a free copy of this book from the author through a Goodreads giveaway.

Rise and Fall, by Joshua P Simon, is the first book in a trilogy. This is a very enjoyable book and surprisingly nuanced for a fantasy novel.

I didn't like the first chapter of the book and upon inquiry was informed by the author, via Email, that I wasn't alone. However according to Simon many people also really liked the way he started the book. Apparently the violent beginning polarized readers--but it did give a quick introduction into the potentially deadly politics of this world.

By the third chapter Simon hits his stride and the rest of the book is compelling. In fact, quite compelling. I found the characters in this book to be well drawn and very appealing. Frankly I didn't want the book to end and I'm quite glad that there's going to be at least two more books in this series. Currently there's several shorter works available that are prequels to the series and the second novel will be released late this summer.

The focus in these books is the political and military wrangling between groups of people and to Simon's credit he makes it very interesting. The character of Jonrell, former prince of Cadonia and current mercenary commander, is particularly appealing. Through his eyes the reader navigates the intricate landscape of the novel and quickly becomes emotionally involved with this novel. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant McHerron on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Definitely a good read & worth checking out with plenty of developments & twists across multiple story lines on separate continents. Some of the character developments & plot progressions were "classic" and somewhat expected but certainly not "wooden" by any means. This is perhaps more a reflection on the quantity of works in this genre that I've read than the story itself. The author's personal religion can be easily determined from references in the story to two major entities and their impact on some of the main characters. Meanwhile, the big "twist" at the end was suspected by about two thirds & the confirmation in the final paragraph added to the enjoyment of the book.

In short, I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to those who enjoy reading a good epic as it develops. I'm certainly looking forward to the second part in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fnerb on February 13, 2012
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I will admit, this is my first dip into the pool that is the fantasy genre. While subject matter from the genre isn't completely lost on me to this point I haven't made an effort to seek it out.

That being said, I really enjoyed my first taste of the genre. It paced well for me. I found myself making predictions about certain characters but nothing for me ever played out to the letter. The ending of the book was definitely a shocker (on multiple accounts) and the author did a good job of not wrapping anything up too tight making me look forward to future installments. It was especially interesting watching my opinions of certain characters change as I followed them along their path. A couple of the characters caused me to do a complete 180.

I eagerly await to see what the future holds for Kaz, Tobin and Cathyrium.
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By Steven L Fallin on April 28, 2015
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Great story with twisting paths for the characters. I was pulled into the story by one major character and completely flabbergasted (in a good way) at his/her pinnacle of the story. Shocked but not surprised.

There is a great blend of evolving psyches, emotional growth and pain. The transition between characters was done really well from a readers perspective. The author did not keep you to long with anyone of them. This ensured you didn't get too immersed in a singular entity and rush through the other chapters to get back to whatever you are most captured by. The story held enough depth for each character which enabled an equal distribution of interest for each of the lines in the story.

Magic Lovers: There are mages, shamans, and a powerful artifact, but this first book doesn't go very deep into the mechanics of sorcery or magic.

Overall, loved it, recommend it and cant wait to start the next one.
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