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A Shadow in the Flames (The New Aeneid Cycle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael G. Munz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pick up the first book in The New Aeneid Cycle!

A near-future science fiction thriller...

Northgate is in turmoil. Decaying, violent, and corrupt, it is a common enough city in 2051, yet soon, discoveries beneath the Moon's surface will mark the city with their first distant echoes.

New arrival Michael Flynn is jobless and down to his last few dollars, but he still dreams of making a positive difference of his own. He has no family, no friends—save for the freelancer known only as Diomedes—and tonight the apartment they share will burn to the ground.

When Diomedes becomes his mentor in a search for the arsonist responsible, Michael will get the chance to realize his dreams. Joining them is Felix, a wise-cracking “information bounty hunter” who claims that neither the arsonist nor the man Michael idolizes are quite what they appear.

Will Michael find the courage to pass through the flames unscathed, or will the violence that surrounds him incinerate all that he is? Those who search the Moon will be watching...

>>> Praise for A Shadow in the Flames:

  • “Munz has a talent for painting a picture of a mid-21st century Earth that is both plausible and intriguing.” -Capital Gamer blog
  • "Munz did a great job of creating and developing a great cast of characters."
  • "The author is descriptive enough that the world comes alive in your mind, but does not make the fatal mistake of other authors that get so descriptive, they lose sight of the story.” -Amazon review

Revised edition, released June 2013. Original publication date: November 2007.

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About the Author

Writer of The New Aeneid Cycle, which also includes A Memory in the Black.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2716 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Michael G. Munz; 2nd edition (June 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D72HVT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I don't know what I expected when I started this book. I think I was leery of a first novel, but within a few pages Munz had me hooked. The story is remarkably philosophical without being pedantic or rhetorical. The blending of perspective, a sort of speaking stick between characters gave you a chance to see each event, character, and situation from several sides. It was seamless.
The character at the true focus of the novel matures and grows over the course of the story (one of my favourite things, I love adventure and so on but I lose interest in characters that are so wooden they are left unaffected by the most mind-numbing events). The maturation of the primary character, starting from his sense of confusion and hope, to one where he stands not just on his own (another fantasy, the solo superhero), but as a member of a society that shares his values, his ideals, and gives shape to his imagination.
The characters least explored are the violent ones. In truth, no amount of justification in a character study allows me to see the value of violence. Munz treats his characters with a generous heart and even those characters from whom the human heart has been eviscerated, Munz treats with a strong, delicate touch. I felt for everyone in the novel (except, of course, the true evil master mind whose presence was rare and yet pervasive).
There was pretty much a bit of everything in this book, action, adventure, intelligence, thrills, chills, and romance. No book is complete without characters that don't develop feelings for each other. It just wouldn't ring true.
Munz hints at events more complex than those witnessed in the novel. He does this with the deft touch of a story teller, what is needed in the scene is seeded in the scenes before.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!! August 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm going to start again by saying what I didn't like about this book. 1. I'm not a sci-fi fan. I never liked this sort of books and they never pull me in, and two, a very small detail that I doubt readers will pick up, only the ones that know what to look for: Michael needs to read through writing mechanics. Some of the dialogues are mixed up, but I have to admit, Michael did always made it clear who said what. One of the main things Writing Mechanics help you with is forming the picture in your head, and because Michael's dialogue lacked a bit in this the speakers keep jumping in my head as he made it clear who said what. It was a bit tiring.
BUT, and yes it's a big but....
This novel was awesome. I LOVED it. I struggled a bit to get into it, since I'm not a fan of body guards etc, but by the second chapter I was hooked. What I love about Michael's writing is that he really created and crafted his characters. I could see them clearly in my head and what type of persons they were. Not to mention the mystery. Love novels with mystery, and that makes me think. The shift from the earth to the moon was done amazingly and I wasn't lost, like some authors lack to get it through, and you feel completely out of it. The gadgets and technology, not that I'm an expert, sounded so real and I am really wondering how he came up with all of it. Felix is definitely my favorite character with his quirky sense of humor. All Michael's character's were done great and the way he made me need to turn the page, love it.

Well done Michael and for all the sci-fi lover's out there. Go get A Shadow in the Flames now! You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He Checked into his Room, Only to Find Gideon's Bible November 9, 2013
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In a violent, futuristic city in which people sport cybernetic enhancements like electronic eyes, computers installed in artificial arms, and armored overcoats, Michael's life couldn't sink much lower. His Uncle Frank, Michael's only family, had lost his farm to the bank and his life to a heart attack. Michael had spent most of his money on bodyguard training but was unable to find a job. His apartment in the slums, also known as the The Dirge, had exploded, leaving him and his roommate Diomedes, a freelance bodyguard, on the street and homeless.

After their apartment is destroyed by fire, Michael and Diomedes are offered an assignment by a mysterious stranger. He wants to hire the duo to find the serial arsonist ravaging the city. The stranger states the arsonist matches the vague description of the Wraith, a vigilante who fights crime on the streets.

A Shadow in the Flames, by Michael Munz, is an action-packed science fiction story of the naïve young Michael and his prickly partnership with the grim Diomedes. Years before, Diomedes had worked for Michael's uncle's as a farmhand. Now, Diomedes is the quintessential hard-ass bodyguard with a new name and farm work a thing of the murky past. As Michael takes on the role of assistant mercenary, he gets the cool new name of Romulus.

Michael and Diomedes are also helped, for a price, by Felix, an eccentric being with an unappreciated sense of the absurd and broad knowledge of pop culture. Simultaneously, the investigators are dogged by Brian, the red-haired, wet-behind-the-ears reporter also on the trail of the elusive Wraith and eager to make a name for himself. The investigation of the fanged Nosferatu cult, who may or may not be vampires, could be a dead end ;).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A shadow in the flames
Like reading two books at once. A bit confusing but I finally understood.
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Published 18 days ago by Linda Kempton
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the theme
I thought this was a OK book. I liked the theme, thought the plot was interesting, and felt the characters were well developed. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read. Interesting charactures
Easy read. Interesting charactures, just enough individule characture depth to understand where each is coming from as the story unfolds. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joseph E Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Look forward to reading next book!
Michael Flynn and Diomedes live on the outskirts of Northgate, a futuristic city rotting from its own violence and corruption. Read more
Published 28 days ago by audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Compelling story and characters, bought the 2nd in series immediately
Published 1 month ago by Leighanne Holder
3.0 out of 5 stars Only an average read -- don't recommend spending the time on it.
I really struggled to finish this book as it failed to hold my interest, but I did manage to do so. I provide my review in the hopes of saving someone else from the same... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoelR
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I truly enjoyed.
I love cyberpunk and this book was close to cyberpunk. (a dystopian future) setting. The writing was good and the story I found enjoyable. I just purchased Book Two.
Published 5 months ago by Lee G Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
A truly gripping story about a dystopian future and what life might be like for citizens of that era. A refreshingly different sort of view.
Published 5 months ago by rev. Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I had to immediately buy the next in the series!
This us an excellent science fiction novel. It has good character development, and the plot moves quickly, so that I couldn't stop reading.
Published 6 months ago by R. Swisshelm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!
Great read, very well written book, really grips you and you want to keep reading! I would recommend it to anyone!
Published 7 months ago by E. Rinke
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More About the Author

An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Washington State at the age of three. Unable to escape the state's gravity, he has spent most of his life there and studied writing at the University of Washington.

Michael developed his creative bug in college, writing and filming four exceedingly amateur films before setting his sights on becoming a novelist. Driving this goal is the desire to tell entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure as other writers have given to him. He enjoys writing tales that combine the modern world with the futuristic or fantastic.

Michael has traveled to three continents and has an interest in Celtic and Classical mythology. He also possesses what most "normal" people would likely deem far too much familiarity with a wide range of geek culture, though Michael prefers the term geek-bard: a jack of all geek-trades, but master of none--except possibly Farscape and Twin Peaks.

Michael dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguine.

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