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The Fall (The God Slayers Quartet Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David L. Dawson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first book in The God Slayers Quartet, a science fiction post apocalyptic series for young adults and adults alike.  If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and The Stand you will love this. 

The future of planet Earth is bleak.  Two warring gods have decimated the planet.  Fanatical religious cults, cannibals and cat/human hybrids are just some of the dangers out there.  A young boy called Ben Casper lives in a crumbling shopping mall called The Glass Palace with his family. He's just come back from a rites of passage into the brutal outside world that officially makes him an adult. Now he must get married and be trained to take over from his father as Mayor. Except he sees things differently now.  He doesn't want responsibility. The only things he truly wants is to go back out into the world and win the love of Brian, who happens to be his best friend's brother.  Only he might have responsibility thrust upon him when he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to kill the gods and save the world; a plot that could lead everyone he loves into mortal danger... 

The sequel, The Sky Is Falling, is out now!

Try the short prequel to The Fall, also available on Amazon. It's called "The Dystopian Times" and offers a look at Ben's life before he went out on his Journey. 

Beautiful Skye, a novella of 17000 words, is also out.  It charts Skye's Journey and how she met Albatross

Editorial Reviews


"This book is a wonderful read for any lovers of young adult and science fiction novels."Jill  Swanson, Little Hyuts Blog

"I give five stars to books that when you consider the book as a whole, it is a perfect story leaving me feeling impressed, intrigued and wanting more. There are only 6 other, 5 stars in my books here at goodreads, three of which are the books from the Hunger Games series." Tammy K, Goodreads

Product Details

  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00734OB42
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,496 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it April 4, 2012
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I am doing something that I rarely do. I am giving this book 5 stars. I give five stars to books that when you consider the book as a whole, it is a perfect story leaving me feeling impressed, intrigued and wanting more.
I am not saying this book doesn't have a view flaws, just that those few flaws do not take away from the enjoyment of the book as a whole.

Brief synopsis: The setting is in a post apocalyptic countryside of England. Ben Casper has just returned from his journey, a period spent outside the protection of the Glass Palace (an old shopping mall) that all youth must experience to reach adulthood. He is a few weeks from his fifteenth birthday and fated to take over as mayor of the Glass Palace. Like most teenagers, Ben has not come to terms with his future role and struggles with the newly found responsibilities and passing freedoms of childhood.
As the only child to survive to adulthood in his family, Ben has been pampered and sheltered from the sobering realities of the world outside the Glass Palace. Now that he is an adult, the pampering is over and many hidden truths are being revealed. The world, and its people (both inside the glass dome and outside) are not as Ben had believed.
Ben learns that the two remaining gods (Mixcoatl aka Dervish and Ninurta aka Blue Hair ) are still fighting a battle to the death, and destroying the last remnants of the world in the process. A cult like group called The order of Power, who worship the gods are trying to bring the Houses (groups of families) back under the power of the gods.
Ben must take up a near impossible fate, as a God Slayer.

I found myself going through many emotions as I read this book.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but needs work April 6, 2012
By Just Me
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The previous reviewer did a good job of praising the book. The story itself is worth reading...if you can reconstruct the language as you read. My problem is the one that I have with so many new writers, especially in Kindle books. The use of the language is your tool, but many writers today don't know the basics. Awkward sentence structure destroys the flow of the story. Needless repetition is disconcerting. (...he was he going to ...) Spelling can be a disaster. Words like: lead (the verb) in the past is led; lead is metal; break vs. brake; it's vs. its; and the list goes on. One cannot count on spell check.

As I said, the tool of the writer is langusge. If a doctor practised medicine this poorly, your estate would sue. If a mechanic treated your car this carelessly, you would have to buy a new one immediately. If a writer wants to be taken seriously as a story teller, it's a good idea to hone one's skills with the language. There are no stars for the use of language, which is sad as the story itself is good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I am a longstanding fan of science fiction and slogged through this publication to the end. I enjoyed the storyline but had trouble with the poor grammar ( doesn't know the correct usage of I or me). Also the character portrayal was very unconvincing- most of the characters have the emotional maturity of three year olds. I won't bother with the next installment of this saga if it is in fact ever published.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring tripe badly written. Needs a grammar lesson. April 15, 2012
By Tom(C)
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This novel is an amateurish attempt at best. The writing is difficult to follow due to its clumsy use of language in sentences that do not naturally flow. The repetition is most annoying. The erroneous word usage is as distracting as are the misspellings. The author could use some remedial grammar and spelling lessons.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Ben Casper is a fourteen year old who has just returned home from his journey. A journey that everyone has to make in the dangerous outside world that makes them an adult. He lives in the The Glass Palace with his family. Ben being the only one of his brothers that came back from the journey will now upon his return be trained to become Mayor after his father's reign. Ben is not sure that he wants to be Mayor, he does not want the responsiblity that the job will entail. He enjoyed the freedom of the outside world.

Upon his return Ben is to find a wife to marry. Several women have put in bids to marry Ben while he was away. Ben is to choose which one that he wants to marry. But Ben finds that he has fallen in love with Brian his best friend Skye's brother. But Brian doesn't feel the same way towards Ben. Brian is in love with one of the women Lottie, that put in a bid of marriage to Ben. Ben turns down the offer of marriage so that leaves her free to marry Brian which they do. Ben is very upset after telling Brian how he feels and finds that Brian doesn't feel the same. He gets very depressed and thinks that he will never find any one to love. He will be alone all of his life.

The two Gods Mixcoatl and Ninurta are still fighting and when they fight they demolition whole villages. The Gods have to be stopped before they kill everyone and destroy everything in their path. Ben finds that he has been kept in the dark about a group called The Order of Power. This group worship the Gods and are fighting to try to keep everyone else in the power of the Gods. There is also another secret group of people called The God Slayers. The God Slayers have been searching for the god cannon for years. The god cannon is the only thing that will kill the Gods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book
The plot is very unique. I really loved the main charater, Ben he is very likable. I just finished book three and have high hopes for book four.
Published 14 days ago by Cady Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars sinful
like eating candy!
Published 1 month ago by Clarence L Knighton
3.0 out of 5 stars ... could have benefitted from the loving attention of a good editor &...
The writing could have benefitted from the loving attention of a good editor & copy editor, as there is an interesting, compelling story in here--somewhere. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Koren Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars This story held my interest for the most part, ...
This story held my interest for the most part, but some of the plot twists were disappointing. Having said that, I will read the rest of the quartet.
Published 2 months ago by Horusbedhetys
1.0 out of 5 stars No proofread, no joy.
I liked the premise. But, I cannot enjoy a book that I edit as I read. It totally removes my suspension of disbelief. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nina
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully dull
I had this for a few months before I started reading it. It was so impossibly boring that I went back to read the reviews. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi Novel
This was an enjoyable dystopian science fiction novel narrated by Ben Casper, with some good twists and even deals with same-sex relationships.
Published 4 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Dianne Rhoades
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start of story, but plot and characterisation could have...
I liked the premise of the book, but I have to say the way the story progresses made me feel rather annoyed and I felt myself getting less and less fond of the protagonist, which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bluetransparency
5.0 out of 5 stars and this book has to be one of the best out of this particular genre...
I absolutely adore science-fiction, and this book has to be one of the best out of this particular genre that I have ever read! Read more
Published 5 months ago by David H.
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As I sit here and think up something interesting to write about myself I realise there is nothing apart from writing books. I could say I have brown hair (going a bit bald) and have two cats (they're all evil) and am addicted to Coca Cola Zero but they're all boring.

P.S. - My cats aren't evil (please don't hurt me my kitties...)

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