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Under the Crimson Sun: Dark Sun: The Abyssal Plague Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011

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While DeCandido is best known for his Star Trek fiction, he has written tie-ins for other popular sci-fi and fantasy series as well, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Andromeda and Farscape, as well as comic books (Spider-Man, X-Men), role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons), and videogames (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Command & Conquer). He has also edited various anthologies, including OtherWere, Urban Nightmares, Imaginings, the Doctor Who collection Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, and the Star Trek anthologies New Frontier: No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table.

In 2009, DeCandido was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. That same year, he achieved a first-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate.

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Product Details

  • Series: Abyssal Plague
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786957972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786957972
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RazorFish on November 25, 2011
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I've been reading Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, Dragonlance and other AD&D novels since 1990, and I've been a table top gamer of AD&D and Shadowrun since 1994. I couldn't even finish this horribly edited and written book. The grammar and sentence structure is not what you would expect from a WotC writer. I'm actually very understanding of style (if you're ever read an Ed Greenwood novel you'd have to be). This isn't an issue of style, professional writers do not paint a picture for the reader by describing things in sentences ending with terms like "....and such" or "whatnot". While some of the characters seemed fairly likeable, none were well conceived. Most are poorly fleshed out, not endearing them to the reader or distinguishing them from each other. This writer also was clearly new to Dark Sun and the burnt world of Athas. He failed utterly to convey even the basics regarding differing races that inhabit Athas, races which are quite different than the familiar Canon of AD&D. Life on Athas is so different than any other AD&D world, far more brutal but with a racial, cultural and ecological diversity far more interesting than the standard fare fantasy worlds, when portrayed by a talented author. Unfortunately this isn't one. Save your money and get the 2nd book in this series, Sword of the Gods. An excellent story with instantly endearing characters.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eisenbrandt on July 11, 2011
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Under the Crimson Sun by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Under the Crimson Sun is a stand-alone novel and the second book released in the newly relaunched Dark Sun series of novels based on the Dark Sun setting of Dungeons and Dragons. This book also ties into The Abyssal Plague trilogy, but is only a stand-alone novel and is not a part of the trilogy. This is the only instance of the plague being in the Dark Sun universe. Keith R. A. DeCandido has written a vast amount of novels for various shared universes. Most of his work is in the Star Trek universes; writing a number of Star Trek: S. C. E. novellas (Fatal Error, Cold Fusion, co-writing both Invincible books with David Mack, Here There Be Monsters, both War Stories books, Breakdowns, Security, and Many Splendors), three Star Trek: The Next Generation books (Diplomatic Implausibility, Q & A, and Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment), a Star Trek: Gateways novel titled Demons of Air and Darkness, a handful of Star Trek novels (both The Brave and the Bold novels, Articles of the Federation, and A Singular Destiny), a Star Trek: The Lost Era novel titled The Art of the Impossible, three Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novels (A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound, and Enemy Territory), a novel in the Star Trek: A Time To... series titled A Time for War, a Time for Peace, and a Star Trek: Klingon Empire novel titled A Burning House, along with editing a vast amount of Star Trek related anthologies and collections, as well as contributing a number of stories to them.
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Just finished reading this book.It is very good .I really enjoy the Dark Sun world because it is so different from other fansty base worlds.The only thing that the writer gets wrong is some basic Dark Sun stuff.In one small part there is a troll .Trolls were all killed off centurys ago by the King Hamanu himself.The other thing is the book seems to make Hamanu around 100 years old or so ,he is 1000 of years old and no Dray would be still living (or had just died a year ago) from when he first took over Rule of Urik .It is a small thing i know but he should have really had a hardcore fan read over the book before it came out to fix stuff that could easily be fixed.If you are a Dark Sun fan,D&D fan or just like fansty you should you should read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller on August 7, 2011
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I've never played Dungeons & Dragons and don't know much about that world. So...I was hesitant to read a D&D novel, figuring that I'd be totally lost.'s nice to be dead wrong. Keith DeCandido spins a powerful tale of fantastical creatures, filled with devious plot twists and enough action to leave a jaded reader breathless. Fun, fast and furious. I'll be back for more.
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