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Epic: Dawn of Destiny Paperback – November 14, 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 344 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Epic Series

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"Stephen has written a dark and gritty military science-fiction book that is clean enough for my eight year-old to read; this is truly a feat in an industry filled with uber-violent books that contain graphically descriptive sex scenes and excessive violence." - Matthew Baker, Shattered Ravings

"Not being of a religious nature myself, I found Scott's faith, which does not overwhelm the book but merely adds a dimension to his character, quite palatable and even believable. He is a normal guy, a regular recruit who will get his chance to shine through action, just as it happens in real life." - Kelly Jensen, SFCrowsnest

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Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind-his fiancée, his future, his life-he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.
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Product Details

  • Series: Epic
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Aside Publishing, L.L.C. (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978850807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978850807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John D. Olmstead on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this and I haven't enjoyed a book this much in awhile. I'm not much of an alien or sci-fi enthusiast, so I was a little hesitant in giving this a shot, but I was beyond pleasantly surprised.

The story is solid, it keeps the reader engaged and interested and never veers off far enough to loose your interest. The character depth is outstanding, being an avid King reader I have come to be very picky about connecting with the characters in a story. Lee Stephen does an excellent job at connecting the reader to each of the characters, you don't just read about them you feel for them, experience their ups and downs, and hope for their success.

The story itself is very believable, enough detail is given to make the story seem authentic without overselling it. The world he creates begins to take on a life of its own, with a bit of its history revealed but also with questions left unanswered. The unanswered questions leave you wanting more, you start wanting to understand and find the same answers the characters are searching for. There were times I found myself trying to understand something only to find on the next page a character asking the very same questions, as if we were in this world together. It is a world that I already desire to get back to and see what is going on and it is my hope that Mr. Stephen gains enough backing and support to continue this series.

If you haven't picked this up I highly recommend it. It is outside of my normal genre yet I found it terrific, hopefully all those who read it will too.
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Let me just say, I didn't even finish the first chapter of the book. I was turned off after the first paragraph but struggled on to give this the benefit of the doubt. But I'm sorry, I just can't do it. The book starts off with a firefight of sorts where Colonel Lilian (a weak name for a Colonel if I ever heard one), who is the commanding officer of "Falcon Platoon", is trying to repel an alien invasion. "Lilian epitomized an EDEN veteran...if something needed to be done Lilian could do it..." and yet they're all getting wiped out and it's time to retreat back to the "safe zone" He sends Commander Tacker around to flush out a sniper while calling for evac, then hotwires a "sedan" to go rescue him after he loses contact (which he does). Then they make it out safely, only 3 survivors.

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A platoon is led by a lieutenant with a sergeant 2ic. A colonel commands a brigade sized force consisting of multiple companies of 4 platoons. A colonel would never be wasted in direct command of a single sorry platoon, he would be calling the shots and running the battlefield from behind the lines.

Who in the heck sends a single platoon to repel a freaking alien invasion with no backup, air support, or orbital fleet support?

And "Falcon Platoon"??? What the crap is that? What is this, the boy scouts? What about something like, 2nd platoon A company?

Commander is usually a Naval rank and would normally belong to someone commanding his own ship, or at least the exec on a larger ship. Why would a man who should be running his own ship be on the ground flushing out a sniper instead of instructing his gunnery officer to take him out with a kinetic bombardment?

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Epic: Dawn of Destiny is the story of Scott Remington, a young man just out of the military academy. It follows him through his first battle, where his actions earn him a reputation among his commanding officers (If you want to know what kind of reputation, read the book), through his re-assignment to another unit, and ends with the third major battle of his military career. Along the way he makes and loses friends, and also makes a few enemies.

After reading this book, I was prepared to give it an average review at best. There were several items that I thought could have been better in the story; these are outlined below. However, after taking an extra day to think about it, I decided I really couldn't give it anything less than five stars. This is a very, very entertaining story and the author does a good job of pulling you in and keeping the story rolling.

There were a few items that I thought could use some improvement:

- Scott Remington performs several difficult missions that no one else is able to pull off over the course of this book. However, the author makes these missions seem almost too easy for Remington. If they are so difficult, how can he complete them with the reletive ease that we see in the story?
- Some extra time could have been devoted to developing the other characters a little bit better. While the the author does a decent job on his character development, none of the characters other than Remington are that memorable.
- Finally, the subplot with Remington and Nicole almost seems like an afterthought to the story, added after the rest of the plot has been completed, wherever room can be found to add it. The resulting conversations are also fairly unrealistic.
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