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Mighty Hammer Down Paperback – December 10, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Legend of Reason Series

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About the Author

David J. Guyton is a fantasy novelist and artist living in the Eastern United States.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440486077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440486074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Gardner on January 2, 2012
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Anyone who spends this much time and pours this much effort into writing is surely determined. Kudos for that. The world and mechanism used to propel this story forward was solid; however, the character dialogue was not. The preaching and sermonizing was nearly intolerable and detracted from what otherwise might have been a decent novel. Beef up dialogue, cut down on the sermons and with a little work this can be an excellent novel. Get a good editor and listen to the advice given here !
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I came across this book purely by accident, yet I found myself intrigued by the samples posted on the author's myspace page. I may have purchased it as an impulse buy, but when I finished, my only regret was that book 2 was not yet available.

Guyton is an excellent writer whose style walks the fine line where elegance meets readability perfectly. His protagonists are complex and worth caring about, and I always appreciate a story in which the antagonists are given the opportunity to present their case for moral superiority, no matter how flawed, rather than simply being "the bad guys." And while the story is meant to present a philosophical argument, the author avoids Ayn Rand Syndrome, smoothly integrating his points into conversations that feel perfectly natural. Even readers that disagree fundamentally with the author should appreciate his well-presented case; if only the talking heads on tv could argue with the same finesse and cordiality.

The book is more sword than scorcery, with its focus on character building rather than world building. It is a must-have for fans of low-magic fantasy (such as Goodkind), but I would recommend it to anyone who simply wants to read a great novel. Even though my preferred Terry is Pratchett, I consider Mighty Hammer Down to be among my favorite novels and eagerly await the sequel.
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"Mighty Hammer Down" is a work like few others. It is a story about the struggles of one man in a world that mirrors ours in its social settings. The characters are developed nicely giving you a real sense for what drives them, and the imagery portrayed is fleshed out well without being overly done.

"Mighty Hammer Down" thrusts you into the story from the first page, and keeps you entrenched into its setting. Along the way you learn about some basic physics, capitalism, democracy, communism, and religious extremism. All of the afore mentioned subjects are handled in a very enjoyable way. Even if social discussion isn't your cup of tea, this novel is a very good read in it's own rights.
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I find that this story touches on ideologies that are relevant to our world and culture. I will recommend this book to everyone In my circle of readers. As a culture if we do not start paying attention to the fanatic liberals we are lost!
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It's not terrible, but it's not something I'd recommend. The writing is not very good, not very sophisticated, and I don't mean I was looking for fancy words or anything, it's just not "grown up" writing. Most annoying though was the long periods of preachiness - about the nature of man, science and religious beliefs. It felt like the author was trying to moralize it and 'teach' us something rather than just tell a story. He spent an inordinate amoutnt of time preaching which did nothing to advance the story.
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Mighty Hammer down is a terrific book that follows war, philosophy, love and Mythology. I found this book very interesting and fun to read as the story line and plot was truly amazing. What I found most fascinating with this book was the ideas that the writer brought to the table. He would include a character talking about anything from the trials and challenges of war, as well as have the most interesting conversation about the Gods we call myths' as well as the world around us.

My favourite point was of how the moon stays in the sky because it is falling. Although that idea may not have been completely original, the way that the writer made the characters discuss and debate about it made it feel as though Mr. Guyton had had the discussion himself. What I also found most intriguing about the book and its story is how he had shaped his own Gods and religious views. The lore and information that was included with the Gods, as well as their creation and how they are sustained is truly amazing and it is quite possibly the most attention grabbing and detailed part of this book.

Of all the truly amazing characters presented in this book, I am forced to choose Rommus to be my favourite. His character is a truly amazing, intelligent person. Rommus is the main reason for the philosophy aspect of this book as it is his character that presents these well thought ideas. I also feel that I come to choose him as a favourite character because I became attached to his character through the compassion and care he shows to those who respect him, and also because of the truly horrific circumstances that we come to endure with him.
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I have a number of specific criticisms which really prevent me from continuing with the series:
1) Strong female secondary character is competent enough to make a daring assassination attempt on a top general and escape, yet for the rest of the book talks like a bumbling idiot. The number of "I've never thought about it like that before" statements from this 'dangerous assassin' in response to fairly trivial political or scientific revelations is almost offensive.
2) We get it... libertarian... Ayn Rand.. here's what rubs me the wrong way about his approach to the subject matter. It's virtually all unprompted, awkward exposition via dialogue. Not much occurs after the first half of the book because the characters are too busy 'learning' from Mr. Know-It-All main character about how they should view politics. This could be described as more than 'heavy handed'.. .it's like the author himself retrieved one of these 'god artifacts' and transformed himself into the 'Gauntlet of Political Libertarianism Bashed Down Your Throat'.
3) How is it that an immortal who's been around *thousands* of years, hasn't yet run across a book by Ayn Rand and is instead surprised at every turn by libertarian thought? I can't manage to walk 20 ft without kicking one. Why is this sidekick no smarter than that mentioned in comment #1?
4) Almost none of the conservative/libertarian positions are exposed in anything other than dialog. Don't have the characters talk about the threat of incompatible religions, make the exposition a part of the story. Yeah, it's probably hard to do, but that's why being a novelist is harder than being a talking-head-pundit.
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