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Stewards of the Flame (The Hidden Flame Book 1) by [Engdahl, Sylvia]
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"The story is compelling, and drew me in from the first few pages. . . . I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading genre fiction with some substance to it."  --Blogcritics

"A suspenseful and thought-provoking novel that seems so plausible that it sends chills up my spine . . . truly a masterpiece of parapsychological science fiction."  --Rebecca's Reads

"A chilling look at what extreme socialized medicine could become in the hands of a dictatorial medical regime. . . Would make an excellent discussion topic for a book club."  --MyShelf.com

"A brilliant twist on dystopianism. . . . The book builds just the right amount of tension, and shows the stark reality of benevolent tyranny, one that any so-called democracy could creep towards quite easily."  --Prometheus

"Grips the attention with the raw immediacy of the problems. . . . It asks the sort of questions only SF can pose, and paints a vivid picture of where failing to answer those questions might lead. . . . Stewards is the kind of SF I've been craving!"  --Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Monthly Aspectarian

"Stewards of the Flame is a brave book, and the numbers of those holding to the sentiments it conveys are growing. While the novel portrays extreme measures taken to prolong life to reductio ad absurdum lengths, it can't be faulted for challenging our comfort zone, when after all, that is one sure measure of worthwhile fiction." --ScifiDimensions

"This is mind-stretching speculative fiction for the thinking person. . . . The ending of Stewards of the Flame is one of the best endings I've ever come across. It is absolutely right for the book." --Rambles

From the Author

My Flame series, which was originally called a trilogy, has been split into two duologies since there are now four books and the third begins a separate story set two centuries later than the preceding ones, which doesn't depend on having read either of them. Readers who disagree with the controversial view of healthcare expressed in Stewards of the Flame, or who want more science fiction action, often like it better -- yet no one wants to begin with a book labeled Number 3. So now the Hidden Flame duology consists of Book One, Stewards of the Flame and Book Two, Promise of the Flame, while the Rising Flame duology consists of Book One, Defender of the Flame and Book Two, Herald of the Flame. Please note that unlike my earlier novels, these two duologies were never issued as Young Adult books and they are not appropriate for readers below high school age.

For extensive background material on the topics dealt with by this novel please visit my website.

The cover of this book was changed in April 2015. It is not a new edition, as the book itself has not changed. The Kindle edition is not DRM-free because it was first published before that option became available to authors and the DRM cannot be removed; if you need a copy that can be converted for your personal use on a device for which no Kindle app is available, get the omnibus edition of the series, The Hidden Flame.

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  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Ad Stellae Books (April 9, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I1KQGA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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