Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blog Tour: Fires of Man by @ReadDanLevinson #review

Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Date Published: June 17, 2014

Supposedly the war between Calchis and Orion ended decades ago. But upon reporting to an isolated Orion army base for basic training, Private Stockton Finn learns the war still rages; only the weapons have changed, and Finn has been selected to become one of them.

Across the border, Calchan farm boy Aaron Waverly learns how determined his country is to win the war when he is abducted by a sinister government operative known as Agent. Trapped and learning to use deadly powers he's never before imagined, Aaron struggles to reconcile his ephemeral faith with his harsh new reality.

As the two nations hurtle toward a resurgence of open hostilities, Finn and Aaron, Agent, and two Orion officers and former lovers—Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett—must prepare themselves for the inevitable clash. Meanwhile, Calchan archaeologist Dr. Faith Santia unearths a massive lost temple in the frozen tundra far to the north, which hints that the brewing conflict may only be the first of their worries...

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An explosive start to a new Sci-Fi series. Dan Levinson manages to draw readers into his world and captivate us with his writing and characters. I think my main praise for Levinson would be his ability to use vivid descriptions to make the reader feel like they are in the world with the characters.

Being that this is the first in the series, there is a lot to wrap your head around. I loved the way that he is able to introduce us to all of the new places and things without us feeling bogged down with detail.

A smooth plot that keeps readers engaged throughout really rounds out the writing for me.

This is the first in a series and we have a bit of an abrupt ending, but I'm definitely looking forward to what comes next.

Dan Levinson is a NY-based writer of speculative fiction. Trained as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of Arts, he also writes for the stage and screen. He grew up immersing himself in fantastical worlds, and now creates them. In addition to the Psionic Earth series, he is also the author of the upcoming YA fantasy novel The Ace of Kings, first book of The Conjurer's Cycle.

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