Giveaway: Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn
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Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.
“Yes, Lord Vengelis!” the boy called, but suddenly froze with fear. The boy began trembling, his chest convulsing in terror.Vengelis slowly turned and looked in all directions. Hysteria was rampant; men, women, and children were running every direction, many horribly wounded. None of them were soldiers. The fire was blazing out of control, and the entire block was immersed in raging flames.
A woman standing nearby, just below a broad tilted awning, remained unscathed. Her appearance contrasted strangely with the mayhem around them. She was thin and average sized, of Royal appearance, with blonde hair and bright blue eyes. Tattered ribbons of the awning and bits of orange cinders and ash blew all about her. She was smiling at Vengelis, her teeth white and perfect. Vengelis was taken aback.
Vengelis squinted through the billowing ash and felt an eerie sense of disquiet surface within him. Her eyes were not quite right. There was a glowing property to her stare, as though her eyes were emitting a strange blue radiance. She was beautiful, but the serene way she was smiling in the midst of the madness was peculiarly horrifying.
“State your name and rank!” Vengelis called out.
The boy stifled a small cry as the woman’s smile broadened. Vengelis glared and turned his attention from her to the boy. In a corner of his mind he already knew he was speaking to one of the Felixes.She moved her unsettling gaze from Vengelis to the boy. The boy let out a terrible sob and released the soldier he had been dragging. The woman took a step closer to the child.
There was no longer any doubt in Vengelis’s mind.
The woman whirled into motion, dashing toward the boy and reaching for his throat. The boy flinched and locked his eyes shut, expecting instant death. But it did not come. He peered through his trembling eyelids after a moment passed. The woman was still reaching for his throat, though now just in front of him.Vengelis had closed the distance and grabbed her wrist with his left hand, stopping the strike in its tracks. Her fingernails were reaching out longingly, inches from the boy’s neck. The woman turned to Vengelis, her expression vacant.
“Huge . . . mistake,” Vengelis growled through gritted teeth, his knuckles white from the vice grip on her wrist. “Get out of here, kid.”
This book had a great story line but it was hard to follow. It swapped back and forth between characters I couldn’t hardly keep up with it. Kristen is a scientist who has helped create a cell. She doesn’t like where the head scientists direction is going with it. Then she meets Ryan and with high hopes they set off to show the world. That is until a emporer from another world came to new York to try to figure out how to stop the Felixs. He has caught Kristen and Ryan may be her only hope. I give this book a 3.5 fang review.
S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series. Get in touch at www.sldunn.com.
1.) Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
I found it most exciting to write through the lens of Kristen. She’s a smart young woman, and her voice grounds the calamitous plot in a very logical and cogent voice that’s unusual in superhero-ish grand sci-fi. Her point of view is unique, and the way she regards the things happening around her is a new take on the types of scenes presented as the story progresses.
2.) Who are some of your favorite authors?
JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, GRR Martin, Neil Stephenson, Brandon Sanderson, John Irving, Frank Herbert, Larry McMurtry, Patrick Rothfuss, William Styron, Ernest Cline, John Steinbeck, Margaret Atwood, Brian Jacques, Michael Crichton. How’s that for an eclectic group?
3.) What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing?
Anything with caffeine takes priority. Coffee, Latte, Americano, whatever you want to call it. Caffeine is never far from my writing sessions. I’m sipping some coffee right now, as a matter of fact.
4.) What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? LOL
Haha! By far the best question I’ve been asked on my blog tour. Well, let’s see. This past month or so, I’ve been promoting my debut novel and trying to generate early reviews. Right now, the only thing that makes me mad enough to want to throat punch a person is when an early reader signs up to read a book with the main genre label “superhero” and then knocks it because it has superheroes! It’s like . . . If you don’t like chocolate, why would you order chocolate ice cream?? (*Disclaimer: I appreciate all of my early reviews, and they’ve been mostly positive. I’m just kidding around. Kind of.)
5.) What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show was Breaking Bad, (alas, so lost without it). At a close second is Game of Thrones.
6.) What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)?
A trip on Virgin Galactic! Actually that’s not true. I’ve never been to Europe, so I’d like to travel anywhere therein. One should probably see the world before going beyond.