Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anthem's Fall Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review and Giveway

Anthems_Fall_Tour_BannerJuly 17th Thursday: Jean BookNerd TENS LIST & SPOTLIGHT
July 18th Friday: Fiction Dreams INTERVIEW
July 19th Saturday: 
A Dream Within a Dream DREAM CAST
July 20th Sunday: 
Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
July 21st Monday: Taking it One Book at a Time REVIEW & THIS OR THAT
July 22nd Tuesday: Casual Readers REVIEW
July 23rd Wednesday: 
Owl Tell You About It REVIEW
July 24th Thursday: My Book Addiction REVIEW & TENS LIST
July 25th Friday:The Book Landers REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 26th Saturday: 
Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
July 27th Sunday: 
The Book Cookies REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
July 28th Monday: Book Soulmates REVIEW
July 29th Tuesday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 30th Wednesday: 
Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS
Anthems Fall
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.
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1



The Vatruvian cell.
Some experts celebrated their invention as the greatest technological breakthrough not only of the twenty-first century, but of the entire history of science. Technology had given rise to a new and unique form of artificial life. In the process, Professor Vatruvia had earned a Nobel Prize. Kristen Jordan had even appeared in the background of a Time magazine photo of their laboratory. The world had found its modern visionaries to extol, and their creation, the Vatruvian cell, was like nothing even the most decorated academics could have foreseen. Many of Professor Vatruvia’s peers correctly pointed out that his team had not created a form of life at all, because of the Vatruvian cell’s inanimate structure and loneliness of relatives within the tree of life. On the contrary, a complex machine—they said—was a more appropriate classification for the Vatruvian cell. Man had not created life; he had created the most involved and complex machinery in existence.
Professor Vatruvia had further shocked the scientific community by publicly announcing that his research into their incipient Vatruvian cell technology was still in the blossoming stages. From news headlines, to magazine articles, to television specials across the globe, the mainstream world was waiting for the next breakthrough from Professor Vatruvia and his Columbia research team. To Kristen, the end goal of their research remained at best vague. Despite her close relationship with Professor Vatruvia and her integral hand in the Vatruvian cell’s creation, Kristen was beginning to feel in some ways as uninformed as the general public.
“What is your field of study again, Cara?” Steve asked over the rising noise in the bar.
                “Molecular pathology. I started my lab work on the Vatruvian cell a few weeks ago.” Cara said. “What about you?”
                “Computer Science. Don’t have much in common with you biology nerds.”

                Kristen looked at him doubtfully as she nibbled a chip with little interest. “Get real, Steve. You and I both know you’re the biggest nerd at this table. Are you going to bring up artificial intelligence again? Or maybe discuss which dumbass superhero is strongest?”

                “Yeah okay,” Steve said. “How about we bring up the ethics of the Vatruvian cell again?”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.

My Review

Anthem's Fall gradually pulls you into the story with unexpected twists and the power of strong ethics from two distant worlds.

Kristen is brilliant.  She is a scientist in the making, and one of the specialists on the team for the Vatruvian Cell. 

Gravitas, one of the strongest warriors on Anthem, will pay the ultimate sacrifice for his strong belief.

Vengelis Epsilon, Heir to the throne of Anthem, will do anything to save his kingdom and his people.

These three characters of Anthem's Fall will collide in this intense battle of moral ethics and will discover that the protection of both worlds will become the ultimate battle.

When I started to read this story, I wondered how Earth and Anthem had any connection at all. This will be revealed as the story plays out and was creatively written.  I was in awe. The science and technology of an artificial cell in this story was completely planned out and to tell you the truth, kind of frightening.  It felt so real, I can envision it happening in this era.  The main characters had such an incredible back story to them, I really felt I understood each one.  Each one has a battle to overcome, right along with the main confrontation at the end.

This story contains TONS of action. If you like battles, Anthem is a world that has the experience.  I love a sci-fi story that isn't too techy that I can get completely lost in.  Anthem's Fall fills that spot.  This story will amazing you with surprises and keep you on your toes, that's for sure! 

The flow of this story was mesmerizing.  You travel back and forth between Anthem and Earth for a while, and I found this important to how the two worlds combine.  It was flawless and smooth, when sometimes it can be confusing. And a little hint of a love story isn't too shabby either!

All in all, I loved this story and was left with that satisfied feeling that comes with finishing a book.  This debut novel has the ingredients I always search for.



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