Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fires of Man by Dan Levinson

Title:  Fires Of Man
Series:  Psionic Earth #1
Author:  Dan Levinson
Published:  June 17th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press
Length:  400pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  Science Fiction
Shelf:   review
Rating:  ★★★★


In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.

In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”

In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.

Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery . . . that could shake the foundations of all mankind.

My Review:

What a thrill ride! Levinson had me on my toes guessing right from the very first page. This is definitely an action packed novel. Even the downtime has a sense of urgency, pushing you forward. I thoroughly enjoyed how real personal issues combine with work and the overarching plot of the story to create a completely captivating whole. There are also a number of theories and concepts running as undercurrent to the entire story that make everything all the more vivid for the reader. Every element in this story serves to introduce the reader to this new world while taking them on the journey of a lifetime.

By switching perspectives between characters from chapter to chapter Levinson is able to individually develop the major players in an intimate yet action packed manner, while simultaneously developing his multifaceted storyline. I was also struck by the characters’ names. They are simultaneously ordinary yet out of the ordinary. They stand out without making you rack your brain to remember, making everything that much more memorable. Levinson’s character development doesn’t stop with individual characters. He develops entire races, nations, and factions of people. This entire world is developed to the fullest.

Levinson has created a uniquely multifaceted work that stands out in the SciFi genre. This is not a light read but it was definitely very enjoyable and well worth the time. I’d recommend it to any who enjoy science fiction with a twist.

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About the author:

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Dan grew up immersing himself in fantastical worlds. While other kids dreamed of being astronauts and cowboys, all he ever wanted was to be a novelist. Now, he’s living his dream.

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