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Known Afterlife (The Provider, Vol. 1) by Trey Copeland

Review: Some of the wording was noticeably repetitive in the many descriptions of “Known Afterlife”, but for me that wasn’t a bad point. I like the fact the author didn’t oversimplify his work or streamline it with modern words and slang that wouldn’t have fit the story and characters created, but sometimes the narrative read as unnecessary complex to convey an idea to me. I like what I call “immersive” fantasy like Known Afterlife, where I can easily visualize a world and dive in, so to speak, but word choice and sentence structure matching action and character movement could have helped the flow. More transitional phrases and occasionally shorter sentences at crucial points can help keep a story moving instead of slowing a reader down trying to understand intricate phrasing.

I had questioned whether I might take this review request at first, as it did reference a religious theme involving a “Church of Salvation”, as I prefer not to speak on any such subjects online in general. Though at times it became borderline for me, in the spirit of Frank Herbert’s Dune, I felt the author created a work in which beliefs and disbeliefs are important, but conversion, doctrine and dogma weren’t always central points. Known Afterlife definitely has its good points and I think it was a great effort in the sci-fi fantasy genre by an author with a unique style.

Description: “In Stalling’s observation, Antium is moving away from the presence that so many refer to as God, not towards it. His solution: circumvent the all-powerful Church Of Salvation, scientifically quantify the laws of the Universe and use his vast commercial empire to share these insights with the entire community of man. But the Church of Salvation will stop at nothing to retain its millennia-old monopoly on enlightenment and global control. Can Stalling and his cadre of gifted conspirators complete a technological miracle before the noose pulls too tight?

Meanwhile, Steffor is waging an altogether different battle to save his very different world–an arboreal utopia known as The Provider. As a Guardian of The Provider’s Citizens, Steffor exists to protect his world against an ancient and once believed vanquished enemy. With the very nature of reality at stake, can he salvage the bedrock faith that defines him?

The two adrenaline-fueled narratives form the parallel tracks of a roller coaster that tosses back and forth from a futuristic world of nearly recognizable technology and timeless corruption to an exotic fantasyland of magic, mythical beasts and romance beset by world-changing events, all while racing towards an inevitable if unimaginable collision.”

  • Kindle Edition
  • Published May 2nd 2011
  • ASIN B004Z2JTNS
  • Available at Smashwords, Amazon
  • Source: Author

Author Bio

From the moment I watched my first Star Trek episode-a rerun of “The Enemy Within”-I was hooked on science fiction. Soon after discovering Dungeons & Dragons in the 80s, I folded in a love for fantasy and my adolescent imagination was off and running.

Since then I’ve stoked my passion for speculative fiction with the greats: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (of course), Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Frank Herbert, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, L. Ron Hubbard, Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind and many more. The works I admire most entertain while sharing a vision.

I believe that the purpose of life is to learn and grow from experience. If I can communicate that deceptively simple pillar of my faith while entertaining, if I can move a reader to “what if?” explorations of their own than I’ve achieved my aim as an author.

I live in Central Virginia with my loving, supportive and patient wife, where we both do our best to prioritize raising our three boys. When not writing, I operate a marketing business focused on creating and selling Internet advertising opportunities for multiple college sports websites.

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Globe Hurler by Robinson Mason

Review: The story of “Globe Hurler” is engaging, and the settings and landscapes are very imaginative and realized as the author presented a strong vision of their world creation, Hadanum. It’s fairly fast moving, action packed and detailed as we follow Balon, a young watchware searching for his exiled father sensing that the self-serving and overbearing judgements of the hierarchs wrongly sent him and others away to their likely deaths.

The hierarchs supposedly guard the tribe of Jana people by regulating all aspects of their lives including marriage and procreation, but they have a secret they are struggling to contain, which if revealed, will tear the fabric of their society apart and end their rule. Balon and his friends are the very ones trying to find out what mystery their leaders are hiding so the people can be free to love, live and survive as they can.

I did have some issues with the characterization, as I always like to find someone I can really believe in and root for. Sometimes I felt that for Balon, but other times his errors and outbursts, like his friends, were so exasperating, I felt they deserved the punishment they received. The characters felt more like some modern day young adults in their aims and occasionally petulant behaviors than survivors who’d grown up on a harsh planet and should have instinctively developed certain skills of survival, both social and environment.

Overall, I thought Globe Hurler was a good sci-fi/fantasy read, as it combines elements of both, though I thought the prologue and epilogue could simply have been included in the main narrative for they were part of the story anyway. It ended in such a way, by giving the reason for the title later in the book and introducing a certain character, suggesting it might have a sequel, which I would be quite interested to read, if so. Quite ambitious in a good way, Globe Hurler is a worthy read.

Description: On the savage planet of Hadanum, the last reengineered remnants of humanity struggle for survival. Thallsen, home to the Jana, is surrounded by massive megas, organisms that cover the land and sea, hosts to smaller, but no less terrible creatures.

The Jana have relied on ancient machines from Dead Earth to protect themselves for generations, but their dependence is about to be tested. In search of his father, Watchware Balon has instead found something that will send the Jana hurtling into a conflict for which they are not prepared. On a journey that takes him far from the security of home, he will discover that his people can and must find the strength within themselves to throw off the shackles of their past, or be wiped out forever.

Published: April 3, 2011

ISBN13: 2940011273872

Source: Author

Available at Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Sony EReader StoreDiesel,

and in print at Blurb.com.

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