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** "Anvil" was honored at the 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards with recognition for Best Editing and was also named the Runner-up in both Best Action/Adventure and Best Villain.

"You have love, hate and indifference. Choose."

A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the U.S. State Department for an initiative to the most trouble...more
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Single Candle Press
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C.C. MacKenzie
A book that grabs me by the throat and doesn't let go is a very rare thing these days but Dale Amidei managed to do just that with The Anvil of the Craftsman. It's thrilling read which actually made me cry. Thanks for that, Dale.

This book more than deserves to be in the best seller lists.

Unlike Ridley Scott in The Kingdom of Heaven, Dale's attention to fact in his fiction is riveting. His use of language is a master class in descriptive prose as is the character development, especially of the he...more
Karen
What can I begin to say about this book?! Anvil of the Craftsman was so well written that it's hard for me to grasp that this is Mr. Amidei's first book. Right from the beginning I liked Jon Anthony. But I fell in love with Matt. The suspense and adventure kept my interest throughout this book. I found myself getting angry at the bad guys, and rooting for the good guys! When an author evoke real emotions from their readers, that's the mark of a great author. I look forward to reading more from M...more
Dale Amidei
Sep 21, 2014 Dale Amidei rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Though some readers frown on authors rating their own books, I choose to use this forum to mirror the review results of the Kindle Edition, which currently holds 4.7 stars across one hundred and eleven reviews on Amazon. Should that change, I will revise my own rating here.

"Anvil" is the story of one young man with a vision, one friend with a mission, the men who want to kill them and the man who wants to keep them alive. As a personal note, I reiterate what I have written about the work elsewhe...more
Kevin Bermingham
This is an excellent read. The beginning chapters were paced such that I was hard-pressed to put the book down. I was so immersed that as I finished I was hoping to find the next book in a series. My rating of 4 stars, a high 4 stars, is my way of persuading Mr. Amidei to give us more. The best I've read in this genre in quite awhile.
Robin
I had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book, figuring out who the characters were and what was going on. Once I got beyond that point (and it was well worth it!), the book was excellent. Great story, great characters, and hard to put down. I would highly recommend Anvil of the Craftsman.
Natalie Owens
I won't be going into the specifics of this book but I can safely say this story will stay with me for a long time. It will be one of those books I will pick back up a year from now after finishing the series, and re-read. If you think this is just a basic thriller and war story, you would be mistaken. There are so many facets to it, so many thought provoking scenes, that I'm still reeling from it. Jon Anthony is, I think, the perfect hero, but there are many other interesting characters in this...more
Dana Delamar
4.5 stars. I don't normally read political thrillers, but I'd heard so many great things about this one, that I had to pick it up, and I'm so glad I did. Though the first quarter was a little slow at times, I was soon absorbed in an engrossing story about what it takes to win a war and rebuild a nation--in this case, Iraq.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that you don't just get the point of view of the good guys; you get many perspectives, and by the end, I felt that I had a...more
Bob
Excellent book. Icould not wait to turn the page.
Gregory Carrico
I must admit that this title decorated my Kindle for over a year before I read the first sentence. My preconceptions about The Anvil of the Craftsman as a Christian novel kept me from starting what I feared would be a thin veneer of a story wrapped around a preachy message. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Dale Amidei has masterfully, almost magically created the total literary package. This book is meticulously edited and formatted, and thoroughly researched. The level of detail goes beyond buil...more
Tracy
I both enjoyed this novel and admired the quality of the writing. At the end of every scene I felt the urge to keep reading. The story was revealed in an effortless flow. Characters were either easy to empathize with or mysteriously fascinating.

In the beginning the novel introduces Jon Anthony, a doctoral candidate in theology. His dissertation is rejected in a heart wrenching series of scenes that let me share in how bereft the character felt after having his life's work rejected. With student...more
Romina
After failing to make an impression in his doctorate for theological studies Jon Anthony accepts a position in the U.S State Dept. Recruited by an old friend the two of set out a plan to try and change diplomatic relations in war torn Iraq.
Terrorism threatens, and they find themselves a protector, a special tactics operative whose real name can never be given freely.
Their diplomatic mission will reach a conclusion with explosive consequences for both sides shaping the future of two nations.
Theo...more
Fiona
What a suspenseful & thought provoking book! I couldn't put the book down. And, there were parts of the book where I shed tears.

The year is 2006. Jon Anthony, a theology PhD candidate, is recruited by his friend, Tom Colby, to work for the State Dept. Specifically, he is to help Colby's team go to Iraq to help bring the sheik of the Anbar Province into the parliamentary process. Problem is that the Anbar Province is still controlled by the insurgents and Al Queda. USAF Major Kameldorn (fake...more
Tamara Ward
This book is a thriller with deeply developed characters and much more; it carries a message. The book goes beyond entertaining the reader with the action and characters; it speaks weightily. Do religions share a commonality – or, rather, can people of different faiths find commonality with each other? What makes an effort during a time of war worth the cost? How much cost is too much? For a reader who lately has been drawn to lighter reads, this meaty book kept my mind engaged and my fingers tu...more
Sherry Ledet
For those who have an interest in stories of the Iraq War, this is a must read. Jon Anthony, disappointing denial of his dissertation for his doctorate finds himself offered a temporary job with the State Dept. in Iraq. In the notorious Anbar Province his life takes now direction and alows his faith a new outlet. It also teaches him a new respect for his State and Military companions. This author seems to leave an opening for a sequal. I hope there is one.
Janice Palko
I don't often read this type of genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and how engaging the story was. Jon Anthony was an appealing character, and I think it masterful that the author chose him as the vehicle through whom we experience the wild land that is Iraq. I particularly liked the spiritual and philosophical themes that were laced throughout the story.
Dan
Truly excellent reading - an insight into the war in Iraq, from a fictional perspective based in the reality of what's happening and happened there. Practically couldn't put it down.
Mikael Carlson
The Anvil of the Craftsman is a well-written and researched book that highlights the difficulties of working under the most difficult of circumstances in a war torn land. I echo many of the sentiments expressed in the 5-star reviews here. My only quibbles are personal, stylistic ones. At times the drama did not build, causing actions scenes to fall a little flat. Character development was well done overall, although the early focus on Jon and the conspicuous absence of any relevance through much...more
Mary Ann
The mixture of characters in this story kept me engaged throughout. I appreciated how the author used a character that drew from common aspects of different religions to bring about the beginning of consensus within a group of local leaders in Iraq. Although radicals were certainly a great part of the story the plot of the story drew upon the similarities found in humanity rather than the differences.
Kay Donner
I wasn't sure about a war book...but I kept reading and it brought home the fact people are people and the God they worship doesn't have any other desire but for the good of people of faith...LOVE and compassion. If more people could bring out the good in others and not the anger and hostilities...think what a GREAT world we could have!!
Bob
Jon Anthony was up for his thesis defense but the head of the committee had the votes to request that he revise it. While Jon is contemplating his next move he Is contacted by an old friend who was working at the state department and offered a job as a contractor with a mission to Iraq (this is towards the end of the Iraq war). The mission is to diplomatically reach out to local sheiks and prominent leaders and gather them together as a group to influence the national government. The mission, th...more
Reverend Stanleigh Fremont Chapin
A well written,researched and documented novel

A well written,researched and documented novel

A thorough understanding of the Muslim culture, religion and the geographic area of Iraq. As it is now being shown there are centuries of history that are hard to change
Bob Wallace
Marvelous book.

Marvelous book.

One of the finest I have ever read. A real page turner. Gives an understanding of what we are facing in that part of the world. 5 stars. Very authoritative. Well done.
Anna Erishkigal
A heart pounding ride…

This book grabs you by the seat of the pants and won't let you go as it drags you by through the IED-laden provinces of Iraq along with the hero/protagonist Jon Anthony and his spooky Special Forces protector, Matt Kameldorn. Along the way we are given fascinating glimpses into the minds and motivations of not only the Al Qaida operatives, but also some of the ordinary people and tribal leaders who eventually rally against the foreign terrorists in their midst. I will defin...more
Linda
I enjoyed reading this book, although I was disappointed to find that the philosophy was not Christian as I expected after reading the blurb.
The character development was excellent, the story line captivating and the editing good. All of the elements seemed very realistic to me, and the book presented differing points of view which were thought-provoking. I especially liked Jon's presentation to the sheiks...until Christianity was erroneously equated with Islam and all other 'religions of love'....more
Jacob
A well-told story that made me feel like I was there and kept my interest all the way through.
Therese
May 23, 2012 Therese marked it as to-read
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Bill Thibadeau
I got about halfway through the book and decided that it was not worth finishing. I was surprised because I don't download any ebooks with a rating less than 4.7 stars. I read some of the reviews and decided that maybe I was not giving the book a fair chance, so I picked it back up.

For me, there are two stories in this book with a message that creates a third point to the story. The first is the diplomatic mission to Iraq. I found this part to be very boring including the characters. I did not f...more
Mellie B
While I enjoyed the action, characters, and storyline, I was turned off by some of the author's viewpoints and decided to use my reading time on something more edifying.
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I live and write on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. The faith-based themes of my work are set in the real world, which can be violent. It features real-world language, which varies between personalities. Each character is realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not alwa...more
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