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Radiant Dawn

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews

From a ruined chemical weapons bunker in Iraq to a shallow grave in California's San Andreas Fault, the lines are drawn for a shadow war that will decide who, or what, will inherit the earth and reign as the next dominant species.

The escalating conflict engulfs the lives of three born survivors: a broken veteran of the Gulf War; a fiercely indepen

Paperback, 318 pages
Published December 13th 2000 by Perilous Press (first published 2000)
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Nancy Oakes
Apr 19, 2012 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Radiant Dawn is really only the first part of a two-book series, followed by its companion, Ravenous Dusk. The story mixes an apocalyptic, paranoid conspiracy thriller with military action, sci-fi and horror. As far as its weird quotient -- you couldn't ask for better -- once again mankind is threatened by forces that may be beyond its control, and the quest to wipe out the enemy to secure a human future on the planet may prove to be beyond mankind's capabilities. But the "good guys" aren't givi ...more
David Agranoff
In The Shadow of Swords by Cody Goodfellow

Cody Goodfellow is my favorite writer from my generation of horror writers, I have written at length about his work. I decided to re-read his first trilogy of works the Radiant Dawn trilogy.

It starts with a Chapbook novella(44 pages) prequel called “In the Shadow of Swords.” This insanely detailed a researched novella is a barn burner. It is far more directly Lovecraftian than Radiant Dawn. It tells the story of A UN weapons detection team searching 199
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Feb 26, 2012 Pearce Hansen rated it it was amazing
Like the man says, "the greatest fear of the religious is that God does not exist, and the greatest fear of the atheist is that 'he' DOES. But if God exists . . . it's not for you, you don't really want to meet him."

Life is the star of Radiant Dawn/Dusk -- life cannot be restrained or controlled on this planet, whether its the Elder Gods filtering and seething down from the stars, or the Old Ones conducting their ill fated experiments condemning them to degeneracy, or shoggoth survivors trying t
Jul 07, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
When I met Cody Goodfellow at a local Science Fiction convention, I had him sign my recently purchased copy of Radiant Dawn. He wrote on the front page, "Cancer = Evolution." The novel definitely plays that thought out very well.

There is much more going on than a simple evolutionary tale, many different stories are played out, revealing bits of information that helps sustain the suspense and keeps the reader continuing on, wanting more. I enjoyed how the different organizations intertwine and co
Feb 18, 2015 Johann_tor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f, weird
After a brilliantly written beginning, I was disappointed to find the rest of this horror/technothriller mashup lose its way in too many plot beats. The quality of the writing also takes quite a hit, not sure what happened there. Some fireworks at the end, but I will proceed cautiously with the sequel.
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Jul 03, 2012 Caroline Gerardo rated it it was amazing
Lock up the house, bring in the dogs, go check the windows you won't be sleeping tonight because you must read this book.
Dark and thrilling, oozing with drama and I love that he made the female Stella a believable tough chick.
The writing is excellent.
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Dec 05, 2013 Jason Radak rated it really liked it
An exciting, breakneck race through conspiracies and genetic mutations. The book has baffling mysteries, fun action sequences and horrid monsters. The climax was exhilarating and scary. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Cody Goodfellow studied Literature at UCLA. He was a contributing editor for Substance Digizine, and an undistinguished composer of scores for pornographic videos. He worked as a radio research musicologist, and performed electronic music under the monikers Deprogrammer and Worker & Parasite.

He is now a hollow, wasted shell of a human being. His appearance, since he realized he only had to gro
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