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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 technologic
Paperback, First Paperback Print, 380 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Prospect Hill Press
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Benjamin Gumbrell
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin, I feel that I must admit something: I had my doubts when I began to read this book. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. But it wasn’t the cover that made me snobby, it was something else entirely.
See, I had not heard anything of this book before this book found its way into my hands. SL Dunn himself was not someone I had ever heard of, nor had any great reviews to inspire faith in him. This, for me, created a large amount of reluctance on my part. My inner snob came
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Anthem's Fall is a debut novel from S.L. Dunn which centers around two different worlds, that of the Primus and the Humans. The story starts with a large catastrophe which causes the two worlds paths to cross and Earth will never be the same because of this.

I have to say I was impressed with this novel. I thought it was very well put together and overall the characters were built fabulously. I really enjoyed the struggle the main character Kristen went through, first with the ethics of the Vatr
Beverly K
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Note: I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I really believe that one of these days, people are going to regret giving me that opportunity.

A one-word summation of Anthem’s Fall: Eh. Properly pronounced as eh…

Anthem’s Fall has a lot to intrigue readers. It contains a nebulously described scientific discovery that is just barely plausible, Saiyaan, oh, sorry, Sejero warriors with super powers and super immorality (I feel like that phrase should be
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
7.20.14: Editing to state that this should be a 3.5 star book. Over a month later, and I'm still thinking about the story, which, at the end of the day, is really the important thing, right? So, while I had a few issues with it, as described below, I found the story thoroughly entertaining.

This is a surprising book, and one which I enjoyed despite its myriad flaws. As far as I know, this is a debut novel that was almost entirely self-published (which makes me wonder if the publisher is just the
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, romanceless
I'm going to be honest, I'm like 80% sure I requested this from NetGalley, but it's not showing up in my shelf there so either I'm hallucinating or they deleted it from their archives. I got behind in my requests and that's becoming a problem. Ah well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It took some time to get into, what with all the big new words, but so many people said it got better so I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did! There's a lot of action once it gets started. And I mean a lot. I had tr
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Anthem's Fall in exchange for an honest review.
Warning spoilers, well not really, sort of, read at your own risk.
Do you like super hero clichés? Anthem's Fall has 'em all.
Lost son from an alien planet? Check.
Oversized hulk like supers? Check.
Genetically enhanced powers? Check.
Robot apocalypse? Check.
Strange coincidences that make you groan at times? Check.
Godlike beings from an Asgard type world? Check.
A nerdy but adventurous scientist locked in a continuous debate about mo
Peter Needham
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how hooked I became with this book.

There’s a ton of action, but the action doesn’t weight the story down. Underneath it all are some really interesting concepts. There’s a constant dialogue throughout the book about power.

On the Anthem side of the story this takes the form of super-powerful people. It's a world advanced compared to earth, but the government is run like an ancient war-obsessed empire because many people are basically Supermen from birth. Everything is Spartan as
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of Anthem’s Fall in return for an honest review.

I was genuinely floored by Anthem’s Fall. Thinking that it was the first work of a debut author, I didn’t know what to expect. But by page fifty I was completely sucked in. When the storyline shifts from Kristen and Ryan and the Vitruvian Cell stuff to Anthem, I didn’t know what to think. Was it the past, present, future? How was the Anthem storyline going to somehow interact with the things happening in New York?

No spo
Jon Kali
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read from a debut author. Can't wait for part 2.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Annihilation and apotheosis

Washington state author S.L. (Sean) Dunn makes his literary debut with ANTHEM'S FALL, a novel he states he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties wandering in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. He earned his degrees in anthropology and biology from the University of Vermont. His path to becoming a writer he explains elsewhere: `I've always looked up to authors with a certain degree of reverence. In this often prosaic world we live in, these few people, th
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it

Publisher: Prospect Hill Press
Publishing Date: July 2014
ISBN: 9780991622412
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3.0/5

Publisher Description: 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.

Review: The
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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*I received a copy of this book from netgalley*

When I started this book it took me a while to get onto it, I can't put my finger on what it was but I myst confess I almost put the book down a few times but I'm glad I didn't because once I had a view of Anthem and a better understanding of the characters, and by the end I was insanely invested and very disappointed to be left hanging.
There was a clear theme of ethics in this story and I thought it was very well done, giving a look at it from some
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

I am incredibly impressed with this book and it's scope, especially considering it is a debut novel. The writing is well-crafted and drew me in from the very first sentence. This is a superhero book, but very different from other superhero books I've read. The plot was well thought out and very exciting with a ton of action. I loved all the science details included, and I even enjoyed reading the fight scenes (something I usually ski
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a early giveaway on The Library Thing.

Reading a book by an author you have not read before is like going on vacation to somewhere you have not yet been. It might be fabulous or a big disappointment but you don’t know until you get there. For me, this novel fit into the first category and I can recommend it without any reservation.

S.L. Dunn weaves a tale that on the surface is just a fun an enjoyable read, lots of action, enjoyable characters and a great story flow. He als
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok

ARC by the author.

Essentially, there's nothing wrong with the book but I've been trying to read it for the last couple of days and it doesn't grab my interest.

I read until the 11%. The plot sounded really interesting but still I couldn't connect with the story or the characters.

Perhaps other will like it (hence the two stars, because like I said, nothing wrong with the story) but the book just wasn't for me.
Liezl Ruiz
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I actually regret that I didn't finish reading this book when I received an eARC months before its release. As to why the temporary DNF (did not finish) status? Well, I find the first third part of the book so sloppy. The book was divided into two parts and I find Part One regurgitating that I've fallen in and out of the story for months. But upon reaching Part Two, there was never a moment that I put the book down. It was so engrossing that I was dismayed when I was met by a cliffhanger on the ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anthem's Fall is the debut novel from S.L. Dunn, and it's a pretty good debut. This isn't a straight sci-fi book. It's not set in the future and it's not about a technologically superior, space faring race. In fact, when I started reading it I forgot it was sci-fi at all.

The story starts in New York City with a young woman named Kristen Jordan, an incredibly brilliant geneticist and a student at Columbia. She's working on a new technology that allows us to create synthetic cells that are exact
Isabel (kittiwake)
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lt-er
I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Vengelis did not hesitate. The moment Gravitas's body slipped unintentionally forward, Vengelis raised a left fist, sending it barrelling into Gravitas's chin. Gravitas's head rocked back from the blow, and as it came forward again, stunned and discombolulated, Vengelis's right fist came up and caught Gravitas on the cheek. He could feel the bone break against his knuckles.

To start with I was
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anthem's Fall by SL Dunn
Print Length: 381 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991622405
Publisher: Prospect Hill Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2014)

My Review~~
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
This was my first book to read by this author. This book was out of my normal genre that I was pleasantly surprised what an amazing read this is. The character's are awesome and this is not a typical sci-fi read. I love the plot because it is different and full of twists and turns that left me
Zeb Kantrowitz
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
What or where is Anthem? Anthem is a planet of aggressive expansionists. Many years before they were attacked by another species with atomic weapons and were just able to repel the invaders and survive. Since then they had developed a super-warrior class (think super Klingons) that had become the rulers of their species, the Primus. They were the ones who now went out to conquer and destroy other planets.

On earth we meet a young genetic scientist, Kristen Jordan. Kristen is an overachiever who g
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Anthem's Fall begins as a science fiction thriller-type story featuring Kristen Jordan, a grad student at a New York university. She is one of those smart kids who skipped every couple of grades, graduated high school and college very early and is recruited to work on a ground-breaking cell research project by a prestigious scientist at Columbia, based on her senior thesis on the DNA double helix. Three years into the project, she is more of a colleague to Dr.Vatruvia than a research assistant.

Kate Wrath
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: comic book lovers, intellectuals
Anthem's Fall is like an intellectualized comic book. Crossing scientists with flying superhero-style aliens, it is surprising and interesting. The book focuses on ethical issues revolving around scientific discoveries and advancements, and then tests those stances by introducing an unexpected threat. It is both a moral, cautionary tale, and, well... something like a comic book.

I love comic books, so I was totally there from the beginning. However, having heard it was something like a comic book
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: I read an ARC.

My biggest problem with this book really isn't it's fault, but it hit some issues I have with 9/11 pretty hard. The worst of these were a couple of scenes, one from the POV of a office worker, the other from the POV of person stuck in traffic, but the descriptions of falling buildings was also a problem for me.

However, those aren't my only problems. The first issue is pacing. It seems take a long time to introduce us to the aliens and their home world, Anthem. When we do get
Michele(mluker) Luker
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 coll
Teressa Morris
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anthem's Fall starts out as an intelligent, thought-provoking read.  Kristen Jordan, the brilliant young research scientist is forced to deal with ethics issues beyond any we, as a society, have had to handle thus far.  How far is too far to go in the world of genetic modifications?  Kirsten's mentor draws the line a bit farther out than she does, and that creates a lot of conflict.
Then Kirsten meets Ryan Craig and finds in him a common sense of morality and justice.  Ryan raises valid argument
Liquid Frost
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Genetically advanced beings live in peace as they conquer other planets for valuable resources. One powerful, royal dissident is exiled for his ethical position. When a superior soldier is created, peace is shattered and three lone survivors flee to find a means to take revenge.

Overall this is an entertaining read. If the cover doesn’t make you think about Superman, the story will. In fact, there are parallels between “Anthem’s Fall” and Superman II (1980), where we find three Kryptonian crimina
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anthem's Fall... what can I say?... From the very beginning I was stoked to read this book, the synopsis sounds great and who doesn't need a little more sci-fi in their lives? So I got this book in the mail from the author for the tour and he wrote me a wonderful note about loving the green mountain state (where I live/ Vermont) and I was even more excited to read the book. I love when author take notice of things! (Thank you Mr. Dunn!). I finally dig into it while on my vacation and I have to ...more
Jessica Hansen
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Never would I have fathomed that such an in depth, complex book could suck me in like this.

Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of books that I read with complexity, but Anthem's Fall had multiple worlds, genetics and more scientific terms then I care to shake a stick at. Funny thing is with all of these aspects the plot and story line remained just meshed.

Kristen is the first character you initially meet, kid genius who was recruited into this special "think tank" team who i
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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 an ...more

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