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Fires of Man

(Psionic Earth #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Supposedly, the war between Calchis and Orion ended decades ago. But upon reporting to an isolated Orion army base for basic training, Private Stockton Finn learns the war still rages, only the weapons have changed—most disturbingly of all, Finn has been selected to become one of those weapons.

Across the border, young Calchan farm boy Aaron Waverly learns all too well just
ebook, 393 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Jolly Fish Press
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Sadie Forsythe
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fires of Man is set in an alternative Earth, in and alternative 2012. This made for an interesting, if occasionally jarring, mix of the new and exciting with the familiar and mundane. For example, characters practiced their amazing Psionic powers and then sat down with a beer and the TV remote. Plus, all of the place names are just a little off from being recognisable. It's almost the Earth we know, but not quite. It took me a while to get used to it.

There is a lot I could say about this book,
Rowena Hoseason
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ambitious series-opener which blends aspects of militaristic sci-fi with a well-constructed alternative reality, and multiple overlapping and interwoven plotlines. The time is now, the earth is different, and a covert cold war is being fought between psionic soldiers and their spies…

It’s a cracking concept which has been adroitly executed. Fires of Man is a page-turner, no doubt about it. Happily, it doesn’t sacrifice good character development for the sake of intense action set-piece
Kimber Wheaton
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Fires of Man is not my normal read, but it's always nice to step outside a rut and experience something different. This is book one in a three book series and ends in a cliffhanger that will leave the reader desperate for the next book. I usually prefer a bit more closure, but I know cliffhanger endings are very popular.

I'm not really sure where this novel takes place, and based on the interview above, we're not meant to know
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, science-fiction
My review:

Fires of Man by Dan Levinson is an interesting book. It's well written and the settings are quite unique. You will experience an alternative world, which is somewhat similar to ours and yet very different. There are two worlds - Calchis and Orion - which are on the edge of a war, wanting nothing less than a supremacy.

Let me start with saying, that even though it's a first novel in a series, it can't be read as stand alone book. Fires of Man introduces you the two superpowers, the worl
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
Fires of Man is the first book in the Psionic Earth series.
Calchis and Orion have been engaged in a deadly war for decades. Despite the relative peace that has been maintained for years both countries are still gearing up for war. Some humans possess a certain power, an internal gift known as Psion energy. This energy allows them abilities far greater than a normal human. Both sides have been using these people in
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It starts fast and ordinary, ends sharp and extraordinarily and only lets you catch your breath once or twice in between. This is a book with stories-within-stories and some very personable characters. This is a book that requires the readers’ attention, it is not one that you can just casually pick up and read one or two chapters at a time; try to do that and it will never make any sense.

I found myself getting lost in the emotions of the characters right from the beginning. The sights, sounds
Eric Bishop
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I’m an avid reader, I only finish about half the novels I start. Some I’m done in the first fifty pages, while others I make a decision to continue around the halfway mark. No author is immune, I’ve quit bestselling authors I’ve loved previously. This novel I read and couldn’t put down, devouring close to half the first night. That said, it was an even bigger surprise because I’m not a fan of science fiction or anything with superpowers. Star Wars would’ve been far better in my opinion ...more
James Cox
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Great world building and characters. A lot of unresolved plot threads/questions though. Can't wait to read the next book! ...more
Wendy S. Delmater
This stunning piece of military science fiction avoids the pitfalls of “take that hill” military-speak hoo-rah and delivers solid characters and intricate plotting. The shiny idea is that an actual war seems to have stalemated but has actually gone underground and is being prosecuted by soldiers with psionic abilities. The soldiers who carry out that war take “war is hell” to some truly uncharted territory. You follow the lives of soldiers on both sides of the conflict—some of whom are related—u ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of "Fires of Man" by author Dan Levinson in exchange for an honest review.  Also, I'm participating in a virtual book tour hosted by


"Fires of Man" introduces us to planet Earth.  The two strongest nations Calchis and Orion have been slowly starting to clash and a war is inevitable.  With the vast desert that separates the two, Calchis has intentions to destroy the desert and Orion.  Deploying their most destructive and capable weapon they hav
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the premise in Dan Levinson’s debut from the get-go. The idea that hostility exists between two huge countries based on super-human mental abilities really appeals. The thought that a cold war/arms race has grown up around gaining access to the previously untapped resources of the human mind is a great kicking off point for a science fiction novel.

There is quite a large cast of characters in Fires of Man. Initially, things focus on two psionics who have just come into their powers. Stock
firesofmanIn 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 n
It's been quite a while since I carved out a block of time to read a Science Fiction Epic. Once upon a time, these were a regular part of my reading regime. It's the huge worlds that are built, the ample amount of characters that come to life on the page, and the stories that feel bigger than anything I could imagine, that keep drawing me back into books like this. What caught my eye specifically about Fires of Man, was that it dealt with psionic powers. Imagine the ability to harness the energy ...more
Marissa Pedroza
Fires of Man is a blend of Sci-Fi, YA and Dystopia. If you like any of these genres, then I’m certain you’ll enjoy this novel. This novel takes place on an earth-like planet and the story unfolds through the view point of many characters. For me, the best part of the novel was the Psionic abilities and techniques that the soldiers were trained in.

The possibilities were endless as far as where this series could go in regard to a war between nations using psionic powers. For both of the nations,
I received this book as an ARC copy from the author.

I was excited to read this novel as I am a big fan of stories that encompass mind powers along with plenty of action and wasn’t disappointed in this aspect of the book. The author crafted a well designed story that effectively uses psionics by the characters. The story is set in an alternate Earth but the technology, social activities and entertainment all seem to mirror the current western and eastern societies of Earth in the 2010’s. It detai
Ally Shields
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fires of Man is the first book in a scifi war series by Dan Levinson, and I can't wait for him to publish the second. Epic science fiction stories aren't hard to find, but the Psion stories are a worthy and unique addition to the field. The author knows his craft, combining a smooth writing style with a flare for story-telling, an interesting fictional world, and characters you'll care about.

Two great nations currently in a cold war standoff are on the brink of open warfare. Both have amassed a
Bonnie Watchko
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner-- can't wait for the next installment! As a "Trekkie" (from the original 1960s Star Trek series, not the other "generations"), this was a great read for me. Unlike the simplistic, monochromatic extra terrestrial cultures of many sci-fi stories, Levinson has crafted a complex, multi-cultural world in The Fires of Man. However, it should be noted... this is present day Earth, somehow familiar-- yet an alien, alternate world nonetheless.
The book is beautifully written with characters
Bennett Reiss
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fires of Man is engaging from start to finish. As a person who loves history, follows international relations and global news - the author, Dan Levinson does a great job in creating a world which seems to mirror a modern reality of nation states. The two major powers in the book, Calchis and Orion remind me of the US and China, or perhaps the US and Russia. While there are other nations mentioned and introduced we still do not know too much about them from the first book, but the seed has been p ...more
Evan Quan

The book was decent, if not playing on some cliche parts. It was....well rather interesting. It had a lot of cool stuff (powers and crap!) and some other sweet goods all in the package of the book.

1. Finn thinks-(drafted into elite program to hunt traitors or whatever) Oh no, what if I hunt down my love (don't even remember her name), for no reason AT ALL. *ahem ahem trying to forecast the events of her turning rogue which is totally gonna happen once he gets rekt* then he gets rekt, she gets
Ann Meyers
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fires of Man takes the reader on a whirlwind journey into a world governed by people who have control over their psionic powers and those who don’t. There is a war going on – not only between nations, but it’s good vs. evil. Each side wants to recruit as many people with magic as possible in order to gain the upper hand. And the bad guys don’t care how they do this.

The story is fast-paced and is a quick and entertaining read. The success of Fires of Man does not rely purely on its magical or fan
Teri Harman
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book off my nightstand one morning, not wanting to get out of bed yet, and started reading. It grabbed me so powerfully that I ended up staying in bed much longer than I should have. Honestly, though I've watched a lot of science fiction, I haven't read that much. But I'm so glad I read this one. It's complex and intelligent, so well written, and a thrilling ride from beginning to end. I loved the multiple character point of views and how the science fiction world felt rooted in o ...more
Nicholas Rossis
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read this year. If you like sci-fi with a paranormal twist, then you'll love Fires of Man.

I'm a prolific reader, having bought over 100 books in 2014 so far. Hands down, this was one of the top ten. Heck, one of the top three. Everything was perfect, from the concept to the writing to the characterization. The main story arc (a cold war flaring up) was presented through a myriad subplots, each narrated through the eyes of a different character. They all had their own m
R.K. Emery
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An explosive start to a new Sci-Fi series. Dan Levinson manages to draw readers into his world and captivate us with his writing and characters. I think my main praise for Levinson would be his ability to use vivid descriptions to make the reader feel like they are in the world with the characters.

Being that this is the first in the series, there is a lot to wrap your head around. I loved the way that he is able to introduce us to all of the new places and things without us feeling bogged down w
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to thank the author Dan Levinson for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this story. The world building is great. The story-line is very good. The characters are well developed and written. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Ariel Heller-sabet
This is the kind of book that you want to read during every spare second of the day. You feel for each and every character as you race through his or her story in the hopes of satisfying your craving. Fires of Man not only pulls you in, it keeps you in its grasp until each and every plot twist is revealed. I will not feel complete until every person I know has read this book.
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